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Stone Reader (Special Edition)
Stone Reader
Special Edition
Actors: Carl Brandt, Frank Conroy (III), Bruce Dobler, Robert C.S. Downs, Robert Ellis (VIII)
Genres: Drama
PG-13     2004     2hr 7min

Documentary filmmaker Mark Moskowitz turns literary sleuth in this marvelous tale of a vanished novelist. Enchanted by the 1972 novel The Stones of Summer, Moskowitz was surprised to discover no subsequent trace of the aut...  more »

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Actors: Carl Brandt, Frank Conroy (III), Bruce Dobler, Robert C.S. Downs, Robert Ellis (VIII)
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: New Yorker Video
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/17/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 7min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

M. Fine | New Orleans | 01/27/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a very, very long three hours. I disliked it not in a scolding way but because it induced boredom to the level of panic, a desire to flee the theater."
M. Fine | 02/17/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Couldn't believe so many critics (but not all) were taken in by this. More a mockumentary than anything else, since the film purports to document real events, but in fact sets up ridiculous shots of, for example, Moskowitz and friends going to their mailboxes to retrieve copies of the book. And then, of course, the fake "search" for Mossman - a lovely, troubled man who seems to have had, despite everything, a real, lifelong engagement with literature - who, it seems, could probably have been found in 10 minutes, rather than months. The literary critics and writers interviewed are all interesting, but by the end it wouldn't have surprised me if the filmmaker had asked, " What would you say if I told you I had Dow Mossman in the trunk of my car?""
From 2/14/04 NY Times on Scamming the System:
Idoru69 | NY United States | 02/17/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"As the Amazon sites expand their visitors are seen as an increasingly important. Mark Moskowitz, an independent filmmaker, sent an e-mail message to about 3,000 people this week asking them to review the DVD of his film "Stone Reader," which goes on sale soon. "If you didn't see it but heard it was good, go ahead and post anyway, (what the heck)," Mr. Moskowitz told them. "It doesn't obligate you for anything, even the truth." Not even the truth? I beg to differ. . ."
Stephen Elderbrock | 02/15/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I happen not to be one of the 3,000 people who received an email from the director asking them to review the film in a positive way even if they have not seen it (according to an article in the New York Times and
Therefore I can possibly give a more independent review.
Unfortunately there are not many good things to say about this film. The plot is not well carried out, the characters are somewhat linear, there is a lack of proper balance in the way the story is told. There are many better things out there. For them 3,000 emails may not be necessary."