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    I thought these deserve a thread of their own. Post all the good ones you've seen. I am also looking for a good documentary on art/design/architecture, modern or postmodern to show in my class. Please don't recommend Helvetica.

    Also, has anyone seen 7up? It's in my Netflix cue, I heard it's quite good.
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    Here's a couple of very good ones (remember i'm an architect)

    - My Architect: A Son's Journey
    2003, directed by Nathaniel Kahn

    The son of the great architect Louis Kahn discovering who was his father though a worldwide journey exploring his father greatest buildings, moving and intelligent, one of the best architectural documentaries i ever seen.


    - Antonio Gaudi
    1984, directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
    Now on Criterion Collection

    A poetic, artsy and elegant view of one of the most audacious and bizarre architectural master of the XX century

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    ^ excellent choice

    Megacities, and Dark Days. Perhaps not the most notable of recommendations, but two reasonably good films i've seen recently.

    Has anyone seen the 1988 german documentary on kowloon the walled city?

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    aside from all the usual ones every has seen (style wars, hoop dreams, etc) i really like the pbs documentary triumph of the nerds.

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    planet bboy is a good one. you can watch it instantly on netflix.

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    Our Daily Bread

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765849/

    A fascinating and unnerving look at what goes on behind the scenes of food production companies. Some very disturbing images of animals being slaughtered. I particularly like how there is no voiceover narration or interviews, as the images speak for themselves.

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    i saw the doc about christian hosoi last night. great subject matter. some decent footage. great 80's nostalgia trip. horrible editing. there were sections that went on for days where people all say, hosoi man he was the best, like a chorus line, stalefishin' christ airin' muted air grabbin' there skinny legs up in your face.
    One wonders where it will end, when everything has become gay.

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    Faust, interestingly enough, I made you a dvd with Chris Marker docs on it :)
    Selling CCP, Harnden, Raf, Rick etc.
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    Chris Marker is great.

    What about Herzog's documentaries, particularly, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and The White Diamond?

    Also Wender's Tokyo-Ga is pretty fascinating.

    The Day After Trinity (about Robert Oppenheimer)

    A is for Atom, B is for Bomb (terrifying: about Edward Teller)

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    the decline of western civilization (punk years)
    One wonders where it will end, when everything has become gay.

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    night and fog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post
    Faust, interestingly enough, I made you a dvd with Chris Marker docs on it :)
    Send it over!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh View Post
    Chris Marker is great.

    What about Herzog's documentaries, particularly, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and The White Diamond?
    or what about Burden of Dreams, the documentary on Herzog and him filming fitzcarraldo. that's possibly related enough for Faust's class.


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    anything by these people

    Leni Riefenstahl
    Jean Rouch
    Barbet Schroeder
    Chantal Akermann
    François Reichenbach (who has ties with chris marker)
    Claude Lanzmann
    Marcel Ophüls

    and more recently, something which is more of a "film essay",
    by two gents from melbourne. syberberg is such a character.
    view trailer here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRE5h7jGHgM
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    American Mullet


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    I caught a doc called Stevie awhile back that I thought was quite well done.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0334416/
    Capturing the Friedman's was also very good.

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    Anyone want to understand these ridiculous clowns perpetrating as tribune for the people check out ENDGAME, Blueprint for Global Enslavement by Alex Jones
    It has been a very difficult year

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    ^ i alex jones

    documentaries:

    hour of the furnaces (la hora de los hornos): if you're not easily disturbed fast forward to 2:42 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v0e1w3YeZE

    80 blocks from tiffany's: essential nyc street gang documentary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CRLd...eature=related

    the battle of chile parts 1 & 2 (chris marker had a hand in this film)

    california reich

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    Welfare by Frederick Wiseman

    Demon Lover Diary and Seventeen by Joel DeMott

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    I endorse the mentions of Herzog (though I would also like to submit The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner and Fata Morgana) and Chris Marker.

    I will raise you Grey Gardens by the Maysles. Also, I will throw in something by Errol Morris: A Brief History of Time.

    Oh, and the Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal is worth a viewing...
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