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"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 casting director. CASTING BY is a celebration of the profession, highlighting its previously unsung role in film history while also serving as an elegy to the lost era of the New Hollywood. The documentary focuses on pioneer Marion Dougherty, an iconoclast whose exquisite taste, tenacity and gut instincts brought a new kind of actor to the screen that would… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"In his impressively researched film, Donahue makes it clear why and how Dougherty helped define her profession."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"All movie fans need to watch Casting By ... a brisk, breezy, enjoyable and often endearing educational experience."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Film School Rejects
"Dances around the subject of casting in movies"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"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."
‑ Daphne Howland, Village Voice
"Donahue makes a compelling case that publicly unsung hero Dougherty (and L.A. counterpart Lynn Stalmaster) had a profound influence on the industry."
‑ Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
"Informative and enormously entertaining in equal measure, Casting By throws a warm, deserving spotlight on casting directors, charting the overlooked profession's inception and growth."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"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..."
‑ Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"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."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Delicious insider tales of the making of some of your favorite films enrich this wonderfully informative and entertaining doc about casting directors."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The movie business is becoming more corporate and less personal... Recognizing and appreciating the work of casting directors may be one way to stem that tide, however briefly."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"... a love letter to the casting industry in general, and to the pioneering casting director Marion Dougherty in particular."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
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