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Old 07-13-2011, 10:01 AM
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Third Reich, the two part History channel documentary on the rise and fall of Hitler, but about how the German people allowed it to be and how they paid. Largely new film, mostly from people's home moviies, with the point of viiew segments where it establishes what you, as a German of that time would know (very valuable as people who know the whole picture see things differently)

Also chime in on World at War, very sparce and powerful.

And the the Ken Burn's documentary 'The War' about three small American towns and how the War changed them and those in them. Not about the big picture but an amazing work. this is available on netflix streaming.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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Third Reich, the two part History channel documentary on the rise and fall of Hitler, but about how the German people allowed it to be and how they paid. Largely new film, mostly from people's home moviies, with the point of viiew segments where it establishes what you, as a German of that time would know (very valuable as people who know the whole picture see things differently)

Also chime in on World at War, very sparce and powerful.

And the the Ken Burn's documentary 'The War' about three small American towns and how the War changed them and those in them. Not about the big picture but an amazing work. this is available on netflix streaming.
I love his work, he is a very gifted ducumentarian, and his work has really reignited the genre. His Civil War series is truly remarkable, and is also available streaming on Netflix. I have yet to see the WW series, I imagine that it is just as good.

He supposedly has a new documentary coming to PBS this fall about Prohibition that I simply cannot wait to see!
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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I love his work, he is a very gifted ducumentarian, and his work has really reignited the genre. His Civil War series is truly remarkable, and is also available streaming on Netflix. I have yet to see the WW series, I imagine that it is just as good.

He supposedly has a new documentary coming to PBS this fall about Prohibition that I simply cannot wait to see!
I loved it! Excellent work - I find myself really drawn to Ken Burns work. The Jazz one was amazing and I'm not even a fan of jazz music.

So this past weekend I watched Paradise Lost 3 about the West Memphis 3 and really found myself engaged with the whole documentary process and was able to really understand what went on with the WM3.

This thread is a little old so I thought I would resurrect and see what others have as their favorite documentaries - it doesn't have to be history per se but engrossing and well crafted.

Suggestions?
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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Food Inc. - Food, Inc. (2008) - IMDb

I am not an organic-food-loving hippie by any means and love more than my fair share of unhealthy crap, but this really was an eye-opener and wonderfully done!

This gets my vote for best documentary because this deals with a current and growing, actual social problem/issue instead of merely serving a colored-up version of a historical event that has already been done way too many times imho !!

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Old 01-31-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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"Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey"

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Old 01-31-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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"The Sorrow and the Pity", a French made documentary about France in WWII, especially under the German occupation. Not sure if it's available on DVD. It caused a real ruckus in France when it came out, in the 1970's, I believe, with no holds barred coverage of French collaboration with the Germans during the war, contrary to the cherished myth of most French resisting the ocupation.
Also, as mentioned previously, the multi-tape " The World at War". It's unlikely to ever be bettered, given that many key personalities were still alive to be interviewed when it was produced. You also can't beat Laurence Olivier's narration.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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titanic - death of a dream, is one of the best docs ive ever seen on any subject.

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Old 02-04-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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Anything by Errol Morris, period.

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