Documentary (Movies To Watch)

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1.
Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory... (104 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
2.
Kumaré (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all. (84 mins.)
Director: Vikram Gandhi
 
3.
Winnebago Man (2009 Documentary)
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Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video... (85 mins.)
Director: Ben Steinbauer
 
4.
Heckler (2007 Documentary)
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HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. After starring in a film that was critically bashed... (80 mins.)
Director: Michael Addis
 
5.
Comedian (2002 Documentary)
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A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road. (82 mins.)
 
6.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary capturing the modern day VHS culture and VHS collectors. (84 mins.)
 
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Les branleuses (2011 Documentary)
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(59 mins.)
 
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London - The Modern Babylon (2012 Documentary)
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London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown. (125 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
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For No Good Reason (2012 Documentary)
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Johnny Depp pays a visit to Ralph Steadman, the renown artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson. (89 mins.)
Director: Charlie Paul
 
10.
Finding Vivian Maier (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers. (83 mins.)
 
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The Missing Picture (2013 Documentary)
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Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979. (92 mins.)
Director: Rithy Panh
 
12.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997 Documentary)
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German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. (80 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
13.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks (1991 Video)
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Shows the classic lineup of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recording their 1991 breakthrough album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik." (60 mins.)
Director: Gavin Bowden
 
14.
Year of the Horse (1997 Documentary)
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This film documents Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 1996 concert tour. Jim Jarmusch interviews the band about their long history, and we see backstage footage from the 1970s and 1980s. (106 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
15.
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
16.
Teenage (2013 Documentary)
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Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth. (78 mins.)
Director: Matt Wolf
 
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The Thorn in the Heart (2009 Documentary)
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Michel Gondry chronicles the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves. (86 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
18.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013 Documentary)
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A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation. (88 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
19.
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the making of HUMANCENTiPAD. (42 mins.)
Director: Arthur Bradford
 
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Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
 
21.
Mistaken for Strangers (2013 Documentary)
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Tom Berninger chronicles his time spent on the road as a member of the tour crew for The National, the rock & roll band fronted by his brother, Matt. (75 mins.)
Director: Tom Berninger
 
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Stripped (2014 Documentary)
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Comic strip artists discuss the state and future of the artform with the decline of the newspaper medium. (85 mins.)
 
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Dear Mr. Watterson (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary about the impact of the newspaper comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes", created by Bill Watterson. (89 mins.)
 
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Collapse (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness. (82 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
25.
West of Memphis (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three. (147 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
 
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Song from the Forest (2013 Documentary)
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25 years ago, Louis Sarno, an American, heard a song on the radio and followed its melody into the Central Africa Jungle and stayed... (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Obert
 
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Zombie: The Resurrection of Tim Zom (2014 Documentary)
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Tim breaks free from a dark, criminal life by falling in love, embracing the streets and redefining himself as one of the most distinguished Skateboarders (70 mins.)
Director: Billy Pols
Stars: Tim Zom
 
28.
Art and Craft (2014 Documentary)
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When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con. (89 mins.)
 
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1971 (2014 Documentary)
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The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed. (79 mins.)
 
30.
Kung Fu Elliot (2014 Documentary)
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The film tells the bizarre story of Elliot 'White Lightning' Scott, who plans on becoming Canada's first kung fu action hero with his low-budget karate epic, Blood Fight. (81 mins.)
 
31.
Sigur Rós: Heima (2007 Documentary)
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In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland... (97 mins.)
Director: Dean DeBlois
 
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Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 Documentary)
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'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer... (93 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
 
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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
 
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Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow (2005 Documentary)
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An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author of "Last Exit To Brooklyn" and "Requiem For A Dream." Hubert Selby Jr.... (79 mins.)
 
35.
Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015 Documentary)
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A chance meeting in a parking lot in 1979 between filmmaker Trent Harris and a young man from Beaver, Utah inspired the creation of an underground film that is now known as Beaver Trilogy. But the film itself is only part of the story. (85 mins.)
Director: Brad Besser
 
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Tig (2015 Documentary)
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The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer. (95 mins.)
 
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015 Documentary)
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A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology. (119 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
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Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015 Documentary)
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An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. (145 mins.)
Director: Brett Morgen
 
39.
The Look of Silence (2014 Documentary)
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A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers. (103 mins.)
 
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The Punk Syndrome (2012 Documentary)
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A Finnish punk-rock band formed by four mentally disabled guys. (85 mins.)
 
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Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (2006 Documentary)
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A live performance shot by audience members at a 2004 Beastie Boys concert at Madison Square Garden. (90 mins.)
 
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All Tomorrow's Parties (2009 Documentary)
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A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties. (82 mins.)
 
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A Married Couple (1969 Documentary)
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An "actuality drama" about a real-life marriage in crisis, in which the couple attempts to identify and resolve the conflicts and resentments that have driven them to the brink of separation. (97 mins.)
Director: Allan King
 
44.
My Love, Don't Cross That River (2014 Documentary)
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A couple who have lived together for 76 years faces the last moment of their marriage. (86 mins.)
Director: Mo-young Jin
 
45.
Call Me Lucky (2015 Documentary)
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Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades... (106 mins.)
 
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The Endurance (2000 Documentary)
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A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new... (97 mins.)
Director: George Butler
 
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Junun (2015 Documentary)
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Musician Jonny Greenwood travels to Rajasthan, where he performs with a multitude of Indian musicians. (54 mins.)
 
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Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007 Documentary)
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The definitive three-and-a-half hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic "Blade Runner," culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage. (214 mins.)
 
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No Maps for These Territories (2000 Documentary)
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Follows author and cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson, on a digital North American road trip. (89 mins.)
Director: Mark Neale
 
50.
I Am Divine (2013 Documentary)
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How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
51.
De Palma (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary about writer and director, Brian De Palma. (110 mins.)
 
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White Rage (2015 Documentary)
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White rage is a story about Lauri and through him many other victims of school bullying and separate childhood trauma. Lauri is a victim of 'white rage', which can lead at it's worst to school shootings. (73 mins.)
Director: Arto Halonen
 
53.
Strike a Pose (2016 Documentary)
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What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna's most famous troupe of dancers. (83 mins.)
 
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The Slippers (2016 Documentary)
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A documentary about the unbelievable world of the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan White
 
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Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
 
56.
Citizenfour (2014 Documentary)
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A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. (114 mins.)
Director: Laura Poitras
 
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Grey Gardens (1975 Documentary)
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton. (94 mins.)
 
58.
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
 
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Tickled (2016 Documentary)
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Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction. (92 mins.)
 
60.
Ghostheads (2016 Documentary)
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A look at the intense fandom for the media franchise, Ghostbusters (73 mins.)
Director: Brendan Mertens
 
61.
Heart of a Dog (2015 Documentary)
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Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle. (75 mins.)
Director: Laurie Anderson
 
62.
The Lost Arcade (2015 Documentary)
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The story of Chinatown Fair, the legendary arcade located in the heart of New York's Chinatown. This... (79 mins.)
Director: Kurt Vincent
 
63.
Wu Tu: My land (2015 Documentary)
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A family fights to protect their way of life in Beijing's troubled land economy. (83 mins.)
Director: Jian Fan
 
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Life, Animated (2016 Documentary)
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A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. (92 mins.)
 
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Machines (2016 Documentary)
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Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat... (75 mins.)
Director: Rahul Jain
 
66.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016 Documentary)
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Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. (93 mins.)
Director: Raoul Peck
 
67.
Christine (2016)
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The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career. (119 mins.)
Director: Antonio Campos
 
68.
Cameraperson (2016 Documentary)
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Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera. (102 mins.)
Director: Kirsten Johnson
 
69.
Best Worst Movie (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic. (93 mins.)
 
70.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs. (208 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
71.
Tower (2016 Documentary)
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Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people. (96 mins.)
Director: Keith Maitland
 
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Nuts! (2016 Documentary)
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The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station. (79 mins.)
Director: Penny Lane