New York in the Fifties
New York City in the 50s is seen as a hotbed of new artistic expression, free love, drinking, jazz, radical politics and psychoanalysis. The documentary follows writer Dan Wakefield as his restless rebellion forces him to leave his middle-class, conformist life in Indianapolis. He escapes to New York where he dreams of writing a novel, falls in love, questions the meaning of life through psychoanalysis and meets a group of like-minded souls. Interviews with writers, actors, musicians, artists and poets fill out the picture of the city and the era.
Daniel Wakefield, Gay Talese, Nan Talese, Brock Bower, Ted Steeg, Robert Redford, Mark Van Doren, Joan Didion, Ed Fancher, Mary Ann DeWees McCoy, Reverend Norm Eddy, Calvin Trillin, Jane Wylie Genth, Nat Hentoff, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, David Amram, William F Buckley Jr., James Baldwin, C Wright Mills, Ned Polsky, Sam Astrachan, Ivan Gold, Ray Grist, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, J D Salinger, Bruce Jay Friedman, Art D'Lugoff, Norman Mailer