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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.
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…
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…
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…
Quinta película de The «Breakfast Club» Film Cycle sugerida por Deovanny.
The Thin Blue Line es uno de los documentales más aclamados de la historia del cine y ya eso es suficiente razón para querer verlo. Aunque no sé porque venía con pocas ganas de que me gustara, al final de todo no se puede negar el propio mérito que tiene este film y es que pese a que no es un caso verdaderamente increíble -Queda por debajo de la media de los casos asombrosos que hoy en día pasan en Investigation Discovery- no se puede negar que está bien hecho y eso queda claro con sus tomas tan acertadas.
Una tristeza que muchas veces la justicia no sea tan justa.
"If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County."
The Thin Blue Line is Errol Morris’ critically acclaimed investigation into the American penal and judicial system that had sentenced a man for the murder of a policeman on little more than circumstantial evidence. Whilst there is a bigger picture discussed about how people in the US at the time could be convicted of crimes, at its core there is of course a very real case to be made for saving the life of one individual who was the victim of what Morris perceived to be a broken bureaucratic and prejudiced system.
Aside from being absorbing in its narrative and genuinely emotional without needing to be as highly manipulative as its contemporaries often are, the impact that The Thin Blue…
With cinematography that would be impressive for a narrative film and a story so investing it will keep you on the edge of your couch, The Thin Blue Line demonstrates how to properly tell a true crime story.
A fascinating documentary. Despite terribly cheesy dramatizations, this is a great film about the Dallas police department railroading an innocent man.
2nd viewing. Outside of the investigative story, which is riveting; the credit it gets for being the first documentary to employ re-enactments; and how amazing it is that it contributed greatly in overturning a conviction, the movie reveals and displays so much about the cynical elements of human nature -- bloodlust, power trips, self-delusion, the placement of ambition and politics over the well-being of actual human lives and even true justice -- that one despairs for our future and the inevitable repetition of such scenarios. People by base nature are shallow, self-centered, and withholding of empathy. The educated lawyer in the film, whom the locals warned was a liberal discreditor, almost speaks for all of us when he says he…
pretty comfy movie
Errol Morris, antagonist of the state of Texas. It's clear halfway through that Adams is innocent, and what follows is a terrifying breakdown of the motivations of the prosecution. Postmodern, tense, and constantly shifting in form, The Thin Blue Line is a triumph.
Hele poëtische koppendocu. Over een veroordeelde die toch wel veel bewijs voor zich heeft spreken. Traag verteld, begeesterende muziek (Philip Glass blijkbaar), korrelige fotografie, droog, sereen, hard. Een film die kwaad maakt op een ondergravende stekende manier. Heel knap.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)