Smiling Through the Apocalypse - Esquire in the 60s
From the early 1960s to the early '70s, Esquire magazine became the voice of an era under the leadership of its swinging editor and the cultural provocateur, Harold Hayes. With his son Tom as tour guide, the film tells how Hayes transformed the magazine into a stable of fearless, brash, and irreverent journalism of the most turbulent decade since the Civil War. His fearless instincts provided a haven for preeminent and cutting edge writers of the time such as Gore Vidal, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Nora Ephron, William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer, and nurtured the distinctive talents of art director George Lois. By brining novelistic techniques into reportage, Hayes fostered what became known as "New Journalism" and made Esquire a galvanizing force in American culture.
Tom Hayes, Jim Stanton, Becky Bartlett, Robert Benton, John Berendt, Candice Bergen, John Blumenthal, Peter Bogdanovich, Brock Brower, Graydon Carter, Ray Crespin, Byron Dobel, Lee Eisenberg, Harlan Ellison, Sam Ferber, Tom Ferrell, Carl Fischer, Robert Frank, Walter Friedenberg, Jean-Paul Goude, Carrie Hayes, Tom Hedley, Hugh Hefner, Ralph Herring, Judy Kessler, George Lois, Thomas Meehan, Ben Pesta, Frank Rich, Gay Talese, Gore Vidal, Daniel Wakefield, Tom Wolfe