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The best documentaries on Netflix see no one



Upset of Netflix to release Friends and Office ? Fear not. We have another in our series of Netflix recommendations, but this time we will try something different. We look at the real world.

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No, not the old MTV series. We mean the documentary world, of which there is plenty on the streaming leader.

For our list we will try to emphasize better known titles like Making a Murderer and steering you to some lesser known documentaries that will put a little more variation in Netflix and chill. More details and additional worthy titles can be found on this Thrillist compilation.

Amanda Knox

The woman accused of murdering her roommate in Italy was acquitted by the crime not once but twice. Knox gets the chance to tell his own story, via direct to camera interviews.

It is fair to say that, in view of her participation, the documentary takes the Knox side, but whatever you think of her guilt or innocence, you can see her in a new light when it is over.

Here is a fascinating question that the documentary touches on: Would the result be different if she was not known as "Foxy Knoxy?"

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Here's a topic we guarantee you never heard of unless you were a sales representative for a big company: the industrial musical.

For decades, Broadway put talents on full-scale musical shows, which should only be seen by company employees, with songs on plumbing, tractors, everything in between and so on.

Amazingly, these shows were once more expensive than the actual Broadway shows. They even highlighted such well-known names as Chita Rivera, Florence Henderson and Martin Short. You can be humming "the bathrooms come" at the end. Not many documentaries make you want to sing along!

The Civil War

Ken Burns has been known as a master of the long form, and that is the one who cemented his reputation.

Although some elements have since been questioned, such as its sympathetic depiction of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It is still a masterful exploration of the conflict that defined this nation.

To name just a little trivia in the series, there is the story of Wilmer McLean, who somehow manages to be present both for the beginning and the end of the war.

Five came back

Author Mark Harris wrote the book of the same name for five legendary directors who served during World War II: Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler.

A modern filmmaker covers every director: Guillermo del Toro talks about Capra, Paul Greengrass discusses Ford, Francis Ford Coppola covers Huston, Lawrence Kasdan tells of Stevens and Steven Spielberg believes Wyler.

Three-part series shows you the movies they made before, during and after the war. It does a good job to show how each man was indelibly shaped by the war.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Martin Scorsese has directed many musical documentaries, with his latest Rolling Thunder Revue on Bob Dylan.

Also worth exploring is his two-part meditation on the so-called quiet Beatle. Like many projects on the Beatles, this tendency has to emphasize the group's years in the solo years. However, the exploration of Harrison's quest for greater truth than fame is never less than fascinating.

A river under

You may not have heard of the Amazon's pink river dolphin before you see this, but you probably won't forget the Amazon's pink river dolphin after that.

Like the dolphins in The Cove these creatures are killed in large quantities. Two activists with contrasting styles are trying to help. One is a biologist who claims that the slaughter of the animals is detrimental to the environment, while the other is a television personality known as "Brazilian Steve Irwin." Both discover that their activism has its own set of consequences.


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