Films like Doc crop a few times a week on one’s local PBS affiliate, and they’re generally welcome. It would be difficult to find a developed Western nation that holds its intellectuals in lower esteem than America, and so it is usually nice to see them feted in whatever way possible, even if it is just for an hour or two on a Tuesday evening. It’s a good thing for Doc, Immy Humes’ pocket-sized documentary about her father Harold L. “Doc” Humes—who co-founded the Paris Review and wrote a couple of well-received novels before slipping into itinerant insanity—that as much as it resembles the well-meaning but often shallow gleanings of those works in style, it goes beyond them in substance…
Doc is currently playing at the Film Forum in New York and should be broadcast later in the year on PBS’ Independent Lens. You can read the full review in Film Journal International here.