SALINGER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Now show­ing State Cin­ema

THE late J. D. Salinger would have loathed the new doc­u­men­tary about his life. Like that time­less teen rebel Holden Caulfi eld, the hero of Salinger’s sole pub­lished novel Catcher in the Rye, the author hated “phonies”. This doco can get very phony on oc­ca­sion. Un­der­stand­able, per­haps, con­sid­er­ing there is so lit­tle re­li­able info about Salinger on or off the record out there. How­ever, some of the fak­ery in play here ( in­clud­ing a re­gret­table se­ries of re- en­act­ments) is not so for­giv­able. The doco pushes all avail­able data about the author at the viewer. But it can­not pull the viewer any closer to the man. Three years af­ter his pass­ing at age 91, J. D. Salinger can still black out the lime­light at will.

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