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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…
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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A very slow calculated documentary that goes over and over a crime as if the audience are the investigators. I found it really repetitive, but some people may like that, so I'll say it's so-so.
Tercera vez que la veo completa. Me ha costado tanto llamar a The Thin Blue Line obra maestra porque resulta imposible hacerse una idea general de esta impresionante labor de investigación con un solo visionado: La primera vez quedé desconcertado por el hecho de que Morris no utilizara narración o letreros para introducir personajes, incluso produciéndome una enorme sensación de desorientación por un error que me puedo perdonar al no saber cuál era una de las motivaciones de Errol Morris: Además de un alegato contra una condena injusta, The Thin Blue Line es una advertencia sobre los peligros de la "Historia oficial". Se exponen dos versiones y la película consiste en la instauración definitiva de los hechos ocurridos sobre las…
Browsing a list of best directors online for some inspiration on a film to watch this morning and saw Errol Morris. Had heard of this documentary but never watched it. It was good - very well done with a wealth of information. Another demonstration of how unreliable the court system can be.
It's like the 5th greatest documentary according to Sight and Sound Magazine's recent list, so I had to check it out. I would recommend doing so too, it's on Netflix!
After watching it my opinion was high. It's a stylish, influential and powerful film with a chilling score to compliment the well crafted reconstructions. That, however isn't really top 5 of all time material. It was in researching the film I realised its real impact.
The case the filmmaker, Errol Morris, made for this convicted guy who 'shot the policeman' was so effective that after its release the convict was released from prison. Not many filmmakers can claim to have done that!
Although many films with a similar idea have been done after this one's release, The Thin Blue Line still stands out as being extraordinary.
I'm sure it's a really good documentary but I totally lost what was going on half the time. I'm sure it's really top notch but it lost me a few times.
Masterful editing. Brilliant Philip Glass score. Extremely interesting style circles back around on the same incident, objectively presenting the accounts of a series of unreliable narrators. Notable choices in its use of re-enactment footage. Episodic nature drags, but never stops commanding attention.
such an unbelievable story I thought it was fiction
The blueprint for documentaries. I haven't had a documentary stick with me like this film has. Amazing work by Errol Morris
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