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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…
Watching this film was a strange experience. I watched the first 30 minutes in a sitting and was really not a fan. After seeing the rest of the film I really liked it. The way it plays around with our perception of events and the use of re-enactments to show us the different ways a single event can happen. It has aged really well with some stunning close ups and the ending moments where we find more out about Harris was eye opening.
Everyone is talking about the Netflix series Making a Murderer as if it specifically doesn’t feature any reenactments. But there is one in there, a long, point-of-view shot showing the view of one of Steven Avery’s first purported victims as she’s assaulted. We don’t see any actors, standing in for victim or victimizer, just the path through the real location along with violent camera shaking, tracking a sequence of events without absolutely implicating anyone.
So it has one reenactment. Should that make the series a target for criticism on that ground? Some seem to want to mark it as a question of credibility, of good standards that they wouldn’t use the technique, like a reenactment would disqualify the filmmakers from…
Obviously as I'm on a huge real crime documentary tip I had to go back and watch this. I loved how skillfully all the different narrative strands were woven together, going back and forwards in each person's memory, and never getting tangled. Even the re-enactments contributed to the story going forward, rather than taking you out and making you think "Bloody hell, what shit is this?". An absolutely perfect film both from a structure standpoint, and from a political one.
Phillip Glass's score is phenomenal and Morris's direction and aethetic sensibilities astute. (Those heavily stylized reenactments and that claustrophobic atmosphere are certainly memorable.) What's even more interesting is the way in which his interview subjects all become characters in their own right. This is definitely a film that defies (and reinvigorates) the genre of documentary while asking viewers to be introspective with regards to the cobbling together of truth in a landscape of shifting facts and perspectives.
In lesser hands this might bog down the narrative and yet here it works. Yes, it's important that this documentary eventually set a man free, but it's a crucial a window into the subjective standards we use to dispense empathy. Here everyone is…
Another true crime showing the flaws in the justice system.
Really important and compelling documentary that reflects the failures and incompetency of the U.S. justice system but very empathetic when it came to the victims at the same time
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. - IMDb
Ever since I watched Making a Murderer, I wanted more true crime documentaries in my life. So why not start off with one of the greatest of all time? Now, this is how you documentary.
As stated many a time before, I'm not the biggest fan of the re-enactment. They always look so clunky and are terribly produced. I know a documentary will never have the budget of a feature film, but it just never works. With The Thin Blue Line, I was really fine with the ones on display.
Above everything else in this film, I absolutely loved the close up shots of the newspaper articles, where you can see the fibres magnified with the ink bleeding all through them. I could have watched the whole film reading those pages up close. Brilliant.
I know that it's a film that many love, but it didn't quite do it for me. It was well-made, but it jumped all over the place and confused me in a way that could have been avoided. There were too many people in the film, and some of them blended together so I wasn't quite sure who was who.
Riviting, evocative filmmaking. I was engaged the whole way through. One of the best, if not the best, documentaries I've ever seen.
UPDATED: January 28, 2016
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