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Page One: Inside the New York Times
USA 2011
Directed by Andrew Rossi
Running time 88 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars


Andrew Rossi's documentary about America’s most venerable newspaper, The New York Times and the crisis of print news in the age of the internet has specialist appeal but anyone interested in media as a topic will find it rewarding viewing.

Despite the rather inflated title, it is not a thoroughgoing analysis of the mechanics, politics and ideology if the NYT so much as an rather ad hoc look at a part of it. But as this part is the media desk it serves as a rather clever device as the media staff reports on the struggle to survive for print publication across America at the same time as they themselves are part of that struggle.  Clearly the film-makers were circumscribed in what they were allowed to film but if there are no great fly-on-the-wall revelations but we certainly get a very good sense of the dedication which the journalistic staff apply to their work. This is showcased in particular  by the indefatigable David Carr, a reporter of the old school and the closest that the film comes to having a persona dramatis, who fights on, despite knowing that the war is lost, partly because he believes that there is more to life than gossip, partly because he's an ornery ol' devil who just likes a good fight. And in the age of the nerd, thank god for that!

DVD Extras: None

Available from: Madman

 

 

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