Eyes of Artists

Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

Posted in film by Corey Presha on October 12, 2009

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– As excited as I am to see Where The Wild Things Are this week, I am almost equally excited for the Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs documentary on the creator of Wild Things, Maurice Sendak that will be airing on HBO this Wednesday October 14th called Tell Them Anything You Want.

Filmmakers Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze present an intimate look at the life of noted children’s book writer and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, a seminal talent at times conflicted with his success and whose lifelong obsession with death has subtly influenced his work. Now 81 and living in Connecticut, Sendak is best known for his first (and most famous) book, Where the Wild Things Are, which he wrote after being a book illustrator for over 10 years. Though it was originally panned, Wild Things would eventually become one of the most beloved and critically lauded children’s books of all time and, to Sendak’s chagrin, came to define his career. Through his words, old pictures and illustrations, Tell Them Anything You Want offers a deeply personal look at an otherwise private and somewhat isolated man.

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