The Thin Blue Line

  • Dir: Errol Morris

  • USA, 1988, 101min, HD Digital

The first time in US court history that a film prompted the retrial and acquittal of a convicted person. Intrigued by the case of Randall Adams, who insisted his innocence for the charge of killing a police officer and was sentenced to death penalty (later changed to life imprisonment), Morris conducts his own investigation through diverse interviews and a staged, dramatic reconstruction of the murder from a variety of angles. A non-fiction version of Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon (1950), the film’s influence in revealing and correcting of a flawed judicial system makes it a landmark in Morris’ oeuvre and film history.

1989 USA National Society of Film Critics Awards, Best Documentary
2014 #5 in Sight & Sound’s Greatest Documentaries of All Time Poll

26.8.2018(SUN): Post-screening talk with Lau Yam



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