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(281) 6.9 87 min 2019

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project is a movie starring Michael Metelits and Marion Stokes. For over 30 years, Marion Stokes obsessively and privately recorded American television news 24 hours a day filling 70,000 VHS tapes,...

Michael Metelits, Marion Stokes
Matt Wolf

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary
Director Matt Wolf
Stars Michael Metelits, Marion Stokes
Country USA
Also Known As The Marion Stokes Project
Runtime 1H 27M
Description For over 30 years, Marion Stokes obsessively and privately recorded American television news 24 hours a day filling 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing wars, talk shows and commercials that show us how television shaped the world of today.

Top reviews

Saturday, 27 Jun 2020 22:13

I saw this documentary in the U.K. as part of the Women In Film Festival and was pleased to see that it was also shown in the U.S. Although I knew that this documentary was actually directed by the late John Cassavetes, I didn't know that it was a collaboration between the two. I had a feeling that I had seen a documentary before, but I was right. This film, directed by Nick Broomfield, who is also the screenwriter and director, is an account of the life of Marion Stokes, the famous pianist who was only twenty-four years old when she died in a car accident in 1965. She was a brilliant pianist and a beautiful person, but also a loving mother and a person of passion and faith. This film covers her early life in New York City and her career as a pianist. I loved the interviews with many of her admirers and her family, as well as her friends and colleagues, including her pianist son-in-law, who played with her and was a key player in her success. He says that his mother's music never left him, and he describes her as a mother figure, who took his mother and the others who loved her with her to places they had never been before. She was very much an American icon and she was widely known and admired, both by people who knew her and by people who had never met her. It was also important for the film to be told from the point of view of a man. We know that she died a year after her son and husband died, but the director is showing the man as someone who knew her from before she became famous. This man describes how she was a very private person, never talking to anyone in detail. He also describes how her mother wanted her to write a book about her life, but she never wrote anything about her life. She was a very private person, and it was this private nature of her that made her an icon, and it was her actions that brought her to this status. It is interesting to see how she managed to find the time and the resources to write and perform her songs. The film is very well made and beautifully shot, and it is informative and interesting. It is hard to believe that the circumstances in which she died are still very much in the news today. She had an extremely strong faith and her death had a great impact on her friends and colleagues. I think that people should see this film as a means of understanding the life and death of a woman that is very well known, but who also had a strong sense of faith and passion.
Saturday, 09 May 2020 12:37

For a film that was made before the internet age, it still is fascinating and very thought-provoking. The facts are the same as they were then, with the internet as a tool to spread rumors and false information. But it still does a good job of highlighting a time when a journalist's job was more important than anything else. Just as in our own times, the role of the media is the one that is most dangerous, and the fact that many people actually believe what they read and watch is a very scary thing. Still, the film does an excellent job at reminding us how the internet is a tool, not a tool for propaganda. It's not a tool to spread lies, but it's a tool to spread information. As an exercise in investigative journalism, it is very well done. The "news" that they report is based on facts that are publicly available. They make sure that they make sure that they get the most up-to-date information possible. The problem is that there is so much misinformation that it's hard to get the most up-to-date information. For example, some people say that the story is about a pedophile, when in fact it's about a professor who wants to destroy a group of people because he thinks that they are corrupt. This is an example of a false rumor that is spread to discredit a group of people. It would have been a lot easier to understand if they would have been more specific about the group of people they were talking about. I also felt that the documentary did a very good job of showing us a very "typical" "big-shot" journalist, who is still in the news business, but is not being as honest and objective as he would like to be. This is something that I've seen happen time and time again, and it's really disappointing to see a film about a subject as interesting as this one, and yet they focus on the wrong side of the story. Also, some of the stories and situations portrayed in this film are very similar to those I have seen in the news, but in a much more accurate way. Overall, I was very impressed by the film. It does an excellent job of explaining a very important and challenging topic to people, and it's definitely worth seeing.

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