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During our Film History and Production series, we talked about how Film is an "Illusion of Reality." That filmmakers use shots, cuts, and narrative structure to trick us into believing what we're seeing. But, what happens when that Illusion of Reality is an Illusion of Actual Reality? Otto Bell's "The Eagle Huntress" is a feel good, enchanting, and powerful hero's journey. But its characters are real. It's a documentary. And, as good as the film is, it's not without appropriate criticisms. In this episode of Crash Course Film Criticism, we take a look at a documentary that's as moving as any narrative fiction film.


Check out all 15 films we'll be talking about below!!!

Citizen Kane
Where Are My Children?
In the Mood For Love
Do the Right Thing
Lost In Translation
Apocalypse Now
Pan's Labyrinth
The Limey
Three Colors: Blue
The Eagle Huntress
Beasts of No Nation
2001: A Space Odyssey


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Documentaries come in all shapes and sizes, from the political urgency of Michael Moore's Farenheight 911 (2004), to Werner Herzog's meditative Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010). Some are funny, like Errol Morris's 1997 film Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control, and others are earnest and striking, like 13th (2016), Ava Duvernay's examination of mass incarceration. The best ones use many of th cinematic and storytelling techniques as fiction films to explore their characters and themes, and take audiences on an emotional journey. In Otto Bells(?~0:29) 2015 film, The Eagle Huntress, fits that bill. It tells a non fiction story using traditional cinematic techniques and ultra modern equipment, all without sacrificing the heart of the tale. 

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