Six Exceptional Docudramas

Jun 5, 2020 | Newsletter

“One of the great things about being a director is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition.”

Ron Howard 


So, what is a “docudrama?”  It’s a film or video that re-enacts actual events. A good docudrama strives for historical accuracy, but to the chagrin of many, can do some embellishing.This is important: In a docudrama characters are professional actors, which is not the case in a documentary. Also, historical fidelity is  the focus of a good docudrama. This is in contrast to films that are “based on true events.” Here are six examples:



Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995 by Yigal Amir, a radical ultranationalist…


Good Night and Good Luck​

In the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy was on a rampage stating that the government was infiltrated by Communists and Communists sympathizers…


Lorenzo’s Oil​

It’s about Augusto and Michaela Odone and their relentless search to find a cure when their young  son Lorenzo is diagnosed with the fatal disease, ALD…



Serpico graduates from the police academy filled with optimism and pride. He gets assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations where he’s allowed to…


La Bamba​

La Bamba is a musical bio of the life of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll phenom Ritchie Valens (born Richard Valenzuela)….


Special Recommendation

June 6 is D-Day, the Allied invasion at Normandy. To commemorate this day, and the final push to end World War II, I would urge you to binge this unforgettable series.:


Band of Brothers​

Adapted from Stephen Anbrose’s bestseller, the series follows the men of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division, from their training in Georgia…


Coming Soon, Can’t Wait

Jun 12: Netflix. Spike Lee’s Vietnam War film, Da 5 Bloods
Jul 03: Disney+. Original video recording of the Broadway production Hamilton
Aug 21: HBOMax. Chemical Hearts. Emotional coming-of-age story

News & Commentary

“Walt Disney Co. announced it was fast-tracking the debut of the Broadway juggernaut HAMILTON to its Disney+ service, where the blockbuster musical will begin streaming on July 3, 2020. Another Disney movie planned for summer release, ARTEMIS FOWL, is skipping the theaters and heading to Disney+ later this year.” —Erich Schwartzel, The Wall Street Journal

Commentary: In time, every major film studio and distributor will have a streaming division. But, by   doing so, they face agonizing dilemmas: Who will get priority in distribution, the streaming platforms or the theaters? Should the  historic 90-day window between the theatrical run and the time the film is streamed  be shortened? Should the 90-day window eventually disappear? Or, as already happened, should films be streamed BEFORE they start their runs in theater?

My best,


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