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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.
This is a document of another dimension. If David Lynch directed a Merry Melodies sketch ripped from the transcript of a botched murder trial, you might have a movie as shockingly original as this. And yet, these events happened, and these people existed.
Like Philip Glass's haunting, hypnotic score, the film seems to be ever spiraling outwards. The story of the night a Dallas police officer was murdered sucks lawmen and lowlifes out from under their rocks and into the light of hard tungsten bulbs. Charming sociopaths and self-serving samaritans. Cops with nooses ready and lawyers retiring out of frustration.
What is real? What is fabricated? Are our memories true, or are they shaped by what we want them to…
Virtually no other film of its time was as important in smearing the edges between what's realistically dramatized and truly real and in showing the singular wallop a movie can have. It makes Rashomon look like a Chaplin film, and leaves you with a belly-churning undercurrent of disquiet.
A very well made documentary, paced and metered, told as if fictional—the final recording absolutely floored me, and supposedly that was unintentional.
"You have a D.A, he doesn't talk about when they convict you, or how they convict you. He's talking about how he's going to kill ya. He don't give a damn if you're innocent, he don't give a damn if you're guilty. He's talking... about killing ya.
The Thin Blue Line is one of those pictures that has been on my watch-list for literally years, i'm no expert when it comes to documentaries, i have not seen a great many deal of them but i do like to see a good documentary once in a while and this one was certainly highly recommended. I was especially interested in this one because it was Directed by Errol Morris, which…
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.
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