The Dying of the Light


The Dying of the Light (2016)



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Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photo-chemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age. The practice of handing and projecting film is in danger of being lost; and the role of film projectionist is nearing extinction. THE DYING OF THE LIGHT explores at the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end. The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies-and to the unseen people who put the light on our screens.

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Critic Reviews for The Dying of the Light

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Flynn looks at the history of cinema, from the earliest tent exhibitions to huge IMAX presentations, focusing on the projectionists locked away in tiny booths in the backs of rooms who made it all happen.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

You get an overwhelming sense of kinship and continuity here, between young hopefuls... and the older generation to which they're apprentice -- and to the generations before them, as well.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Compared to the wizard behind the curtain in "The Wizard of Oz," projectionists explain their apprenticeship and formative, sometimes surprising, experiences.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The Dying of the Light provides some fascinating history of the art and science of film projection.

Aug 8, 2017 | Full Review…

...if you have a love for film history, old machinery, or just old stuff in general, this is definitely a film for you.

Jun 1, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

For cinephiles ... The Dying of the Light will sing like a reel of film flicking through a spinning canister.

Apr 22, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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