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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
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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.
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…
This is a take it or leave it documentary. It is a perfect entry point for the career of Errol Morris. His style is in full effect, and I know it turns some people off. But for me, he is a fascinating director of documentary films with a real knowledge of the cinematic language.
The story is about a man arrested and convicted of killing a cop, but it sure seems like he didn't actually commit the crime. The film is a great exploration of the USA's criminal justice system. Complete with all its advantages and opportunities for manipulation.
Morris uses reenactments to draw the viewer into the story. It takes the film beyond a bunch of talking heads and…
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…
If Thomas Pynchon wrote a crime novel, and someone filmed it, this might be the result. But he didn't.
I was exhausted by the end of this documentary. It's riveting and emotional. Morris' masterful structure is the perfect design for pulling the viewer in (though it got a little jumbled in the middle). I wonder if Sarah Koenig, of the present-day radio show Serial, took note.
A classic. Morris's ability to get people to talk about all kinds of things they should keep their mouth shut about will never cease to amaze me. Here he finds the compelling story of a drifter, a wild Texas boy, and assorted law enforcement officers and lawyers. Morris steadily undermines each piece of the case against the accused using a variety of techniques. One of my favorites is undermining an eyewitness by showing us visuals of their probably viewpoint over their audio. The conclusion shocks the most, but the whole film dazzles.
A masterpiece... one of the greatest documentaries ever made.
Quite a depressing ordeal, but I feel other documentaries have surpassed this one about the same general subject. The Paradise Lost series for instance.
Errol Morris really goes into overproduction here and that's probably the best part of the film, the editing of the interviews and the recreations. It's basically an art form for that alone.
I saw this on the list of best documentary's someplace. It happened to be on netflix so I gave it a chance. Holy crap balls! This left me numb. I had no knowledge of the case so I had no idea where this was going. The way this story is told is very bare bones. Its just people involved telling their views. But the way it unfolds is gripping. This has to be one of the best docs I've ever seen. Brilliant!
Second time watching this flick. I first watched it after being obsessed by the Paradise Lost trilogy for weeks. I know, that's not the chronogical way to do it but hey, who the hell cares.
I've been a true-crime junkie for a while. My sanity has been at sake for a while. I remember loving tv murder shows even before really loving something called ''cinema''. I just couldn't get enough and still can't. From anything being a quality true-crime documentary to even the lowest of the lowest : shitty tv shows and sk biographies.
But here it is. Perhaps the greatest crime documentary ever made. My holy grail. I saw in this film everything that meant true crime doc but…
Interesting story about uninteresting people. Simply leaves you thinking about the juridical system effectiveness.
This is documentary cinema done right. I have seen very few nonfiction films that dig into the human psyche as deeply as The Thin Blue Line does and even fewer that have as strong an influence on the real world. This film plays out like an episode of Dateline in its careful reconstruction of the events of the murder and the alleged explanation of it, with the caveat that this case has such ambiguity that it requires a patient yet confident restructuring by director Errol Morris, which he provides with ease and flair. As the film progresses and we are given more access to the actions and motivations of each of the players in the drama, The Thin Blue Line…
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