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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…
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.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Candidate for the
Best documentary made.
Watch and be afraid.
I'm always a bit trepidatious about seeing such a critically celebrated movie. I don't mind differing from the consensus view, but I also have great respect for the film critic community and for the education and training and perspective that they have and provide- I don't want to "not get" something.
With the Thin Blue Line, widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest documentary of all time, I get it.
Its reputation is well deserved. When a documentary of something that happened decades ago keeps you on the edge of your seat, you know something right (and unusual) is happening.
The second movie in a month that made me think back to True Detective (the other was Angel Heart, for very different reasons).
This movie is a philosopher/s dream.
you can really see how much of an influence morris has had on all these documentaries that basically rip off this film. pretty good film overall though, but it didn't make me as angry as it should have since i knew the results of the film
Viewed on Netflix
This is a horror movie. A true horror movie.
This is my first Errol Morris film and it will not be easily forgotten.
Mandatory viewing for those who push for the death sentence or assume infallibility of our police forces.
Watched this for the first time in about five years. Still as powerful and surreal this time around. Ranks as one of the most important films ever made.
Errol Morris does his good deed on earth by making this 1988 documentary about the wrongful conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas police officer. The first third of the film, reenacting the crime with moment by moment precise testimony, is immensely compelling, playing like an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" without Robert Stack's creepy voice and the creepy music.
Then the film bogs down into more specifics, when it's obvious that Adams is innocent. Knowing the outcome doesn't help things, either. Morris loses focus here, almost like he's trying to stretch the running time. I would have preferred to see more on the crime itself, and not how Adams was railroaded.
Documentary with a interesting and very important subject matter that was loaded with info which is really good and gives you everything you need to know. Just that it was a bit too much at times leading to feelings if this being a bit too long or struggling to keep your attention. More documentaries should focus on getting the opinion of as many parties involved in something like Errol Morris does in this film.
I Don't Like 1988's The Thin Blue Line, I Don't Like It Because It Turned 25 Years Old Last Year In 2013.
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