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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…
At certain points I thought I was watching Koyannisquatsi again. The score and filmed illustrations do a great job of explaining the crime visually. I would rather have something like this filmed for the local news than random CG bits that make no sense.
An extremely good looking and well presented documentary, containing insightful interviews which superbly tell the story of what happened that night. A little drawn out maybe but still completely great and one of the best crime documentaries I've seen. I was advised to check this out after watching Making A Murderer and the two are not too unalike.
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.
Late to the party with this one but I can see why it has the reputation that it does. Similar to Making A Murderer, it depresses you in how the system can allow due process to be trampled over.
"The Thin Blue Line" is the gripping story of a man sent to prison on circumstantial evidence, and its all the more fascinating because it's true. I enjoyed Errol Morris's films about backwoods Floridians ("Vernon, Florida") and pet cemeteries ("Gates of Heaven") but it's great to see him put his talents to work on something more substantial. Morris's blend of reenactments, interviews, newspaper clippings and the occasional film clip to tell this compelling story works very well. The biggest asset that any documentary filmmaker needs is the ability to assemble all of the right bits and pieces and massage the footage they've shot into a story, a compelling narrative. This has to be a difficult task. I feel that it's…
Better than Rashomon.
Now more than ever
What makes this doc so good is the use of flashback over and over to portray the same scene differently. Also just watching the politicians and people in charge talk and talk and talk themselves into a hole and look like idiots/assholes is such a genius move.
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