Casting By 2013

Casting By

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Interviews with Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Al Pacino and others illustrate a look at how casting directors have shaped the direction of Hollywood over the last 50 years.

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  • A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines.

    October 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 29, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Something of an elegy for a lost era, when talent, even at its rawest, stood far above prettiness as the primary reason for getting the part.

    July 19, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This film seeks to highlight the publicly under-appreciated casting directors and to pay tribute to the one woman who evolved the position of the casting director...

    June 26, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • While the movie is not especially thoughtful (to put it mildly), it's worth seeing for all its revelatory TV clips and for celebrating one of the great female innovators in post-World War II movie history.

    July 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 21, 2015
    A fascinating look at an approach to casting by looking at some of the giants of the field, one that does not get its due nor is properly appreciated as a vital piece of the film making process. Where it falters somewhat is in its dismissing of the previous studio system of selecting actors who they had under contract. It was imperfect for sure but resulted in many classics so obviously something about it worked, though to hear about it here it was a worthless and completely counter productive to proper casting.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2013
    A film that finally highlights the importance of casting directors to the process of landing the right actors in the right films. What would actually be more interesting would be to weigh their choices against who they could have cast in roles that would have been better but that is a quibble. Long overdue recognition.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 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.
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