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26th January 2006 2:58  #1

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Favorite Documentary
What is everyone's favorite documentary?

For me, I just recently say The Aristocrats, which was very funny and one of my favorite movies. I also saw recently Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room and Grizzly Man, both very good.

26th January 2006 3:37  #2

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Based primarily on its extensive use of archival footage and narration by Sir Laurence Olivier, I must pick "The World at War." This 26 episode documentary is hands-down the most thorough account of the second world war ever produced. The runner-up for me is Ken Burns' "The Civil War." Through a well-choreographed amalgam of photographs, music and voice-overs, Ken Burns created a moving account of this period of American history. I also appreciate both of these documentaries for their use of historical evidence versus fabrication. A few of today's so-called documentarians seem to get a pass by the media and critics even though it has been proven that they orchestrated events or totally fabricated accounts in their films. It's a disgrace and they should not be called documentaries.

26th January 2006 4:53  #3

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
If you love movies, and if you read these posts you most probably do, you have to check out Visions of Light.  It's a wonderful documentary about cinematography.  In the same vein there's George Stevens, A Filmmaker's Journey.  Both are good picks for true movie fans.

27th January 2006 0:49  #4

Sohan Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7
the fog of war

27th January 2006 5:20  #5

Chris Hazelton Member Join Date: January 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 40
Some very good doco's there.

Have to include, In The Footsteps of Alexander the Great, When We Were Kings, The Empires Series (esp. The Geeks, and The Medici), and anything done by Sir David Attenborough.

27th January 2006 13:30  #6

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,164
When We Were Kings
Looking for Richard
The Corporation

and if you want to include DVD doumentaries

The Abyss', Under Pressure.
From Dusk Till Dawn's, Full Tilt Boogie (although it does go on a bit)
The Star Wars Trilogy's, Empire of Dreams.

27th January 2006 23:02  #7

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I also liked Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11... also looking forward to Michael Moore's next, Sicko.

28th January 2006 7:01  #8

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
Your welcome, Aaron!  Love your My Collection post, especially the Superman animation!  See you picked up a copy of The End of the Affair this week.  If you're not familiar with the story, trust me, stick with it to the last minute and you will love it.

29th January 2006 13:42  #9

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
My fave documentaries, not involving any film star or someone famous, would have to be National Geographic's 9/11. I forget the full title, but the minute by minute account of what happened that day really drew me in. I cried like in the most intense moments when the twin towers fell, as well as when people lost their loved ones.

The other documentary was the Concorde, where there was all this history way before that major crash in Paris.

Basically, I like alot of National Geographic and Discovery Channels Documentaries. Anything to do with superstructures, commercial jets, travel, some important histories, Air Crash Investigations, etc.

1st February 2006 3:28  #10

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
Roger and Me
The Corporation
Grizzly Man

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