By Vanessa Gould

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2017-04-26
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Director: Vanessa Gould
  • Production Company: Topiary Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 8.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
From 4 Ratings


It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?




  • Modder

    By KRN£K£INK
    I enjoyed the film, however I do see some of the criticism as legitimate. Definitely would have been interesting to see the lives of the writers as well. I suppose that may entail a completely different exploration, however. I guess we'll have to wait for the sequel.
  • Bravo

    By RichardmontyM1
    A original exploration of art, celebrity and death. Surprisingly moving and weirdly funny.
  • I'm starting to distrust Rotten Tomatoes' reviews

    By anon7899
    More and more when I make a purchase based on a high RT ranking, I am subsequently dissappointed. Very little information to be gleaned here beyond what's in the store description. Although I'm sure that there are interesting obituary writers out there, this doc makes a weak case in trying to prove it.
  • Not Interesting

    By BonnieMarc
    I thought this would be fascinating to learn about since it was a job that I never thought about. I could not watch pass 15 minutes. I felt bored.