"The Hitch" - A Christopher Hitchens documentary by Kristoffer Hellesmark

Since the death of Christopher Hitchens in December of 2011, I have anticipated some kind of cinematic retrospective regarding the life of a man who was one of the great intellectual lights of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Certainly there have been tributes and brief snapshots highlighting his spoken word, writings and debates on YouTube and elsewhere, but nothing which attempts to comprehensively represent at least in brief the fulsome cornucopia Hitchens brought to humankind.

Amateur documentarian Kristoffer Hellesmark apparently felt this absence as keenly as I have, and he actually did something about it. The result is "The Hitch," an 82-minute record, which attempts to convey an understanding of who Christopher Hitchens was in his own words. It involves not just his well-known attitudes about religion, but his involvement with the far left and his controversial take on Saddam Hussein and the Iraq War, among other issues.

Hellesmark's work is wonderfully well done if briefer than I would wish, and I commend it to your attention. If you wish to forward your appreciation to him directly (as I am considering doing at this moment!), his email is: kristofferhellesmark@hotmail.com.  I also want to offer my thanks to Mavis Benfield, who originally posted this video on her status.

Please enjoy.


'The Hitch'- Christopher Hitchens documentary from Kristoffer Hellesmark on Vimeo.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 29, 2015 at 9:56pm

Loren - you got that right for sure.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 29, 2015 at 9:52pm

@sk8eycat Sorry to hear you had problems, sk8ey.  Wish I could help.

@Hitchfan You and me both, bro.  Hitch was a one-off, and I miss him horribly.

@Bertold Bill the Bard knew whereof he spoke.  People would do well to listen better to what he had to say.  Problems is, too many of 'em would rather listen to themselves yap.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 29, 2015 at 8:33pm

I just ran across this gem from the Hitch from his memoir, Hitch 22

From King Lear: "Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand! Why dost thou lash the whore? . . .Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind, for which thou whip'st her." This is why, whenever I hear some bigmouth in Washington or the Christian heartland  banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my watch. Sooner rather than later, he will be discovered down on his weary and well-worn old knees in some dreary motel or latrine, with an expired Visa card, having tried to pay well over the odds to be peed upon by some Apache transvestite.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 29, 2015 at 8:29pm

Is it Vimeo or my elderly Dell?  ALL of those videos freeze every few seconds, and it's driving me crazy.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2015 at 8:00pm

I'm glad you were able to catch it, Michael.

Comment by Michael Penn on April 19, 2015 at 7:42pm

Good documentary. I wished it was longer.

My new "refurbed" IBM sputtered a time or two, then kicked in that extra fan (just like the noisy one on your car AC system) and played the video just fine. That might be why I got this machine at such a good deal but it's OK with me. My screens are not close to the computer and one is in the other room.

Comment by Michael Penn on April 17, 2015 at 8:08pm

Thanks Loren. I'm gonna have to watch this.

Comment by Mark Arellius on April 17, 2015 at 5:24pm

Quite a good amateur documentary indeed, I like the way in which it's constructed. (spoiler alert) Especially the part where he is asked by an interviewer ''What where you thinking?!'' The look he has on his face with the song Summer in the City was a good scene. 

I'm very glad I am aware of who he was and his work! Every day I try to make an effort to gather knowledge in the hopes that I will some day be as intellectual as he was. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 17, 2015 at 2:22pm

My old computer won't let me play most of this video, but it looks interesting and I'll try again when I've updated my system.  In the meantime, I've been enjoying reading about Hitchens on Wikipedia.

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