100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)

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"100 Documentary Films is the first book to offer concise and authoritative individual critical commentaries on some of the key documentary films - from the Lumière brothers and the beginnings of cinema through to recent films such as Bowling for Columbine and When the Levees Broke - and is global in perspective. Many different types of documentary are discussed, as well as films by major documentary directors, including Robert Flaherty, Humphrey Jennings, Jean Rouch, Dziga Vertov, Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield and Michael Moore. Each entry provides concise critical analysis, while frequent cross reference to other films featured helps to place films in their historical and aesthetic contexts."

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  1. 92 -

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  2. 39 -

    La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios...

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 8 top lists Check
  3. 109 -

    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
  4. 13 -

    Le chagrin et la pitié

    1969 — a.k.a. The Sorrow and the Pity, in 10 top lists Check
  5. 117 -

    Woodstock

    1970, in 13 top lists Check
  6. 51 -

    Lost, Lost, Lost

    1976, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 38 -

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
  8. 11 -

    Ônibus 174

    2002 — a.k.a. Bus 174, in 5 top lists Check
  9. 93 -

    El sol del membrillo

    1992 — a.k.a. The Quince Tree Sun, in 9 top lists Check
  10. 23 -

    Yuki yukite, shingun

    1987 — a.k.a. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, in 7 top lists Check
  11. 8 -

    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
  12. 103 -

    Madonna: Truth or Dare

    1991, in 1 top list Check
  13. 44 -

    Jazz

    2001, in 2 top lists Check
  14. 99 -

    Time Indefinite

    1993, in 2 top lists Check
  15. 102 -

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
  16. 27 -

    Baraye azadi

    1979 — a.k.a. For Liberty, in 1 top list Check
  17. 95 -

    Surname Viet Given Name Nam

    1989, in 2 top lists Check
  18. 37 -

    Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam

    1995, in 1 top list Check
  19. 78 -

    La guerre d'un seul homme

    1982 — a.k.a. One Man's War, in 3 top lists Check
  20. 68 -

    Minamata: Kanja-san to sono sekai

    1971 — a.k.a. Minamata, in 6 top lists Check
  21. 82 -

    Portrait of Jason

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
  22. 84 -

    Primate

    1974, in 2 top lists Check
  23. 24 -

    Être et avoir

    2002 — a.k.a. To Be and to Have, in 7 top lists Check
  24. 89 -

    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
  25. 32 -

    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  26. 35 -

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 9 top lists Check
  27. 43 -

    In the Year of the Pig

    1968, in 3 top lists Check
  28. 97 -

    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
  29. 15 -

    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
  30. 4 -

    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1975 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part I, in 8 top lists Check
  31. 67 -

    A Married Couple

    1969, in 7 top lists Check
  32. 22 -

    Dont Look Back

    1967 — a.k.a. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, in 10 top lists Check
  33. 31 -

    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  34. 86 -

    Roger & Me

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
  35. 87 -

    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
  36. 26 -

    Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons

    1946 — a.k.a. Farrebique, in 1 top list Check
  37. 25 -

    Padenie dinastii Romanovykh

    1927 — a.k.a. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty, in 2 top lists Check
  38. 118 -

    Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle

    2006 — a.k.a. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, in 4 top lists Check
  39. 5 -

    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1976 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part II, in 6 top lists Check
  40. 3 -

    The Atomic Cafe

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
  41. 46 -

    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
  42. 14 -

    Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

    1961 — a.k.a. Chronicle of a Summer, in 8 top lists Check
  43. 20 -

    Dead Birds

    1963, in 3 top lists Check
  44. 74 -

    News from Home

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
  45. 100 -

    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
  46. 114 -

    The Battle of Russia

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 30 -

    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

    2000 — a.k.a. The Gleaners & I, in 11 top lists Check
  48. 98 -

    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
  49. 6 -

    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1979 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part III, in 5 top lists Check
  50. 28 -

    Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
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