"Salinger" documentary pieces together novelist's private life and writing

The film examines why the reclusive writer stopped publishing in 1965

Published June 14, 2013 2:18PM (EDT)

The Weinstein Company has released the trailer for "Salinger," its documentary about the reclusive and highly influential "The Catcher in the Rye" author.

Based on the trailer (which has the pacing of a thriller) the documentary explores of the great mysteries about Salinger: why he stopped publishing at the height of his success, in 1965.

Shane Salerno's documentary includes commentary from actors Edward Norton, Danny DeVito, playwright John Guare and others. According to Deadline writer Mike Fleming Jr., who saw an early version of the film before Salinger died, "there’s a lot of good stuff in that movie that isn’t revealed here."

The movie will be released September 6.

By Prachi Gupta

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