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The New York Times Obituary Writers

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Maryellen

As a genealogist, I found this veryi nteresting and full of information.

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Brian

Don't pass this one by! Obit writing is an art form, and this documentary really captures that well. i was impressed.

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Alan

Fascinating. Nothing validates a life of significance like a Times obit.

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Isabel

Enriching, humorous, insightful, quirky. Appreciated the deep commitment to their subjects and devotion to language expressed by all the obit writers featured in this engrossing documentary , and most particularly Margalit Fox. Highly recommend! Viva la vida.

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Marrianne

Fascinating insight into what appears to be the quiet side of the newspaper business. Here you will learn plenty about those who write obits and the ins and outs of the people on the other side. Great documentary.

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Wendy

I had no idea writing obituaries could be so fascinating. Obit. takes what should have been a dry and solemn subject and profession, and breathes cinematic life into it. Also, shout out to Jeff from the "morgue"—he should have his own documentary.

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Melissa Adylia

Every word and every image was so beautifully woven together. I want to know more about everyone in this; the writers as well as the obit subjects.

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Jameson

Really took me back to the good ol days, love those archives! Cannot recommend enough. I hope the kids can learn from this important, seminal film.

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Laurie

I want to read everything by Margalit Fox who retired from obits in 2018.

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Aric

Wonderful documentary covering the team of obit writers at the NY Times. An interesting perspective that we are normally not privileged to see. Fascinating and beautifully constructed. Definitely recommend.

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Lisa

Beautifully realized. So much material covered and in such a thoughtful way. Loved the team of obituary writers and how they viewed their work and the wonderful stories of the folks they eulogized.