Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Where the Wild Things Are" Author Maurice Sendak Died, You Should Watch This Documentary About Him

Credit: Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times

And he sailed off through night and day

and in and out of weeks

and almost over a year

to where the wild things are.

Maurice Sendak was exactly what you would want the creator of  Max and his wild things and their wild rumpus to be.

To see what I mean you must watch Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak, a thoroughly engaging Spike Jonze documentary that I watched on HBO a few years back. Jonze made it while shooting the egregiously undervalued film adaptation of Where the Wild Things AreThe soundtrack never got its due either. How Karen O doesn't have an Oscar for it I will never understand.

In a fucked up twist of fate it turns out Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who died Friday, produced the documentary through his Oscilloscope Laboratories (HT: Screencrush) :
It was a side-project to help distract Jonze from the grueling ‘Wild Things’ production but when that film wrapped, Jonze looked for a home for his footage, which he assembled into the documentary ‘Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak.’ Jonze found a home with his old friend, Adam Yauch, for whom he had directed numerous Beastie Boys videos.

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