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    what are your favorites?

    i really dig the BBC nature ones like Life in the Undergrowth -- just amazing photography. so great to watch insects mate and transform and war i feel like a kid. what other nature shows are good?

    of course Herzog has made some truly great ones... the one on the auctioneering convention... or the evacuated town in... Argentina was it? so bizarre, yet he finds universal themes in such strange particulars. (or maybe not find but "allows them to be revealed"

    what else is worth seeing? i want to see the new one on Scott Walker.

    and what would you LIKE to see a documentary film made about that has not been done?

    I would like a series on various cultural anthropological field studies... which reminds me there is one called Keep the River On Your Right, about modern day Cannibals in Peru.
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    im always meaning to start a collection of nature docs but never do - though i find them endlessly watchable...there was a documentary i saw a while back about animals living in & scavanging from a rubbish tip - somewhere in eastern europe i think. and another about monkeys living on rooftops in india - the cinematography in that one was beautiful.
    id like to see more films about animals living (or failing to live) in urban environments.

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    blue planet and planet earth are brilliant

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    I just saw a lovely documentary film on teh 1976 Paris-Roubaix cycle race - A Sunday in Hell. Really rather beautiful and simple.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documen...-in-hell.shtml

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    oh and on my list is I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It, the Cage documentary.

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    Travelling Birds.

    My brother bought this a while back and I put in when I was hungover/coming down and was completely enthralled. It's a documentary (with a bit of storytelling) about flocks of birds doing their annual migration. Most of the film consists of hypnotic shots of birds in flight. It's not heavy on the education side of things but focuses more on the drama of the migration.

    I highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pestario View Post
    Travelling Birds.
    while your title is infinitely more direct and to the point, i think the actual name of the film is "Winged Migration"? a friend of mine trained the birds for it...

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    Default few favourites

    Errol Morris-
    Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line

    Wiseman-
    Titicut Follies, High School

    Maysles Bros.
    Salesman, Grey Gardens

    Some good ones online, for those with the divx plugin:

    RD Laing- Asylum

    http://www.stage6.com/user/pandashav...Laing---Asylum

    The Man Who Eats Badgers

    http://www.stage6.com/ARCADIANE-TELE...o-Eats-Badgers

    Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

    http://www.stage6.com/user/paquitoje...Eyed-Jesus-(VO)

    The Strangest Village in Britain

    http://www.stage6.com/ARCADIANE-TELE...est-Village---

    Elvis in Jarrow

    http://www.stage6.com/ARCADIANE-TELE...lvis-in-Jarrow

    some music ones:

    Hawkwind- Do Not Panic

    http://www.stage6.com/The-Psychedeli...:-Do-Not-Panic

    Alchemists of Sound (Radiophonic W/shop)

    http://www.stage6.com/ARCADIANE-TELE...mists-of-Sound

    The Burger and the King (Elvis)

    http://www.stage6.com/user/chevailer...r-and-The-King

    Devil and Daniel Johnston- with spanish subtitles. shhh

    http://www.stage6.com/user/paquitoje...Johnston-(VOSE)

    I saw The Klaus Nomi doc recently, that was worth a look.

    Also if you can get hold of it, the BBC doc " For Better, For Worse" is amazing. follows a rock drummer through a couple of disastrous bands. a friend of a friend got a copy of this from nirvana's tour bus of all places. apparently it was a favourite of some guy in the band called Kurt Cobain. I think this dude might be dead or something now though? I'm not sure.

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    this fellows stuff is beautiful http://www.sensesofcinema.com/conten.../painleve.html
    Love life of the octopus soundtrack by pierre henry too!

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    There are two surreal Nature Docs I'd dearly love to track down.. The first I saw several years ago, twas about a small cave under a cellar, in Italy I think, that had sealed up 100's or 1000's of years ago, trapping an entire little ecosystem inside without light, but fed by water seeping through the limestone. All the creatures trapped inside like spiders and other bugs were blind and brilliant white. Everything was white, total white out, it was beautiful.
    The second a friend told me about. It was about a third world Baboon colony that lived on a landmine infested area near a landfill. Apparently shards of mirror were highly prized by the baboons, with the higher ranking baboons having big hoards of mirrored glass that they admired themselves in, while the others competed over fragments and incrementaly the troop were wittled down by land mine explosions!
    These ring an bells for anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrat View Post
    this fellows stuff is beautiful http://www.sensesofcinema.com/conten.../painleve.html
    Love life of the octopus soundtrack by pierre henry too!
    wow looks great! i will torrent those. just saw Pierre Henry at opening night of Transmediale... nothing worth mentioning besides that.

    love life of the octopus...

    Karl K. -- nope. sounds fascinating though! i hope someone comes up with the titles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenks View Post
    I just saw a lovely documentary film on teh 1976 Paris-Roubaix cycle race - A Sunday in Hell. Really rather beautiful and simple.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documen...-in-hell.shtml
    yep that is terriifc. Merckx altering his bike by millimeters like a maniac, the obligatory French workers protest..

    and best of all, and im not sure if i just invented this from my shitty pigeon French, but the rider abandoning and getting in the broom wagon, and asking "Am i the first?" "yep" "merde!"


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    I get a kick out of contemporary religion documentaries, it's sorta like bearing witness to some kind of odd and exotic civilization, like those Pitcairn's Island folks...two of the better ones are:

    Hell House - a peek into a "haunted house" created by a hardcore Pentecostal church at Halloween to dissuade young people from succumbing to the evils of the modern world (homosexuality, drugs, abortion, and of course the one thing that unites them all: the rave!)

    http://www.hellhousemovie.com/

    Devil's Playground - looks at Rumspringa, the Amish tradition in which teenagers are allowed to "sow their oats" for a year, after which they must decide to rejoin the church (and banish all that fun stuff forever), or ditch Amish culture, and be shunned by their families...it's a tough question!

    http://worldfilm.about.com/cs/films/...playground.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhao View Post
    while your title is infinitely more direct and to the point, i think the actual name of the film is "Winged Migration"? a friend of mine trained the birds for it...
    Well it's original name is Le Peuple Migrateur and outside the US/Canada it's English title was 'The Travelling Birds'.

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