In theatres from director Tom Donahue and Submarine Deluxe is an amazing look at Hollywood and the role of a casting director with CASTING BY.
This film looks at what can be called ‘unsung heroes’ of Hollywood. Looking at iconoclasts Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster who had the ability to see something in actors. From the early days of television when Marion Dougherty began finding talent for such shows as NAKED CITY and ROUTE 66 to her rise in Hollywood.
Trusted by actors such as Clint Eastwood, Robert DeNiro and Glenn Close, casting directors such as Marion Dougherty molded the look of the new leading men and women.
Now, directly from those who experienced what Dougherty brought to the table as the often non-credited casting director, is a legacy that is thrilling to watch and inspiring to learn about.
FINAL WORD: This is a documentary that really does reach into the past and show the viewer how the role of casting director came to be. Focusing on Marion Dougherty, this casting director extraordinaire knew what to look for and where to find the talent needed for television and films.
Throwing the spotlight where it has been dark long enough, the film also shows how indispensable their job was and still is today. This film is an education as well regarding Hollywood becoming more corporate taking away the personal touch that gave Dougherty such high praises from the biggest names in film today.
Including: Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, John Travolta, Jon Voight, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Cybill Shepherd, Richard Donner, Tony Bill, Ronny Cox, Arthur Hiller, Norman Jewison and so many more.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give CASTING BY three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is an amazing documentary that tells a story so few know about. I think anyone who wants to be an actor should be knowledgeable about the history and who is responsible for seeing potential in actors.
Hearing from the actors themselves is funny, moving and informative because it all comes from their own personal experiences. It is obvious that the actors in Hollywood know who stands in their corner and directors know exactly who they can rely on to help bring their vision to the screen, both big and small.
In the end – they are the unsung of Hollywood!