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    California Typewriter

    CALIFORNIA 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?
    Duration: 103 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 2016
    IMDb: 7.2
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    Doug Nichol. Director of California Typewriter
    Doug Nichol
  • Critic Reviews of "California Typewriter"

    Toronto Star
    October 27, 2017

    There are two ready-made audiences for this doc and both will benefit from seeing it.

    Globe and Mail
    October 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 Globe
    September 21, 2017

    Suffusing the documentary is an almost religious reverence for this mundane and obsolete mechanical apparatus. Not that it's undeserved.

    Arizona Republic
    September 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 Post
    September 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 Times
    August 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 Movies
    November 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 Threat
    November 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 Cin
    October 25, 2017

    A love story that clacks!

    NOW Toronto
    October 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 Examiner
    September 29, 2017

    ... a retro-fun salute to the analog age and a thoughtful consideration of how digital technology affects our lives.

    September 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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