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Document of the Dead (1989)
of Origin: USA
EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978), with lots of interviews with the people who made it. Also included are early TV adverts made by Romero and co, as well as looks at some of his earlier films, notably Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Martin (1977). The Special Edition DVD also includes behind-the-scenes footage from Due occhi diabolici (1990).
Fans of Dawn of the Dead would probably be grateful for any behind-the-scenes crumbs that are thrown their way, but Document of the Dead is a disappointing and often badly made film, a missed opportunity in so many ways. The title is misleading as most of the film actually looks at Romero's other work and Romero seems ill-at-ease in his interviews. The fact that some of the footage was either lost or deemed unusable accounts for the 'padding', but there are no excuses for the dull and often pretentious narration.
Cinefantastique vol.20 no.5 (May
1990) p.44 (USA)
Films in Review vol.41 no.10 (October
1990) pp.470-476 (USA)
documentaries, film-makers, film-making
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