Some Typewriters I’ve Watched Recently

as always, click on the images for a larger view


Death and the Compass, Alex Cox, 1992


Edge City, Alex Cox, 1980


El Patrullero, Alex Cox, 1991


Elephant , Alan Clarke, 1989


Fear City, Abel Ferrara, 1984


Mondo Cane, Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi, 1962


Repo Man, Alex Cox, 1984


Sid and Nancy, Alex Cox, 1986


The Bullet Vanishes, Law Chi-leung, 2012


The Paperboy, Lee Daniels, 2012


The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith, Dione Newton, 2005


To Live and Die in L.A., William Friedkin, 1985


Twixt, Francis Ford Coppola, 2011


Zeder, Pupi Avati, 1983

About Kevin L. Ferguson

Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at Queens
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5 Responses to Some Typewriters I’ve Watched Recently

  1. Chris says:

    Repo Man!! Great movie.

  2. Richard P says:

    Eye-opening, as always.

    “Zeder” looks like quite the entertaining story. (Here is the IMDB description for the convenience of other visitors to your blog: “Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, who in the 1950′s discovered that some types of terrain have the power to revive the dead that are buried in them. Stefano’s investigations bring him in contact with a group of renegade scientists that are still making experiments to prove Zeder’s theories.”) The typewriter is an Olivetti Raphael — a rare proportional typewriter which I’d love to get my hands on. This was Olivetti’s answer to the IBM Executive.

    • Very interesting about it being a proportional typewriter like the Executive–there are numerous shots of the ribbon, and my first thought was “they’re wasting a lot of ink.”

      Slight correction to IMDb: he actually gets the typewriter as an anniversary gift, which I think is even cooler! There’s even a small plot point about it missing the original power cord and she getting it repaired for him (they find the original later…confirming the zombie conspiracy).

  3. I’m pretty “educated” when it comes to Olivetti but I have to admit, I don’t know much about the Olivetti Raphael. Great spotting.

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