California Typewriter
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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.... (Full plot summary below)

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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 Globe and Mail (Toronto) - 10/10 by Brad Wheeler There's a certain nostalgia at work here, but where the film really clicks is on the subject of the creative process and as a meditation on the human-machine dynamic.
Los Angeles Times - 10/10 by Gary Goldstein Doug Nichol’s documentary California Typewriter is 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.
Time - 9/10 by Stephanie Zacharek People who love typewriters--you know who you are--shouldn't tap the space bar once, let alone twice, before rushing to see Doug Nichol's agile, deeply affectionate documentary California Typewriter. But anyone who loves machines, poetry or, better yet, the poetry of machines should see it too.
Boston Globe - 9/10 by Mark Feeney Most of all, California Typewriter is an elegy. “The truth is, no good typewriters are going to be made again,” Hanks laments. There’s a reason that the title of the first tune on the fine musical soundtrack is “Stolen Moments.”
National Post - 8/10 by Chris Knight Even though the revolution may not be typewritten, the machine has a growing legion of fans and users, some of whom were interviewed by director Doug Nichol.
Movie Nation - 8/10 by Roger Moore California Typewriter is a most engaging documentary about the latest wrinkle in the Return of Analog.
The Hollywood Reporter - 8/10 by Stephen Farber Nichol has created a loving valentine to all the iconoclasts who resist what the rest of the world defines as progress.
Arizona Republic - 8/10 by Bill Goodykoontz 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. (Some people in the film lean that way.) He’s more inclined to chronicle the joys of a fading delight, one click-clack at a time.
New Orleans Times-Picayune - 8/10 by Mike Scott Mostly it's a celebration and a song of hope that maybe the ever-quickening world will see the error of its ways and once more embrace the staccato song of the humble typewriter.
Christian Science Monitor - 8/10 by Peter Rainer The overlong but charming documentary California Typewriter is an ode to the iconic writing instrument. I have to say I feel kind of guilty celebrating it on my word processor.
Variety - 7/10 by Owen Gleiberman A lively and appealing analog-nostalgia documentary.
The New York Times - 7/10 by Jeannette Catsoulis This quirky, obsessive documentary is about so much more than broken keys and busted type wheels. It’s really about how we create art.

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