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Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009)

A loving look at one of the most cherished and controversial figures in children's literature, Maurice Sendak. In this deeply moving tribute, spend time with the man who spoke to children ... See full summary »

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Lance Bangs, Spike Jonze
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Lance Bangs ... Himself
Lynn Caponera Lynn Caponera ... Herself
James Gandolfini ... Himself
Spike Jonze ... Himself
Catherine Keener ... Herself
Maurice Sendak ... Himself
Meryl Streep ... Herself
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A loving look at one of the most cherished and controversial figures in children's literature, Maurice Sendak. In this deeply moving tribute, spend time with the man who spoke to children through his stories and illustrations in a way no one else could.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA) See more »

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Tell Them Anything See more »

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Clair De Lune
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Paul Hsu
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Sendak fans must see
23 May 2018 | by Gunner-AhlbergSee all my reviews

In 2003, Jonze and his frequent collaborator Lance Bangs began taping a series of interviews with the well over 80 years old Sendak at his home, listening (and sometimes prodding) as Sendak recalled his boyhood, his early career, the phenomena and controversies of "Wild Things" and "In The Night Kitchen", and what it was like to live as a gay man at a time when going public with his sexuality might've ended his career. Sendak is a natural performer in front of the camera, and a man of contradictions. This film is really insightful. If you like Mr. Sendak's work, you will truly enjoy this doc.


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