OBSCENE
OBSCENE
Publication:
Time Out New York
4 Stars

Press Excerpt:
Filled with reminiscence and laughter, this lively and largely adoring documentary looks back on the life and work of Barney Rosset, best known as the longtime owner of Grove Press. The movie covers the usual biodoc bases, glossing over Rosset’s upbringing and four marriages, but the primary focus is on his role in reshaping American obscenity law through court cases stemming from Grove’s publication of Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch. Interviewees include luminaries ranging from John Waters to Gore Vidal, but it’s Rosset himself, now in his mideighties, whose presence dominates the film.
By Josh Land
4 STARS