Battle Of The Sexes

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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 95. Posted by AJ

    on 15 Jul 2013 18:31

    In the Shadow of the Moon
    and
    Wasteland

    Both documentaries show great personalities sharing exceptionnel experiences despite my lack of knowledge or interest in either topics. Would highly recommend either of them.

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  • Comment number 94. Posted by D_A_I_S_Y

    on 2 Jul 2013 22:23

    My favourite film documentary is the one about Scott Walker - '30 century man'. I'm not a fan of Scott Walker or anything, but it was very interesting to watch - bizarre! But I also loved the BBC one about the naked rambler. Not sure how long that was or if it counts as a 'film'. I found it very emotional!

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  • Comment number 93. Posted by dicenslice

    on 1 Jul 2013 15:08

    Hoop Dreams

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  • Comment number 92. Posted by Jason Arseneault

    on 30 Jun 2013 23:29

    Hi Mark, I really enjoy your show here in Germany, and I thought I would finally join in on your blog and put in my 5 p. For me a really great pair of documentaries that compelled me to seek out further information on their respective subjects are both films that also seemed to break the rules of documentary film-making, and are both are by the same film maker, Wim Wenders. "Lightning Over Water", and "Tokyo-Ga". "Lightning Over Water" looks at the career of Hollywood maverick Nicholas Ray, who is best known for directing James Dean in "Rebel Without A Cause", and who appears in 2 Wim Wenders films ,"The American Friend" and "Until The End Of The World". The Focus Of "Tokyo-Ga" is a work about the legendary Japanese film director Yasujirō Ozu, whose work I have come to find is typified by simple emotional stories, told lovingly, simply and slowly. In any case, what I enjoyed about both films was that Wim Wenders himself was so completely emotionally invested in the subjects, that these films could almost be about him coming to understand the subjects as much as we do by them.
    If "Docudrama" was included in this list, then I would include "32 Short Films About Glenn Gould". Without a doubt this film confirms the importance and value of classical music in our modern pop music society, and has compelled me to this day to keep an eye out for Glenn Gould L.P.'s whenever I go to the flea-market.

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  • Comment number 91. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 30 Jun 2013 20:26

    I saw 'Battle of the Sexes' earlier this afternoon at a one-off screening, and whilst the screening wasn't sold out,i'm posting because i know Mark will be gratified to hear that several people had taken their kids to see it, who from the conversations i'd over heard on the way out seemed to get a lot out of it.

    Plus for anyone still reading this thread, McCullin, one the best films this year, is showing on Tuesday BBC1 10.35. I only mention it because the good doctor neglected to during the podcast.

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  • Comment number 90. Posted by 10 000 maniacs

    on 30 Jun 2013 18:19

    I saw Nostalgia For The Light in the cinema; it had been recommended to me by a friend but aside from this I knew nothing about it beforehand. What a fantastic film! I came out of the cinema in a daze. It's great when a film can have that effect of you, it doesn't happen often...

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  • Comment number 89. Posted by Maria Sams

    on 30 Jun 2013 17:03

    Dark Days directed by Marc Singer - a documentary about a group of homeless people living in the underground tunnels of New York City made by the residents themselves. Well filmed, shocking and at times funny too it is the most interesting and surprisingly impressive documentary I've seen.

    Apart from that: Spellbound. I never thought spelling could be that exciting I was on the edge of my seat for every letter.

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  • Comment number 88. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 30 Jun 2013 07:00

    This is a golden age of documentary film making .Where documentaries have all the power to make us think and feel far more than many of their fictitious counter parts.This power comes from not just the amazing stories they have to tell ( The Imposter anyone) but the quality of the film making.The power is in the use of sound, image and editing that are being wielded like precision implements. My favourite of recent years is Benda Bilili.I tried to drag my family to see it but it was a hard sell. Its in french about destitute crippled musicians in Kinshasa .It doesnt sound like a gas., and my family were having none of it.What they missed was one of the most profoundly moving experiences I have ever had in cinema, It is just wonderful and i defy any human not to be moved by it.

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  • Comment number 87. Posted by gfelixprufrock

    on 29 Jun 2013 22:11

    It's been mentioned already, but I'd have to say The King of Kong. At first I was enjoying the film simply for opening up a bizarre culture and a whole world of strange gaming obsessions of which I had no knowledge and that I found incredible and funny. But as the film went on I found myself completely engaged with the characters involved, to the point of crying at the film's emotional climax. It was a real surprise for me.

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by Malcolm MacLaren

    on 28 Jun 2013 23:49

    I enjoyed The Great Hip Hop Hoax at EIFF. Other recent ones that deserve attention include Senna, TT: Closer to the Edge, You've Been Trumped and Nostalgia for the Light.

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