Election 2016

Meet the man who has finally explained O.J. Simpson to the world

washingtonpost.comEzra Edelman created a new O.J. Simpson documentary that The Post’s TV critic called “nothing short of towering achievement.” (Kyle Monk/For The Washington Post)

It could be construed as a dodge, but coming from Ezra Edelman it’s more like a declaration of purpose.

Not only did the D.C.-raised filmmaker have the audacity to make a 7½ -hour documentary about one of the most warmed-over subjects in recent American history, but he has also won a parade of critical acclaim. New York Magazine called it a “masterpiece,” while Hank ­Stuever’s review in The Washington Post called it “nothing short of a towering achievement.” And that’s without peddling any flashy new revelations. “That’s not what I’m interested in,” he said over tacos near his home in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. “I’m doing something a little different.”

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