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This brief, lovingly produced and edited documentary takes us into the heart of an author we thought we knew in a way that is human, frank, unflinching and funny. Sendak's vignettes give us with insight into the evolution of the artistic temperament and how a family constellation can inspire or frustrate genius. We learn so much about the remarkable ties he shared with his brother and sister, his editors, mentors and detractors.
I was touched by the man's durable respect for the minds and hearts of children in a country which dumbs-down so many. I was surprised by his hysterical, often salty, sense-of-humor and inspiring resilience. So, it is a testament to this film, and its uncommonly fine extras, that I ordered my first Sendak titles in 15 years this morning. My children are grown, but I am not.
Only the most callous viewer could resist the appeal of this film. Five stars.
You get to see some pictures of Sendak when he was young, his brother and sister, many of the drawings that he and his brother did while growing up, and includes wooden toys they created. You'll also get to hear what he thinks about his work and life, etc., and see pictures from his many children's books including those he only illustrated.
Sendak is really funny and personable, cursing every now and then, and seemed like a great character to hang around and have a drink with.
The cardboard box that the DVD comes housed in opens up with an illustration of Max and the Wild Things swinging on the trees from the book on one-side, on the other side a photo of Sendak lost in thought with his dog next to him, with a pair of legs and torso off to the left, and includes an essay by Tony Kushner.
***** SPECIAL FEATURES ******
Maurice At The World's Fair -- 03:30-minute
this is a re-enactment of an incident in Maurice's childhood where he talks about it, while Catherine Keener and Spike Jonze act it out and play all the characters.
Q & A With Spike Jonze and Maurice Sendak -- 28:37-minutes
Both take questions from a moderator and audience after a screening of TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT at the MoMA.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a good story of an American icon in his last years.Complex guy full of creativity. Sad & funny.Published 5 months ago by paintcan
Can one know another person after only 40 minutes? Perhaps not, but I think this film comes close; Mr. Sendak allows us in.Published 5 months ago by F.Hoffman
A short but sweet look at one of kiddie lit's most prolific and talented writers and illustrators.Published 6 months ago by LWS
Delightful documentary on the author with extensive interview footage.Published 7 months ago by BedNBiskit
A fascinating view of the inner life of Mr. Sendak, that I would definitely watch again.Published 8 months ago by Kati S.
Maury Sendak is a legend, not only for his children's books, but for his sense of humor! Very interesting film, which showed the light-hearted and the rarely seen emotional side of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gabby
I just wish it were longer! Give me a 12 hour doc on Maurice Sendak, and then I'll be a happy camper. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cait Brennan