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'California Typewriter' review: Craftsmen, fans lovingly keep device alive

'California Typewriter' review: Craftsmen, fans lovingly keep device alive

Documentarian Doug Nichol's debut feature, "California Typewriter," celebrates the surprising staying power of a technology that has become almost — but not quite — obsolete. Although many of its subjects are endearing characters, the film's scattered approach undermines its point about the simple endurance of an artifact.

Taking its name from an Oakland repair shop, "California Typewriter" opens with the reminiscence of musician Mason Williams, who, with his friend, painter Ed Ruscha, once threw a Royal typewriter out the window of a moving car, documenting the predictable results, with photographer Robert Blackwell, in the 1967 art book "Royal Road...

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