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

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.

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

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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.

Recent disks from England, part two

Life interrupted: Sono Sion's The Land of Hope (2012)

Excellent new region B Blu-rays of Richard Fleischer’s soap noir Violent Saturday, Franklin Schaffner’s The War Lord and Robert Altman’s revisionist take on classic detective stories, The Long Goodbye; plus The Land of Hope, a recent, quieter and more contemplative film by prolific Japanese director Sono Sion.