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Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

Year of the Living Dead (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 18 October 2013 (USA)
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A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead (1968).




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Filmmaker
Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown ...
Himself (archive footage)
Mark Harris ...
Himself - Film Historian
Herself - Film Producer
Chiz Schultz ...
Himself - Film & TV Producer
Himself - Filmmaker
Jason Zinoman ...
Himself - Author, Shock Value
Christopher Cruz ...
Himself - Filmmaker & Teacher
Himself - Host, The Treatment
Samuel D. Pollard ...
Himself - Professor, NYU Film (as Sam Pollard)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)


In 1968, Pittsburgh native, George Romero, would direct a low budget film that would revolutionize the horror genre forever, Night of the Living Dead. Through interviews with the talents involved, the story of this film creation is told and how it reflected its time with a grotesque and powerful immediacy. Furthermore, the film's difficult and controversial release to an unsuspecting film public is also recounted as it survived the early revulsion to become a landmark cinematic creation with a profound effect on popular culture. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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1968. Peace. Love. And the undead.




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$1,239 (USA) (18 October 2013)


$8,590 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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Very Good Documentary
25 May 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Did we really need yet another documentary about NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD? Probably not but this one here is so entertaining and gives us some fresh looks on the subject that fans of the George Romero classic will certainly want to check it out. Director Rob Kuhns interviews Romero who touches on familiar subjects like his early career, how the story came up and the impact the film had once it was released. Where the documentary sets itself apart is that it focuses in on some of the more political moments in the film including what was going on in the world at the time. Vietnam and the Civil Rights are certainly discussed here. You might be saying that we've heard these stories before and that's true but this documentary manages to throw out some good information and even better is that we get some professional critics who discuss the impact of the film and their memories of seeing it as children. Elvis Mitchell has some great stories about the first time he watched the film and there's some great stuff dealing with how the distributor pretty much threw this film into kid matinées. There's even a great sequence where people discuss how everything zombie wise pretty much goes back to this film and Romero. Even more interesting is the talk of the lead black actor and the type of movies Sidney Poitier was doing at this thing. I really wish Romero would have commented on this part of the subject but he doesn't. With that said, this is certainly a highly entertaining documentary, although it does run a bit short at just 75-minutes.

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