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The Thin Blue Line
A softcore movie, Dr. Death, a chocolate milkshake, a nosey blonde and "The Carol Burnett Show." Solving this mystery is going to be murder.
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
I knew what Thin Blue Line was about and I had some idea of its real-world implications, as that seems to be the central discussion surrounding the film the majority of the time but holy shit - what an absolutely transcendent piece of documentary filmmaking.
Morris’ haunting, repetitious use of re-enactments. The way the aesthetic at one moment bleeds into sensationalism and then highlights truth in the next. The way it's constructed to slowly reveal details, letting the audience participate, constantly evaluating then re-evaluating the information we’re receiving and our perceptions of those feeding it to us. The way it masterfully builds to a joke the same way it does to its most shocking revelations. And of course, the way it exposed a corrupt system and literally saved a life. Thin Blue Line is a film truly like no other.
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…
The Thin Blue Line is famous documentary-maker Errol Morris’ most acclaimed work - a law case study on the prosecution of Randall Dale Adams who allegedly shot and killed a police officer in Dallas 1976, which was so successful that it eventually led to a reopening of the case and the freedom of the innocent Adams. For this fact alone, the film deserves recognition and applause, which I grant it, but to be completely honest I think that the execution of this documentary could’ve been much better if it showed more concern to work as a film as well as it works as an argument. I say this because through many unnecessary repetitions and a certain monotonousness it wasn’t exactly…
Review In A Nutshell:
A fascinating crime/legal story, intelligently told through excellent editing and engaging re-enactments. It is films like this that makes me want to dip my toes into the world documentary filmmaking.
"If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County."
As of recently I have become very interested in murder cases and court proceedings, involving the question of innocence at the tragic loss of a life. I just finished the engrossing podcast Serial, that questions the guilt of Adnan Syed over the murder of Hae lee. I didn't really come out with any definite opinions on his innocence, but it was a very interesting listen, going into remarkable detail on the most minute aspects of testimonies and alibi's. And it felt all the more intense because it actually happened, and real people are suffering, it is not the same as actors being paid millions of dollars an episode to…
this was..... unnecessary
One of the best documentaries of all time.
Sight and Sound Journey Viewing #1 Rank #244
I've seen this film probably close to ten times now and it still has yet t lose any of it's power. Fueled by an incredible score from Philip Glass and one of the finest uses of reenactments, this is truly one of the finest documentaries ever made and one of the blueprints for modern documentary film making.
It's amazing how Morris can hang the people with their own words without ever offering any commentary or challenging them like Herzog does in "Into the Abyss". He actually arrives at a conclusion unlike Serial and he does in convincingly unlike say... Making a Murderer which proves police misconduct, but not the innocence of its subject.
I would be really uncomfortable if I had to sit down with aaaany of these characters for longer than 2 minutes.
Uses the atmosphere of an intense thriller rather than a documentary, and extraordinarily so. The amount of ingenuity involved here (particularly in the re-enactments and the chilling closing frame) is sublime.
"Oops." -The U.S. criminal justice system
A total mindfuck of a documentary. It had me going back and forth in my own mind has to what may have happened that fateful night. Then it drops an anvil on you during it's last recorded interview with one of the principles. Those last words are going to haunt me all day.
Just fuck me up
UPDATED: December 4, 2016
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