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Cinematic look at the creation of an unforgettable classic

Cinematic look at the creation of an unforgettable classic

Behind every masterpiece is a story.

DVD: Rebel in the Rye

Runtime: 105 minutes

Age restriction: 13DV

Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge

Review made possible by: Empire Entertainment

In 1951, JD Salinger redefined American literature with the release of his classic novel Catcher in the Rye.

Having sold over 65 million copies, this unforgettable masterpiece is considered one of the greatest books of the 20th century and the story’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has become an iconic character who readers still feel they can relate to.

With themes of teenage angst, rebellion and alienation, the controversial coming-of-age book became a bestseller upon publication and immediately catapulted Salinger into the unrelenting public spotlight.

The life of this legendary writer is explored in the compelling biographical drama Rebel in the Rye.

Written and directed by Danny Strong, the film chronicles the events and experiences which inspired Salinger (portrayed by Nicholas Hoult) and helped shape his famous literary creation.

Rebel in the Rye captures Salinger’s internal struggle to find his own voice, his battle to get published and his uncompromising attitude to his craft.

Covering some key events from the writer’s life, including his strained relationship with his father, Sol (Victor Garber), his relationship with Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch), the horrific period he spent fighting in World War Two, his fallout with teacher and mentor Whit Burnett (Kevin Spacey) and how he eventually withdrew from the public eye and became a notorious recluse after the overwhelming success of Catcher in the Rye, the film provides some insight into a rather complicated, emotional, yet brilliant individual.

Rebel in the Rye is now available on DVD.

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