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Documentary Challenge (Official, December 2021)

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Documentary Challenge (Official, December 2021)

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Goal
Watch as many documentaries as you can through December.

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.
- Do not edit your posts to add new watches, just create a new one.

Challenge runs from December 1st, 2021 - December 31st, 2021 in your local time zone

Official Documentary Lists
100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
IMDb Documentary
Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Non-Fiction Films (2012)
Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time


Documentaries on Any Official List

Rank Participant Count
1 gunnar 183
2 flavo5000 117
3 tourdesb 103
4 jdidaco 84
5 72aicm 57
5 DudeLanez 57
7 maxwelldeux 53
8 klaus78 46
9 sol 44
10 AssonFire 40
11 ororama 38
12 AB537 23
13 sebby 21
14 hurluberlu 20
15 Nopros 19
16 blocho 15
17 marienbad 14
17 zzzorf 14
19 3eyes 12
19 OldAle1 12
21 vortexsurfer 8
22 beasterne 7
22 Lakigigar 7
24 kongs_speech 5
25 ckfilm88 1
25 Lonewolf2003 1
25 Minkin 1
25 Onderhond 1



I will try to update this post regularly.

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Bonus Challenge: Watch the documentary films from the ICMF-FF5 slates

Eligible films are listed below. If you watch one of these films, please note it with #ICMF-FF5

Documentary Slate
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist (2019) - seen 3 times
This Changes Everything (2018) - seen 1 time
Disclosure (2020) - seen 2 times
Our Blood is Wine (2018) - seen 2 times

Main Slate
La ciudad oculta (2018) - seen 3 times

Arthouse Slate
Obscuro Barroco (2018) - seen 1 time


Rank Participant Bonus Challenge Count
1 jdidaco 3
1 maxwelldeux 3
3 72aicm 2
4 AssonFire 1
4 blocho 1
4 flavo5000 1
4 marienbad 1


I've also gone back to the 2020 challenge and stole (and updated) the cumulative leaderboard from there:

RankParticipantCount202020192018201720162015201420132012
1gunnar183---------
2flavo5000117206158134143129----
3tourdesb103101-100166133---44
4jdidaco8480428260-----
572aicm57358544115-----
5DudeLanez5726--------
7maxwelldeux53136119140109-----
8klaus7846313822226521---
9sol4438253761-----
10AssonFire40158--------
11ororama3831101151713---
12AB53723365-------
13sebby21306056106--26616
14hurluberlu2017162827-----
15Nopros19---------
16blocho151615152727---
17marienbad14---------
17zzzorf1481-------
193eyes12--15724113--
19OldAle112---------
21vortexsurfer832312816-----
22beasterne7---------
22Lakigigar7---------
24kongs_speech5---------
25ckfilm881---------
25Lonewolf20031---------
25Minkin1 ---------
25Onderhond111--------
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I have been starving myself for this challenge. The one challenge a year I really go buck-wild for. Might have to try for a double-triple and get 100+ both here and in Unofficial.
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I've got around 175 Academy Award nominated documentaries lined up to watch, though I don't expect to get through all of them. I should be able to top 100 easily enough, though. I watched around 150 documentary nominees plus around 340 short documentary nominees between January-August. It should be a fun challenge. Getting the double-triple would be cool.
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You guys giving me extra work going for these double-triples, come on, don't forget about Sol. I'm sure there is enough unofficial Australian documentaries, aim for the triple-triple.
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I’m in. Thanks for hosting G.

Aiming for bronze on the Blues list, a lot of docs on that list. When I’m done there I’ll go for the documentaries on the 1000<400 list. Probably aiming for 25-40p total.
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zzzorf wrote: November 30th, 2021, 5:35 am You guys giving me extra work going for these double-triples, come on, don't forget about Sol. I'm sure there is enough unofficial Australian documentaries, aim for the triple-triple.
You know, I thought about it. I probably could if I concentrated on it, but I have too much I've been putting off watching until December that doesn't qualify for the Oceania challenge. That'll still probably be my default category, though.
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I'm in.
438 unseen documentaries on 1+ list before the challenge.
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It starts! First in. B)

1. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)

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Not as well known as the Lumière Brothers, this documentary depicts the work of Eadweard Muybridge, a film pioneer who created moving pictures two decades earlier with a different technique. It is fascinating to learn about his process, the technology involved and the difficulty of timing flashes of black in between individual frames. Dean Stockwell's near-monotone voice-over narration is a bit eh but this is an endlessly intriguing tale of invention.
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I'm in! Thanks a lot for hosting, Gunnar. :)
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Sol's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
1. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)
2. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)

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Five women who were encouraged to enter the workforce to fill in for men during World War II reminisce about their disappointment at losing their jobs when men returned home in this insightful documentary. Powerful as many of the interviews are, the film's best aspect its intertwining of archive footage. In particular focus are the propaganda ads of the time that encouraged women to join the workforce and those afterwards that encouraged them to leave.
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1.) Homo Sapiens (2016) - Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
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1. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) - 7/10
2a. In the Street (1948) - 6/10
2b. The Battle of Midway (1942) - 5/10
2c. La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977) - 7/10
2d. Hôtel des Invalides (1952) - 6/10

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1. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) - 7/10
2a. In the Street (1948) - 6/10
2b. The Battle of Midway (1942) - 5/10
2c. La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977) - 7/10
2d. Hôtel des Invalides (1952) - 6/10
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1. The Lost Leonardo (2021) 7/10
2. Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle (2006) 8/10
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1. Village at the End of the World (2012)
2. 13 Lakes (2004)
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3. Cuadecuc, vampir (1971) 6/10
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1. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) - 7/10
2a. In the Street (1948) - 6/10
2b. The Battle of Midway (1942) - 5/10
2c. La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977) - 7/10
2d. Hôtel des Invalides (1952) - 6/10
3. Cuadecuc, vampir (1971) 6/10
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1. Salesman (1969, Maysles/Maysles/Zwerin) 6,5/10
2. Gimme Shelter (1970, Maysles/Maysles/Zwerin) 7,5/10
3. Trouble No More (2017, Lebeau) 5,5/10
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1 - The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975) - 7.5/10 - In 1973, Shirley MacLaine took a somewhat diverse group of women to China as part of a cultural exchange. They were accompanied by a film crew consisting of four women to document their journey. At first, the people in China were not sure what to make of these foreigners, but they soon became friends, The group got to interact with many people, see a lot of sights, and get to know the way many of the Chinese people lived. They also got to ask questions about a number of topics to see how life in China was different or the same as life in the U.S. It was interesting and I especially enjoyed seeing the various activities rather than the question and answer sessions.

2 - Sound and Fury (2000) - 8/10 - This documentary is about a family where one son (Peter) is deaf and his wife (Nita) and three kids are also deaf. His brother (Chris) is hearing, but has a wife (Mari) who is a child of deaf adult. Chris has infant twin boys where one of the twins is deaf. He and his wife look into getting a cochlear implant for their son, but Mari's parents are against it. Peter's oldest child (5 year old Heather) asks about getting a cochlear implant, but Peter and his wife are afraid that she will lose her deaf culture. Peter's mother pushes for the implant. There is a lot of debate and conflict here as the two families have to decide what to do. It was pretty well done. I also watched the short documentary that updates the situation six years later.

3 - Murnau’s 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film (2003) - 7/10 - This film uses stills, excerpts from the script, and storyboards along with narration to recreate this lost film about four orphans who become circus trapeze artists. There were some interesting bits of information as well. I hope that a print of the original version of the film turns up some day.

4 - A Queen is Crowned (1953) - 5/10 - Laurence Olivier narrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the associated parades. There is a lot of colorful pageantry and it is somewhat interesting from a historical perspective, but the film itself is pretty boring.

5 - For All Mankind (1989) - 8/10 - This film is narrated by Apollo astronauts and uses actual footage from missions to the moon during the 1960s and 1970s. I thought it was pretty cool.

6 - Daughter from Danang (2002) - 8/10 - Heidi Bub was born in Vietnam in 1968 to a Vietnamese mother and an American father. She was part of Operation Babylift when she was six years old and ended up adopted by a single mother in Tennessee where she became fully Americanized. She sought more information about her birth mother 22 years after her adoption and was able to locate her. A film crew accompanied her on a visit to Vietnam to reunite with her mother, siblings, and other family. Things don't go totally as expected and this is a pretty good film.

7 - Crèvecoeur (1955) - 6/10 - A young French lieutenant arrives in Korea to serve in a French battalion of UN forces. He is initially assigned as a liaison officer to the Americans, but is later given his own command and has to lead his men in battle. It didn't really seem like a documentary, but was labeled as such. The film itself was only so-so.

We're off to a good start.

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I really liked For All Mankind - super awesome doc if you're even tangentially into space exploration. The Murnau and Danang films sound pretty cool!
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I agree about For All Mankind. Another doc about space exploration is The Race for Space from 1959. It isn't as good as For All Mankind, but I thought it was decent, though a bit superficial. You even got to see some Soviet footage mixed into it.

As for Murnau, I hope that 4 Devils resurfaces. I enjoyed Murnau's The Last Laugh, Nosferatu, Sunrise, and Tabu.
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I am /in for this challenge, even though I most likely won’t reach very high numbers at all. Maybe 10-15 watches is my target. That being said, here’s my progress so far:

1. Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (1997)

Re: For All Mankind, it’s one of my all-time favorite docs. The idea to not have talking heads, or identify who is talking, de-emphasizes the individuals and enhances the sense of collective achievement. Awe-inspiring images, and an unexpected but great soundtrack.
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1. The Big Fat Lie (2018, NZ) 5/10
This is a doc about the virtues of a plant-based diet. And a frustrating one because I actually agree with just about everything that was presented - but I came to those conclusions through reading (well, Wife did, though I did read a couple) a ton of books about nutrition. But this was too meandering and unfocused to really succeed, and didn't hit actual real citations well enough.

2. Love the Beast (2009, AU) 6/10
Eric Bana talks about his love of cars and racing, including his crash and debate over whether to rebuild his car. I'm not a car guy, but I did appreciate the passion about cars that was evident through the film. Not my thing, but a nice window into car culture.
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Sol's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
1. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)
2. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)
3. All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story (1953)

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While it is fascinating to think that less than seventy years ago there were issues with getting midwives to clean their hands, as a message movie, this is blunt and obvious. What really stands out here though is an actual birth that is filmed and edited in grisly detail, including reaction shots and shots that get right between the woman's legs and allow us to see the baby as its head emerges from her nether regions. It is graphic in a quite shocking way for 1953.
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1. Filmworker (Tony Zierra, 2017)
The Subject: Leon Vitali, who committing to being Stanley Kubrick's assistant for 30 years after giving up a promising acting career
Worth Checking Out? Yes, definitely. Like I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale, Vitali's story puts focus on an unsung but vitally important figure in the Hollywood system. It's fascinating to see a man give basically his entire life to a single filmmaker in pursuit of his vision without concern for his own accolades.

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2. Just for Kicks (Lisa Leone, 2005)
The Subject: The cult and popularity of sneakers, particularly on urban subculture
Worth Checking Out? Maybe. With it's emphasis on the rise of popularity of sneakers tied to the identity of early hip hop, it does have a music element that makes it more engaging than it might've been if it had only been about the shoes. Still, it feels a little on the shallow side.

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3. The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (Adrian Wood, 2017)
4a. The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (Jean de Rovera, 1925)
4b. The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (Jean de Rovera, 1924)

4c. Jugend der Welt. Der Film von den IV. Olympischen Winterspielen in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a.k.a. Youth of the World (Carl Junghans, Herbert Brieger, 1936)
The Subject: The Olympics!
Worth Checking Out? Well, If you like the idea of watching 3 hours of silent early Olympics footage, you'll be in hog heaven here. For some reason I got a kick out of all the officials wearing identical straw hats. Also it was sort of refreshing to see how low key the whole affair was back in the day. The other Olympic shorts are fine as well. Youth of the World in particular is interesting because while it's obviously Nazi propaganda at times and doesn't hold a candle to Olympia in scope and beauty, it still has some striking and beautiful shots with some very good cinematography in places.

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5. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler, 1980)
The Subject: A searing AC/DC concert film featuring original vocalist Bon Scott
Worth Checking Out? I mean, I guess it depends on if you're an AC/DC fan. If so, this will definitely hit the spot showcasing the band and especially guitarist Angus Young in full force.
Stranger Than Fiction
1. Filmworker (Tony Zierra, 2017)
2. Just for Kicks (Lisa Leone, 2005)
3. The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (Adrian Wood, 2017)
4a. The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (Jean de Rovera, 1925)
4b. The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (Jean de Rovera, 1924)
4c. Jugend der Welt. Der Film von den IV. Olympischen Winterspielen in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a.k.a. Youth of the World (Carl Junghans, Herbert Brieger, 1936)
5. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler, 1980)
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1. Zum Vergleich (2009, Harun Farocki)
2. Últimas Conversas (2015, Eduardo Coutinho)
3. El otro día (2013, Ignacio Agüero)
4. I clowns (1970, Federico Fellini)
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3. Paris is Burning (1990)
4. Numéro deux (1975)
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1. Village at the End of the World (2012)
2. 13 Lakes (2004)
3. Paris is Burning (1990)
4. Numéro deux (1975)
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72aicm wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 9:10 pm 3. Paris is Burning (1990)
I thought about watching this one right after I watched Is Paris Burning? (1966) last year.
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4. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 7/10
5. Mix-Up ou Meli-melo (1986) 8/10
6. Capturing the Friedmans (2003) 8/10
7. Burden of Dreams (1982) 9/10

A very good bunch.
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1. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) - 7/10
2a. In the Street (1948) - 6/10
2b. The Battle of Midway (1942) - 5/10
2c. La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977) - 7/10
2d. Hôtel des Invalides (1952) - 6/10
3. Cuadecuc, vampir (1971) 6/10
4. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 7/10
5. Mix-Up ou Meli-melo (1986) 8/10
6. Capturing the Friedmans (2003) 8/10
7. Burden of Dreams (1982) 9/10
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1. American Murder: The Family Next Door (Jenny Popplewell, 2020) - 7/10
2. 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible (Torquil Jones, 2021) - 7/10
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4. Baraka (1992, Fricke) 7,5/10
5. Samsara (2011, Fricke) 7,5/10
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1. Salesman (1969, Maysles/Maysles/Zwerin) 6,5/10
2. Gimme Shelter (1970, Maysles/Maysles/Zwerin) 7,5/10
3. Trouble No More (2017, Lebeau) 5,5/10
4. Baraka (1992, Fricke) 7,5/10
5. Samsara (2011, Fricke) 7,5/10
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gunnar wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 9:27 pm
72aicm wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 9:10 pm 3. Paris is Burning (1990)
I thought about watching this one right after I watched Is Paris Burning? (1966) last year.
I remember going to the video store when I was 10 years old maybe and asking to rent Paris is Burning, and they said, "Uhhh, that one might be a bit much for you, kid." And I said that I had seen plenty of war movies, and we eventually realized that what I really wanted was Is Paris Burning.
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8 - March of the Penguins (2005) - 7.5/10 - Every year, emperor penguins walk a long distance from the sea to find a mate, breed, and care for their egg/chick if they are lucky. They go for a long period without food during the Antarctic winter. This film has really nice cinematography and is narrated by Morgan Freeman.

9 - Serengeti Shall Not Die (1959) - 8/10 - This nature documentary has a lot of really nice shots of animals and the land in the Serengeti. A plane and jeep painted like zebras are used to track the animal migration of the various herds and to battle poachers. It's a nice film, though unfortunately the cinematographer died in an accident on location.

10 - Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007) - 7/10 - Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other wars relate their experiences and the stories that that they wrote about their time there. The stories are reenacted through live action and with drawings.

11 - Walls of Fire (1971) - 6/10 - Ricardo Montalban narrates this documentary about Mexican mural painting, focusing on the careers of three highly regarded artists - José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Siqueiros plays a more prominent role since he was the only one of the three alive when this was filmed and we get to see the construction of his March of Humanity exhibit. The artists are clearly talented, but the style of art really didn't appeal to me for the most part. I found the film a bit boring.

12 - Street Fight (2005) - 8/10 - The last 100 days before the 2002 Newark Mayoral election between longtime incumbent Sharpe James and relative newcomer Cory Booker Is documented here. James used police to intimidate those who favored Booker. He also denied access to the filmmaker. It was a good film.

13 - Cutie and the Boxer (2013) - 7/10 - The film looks at a married Japanese-American couple who have been married for about 40 years and are both artists. Ushio turns 80 and creates some of his art by putting on boxing gloves, dipping them in paint, and punching a canvas. Noriko is about 20 years younger and she has created cartoon images with Cutie and a character named Bullie that represent her and her husband. Their marriage has been filled with struggle, poverty, and love. Noriko is asserting herself more as an artist now than when she was younger. I thought it was interesting seeing the old footage from the 1970s/early 1980s with the couple. It was a decent film.

14 - Which Way Home (2009) - 8.5/10 - A film crew follows a number of migrant children as they travel from Central America and southern Mexico to try and reach the United States. They ride on freight trains and encounter a number of dangers along the way and not all of them make it. I thought it was very well done.

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1 - The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975) - 7.5/10
2 - Sound and Fury (2000) - 8/10
3 - Murnau’s 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film (2003) - 7/10
4 - A Queen is Crowned (1953) - 5/10
5 - For All Mankind (1989) - 8/10
6 - Daughter from Danang (2002) - 8/10
7 - Crèvecoeur (1955) - 6/10
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blocho wrote: December 3rd, 2021, 2:01 am I remember going to the video store when I was 10 years old maybe and asking to rent Paris is Burning, and they said, "Uhhh, that one might be a bit much for you, kid." And I said that I had seen plenty of war movies, and we eventually realized that what I really wanted was Is Paris Burning.
I can definitely see making that mistake.

I had Is Paris Burning? on my Academy Award watchlist for a long time before watching it. I didn't add documentaries to my list until later so it took me a while to realize that they were two different nominated films with very similar names (but definitely different subject matter).
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1. Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) - 7/10

2. Through My Father's Eyes (2019) - 6/10
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I have barely participated in this challenge in previous years, and it looks my record is...10 films seen, in 2017. I am going to try to at least beat that this year, focusing on film/arts-related docs, and a few of the heavy hitters that are on a lot of lists that I haven't gotten to yet. I'll be happy enough to get to 15.

1. Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema (Deep Seghal, 2015)

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British comic actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar wrote and narrates this breezy 90 minute rundown of a vast century of Indian cinema from 1913's Raja Harishchandra through several recent films including 3 Idiots and The Lunchbox. Obviously one can only skim the surface of such a subject in such a short timespan, and the focus here is mostly on Hindi cinema - Bollywood - not surprisingly, but Bhaskar and director Seghal have chosen a reasonable group of clips, do get just a bit into non-Hindi cinema (Satyajit Ray and modern Tamil films), and try to answer the eternal question as to why they're all singing and dancing all the time (though the habitual 3-4 hour runtimes are never discussed). To be honest, even for a relative novice like me there wasn't a lot to learn here, and I've seen half of the films that are featured, perhaps not surprising when the film mostly showcases the most famous works, i.e. Sholay, Pyaasa and Ray's Apu trilogy. So this is mostly going to be of use to people who are really brand-new to Indian cinema and just want a very cursory idea of what it's about, and I think it does a decent job of accomplishing that task. It's largely clips and present-day interviews with some significant stars and directors, including Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Ramesh Sippy, and Sharmila Tagore, and nearly all of it is in English.
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6a. Carl Th. Dreyer (Jørgen Roos, 1966)
6b. Laloux sauvage (Florence Dauman, 2010)
6c. Sword of the Samurai (1939)
The Subjects: Noted Danish filmmaker Carl Th. Dreyer, eccentric French animator René Laloux and the process of making a samurai sword
Worth Checking Out? With the Dreyer doc, it's mostly an interview with the director interspersed with clips from his most well-known films and a few soundbites from famous admirers, particularly French directors. It's a decent intro to Dreyer's insight but I felt it would've been better served at feature length. The Laloux doc on the other hand felt like a nice overview of the director, a man whose films can be covered in more detail in 30 minutes. It was neat to see how some of his odd and off-kilter decisions were made more out of budget constraints than an arcane burst of inspiration. Sword of the Samurai is about what you'd expect of a silent doc that goes through the metallurgy process of making a samurai sword. I think most will find this one too dry and too long for what it is.

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7. Lame d'un père, l'âme d'un sabre (Robin Gatto, 2005)
The Subject: The making of the Lone Wolf & Cub films
Worth Checking Out? I think so, particularly if you're a fan of the films. I think it could've been longer with some of them films getting short shrift but it was still interesting to especially see interviews with many of the people involved in the making of them.

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8. Psychic TV: Time's Up Live (1999)
The Subject: A live concert of the experimental industrial band Psychic TV with a few live clips of other bands on the tour like ? and the Mysterians and Thee Majesty
Worth Checking Out? Eh, this one is a mixed bag. The quality of the actual recordings are borderline bootleg at times and ringmaster Genesis P-Orridge (who was also a founding member of the influential early industrial band Throbbing Gristle) is an acquired taste to say the least. But there's something about Psychic TV's music and visuals that entrances and fascinates nonetheless.
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1. Filmworker (Tony Zierra, 2017)
2. Just for Kicks (Lisa Leone, 2005)
3. The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (Adrian Wood, 2017)
4a. The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (Jean de Rovera, 1925)
4b. The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (Jean de Rovera, 1924)
4c. Jugend der Welt. Der Film von den IV. Olympischen Winterspielen in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a.k.a. Youth of the World (Carl Junghans, Herbert Brieger, 1936)
5. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler, 1980)
6a. Carl Th. Dreyer (Jørgen Roos, 1966)
6b. Laloux sauvage (Florence Dauman, 2010)
6c. Sword of the Samurai (1939)
7. Lame d'un père, l'âme d'un sabre (Robin Gatto, 2005)
8. Psychic TV: Time's Up Live (1999)
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flavo5000 wrote: December 3rd, 2021, 3:33 pm 7. Lame d'un père, l'âme d'un sabre (Robin Gatto, 2005)
The Subject: The making of the Lone Wolf & Cub films
Worth Checking Out? I think so, particularly if you're a fan of the films. I think it could've been longer with some of them films getting short shrift but it was still interesting to especially see interviews with many of the people involved in the making of them.
I watched all six of these films back in October and enjoyed them a lot. This doc is on the bluray set that I bought, but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. Sounds interesting.
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gunnar wrote: December 3rd, 2021, 3:58 pm
flavo5000 wrote: December 3rd, 2021, 3:33 pm 7. Lame d'un père, l'âme d'un sabre (Robin Gatto, 2005)
The Subject: The making of the Lone Wolf & Cub films
Worth Checking Out? I think so, particularly if you're a fan of the films. I think it could've been longer with some of them films getting short shrift but it was still interesting to especially see interviews with many of the people involved in the making of them.
I watched all six of these films back in October and enjoyed them a lot. This doc is on the bluray set that I bought, but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. Sounds interesting.
Yea, if you have the Criterion set, that samurai sword doc is on there too.
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1. The Big Fat Lie (2018, NZ)
2. Love the Beast (2009, AU)
3. Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary (2015, AU) 5/10
The message of this is that tiny houses are neat. And they interview people who live in them. And think they're neat. If that intrigues you, watch it. If not, skip it.

4. Food Matters (2008, AU) 3/10
The central message of this one is solid - eat healthy food and maybe some of the health problems we experience will go away or be lessened. But the way they went about this was... awful. Like imagine a space documentary that would frequently switch between messaging like "space exploration can lead to unknown scientific and technological advancements" and "Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing on a sound stage in New Mexico" and "we need to develop new means of propulsion to explore the reaches of our solar system and beyond" and "because big oil murders astronauts". Not a good one.

5. Disclosure (2020) 9/10 #ICMF-FF5
I'm going to put my comments in the ICMFFF thread, but I LOVED this doc - best thing I've seen in a while.

6. The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer (1992) 6/10
7. The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman (2001) 6/10
Interview with a mafia hitman. Scary how cold and matter-of-fact he is. Interesting to watch for a basic interview doc.
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1. Diego Maradona (Asif Kapadia, 2019) 7.5/10
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