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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…
'The eye doesn't lie.' - Documentary Now!
Alla fine è quando guardi film come The Thin Blue Line che ti accorgi di non avere gli strumenti per scrivere qualcosa di concreto riguardo un film.
Un documentario che alla fin fine è un thrillerone bello teso, che ti fa salire un'ansia pazzesca nonstante sia un film composto al 99,9% da gente che parla.
Boh raga, che dire, Capolavoro.
It isn't mentioned enough how beautiful looking this movie is. What is mentioned is it's influence, and you can clearly see it everywhere even if you don't regularly watch documentaries. Still a classic story of a wrongly convicted man, that raises questions as to how it happened.
I think it's relevant how the "lady lawyer" takes her glasses on-and-off from shot-to-shot.
I guess my mistake was watching this right after binging "Making a Murderer" on Netflix, which I was so thoroughly engrossed in that "The Thin Blue Line" somehow didn't have the same punch. However, it is an admittedly insane case in its own right that is interesting to watch - title cards with people's names would have been most helpful, though.
Errol Morris's stab at the true crime drama. Knowing Morris, though, it is not surprising that he avoids the standard procedural and instead employs a variety of techniques to tell his story. The Thin Blue Line is one of the more stylized documentaries, creating a certain emotion around it that creates a sense of uneasiness. A necessary evil of a film such as this is that it has to be focused on the fine details, and sometimes the film can be a bit bogged down in them, making it a bit difficult to follow.
Un document qui a changé la vision et la façon de mettre en scène un documentaire qui, vu son enquête approfondie, a réussi à changer le cours du verdict sur ses participants après sa sortie (comme le fera la série des PARADISE LOST). Par contre, malgré un sujet intéressant et décidément triste pour l'accusé concerné, le film demeure quand même lassant et plus une tâche à passer à travers si on ne prend pas en ligne de compte ce qui a suivi après la diffusion de ce projet. Je suis content de l'avoir vu, mais on en reste là quant à sa viabilité cinématographique.
The archetypal true-crime documentary, all documentary films which follow this movie seek to imitate it in some way. It also achieved, what I consider, one of the highest aspirations of documentary filmmakers everywhere: it caused a real, tangible change in the world. Namely, Randall Adams being released from prison a year after this film was released.
Rewatching this after seeing Fred Armisen and Bill Hader parody it on "Documentary now!" was a really funny experience. They really nailed some of the odd mannerisms of the people interviewed. Like the local police officer who knew David Harris constantly excusing harris' extremely violent tendencies by saying hes just a good kid who needs to straighten up.
“The Thin Blue Line” directed by Errol Morris, is a crime documentary that recounts the cold-blooded murder of a police officer in Texas. The man taken into custody is an outsider, and the justice system will do anything to convict him- even if the evidence of his guilt is more than lacking.
From here, let’s start with the positives of this film. Morris uses some really cool motifs in his storytelling. I’m thinking particularly of the use of the same two colors throughout the film; blue and red. Cool, and creative, I found this simple element to be extremely effective as a way of carrying the theme of police representation throughout the film. Also, the film was filled with facts…
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