51 BIRCH STREET
Documentary filmmaker Doug Block always thought his parents' 54-year marriage was a good one. But when his mother dies unexpectedly and his father swiftly remarries his former secretary, he discovers a family history far more complex and troubled than he ever imagined. 51 Birch Street is a riveting personal documentary that explores a universal human question - how much about your parents do you really want to know?
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"One of the most moving and fascinating documentaries I've seen this year... Mr. Block has put his parents’ life, and his own, into this film with such warmth and candor that it may take more than one viewing to recognize it as a work of art."
- A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year, is a resounding success because it touches on things every child has wondered about on the road to adulthood. What really went on in your parents' bedroom? Did Mom or Dad ever mess around?"
- Ruthe Stein, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"A lively, controversial but finally deeply compassionate portrait of an ordinary extraordinary woman"
- Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST
"An irresistible mystery... indelibly haunting"
- Roger Ebert, ROGEREBERT.COM
"A spellbinding detective story"
- Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
Articles and Interviews:
New York Times - Article
IndieWire - Interview
The Independent - Interview
Director: Doug Block
Producers: Lori Cheatle, Doug Block
Editor: Amy Seplin
Composer: H. Scott Salinas