Category Archives: documentaries

More Criterion Films, and That’s a FACT…

As I’ve discussed here before, the phrase “Criterion Collection” is synonymous with the best of the best in classic and contemporary feature films. But the Criterion stamp of approval has found its way to non-fiction documentaries as well. Here’s a brief … Continue reading

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Forged Documents, Fake Documentaries: Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg”

Faking and Forging “Forge” is a really versatile word. If you use it on metal, you can make swords and helmets and things that turn people into heroes. If you use it on documents, you can make people rich who … Continue reading

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I enjoy documentaries about current social issues. Does the History and Social Sciences department buy Oscar-nominated documentaries that fit into this category?

We are always on the lookout for outstanding documentaries, and make it a point each year to order the Oscar nominees in the fields of history and social sciences. Here are some of the films you’ll find in our collection … Continue reading

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Night Watch (Better Make That Two Nights)

What’s your reaction when I say “Peter Greenaway?” Do you extend your hand and say “Pleased to make your acquaintance, Peter?” Actually, he’s the British film writer/director responsible for the once-notorious The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, … Continue reading

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Two Media Pioneers – Good To Meet You!

Since long before Michael Moore turned his camera on gun control and labor relations, I have loved “documentary film,” especially biographies. Two recent additions to the Dallas Public Library’s DVD collection show the “life stories” genre is doing well: they … Continue reading

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