The Typewriter (in the 21st Century)

The Typewriter (in the 21st Century)

A Film About A Machine and the People Who Love, Use and Repair It

DVD - 2012
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The film was inspired by a May, 2010 article in Wired magazine called "Meet the last generation of typewriter repairman." Director Christopher Lockett and producer Gary Nicholson discussed the importance of the typewriter in 20th-century literature, and agreed that the passing of the typewriter, a portable printing press that moved the world's communication technology from pen and ink to the QWERTY keyboards on today's computers, along with the highly skilled technicians who service them, should be documented. The film contains more than 30 interviews in 10 U.S. states with authors, collectors, journalists, professors, bloggers, students, artists, inventors and repairmen (and women) who meet up for "Type-In" gatherings to both celebrate and use their decidedly lo-tech typewriters in a plugged-in world. Authors Robert Caro and David McCullough, both typewriter users, talk about process and the value of slowing down, writing actual drafts and revising in a world of instant, draft-less editing.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Christopher Lockett ; [Harrington Park, N.J.] : [Distributed by Janson Media], [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781568394565
156839456X
Branch Call Number: DVD 652.3 TYPEWRIT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 59 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital,optical
video file,DVD video

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LPL_DanC Apr 06, 2016

If you think it would be interesting to hear Robert Caro and David McCullough discuss how much they love their typewriters, or to see the typewriters used by Sylvia Plath, Ernie Pyle, John Updike, and Ernest Hemingway, then you will find this to be an utterly engrossing documentary. Includes a n... Read More »


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LPL_DanC Apr 06, 2016

If you think it would be interesting to hear Robert Caro and David McCullough discuss how much they love their typewriters, or to see the typewriters used by Sylvia Plath, Ernie Pyle, John Updike, and Ernest Hemingway, then you will find this to be an utterly engrossing documentary. Includes a number of interviews with typewriter collectors and technicians, who are seeing a resurgence of interest in typewriters among young users.

1dreamer Feb 04, 2016

Nice documentary about typewriters. I especially liked the part about the people who collect the typewriters. It was cool to see the machines owned by Earnest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and John Lennon. They were dependable, and they don't require electricity--so they can be taken to war zones and undeveloped parts of the world. They make you think about what you are writing, because it's on paper. And we still use the QWERTY keyboard today, 100 years after being invented.

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Oct 17, 2014

Charming. Well-sequenced talking heads - the men and women who repair and use these beautifully designed machines of yesteryear. Slower may be better. I learned of this documentary shortly after cleaning out my mom's house and taking the early 1960s typewriter on which I typed my papers in junior high and high school. I have started using it again.

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