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. 98 -

    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
  2. 8 -

    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
  3. 46 -

    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
  4. 32 -

    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  5. 64 -

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  6. 76 -

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  7. 38 -

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
  8. 15 -

    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
  9. 97 -

    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
  10. 89 -

    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
  11. 117 -

    Woodstock

    1970, in 12 top lists Check
  12. 31 -

    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  13. 66 -

    La marche de l'empereur

    2005 — a.k.a. March of the Penguins, in 3 top lists Check
  14. 79 -

    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 5 top lists Check
  15. 92 -

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  16. 70 -

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
  17. 69 -

    My Winnipeg

    2007, in 8 top lists Check
  18. 107 -

    The War Game

    1965, in 10 top lists Check
  19. 30 -

    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

    2000 — a.k.a. The Gleaners & I, in 11 top lists Check
  20. 35 -

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
  21. 47 -

    Lektionen in Finsternis

    1992 — a.k.a. Lessons of Darkness, in 5 top lists Check
  22. 22 -

    Dont Look Back

    1967 — a.k.a. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, in 10 top lists Check
  23. 86 -

    Roger & Me

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
  24. 24 -

    Être et avoir

    2002 — a.k.a. To Be and to Have, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 102 -

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
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    À propos de Nice

    1930 — a.k.a. À Propos de Nice, in 7 top lists Check
  27. 87 -

    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
  28. 11 -

    Ônibus 174

    2002 — a.k.a. Bus 174, in 5 top lists Check
  29. 96 -

    Gadajace glowy

    1980 — a.k.a. Talking Heads, in 3 top lists Check
  30. 41 -

    Las Hurdes

    1933 — a.k.a. Land Without Bread, in 12 top lists Check
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    Le chagrin et la pitié

    1969 — a.k.a. The Sorrow and the Pity, in 11 top lists Check
  32. 88 -

    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
  33. 7 -

    Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt

    1927 — a.k.a. Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, in 11 top lists Check
  34. 14 -

    Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

    1961 — a.k.a. Chronicle of a Summer, in 8 top lists Check
  35. 100 -

    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
  36. 80 -

    Menschen am Sonntag

    1930 — a.k.a. People on Sunday, in 10 top lists Check
  37. 2 -

    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  38. 52 -

    La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon

    1895 — a.k.a. Exiting the Factory, in 9 top lists Check
  39. 57 -

    L'arroseur arrosé

    1895 — a.k.a. The Sprinkler Sprinkled, in 5 top lists Check
  40. 23 -

    Yuki yukite, shingun

    1987 — a.k.a. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, in 7 top lists Check
  41. 28 -

    Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
  42. 109 -

    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Atomic Cafe

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
  44. 29 -

    Forgotten Silver

    1995, in 2 top lists Check
  45. 93 -

    El sol del membrillo

    1992 — a.k.a. The Quince Tree Sun, in 9 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 7 top lists Check
  47. 74 -

    News from Home

    1977, in 4 top lists Check
  48. 12 -

    Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

    1988, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 45 -

    Kon-Tiki

    1950, in 2 top lists Check
  50. 65 -

    Man of Aran

    1934, in 6 top lists Check
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