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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…
The stylised interviews carry the reconstruction into a strange place where it all seems so fake and constructed that you question everything, exactly as an investigation. It's a trick without being a gimmick and actually made me enjoy watching a crime drama. It alienates over and over which is a huge relief when contrasted with the cliché of empathic identification that so many documentaries attempt to get out of us.
Never underestimate the power of movies I guess?
The Thin Blue Line is about a murder, about a trial, about people and justice and death and fear. It's about so much, it is full of small details that challenge the viewer, or documentary form, or established ideology. It is a film that is all inclusive. It's gripping, beautiful, haunting and brilliant. Left me speechless.
A rather interesting and compelling documentary, as noteworthy for its real-life impact as for its strong stylization. Morris pushes the cinematic quality of the talking heads format to the limit, using the subjects both as the real-life conveyors of their information and as actors in his noir-influenced mystery, interspersed with wonderful close-ups of archival documents, newspapers, and various other paraphernalia and stunning, beautifully filmed reenactments of the crime and the surrounding events, set to the gorgeous score by Phillip Glass. The film is structured in a very procedural, logical, and orderly fashion, bolstered by the wonderful editing between the various subjects, though the talking heads format can feel a bit sterile after awhile. What is perhaps most surprising about this…
Terrifying implications. I had a hard time staying awake but to be fair I didn't get my nap today
If this ultimately struck me as a bit cerebral considering the human drama and cost on display (it's certainly lacking the intimacy of Morris’ Gates of Heaven), there is no denying the film’s real-world effect in that it led to Randall Adams' release. Full review here.
The opening theme of this movie is one of the best pieces of theme music I've heard in a long time.
“Prosecutors in Dallas have said for years - any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man.”
Errol Morris' outstanding documentary tells the story of an innocent man who was convicted for murdering a police officer. Because he was a drifter, because it was convenient, because the people in power had prejudice and an agenda, they preferred to send 28 year old Randall Adams to prison than 16 year old Texas boy David Ray Harris. Convicted by a jury, Adams was given the death penalty.
Made in 1988, when documentaries were still shot on film, the grainy beauty of Morris' images and composition layer into a narrative of distinct individuals. Investigating the…
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I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)