Documentaries to watch -- Anthony

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1.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
“ Nazi propaganda film, and quite possibly the single most important piece of propaganda filmmaking in history ” - asaar
 
2.
The Staircase (2004 Mini-Series)
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller... (360 mins.)
“ Amazing miniseries on a murder-mystery. Hard to find but you may be able to look it up on youtube. ” - asaar
 
3.
7 Plus Seven (1970 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born children after a seven-year wait. The... (52 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Watch the entire series: 7 Plus Seven, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up and 49 Up. On Roger Ebert's list of top ten movies of all time. ” - asaar
 
4.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ My favorite political documentary. If you like it, check out "Why We Fight" (2005) and "No End In Sight" (2007) ” - asaar
 
5.
White Diamond (2007 Documentary)
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An intimate documentary following international pop star Kylie Minogue on her return to the stage for her Showgirl Homecoming Tour, following her battle against breast cancer. (111 mins.)
Director: William Baker
“ "I cannot hear what you say, for the thunder that you are." My favorite Herzog documentary. ” - asaar
 
6.
Night and Fog (1955 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ This one is really disturbing. Filmed in 1955 at post-war Auschwitz. ” - asaar
 
7.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
“ A must see--this is where documentary filmmaking began. ” - asaar
 
8.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
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A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ The movie most people know Werner Herzog for. And with good reason. ” - asaar
 
9.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
“ Zeke and I watched this like 20 times freshman year. Philip Glass ties the amazing footage together with what I personally think is one of the best soundtracks you'll ever hear. When you watch it the second time, get high first. Also, it's produced by Francis Ford Coppola I'm pretty sure. ” - asaar
 
10.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ Dramatic, funny, great characters. And the guy tightrope-walks between the world trade centers, which is probably the most badass thing you can do with your life. ” - asaar
 
11.
Our Daily Bread (2005 Documentary)
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OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas. (92 mins.)
“ Some of the best cinematography ever. EVER. ” - asaar
 
12.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ Disturbing and unbiased look at the abortion argument ” - asaar
 
13.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
“ The Bourne Identity meets Free Willy. ” - asaar
 
14.
Deep Water (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race. (93 mins.)
“ This begins as a documentary about a sailboat race around the world but turns into an unsettling look at the effects of extreme solitude on the human mind. ” - asaar
 
15.
Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001 Documentary)
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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida. (111 mins.)
“ A murder-mystery, with an in-depth look into the legal process and those that corrupt it. ” - asaar
 
16.
The Bridge (2006 Documentary)
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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary... (94 mins.)
Director: Eric Steel
“ A visceral and well-done documentary on the Golden Gate Bridge and the countless people who have thrown themselves off of it. It's pretty creepy. ” - asaar
 
17.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
“ A great way to view people around the planet, and contrast their lifestyles with our own. ” - asaar
 
18.
The Cruise (1998 Documentary)
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Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses... (76 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ The guy in this is really interesting. ” - asaar
 
19.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
“ A more recent political documentary about the financial crisis, and the greed that fueled it. ” - asaar
 
20.
Gates of Heaven (1978 Documentary)
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A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there. (85 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ About a pet cemetery and the people who have animals buried there. This is also on Roger Ebert's top ten list as well. ” - asaar
 
21.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ This one is a bit more light-hearted than the rest but has some of the best characters. And the best part about documentaries is that all the characters are real. ” - asaar
 
22.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ This was one of the first documentaries to use reenactments to portray the events being described. I don't love it but it is widely considered to be among the most important modern documentaries so you should watch it. If you like this style, watch "Touching the Void" (2003) ” - asaar
 
23.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007 Documentary)
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Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. (99 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Not Herzog's best, but still pretty damn good. ” - asaar
 
24.
Wheel of Time (2003 Documentary)
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Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India. (81 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ You'll like this one. The Dalai Lama interview is great. Something about the Dalai Lama...everything he says is so loaded with meaning. ” - asaar
 
25.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ Zeke showed me this one. I think you'll be able to tell. ” - asaar
 
26.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
“ If you liked "Milk" you'll like this more. ” - asaar
 
27.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
“ You should read the backstory on how this film came to be after you watch it. The best part about filming these types of investigative documentaries as a director is probably the fact that you cannot predict what will happen next. ” - asaar
 
28.
My Architect (2003 Documentary)
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Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974. (116 mins.)
Director: Nathaniel Kahn
 
29.
Antonio Gaudí (1984 Documentary)
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Hiroshi Teshigahara's camera takes us over, under, around, and into buildings and a park designed by Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926)... (72 mins.)
 
30.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006 Documentary)
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Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch. (86 mins.)
Director: Stanley Nelson
“ I went through a phase where I found cults and obscure religious sects to be fascinating. This documents one of the weirdest and most heartbreaking examples of one man's influence over a large group of trusting followers and his abuse of this power. ” - asaar
 
31.
Lost in La Mancha (2002 Documentary)
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Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground. (93 mins.)
“ Great look at the troubles of a filmmaker and overcoming-or succumbing to the obstacles one faces on the battlefield. ” - asaar
 
32.
Repatriation (2003 Documentary)
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North Korean spies return to their homeland. (149 mins.)
Director: Dong-won Kim
“ Watched this in my History of South Korean Cinema class. You won't be able to find it, but try. ” - asaar
 
33.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Orson Welles does documentaries. ” - asaar
 
34.
For All Mankind (1989 Documentary)
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This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours... (80 mins.)
Director: Al Reinert
 
35.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne