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Errol Morris: Reconstructing Truth

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With his utterly unique fusion of fiction and non-fiction, Errol Morris is an exacting poet of documentary form and its search for what composes the truth. Herein we offer his first three groundbreaking films—all of which explore the contradictions, injustices, and solitariness of American life through a truly singular lens.

Gates of Heaven

Errol Morris United States, 1978

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Errol Morris:
Reconstructing Truth

Kicking off a focus on groundbreaking documentarian Errol Morris’ early work is Gates of Heaven, an inquiry into humankind’s relationship with death in small town California. The American dream and its hall of illusions has rarely been captured so clearly as it is here (in a pet cemetery no less!).

Vernon, Florida

Errol Morris United States, 1981

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Reconstructing Truth

Morris continues his exploration of small town America in this delightful, wandering documentary which captures an array of subjects absorbed by the rhythm of daily life. Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind sense of regionalist wisdom: singular anecdotes, philosophies, and turkey-hunting advice.

The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris United States, 1988

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Errol Morris:
Reconstructing Truth

The original true crime documentary? It’s no understatement to say that Errol Morris’ film reignited the aesthetic possibilities of documentary while even inspiring the exoneration of its wrongly accused subject. Proof that risk-taking cinema is capable of effecting tangible change.

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