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California Typewriter (2016)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 2 September 2016 (USA)
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California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.

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Doug Nichol
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Silvi Alcivar Silvi Alcivar ... Herself
Ken Alexander Ken Alexander ... Himself
Tom Hanks ... Himself
Martin Howard Martin Howard ... Himself
Jeremy Mayer ... Himself
John Mayer ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself
Jett Morton Jett Morton ... Himself
Herbert Permillion Herbert Permillion ... Himself
Richard Polt Richard Polt ... Himself
Anthony Rocco Anthony Rocco ... Himself
Sam Shepard ... Himself
Darren Wershler Darren Wershler ... Himself
Mason Williams Mason Williams ... Himself
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California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.

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the revolution will be typewritten

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TV-PG
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France | India | Canada | USA

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English

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2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maszyna do pisania See more »

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$238,000, 28 November 2017
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American Buffalo Pictures See more »
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Entropy Begins in the Office
(2011)
Music by The Boston Typewriter Orchestra
Performed by The Boston Typewriter Orchestra
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All Feels, No Facts
28 December 2017 | by paulam-726-694365See all my reviews

As with every other pop culture investigation of the 'typewriter renaissance', this documentary focuses almost entirely on vapid artists and obsessive collectors pontificating on their irrelevant emotional connections to typewriters, and of course the cliche of the incredibly skilled typewriter technician on the verge of unemployment. A comprehensive discussion of the machines themselves would make for a far more useful production, but instead they go for the same old wistful, depressing tone I've come to expect from technically inept documentarians trying to discuss historical technical subjects. They don't really understand the subject matter, so they film the only thing they know: feelings. Any self-respecting typewriter collector will spend two hours pointing at the screen saying things like "I have two of those" and "I have that one but mine's green instead of red", but that's about the extent of the enjoyment. The star of the show should be the typewriters, but they are secondary to pointless musings and a sense of loss.

One final note of caution: the 'band' that plays 'music' on typewriters is pure cringe-worthy torture on every level. They alone are reasonable justification to avoid watching this film.


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