I watched "Marjoe," winner of the Oscar in 1972 for best documentary, a few nights ago. While shot in the cinema verite style, it had a definite point of view: that religion and con men don't mix.
The premise is this: Marjoe Gortner has been raised to be an roving evangelical preacher since he was four years old. (It has some amazing footage of an eight-year-old Gortner preacher that old time religion.) In his twenties, he realizes that he has been raised to be a con man, and he wants to get out of the preaching business, so he has a documentary crew follow him around on a tour of the South to expose his hypocrisy and, thus, end his career.
This film raises more questions than it answers: Is he being dishonest if he doesn't believe what he preaches? Does organized religion attract this kind of person? Is organized religion fundamentally dishonest? I have been involved with (or familiar with) some local churches (Faith Bible Church and Spokane Faith Center, to name two) that have been rocked by scandal due to con men. The film exposes hypocrisy of those types of charlatans, but it leaves the idea of spiritual belief alone.
In short, this amazing film embodies the cliche "thought-provoking."