Casting By Reviews

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½ April 8, 2013
I saw this at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. If you are a film buff like me, you will probably get a thrill just from hearing the anecdotes and seeing some clips of famous actors in their first TV or film appearances. Both sides of the argument are presented as to whether a casting director is a director or something else. How much creative influence do they have on the final product? After a quick look at the old studio system and casting to "type," this doc turns its attention to Marion Dougherty. She worked in New York and started casting for television around the same time that the Method was becoming popular with actors. Rather than looking for "stars," she searched for actors who had range and could develop a whole character. Lynn Stalmaster became a kind of counterpart to Dougherty on the west coast until Marion also moved to Hollywood to make it in the movies. There was one graphic that was used that seemed especially befitting. Marion's casting agency was the trunk of a tree that grew many many seeds, meaning it gave dozens of other women their start in a career of casting. There was a sad note that despite massive support, Marion Dougherty was never awarded a special Oscar by the Academy. Lots of behind the scenes stories and a really enjoyable documentary.
July 30, 2015
A nice ode to Marion Dougherty, but I wish the doc had spread it's focus a little more to other major casting directors. Still pretty good.
½ September 15, 2014
An insightful and eye-opening documentary about an unknown subject.
August 10, 2015
A thoroughly interesting and revealing documentary on an often unsung role of movie production.
½ October 8, 2014
This movie should be called, "All About Marion Dougherty" or "Blowing Sunshine Up Marion Dougherty's Ass". How many times can they say, "Marion Dougherty" in 60 seconds? If this was a documentary about the industry of casting directors in general, I might be sold, but I can't sit up and listen to praise of one person for an hour plus.?
½ September 22, 2014
i was semi misled because i though this was a doc about casting in general but its more a biopic about Marion Dougherty. Definitely a movie for film nerds and they make some good points about casting directors not getting enough credit.
½ May 19, 2014
If you watch this, you'll spend the next month watching the films they speak of!
January 28, 2014
HBO Documentary now on HBOGO is excellent! A great insight to how talent was found for TV & Movies with lots of "A List" actors on how they were discovered and given a break by one particular person Marion Dougherty who had a talent for finding just the right person for the right role.
August 18, 2013
Casting By is the best documentary I've seen in years and an enlightening look into the heart and minds of present-day Hollywood legends. It's a truly fascinating documentary for so many reasons, primarily because of the endless stream of Hollywood icons who eloquently express their love, devotion, and thanks to a remarkable lady who practically invented the occupation of casting director. Marion Daugherty is the woman who people like Pacino, De Niro, Redford, Voight, Hoffman, Travolta, and many others credit for their first big breaks in Hollywood, and it is so refreshing to hear such notable actors think back to when they first started and needed a person like Daugherty in their corner. Casting By is really a film that does so many things, and whether you are an aspiring actor, a film buff, or just simply someone who enjoys engaging and thought provoking documentaries, this film has something for everyone. I loved the stories about how Daugherty pushed for leading actors like Travolta and Voight to get their roles, and the Danny Glover story was truly heartwarming. Let's put it this way, at the end of the film, you hear Robert Redford say he loves Marion, Clint Eastwood thank her for her years of support, and Al Pacino wish that Marion was still working today. It's a brilliant film about not only casting directors and their importance, but also about how Hollywood would not be the same without their vision and artistic guidance. It's an amazing documentary and a must see film for people who love Hollywood.
November 25, 2012
Incredibly interesting documentary that explores the roles of casting directors specifically Marion Dougherty and their role in the industry. Marion got many of the stars started, making this an especially interesting movie for movie buffs.
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