Graphic artist and illustrator Ungerer, a native of Strasbourg, France on the German border, left his contentious hometown in the Sixties for New York City, where he became not only the darling of print advertising but a best-selling writer-artist of children’s books. But his private – and not-so-private – careers in the fields of erotica and political protest art made waves he’s still trying to overcome, as a still-feisty octogenarian. Joining the man himself as a talking head in Brad Bernstein’s gratifying portrait of the artist are illustrious colleagues Maurice Sendak (filmed shortly before his death in 2012) and Jules Feiffer. A fine portrait of a time, a place, and a wonderfully free-spirited man (98 min.).
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The kid from Strasbourg.