Like director Terrence Malick, J.D. Salinger – the well-known recluse and creator of 'Catcher in the Rye' – was famously impossible to photograph. He was so private, in fact, that surprisingly little is known about his life and why, mysteriously, he stopped publishing work in 1965. So why did he stop? Well, that's the question this new documentary aims to answer. And with so many enigmas surrounding the author's life and work, it's about time someone had a proper crack at figuring it all out.
Featuring talking-head appearances from John Cusack, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Danny DeVito, Martin Sheen, Tom Wolfe and Gore Vidal, Shane Salerno's documentary – which has been in the works for over five years – clearly displays a hell of a lot of research, so you can be sure to discover some things about Sal that you previously didn't know.
The trailer boldly proclaims the film as "The Motion Picture Event of the Year". And while that might be PR hyperbole, we have to say this is right up there with our most anticipated films of the year. It's Salinger for chrissake!
Salinger opens on September 6th in the States. Word on the street is that the film will play at TIFF, too. Stay tuned for more info.