The Typewriter (In the 21st Century) 2013 NR CC

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The documentary film The Typewriter (In the 21st Century) is an ode to a marvelous machine that changed the world, and the surprisingly enduring culture that valiantly attempts to preserve its legacy and save it from cultural extinction.

Starring:
Robert Caro, David McCullough
Runtime:
58 minutes

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The Typewriter (In the 21st Century)

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Product Details

Genres Documentary, Kids & Family
Director Christopher Lockett
Starring Robert Caro, David McCullough
Studio DMGI
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

It is changed only when you, the writer, can no longer read it.
StevenWayne1206
As an abstract artist it makes me want to use the typewritten page in my art from now on.
John Brian Sommers
I watched this the day that I recieved my smith and corona typewriter in the mail.
Tribesman

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By StevenWayne1206 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 30, 2013
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You like typed words if you are reading this review and considering this movie. Great start!

I am a writer. I just bought a 1958 Royal Futura 800 from Bob Green in Amherst (one of the gentlemen interviewed in this movie). I love it. It has changed my writing world.

The typewriter is there when I am ready to write. There is more to it than just not being distracted by the laptop fan and internet. The manual typewriter sits precisely where you left it, at one spot on the page, whether you go away for a minute, or for a day. The next key you hit is the next printed letter, regardless of when you hit it. There is no screensaver. There is no hibernation. There is no re-booting. It is silent and ready, a sentry with one purpose: to put my thoughts immediately to paper.

Why use a typewriter as an author? It makes me think. I can type faster than I can think; I needed a set of "brakes" to slow down; a computer keyboard and mouse was not enough. It's the difference between driving and walking. Drive a car along the winding road through the woods and you will get to the end faster. But, walk the edge of the winding road and you will feel the cool air and smell the woods. You will hear the birds. You will sense fear when you hear a rustling in the brush from an unseen animal. You will get wet when it starts raining.

The typewriter is a walk, not a drive. It is feeling, not just doing.

You enjoy the editing first on the paper itself, a tactile experience. You have a stack of pages that you can scribble on. You can jot notes. You can add arrows and circles and squares and your own personal symbols that you cannot do with editing on a computer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda M. Parker on November 6, 2013
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I loved this documentary! I already liked my typewriters, but this gave me a new, fun appreciation of them. I'm excited to see how they get used in the 21st century. I wholeheartedly recommend taking an hour of your time to watch (or rewatch!) this gathering of typewriter enthusiasts, writers, and even repairmen (they were the most interesting!) talking about the machines they love.
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By mayzey on November 4, 2014
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I worked in printing all my life, and owned a typesetting business. So I may be prejudiced, I was thrilled. It is great to see people take an interest in the basics of printing. I love typewriters. They are you small "press" . Interesting and informative. I am glad they will be around for some time to come. Typing is an experience that can not be duplicated with a keyboard.
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By MrOldMan on September 28, 2014
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I look at these reviews and I'm tempted to believe that most people would give 5 stars to a broken stick. Seriously. Most movies, including this one, are NOT 5 star material. Come on folks, keep it real. Rating everything a 5 ruins the whole system.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tribesman on October 20, 2013
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I watched this the day that I recieved my smith and corona typewriter in the mail. It was the perfect combo! If you have any interest in this mighty tool, I truly recomend this one. :)
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By James Foye on November 1, 2014
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A great film about one of the most important "machines" in history. Terrific!
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By John on August 23, 2014
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This was an enjoyable show.
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By Kevin Kittle on December 10, 2014
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Good positive documentary.
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