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February 2, 2015
This is an interesting documentary of the art of documentary film-making. It features interviews with many of the world's top documentary directors giving their thoughts and advice on documentary film-making. There's a lot of talking heads, so the movie can feel a bit dry at times, but it's so informative that any one who likes documentaries will enjoy nit. Give it a try!
October 21, 2013
Did i see this already?
April 23, 2013
Turning the lens and the question of storyline back onto those artists that call themselves Documentary Filmmakers. With only a few brief doc excerpts, several aspects of motivation are revealed: how these individuals see themselves, their films, and the personal reward of finding a story worth retelling. Fortunately, Moore wasn't interviewed though he gets mentioned by some of his peers.
½ February 21, 2013
A sort of "documentary 101", but not much more. Never seems to get to the heart of the matter or anything really interesting, instead spending its time skirting as many issues as it can fit in. One of the interviewees points out that good documentaries are all about digging deeper and deeper into the subject, beyond the obvious. This film would have done well to learn that lesson. It hints at interesting, controversial, philosophical subjects like "what role should re-enactments play?" and "how 'real' are documentaries anyway?", "is there room for commentary?" but doesn't go deeper than an answer or two. It would have been more interesting to have two filmmakers in the same room to debate some of these issues. Might be of interest to first year film students.
Super Reviewer
½ June 9, 2012
More insightful than a lot of documentaries on cinema, but not as insightful as the best of them.
June 27, 2011
Notable directors such as Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield and Errol Morris discussing the art, craft and unique challenges of nonfiction filmmaking.

The real value in this documentary is that it emphasizes the differing theories on just exactly what a documentary should be. There is no one right way to produce and film a documentary. Some directors like to film their interviewees when least expected to capture as much of the interviewees real character as possible, while others (like acclaimed director Werner Herzog, and one of my personal favorites) prefer to embellish the truth slightly to better establish a literary theme in the documentary.

Also, beside the sheer ideas this picture provides for student filmmakers, there are also clips from a wide variety of acclaimed documentaries for those looking for good ideas on what documentaries to watch.

Capturing Reality: The art of Documentary is a great source for those who want to better understand what non-fiction filmmaking is.
February 7, 2011
This documentary was useful/a commercial for adding documentaries to my queue that I haven't seen yet. These people just talked about the creative side. Tell me, how do you market them, god damn it.
October 8, 2010
As a documentary about making documentaries, it felt strangely self-aware, but I found it to be very informative and interesting look at this unique film genre. There are many interviews with some of the great documentarians of our time, including Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, with footage from some of their work as well.
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