Joe Gould's Secret

Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 conversations he's overheard. Mitchell is fascinated with this Harvard grad and writes a 1942 piece about him, "Professor Seagull," bringing Gould some celebrity and an invitation to join the Greenwich Village Ravens, a poetry club he's often crashed. Gould's touchy, querulous personality and his frequent dropping in on Mitchell for hours of chat lead to a breakup, but the two Joes stay in touch until Gould's death and Mitchell's unveiling of the secret.

  • Starring: Stanley Tucci, Ian Holm and Susan Sarandon
  • Director(s): Stanley Tucci
  • Producer(s): Bohemian Productions, Inc.
  • Screenwriter(s): Howard A. Rodman
  • Distributor: October Films / USA Films
  • Animal Coordinator: Animal Actors, Steve McAuliff
  • Release Date: Friday, May 26, 2000

Featured Animal Action

Joe is seen sitting the park feeding the many pigeons who congregate at his feet. For this scene homing pigeons were used that stayed in the area where the bird seed was scattered and later collected.