DVD Release: Paul Goodman Changed My Life

DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: Zeitgeist


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The renowned intellectual looks to the future in Paul Goodman Changed My Life.

Paul Goodman Changed My Life is a 2011 documentary film on the noted novelist and psychotherapist who rose to prominence in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Born in New York City in 1911, Goodman was the author of dozens of books including 1960s highly regarded Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society and was a respected poet, playwright, urban planner. Further, he was a founder of Gestalt therapy and most uniquely, an out-queer married family man (in the 1940s!). Goodman was (and is) considered—in intellectual circles—to have been a “moral compass” of sorts for the burgeoning counterculture of the 1960s.

Directed and co-produced by Jonathan Lee, Paul Goodman Changed My Life is filled with archival footage of Goodman and Mad Men-era NYC, stills, passages of Goodman’s writing and contributions from such noted voices as Susan Sontag, Dr. Martin Luther King, Noam Chomsky, Garrison Keillor and Edmund White.

The biographical film had a limited release in New York theaters in October, 2011, where it received generally positive reviews.

Bonus features on the DVD include the following:

  • Video interview with director Jonathan Lee
  • Four deleted scenes
  • Additional Goodman poetry readings
  • Judith Malina diary readings
  • Theatrical trailer

Check out the trailer for the documentary:

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.