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  • Summary: Casting By puts the spotlight on filmmaking’s unsung heroes – the casting director, taking us on a fast-paced journey through the last half century of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Jul 25, 2013
    83
    This film reveals not just how integral casting directors are to the creative process of filmmaking, but really how important they have been in shaping the history of American cinema.
  2. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    While Dougherty clearly had an almost eerie sense of how a particular actor might inhabit a part, this film also shows that she may have single-handedly created a filmmaking craft and then made it indispensable.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Nov 1, 2013
    80
    This is an illuminating close-up on a vital cog in the moviemaking machine and a fresh perspective on key episodes in the birth of the New Hollywood.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 25, 2013
    70
    A vivid reminder of the hand-in-glove importance of right actor/right role — and the indispensability of those casting mavens who helped make movie history. Good stuff.
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Jul 25, 2013
    63
    Casting By is also something of an elegy for a lost era, when talent, even at its rawest, stood far above prettiness as the primary reason for getting the part.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 31, 2013
    60
    A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines. Using the seminal casting director Marion Dougherty as a subject, the film walks us through the intricacies of casting, with insight from Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford and others.
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  1. Lyn
    Oct 20, 2014
    8
    I think most movie lovers would enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the casting process and the woman whose intuitive work helped to make the casting director not only more important, but more appreciated. It's fun to hear about "stroke of genius" moves in which the right person managed to land in the right role ... for example, Jon Voight in "Midnight Cowboy," and Robert Redford & Paul Newman swapping roles in "Butch Cassidy." It might have been interesting to hear more about some casting debacles, as well. Expand

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