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Initial post: 31 Mar 2010 22:38:30 BDT
I was browsing the documentary genre of dvds and was amazed and appalled to find the animated film The Miracle Worker right near the top. No offence to any Christian, but this is no more a documentary than Beowulf or Ben Hur. 300 was also listed as documentary, in spite of it being provable historical fact that the Persian forces were not led by a giant obsessed with body piercing. Does anyone else find the documentary category is poorly defined on Amazon? Personally I would say the chief feature of a documentary is that the content be factual, above all. Am I wrong?

Posted on 2 Apr 2010 11:45:22 BDT
I think you have a good point, I noticed the same thing. I definitely think documentaries should be factual, but whether I like it or not the lines between 'documentary' and 'drama' can become quite blurred.
There are plenty of documentaries out there that include dramatizations of factual events. 300 is at the other end of the scale as a drama that includes some (partially) factual events. Where is Amazon supposed to draw the line?

I suppose they could at least include another category of 'drama documentaries'...
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