Thursday, August 25, 2016

September DVD Spotlight: Documentaries

"Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction," as the old saying goes.  It is often the case that stories from real life are more riveting and affecting than those that spring from the human imagination, and with this in mind, Reeves Memorial Library is featuring documentary films from our DVD collection all through the month of September.  We've got something for everyone, with documentaries about topics as wide ranging as art, music, sports, history, healthcare, nature, social issues, and politics.

Featured titles include:

The War Room (1993)
Election season nearly upon us, which makes it a perfect time to check out this captivating behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

Shoah (1985)
This chilling, 9 1/2-hour long examination of the Holocaust is not only a brilliant, monumental piece of filmmaking, but an important historical work and a revealing oral history as well.

F for Fake (1975)
Orson Welles's playful, experimental film about forgeries, hoaxes, and deception is also a throughly enjoyable meditation on the nature of documentary film itself.

Hoop Dreams (1994)
This acclaimed documentary, filmed over a period of five years, chronicles the experiences of two inner-city Chicago youths who dream of NBA stardom.  This one is not to be missed.

Helvetica (2007)
A fascinating look at the effect that graphic design has on our lives, tracing the development and widespread use of the titular typeface.

God's Country (1985)
French director Louis Malle's portrait of a small Minnesota farming community is an endearing and surprisingly candid look at everyday American life.

Gates of Heaven (1978)
Celebrated documentarian Errol Morris began his career with this look at a California pet cemetery.  This is one of cinema's best and most unexpected explorations of the human condition.

Crumb (1994)
This biographical portrait of legendary underground artist Robert Crumb and his eccentric family is a revealing look at his life and provocative work.

Check one out today!

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