The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera (1996)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Film & Television History, Literary Studies, Military & War  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The late writer/producer/director Samuel Fuller remains one of cinema's most controversial filmmakers. Pauline Kael despised him. Manny Farber adored him. Modern critics debate whether his unadorned and aggressive films are unjustly ignored by historians or foolishly romanticized by cultists. Whether he was a hack or a genius, Fuller's uncompromising confidence in his unique filmmaking style paved the way for independent and idiosyncratic filmmakers in mainstream film. Adam Simon's documentary The Typewriter, the Rifle, and the Movie Camera proudly extols Fuller's groundbreaking career. It features Tim Robbins' animated interview with the director and the sincere gushings of Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese. Its three frank and hard-hitting segments -- The Typewriter, the Rifle, and the Movie Camera -- mimic Fuller's startling journalistic technique and allows the documentary's style to pay homage to its subject. Finally, it is just as informative as it is inspired; the origins of Fuller's films are explained, as well as the mysterious appearance of the name "Griff" in all of his works.