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moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour," James Ponsoldt's exquisitely elegiac film about David Foster Wallace, examined over the course of a five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, 12 years before the influential writer's suicide in 2008 at age 46 .The same compassionate observation of human imperfections that distinguished Ponsoldt's films "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" makes him an ideal interpreter of this material, while playwright Donald Margulies' thoughtful screenplay brings tremendous insight into the way writers' minds work. It is very much the film that lovers of Wallace's dazzlingly perspicacious fiction and essays would want.Having read the rhapsodic reviews of "Infinite Jest," Wallace's encyclopedic 1,079-page 1996 novel, and then been somewhat crushed to find they weren't exaggerating, Lipsky, himself a published fiction author of more modest success, pitched a feature to Rolling Stone, a magazine with scant history of profiling writers.
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