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"...entertaining, skillfully presented, and historically important (showing the  l960s/'70s America in ways that personalize the protest moment and the social shift from old values to new) but it also is a cultural film that celebrates the enduring value of the written word well crafted and creatively shaped and penetrating the psyche of a sensitive readership.  The film is about excellence in editing and writing, and how the two  merge into a magnificent product, which Esquire was during the decade of the 60s/70s when Harold Hayes was the most important editor not only in the magazine business but the communications industry as well.  Other editors elsewhere were influenced by Hayes' work and so were young unknown writers (and students who aspire to become writers) -- all  attracted to the tart essays and  the long-form journalism ("The New Journalism"]  that Hayes encouraged and inspired.  The film, as a whole, is an inspirational portrait of Harold Hayes that speaks to us today, decades after his death, to an emerging generation of "New Media" writers and cultural critics who share a skeptical view of power and the desire to confront it and control it for the benefit of society at large."  -  Gay Talese

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