California Typewriter Reviews

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May 9, 2018
[Director Doug] Nichol's excellent sense of place expands even to the Vince Guaraldi instrumentals on the soundtrack.
November 11, 2017
California Typewriter is a nostalgic documentary that will make you think about what life was like in the days before computers, smart phones, and the internet.
November 8, 2017
The questions this documentary raises, in between all the human stories and history it teaches, will definitely haunt you as the credits roll.
October 27, 2017
There are two ready-made audiences for this doc and both will benefit from seeing it.
October 27, 2017
I enjoyed this film about typewriters so much that I feel guilty writing this review on a computer instead of a Smith Corona.
October 25, 2017
A love story that clacks!
October 25, 2017
If California Typewriter slightly overstays its welcome, as Nichol pushes past a natural end point to make the case for manual typewriters as the new vinyl... well, that seems somehow appropriate, too. Love has a way of blinding us to reality, after all.
September 29, 2017
... a retro-fun salute to the analog age and a thoughtful consideration of how digital technology affects our lives.
September 29, 2017
A love letter to the outdated, be it typewriters, thank you notes, mom and pop repair shops, or creativity that doesn't start with turning a computer on first.
September 29, 2017
I do wish the film had gone a little farther in its structure... but otherwise, I love it.
September 29, 2017
All of it is a bit of a hodgepodge of ideas, but it's an engaging one, nonetheless.
September 28, 2017
Doug Nichol's handsomely packaged, if slightly myopic, documentary California Typewriter waxes poetic.
September 21, 2017
California Typewriter wanders a bit in its curiosity, but it is hardly a piece of ephemeral nostalgia.
September 21, 2017
Suffusing the documentary is an almost religious reverence for this mundane and obsolete mechanical apparatus. Not that it's undeserved.
September 20, 2017
A surprisingly thoughtful and beautifully shot film that doubles as both a history of and a love letter to the humble typewriter.
September 14, 2017
'California Typewriter' is a very likable, eccentric excursion. It goes deeper than you may at first believe. It will make you look back and reflect on the cost of technology to the mind and the spirit.
September 14, 2017
The best thing is that Nichol doesn't adopt a luddite stance. He doesn't try to impart the evils of technology, at least not much.
September 7, 2017
One of those documentaries that at first seems like just an enjoyable lark about some eccentric people but winds up raising deeper issues about human needs and the creative process.
September 7, 2017
Although the film would benefit from a more reined-in focus, "California Typewriter" is a love letter to an antiquated device - one that retains its charm and utility even in the digital age.
August 31, 2017
A rich, thoughtful, meticulously crafted tapestry about the evolution of the beloved writing machine for purists, history buffs, collectors and others fighting to preserve or re-embrace analog life.
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