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10 Movie Documentaries Better Than The Actual Movie

When the story of creation is better than the movie itself.

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It's reasonable to assess that most "making-of" movie documentaries aren't much more than trivial, mildly entertaining fluff pieces intended to bulk out the home video release with extra "content" and not much more.

But on that rarest of occasions, a behind-the-scenes documentary itself can turn out a more engaging and well-wrought piece of film than the work of cinema it's actually covering.

That's absolutely the case with these 10 documentaries about the filmmaking process, all of which ultimately superseded the source project with their jaw-dropping observations of movies in crisis, sharp insights into the creative process, and even their unexpected ruminations on the human condition.

Each of these films told stories that surpassed those of the adjacent feature, ensuring they're not merely well-crafted companion pieces but essential documentaries in their own right, no matter what you make of the film on which they're based.

And no, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse didn't make this list, because as excellent as it is, it still doesn't manage to eclipse the achievements of Apocalypse Now itself...

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