1 May 2020.
I thought I would give you a selection of outstanding documentaries this week. Enough of delightful or dramatic entertainment. Let‘s get down to the fine art of the grey cells (as Hercules Poirot would say). Or as the old saying goes, “Truth is stranger than fiction” (from such luminaries as Lord Byron and Mark Twain). And in our case, more informative and fascinating, in these confining days that we have so well adhered to. Each one is truly worth your while!
Four of the list come from the renowned German director Wim Wenders:
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB – all about the roots of Cuban music
PINA – about a giant of a choreographer
SALT OF THE EARTH – about a Brazilian photographer and humanitarian
POPE FRANCIS, A MAN OF HIS WORD – an astounding interview
Two of them come from the excellent Swiss director, Martin Witz:
DUTTI DER RIESE – about the founder of Migros
GATEWAYS TO NEW YORK – about an incredible Swiss engineer who built NewYork’s bridges
SAMSARA – about the beauties and sorrows of the world
WOMAN – about that amazing gender
WINGED MIGRATION – the wondrous migration of birds
RBG – about the untiring female Supreme Court judge.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS – an incredible story of lost triplets
Superb **** Very Good *** Good ** Mediocre * Miserable – no stars
Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.