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Tabloid, The Thin Blue Line

Created by cmiles on 3/15/2012. Updated by Wordpresss Import on 4/18/2022.

Tabloid - by Errol Morris - is the story of Joyce McKinney. McKinney was involved in a widely publicized case/scandal/incident in England in the late 1970s sometimes given the colorful name 'The Case of the Manacled Mormon'. I had no knowledge of the events prior to the film - which might have added to the fun as interviews, old TV footage and old news articles gradually reveal more about the events and characters. The real attraction of the film is the absurdity of both the events, the coverage and the people involved - at the beginning Joyce McKinney seems slightly eccentric but quite believable, by the end of the film - well I don't really know...

Rating: 4 of 5 First Watch Date: December 2011

The reason that I picked up Tabloid is because of Morris's earlier documentary The Thin Blue Line. The Thin Blue Line is a much more serious and thought provoking documentary about, in part, the murder of a Dallas police officer. The Thin Blue Line is an absolute must watch. (If you are a music fan -> score by Philip Glass.)

Rating: 5 of 5 First Watch Date: later 2000s

Errol Morris - Website


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