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Broadway: The Golden Age Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
January 10, 2013
| Original Score: B
Rachel Proctor May
Austin Chronicle
November 13, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
November 5, 2004
It's the sort of history you could nibble on for hours.
| Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 28, 2004
Whether it's Julie Harris weeping as she recalls an Ethel Waters performance she saw 60 years ago or Marian Seldes lamenting the cruelty of show biz or Ann Miller blithely carving a decade off her age, there's no arguing that these years were golden.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 28, 2004
For theater lovers -- on both sides of the footlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 1, 2004
Old-timers, showbiz buffs and big-stage wanna-bes will not be disappointed.
| Original Score: B-
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
September 24, 2004
McKay's straightforward cinematic valentine, which also includes rare archival stage footage, is a treat for those bedazzled by the idea of Broadway in its prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 24, 2004
[The subjects] eagerly unwind before McKay's one-man camera, reminiscing about everything from their finest hours to the days when ticket prices still ran in single digits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2004
It takes more than a fan to analyze the legacy of a period. But a fan is just what it takes to indulge in that legacy, which is exactly what Broadway: The Golden Age is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 24, 2004
I can think of no higher compliment than to report that after seeing it, I wanted to rush out and see a play.
John Coulbourn
Jam! Movies
September 24, 2004
What makes Golden Age compelling cinema is the archival material that McKay has assembled to bind his loose and often casually unfocused interviews.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 23, 2004
The demise of the New York theater is, of course, too complex a subject to be contained in a study of less than two hours, but this free-flowing film certainly hits the high points as it flips around its talking-head celebrity sound bites at warp speed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Susan Granger
September 11, 2004
An enthralling, timeless documentary. It's the closest you'll ever get to actually being there.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 25, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Packed with priceless footage.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 6, 2004
The stories they tell in this warm, evocative documentary crackle with humor and glow with reverence. By listening to those stories, you'll glow too.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 6, 2004
If you love the theater, you've got to see the film and simply enjoy as everyone from A (Edie Adams) to Z (Karen Ziemba) holds forth.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2004
While less than artfully composed, Rick McKay's homegrown documentary about the glory days of the American theater represents an invaluable oral history.
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
July 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 23, 2004
It's the videotaped equivalent of a primary research data dump. But to quote Bette Davis by way of Edward Albee: What a dump.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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