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International festival of documentary film

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DOCUMENTARY FILMS III

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Various Other Documentary Films:

Director Mel Stuart’s Four Days in November (1964) provided an historical record of the difficult days surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in late November 1963. Saul Bass’ partially-animated Why Man Creates (1968) won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short – for its depiction of the power of imagination and creativity in problem-solving. The Children of Theatre Street (1977) provided a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the training of Russia’s top ballerinas for the Kirov Ballet in a state-supported school in St. Petersburg.

The Maysles brothers (David and Albert) directed several documentaries, including Showman (1963) about film producer Joseph E. Levine, Salesman (1969) about Bible salesmen, What’s Happening! The Beatles in the USA (1964), and Grey Gardens (1976) about a mother-daughter relationship. Canadian film-makers Ron Mann and Charles Lippencott directed Comic Book Confidential (1989) about the hobby of collecting comic books. And Mann also directed Grass (1999) that surveyed the history of marijuana use in the US and the government’s efforts to control it.

Native Southerner Ross McElwee directed a trilogy of documentaries: the sleeper hit Sherman’s March (1986) – a modern retracing of General Sherman’s route through the South during the Civil War, Time Indefinite (1993), and Six O’Clock News (1997) about the effects of natural disasters on its victims.

Documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s first feature-length film was the dramatic Brother’s Keeper (1992) about a mercy killing (or homicide?) within a family in a small town, followed by an absorbing whodunit, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), about another perplexing criminal case.

Steve James’ three-hour documentary character study Hoop Dreams (1994) profiled two African-American Chicago high-school athletes struggling to escape their inner-city poverty over a six-year period. Michael Apted’s installments of films, Seven Up (1963) (only film not directed by Apted, although he was an assistant to director Paul Almond), Seven Plus Seven (1970), 21 Up (1977), 28 Up (1984), 35 Up (1992) and 42 Up (1999), followed the same group of fourteen individuals over time (at 7 year intervals).

Trekkies (1997) dealt with the morbidly comic (and disturbing) cult of Star Trek fandom, which featured, among other things, Barbara Adams – who went to the Whitewater trial as a juror in her Starfleet uniform, a dentist who named his medical office “Starbase Dental” and had his staff dress up in Trek uniforms, a man who desired plastic surgery to have ears resembling Spock’s, and a town in Iowa that declared itself the future birthplace of James T. Kirk. The sequel, Trekkies 2 (2004), focused on the international cult of obsessed Trek fans and conventions.

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007) was an entertaining documentary about Walter Day’s Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, its International Scoreboard, the Video Game World Championships, and various “all-pro” arcade game players from the “Golden Age of Arcade Games” reminiscing about the early 80s. Similarly, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) was a surprisingly entertaining and compelling documentary (and underdog story) about Donkey Kong arch rivals playing a video game popular in the early 1980s in coin-operated arcades, and both on a quest to own the world record score: Steve Wiebe, a lifelong “loser” middle school science teacher and his evil nemesis, the manipulative, egotistical, BBQ hot sauce (Rickey’s World Famous Sauces) heir Billy Mitchell, who was named the Video Game Player of the Century in 1999. Second Skin (2008) was an examination of seven lives affected by the dominant Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG or MMO for short) in America, World of Warcraft (played within virtual communities called guilds), which included love and marriage between two gamers.

With incredible footage, Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000, UK/US) traced the difficult ordeal/journey of explorer Ernest Shackleton across the frozen Antarctic in the early part of the century. The Century of the Self (2002), an engrossing group of four hour-long films by British documentarian Adam Curtis and the BBC, examined and illustrated Freud’s theories of the unconscious in the Me Decade of manipulative marketing, consumer culture, and corporate and political power. Xan Cassavetes’ Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) examined the short history of the LA-based premium cable channel (one of the first) that specialized in feature films throughout the decade of the 80s, and its troubled head of programming Jerry Harvey.

Greatest Documentary Films:

Nanook of the North (1922)

Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life (1925)

Moana (1926)

Berlin: Symphony of a Big City (1927, Ger.)

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

October (Oktyabr)/10 Days That Shook the World (1928, USSR)

Drifters (1929, UK)

Finnis Terrae (1929, Fr.)

The Man with a Movie Camera (1929, USSR)

Las Hurdes (aka Land Without Bread) (1932, Sp.)

Man of Aran (1934)

Triumph of the Will (1934, Ger.)

The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)

The River (1937)

The Spanish Earth (1937)

Olympia (1938, Ger.)

City (1939)

Prelude to War (1942)

Desert Victory (1943, US/UK)

The Memphis Belle (1944)

Louisiana Story (1948)

The Living Desert (1953)

Night and Fog (1955, Fr.)

The Silent World (aka Le Monde du Silence) (1956, Fr/It.)

Recent Documentary Films:

Four Days in November (1964)

The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965)

The Endless Summer (1966)

Don’t Look Back (1967)

Titicut Follies (1967)

High School (1968)

Monterey Pop (1968)

Vietnam: In the Year of the Pig (1968)

Why Man Creates (1968)

Salesman (1969)

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace & Music (1970)

The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)

The Sorrow and the Pity (1971)

Hearts and Minds (1974)

That’s Entertainment! (1974)

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (1975)

Grey Gardens (1976)

Harlan County, USA (1976)

The Song Remains the Same (1976)

The Children of Theatre Street (1977)

Gates of Heaven (1978)

The Last Waltz (1978)

Scared Straight! (1978)

From Mao to Mozart – Isaac Stern in China (1979)

Say Amen, Somebody (1980)

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Vernon, Florida (1981)

The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Burden of Dreams (1982)

Stop Making Sense (1984)

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

28 Up (1984, UK)

Shoah (1985)

Sherman‘s March (1986)

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)

Let’s Get Lost (1988)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Comic Book Confidential (1989)

Roger & Me (1989)

American Dream (1990)

The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns (1990)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

Paris is Burning (1991)

Black Harvest (1992, Aust.)

A Brief History of Time (1992)

Brother’s Keeper (1992)

35 Up (1992)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992)

It’s All True (1993)

Time Indefinite (1993)

Twist (1993)

Crumb (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

When We Were Kings (1996)

The Big One (1997)

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

4 Little Girls (1997)

Hands on a Hard Body (1997)

Riding the Rails (1997)

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

Six O’Clock News (1997)

Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

Wild Man Blues (1997)

Buena Vista Social Club (1998)

The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison (1998)

American Movie (1999)

42 Up (1999)

Grass (1999)

The Last Cigarette (1999)

Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000, UK/US)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (2000)

Fidel: The Untold Story (2001)

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Capturing the Friedmans (2002)

The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Super Size Me (2004)

No Direction Home (2005)

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

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تاريخ النشر: الإثنين, 23 مارس, 2009