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"Casting By" Review

Taking a break from anti-science, fear-mongering propaganda films like Gasland 2, the Monday night HBO Documentary series has something fact-based, thus interesting, this week: Casting By, a fascinating documentary about the under-appreciated but oh-so-important heroes of filmmaking, the casting directors who match actors with parts and and who gave tomorrow's superstars their big breaks yesterday, but who knew?

Focusing on Marion Dougherty (who kept pushing Jon Voight even after he stunk up an early TV gig) and featuring interviews with Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Paul Rudd, John Travolta, Ned Beatty and many more, we learn how casting evolved into a specialized profession for talent spotters, but still doesn't have parity with other creative departments; it's the only category in opening credits without an Oscar category and a drive to get Dougherty and Honorary Oscar spearheaded by Eastwood failed.

It's available to watch on HBO GO. Definitely cherkitert.

Score: 9/10. Watch it. 


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