Vernon, Florida (1981)
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Critic Reviews for Vernon, Florida
Still a quirky, deadpan classic even if it isn't aging nearly as well as you'd hope.
If anything, it confirms the cliché that truth is stranger than fiction. You couldn't make up these interviews.
...something truly special, both funny and moving, strange and captivating.
a Platonic dialogue in that it's suspiciously like a monologue disguised as an exchange.
Morris' first two films are as carefully composed and thematically complex as any scripted drama.
Audience Reviews for Vernon, Florida
While I love Morris, this is not one of his most impressive documentaries. While it does feature an oddly fascinating cast of characters, it could have used a bit more focus. Something to tie these disparate subjects together. Again, Morris does not mock his interviewees. True to it's name, this film is about the lives of the inhabitants of Vernon Florida. Although it may not be as enthralling as the Thin Blue Line or the Fog of War, it is still definitely worth checking out.
Documentary about small town life in Florida in 1981. Engaging.
[font=Century Gothic]"Vernon, Florida" is a documentary by Errol Morris about the citizens of a small Florida town who talk about their daily lives, apparently responding to questions asked off-camera.(It is refreshing that these are not the hyper-articulate talking heads that we have come to expect in documentaries.) In the process, the candences of small-town America are perfectly captured along with man's relationship with nature, which is expressed most vividly by a turkey hunter. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Errol Morris would use a more polished version of this documentary style in his 2000 television show, "First Person." What has never changed is his respect for the common man.[/font]
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