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Casting By

Combining over 240 interviews, extensive archival footage, animated stills & documents with a moving original score, director Tom Donahue has meticulously crafted the untold tale of the Hollywood casting director. CASTING BY is a celebration of the profession, highlighting its previously unsung role in film history while also serving as an elegy to the lost era of the New Hollywood. The documentary focuses on pioneer Marion Dougherty, an iconoclast whose exquisite taste, tenacity and gut instincts brought a new kind of actor to the screen that would mark the end of the old studio system and help to usher in this revolutionary new period. The film skillfully draws a line through the last half century to show us the profession's evolution from studio system type-casting to the rise of large ensemble films populated with unique and diverse casts. The interviewees are a Who's Who of Hollywood legends including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Danny Glover, Bette Midler, John Travolta and countless others.



CRITICAL NOTES

"While Dougherty clearly had an almost eerie sense of how a particular actor might inhabit a part, this film also shows that she may have single-handedly created a filmmaking craft and then made it indispensable." - Daphne Howland, Village Voice

"Proves a vivid reminder of the hand-in-glove importance of right actor/right role - and the indispensability of those casting mavens who helped make movie history. Good stuff." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
FILM INFORMATION

Director: Tom Donahue
Featuring: Marion Dougherty
Year: 2012
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Filmswelike


Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

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