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The Thin Blue Line
Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.
Not a documentary about pregnancy tests
If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County.
Proof that films can actually change lives with verifiable results. Originally Errol Morris was doing research for a planned documentary on psychiatrist Dr. James Grigson (aka Dr. Death), but in doing so met Randall Adams, a man convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The chance meeting not only changed the subject matter of Morris' documentary, but changed lives and created the template for practically every investigative crime documentary film and television show made in the last 25 years.
The film is deeply disturbing by simply asking questions to people in power and letting them run their mouths in front of a camera. It becomes painfully evident…
It is impossible to put this film under one particular genre or style. Easiest way to say it is that "it is documentary" but I don't really think that one word is enough to describe it. While watching the film, one really gets the feeling what is fiction and what is reality - it explores the case while walking on the thin blue line between these two aspects which define everything in our world. One could use modern film genres on describing as well - thriller, crime, horror... I could even describe it to be some kind of relative to Kurosawa's "High and Low" no matter how crazy that might seem. Especially those final shots of the last interview reminds…
My first Errol Morris experience, and boy am I going to want to come back for more. A brilliant documentary which really set the standard for solid investigative film making.
I always get a little irritated when any aesthetically unorthodox nonfiction film prompts people to call it anything but a documentary, viewing the term as a specific and limited genre even as it is their own labeling that forces it to remain such. Even so, I can't deny that "documentary" has a certain connotation in my head that, say, MANAKAMANA or FRANCE/TOUR/RETOUR/DEUX/ENFANTS doesn't fit. Errol Morris' films do, though, with their use of archival material, reenactments and talking heads. Yet what he does with that stereotypical doc format is so vastly different than what others manage. His talking heads are composed with care, as in the one of a cop framed before a map of Dallas, red street lines matching…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In some ways Errol Morris's breakthrough third film is beyond criticism; it aimed to clear a man's name, and it did. Few films achieve their aims so unambiguously. But it also served notice of where he was going as an artist. For the first time in his work (in anybody's, really) we see the use of reconstructions not to create a false excitement, but to isolate tiny, important details which you might have missed.
In Morris's world, a slip of the tongue can be as revealing as any deliberate testimony (what kind of car was the killer driving, again?). The film reminds us that his interest in subjectivity isn't a postmodern game, which it's often accused of, but a serious…
Fascinating insight into the American justice system.
As unnerving as expected.
It is incredible how powerful film can be.
Who tells the truth?
No one. No one tells the truth.
We have to try to find this phenomenon when no one tells it, and that's a scary thought. This film addresses it head on.
excellent direction and score
The best kind of pretentious; not to say that the story isn't high stakes, but Philip Glass' score would make paint drying seem fucking epic. The real-life result speaks for itself -- this is a remarkable achievement.
Movie #530 of "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die".
Фильм, который я планировал посмотреть давно, но только дошли руки. Почему давно? Он есть в книге 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die и лежал у меня в очереди на Netflix. Съемки фильма начались для Морриса как-то спонтанно, он интервьюировал героев для съемок фильма про Джеймса Григсона. Григсон он же Доктор Смерть - психиатр, на основе заключений которого были приговорены к смертной казни более 100 человек. В деле Рэндалла Дэйла Адамса он тоже высказался. Адамса осудили за убийство полицейского, и приговорили к казни. «Тонкая голубая линия» один из тех фильмов, которые меняют жизни. После фильма дело было пересмотрено и Адамса выпустили, а реального преступника осудили. Что конечно не…
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