(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

MY SALINGER YEAR is a semi-autobiographical film based on the non- fiction book by Joanna Smith Rakoff, covering her time in 1996 and 1997 with a New York literary agency who had J. D. Salinger as a client. (Careful angles avoid showing the face of the actor playing Salinger, so the filmmakers emphasize Salinger's famous reclusiveness, while also avoiding the need for extensive make-up.) Our main character learns to see much of life through the lens of Holden Caulfield, in spite of not having read THE CATCHER IN THE RYE when she started the job. One envies Joanna the chance to walk down the street and be greeted by world-famous writers. For those who are into the New York literary lifestyle I can recommend also CROSSING DELANCEY.

Released theatrically 03/05/21; available on DVD. Rating: +2 (-4 to +4), or 7/10.

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