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. 1 -

    À propos de Nice

    1930 — a.k.a. À Propos de Nice, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Atomic Cafe

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Berlin - Die Sinfonie der Großstadt

    1927 — a.k.a. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, in 11 top lists Check
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    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
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    British Sounds

    1970 — a.k.a. See You at Mao, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ônibus 174

    2002 — a.k.a. Bus 174, in 5 top lists Check
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    Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

    1988, in 3 top lists Check
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    Le chagrin et la pitié

    1969 — a.k.a. The Sorrow and the Pity, in 10 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
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
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    Coal Face

    1935, in 2 top lists Check
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    Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    1963, in 5 top lists Check
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    Daughter Rite

    1980, in 2 top lists Check
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    David Holzman's Diary

    1967, in 6 top lists Check
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    Dead Birds

    1963, in 3 top lists Check
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    A Diary for Timothy

    1945, in 4 top lists Check
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    Dont Look Back

    1967 — a.k.a. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, in 10 top lists Check
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    Yuki yukite, shingun

    1987 — a.k.a. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, in 7 top lists Check
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    Être et avoir

    2002 — a.k.a. To Be and to Have, in 7 top lists Check
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    Padenie dinastii Romanovykh

    1927 — a.k.a. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty, in 2 top lists Check
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    Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons

    1946 — a.k.a. Farrebique, in 1 top list Check
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    Baraye azadi

    1979 — a.k.a. For Liberty, in 1 top list Check
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    Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
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    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
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    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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    Handsworth Songs

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
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    Happy Mother's Day

    1963, in 2 top lists Check
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    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 9 top lists Check
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    Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
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    La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios...

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 8 top lists Check
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    Housing Problems

    1935, in 2 top lists Check
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    Las Hurdes

    1933 — a.k.a. Land Without Bread, in 12 top lists Check
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    I for India

    2005, in 1 top list Check
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    In the Year of the Pig

    1968, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kon-Tiki

    1950, in 2 top lists Check
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    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
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    Lektionen in Finsternis

    1992 — a.k.a. Lessons of Darkness, in 5 top lists Check
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    Let There Be Light

    1946, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

    1980, in 3 top lists Check
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    Lonely Boy

    1963, in 3 top lists Check
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    Lost, Lost, Lost

    1976, in 2 top lists Check
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    La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon

    1895 — a.k.a. Exiting the Factory, in 9 top lists Check
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    La voltige

    1895 — a.k.a. Trick Riding, in 1 top list Check
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    La pêche aux poissons rouges

    1895 — a.k.a. Fishing for Goldfish, in 1 top list Check
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