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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

2019
Documentary
1h 27m
Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years from 1975 until her death in 2012. For Marion taping was a form of activism to seek the truth, and she believed that a comprehensive archive of the media would be invaluable for future generations. Her visionary and maddening project nearly tore her family apart, but now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitized and they'll be searchable online. (imdb)
Director: Matt Wolf
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The subject is more interesting than the document itself, but I'm skeptical of her project. I was most interested in the television show that she and her husband hosted before they were married, and so I ultimately feel this is more about the neuroses brought on by love than the public good created by a highly eccentric documentary project, which is what seems to be argued at the end.
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35th
60
Somewhat uneven documentary that delicately dances around race, politics, and mental illness. Stokes' obsession with capturing the news was interesting, but it appears to have come at a personal cost. It baffled me that her whole collection was pretty useless without any sort of index (other than a date, I guess), of which, as a former librarian, she must have been quite aware. Had she lived longer, I wonder what she would have thought of copyright clearance.
Avg Percentile 63.76% from 13 total ratings

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Director: Matt Wolf
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1h 27m
Language: English
Country: USA

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