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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    Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle

    2006 — a.k.a. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, in 4 top lists Check
  2. 117 -

    Woodstock

    1970, in 12 top lists Check
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    War Comes to America

    1945, in 3 top lists Check
  4. 115 -

    The Battle of China

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
  5. 114 -

    The Battle of Russia

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  6. 113 -

    The Battle of Britain

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
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    Divide and Conquer

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  8. 111 -

    The Nazis Strike

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  9. 110 -

    Prelude to War

    1942, in 3 top lists Check
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    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 6 top lists Check
  11. 108 -

    We Are the Lambeth Boys

    1959, in 2 top lists Check
  12. 107 -

    The War Game

    1965, in 11 top lists Check
  13. 106 -

    Waiting for Fidel

    1974, in 1 top list Check
  14. 105 -

    Very Nice, Very Nice

    1961, in 3 top lists Check
  15. 104 -

    Turksib

    1929, in 6 top lists Check
  16. 103 -

    Madonna: Truth or Dare

    1991, in 1 top list Check
  17. 102 -

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
  18. 101 -

    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
  19. 100 -

    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
  20. 99 -

    Time Indefinite

    1993, in 2 top lists Check
  21. 98 -

    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
  22. 97 -

    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
  23. 96 -

    Gadajace glowy

    1980 — a.k.a. Talking Heads, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 95 -

    Surname Viet Given Name Nam

    1989, in 2 top lists Check
  25. 94 -

    The Spanish Earth

    1937, in 3 top lists Check
  26. 93 -

    El sol del membrillo

    1992 — a.k.a. The Quince Tree Sun, in 9 top lists Check
  27. 92 -

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
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    Shipyard

    1935, in 1 top list Check
  29. 90 -

    79 primaveras

    1969, in 5 top lists Check
  30. 89 -

    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
  31. 88 -

    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
  32. 87 -

    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
  33. 86 -

    Roger & Me

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
  34. 85 -

    Les raquetteurs

    1958, in 1 top list Check
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    Primate

    1974, in 2 top lists Check
  36. 83 -

    Primary

    1960, in 6 top lists Check
  37. 82 -

    Portrait of Jason

    1967, in 8 top lists Check
  38. 81 -

    The Plow That Broke the Plains

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
  39. 80 -

    Menschen am Sonntag

    1930 — a.k.a. People on Sunday, in 10 top lists Check
  40. 79 -

    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 5 top lists Check
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    La guerre d'un seul homme

    1982 — a.k.a. One Man's War, in 3 top lists Check
  42. 77 -

    Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography

    1981, in 1 top list Check
  43. 76 -

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
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    North Sea

    1938, in 1 top list Check
  45. 74 -

    News from Home

    1977, in 4 top lists Check
  46. 73 -

    Nieuwe gronden

    1933 — a.k.a. New Earth, in 3 top lists Check
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    Necrology

    1971, in 2 top lists Check
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    Native Land

    1942, in 2 top lists Check
  49. 70 -

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
  50. 69 -

    My Winnipeg

    2007, in 8 top lists Check
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