Over the past couple of weeks, we have been studying the documentary "O.J.: Made in America". I can understand why this film is nominated so many times, as it is really well-made, but I hope the controversy surrounding its serialized release doesn't overwhelm it.
The film tells O.J.'s story from his sports career to his arrest for armed robbery. The story is very interesting all-around, but what makes this film stand out the most is that it places the events into the social context of the time. It is well-organized into its parts, with each one focusing on a specific aspect of the story.
The documentary is also very-well made. The cinematography for the interviews is great, as is that of the footage that was shot specifically for the documentary for symbolic purposes. The editing of the archival footage, interviews, and location shots was also very smooth. The use of sound is also phenomenal. The first part was likely my favorite, in part because it made such skillful use of the music as juxtaposition.
Overall, I think that "O.J.: Made in America" is a great documentary. Yes, it is long, but it is never slow, and the material is all worthwhile. Out of what I have seen, it is my pick for best documentary.
O.J.: Made in America
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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