Your Top Five. Documentary Films

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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.

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