Thursday, June 28, 2007

Truth or Confluences

It's important to re-use and re-cycle. Therefore here's something I put together in 2000 (hint: that means there's not a single film made after 2000 on this list). This completes an exercise called My Favorite Films, Once upon a Time.

The joys of docs are you realize not that truth is stranger than fiction but that most truth is fiction. So I don't want to hear quibbles about how these folks bend reality--it's bent already.
As with the foreign film list, this isn't put in a preferential order. And it's a list in progress, too.

Sherman's March (McElwee, 86)
Thin Blue Line (Morris, 88)
Shoah (Lanzmann, 85)
Stop Making Sense (Demme, 84)
Night and Fog (Resnais, 55)
Crumb (Zwigoff, 96)
Zapruder film (Zapruder, 63)
Day after Trinity (Else, 80)
Roger and Me (Moore, 89)
The Times of Harvey Milk (Epstein, 84)
Tokyo-Ga (Wenders, 85)
Lightning over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (Buba, 89)
Rock Hudson's Home Movies (Rappaport, 92)
Don't Look Back (Pennebaker, 66)
Streetwise (Bell, 85)
High School (Wiseman, 68)
Hearts and Minds (Davis, 75)
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (Morris, 88)
Manufacturing Consent (Achbar and Wintonick, 92)
The Last Waltz (Scorsese, 78)
Let's Get Lost (Weber, 89)
Olympiad (Riefenstahl, 38)
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done (Thomas, 88)
Titicut Follies (Wiseman, 67)
Land of Silence and Darkness (Herzog, 71)
Forest of Bliss (Gardner, 86)
Comic Book Confidential (Mann, 89)
The Mystery of Picasso (Clouzot, 56)
Swimming to Cambodia (Demme, 84)
Jazz on a Summer's Day (Stern, 59)
The Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle (Temple, 80)
A Great Day in Harlem (Bach, 94)



Blogger ahab said...

I actually own Shoah. On Betamax!

Anybody wanna make me an offer for it?

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

No Barbara Kopple? Also, gotta suggest Huston's 1946 Let There Be Light, a remarkably prescient doc. Herzog, too, is a really great documentarian.

3:35 PM  
Blogger George said...

Jeff, you're hitting all my great areas of unknowing. Haven't even seen Harlan County. I do like Herzog as a documentarian, so that's pretty much an oversight to the list process, plus Grizzly Man is too recent.

4:12 PM  

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