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Tell them anything you want : a portrait of Maurice Sendak

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  • DVD 921 S4738T (CEN)

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Widescreen version.


In English, with optional English subtitles.


Featuring: Maurice Sendak, Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Meryl Streep, Tony Kushner.

Publication Information

[New York] : Oscilloscope Pictures, [2010]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated; contains coarse language.


This is a portrait of Maurice Sendak, a seminal talent who is conflicted with his success, and whose lifelong obsession with death has subtly and ironically influenced his work. Now 81, Sendak is best known for his first book, Where the wild things are, which he wrote after spending ten years as an illustrator. Through his own words, firsthand photos, and illustrations, Sendak offers a rare and intimate look at his life.


Originally produced as a motion picture in 2009.

Special features: Maurice at the World's Fair: a humorous take on a story from Maurice's childhood, with Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener; Q&A with Spike Jonze and Maurice Sendak at the Museum of Modern Art; Maurice's birthday tribute with Meryl Streep, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener; exclusive essay by Tony Kushner.

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