RE: [Videolib] List of 50 best documentaries

Pamela Sue Reeves (PReeves@uwyo.edu)
Wed, 7 Dec 2005 16:42:03 -0700

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Pamela Reeves

preeves@uwyo.edu

Manager

University of Wyoming

Audio Visual Services

Dept. #3334

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

(307)766-3184

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From: MileFilms@aol.com [mailto:MileFilms@aol.com]=20
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 2:56 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] List of 50 best documentaries

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In a message dated 12/7/05 2:05:18 PM, jrosner@kino.com writes:

PLEASE if there was an AFI list, the top one would be TRUTH OR DARE and
NANOOK OF THE NORTH , TRIUMPH OF THE WILL and PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS
would be nowhere to be seen. After all they are not owned by the studios
that finance
and PICK those phony lists

Gee, I've been agreeing with Jessica so long, that it almost seems,
well, like old times. Not about the AFI list, mind you, but being so
dismissive! It's like me about the Cubs' chances in 2006. And 2007. And
2008... Go, Omar!

First off and for example, I disagree entirely about Triumph of the Will
being one of the great documentaries of all time. Especially top 50.
Influential, perhaps, but beyond politics, I'm not fond of the
filmmaking. It's always bored the hell out of me. So it's really up to
the librarian to come up with their own. Being in Bergen County, there's
much more of an interest for Holocaust, Korean and middle-eastern docs,
than say for the films of Les Blank or Tony Buba. (Two of my favorite
directors)

Anyway, there has been a recent spate of very good books about
documentaries that can be discussed and an astonishing amount of early
and classic docs coming out on video these days. Harlan County, Marjoe,
et cetera. Facets always highlights some of the good docs in their
year-end catalogs and monthly bulletins.

And I think Gary has come up with a decent list in the past.

>From Milestone, I would say my favorites are GRASS, THE SORROW AND THE
PITY, IN THE LAND OF THE WAR CANOES (not a doc by today's standards, but
was Flaherty's main influence), and NOBODY'S BUSINESS. Three more --
WINTER SOLDIER, ELECTRIC EDWARDIANS and THE TROUBLES WE'VE SEEN are
coming out next year.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com

"Welcome to New Jersey.
Big Hair, Big Heart, Big Fun!"
- Amy Heller

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Thank you.

 

Pamela Reeves

preeves@uwyo.edu

Manager

University of Wyoming

Audio Visual = Services

Dept. #3334

1000 E. University = Ave.

Laramie, WY   82071

(307)766-3184

 


From: MileFilms@aol.com [mailto:MileFilms@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December = 07, 2005 2:56 PM
To: = videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] = List of 50 best documentaries

 


In a message dated 12/7/05 2:05:18 PM, jrosner@kino.com writes:



PLEASE if there was an AFI list, the top one would be TRUTH = OR DARE and
NANOOK OF THE NORTH , TRIUMPH OF THE WILL and PLOW THAT BROKE THE = PLAINS
would be nowhere to be seen. After all they are not owned by the studios = that finance
and PICK those phony lists



Gee, I've been agreeing with Jessica so long, that it almost seems, = well, like old times. Not about the AFI list, mind you, but being so dismissive! = It's like me about the Cubs' chances in 2006. And 2007. And 2008... Go, Omar!

First off and for example, I disagree entirely about Triumph of the Will = being one of the great documentaries of all time. Especially top 50. = Influential, perhaps, but beyond politics, I'm not fond of the filmmaking. It's = always bored the hell out of me. So it's really up to the librarian to come up with = their own. Being in Bergen County, there's much more of an interest for = Holocaust, Korean and middle-eastern docs, than say for the films of Les Blank or = Tony Buba. (Two of my favorite directors)

Anyway, there has been a recent spate of very good books about = documentaries that can be discussed and an astonishing amount of early and classic = docs coming out on video these days. Harlan County, Marjoe, et cetera. Facets always highlights some of the good docs in their year-end catalogs and monthly bulletins.

And I think Gary has come up with a decent list in the past.

>From Milestone, I would say my favorites are GRASS, THE SORROW AND = THE PITY, IN THE LAND OF THE WAR CANOES (not a doc by today's standards, but = was Flaherty's main influence), and NOBODY'S BUSINESS. Three more -- WINTER SOLDIER, ELECTRIC EDWARDIANS and THE TROUBLES WE'VE SEEN are coming out = next year.



Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com

"Welcome to New Jersey.
        Big Hair, Big Heart, Big Fun!"
            -= Amy Heller

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