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TIFF picks from Jonathan Rosenbaum
Jonathan Rosenbaum is one of the most thoughtful film critics writing today. If want to read a penetrating essay on documentary, look to his pieces on "Crumb" in the book Movies as Politics; or "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control" in  Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons, among his other writings. Here he responds to our poll of doc aficianados identifying three titles that he anticipates in TIFF's 07 doc line-up.

1) USELESS (because I'm interested in everything Jia Zhangke does)

2) MAN OF CINEMA: PIERRE RISSIENT  (because I've known Rissient for over 30 years)

3) CHRONIQUE D'UN ETE (because, along with POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE, it's one of the greatest of all documentaries)

His third
choice ("Chronicle of a Summer") is the 1961 classic playing in the Canadian retrospective section on Michel Brault, who served as a cameraman on the film.

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