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1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
In 1951, Barney Rosset acquires Grove Press and soon becomes the most controversial publisher in America. Scandal attends almost every book he puts out, from an uncensored version of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" to Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer," the latter provoking an obscenity trial that goes all the way to the Supreme Court. Filmmaker Neil Ortenberg traces Rosset's life and career, and along the way interviews many of the authors Rosset made famous, infamous or both.


Directors: Neil Ortenberg , Daniel O'Connor

Genres: Documentary

Obscene (2007)

Release Date: September 9th, 2007|1 hr. 37 min.

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  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Compelling. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Engrossing documentary about the life and times of publisher Barney Rosset, who spent much of his career advancing the cause of free expression, is a flawless match of style and subject. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Very fine documentary. show more

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