Linotype: The Film 2012 NR CC

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A feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine.

Starring:
Elln Hagney
Runtime:
1 hour 17 minutes

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Linotype: The Film

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Douglas Wilson
Starring Elln Hagney
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this film.
ArmSC
Thankfully there are still a few people interested in perserving a few Linotype machines for the computer generation to learn about.
Happy Accidents
The film offers great insight into the technology that redefined the distribution of knowledge and information to the modern world.
Christopher D. Moore

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Happy Accidents on November 4, 2012
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I stumbled across this movie quite by accident and am really glad to have seen it. I had no idea how important the Linotype was in advancing the availability of reading materials to so many people. It was also fascinating to learn about it's evolution, starting with a need to make copies of notes to a becoming a working machine. It's so complex it's a miracle that it works at all, but was the cutting edge technology for printing for 80 years. Thankfully there are still a few people interested in perserving a few Linotype machines for the computer generation to learn about. At just over an hour and a quarter, it's a short film, well worth your time to watch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grammar Man on November 12, 2012
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It was like being back there again, 40 years on! I worked for 6 years on a local newspaper and worked a Linotype machine for about 18 months of that time. The Linotype was as complicated and well-engineered as a watch, and was a marvel to watch and work. The film describes how coming of the Linotype was the latter day equivalent of Facebook, Twitter & the World Wide Web all arriving simultaneously, and thereby allowing the printed word to reach the masses more quickly and more cheaply. It changed everything.
This film is a superb evoaction of traditional newspaper production prior to computerisation. Listening to the Linotype machines transported me straight back to my Apprenticeship (£9 a week!) in 1972.
Many thanks to all involved in the production of this film, it goes some way to ensure that a past skill is forever showcased, and hopefully preserved for all to enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josh D. Kennedy on October 19, 2012
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I gotta be honest; I didn't know what to expect with this film. A movie about a printing machine? It simply didn't sound that interesting to me. I heard so many good things about it, but I went in to the theater not having any idea what to expect. I walked out of the theater pleased as punch, and pre-ordered the film before I even left. I plan on showing it to just about anybody that comes over to the house. This turned out to be a completely captivating film with flawless directing and editing that is driven by remarkably interesting and often hilarious characters. Don't let the seemingly boring subject matter fool you. There is not a dull moment in this film.
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The damndest thing about it is they probably did film what they needed to, but it got left on the cutting room floor. No one knows how to take pictures of machinery anymore. Its not that it would waste time, since the machine cycles in under 10 seconds. Holding the camera stationary and filming the machine for 3 cycles from 3 different angles would do alot to teach neophytes exactly what the machine did and how it did it. As it is, they have to download the 'online archives' from wikipedia and try to imagine what the machine is doing in their mind's eye.

Social Scientist documentary editors are only interested in the Human Interest part of the story. Fair enough. But the people they are filming feel the way they do strictly because of the machine and the ingenuity required of the men who designed it. To leave that out (visual proof of the reflected intelligence of the machine) is to leave the viewer guessing as to the whole story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hamilton on November 4, 2012
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This documentary is the essence of Linotype. It's beautifully crafted, and packed with history and love. Douglas Wilson has done a tremendous job integrating such a wide variety of elements. He switches with ease between historic photos and films, animations, and interviews with Linotype operators, historians, and type designers. It's educational, nostalgic, and informative. I loved it. At 76 minutes it's not too long and I also recommend that you watch the director's commentary, which was fascinating. (I'm assuming that this is available on the Amazon Instant Video version, I know it's on the DVD.) I'm looking forward to viewing the deleted scenes (which are also included on the DVD I purchased). I can't say enough good things about this documentary. Buy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Breckenridge on November 6, 2012
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Who would have guessed? A documentary about the LINOTYPE? A letter press typesetting machine?

Who would have guessed that it could hold your attention while it spins its story? This invention (a behemoth made with the precision of a fine wristwatch) was the information revolution of its time, making print cheaper and more widely available than ever before.

This machine literally changed the world.

The direction and editing are brilliant. The interviews are woven together with art and skill.

A story worth telling, worth hearing, and worth learning from.

Five solid gold stars. I look forward to this film-maker's future work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lee on November 8, 2012
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This is a well-made documentary about a piece of machinery that revolutionized the printing industry and in turn spread of information. If you're thinking it will be like a film strip you saw in school, think again. It's a heartfelt story that deftly introduces you to the machine and the people who are spending their lives to preserve it's history. It's very intriguing and will keep your attention--and make you smarter in the process.

I didn't know much about the Linotype before this film, so I was fascinated to discover it's role in information technology and it's influence on the technology we have today. Information breeds knowledge, knowledge breeds more information, and the faster that information can spread then knowledge follows suit. Without the Linotype, I would likely not be able to type this review in a browser window today.
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