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"Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb"

7 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2024

Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203
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Free parking. Free and open to the public.

(U.S., 2022, 112 minutes, Rated PG)

Written and directed by Lizzie Gottlieb.

Meet film and theater director Lizzie Gottlieb at the 4th Annual Albany Film Festival on Saturday, April 6th.

Lizzie Gottlieb’s award-winning documentary explores the remarkable 50-year relationship between two literary legends, writer Robert Caro and his longtime editor Robert Gottlieb (the film director’s father who passed away in June 2023 at the age of 92).


In the film, Caro was working to complete the fith and final volume of his masterwork, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, for Gottlieb to edit. The New Yorker's Mary Norris called it “a rare window into a relationship that usually goes undocumented… the dance between editor and writer.”

The pair, both in their late 80s, had worked together for five decades, starting with Caro's biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker  and continuing through Caro's first four volumes about Johnson. Its story is focused on the interplay between writer and editor as they work to finish the fifth book rather than a history of their lives and the film features interviews with politicians and media personalities. "I very much wanted this to be a story about them finishing their life's work, not just a retrospective of their lives and how impressive they are," Lizzie Gottlieb said.

"'Turn Every Page' is one step away from turning into a Herzogian monument to obsession or plunging into crazed psychodrama. Instead, it is merely a great profile, filled with wit, affection and detailed stories of how the books came to be. While the film is nominally a dual portrait, the overall impression is that Lizzie Gottlieb has gravitated ever so slightly toward the Caro mystique, which might be inevitable. (Her father, as an editor, is supposed to work more invisibly.) -- The New York Times

LISTEN: Lizzie Gottlieb talks 'Turn Every Page' documentary, All Things Considered, NPR, January 28, 2023

Turn Every Page Movie poster
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