Tom RostonIndependent journalist Tom Roston checks in and writes about the world of documentaries in his column, Doc Soup.

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Doc Soup: Reviewing Docs from the Past: A Look Back at ‘Dont Look Back’

Bob Dylan in the iconic Subterranean Homesick Bluesmusic video from D A Pennebaker’s Dont Look Back Dont Look Back is as ironic a title as I could hope for in my series in which I look back at classic documentaries. (It’s been a while since the first one.) But I’ve had rockumentaries — an all-encompassing

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Doc Soup: HBO’s ‘Cinema Verite’ Revisits PBS Proto-Reality-TV Series ‘An American Family’

Mark your calendars! This Saturday (April 23, 2011), HBO premieres its film, Cinema Verite, about what’s commonly known as the first reality television show. It’s a fictional re-creation of the nonfiction filmmaking of a real thing. If that’s a tough concept to get your head around, don’t worry, HBO will be serving it with a

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Doc Soup: When Children Are the Subjects of Docs

I often get this conflicted feeling when I watch a documentary about children, like this week’s POV broadcast of Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go: I am immediately concerned that the subjects are being exploited in some way, since they’re not really able to decide for themselves whether or not they want to be involved

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