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Trailer Watch: J.D. 'Salinger' Documentary Digs Into the Mystery of the Enigmatic Author

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 14, 2013 at 12:48PM

The first trailer for Shane Salerno's "Salinger" documentary has landed. The film, which was snapped up by the Weinstein Company in March, looks to a be an edge-of-your-seat portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye." Salinger died in January 2010, and hadn't published a work since 1965.
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J.D. Salinger.
J.D. Salinger.

The first trailer for Shane Salerno's "Salinger" documentary has landed. The film, which was snapped up by the Weinstein Company in March, looks to a be an edge-of-your-seat portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye." Salinger died in January 2010, and hadn't published a work since 1965.

The film features interviews with 150 subjects, including Salinger's closest friends and colleagues who have never spoken about him before, and archival footage of the writer. Other notable personalities seen in the film include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Tom Wolfe and Gore Vidal, among others, who discuss the cultural impact of this endlessly elusive figure.

Director Salerno co-authored an oral biography of Salinger with David Shields, "The Private War of J.D. Salinger," which is slated for publication later this year. Salerno also co-wrote Oliver Stone's "Savages" in 2012.

The Weinstein Co. anticipates a September 6 release date, following a festival run.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.