AIFF on the Small Screen: Casting By

Casting By

Casting By

Casting By
Find it on: Netflix | Vimeo
Documentary
89 minutes
Director: Tom Donahue
Year: AIFF2013
Country: USA

Putting the spotlight on filmmaking’s unsung heroes and heroines, Casting By takes us on a fast-paced journey through the last half century of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective — that of the casting director. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped put the final nail in the coffin of the old studio system and usher in the New Hollywood. Using the power of the then-new medium of television, they broke away from traditional Hollywood typecasting to bring us a new kind of leading man and leading lady. Actors including James Dean, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman shine in movies like Midnight Cowboy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The French Connection, and The Graduate. This film combines personal narratives from actors and directors with extensive archival material to construct the untold tale of one of Hollywood’s most invisible and unheralded professions.

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