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SFS Talkies 2008: The Thin Blue Line (PG)

What The first movie mystery to actually solve a murder.
When 2 February 2008 (Saturday), 1 pm
Where The Picturehouse
5th Floor The Cathay
2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
(Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station)
Admission

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.

 

The Thin Blue Line (1988, 35mm, 103 mins, Rating PG)
Directed by Errol Morris

"The Thin Blue Line" is the fascinating, controversial true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood, a crime for which Adams was sentenced to death. With its use of expressionistic reenactments, interview material and music by Philip Glass, it pioneered a new kind of non-fiction filmmaking. Its style has been copied in countless reality-based television programs and feature films.

Terrence Rafferty in The New Yorker has called it "a powerful and thrillingly strange movie. Morris seems to want to bring us to the point at which our apprehension of the real world reaches a pitch of paranoia -- to induce in us the state of mind of a detective whose scrutiny of the evidence has begun to take on the feverish clarity of hallucination."

"The Thin Blue Line" was voted the best film of 1988 in a Washington Post survey of 250 film critics. Premiere magazine, in a survey of films of the 1980s, described it as one of the most important and influential movies of the decade.

Awards:

Best Documentary, 1988
- New York Film Critics Circle
- National Board of Review
- National Society of Film Critics

Best Movie, 1988
- Washington Post Survey of 250 Film Critics
- Mystery Writers of America (Edgar Award)

Best Foreign Film, 1988
- Taiwan International Film Festival (Golden Horse Award)

Clip - http://www.errolmorris.com/media/film/tbl_clip.mov

Review - http://www.errolmorris.com/content/review/rafferty_true.html
Review - http://www.errolmorris.com/content/review/tbl_ebert.html