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  • Summary: A distinguished poet, translator, critic and teacher, Edwin Honig wrote dozens of books and poems that attracted critical praise around the world. His seminal translations awakened English-speaking readers to previously overlooked literary giants, resulting in honorary knighthoods from the king of Spain and the president of Portugal. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 20, 2013
    100
    Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, First Cousin Once Removed is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 17, 2013
    100
    First Cousin Once Removed benefits from the clarity provided by Honig's published poetry, which surfaces in voiceover narration and words on the screen, rendering the undulations of his life in sweeping abstractions.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 17, 2013
    100
    A fascinatingly fractured glimpse into a disengaged mind and a biopic-in-reverse of its subject, quite unlike any documentary seen before.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Sep 17, 2013
    90
    Berliner crafts a quietly touching and illuminating memento mori from the steady dying of an intellectual light.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 15, 2013
    80
    Mr. Berliner’s film bravely brings us to the edge of language and experience.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 30, 2014
    80
    First Cousin Once Removed doesn’t come across as overly demeaning or exploitative, because Berliner himself is so kind to Honig in their meetings. But it’s hard to deny that Berliner is using Honig’s deteriorating condition as fodder for his art, just as it’s hard to deny that Berliner’s willingness to risk that criticism is what makes First Cousin Once Removed such a great film.
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