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  • Summary: Barney Rosset is the greatest American publisher of the twentieth century and the most influential cultural figure that you haven’t heard of. Under Rosset, Grove Press and Evergreen Review fought decisive battles, including many before the state and federal supreme courts, defeated legal censorship, and opened American life to new and dangerous currents of freedom. But Rosset’s public fight against hypocrisy and injustice is inextricable from his tumultuous personal life: the same unyeilding, quixotic, restless energy that upended centuries of law brought Rosset perilously close to destruction. (Arthouse Films)
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  1. 83
    Yhough Obscene tells the story without fully exploring its nuances, that story is both fascinating and more than a little inspiring.
  2. 75
    Engrossing documentary about the life and times of publisher Barney Rosset, who spent much of his career advancing the cause of free expression, is a flawless match of style and subject.
  3. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    70
    The case for publisher Barney Rosset's place as a hero in post-war America's battle for freedom of expression is persuasively argued in Obscene.
  4. A warm, entertaining compendium of counterculture voices and literary landmarks.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    70
    Very fine documentary.
  6. As vital, incisive and entertaining as its subject.
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