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Keep Going. Keep Shooting. Keep Quiet: The Action is Often Not the Action

In years of watching documentaries, especially vérité or quasi-vérité, there have probably been hundreds of moments in which – after the supposed “action” is complete — a filmmaker lingers and keeps the camera running. I was just watching Herzog’s Grizzly … Continue reading

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My Ten Favorite Films: A Revised List

Every time I talk about top 10 lists,  I always start with the  disclaimer that I know  how pointless they are. And then I ask myself:  OK, if they are  so pointless, why do I have so much fun reading … Continue reading

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My Ten Favorite Films

          Ten best lists of films are dumb. They force dumb choices and add almost nothing to serious discussion and criticism.   Big deal.          I love them. I love reading them. I … Continue reading

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The Night in 1968 I Was Born: Public Broadcast Laboratory’s “Birth and Death”

My lifetime of interest in documentary film began sometime during the week of December 4, 1968. I was 17 years old. The $12.5 million Ford Foundation experiment in public television and precursor to PBS, the Public Broadcast Laboratory, was starting … Continue reading

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