Duration: 104 min.
Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 conversations he's overheard. Mitchell is fascinated with this Harvard grad and writes a 1942 piece about him, "Professor Seagull," bringing Gould some celebrity and an invitation to join the Greenwich Village Ravens, a poetry club he's often crashed. Gould's touchy, querulous personality and his frequent dropping in on Mitchell for hours of chat lead to a breakup, but the two Joes stay in touch until Gould's death and Mitchell's unveiling of the secret.
realistic, witty, serious, melancholic, talky, dramatic, sentimental, gloomy, cerebral, reflective ...
friendship, artist, storytelling, mental illness, philosophy, writer's life, art, drinking, homeless, death, writers, urban, destiny, writing, creativity, character study, artists and showbiz, adaptation, eccentricity, life philosophy, redemption, friends, dialogue, existentialism, brutality ...
20th century, 40s, 50s, 1930s, 1940s
new york, usa, new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university, north carolina, manhattan new york city