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Movie Review: Ahead of Time

Alternate Title: An Extraordinary Life

Story: The remarkable 99 year old Ruth Gruber was/is a woman who was ahead of her time. Via her vast world experiences she learned how to live inside of time and not rush through it. She has a list of 'firsts' that will make your resume seem inadequate. In her own words (the film was made when she was 97) years old, Jewish, Brooklyn-born Ruth Gruber simply explains how life afforded her options and she bravely took them.

To name a few of her accomplishments, she became the youngest PhD in the world at age 19 (in Germany, no less) before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24 for the New York Herald Tribune. She was the first photo-journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic and was a trusted member of the Roosevelt Administration during WWII.

Ruth Gruber was a feminist before that word had officially entered the lexicon. She bravely became an active participant in history and her words and photos remain for all to see.

The film was lovingly directed by Bob Richman. The archival footage alone is worth the price of admission. She will inspire you to get off of your duff and do something.

View the trailer on the film's website: http://ruthgruberthemovie.com/trailer.html

Acting: This is a documentary so this category does not apply.

Trivia: This is Bob Richman's directorial debut, but he is an award winning cinematographer and Director of Photography. He recently won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Best Cinematography for The September Issue. His other credits include Academy Award winner, An Inconvenient Truth, and Academy Award nominee, My Architect. His other credits include Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and Paradise Lost.

Predilection: I like documentaries and had seen an exhibit of Ruth Gruber's work at NYC's Jewish Heritage Museum a few years ago.

Critters: I saw this film a week ago so my memory is cloudy but I do believe there was a dog in the film.

Opening Titles: The opening title suggests the path the film will take. The chapters of Ms Gruber's long life are divided by clever titles.

Theater Audience: About a dozen people.

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Either would be fine.

Length: 90 minutes