Friday, September 06, 2013

More Footage From "Salinger"

Sneak Peek more footage from The Weinstein Company documentary production of director Shane Salerno’s "Salinger", that "...contains an unprecedented amount of unseen footage, photographs and biographical information on the 'notoriously' reclusive 'Catcher in the Rye' author..."

The trailer opens with a photographer apparently stalking the late author outside a post office, waiting in his car for a 'good shot' with a long telephoto lens mounted on a camera, hoping to "get" the reclusive author, who valued his privacy above all other concerns and requested others to respect that as well.

Neverthless, the TWC release quotes Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher at Simon & Schuster (who will release a companion book "The Private War Of J.D. Salinger", written by Salerno and David Shields, September 3, 2013) demanding respect from anyone who has seen an advance screening of the film, or read the book, stating, "There are two kinds of people in the world – blabbermouths and confidants. We ask readers and moviegoers to be our confidants..."

As Salinger himself disliked 'phonies', many will agree that there really are only two kinds of people in the world: Those that can be trusted with the privacies and personal concerns of others and those that will do anything to make a buck.

What IS widely known about 'Jerome David Salinger' is that he was raised in a Jewish household in Manhattan, but didn't know his mother was not Jewish until he was 13 years old, a personal betrayal that caused him to be distrustful of those closest to him for the rest of his life.

After several of his short stories were published in "Story" magazine in the early 1940's, he was drafted into the Army in 1942, seeing combat at Utah Beach on D-Day, also participating in the Battle of the Bulge as well as the Huertgen Forest campaign.

Salinger was eventually assigned to a counter-intelligence division, where he used his proficiency in French and German to interrogate prisoners of war. 

He was also among the first soldiers to enter a liberated concentration camp, with the experiences affecting him emotionally, causing him to be hospitalized for combat stress and later confiding in his daughter, "You never really get the smell of burning flesh out of your nose entirely, no matter how long you live."

In 1948, his story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" appeared in "The New Yorker" magazine.

In 1951, his novel "The Catcher in the Rye" was an immediate success, with his autobiographical depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence embodied in 16-year old protagonist 'Holden Caulfield'. 

The success of "The Catcher in the Rye" led to public attention and unwanted scrutiny, causing Salinger to become a recluse, publishing new works less frequently, following "Catcher" with other notable books including "Nine Stories" (1953) and "Franny and Zooey" (1961).

Salinger continued to struggle with unwanted attention, including a legal battle in the 1980's with biographer Ian Hamilton and the release in the late 1990's of memoirs written by two people close to him: Joyce Maynard, an ex-lover; and Margaret Salinger, his daughter.

After three marriages, and a son named Matt, Salinger died in 2010 at the age of 91 at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.

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