Hello. Welcome to The Thin Blue Line A Reception History, an Omeka web archive considering the effects and afterlife of Errol Morris' 1988 award-winning documentary, The Thin Blue Line. As a reception study, this archive is made up of individual items arranged into collections and a final exhibit, Between Society and Anarchy: An Afterlife in Thin Blue Lines that sketches the cultural exigencies of the film. You can explore the thematic collections, or cut a path for yourself through the archive by browsing individual items. For a critical analysis of the film, I invite you to explore the exhibit and its sections, which have been elaborated in the visitor's guide.

This is an example of the final curation project for the course, English 104: An Introduction to Film, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was developed to provide students with a sense of how you might label and arrange artifacts and display them for visitors. To get started with your Omeka web curation, check out this handy step-by-step infographic, Omeka: A User's Guide to Web Curation.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact the course instructor, Ms. Elizabeth Tavares (tavares1@illinois.edu), or the university liason for the project, Harriett Green (green19@illinois.edu).

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Profiles: Predilections

The New Yorker, Feb 06, 1989.pdf

A profile of moviemaker Errol Morris. During the past twelve years he has directed and released three films: "Gates of Heaven", about two pet…

Department of Amplification

The New Yorker, Apr 10, 1989.pdf

An letter to the editor about the release from prison of Randall Adams. Since the publication of the writer's Profile of the filmmaker Errol Morris…

Werner Herzog (Filmmaker) in conversation with Errol Morris (Documentarian)

The Believer - Errol Morris talks with Werner Herzog.pdf

This semi-illustrated and graphically dynamic interview comes from The Believer, an independent and quirky art and culture magazine. It asks Werner…

The Anti-Post-Modern Post-Modernist

Errol Morris Harvard Lecture.pdf

The last of a 2005 series of academic lectures given at the Harvard Center for the Humanities, Errol Morris discusses the Post-Modern aesthetic…

Commencement Address

Errol Morris Berkeley Lecture.pdf

In 2005, Errol Morris delivered the commencement address at the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism, correlating the profession of…

There Is Such a Thing as Truth

In this 2005 radio editorial address, documentarian Errol Morris takes on the topic of "truth" as a socially constructed system of beliefs. Opens with…

The Thin Blue Line: Domestic Total Gross

This website provides the financial data for the film's earnings in its year of release, compared to other films of its genre, and total gross to date…

Mirrors without Memories: Truth, History, and the New Documentary

In her 1993 article, Linda Williams contends that In this era of electronic and computer-generated images, the camera can lie. Images and photographs…