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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.
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
One of the most emotionally investing and gripping documentaries ever made. Filmmaker Errol Morris' masterpiece and my personal favorite documentary film.
As a film, I can't say The Thin Blue Line wiIl be listed amongst my favourites, but I certainly have a lot of admiration for it.
I can appreciate its importance within cinema as a whole and the impact it had on documentary film making. However, the real achievement is that it resulted in a wrongly convicted man being released from death row. How many films can honest claim to have saved a mans life?
This gripping documentary--told with both humanity and an artistic vision by Errol Morris--explores the nuances of a murder case, openly questioning, without subjectively outright denying, the guilt of a convicted murderer.
Reasons I love this perfect film:
-As thrilling as anything I've ever seen.
-A history lesson.
-The scariest thing that could ever happen to anyone.
-*Demonstrates the power of film. *
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