This film is rated PG-13. Contains explicit language and illustrated nudity.

Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

Directed by Lance Bangs & Spike Jonze
U.S. Only

A loving look at one of the most cherished and controversial authors in children's literature, Maurice Sendak.

This intimate visit to Maurice Sendak's home provides a surprising look at the loneliness and anger that shaped an author who spoke to children - better than anyone else - about the loneliness and anger of childhood. A natural in front of Spike Jonze and Lance Bang's camera, Sendak treats us to his profane, beautiful reflections on sadness, fear, and imagination - themes that stayed with him until his death and still affect his readers, both young and old.

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