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  • Awardsfan1990
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    This year has been quite a year for documentaries, with many critically acclaimed documentaries doing very well at the box office (by documentary standards) such as Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, RBG, Whitney and Three Identical Strangers. So my question to you is this, what is the greatest documentary you’ve ever seen? For me, it’s the 1976 documentary Harlan County USA. An absolutely brilliant piece of documentary filmmaking.

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    I had never heard of Harlan County, I’ll check it out. The greatest documentary I’ve ever seen is The Act of Killing!

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    I dont know if i could pick one ….. I would probally say Spellbound … its amazing

    others that i love
    Roger and me
    Murderball
    Valentino the last emperor
    Icarus
    Cutie and the boxer

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    Awardsfan1990
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    <p>I had never heard of Harlan County, I’ll check it out. The greatest documentary I’ve ever seen is The Act of Killing!</p>

    Harlan County USA is a must-watch. I would even argue it’s miles better than The Act Of Killing.

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    I already sperged out in a recent Q&A about why I love The Arbor but here are some of my other favs:

    Tower
    Man on Wire
    The Thin Blue Line
    Dear Zachary
    Out of the Clear Blue Sky

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    FairWeatherAffair
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    Does Histoire(s) du cinéma count?

    Also, basically anything from Wiseman. I hate to be so recent, but Ex Libris is a great example of how he is probably, if not the best, close to the top of the list of best directors working right now.

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    Also, basically anything from Wiseman. I hate to be so recent, but Ex Libris is a great example of how he is probably, if not the best, close to the top of the list of best directors working right now.

    My love for Wiseman is becoming overlwhelming but I still haven’t seen enough of his long filmography. Do you think Ex Libris is his very best or is there something even better? I was blown away with that movie and I consider it to be his best between those I’ve seen so far from him.

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    Man on a Wire.

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    Too many to count, but one that comes to mind immediately is Dear Zachary. That movie has the capacity to rip your heart out and endear you to its’ subjects while simultaneously disturbing you to the point that you feel like death is closing in on not only its’ subjects, but you as well. A true work of genius.

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    My love for Wiseman is becoming overlwhelming but I still haven’t seen enough of his long filmography. Do you think Ex Libris is his very best or is there something even better? I was blown away with that movie and I consider it to be his best between those I’ve seen so far from him.

    Ex Libris took me completely by surprise. I did not think he would produce another piece that would challenge Near Death in stature. I highly recommend the latter; probably still my favorite, if only because it is so grand in scope, but, really, it’s like splitting hairs to choose between the two. His recent output has been spectacular (I was particularly fond of Crazy Horse and At Berkeley), but his back catalogue is filled with masterpieces, as well. Hospital works well as a companion to Near Death, and Juvenile Court, Model, and Central Park should not be missed.

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    Capturing the Friedmans.

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    1. German Concentration Camp Factual Survey (1945/2014)
    2. Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) Werner Herzog
    3. Triumph of the Will (1935) Leni Riefenstahl

    No. 3 is one of the most despicable films ever made but one cannot deny the brilliance of Riefenstahl’s direction. Pity it was for the benefit of pure evil.

    Special mention: Frederick Wiseman, probably the greatest documentarian filmmaker of all-time.

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    Paris is Burning

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    Bowling for Columbine & The True Cost

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