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YOUR TOP FIVE... DOCUMENTARY FILMS.

With today's release of Michael Moore's new film Fahrenheit 9/11 - which criticises George Bush's handling of the Iraq war - Ticket reader ADAM

ROBERTS of West Worthing, West Sussex, chooses his top five documentary movies.

1. BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (2002)

Michael Moore's landmark documentary on American gun culture is both a scathing condemnation of corporate greed and an examination of Generation X's social dislocation. By turns hilariously funny and deadly serious, it touched a nerve the world over. And it includes one film appearance Charlton Heston won't want to remember.

2. HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE (1991)

If ever a movie encapsulated how filmmakers suffer for their art, then this is it. The making of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now is as fraught with hopeless insanity as the Vietnam events its source depicts. But among the on-set monsoons, coronaries and nervous breakdowns, the creative genius of Coppola's seminal film is firmly captured.

3. WHEN WE WERE KINGS (1996)

Muhammad Ali's most infamous fight - the Rumble In The Jungle of 1974 - is thrillingly captured in this Oscar-winning documentary. Encompassing both the political and social landscapes of the time, it works best as a fitting tribute to the most charismatic sportsman of all time.

4. ROGER AND ME (1989)

Michael Moore cut his crusading teeth with this attempt to bring General Motors' boss Roger Smith to account for cutting 35,000 jobs. A fascinating insight into how executives can destroy everyday people's lives.

5. WOODSTOCK (1970)

Three days of peace, music and love... or was it the death knell of the '60s? America's own Glastonbury featured the cream of contemporary music, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joe Cocker and Crosby Stills & Nash. This landmark event from 1969 captures all the optimism of the time.

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REAL LIFE: (From top) Coppola on Apocalypse Now set, Ali, and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2004
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