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Video Nasties Revisted

A threat to the moral order: Fred Schepisi's scathing historical drama The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Video Nasties: Draconian Days, Jake West’s second documentary about Britain’s panic over the evils of home video is a fascinating examination of the political intentions of censorship and the resulting chaotic social impact of the state’s attempts to control personal taste.

Listmania redux: The Greatest Documentaries of All Time, part two

The Fuhrer as a state of mind: Hans-Jurgen Syberberg's Hitler - A Film From Germany (1977)

Although the idea of creating lists of the “best” is always problematic, the attempt often provides the impetus to think about and reevaluate our own likes, dislikes and judgements. The recent Sight & Sound list of “the greatest documentaries of all time” affords an opportunity to think about what actually qualifies as documentary and to talk about personal favourites.