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Out of Print explores the importance of revival cinema.

2 out of 4 stars

Title
Out of Print
Written by
Julia Marchese
Directed by
Julia Marchese
Starring
Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Patton Oswalt
Genre
Documentary
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2014

Let's be clear: This is not really a documentary. It's a project, made with Kickstarter coins by someone who loves something and wants you to love it, too.

Producer/director Julia Marchese found her tribe at the New Beverly Cinema, a revival house in Hollywood since 1978. Now she's shamelessly advocating for it, for revival houses in general and their cool-geek audiences, and for the preservation of 35 mm film. She's marshalled an impressive list of New Beverly regulars (the original Beverly was a porno house), including the actors Seth Green and Patton Oswalt, and the directors Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright and Rian Johnson (who chose his first L.A. apartment, he says, for its proximity to the New Bev), to enthusiastically agree with her.

Her devotion is contagious, but the problem is her storytelling: Every time someone says something – The calendar typeface is unchanged! Independent theatres are a haven in our commercialized world! – she simply has 10 other people say it, too. At 20 minutes, it would have been delightful. At 90, it's fan non-fiction.

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