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The Dying of the Light (2015)

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A documentary that explores the history and craft of motion-picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists.

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Peter Flynn

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Peter Flynn
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Credited cast:
Bernie Anderson Bernie Anderson ... Himself
Paul Bader Paul Bader ... Himself
Jon Berberian Jon Berberian ... Himself
Dorman Bermingham Dorman Bermingham ... Herself
Terry Borton Terry Borton ... Himself
Armando Cabrera Armando Cabrera ... Himself
George Christ George Christ ... Himself
Chapin Cutler Chapin Cutler ... Himself
Lou DiCresenzo Lou DiCresenzo ... Himself
Robin Doty Robin Doty ... Himself
Bill Duelly Bill Duelly ... Himself
Mitchell Dvoskin Mitchell Dvoskin ... Himself
Jack Fanning Jack Fanning ... Himself
Matt Franks Matt Franks ... Himself
Walter Gonet Walter Gonet ... Himself
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Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age. The practice of handing and projecting film is in danger of being lost; and the role of film projectionist is nearing extinction. THE DYING OF THE LIGHT explores at the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end. The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies-and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens. Written by Peter Flynn

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18 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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There's still light, but it comes from a different source
6 October 2017 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Dying of the Light (2015) is a documentary written and directed by Peter Flynn. The movie gives us many interviews with professional projectionists who have worked with 35 mm movie film.

Some of the projectionists are retired, and some are still working at theaters that have the capability of projecting 35 mm film. However, as the title suggests, movies shown on film are going the way of the steam locomotive.

The movie is full of nostalgia. These people spent years learning how to project 35 mm film, and now their knowledge is of little or no use. The reality is that--in one throwaway line--one of the projectionists admits that most people can't tell the difference between the appearance of 35 mm and digital projection. So, as hard as it is to watch the loss of the old technology, we have to accept this and move on.

We saw this movie as part of the excellent Rochester Labor Film Series. It was shown at the wonderful Dryden Theatre in the George Eastman Museum. The Dryden is a theater that routinely shows 35 mm film. Ironically, this film was shot in digital format, and therefore it was projected digitally.


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