50 Year Argument The (2014): Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s Docu of New York Review of Books

The 50 Year Argument, by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi

The world of New York intellectuals has often been memorialized in books, but rarely on film.

Scorsese teams up with Tedeschi (editor on several Scorsese documentaries) to direct “The 50 Year Argument,” a documentary tribute to the New York Review of Books whose 50-year history saw it frequently on the frontlines of cultural and political debate.

The film features a wide array of interviews with the magazine’s international contributors, all of whom exemplify the power of language to provoke, illuminate and effect change.

Sitting at the helm is Bob Silvers, who has edited the magazine for its entire history, having done so alongside Barbara Epstein until her death in 2006.

The film is shown in the Mavericks Section of the 2014 Toronto Film Fest.