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 21 top lists Check
  3. 102 -

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
  4. 32 -

    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  5. 46 -

    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
  6. 64 -

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  7. 89 -

    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
  8. 66 -

    La marche de l'empereur

    2005 — a.k.a. March of the Penguins, in 3 top lists Check
  9. 69 -

    My Winnipeg

    2007, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 70 -

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
  11. 58 -

    Repas de bébé

    1895 — a.k.a. Baby's Dinner, in 3 top lists Check
  12. 52 -

    La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon

    1895 — a.k.a. Exiting the Factory, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  14. 31 -

    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  15. 86 -

    Roger & Me

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
  16. 76 -

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  17. 118 -

    Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle

    2006 — a.k.a. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, in 4 top lists Check
  18. 15 -

    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
  19. 56 -

    Les forgerons

    1895 — a.k.a. Blacksmith Scene, in 2 top lists Check
  20. 38 -

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
  21. 97 -

    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
  22. 41 -

    Las Hurdes

    1933 — a.k.a. Land Without Bread, in 12 top lists Check
  23. 19 -

    David Holzman's Diary

    1967, in 6 top lists Check
  24. 54 -

    La pêche aux poissons rouges

    1895 — a.k.a. Fishing for Goldfish, in 1 top list Check
  25. 101 -

    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
  26. 107 -

    The War Game

    1965, in 10 top lists Check
  27. 57 -

    L'arroseur arrosé

    1895 — a.k.a. The Sprinkler Sprinkled, in 5 top lists Check
  28. 53 -

    La voltige

    1895 — a.k.a. Trick Riding, in 1 top list Check
  29. 117 -

    Woodstock

    1970, in 13 top lists Check
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    Ônibus 174

    2002 — a.k.a. Bus 174, in 5 top lists Check
  31. 60 -

    Place des Cordeliers à Lyon

    1895 — a.k.a. Cordeliers' Square in Lyon, in 2 top lists Check
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    À propos de Nice

    1930 — a.k.a. À Propos de Nice, in 7 top lists Check
  33. 82 -

    Portrait of Jason

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
  34. 59 -

    Le saut à la couverture

    1895 — a.k.a. Jumping the Blanket, in 1 top list Check
  35. 92 -

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  36. 61 -

    Baignade en mer

    1895 — a.k.a. The Sea, in 1 top list Check
  37. 62 -

    Les maîtres fous

    1957 — a.k.a. The Mad Masters, in 6 top lists Check
  38. 28 -

    Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
  39. 103 -

    Madonna: Truth or Dare

    1991, in 1 top list Check
  40. 72 -

    Necrology

    1971, in 2 top lists Check
  41. 55 -

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

    1895 — a.k.a. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon, in 1 top list Check
  42. 87 -

    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
  43. 7 -

    Berlin - Die Sinfonie der Großstadt

    1927 — a.k.a. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, in 11 top lists Check
  44. 24 -

    Être et avoir

    2002 — a.k.a. To Be and to Have, in 7 top lists Check
  45. 30 -

    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

    2000 — a.k.a. The Gleaners & I, in 11 top lists Check
  46. 80 -

    Menschen am Sonntag

    1930 — a.k.a. People on Sunday, in 10 top lists Check
  47. 88 -

    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
  48. 105 -

    Very Nice, Very Nice

    1961, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 14 -

    Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

    1961 — a.k.a. Chronicle of a Summer, in 8 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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