Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Jun 8, 2018 13:51:47 GMT -5
From a New York Times movie review of a new documentary about Fred Rogers, opening in theaters today.
A curious melancholy pervades “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” Morgan Neville’s moving and illuminating new documentary. A lump might gather in your throat during the opening titles and dissolve into sniffles and sobs as the final credits roll.
The critic concluded with this note: "Rated PG-13. What? It’s Mister Rogers. What on earth is wrong with you people? Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes"
An interview in the NY Times with the director of the documentary, who was asked how he went about capturing the essence of Mr. Rogers.
Which led to a link to this autobiographical reflection of a fan, with a most serious illness and who Rogers befriended in a truly remarkable way. Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon, males an appearance.. That this fan is doing so well today is testament to the resiliency of youth, and the skill of surgeons like Dr. Carson.
Coming around to this late, but my wife and I saw the documentary over the summer and it's lovely. Not sure what distribution awaits after it's very limited run in (mostly boutique) theaters ended many weeks ago, but if it turns up on Amazon Prime or another streaming service, do yourself a favor and give it a watch. It's touching and it'll get to you.
I have to agree. Whether you know of the work of Fred Rogers or are only now learning of him, this is a film to see. He was a real person who did some remarkable ground breaking and the devotion shown by those who knew and worked with him is very real. (I now value even more my autographed trolly!)