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Year
1997
Runtime
80 min.
Director
Errol Morris
Genre
Documentary
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
3,097
Checks
996
Favs
74
Dislikes
11
Favs/checks
7.4% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. xianjiro's avatar

    xianjiro

    Interesting from the perspective of a much less literal documentary than is more commonly presented. Here we have four speakers talking extensively about four seemingly unrelated fields with imagery that may or may not obviously support the current discussion topic - from old B&W B-movies to the speakers in their native habitats engaged in their day-to-day field of interest. We, as viewers, are able to interact with the film as we wish. We can think about the subjects presented and draw our own conclusions.

    Morris has a message, but it is less defined than is usually the case in documentary cinema. We are allowed the ability to draw our own conclusions, make our own inferences, feel our own emotions by having ideas presented instead of the more usual direct presentation of a thesis with the clear goal of steering a viewer to a predetermined conclusion.

    Not that this was an entirely new concept in non-narrative cinema - think Baraka or Koyanisqatsi - but unlike the works of Fricke or Reggio, Morris uses spoken language as well as image, music, and sound in his presentation.

    Interesting and provocative in the sense that it offers the chance to think. Also interesting in that it still is effective almost two decades after production even though one area of discussion is tech related.
    3 years 10 months ago
  2. jennnni's avatar

    jennnni

    The editing on this is da bomb. 4 years 1 month ago
  3. MASD's avatar

    MASD

    That bow tie. Just wow. 8 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #14 in The New Cult Canon
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  2. This movie ranks #28 in 100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
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  3. This movie ranks #107 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
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  4. This movie ranks #287 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  5. This movie ranks #938 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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