Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris' documentary investigation of the wrongful conviction of Randall Dale Adams is patient in arriving at conclusions (inviting the viewer to experience the case chronologically in the way that the investigating police did first and later in the ways that Randall Adams did), and brilliant in it's storytelling structure. The fabrications of Morris' reenactments and mise en scenes are so convincingly and poetically rendered that the film manages to do great honor to the fallen policemen while subtly allowin shame to accrue where it belongs - on the bloodthirsty hands of the DA and in the lap of the presiding good-ol-boy-judge.