The documentaries on Netflix are 99 percent... shite. Why? Because they have too much money. I know several excellent, price-winning documentary-makers in the Netherlands personally and every movie they make is an enormous struggle for money. Which means that they have to have a very good idea and theme which they can sell to financiers (usually broadcasting-corporations who feel they can broadcast the film to a wider audience after the run in the cinema). So for example a documentary about Michael Schumacher, my film-making acquaintances in advance have to be able to defend why this documentary would be a good idea. Usually, in the true journalistic sense, that the story to be told has a wider social and actual implication than just the bio of the protagonist him or herself.
I bet a crate of fine red wine this documentary will have zero wider reflection of what the life of Schumacher said beyond motorsport and his own fame. Of course they will try, by having some talking head explain how important Schumi was for German sport and German self-confidence, blah, blah, blah. But it will be token social commentary, which has no real red line in the movie itself.
I want to add, that even IF good documentary-makers (like Werner Herzog or Ken Burns) make movies with or for Netflix, the documentaries are not shite, but pretty still bad because they are waaaaay to long. There's so much money, the directors don't have to CHOOSE what to film and what not to film, what to leave in the edit and what to leave out. If you don't believe me, watch Herzogs Lo and Behold
. Rave reviews, but in my humble a cluster**** of a televisionseries.
Edited by Nemo1965, 26 August 2021 - 10:28.