The Best Documentaries Ever Made
Hollywood doesn’t spare any expense to pile up profits. It certainly breathes life into fictional characters. However, the other side of the coin is that this entertainment industry also has full dominance over the subject of gritty realism. Let’s explore the five best documentaries of all times.
The unusual title refers to the date of the September 11, 2001 attacks. You can get the concept from the tagline that says “The Temperature at Which Freedom Burns”. The highest grossing and best documentary of all times, Fahrenheit 9/11 is a 2004 American film. Michael Moore directed and gave a classy commentary to it. It grossed over $222 million total worldwide. The film was released in 2004. It impeccably criticizes at the presidency of George W. Bush, his attempts of unforgiving Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, and its media coverage. According to Moore the 2003 invasion of Iraq did not provide an impartial logic of the justification for the war or the resulting fatalities there. The movie was highly acclaimed and reported end-of-the-decade, “best-of” list. Truly, one of the best documentaries ever made.
March of the Penguins (2005):
March of the Penguins is a 2005 French-born documentary directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet and co-produced by the National Geographic Society. The colony of the sovereign penguins of Antarctica has something unusual to tell. All the breeding –aged emperor penguins took a journey in autumn to reproduce during the chilling season of the year. These penguins leave their habitat (ocean), to reach their inherited inland breeding grounds.
There, the laying and hatching of the chick took place. Moreover, for the survival of baby penguin, both parents must make various strenuous trips between the ocean and the breeding grounds over the following months. More than a year was spent to shot this nature documentary in Antarctica using special cameras to capture underwater images in frozen temperatures. The movie won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and lately became the second most successful documentary released in North America, grossing more than $75 million in the United States and Canada
This time commentator Michael Moore raids health care services this time. He successfully showcased the real sufferers of the system in his 123 minutes documentary Sicko. The movie compares the U.S. health care system with the universal healthcare systems of other countries. He uses examples of Canadian, British, FrenchFrance and Cuban health facilities which are much better than America’s. This low-budget documentary brought back 25 million in the United States. Moore exploits the pharmaceutical tycoons, insurance system and the political ignorance in health care genre as according to him they favor profit over care, resulting in fatalities. The documentary provides evidences through footage that clearly demonstrate the injustice that happens in the field.
Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a bee (1969):
Many would agree this earns a spot on the list of best documentaries ever made! Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston in seven rounds On 25 February 1964 at Miami, Florida, thus became the world’s heavyweight boxing champion. The boxer stated that
“The champ of the world should be beautiful like me, I’m king of the ring … float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
After converting to Islam, he became Muhammad Ali. For this Ali has to face serious consequences. His match with Liston is banned because of Ali’s refusal to serve in the Army during the Vietnam war. Director William Klein composed everything brilliantly in his sporty documentary where he focuses on the magnetic personality, matches and other life events of Muhammad Ali Clay.
87% of the positive critic’s response had made Earth, the second-highest score of all the Disney nature films. A review reported, “With its spectacular and extensive footage, Earth is both informative and entertaining. A huge sum of $108,942,691 made Earth the second all-time highest-grossing nature documentary. EARTH is a Polaroid documentary showcasing global animals with their “circle of life”. The movie also integrates footage from the BBC production Planet Earth. The documentary highlights some rare species like polar bears, humpback whales, and elephants. Renowned nature documentarians Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield describe the mode of survival in each season. Earth classically depicted how seasons matter in the birth, life, and death of creature on our living planet.
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