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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 (email@example.com)
A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead.
Despite my relative knowledge of the film, this documentary still opened my eyes to aspects of Romero's life I had not known. I certainly had no idea how important Fred Rogers was to the earliest days of his career!
The truth behind the connection of the film and racial violence is addressed. Romero says the "ghouls" were the revolution. Other times, the film's impact is played up as coincidence. The lead, a black man among white people, was cast because of his talent, not his skin. And then when Martin Luther King got assassinated shortly after the film was finished, deeper meaning was put upon it.
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