One of the big reasons that "California Typewriter" showed up on myradar was likely because I happened to be reading a book at the sametime called "Revenge of Analog". That book describes a movement backtowards things such as records, paper, board games, and other physical(not digital) forms of leisure and commerce. That is the main theme of"California Typewriter" too...only focusing on the device listed in thetitle.<br><br>This documentary basically focuses on a number of different humaninterest stories involving a piece of technology largely thought"obsolete": the typewriter. From Tom Hanks' typewriter collection tothe actual California Typewriter story, to a sculpture artist and and acollector looking for his coup de grace (and even a little historythrown in), this doc attacks the typewriter's story from nearly everyangle.<br><br>Even above the human stories, though, is the notion present throughoutthe entire doc of that "return to analog" of sorts. As technologymarches on, sometimes we don't stop to evaluate whether the physicalexperience of creation needs to take a back seat to the ease ofcreation. Don't get me wrong...I'm not exchanging my iPhone for a flipphone, nor am I turning in my MacBook for a desktop PC. I'm no Luddite.But it is a fascinating idea for me (old enough to remember a timebefore the Internet and mobile everything)...this notion thatsometimes, say, the act of typing something on a physical device mightbe more satisfying than the ease of a word processor.<br><br>So, even though I'm not really "into" typewriters (I can honestly sayI've never used one in my life!), I can say that this doc fascinated meand connected with me on a nostalgic, but also intellectual level. Areturn to analog devices may not be for everyone, but docs like thisprove that the newest technology may not be for everyone, either. Thereis room for both, and even a mixture of both.
California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.
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