Friday, October 25, 2013

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Director: Errol Morris. 103 min. Not Rated. Documentary.

An innocent bystander who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, is convicted of murdering a policeman in Texas, and brushes very close to getting the death penalty. Morris' interview documentary, magnified by Philip Glass' somber soundtrack and multi-layered re-enactments, may have been groundbreaking for its own time, but after films such as the Paradise Lost trilogy and Into the Abyss raised the "proving-the-death-row-inmate-innocent" documentary bar so unreachably high, such a master documentarian's work pales in comparison - just as Dr. No isn't as thrilling or character-driven as today's Bond movies. They're just doing it better these days.

PS: If you've seen the movie, check out its strange aftermaths here.

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