The Hitch

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The Hitch

Christopher Hitchens, journalist, author, contrarian, some might say literary badass, was known for throwing his intellect around and for taking some rather unpopular stands and if you hated him for that... well then he was just fine with it. But Hitchens' work had been featured in some highly respected publications and he was contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He was born in Portsmouth, England and as the story goes his mom said "if there's going to be an upper class in this country then Christopher is going to be in it."

So Hitchens went to a fancy private school, later studied at Oxford, started writing in the 70s and for a long time he was a staple of the left-wing media. But after 9/11 things started to change. Hitch supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and he took a stand against the so called liberal media. In fact he ended his twenty-year relationship with the magazine called The Nation because of it.

He moved to New York, took the political right and in his lifetime he fixed his devastating gaze on the likes of Henry Kissinger, the Clintons and even Mother Theresa. When he wrote about public figures and politics people listened, but his most lasting legacy may be his atheism. His most notable book on atheism is God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Christopher Hitchens died at a hospital in Houston, Texas on 15th of December, 2011. He ended his reign as perhaps the most articulate and contrarian intellectual of his generation.

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33 Comments / User Reviews

  1. spikebat

    Great documentary. A true character and a master of the art of debate. Recall that some responses to his death from some Christians were so hateful that he'd have been delighted!

  2. pwndecaf

    "What could be more agreeable?"

  3. bringmeredwine

    This was an engrossing story, because I found the man's life so interesting. The doc consists of archival footage depicting Christopher's school days, career, thoughts, and opinions, narrated in his own voice.
    Which is kind of eerie, because we know he's dead.
    The Hitch was a blunt, larger than life, adventurous, self- confident individual.
    He demonstrated emotions from devoted love and admiration for his mother; to utter repugnance and disdain for Mother Theresa.
    An interesting, hard-living individual and a force to be reckoned with, for sure.

  4. williamdais

    It is rare that you find a man as brilliant and as steadfast in pursuit of the truth as the Hitch. Discovering him was enough to renew my faith in the possibility that man is indeed still evolving, hopefully to a form resembling Mr. Hitchens.

  5. socratesuk

    A beautiful documentary, Hitchens always made a lot of good points and I certainly miss his presence. But as he says at the end he can still be found on Youtube.

  6. socratesuk

    Lovely words.

  7. dirtyuncaberty

    You sold out over the Iraq war, you got sucked into American right/left politics which itself is a form of mental illness, just as war is madness. Maybe it just paid better not to s*it in someone else's nest. You abandoned the logic that got you respect. Maybe it was your colonial British heritage in your genealogy, who knows why. Even Jesus was wrong at least once Hitch, perhaps now is your chance to debate that with him.

  8. dekay49

    Hitchens should have stuck to his views on atheism. I lost all respect for him when he spoke in support of the United State's invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also showed his complete and total ignorance in his faith of the medical industry by subjecting himself to chemotherapy, he died from that treatment, not the cancer...........

  9. Steve

    You should stick to your views on atheism as well.

  10. DrJack37

    Call this film not a bad try, but it's so overwrought it's funny. You're better off just hearing the man at YouTube.

  11. Henry Lastname

    very well said, I too am very grateful for his wisdom and wit , intellect and pursuit of truth , 100% agree

  12. bbbobb

    Thanks for putting together a good biography. Sorry to nitpick-- but when adding background music, it really should be MUCH quieter than the speaking voices. Also, the blank gaps and musical interludes could have been minimized.

  13. davidlfos

    Terrific film, superbly and tastefully sampled with enviable restraint. Thank you and thank you Hitch.

  14. Eric Lawson

    Well done!! A brilliant man he will he is missed !!!Changed this mans direction in Life !!!Thanks !!

  15. ROMO

    Hes the only person I really miss that I never met

  16. Paul

    Integrity and common sense a very rare combination .

  17. Norm_de_Plume

    Him and Aaliyah.

  18. Toya

    My thoughts exactly :)

  19. Toya

    What an amazing story and human being. He (ironically)
    renews my faith in humanity. Well done Kristoffer Hellesmark.

  20. Eric Lawson

    Great Documentary i have followed this man for a very long time .He has changed my life.His commentary and logic will be missed .Peace!!!

  21. Jacky Montecinos

    Great man, great documentary...as he says in the end, he can still be found on Youtube.

  22. RileyRampant

    way too much iraq apologia. would have liked to get a more balanced treatment of his whole career - the years at the nation were completely glossed over. i guess because they, against the later neocon phase, would have proven dissonant.

    he was certainly a gifted fellow.

  23. borntoread

    As a great admirer of Christopher Hitchens, even when not always agreeing with him, I was also waiting for someone to make a documentary about the talented and provocative author. I'm glad that you did so and hope it will encourage you to make more films...Thank you.

  24. malta123

    Oh!....God, I didn’t want to comment, I’m too choked up, but in the end, I had to.

    Brilliantly articulate and brave to the end, a man for whom the bell tolled far too early.

    I have been permanently robbed of his consummate speaking skills
    and his vision.

  25. peter paul

    he was atheist which is absolutly fine, but he used that against islam with the 911 terror attack as prop and backup to attacking islam

    we put him right on 911, thats for sure, cos the freemasons (and he was one) did it

    muhahahahahahaha

  26. peter paul

    when he was alive he was a scumbag, and richard dawkins is another scumbag

    why cos they both knew who did 911

  27. peter paul

    the truth will out

  28. yogi9644

    Peter Paul---got a little Catholic in you, eh? What Hitch knew is that Catholics invented anti-Semitism and provided the perfect foundation for the Holocaust. The Catholics may have, through Paul, intoned the idea that love of money is the root of all evil, but proved through their behavior that the root of all evil is the wicked satisfaction that comes from killing the amazing Jews and/or anyone else who has the good sense to disclaim false prophets.

    And any ex post facto insult posted on this board is comic.

  29. Anar Musayev

    exactly

  30. George Kanakaris

    God is not great , Hitchens was .On Iraq he was wrong however.

  31. peter paul

    his crime is not to expose false prophets (...obviously)
    ... but to pin 9/11 on muzzies, when he definitely knew they don't have enough brains to pull a controlled demolition

  32. John Bocskay

    Great man, but this doc is a bit of a mess. The sound is all over the place, some of the music is jarring and gets in the way, some of the narration is garbled and barely audible, and I had to stop watching when we hear Bush's voice giving the justifications for the war minus the magic phrase weapons of "mass destruction", which suggests it was of a later, post-reality-slap vintage. To document Hitchens' embarrassing views about that war is one thing, but to pretend that he wasn't very wrong about a major part of the war rationale is entirely another. Maybe they cleared that up after the point at which I stopped watching, but it had too many other flaws to sit through. Two thumbs down.

  33. yourthegreatestalice@hotmail.c

    He died from pneumonia . Chemotherapy SAVED MY life.

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