Great machines, great people, great legacy rituals. Last 1/3 or 1/4 may lose pace, and there is nothing special in general kino-wise. Closing credits could be much improved. Some soundwork and songs are questionable. And still, for me the content trumps and makes this a remarkable win.
Not without flaws of convention, it must be watched to its end to be seen: not as a film about letterpress printing (although it is that, most relentlessly), but one about time, history, humanity, and love. Thought-provoking, life-affirming--in the deepest senses of both words. An essential film--not because of its form (though it builds admirably to its climax), but by what it says, which is so rarely said.
Great subject; unfortunate movie. Hackneyed film aesthetics center stage; visual information relegated to decoration. Slow motion of things without detail or importance; overly quick shots of things that require parsing & would reward lingering. “Stylish” shallow depth of field where the only thing in focus was the least important. Lost opportunities left right & center. Any documentation is better than none, but...
As a graphic design graduate, this documentary is important, but it should've been more concise because you cannot really immerse yourself in feelings of machines that get left behind with this pace. It is a piece of human history but it really just is, nothing more. I would love to know how this piece of art is going with 3D printing in the future, should've been portrayed here.
Although the subject of this feel-good documentary is interesting and the cinematography and sound design are appealing I dislike especially two points. The first one is the unnecessary use of slow motion to create meaningfulness in some sequences: It's really corny. The second - and more significant one - is the music: Why the hell does any director want this shitty Muzak to underscore most parts of the film?
This movie gives information about letterpresses, this movie is for people who are interested in older machinary and those who love letterpresses. This movie is for those who are looking for a hobby or for those who have a hobby in letterpressing. While I already have a hobby and don't know anything about letterpressing, it showed me what it's all about and how interesting this skill can be. It is a unique art form.