The final line of this article echoes pretty much my same feelings regarding the modern day blockbuster. Not all fall for simple gimmicks that simply work; some do attempt bigger ideas. But the vast majority are designed to be liked by the populous and easy to digest. Even for 1970 something like this could’ve been revolutionary to the genre. Happily its influence does appear to have reached other works for decades on, but think of what we missed.
Another great VICE doc. This one about West African truckers.
I think the genius of all Errol Morris films is that he’s never catering too much to his subjects. He allows them to tell us and somewhat tell themselves of what they’ve done, had done to them and perhaps gives us all a better understanding of that person. Seriously if you’ve never seen one of his docs, you’re really missing out on not just great work, but some of the most important and honest films you can see.