California TypewriterCALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age's emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who's serving whom, human or machine?Genre: DocumentaryCountry: United States, France, India, CanadaDuration: 103 minQuality: HDRelease: 2016IMDb: 7.2
Actors of "California Typewriter"
Directors of "California Typewriter"Doug Nichol
Critic Reviews of "California Typewriter"Toronto StarOctober 27, 2017
There are two ready-made audiences for this doc and both will benefit from seeing it.Globe and MailOctober 27, 2017
I enjoyed this film about typewriters so much that I feel guilty writing this review on a computer instead of a Smith Corona.Boston GlobeSeptember 21, 2017
Suffusing the documentary is an almost religious reverence for this mundane and obsolete mechanical apparatus. Not that it's undeserved.Arizona RepublicSeptember 14, 2017
The best thing is that Nichol doesn't adopt a luddite stance. He doesn't try to impart the evils of technology, at least not much.Washington PostSeptember 07, 2017
Although the film would benefit from a more reined-in focus, "California Typewriter" is a love letter to an antiquated device - one that retains its charm and utility even in the digital age.Los Angeles TimesAugust 31, 2017
A rich, thoughtful, meticulously crafted tapestry about the evolution of the beloved writing machine for purists, history buffs, collectors and others fighting to preserve or re-embrace analog life.Solzy at the MoviesNovember 10, 2017
California Typewriter is a nostalgic documentary that will make you think about what life was like in the days before computers, smart phones, and the internet.Film ThreatNovember 08, 2017
The questions this documentary raises, in between all the human stories and history it teaches, will definitely haunt you as the credits roll.Original CinOctober 25, 2017
A love story that clacks!NOW TorontoOctober 25, 2017
If California Typewriter slightly overstays its welcome, as Nichol pushes past a natural end point to make the case for manual typewriters as the new vinyl... well, that seems somehow appropriate, too. Love has a way of blinding us to reality, after all.San Francisco ExaminerSeptember 29, 2017
... a retro-fun salute to the analog age and a thoughtful consideration of how digital technology affects our lives.SFistSeptember 29, 2017
A love letter to the outdated, be it typewriters, thank you notes, mom and pop repair shops, or creativity that doesn't start with turning a computer on first.
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