Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Film: The Thin Blue Line (145/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

I don't watch a lot of true crime, aside from the occasion rerun of "Snapped" with my sister. Like a lot of the country, however, I was drawn into "Making a Murderer" and "The People vs OJ Simpson". Watching The Thin Blue Line scratched a particular itch I didn't realize I had. The frustrating thing about watching this was how CLEARLY ridiculous this case of a man found guilty of murder based on the flimsiest of evidence was. The witnesses are jokes, the guy who did the accusing was smirking the whole time...it's amazing that so much can be overlooked or misremembered. Thank goodness this documentary was made to help set things right. Stylistically the film isn't anything remarkable, but the story is interesting, if not completely frustrating. This is a case of a film directly affecting a real life case, and that in itself is extraordinary.

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