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Document of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 21 June 1985 (USA)
A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.

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Roy Frumkes

Writer:

Roy Frumkes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Tyrrell ... Narrator (voice)
Nicole Potter ... Narrator in addendum sequences (voice)
George A. Romero ... Himself (as George Romero)
Richard P. Rubinstein ... Himself (as Richard Rubinstein)
Michael Gornick ... Himself
Carl Augenstein Carl Augenstein ... Himself
Tom Savini ... Himself
Ken Foree ... Himself
Scott H. Reiniger ... Himself (as Scott Reiniger)
David Emge ... Himself
John Amplas ... Himself
Roy Frumkes ... Himself
Christine Forrest Christine Forrest ... Herself (as Christine Romero)
Gahan Wilson Gahan Wilson ... Himself
Steve Bissette Steve Bissette ... Himself
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A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Definitive Document of the Dead See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (1989 re-edit) | (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in 1978. See more »

Quotes

Roy Frumkes: [about "Day of the dead] Is this the end?
George A. Romero: The zombies are developing, and I'm getting dumber by the minute.
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Crazy Credits

Footage from the George Romero movies Night of the Living Dead, Martin, and Dawn of the Dead is played as the closing credits roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally a 66 minute feature, it has since been expanded two times. First, in 1989, when an 84 minute version was released, featuring new interviews from the set of Two Evil Eyes. Then, in 2012, it was released as The Definitive Document of the Dead, with a 102 minute runtime, featuring new footage filmed through 2006. See more »

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References The Thing from Another World (1951) See more »

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An historically important documentary with some insights into the struggles faced by independent filmmakers
17 February 1999 | by lefty-11See all my reviews

Given the avowed intentions of George Romero as an independent filmmaker, we can see his zombie epics as no mere tilting at windmills. Rather, Romero can be seen as a reflexive artist: his metaphorical depiction in these films of the constraints on attaining a fulfilling life run parallel to the difficulties he faced in the production process. This documentary charts the trajectory of Romero's career through a period in which access to the means of film production, he acknowledges, has become less possible for like minded independents trying to get a start in the film industry. These struggles are symptomatic of how globalisation has helped foster the libertarian survivalist mentality of "the player", dependent upon multi-skilling, movement and market "freedom" from government regulation and civility/citizenship (or loyalty to and/or lifetime employment by one studio/company). "Day of the Dead" depicts the destructive restlessness of soldiers and 1 mad scientist trapped in a bunker. With no government to sanction their role, they become increasingly mercenary/asocial. Rebellion against regulation is celebrated in the caricatures of BIG GOVERNMENT as Nazis or "the Evil Empire" in 2 of the biggest flagships for these changes; the Indiana Jones and "Star Wars" films produced by major studios. Their return of the "hero" cultivates reliance upon adaptive individual resources ("Han SOLO" indeed!) and changes in consciousness rather than social structures...the teachings of Anthony Robbins echo Yoda. Since the period in which this documentary was made, changes in media cross- ownership have led to films of popular computer and video games. It seems Romero has finally had to follow the trends by making "Resident Evil", if only to finance the concluding installment of his zombie series.


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