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The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line
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The Thin Blue Line

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  • 1. Director Errol Morris Date of Birth:February 5, 1948 in Hewlett Long Island, New York. an American film director. In 2003, The Guardian put him seventh in its list of the worlds 40 best active directors. His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003s "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards. Morris first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981). Errol Morris cites his detective experience as providing new skills for his investigative filmmaking, most notably in "The Thin Blue Line", which resulted in a wrongfully convicted Texas man being freed from Death Row after serving 13 years for a policemans murder. In 2003, Morris won the Best Documentary Oscar at the Academy Awards, for his film The Fog of War He was a private detective who heard about the Adams/Harris case he applied those skills to research INTRO
  • 2. Film Director’s purpose andTone Morris’s purpose is to show how the justice system is corrupt and opinionated and how this investigation was not thoroughly processed and investigated. The tone is very suspenseful, jaw dropping, and mysterious
  • 3. PlotNovember 29, 1976 murder of Dallas police officer Robert W. Wood during a traffic stop. The Dallas Police Department was unable to make an arrest until they learned of information given 16 year old David Ray Harris, He subsequently identified 28 year old Randall Dale Adams as the murderer. The film presents a series of interviews about the investigation and reenactments of the shooting, based on the testimony and recollections of Adams, Harris, and various witnesses and detectives. Two attorneys who represented Adams at the trial where he was convicted of capital murder also appear: they suggest that Adams was charged with the crime despite the better evidence against Harris because, as Harris was a juvenile, Adams alone of the two could be sentenced to death under Texas law.
  • 4. Argument In the movie the argument is that Randall Adams was wrongfully convicted of murder of a dallas policeman in 1977. Morris’s argument shows how the corruption of the justice system to the extent of showing different interviews and different viewpoints of the crime and investigation proving opposing statements.
  • 5. Randall Adams Moved from Ohio to Texas in search of a new beginning in his life. Supported him and his brother. Since he had not much to fight for he put up few arguments for his freedom.
  • 6. David Harris The young Texan was a example of teenage disobedience at a boiling point. Although Harris was the first lead of the murder he became the leading witness of the case. It all came down to just a scared 16 year old boy being involved in a sticky situation. His traumatic experiences as a young boy played a role in behavior.
  • 7. Structure The structure of the film helped achieve the purpose of the film because it showed opposing view points going back and forth and rebuttals. The reanactment of the killing kept the movie suspenseful. Kept the viewers glued to their seats and trying to pass their own judgement on who the real killer was based on evidence,before the actual killer was technically revealed due to the evidence.
  • 8. Cinematic Techniques Cinematic techniques Morris uses is the interrotron. Morris believes that the helps to explore the relationship between "monologue and language, and how people present themselves to camera, and express themselves to camera. Final Interview

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