Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb
“CRITIC’S PICK. TANTALIZING. A great profile, filled with wit, affection and detailed stories of how the books came to be.”
– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
“Civil wars over semicolons and heated debate over the word ‘looms’ would not, on the face of it, seem like the stuff of a gripping big-screen movie. But make no mistake about it, TURN EVERY PAGE… is as much a rock ‘em, sock ‘em clash of heavyweights as found in any blockbuster — just one where the protagonists happen to quote from King Lear and Homer’s Iliad.”
– Jake Coyle, Associated Press
A portrait of the literary partnership between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro (at work on volume 5 of The Years of Lyndon Johnson) and multi-hyphenate Robert Gottlieb, the quintessential New York editor (former editor-in-chief at Knopf and The New Yorker), who counts programming for The New York City Ballet and lucite handbag collecting among his hobbies. Caro’s granular dissection of how power is wielded in 20th century America is matched by the intuitive, meticulous approach of Gottlieb, with whom he’s worked for more than 50 years. Directed by Gottlieb’s daughter Lizzie, the film is a literati dream – as Caro tours Johnson’s roots in the Texas hill country and pecks away 24/7 on his Smith Corona Electra 210, locking horns with Gottlieb on matters big and small. A vigorous debate over Caro’s use of semicolons is a hilarious highlight.