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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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Taglines:

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, 18 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,590, 8 November 2013
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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

The end credits also include the full credits for Night of the Living Dead (1968) as a tribute to its makers. See more »

Connections

References Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972) See more »

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Year of the Living Dead: Short but sweet
25 November 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

This oddly short documentary gives us a history lesson on the iconic groundbreaking Night Of The Living Dead (1968) Though the interviews are mostly with Romero that is no issue for me as the man always delivers intelligent concise points on whatever he's talking about.

The documentary covers the films origins through its production and to the legacy that it created. Truly the movie was genre defining and a lot of what we see today on stage and screen wouldn't exist without its presence.

What this feature covers extensively as well is the race issues touched upon in the film and that were raging through America during the 1960's. This though nothing not seen before is informative and hard hitting.

Short, sweet and competently made this is a decent effort and a must watch for fans of Romeros work.

The Good:

Romero interviews are excellent

Well constructed

The Bad:

Tad short

Things I Learnt From This Documentary:

The guts and intestines being eaten by the zombies were real!


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