Errol Morris is one of the most important documentarians of all time and a critical piece of work by him that absolutely has to be seen by any film fan is The Thin Blue Line. The film changed the life of one inmate in a dramatic way but it also created a genre within documentary filmmaking, the modern crime-scene reenactment.
Randall Adams was locked up and facing life in prison for a murder he never committed. Thanks to Errol Morris’ work on this film and the publicity around it, the Texas courts overturned his conviction and released him from prison, which was a historic first for a film of its kind.
The Thin Blue Line‘s effect can be seen on a myriad of current true-crime television shows like Forensic Files and The First 48. Morris’ theatrical approach and style to documentary filmmaking is also apparent in many modern documentaries.
I’m not sure how long this will be available to watch, so giddy up!