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Title Obscene : a portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press.

Published [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : Arthouse Films ; [Australia] : Madman Entertainment [distributor], [2008]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 173 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes "AF010".
Special feature: 'Looking back with Barney Rosset' - a 25 minute interview with Barney Rosset.
Credits Directed by Daniel O'Connor and Neil Ortenberg.
Summary "The definitive film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review. He acquired the then fledgling Grove Press in 1951 and soon embarked on a tumultuous career of publishing and political engagement that continues to inspire today's defenders of free expression. Not only was he the first American publisher of acclaimed authors Samuel Beckett, Kenzaburo Oe, Tom Stoppard, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X, but he also battled the government in the highest courts to overrule the obscenity ban on groundbreaking works of fiction such as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch. Ultimately he won and altered the course of history, but not without first enduring lawsuits, death-threats, grenade attacks, government surveillance, and the occupation of his premises by enraged feminists"--Container.
Audience Censorship classification: MA15+ - Restricted.
System notes PAL ; Region 4.
Language notes In English.
Other author O'Connor, Daniel.
Ortenberg, Neil.
Arthouse Films.
Subject Rosset, Barney.
Grove Press.
Documentary films -- United States.
Authors and publishers -- Censorship -- United States -- 1951-1960.
Publisher Number AF010 Madman Entertainment