Casting By
Casting By (2013)

"Outstanding" - Leonard Maltin; Combining over 240 interviews, extensive archival footage, animated stills & documents with a moving original score, Director Tom Donahue has meticulously crafted the untold tale of the Hollywood… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2014
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Leonard Maltin

In his impressively researched film, Donahue makes it clear why and how Dougherty helped define her profession.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Proves 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.

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John Powers

While the movie is not especially thoughtful (to put it mildly), it's worth seeing for all its revelatory TV clips and for celebrating one of the great female innovators in post-World War II movie history.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines.

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An entertaining, informative documentary...

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Daphne Howland
Village Voice

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.

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Katie Walsh
The Playlist

This film seeks to highlight the publicly under-appreciated casting directors and to pay tribute to the one woman who evolved the position of the casting director...

Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Casting By is perhaps an esoteric film, made by a film buff for film buffs, but that's no slight against it

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jay nixon
A fascinating look at an approach to casting by looking at some of the giants of the field, one that does not get its due nor is properly appreciated as a vital… More
Byron Brubaker
I saw this at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. If you are a film buff like me, you will probably get a thrill just from hearing the anecdotes and… More
John Ballantine
A film that finally highlights the importance of casting directors to the process of landing the right actors in the right films. What would actually be more… More