One of the reasons I find the so-called Steampunk craze so compelling is that it portrays technology without a lot of the mystery of the modern age. So many technological advances are hidden from us in a maze of miniaturization and fear of voiding warranties, we never really see how anything works anymore. Steampunk (or as I call it, “Victorian Science Fiction”) celebrates technology we can touch, we can see, we can understand. For similar sentiments, I find myself impressed with this new documentary about linotype machines and their operators. If ever there was a “steampunkish” machine, it would be the Linotype typesetter. I remember seeing these when my sixth grade class toured the local newspaper plant to see how newspapers got printed. Even at that early age I was impressed with the sheer magnitude of the operation, yet how simple it all was, really.
And now there’s a movie on this very subject: Linotype: The Film is a documentary about Ottmar Mergenthaler’s amazing Linotype typesetting machine and the people who own and love these machines today.
LINOTYPE: THE MOVIE will be debuting “Soonish”.. dunno much more about it other than this Vimeo clip and this website: http://www.linotypefilm.com/