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. 8 -

    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
  2. 98 -

    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
  3. 32 -

    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  4. 76 -

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  5. 46 -

    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
  6. 38 -

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
  7. 97 -

    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
  8. 117 -

    Woodstock

    1970, in 12 top lists Check
  9. 64 -

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  10. 52 -

    La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon

    1895 — a.k.a. Exiting the Factory, in 9 top lists Check
  11. 70 -

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
  12. 66 -

    La marche de l'empereur

    2005 — a.k.a. March of the Penguins, in 3 top lists Check
  13. 86 -

    Roger & Me

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
  14. 102 -

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
  15. 57 -

    L'arroseur arrosé

    1895 — a.k.a. The Sprinkler Sprinkled, in 5 top lists Check
  16. 31 -

    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  17. 15 -

    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
  18. 89 -

    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
  19. 107 -

    The War Game

    1965, in 11 top lists Check
  20. 58 -

    Repas de bébé

    1895 — a.k.a. Baby's Dinner, in 3 top lists Check
  21. 22 -

    Dont Look Back

    1967 — a.k.a. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, in 10 top lists Check
  22. 41 -

    Las Hurdes

    1933 — a.k.a. Land Without Bread, in 12 top lists Check
  23. 30 -

    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

    2000 — a.k.a. The Gleaners & I, in 11 top lists Check
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    À propos de Nice

    1930 — a.k.a. À Propos de Nice, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 92 -

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  26. 24 -

    Être et avoir

    2002 — a.k.a. To Be and to Have, in 7 top lists Check
  27. 35 -

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
  28. 69 -

    My Winnipeg

    2007, in 8 top lists Check
  29. 79 -

    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 5 top lists Check
  30. 87 -

    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
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    Ônibus 174

    2002 — a.k.a. Bus 174, in 5 top lists Check
  32. 7 -

    Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt

    1927 — a.k.a. Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, in 11 top lists Check
  33. 88 -

    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  35. 63 -

    Manhatta

    1921, in 5 top lists Check
  36. 56 -

    Les forgerons

    1895 — a.k.a. Blacksmith Scene, in 2 top lists Check
  37. 47 -

    Lektionen in Finsternis

    1992 — a.k.a. Lessons of Darkness, in 5 top lists Check
  38. 55 -

    Neuville-sur-Saône: Débarquement du congrès des...

    1895 — a.k.a. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon, in 1 top list Check
  39. 61 -

    Baignade en mer

    1895 — a.k.a. The Sea, in 1 top list Check
  40. 60 -

    Place des Cordeliers à Lyon

    1895 — a.k.a. Cordeliers' Square in Lyon, in 2 top lists Check
  41. 53 -

    La voltige

    1895 — a.k.a. Trick Riding, in 1 top list Check
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    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 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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    La pêche aux poissons rouges

    1895 — a.k.a. Fishing for Goldfish, in 1 top list Check
  45. 59 -

    Le saut à la couverture

    1895 — a.k.a. Jumping the Blanket, in 1 top list Check
  46. 28 -

    Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
  47. 80 -

    Menschen am Sonntag

    1930 — a.k.a. People on Sunday, in 10 top lists Check
  48. 13 -

    Le chagrin et la pitié

    1969 — a.k.a. The Sorrow and the Pity, in 11 top lists Check
  49. 62 -

    Les maîtres fous

    1955 — a.k.a. The Mad Masters, in 6 top lists Check
  50. 29 -

    Forgotten Silver

    1995, in 2 top lists Check
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