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movie review: Page One: Inside The New York Times

by Leonard Maltin
June 18, 2011 4:30 AM
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If you’re expecting a prosaic documentary spotlighting a group of editors in ties sitting around a conference table, debating what’s worth putting on the front page of the country’s leading newspaper, you’re in for a surprise. Andrew Rossi’s vibrant film hones in on a handful of colorful figures on the Times staff in order to personalize the story and give it focus. By profiling them and their work he provides a razor-sharp picture of how a story is generated, reported, edited, and showcased in print.

He also deals with the larger issues facing not just the Times but—

—every newspaper, including shrinking circulation and ad revenue, competition from online sources (many of which take their material from the Times and other old-media outlets), and the unpleasant reality of having to trim the staff and run a leaner operation.

Page One pulses with life, whether we’re spending time with the eccentric reporter David Carr working his sources, Timothy Arango deciding to move to Baghdad, or former blogger Brian Stelter who manipulates new media within the confines of the Gray Lady’s offices.

One of the questions that reporters and editors ask themselves, and others, throughout the film is whether or not newspapers—and in particular, The New York Times—still matter. This exciting, relevant film illustrates why the answer is yes, and why old-school reporting is still exciting to watch in action.

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  • jielen | July 6, 2011 1:29 AMReply

    last six month i get this movie from rentel store . its nice movie one another online source where you can also get its name
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  • victoria voznyuk | June 29, 2011 4:01 AMReply

    A lot of applauds!
    A lot of problem, shown with great humor. Bright people and just brilliant movie.
    Our best wishes for the whole stuff of the Ner Yourk Times and all great journalists.

  • Harry | June 23, 2011 7:13 AMReply

    what about this its completely free and you can watch it online also you have choice to download free of cost in HD so enjoy the movie


  • alan.aperlo | June 21, 2011 5:18 AMReply

    Look like a great film to see.Thanks Alan A.

  • sd | June 20, 2011 12:44 PMReply

    Just saw this at PFF. ..Amazing film and now listening to director on PBS

  • Jason | June 18, 2011 6:39 AMReply

    This sounds great! I'll probably have to wait for DVD but this is definitely the year of great documentaries!

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