Everything Is Copy

Jacob Bernstein’s extremely entertaining film is a tribute to his mother Nora Ephron: Hollywood-raised daughter of screenwriters who grew up to be an ace reporter turned piercingly funny essayist turned novelist/screenwriter/playwright/director. Ephron comes vibrantly alive onscreen via her words; the memories of her sisters, colleagues, former spouses, and many friends; scenes from her movies; and, above all, her own inimitable presence. Watch any given moment of Ephron being her sparkling but caustically witty self (for instance, this response to a scolding talk show host—“You have a soft spot for Julie Nixon, don’t you. See, I don’t…”) and you find it hard to believe that she’s been gone from our midst for three years.
https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2015/films/everything-is-copy/

Shown at

  1. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2016

5 thoughts on “Everything Is Copy

  1. Bernstein, Ephron’s eldest son with her second husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, constructs a straightforward but warmly engaging tribute of the celebrated writer/director. Weaving together archival personal footage, various media appearances of his mother, and interviews with family and illustrious friends and admirers, from Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, and Meg Ryan to Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, and Gay Talese, among several others, the film relates how the daughter of mildly successful Beverly Hills screenwriters went from a mail girl at Newsweek to a famed magazine essayist for Esquire and The New Yorker before breaking in as a Hollywood screenwriter and later director, usually drawing from her personal experiences. Borrowing its title from an aphorism oft-stated by Ephron’s mother – essentially that anything that happens in ones life is fair game for use by a writer – the film makes much of her uncharacteristic decision to keep secret her diagnosis of leukemia, which claimed her life in 2012, but thankfully Bernstein doesn’t get too bogged down in this, choosing instead to celebrate his mother’s life and her deft skill in bringing humor to personal tragedies and triumphs alike through her clever writing.

    http://whatnottodoc.com/2016/03/18/in-theatres-everything-is-copy/

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