Casting By

2012

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IMDb Rating 7.6

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89 min
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Reviewed by laurenwbirch 10

I was lucky enough to see this Film twice at the Miami International Film Festival this spring! I went with several friends and we all agreed it was a Superb Film. It illuminated a very interesting and often overlooked part of the creative process of film making. The film not only educated it&#39;s viewers about the the casting process but allowed the viewer to slowly see just how very vital the Casting Director has been in so many well known and groundbreaking films! Most importantly this film made its point with great humor, warmth and feeling. I have been a fan of the Director Tom Donahue for several decades (starting with his amazing first Documentary in Film School).<br/><br/>The editing of the interviews with the many wonderful actors, other Casting Directors, and the film&#39;s focus Marion Dougherty was perfect! Providing so many great old clips from the artists&#39; body of work and other films was very entertaining and brought their words to life! I would recommend this film to anybody!

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Reviewed by rmax304823 7

A kind of professional biography of Marion Dougherty (1923 - 2011), a casting director who began working in New York before moving to Hollywood. She was evidently peerless on the New York scene, able to catch all the shows and picking the right people for roles, like John Travolta for Barbarino, and then sending them to Los Angeles. <br/><br/>If a movie or a TV series were to be about New York, instead of polished California types, she would ship off REAL New Yorkers, who looked and spoke as if they&#39;d just been pulled in off the streets In the early years, her office was a dilapidated brownstone and she rented out a few rooms to theater people without much money. Later, of course, following her success, the brownstone became a fortress and struggling actors like Ed Lauter had to trick their way inside to see her.<br/><br/>She did some very important work in Hollywood too. At United Artists, the protocol was to leave the casting director and the movie director alone while they did their jobs. Until Michael Eisner took over at UA. Eisner was apparently hated by everyone. He was the kind of guy who brings pleasure whenever he goes. He was about to fire Dougherty when she received an offer from Warner Brothers. Hearing of that development, Eisner flung himself at her feet and begged her not to leave because they needed her talents so badly. Savvy, by now, Dougherty tells us, &quot;I knew that if I turned down Warners, he would fire me one minute later, so I took the offer.&quot; She was apparently well liked, as well as sensitive and skilled, otherwise, why would all these well-known people from both sides of the camera spend their expensive time telling anecdotes about her and praising her? <br/><br/>I do wish, though, that we&#39;d heard about some examples of her failures. There MUST have been some, because casting directors aren&#39;t infallible. For instance, I was once offered the part of the intercontinental chief villain opposite Jacqueline Smith in a miniseries. The casting director took me to the director for his approval. He looked me up and down and said, &quot;Perfect.&quot; Something interfered and I couldn&#39;t take the part, but I later read the book the miniseries was based on and it described the chief villain as &quot;fat, ugly, and stupid.&quot; Well, I happen to be sinewy, handsome, and brilliant, so if THAT&#39;S not an example of miscasting, what is? <br/><br/>At times, the tribute come perilously close to a polemic against the male establishment but it never quite crosses the line. In the final few minutes, it slips into sloppy sentimentality, with half a dozen big names addressing Marion directly through the camera and telling her how much they love her. Except for that, it&#39;s an effective piece. I couldn&#39;t agree more with her colleagues who complain that the casting director has become less important because now the production companies simply assign actors to the role. Whether they fit the part or not is irrelevant, as long as it brings in money. <br/><br/>I don&#39;t see how the decline in Hollywood movies can be denied. Late in her career Dougherty tells us that she was given the job of casting a comedy about a funny dog. It was too much of a humiliation after &quot;Midnight Cowboy&quot;, &quot;Slaughterhouse 5&quot;, and &quot;The Friends of Eddie Coyle.&quot; She&#39;d be horrified now. Hollywood is grinding out remakes. Then remakes of remakes. They&#39;ve copied television series like &quot;The Flintstones&quot;. Now they&#39;re making movies (I can no longer call them &quot;films&quot;) based on video games like &quot;Battleship.&quot; The depths of Hollywood&#39;s philistinism are plumbless.

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Reviewed by larrys3 10

Prior to seeing this exceptional documentary, directed by Tom Donahue, I don&#39;t recall ever having viewed a film devoted exclusively to the work and accomplishments of casting directors. This extremely well presented movie centers on one of the trailblazers of casting for movies and television Marion Dougherty, who passed away in 2011. We do hear from and see the work of other casting directors as well, such as Lynn Stalmaster, Juliet Taylor, and Ellen Lewis, among others. Taylor, who was hired by Dougherty has been casting Woody Allen movies for several decades now.<br/><br/>It&#39;s really great fun to see many of the superstars of today in film clips as they were beginning their careers, and how they were noticed and cast in some of the most famous movies and TV shows ever. You see that Dougherty possessed uncanny instincts to know what actors and actresses belonged in what roles, and her ability to convince the directors of such, and the results of all of this is truly amazing.<br/><br/>One aspect of the documentary that I never thought about but which surprised me when it was presented was the refusal of filmmakers to recognize and appropriately credit casting directors for their work on a movie. They had to fight to even get separate credits for their work on screen, and it remains the only separate line credit in movies that doesn&#39;t have an Oscar category (the Emmys have such a category now). You see some directors in the film especially Taylor Hackford, showing their arrogance and egos decrying that he the director is the final say so why should there be a category for casting. It&#39;s ridiculous, in my opinion, and needs to be changed now, if I may editorialize a bit here.<br/><br/>In summary this is a special movie that I truly believe anyone who likes films will enjoy.

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