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Favorite documentaries?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Connemara, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Everyone loves a good documentary. Give us your favorites!

    I've been enjoying Simon Schama's "A History of Britain" series. Obviously it's just a survey, but it is nicely produced and well-narrated.
     


  2. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    Gates of Heaven
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    This Is Spinal Tap.
     


  4. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    This Is Spinal Tap.
    Ken Burns' "Jazz," Radiohead's "Meeting People is Easy," Sigur Ros' "Heima," a film about father-son relationship around the world called "Pop and Me," and "Blair Witch Project."
     


  5. landho

    landho Senior member

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    Hoop Dreams; anything done by Louis Malle; Tokyo-Ga by Wim Wenders; Hearts of Darkness; Burden of Dreams by Les Blank; Capturing the Friedmans; @ In the Mood for Love (the making-of the movie of the same name); Close-Up by Abbas Kiarostami, which is kind of a documentary and kind of a commentary on the nature of film
     


  6. Dedalus

    Dedalus Senior member

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    I just watched Half-Japanese: The Band That Would Be King. It's reignited my love of rock music and turned me onto The Shaggs.
     


  7. v0rtex

    v0rtex Senior member

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    As I've mentioned before on this board, anything by Adam Curtis. "Century of the Self" is his exploration of Freud's theories of psychoanalytics being used by Freud's American nephew to invent PR and consumer society as we know it, and how that's changed the path of history. The best documentary I've ever seen (all 5 hours of it) - called into question almost everything I "know". Fantastic. "Power of Nightmares" is an analysis of the rise of neoconservatism and al-Quaeda and how politics has changed from telling people an ideology will make the world better to trying to tell people their lives are in danger unless they vote for a particular politician. It's very dry, but fascinating and the US networks have all refused to broadcast it. His older works (Pandora's Box and The Mayfair Set) are about the small group of capitalists who heavily influenced the history of the UK in the latter half of the 20th Century, taking it from an almost socialist industrialised nation to a capitalist service provider, starting wars and the like along the way. Probably not that interesting if you're not from the UK or interested in British history. "The Trap: What Happened to our Dream of Freedom" is very abstract and personal, Curtis' opinion is that a "cult of individualism" has taken hold of modern society and is turning us all into self-obsessed narcissists who are ultimately unfulfilled and depressed. I wouldn't watch it without having seen his other work, though. I don't necessarily agree with everything Curtis says, and his documentaries are heavily influenced by his own strong opinions - up until the point of actually providing a solution to all the problems he identifies, unfortunately. But then, maybe that's left as an exercise for the viewer. They are beautifully researched and made. They also provide enough information for an informed viewer to come up with their own opinion which is, to me, the sign of a well-made documentary (Mr Spurlock and Mr Moore should take note...) PS. Most of the Adam Curtis documentaries are up on Google Video for free...
     


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    romafan Senior member

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    Decline of Western Civilization
    Brother's Keeper
    Gimme Shelter

    and many more I can't think of....
     


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    The Story of the Weeping Camel
     


  10. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    This Is Spinal Tap.
    On this we can agree. I give it 11 stars.
     


  13. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Ken Burns "Civil War"
     


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    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    but seriously, I'd say Pumping Iron.
     


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