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. 90 -

    79 primaveras

    1969, in 5 top lists Check
  2. 2 -

    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  3. 3 -

    The Atomic Cafe

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
  4. 61 -

    Baignade en mer

    1895 — a.k.a. The Sea, in 1 top list Check
  5. 27 -

    Baraye azadi

    1979 — a.k.a. For Liberty, in 1 top list Check
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 113 -

    The Battle of Britain

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  10. 115 -

    The Battle of China

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
  11. 114 -

    The Battle of Russia

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  12. 7 -

    Berlin - Die Sinfonie der Großstadt

    1927 — a.k.a. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, in 11 top lists Check
  13. 8 -

    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
  14. 9 -

    A British Picture

    1989, in 1 top list Check
  15. 10 -

    British Sounds

    1970 — a.k.a. See You at Mao, in 2 top lists Check
  16. 12 -

    Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

    1988, in 3 top lists Check
  17. 13 -

    Le chagrin et la pitié

    1969 — a.k.a. The Sorrow and the Pity, in 10 top lists Check
  18. 64 -

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
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    Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

    1961 — a.k.a. Chronicle of a Summer, in 8 top lists Check
  20. 16 -

    Coal Face

    1935, in 2 top lists Check
  21. 17 -

    Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    1963, in 5 top lists Check
  22. 18 -

    Daughter Rite

    1980, in 2 top lists Check
  23. 19 -

    David Holzman's Diary

    1967, in 6 top lists Check
  24. 20 -

    Dead Birds

    1963, in 3 top lists Check
  25. 21 -

    A Diary for Timothy

    1945, in 4 top lists Check
  26. 112 -

    Divide and Conquer

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  27. 22 -

    Dont Look Back

    1967 — a.k.a. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, in 10 top lists Check
  28. 93 -

    El sol del membrillo

    1992 — a.k.a. The Quince Tree Sun, in 9 top lists Check
  29. 24 -

    Être et avoir

    2002 — a.k.a. To Be and to Have, in 7 top lists Check
  30. 26 -

    Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons

    1946 — a.k.a. Farrebique, in 1 top list Check
  31. 28 -

    Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
  32. 56 -

    Les forgerons

    1895 — a.k.a. Blacksmith Scene, in 2 top lists Check
  33. 29 -

    Forgotten Silver

    1995, in 2 top lists Check
  34. 96 -

    Gadajace glowy

    1980 — a.k.a. Talking Heads, in 2 top lists Check
  35. 30 -

    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

    2000 — a.k.a. The Gleaners & I, in 11 top lists Check
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    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  37. 32 -

    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  38. 78 -

    La guerre d'un seul homme

    1982 — a.k.a. One Man's War, in 3 top lists Check
  39. 33 -

    Handsworth Songs

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
  40. 34 -

    Happy Mother's Day

    1963, in 2 top lists Check
  41. 35 -

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 9 top lists Check
  42. 36 -

    Harvest of Shame

    1960, in 2 top lists Check
  43. 37 -

    Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam

    1995, in 1 top list Check
  44. 38 -

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
  45. 39 -

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

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 8 top lists Check
  46. 40 -

    Housing Problems

    1935, in 2 top lists Check
  47. 42 -

    I for India

    2005, in 1 top list Check
  48. 43 -

    In the Year of the Pig

    1968, in 3 top lists Check
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    Jazz

    2001, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kon-Tiki

    1950, in 2 top lists Check
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