The World of Film (Documentaries)

Documentaries (that I've watched) on the subject of film. Whether it be on the process of making a film, the people that make them, actors etc.
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1.
2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future (1966 Documentary)
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A short documentary about the making of and production of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and it's impact on the 60's view of the future. (23 mins.)
 
2.
Meet Marlon Brando (1966 Documentary)
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Journalists from all over America meet Marlon Brando in a New York hotel room to interview him about his new film... (28 mins.)
 
3.
The American Dreamer (1971 Documentary)
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A documentary about actor/director Dennis Hopper, showing him at his home and studio putting together his film "The Last Movie." (90 mins.)
 
4.
Grierson (1973 Documentary)
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The story of John Grierson, the British documentary movement, and Canada's National Film Board. (58 mins.)
Director: Roger Blais
 
6.
Making 'The Shining' (1980 Documentary)
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A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining. (35 mins.)
Director: Vivian Kubrick
 
7.
Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
8.
Room 666 (1982 Documentary)
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During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders... (45 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
9.
I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - the Man and His Work (1984 Documentary)
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Director Michael Ventura goes behind the scenes on the set of John Cassavetes' last written and directed movie, Love Streams (1984). (60 mins.)
Director: Michael Ventura
 
10.
Portrait Werner Herzog (1986 Documentary)
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A self portrait documentary by Werner Herzog. (28 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
11.
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987 Mini-Series)
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A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius. (160 mins.)
 
12.
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990 Documentary)
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A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast... (73 mins.)
Director: Jeff Werner
 
13.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
 
14.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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The life story of Louisa May Alcott based on her writings as well as those of family, friends and associates. (90 mins.)
 
15.
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 Documentary)
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Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics. (225 mins.)
 
16.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane. Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst. (60 mins.)
 
17.
Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997 Documentary)
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Henry Jaglom was hailed by some as a cinematic genius, a feminist voice and a true maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic, egomaniac fraud and the "world's worst director," (52 mins.)
 
18.
Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman (1998 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
19.
The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998 Documentary)
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A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film. (83 mins.)
 
20.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. (107 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
21.
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999 Documentary)
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A profile and history of film director Akira Kurosawa. (50 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
22.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
23.
A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000 Documentary)
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(48 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
24.
A Constant Forge (2000 Documentary)
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A look at the life, times, and art of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes through interviews with his family, friends, and admirers of his work. (200 mins.)
 
25.
Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment (2000 Documentary)
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This is a documentary about direct-cinema from its very beginnings (Nanook of the North) to the fake-direct-cinema of the Blair Witch Project... (193 mins.)
Director: Peter Wintonick
 
26.
The Coen Brothers (2000 Documentary)
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A documentary showing the lives of the famous directors Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Including many guests featuring in their films.
Director: Sarah Aspinall
 
27.
Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000 Documentary)
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Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's memoirs with Sven himself as narrator... (78 mins.)
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28.
That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000 Documentary)
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A very in-depth documentary that follows the very over-worked director Paul Thomas Anderson through... (73 mins.)
Director: Mark Rance
 
29.
Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange (2000 Documentary)
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(44 mins.)
Director: Paul Joyce
 
30.
2001: The Making of a Myth (2001 Documentary)
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The geniality of the mythical Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" is explored and debated here by scholars... (43 mins.)
Director: Paul Joyce
 
31.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
32.
Essence of Life (2002 Documentary)
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Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass talk about Koyaanisqatsi. (25 mins.)
Director: Greg Carson
 
33.
I Don't Know Jack (2002 Documentary)
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Biography of actor Jack Nance, who became famous when he appeared in the 1977 cult film "Eraserhead." (96 mins.)
Director: Chris Leavens
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
'Sunset Blvd.': A Look Back (2002 Documentary)
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Film critics, actors, film historians and other personalities share their experiences and curious stories... (25 mins.)
 
36.
The Tramp and the Dictator (2002 Documentary)
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A look at the parallel lives of Charles Chaplin and Adolf Hitler and how they crossed with the creation of The Great Dictator. (56 mins.)
 
37.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003 Documentary)
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A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie. (119 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
 
38.
The Five Obstructions (2003 Documentary)
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About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967) (90 mins.)
 
39.
Overnight (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary on the rise and stumble of Troy Duffy, the bartender-cum-filmmaker who was swept up by Miramax's Harvey Weinstein to turn his script for The Boondock Saints into a feature film. (82 mins.)
 
40.
Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16 (2004 Documentary)
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An hour-long filmed profile of Amos Vogel, 82-year old New York resident and Austrian emigre, founder of the New York Film Festival and America's most important film society, Cinema 16. (56 mins.)
Director: Paul Cronin
 
41.
Getting Made: The Making of 'GoodFellas' (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary that presents a brief yet detailed account on the making of Martin Scorsese "GoodFellas"... (30 mins.)
 
42.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief... (120 mins.)
Director: Xan Cassavetes
 
43.
Bullets Over Hollywood (2005 Documentary)
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"Bullets Over Hollywood" chronicles the blood-soaked landscape and enduring appeal of the American gangster movie - - from its origins in the silent film era to modern times.
Director: Elaina Archer
 
44.
The Spaghetti West (2005 Documentary)
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A visual history of Italian western cinema in the 60s and 70s. (65 mins.)
Director: David Gregory
 
45.
Cinematographer Style (2006 Documentary)
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110 of the world's top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do. (86 mins.)
Director: Jon Fauer
 
46.
Edge of Outside (2006 Documentary)
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An hour-long documentary designed to celebrate the spirit of the independent filmmaker from D.W. Griffith to Quentin Tarantino... (65 mins.)
Director: Shannon Davis
 
47.
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006 Documentary)
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A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, the underground filmmaker... (94 mins.)
Director: Mary Jordan
 
48.
The Real Goodfella (2006 Documentary)
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This is a program that aired on Channel 4 in 2006. (50 mins.)
Director: Simon George
 
49.
Remembering Arthur (2006 Documentary)
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Biography of Canadian filmmaker Arthur Lipsett, who committed suicide in 1986. (90 mins.)
Director: Martin Lavut
 
50.
The Woman with the Hungry Eyes (2006 Documentary)
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The true story of the life of the movies first femme-fatale, Theda Bara, who made over 40 films, only a handful of which survive... (100 mins.)
 
51.
Arena (1975 TV Series)
Episode: Encountering Bergman (2007)
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A profile of the famous Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of three people who interviewed him.
 
52.
Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil (2007 Documentary)
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Follow Stanley Kubrick as he creates his savage and brilliant Vietnam film, hewing closely to the theme... (31 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
53.
Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making 'A Clockwork Orange' (2007 Documentary)
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In this documentary, we follow Stanely Kubrick as he creates one of the most controversial films of all time... (28 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
54.
Lost Kubrick: The Unfinished Films of Stanley Kubrick (2007 Documentary)
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He is considered by many the greatest film director the medium has ever known. Yet in a 45-year career... (20 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
55.
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary that looks to distinguish what's fact, fiction, legend, and otherwise as a camera crew trails Michael Moore while he tours with his film Fahrenheit 9/11. (97 mins.)
 
56.
One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders' Early Years (2007 Documentary)
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The early films of Wim Wenders are now regarded as landmarks of European film. Alice in the Cities,... (96 mins.)
Director: Marcel Wehn
 
57.
Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001 (2007 Documentary)
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Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey opened the door to all the films and filmmakers who followed it... (21 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
58.
View from the Overlook: Crafting 'The Shining' (2007 Documentary)
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An overview of the making of, and a look at the continuing popularity of, Stanley Kubrick's _Shining, The (1980)_. (30 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
59.
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007 Documentary)
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In 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick showed us what the future might look like. How true was his vision... (22 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
60.
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the visual design of the film The Shining. (17 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
61.
Back to Room 666 (2008 Documentary)
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What is the future of cinema? In 1982, in Cannes, Wim Wenders invited many movie makers to answer this question. 26 years later, the question remains, but Wenders is now on the other side of the camera. (15 mins.)
 
62.
Capturing Reality (2008 Documentary)
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From cinema-verite; pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris... (90 mins.)
Director: Pepita Ferrari
 
63.
The King of Texas (2008 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of independent Texas filmmaker Eagle Pinnell. (74 mins.)
Director: René Pinnell
 
64.
The Making of 'No Country for Old Men' (2008 Documentary)
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A look behind the scenes of No Country For Old Men, including interviews with cast and crew. (25 mins.)
Director: Kevin Gill
 
65.
Imagine (2003 TV Series)
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Alan Yentob meets the renowned German film director Werner Herzog in this documentary from the BBC's flagship 'Imagine' strand... (60 mins.)
 
66.
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.)
 
67.
Great Directors (2009 Documentary)
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Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci... (90 mins.)
Director: Angela Ismailos
 
68.
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009 Documentary)
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A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation. (39 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
 
69.
Inferno (2009 Documentary)
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Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno, is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary. (102 mins.)
 
70.
Reel Injun (2009 Documentary)
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The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films. (85 mins.)
 
71.
Tales from the Script (2009 Documentary)
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War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Hanson
 
72.
The Camera That Changed the World (2011 Documentary)
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(59 mins.)
Director: Mandy Chang
 
73.
Don't Expect Too Much (2011 Documentary)
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Drawing on Nicholas Ray's archive of never-before-seen film, video, and stills, his wife Susan investigates... (70 mins.)
Director: Susan Ray
 
74.
Kubrick's Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick; Part One: Kubrick and Apollo (2011 Documentary)
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This provocative and insightful film is the first in a series of documentaries that will reveal the... (70 mins.)
Director: Jay Weidner
 
75.
These Amazing Shadows (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. (88 mins.)
 
76.
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
 
77.
The DocMakers III (2013 Documentary)
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The DocMakers features contemporary Canadian documentary makers who discuss their inspirations and the forces driving them to make their films. (45 mins.)
Director: Ian Toews
 
78.
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
 
79.
Milius (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius. (103 mins.)
 
80.
Shameless Propaganda (2013 Documentary)
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A profile of the World War II propaganda films of the National Film Board of Canada. (72 mins.)
Director: Robert Lower
 
81.
Altman (2014 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Mann
 
82.
Documenting John Grierson (2014 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Laurence Henson
 
83.
How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy (2014 Documentary)
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In the year 2000, Les Blank, along with co-filmmaker Gina Leibrecht, visited Richard Leacock (1921-2011) at his farm in Normandy... (64 mins.)
 
84.
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
 
85.
The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema (2014 Documentary)
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The Thanhouser Company was a trail-blazing studio based in New Rochelle, New York, where from 1910 to... (54 mins.)
Director: Ned Thanhouser
 
86.
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014 Documentary)
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A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau. (97 mins.)
Director: David Gregory