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1.
Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (1972 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
2.
Agee (1980 Documentary)
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Agee is the only film biography of a major American writer to be nominated for and Academy Award. Ever. (98 mins.)
Director: Ross Spears
 
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And Everything Is Going Fine (2010 Documentary)
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A look at the art of Spalding Gray who drew from real life experience to create a compelling and deeply personal series of monologues. (89 mins.)
 
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Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams (2009 Documentary)
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(75 mins.)
 
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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (2013 Documentary)
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This film tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman's journey from her birth in a paper thin... (84 mins.)
Director: Pratibha Parmar
 
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Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997 Documentary)
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A documentary focusing on the life of novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, the author of the bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and originator of the Objectivist philosophy. (145 mins.)
Director: Michael Paxton
 
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The Art of Catching Lobsters (2007 Documentary)
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In this extraordinary film shot on the rugged North Cornwall coast, director Jane Darke starts recording her husband Nick's life as a fisherman... (90 mins.)
Director: Jane Darke
 
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Breakfast with Hunter (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary on the infamous gonzo journalist, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. (91 mins.)
Director: Wayne Ewing
 
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Charles Dickens's England (2009 Documentary)
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The film looks at the places Charles Dickens lived and worked and how he used them in his novels and stories. (120 mins.)
Director: Julian Richards
 
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A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (2005 Documentary)
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A biography of Poet Norman Corwin, and the events surrounding his powerful radio broadcast commemorating VE Day on May 8, 1945. (39 mins.)
Director: Eric Simonson
 
12.
The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987 Documentary)
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Barbet Schroeder interviews Bukowski. (240 mins.)
 
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Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2008 Documentary)
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A look into the life of Dominick Dunne, telling the story of his transition from unlikely war-hero, Hollywood producer... (85 mins.)
 
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Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison. (96 mins.)
Director: Erik Nelson
 
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Escapade romaine (2010 Short Film)
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(15 mins.)
 
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Finding Farley (2009 Documentary)
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When Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison set out to retrace the literary footsteps of Farley Mowat they meant it literally... (63 mins.)
Director: Leanne Allison
 
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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008 Documentary)
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A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (120 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
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Harto the Borges (2000 Documentary)
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(83 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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Horns and Halos (2002 Documentary)
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This movie captures the unlikely connection of three men. An ex-con biographer, a janitor turned publisher and U.S. President George W. Bush whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in the controversial book Fortunate Son. (90 mins.)
 
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The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell (1987 Documentary)
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Joseph Campbell discusses the nature of the hero in mythology. (58 mins.)
 
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen (1966 Documentary)
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National Film Board of Canada Donald Owen teamed with NFB producer Donald Brittain for an imaginative profile of Montreal poet Leonard Cohen. (45 mins.)
 
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José and Pilar (2010 Documentary)
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"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature... (117 mins.)
 
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In the Wake of the Flood (2010 Documentary)
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On the eve of her 70th birthday, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood set out on an international tour criss-crossing... (47 mins.)
Director: Ron Mann
 
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Leuchtturm des Chaos (1983 Documentary)
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Documentary profile of actor Sterling Hayden. (119 mins.)
 
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Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos. (90 mins.)
 
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Love Always, Carolyn (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary about Carolyn Cassady, her life and marriage to Neal Cassady, her relationship with Jack Kerouac and how she takes care of the literary legacy from both. (70 mins.)
 
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Looking for Richard (1996 Documentary)
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Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III." (112 mins.)
Director: Al Pacino
 
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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992 Documentary)
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda. (167 mins.)
 
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Margaret Atwood: Once in August (1984 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
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The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche (2012)
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(52 mins.)
Director: Maya Gallus
 
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Over the River... The Life of Lydia Maria Child Abolitionist for Freedom (2007 Documentary)
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The documentary film "Over the River...Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom" is the first... (140 mins.)
 
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Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself. (109 mins.)
Director: Steven Sebring
 
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Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011 Documentary)
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Paul Goodman, whose best-selling 'Growing Up Absurd' made him the philosopher of the New Left in the 1960s... (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lee
 
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Kipling: A Remembrance Tale (2006 Documentary)
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Director: Harry Hook
 
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Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997 Documentary)
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His... (90 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
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Shades of Gray (2009 Documentary)
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Peels the layers off one of the great American hoaxer's of the twentieth-century. Part Fox Mulder, part Mark Twain, Gray Barker almost single-handedly created much of the gospel of UFOs. (72 mins.)
Director: Bob Wilkinson
 
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Soriano (1999 Documentary)
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(75 mins.)
 
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Twilight: The Adventure Begins - The Journey from Page to Screen (7 Part Documentary) (2009 Documentary)
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The filmmakers and cast talk all about the making of Twilight in this 7 part documentary bonus feature for the DVD/Blu-ray of Twilight. (55 mins.)
 
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The Beat Generation (1959)
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A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles F. Haas
 
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Sukumar Ray (1987 Documentary)
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The life and work of the writer Sukumar Ray, Satyajit Ray's father. Ray made this film as a tribute to celebrate the centenary of his birth. The film comprises still photographs and readings from Sukumar Ray's writings. (29 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
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Svetlana About Svetlana (2008 Documentary)
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A story about one Svetlana searching for another in the quest to find answers on the questions that bothered her since she was 10. (44 mins.)
Director: Lana Parshina
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered... (90 mins.)
 
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Trumbo (2007 Documentary)
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Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals... (96 mins.)
Director: Peter Askin
 
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Victor Hugo architecte (1969 Documentary)
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(26 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
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Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life of the alcoholic writer Malcolm Lowry, interspersed with readings of Lowry's work by Richard Burton... (100 mins.)
 
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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010 Documentary)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues... (87 mins.)
Director: Yony Leyser
 
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Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the personal and political life of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner. The film begins in 2001, when Kushner was mounting the production of his play "Homebody/Kabul" and runs through 2004, as he worked on John Kerry's presidential campaign, got married to Mark Harris, worked with Maurice Sendak, and opened the Broadway musical "Caroline, or Change." (98 mins.)
Director: Freida Lee Mock
 
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After Winter: Sterling Brown (1985 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Haile Gerima
 
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Bukowski (1973 Documentary)
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The poet Charles Bukowski is filmed going to San Francisco to give a poetry reading. (60 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
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Charleen (1980 Documentary)
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One month in the life of Charleen Swansea, North Carolina poet, mother, beloved teacher, eccentric, romantic, and complex star of McElwee's Sherman's March. In HD. (54 mins.)
Director: Ross McElwee
 
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Corso: The Last Beat (2009 Documentary)
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Following Beat Poet Gregory Corso - literary compatriot of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs -- throughout Europe, discovering his past, and facing his death.
 
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The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Deluxe Set (2008 Documentary)
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For 25 years, Academy Award-nominated director Jerry Aronson accumulated more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg... (680 mins.)
Director: Jerry Aronson
 
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Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Living on the Edge (1995)
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Investigative journalist documentaries. (60 mins.)
 
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Bad Writing (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about creative writing. (90 mins.)
Director: Vernon Lott
 
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Luther Metke at 94 (1980 Documentary)
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Director: Jorge Preloran
 
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Poetry in Motion (1982 Documentary)
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More than 20 contemporary North American poets recite, sing, and perform their work. Several also comment... (91 mins.)
Director: Ron Mann
 
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Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place (2007 Documentary)
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Explores Charles Olson's amazing world, where the ordinary landscapes of our daily lives become extraordinary portals to timeless truths about the place we live. (56 mins.)
Director: Henry Ferrini
 
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A Poet (2000 Documentary)
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Tells the true story of the didong (a style of ballad) poet Ibrahim Kadir. He was in prison and was... (90 mins.)
Director: Garin Nugroho
 
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Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World (1963 Documentary)
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The acclaimed poet is examined in this film completed just prior to his death at age 88, with his speaking... (41 mins.)
Director: Shirley Clarke
 
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SlamNation (1998 Documentary)
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Various competitors of the National Poetry Slam are profiled with their poetry readings. (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Devlin
 
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Wholly Communion (1965 Documentary)
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A short film documenting what was referred to as "The International Poetry Incarnation". It was billed as Great Britain's first full-scale "happening"... (33 mins.)
Director: Peter Whitehead
 
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Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale (2007 Documentary)
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Jeremy Paxman tells the tragic story of World War One poet Wilfred Owen. At a time of jingoism and wartime propaganda... (59 mins.)
Director: Louise Hooper
 
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Public Speaking (2010 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life... (84 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
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Life Itself (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. (120 mins.)
Director: Steve James