Since I have now watched all the films, I have been filling the film-shaped hole in my life with documentaries while Hollywood makes some new ones for me. The thing is, like a lion who has tasted fresh human, I may not be able to return to my old ways.
Humans Documentaries are just so delicious good! I’m carried along by the stories just as much, but instead of learning about Ewoks, i’m learning about something that happened here on Earth. Now this is probably the result of being able to watch the best documentaries ever where as with films I already saw 3 Men and a Baby and 3 Men and a Little Lady years ago so I have to settle for less but that only recommends them more.
Before the edutainmentphobes leave to spray ‘traitor’ on my car, I must get across that there really is a documentary for everyone. You may not like 60s history documentaries (why? dammit why?!) but you might have a soft spot for sports, travel or Attenborough’s soothing baritone. I have compiled a list of the best documentaries I have come across, which I think anyone with a passing interest in the subject matter would enjoy. I’m sure there are hundreds more so please pop your recommendations in a comment below.
World at War – The Daddy of the genre, a blow-by-blow acount of WW2 compiled entirely from BBC archive footage and Laurence Olivier’s dulcet narration.
Hoop Dreams – The story of two talented teenagers from 80s Chicago’s roughest neighbourhoods who are offered scholarships to a top basketball high school.
The Making/History of Modern Britain – Andrew Marr’s twin British history documentaries charting the major phases of Britain’s evolution over the last hundred years through more personal stories that illustrate his points.
Hearts of Darkness – The story of the making of Apocalypse Now, filmed by Coppola’s wife out in the Phillipines while the movie was being made.
Exit Through the Gift Shop – The story of a strange and wonderful Frenchman who became an assistant to Banksy and other famous street artists.
Civilization – A ‘personal view’ from 60s documentary legend, Kenneth Clarke, who covers the history of art through the ages.
This IMDB list is also quite handy.