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What docs would you like to see on TCM?

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 02:22 AM

There have been some arguments about some docs that some people don't think belong on TCM, so I thought it might be nice to hear what docs people would like to see on TCM. I like documentary film, and would like to see just a bit more on TCM, but obviously, docs should not become a large percentage of their films.

I see on the IMDb that they have listings for more than 1200 docs made before 1900! I wonder how many still exist? Of course in the early days of film, most of it was just pointing a camera at something happening in the world, so you might say that in the beginning, almost ALL films were documentary!

Of course I would like to see old and rare stuff, and much as I love Michael Moore's docs, I don't think his films are right for TCM, except perhaps if shown occasionally in some appropriate context. But, I don't think a doc has to be ancient, or even rare to deserve a place on TCM.

To demonstrate, and answer my own subject question, I would like to see some of the docs of Les Blank. He is well-known to doc buffs, but doesn't get much air play. His first film, made in 1960, *Running Around Like a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off* would be great to see on TCM. Another favorite is 1987's *Gap-Toothed Women*. It has some performers, like Lauren Hutton, and Claudia Schmidt, plus lots of other accomplished women, Sandra day O'Connor for one, who are "gap-toothed women." It is very amusing, and I doubt it has ever been shown on television.

The one film Les made that does get some play, on the IFC, IIRC, is *Burden of Dreams*, about the making of Werner Herzog's film *Fitzcaraldo*. It is an excellent film, which will greatly enhance your appreciation for *Fitzcarraldo*. No need for TCM to show that one.

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