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Legal download: Filmmaking documentaries on demand

Article: Legal download: Filmmaking documentaries on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we budget time to watch some documentaries about the art of filmmaking.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Filmmaking Documentaries

People love movies — but they’re fascinated by them too: how they’re made, who makes them, and why. Films about films have existed almost as long as the medium itself, and many of the best are documentaries, probably because as inventive as screenwriters are, they can never top the true-life stories of madness and mad creativity that take place on a film set. These five films, all available for legal download or streaming, give you a taste of the world of cinema: the crazy dreamers and the crazier moguls. And remember, dear readers: these people are professionals. Do try this at home.