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. 64 -

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  3. 15 -

    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
  4. 92 -

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  5. 70 -

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
  6. 76 -

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  7. 102 -

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
  8. 89 -

    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
  9. 38 -

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
  10. 46 -

    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
  11. 41 -

    Las Hurdes

    1933 — a.k.a. Land Without Bread, in 12 top lists Check
  12. 97 -

    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
  13. 117 -

    Woodstock

    1970, in 12 top lists Check
  14. 7 -

    Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt

    1927 — a.k.a. Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, in 11 top lists Check
  15. 13 -

    Le chagrin et la pitié

    1969 — a.k.a. The Sorrow and the Pity, in 11 top lists Check
  16. 30 -

    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

    2000 — a.k.a. The Gleaners & I, in 11 top lists Check
  17. 88 -

    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
  18. 107 -

    The War Game

    1965, in 11 top lists Check
  19. 22 -

    Dont Look Back

    1967 — a.k.a. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, in 10 top lists Check
  20. 31 -

    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  21. 80 -

    Menschen am Sonntag

    1930 — a.k.a. People on Sunday, in 10 top lists Check
  22. 86 -

    Roger & Me

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
  23. 87 -

    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
  24. 8 -

    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
  25. 93 -

    El sol del membrillo

    1992 — a.k.a. The Quince Tree Sun, in 9 top lists Check
  26. 32 -

    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  27. 39 -

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

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 9 top lists Check
  28. 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
  30. 14 -

    Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

    1961 — a.k.a. Chronicle of a Summer, in 8 top lists Check
  31. 35 -

    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
  32. 69 -

    My Winnipeg

    2007, in 8 top lists Check
  33. 82 -

    Portrait of Jason

    1967, in 8 top lists Check
  34. 4 -

    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
  35. 24 -

    Être et avoir

    2002 — a.k.a. To Be and to Have, in 7 top lists Check
  36. 1 -

    À propos de Nice

    1930 — a.k.a. À Propos de Nice, in 7 top lists Check
  37. 100 -

    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
  38. 23 -

    Yuki yukite, shingun

    1987 — a.k.a. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, in 7 top lists Check
  39. 19 -

    David Holzman's Diary

    1967, in 6 top lists Check
  40. 62 -

    Les maîtres fous

    1955 — a.k.a. The Mad Masters, in 6 top lists Check
  41. 65 -

    Man of Aran

    1934, in 6 top lists Check
  42. 67 -

    A Married Couple

    1969, in 6 top lists Check
  43. 68 -

    Minamata: Kanja-san to sono sekai

    1971 — a.k.a. Minamata, in 6 top lists Check
  44. 83 -

    Primary

    1960, in 6 top lists Check
  45. 101 -

    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
  46. 104 -

    Turksib

    1929, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 109 -

    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 6 top lists Check
  48. 90 -

    79 primaveras

    1969, in 5 top lists Check
  49. 5 -

    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1976 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part II, in 5 top lists Check
  50. 17 -

    Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    1963, in 5 top lists Check
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