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"Outstanding" - Leonard Maltin; 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. (c) Official Facebook
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A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2013
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2013
Globe and Mail
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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...

Full Review… | June 26, 2013
The Playlist
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An entertaining, informative documentary...

Full Review… | February 25, 2016
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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 nixon
jay nixon

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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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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