Philip Roth: Unmasked

Obscenity

Philip Roth on obscenity. While it’s not all too uncommon for a writer to turn to the obscene from time to time, Roth made it a sort of trademark – especially in his book, Portnoy’s Complaint (1969).


American Masters explores the life and career of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novelist Philip Roth, often referred to as the greatest living American writer. Reclusive and diffident, Roth grants very few interviews, but for the first time, allowed a journalist to spend 10 days interviewing him on camera. The result is Philip Roth: Unmasked, a 90-minute documentary that features Roth freely discussing very intimate aspects of his life and art as he has never done before.