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The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996)

In a documentary about Samuel Fuller, the spectator gets different impressions about the Hollywood director and his films. The film is divided into the three sections: The Typewriter, the ... See full summary »

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In a documentary about Samuel Fuller, the spectator gets different impressions about the Hollywood director and his films. The film is divided into the three sections: The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera. The first segment covers Fuller's past as a newsman where he began as a copy boy and ended as a reporter. Part two describes Fuller's experiences in World War II, in which he participated as a soldier. The last section focuses on Fuller as director. Tim Robbins interviews Samuel Fuller revealing the director's own memories and impressions. Beside the interview, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino accompany the documentary with their comments. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Unearthing a Master
11 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a documentary about Samuel Fuller, the spectator gets different impressions about the Hollywood director and his films. The film is divided into the three sections: The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera. The first segment covers Fuller's past as a newsman where he began as a copy boy and ended as a reporter. Part two describes Fuller's experiences in World War II, in which he participated as a soldier. The last section focuses on Fuller as director.

Knowing very little about Fuller going into this, I found it very interesting and it makes me want to seek out more of his films. I have seen only a handful, but now I feel like "Steel Helmet" is a must, among others.

Tim Robbins as host was good, but the real meat is Quentin Tarantino and martin Scorsese. Any time you see these two guys in a documentary, you know you will get informed, passionate discussion. It is almost a shame they are not both writers, as they could really could do a great job bringing to life forgotten directors. (In many ways, this is what they do through film.)


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