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Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

Year of the Living Dead (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 18 October 2013 (USA)
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A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead (1968).

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George A. Romero ... Himself - Filmmaker
Fred Rogers ... Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown H. Rap Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Harris ... Himself - Film Historian
Gale Anne Hurd ... Herself - Film Producer
Chiz Schultz Chiz Schultz ... Himself - Film & TV Producer
Larry Fessenden ... Himself - Filmmaker
Jason Zinoman Jason Zinoman ... Himself - Author, Shock Value
Christopher Cruz Christopher Cruz ... Himself - Filmmaker & Teacher
Elvis Mitchell ... Himself - Host, The Treatment
Samuel D. Pollard Samuel D. Pollard ... Himself - Professor, NYU Film (as Sam Pollard)
Andy Griffith ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
Petula Clark ... Herself (archive footage)
Morley Safer ... Himself (archive footage)
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In 1968, Pittsburgh native, George Romero, would direct a low budget film that would revolutionize the horror genre forever, Night of the Living Dead. Through interviews with the talents involved, the story of this film creation is told and how it reflected its time with a grotesque and powerful immediacy. Furthermore, the film's difficult and controversial release to an unsuspecting film public is also recounted as it survived the early revulsion to become a landmark cinematic creation with a profound effect on popular culture. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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1968. Peace. Love. And the undead.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birth of the Living Dead See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,239, 18 October 2013

Gross USA:

$8,590
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Goofs

The credits still refer to the film by its working title, "Year of the Living Dead." See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits also include the full credits for Night of the Living Dead (1968) as a tribute to its makers. See more »

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References Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972) See more »

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Detailed and informative...
1 December 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Being the zombie aficionado that I am, of course I had to sit down and watch this as well.

Despite being a documentary, then it was fun to watch, because you do get offered a very nice and detailed look into the makings of a movie that has defined a whole genre of movies to follow.

It is clear that George A. Romero, the man and the myth, was a passionate front-runner for the zombie genre, and that without his timeless masterpiece, then the zombie genre would most likely have been something else entirely today.

If you are not overly a fan of the zombie genre, then there is very little for you to find of use in this documentary.

This is in every meaning of the word a true must watch for zombie fans out there. It is also innovating and inspirational, and might just spur on other directors in the making with a passion for the zombie genre.


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