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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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Rob Kuhns

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George A. Romero ... Himself - Filmmaker
Fred Rogers ... Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown H. Rap Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Harris ... Himself - Film Historian
Gale Anne Hurd ... Herself - Film Producer
Chiz Schultz Chiz Schultz ... Himself - Film & TV Producer
Larry Fessenden ... Himself - Filmmaker
Jason Zinoman Jason Zinoman ... Himself - Author, Shock Value
Christopher Cruz Christopher Cruz ... Himself - Filmmaker & Teacher
Elvis Mitchell ... Himself - Host, The Treatment
Samuel D. Pollard Samuel D. Pollard ... Himself - Professor, NYU Film (as Sam Pollard)
Andy Griffith ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
Petula Clark ... Herself (archive footage)
Morley Safer ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birth of the Living Dead See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,239, 20 October 2013

Gross USA:

$9,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,802
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Goofs

The credits still refer to the film by its working title, "Year of the Living Dead." See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits there's a scene with S. William Hinzman, the graveyard zombie from Night of the Living Dead (1968), attending a 'zombie walk'. See more »

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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Another Look at George Romero and His Legacy...
2 June 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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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