Tag: Documentary Films and Programs

‘Midnight Family’ Review: The Night Stalkers of Mexico City

Periodically while watching “Midnight Family” you feel as if you can’t look at the screen for another second. But you can’t look away either. That tension encapsulates the push-pull of this documentary, a haunting portrait of a family of emergency medical workers in Mexico City. Because as you tag along on another wild nighttime ride, […]

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‘The Disappearance of My Mother’ Review: Son’s View of a Model Parent

“I hate memory,” says Benedetta Barzini near the end of “The Disappearance of My Mother.” In spite of this aversion to nostalgia, the film’s director, Beniamino Barrese, who happens to be Barzini’s son, smuggles in some material from her past. The first Italian model to appear on the cover of American Vogue, Barzini, now 76, […]

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These Reporters Rely on Public Data, Rather Than Secret Sources

LONDON — Leaked documents and interviews with whistle-blowing sources will always be a part of investigative journalism. But thanks to the rise of digital technology, and the easy availability of data that has gone with it, reporters have more ways to get stories than ever before. “You can be on your couch in front of […]

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Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?

On a brisk Saturday morning, one uncommonly cloudless and bright for late autumn on England’s moody North Sea coast, the filmmaker Michael Apted paced a sloping headland of mud and stubble with an air of fretful preoccupation. Though the day’s shoot would amount, in the end, to an additional five-minute increment of the documentary project […]

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A Director Asks, Would Jesus Stand With Today’s Migrants?

MATERA, Italy — For his cinematic retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, “The New Gospel,” the Swiss-born, Belgium-based director Milo Rau sought answers to some questions: What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would he stand with? What would he fight for? Mr. Rau found one answer in contemporary Italy, where his […]

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‘The Kingmaker’ Review: The Power and Vainglory of Imelda Marcos

It was always a little too easy to laugh at Imelda Marcos. The gold and the kitsch, the fine art and the tchotchkes, the rows of bedazzled shoes and the towering dome of shellacked hair — it was all so very much, so very vulgar, so very, very expensive. During the roughly two decades that […]

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‘American Dharma’ Review: What Makes Steve Bannon Tick?

Nearly 14 months have passed since “American Dharma,” the director Errol Morris’s sidelong study of the former Trump White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon, had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. In February, the filmmaker took to Twitter to express indignation that the movie was taking so long to reach theaters. The objections to […]

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A Filmmaker Bared His Soul. It Ruined His Life.

On the fifth episode of Caveh Zahedi’s “The Show About the Show” — a metadocumentary series that is sort of like if “Scenes From a Marriage” were crossed with “Synecdoche, New York” and then filtered through reality TV and the cheerful low-budget atmosphere of public-access cable but also a completely sui generis work of art […]

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Kanye West Releases His Gospel-Themed Album ‘Jesus Is King’

For some artists, a blown deadline is a problem. For Kanye West, it is a marketing opportunity. After West missed a self-imposed deadline a month ago to release his latest album, the gospel-influenced “Jesus Is King,” his fans went on high alert, tracking his every move and speculating about when, or whether, the album would […]

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Has the Ballroom Scene Outgrown ‘Realness’?

“The category is love!” Billy Porter shouted from the podium last month after accepting an Emmy for his role on “Pose,” the FX show about New York City’s ballroom scene during the 1980s and ’90s. His words expressed the positivity around L.G.B.T.Q. acceptance, echoing “Love Is the Message,” the title of a classic ballroom track […]

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Remembering Action Park for Its Thrills and Dangers

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Tuesday. The city’s public advocate, Jumaane Williams, is seeking re-election on Nov. 5. Mr. Williams, a Democrat, will debate his Republican challenger, Joe Borelli, a councilman from Staten Island, tonight at 7 on NY1. Weather: Cloudy with a chance of showers. Expect a […]

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‘People Were Bleeding All Over’: America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

Amusement parks are designed to deliver thrills. They are places for splashing and screaming and laughing, often on rides that defy common sense, not to mention the laws of physics. But a park in New Jersey routinely delivered a lot worse — bloody noses, bruises, broken teeth and bones, concussions and even death. People who […]

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Hey, Look! Nonna and Her Pasta Are on YouTube

Vicky Bennison, a 60-year-old British woman with a background in international development, never intended Pasta Grannies to become a minor YouTube hit or to make stars of a handful of Italian nonnas who couldn’t care less about their influencer status. She simply wanted to create a culinary Noah’s ark to capture a way of life […]

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How Linda Goode Bryant, Social Activist, Spends Her Sundays

Linda Goode Bryant likes to get things done. A self-described workaholic, the filmmaker, former art gallery owner and president of the nonprofit Active Citizen Project seems to dive into projects with two feet and not look back. Take JAM, or Just Above Midtown, the former art gallery on West 57th Street (and later, in TriBeCa). […]

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Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’ Seeks Clemency in Wisconsin

Brendan Dassey was 17 years old when he was convicted of helping his uncle murder and sexually assault Teresa Halbach, a photographer, in a Wisconsin salvage yard. He was 26 when the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” made that case — and the concerns about how it was handled — a global sensation. Now, weeks […]

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Inside the F.B.I. File of Trump’s Mentor, Roy Cohn

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When the F.B.I. released a fat stack of documents about the notorious New York lawyer Roy Cohn on Friday, there were mentions of Ed Sullivan, Jimmy Hoffa, the Detroit Lions fullback Nick Pietrosante, W. Mark Felt (the F.B.I. agent […]

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Saudi Prince Accepts Responsibility for Khashoggi Killing, but Denies Involvement

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, said he bears “all the responsibility” for the killing of a dissident writer by Saudi agents in Istanbul last year, but denied he had prior knowledge of the plot, according to a trailer for a documentary to be released next week. The killing […]

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The Truth About Olivier Rousteing

Lately it is starting to seem a truth universally acknowledged that any fashion brand in possession of a good story must be in want of a documentary. Dior has one. So do Valentino, Vogue, Tiffany & Co., Manolo Blahnik, Gucci, Dries Van Noten and Zac Posen (to name a few). Ferragamo is getting one. Ralph […]

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At 35,853 Feet Down, an Argument About ‘Deepest’

How deep is the deep end of the ocean? The answer turns on an array of factors nearly as wide as the sea itself: the barometric pressure over the site in question, the seawater’s density and temperature, the vagaries of measurement and, perhaps, on whether a world record is at stake. The whereabouts of the […]

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Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ Traces the Genre’s Victories, and Reveals Its Blind Spots

Tell a lie long enough and it begins to smell like the truth. Tell it even longer and it becomes part of history. Throughout “Country Music,” the new omnibus genre documentary from Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, there are moments of tension between the stories Nashville likes to tell about itself — some true, some […]

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Linda Ronstadt, Retired From Singing, Is Still a Glorious Voice

At the start of the new documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” the 10-time Grammy winner talks about why people sing. “For the same reasons birds do,” she says. “For a mate, to claim their territory or simply to give voice to being alive in the midst of a beautiful day. They sing […]

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