Picks and Pans Review: Tuesday, June 28

UPDATED 06/27/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/27/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

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"My duty as a writer is to make the best record I can of life as I understand it." So says 51-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike, a novelist admired for his insights on marriage, divorce, friendship and adultery among friends. Filmmaker David Cheshire follows the writer from a publicity tour for his novel Rabbit Is Rich to a visit with his mother on her farm in Shillington, Pa., where he grew up. In this perceptive documentary, the author emerges as a likable man, a self-professed "average" person who has produced some extraordinary writing.

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