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Tuesday 25 June 2013, 15:58

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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There's a terrific documentary out this week called Battle Of The Sexes - it chronicles a famous tennis match but it's much more than a film about sport. Which documentaries have inspired you?

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    Comment number 6.

    I have wanted to watch Gasland ever since Mark mentioned it in his review of Promised land.

    Page one: Inside the New York Times was great. I also loved The Shock Docterine even though I can't say I wasn't interested beforehand. I have Bill Cunningham New York at home and I just know it's going to be great. I have no real interest in the New York fashion scene but his story seems inspiring.

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    Comment number 7.

    American Movie was one of the driving forces that made me fully commit to focusing on film as a future career, and without it I'm not sure I would have had the conifidence to be taking Film at university this year

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    Not exactly a documentary, but when I first heard they were making a film about the creation of Facebook, I was skeptical to say the least, despite being a computer programmer myself. As it turned out, the film was rather good, although it seems to great extent this was achieved by simply ignoring the truth where it was inconveniently uncinematic and replacing it with half naked women and character assassination.

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    I always recommend people to watch the documentary movie about Dean Karnazes called "50/50/50" I think. There may be a more official title.
    Ultimately it's a 2 hour film about a guy who runs 50 marathons, in 50 consecutive days, across 50 states of the US.
    But actually it's about a lot more than that. It's a documentary about the importance of family. It's a documentary about the human struggle and overcoming difficulty. It's a documentary about motivation, and on some level it's a documentary about running.
    Definitely worth watching, but especially so if you're not interested in running in the slightest. Watch out for the pizza scene!!!

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    Comment number 18.

    Late last year i remember seeing the trailer for 'McCullin', i'd never heard of Don McCullin and the trailer made it look like the most unremarkable film ever. Well BLIMEY CHARLIE was i ever wrong, the film turned out to be one the most scathingly anti-war films i have ever seen and one which stayed with me ever since.

    I'm not sure if Swandown would be classed as a documentary, but i found this odd-essy through the water ways of southern England absolutely spellbinding.


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