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Obit. (2016)

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Writers and editors from the New York Times discuss their unique approach to writing the obituaries of public figures.

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Credited cast:
Bruce Weber Bruce Weber ... Himself
William McDonald William McDonald ... Himself
Margalit Fox Margalit Fox ... Herself
William Grimes William Grimes ... Himself
Jack Kadden Jack Kadden ... Himself
Douglas Martin Douglas Martin ... Himself
Jeff Roth Jeff Roth ... Himself
Daniel Slotnik Daniel Slotnik ... Himself
Paul Vitello Paul Vitello ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Keepnews Peter Keepnews ... Himself
Dolores Morrison Dolores Morrison ... Herself
Jon Pareles Jon Pareles ... Himself
Earl Wilson Earl Wilson ... Himself
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How do you put a life into 500 words? Ask the staff obituary writers at the New York Times. OBIT is a first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the Times obit writers, as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history.

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Life on Deadline See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elämäntehtävänä muistokirjoitukset See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Gross USA:

$315,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$315,049
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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The Typewriter
Written by Leroy Anderson
Published by Woodbury Music Company (ASCAP)
Published by BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP) in the United States of America and
administered by EMI Mills Music (ASCAP) throughout the rest of the world
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A rare glimpse into a specialized skill set
29 April 2019 | by MEManganSee all my reviews

Maybe it's morbid, but I do read a lot of NYT obits. But until this film, I never really thought about the construction. Or why I like that they are devoid of sentimentality.

I enjoyed hearing from the writers about how they see their role in relaying the arc of a life. Tidbits about the constraints they have, and the reasons why things are done, were very amusing. As I saw someone say elsewhere, I would watch a whole separate documentary about the guy who runs the "morgue".

An excellent peek behind the scenes at the paper of record. As well as a worthwhile poke about what your own story would look like.


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