I.F. Stone’s Weekly (1973)

I.F. Stone’s Weekly (1973)

“People read, but they miss most of what they see. Izzy misses nothing.”

Blacklisted journalist I.F. Stone discusses the weekly political newspaper he founded in 1953, which eventually reached a circulation of 70,000.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Documentaries
  • Journalists

Peary’s recommendation of this hard-to-find documentary about investigative journalist Isidor Feinstein Stone — who published his own muckraking weekly after being blacklisted by major newspapers for his “radical” views during an era of anti-communist hysteria — clearly reflects his personal interest in championing films about social justice and liberal individuals fighting against The Machine. In an era of increasingly widespread, You-Tubed documentaries about nearly every subject and individual under the sun, it’s easy to take an hour-long film like this for granted — but one shouldn’t, as it remains invaluable documentation of an intriguing figure in the history of journalism. However, it’s not innovative enough as a film that I would recommend it as something all film fanatics need to seek out. With that said, it would make an interesting double-bill with All the President’s Men (1976), given the presence of a young Carl Bernstein as a talking head at one point.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • An invaluable glimpse at the life and times of a little-known iconoclastic journalist crusader

Must See?
No; this one is only must-see for those interested in the subject matter. If you’re curious to locate it, try checking your local university library for a copy.


One thought on “I.F. Stone’s Weekly (1973)

  1. Not a must – but not for the same reason.

    First viewing.

    I find this to be quite a fascinating document. I’m less concerned with its status as “innovative” filmmaking. What keeps me from thinking of it as ‘must-see’ is its length. To cover a figure as intriguing as Stone, more time should have been taken – at least another half-hour – to get under his skin.

    At just an hour, the viewer is a bit teased and left hungry. He was certainly a worthy-enough subject for the viewer to spend more time getting to know. I enjoyed experiencing his love of and hunger for the truth, as well as his drive and his cool demeanor.

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