California Typewriter

California Typewriter might center on a small, beleaguered typewriter repair shop in Berkeley, Calif., but this quirky, obsessive documentary is about so much more than broken keys and busted type wheels. It’s really about how we create art.

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

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“Those who haven’t adjusted ecstatically to all the wonders of modern technology will revel in the unorthodox and delightful documentary California Typewriter” (Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter). A portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as tool and muse, and a meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, the film takes its title from one of the country’s last typewriter repair shops, right here in Berkeley. Interviews with Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard, David McCullough, and others fill out a film that Don DeLillo called “pure typewriter heaven.” Note: After seventy years of operation, California Typewriter on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley closed its doors on March 31, 2020.

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Doug Nichol
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 103 mins
Source
  • Doug Nichol