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The thin blue line power point

  1. 1. Background • This film delves into the trial and subsequent conviction of Randal Dale Adams who was sentenced to death for the shooting of a police officer. • Before becoming a director Errol Morris was a private detective and became interested in the case. This previous detective experience can be seen in his exploratory style of filmmaking. • The film presents several sides to the case exploring the testimony of several key witnesses and questioning the results of the trial as a whole.
  2. 2. Techniques Used • The film uses re-enactments that have been reconstructed from witness statements as well as interviews to expose inaccuracies within the case. • The documentary draws attention to its reconstructions and the construction of a documentary as a whole, using the reconstructions to express individual interpretations of events.
  3. 3. Which documentary mode uses these features?
  4. 4. Effects of the film • This film and the questions it raised were instrumental in achieving Adam’s release from prison. • Reconstructions similar to those used in The Thin Blue Line became common place in documentaries paving the way for films such as Touching the Void. • The director of Touching the Void, Kevin Macdonald, stated that: ▫ “When it was released, Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line went radically against the grain of documentary convention. The film made something artful out of a horrific real-life event – it changed the trajectory of my career. “
  5. 5. Reviews • Overall the film was received well, however Morris states that he lost money on the production. • One reviewer stated: ▫ The Thin Blue Line proves more profound than a more self-consciously political film might have. This non-fiction film reveals injustice, but doesn’t seem too surprised by it. It reveals eccentricities and treats them as normal. The profundity comes from Morris’ ability to reveal each character and leave us with a deeper understanding of the complexities of being human.
  6. 6. • Pick a scene from the following list: • How does this scene show features of a reflexive documentary? • What techniques does this scene use to influence the audience? • What theory can you apply to this scene?

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