Documentary's about Film Making/Film Makersby fluffhead34 | created - 18 Apr 2011 | updated - 15 Mar 2017 | Public
These are documentary's from my collection that involve film making in some way. Some are about a single actor, director, etc.. others focus on a certain creative period, or a specific experience or event involving someone from the film community. There are many more doc's in this genre that I have yet to see but am well aware of. I will continue to add them as they become available to me.
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2. Burden of Dreams (1982)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »
3. Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991 TV Movie)
4. Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)
123 min | Documentary, Biography
The life and films of iconic producer. director, and actor Otto Preminger are depicted through clips from his films and interviews with co-workers.
American Experience (1988– )
The Battle Over Citizen Kane
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.
6. Destination Hitchcock: The Making of 'North by Northwest' (2000 Video)
40 min | Documentary, Short
Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the film's leading lady, this 40-minute documentary of Alfred Hitchcock's only M-G-M film combines interviews (Martin Landau, Patricia Hitchcock, production ... See full summary »
7. Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000 TV Movie)
85 min | Documentary, Biography
Lon Chaney, the silent movie star and makeup artist, renowned for his various characterizations and celebrated for his horror films, becomes the subject of this documentary.
8. Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001)
100 min | Documentary, Biography
The films, affairs and struggles of the iconic star of The Blue Angel as told by Rosemary Clooney, Roger Corman, Deanna Durbin and many more.
9. Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001 TV Movie)
57 min | Documentary, Biography
10. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography
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.
12. Cinerama Adventure (2002)
97 min | Documentary
A nostalgic and compelling look into the legendary three camera, three projector process that revolutionized motion pictures and led the industry into the widescreen era. Through actual ... See full summary »
13. Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)
R | 105 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »
Votes: 744 | Gross: $0.11M
15. The Tramp and the Dictator (2002)
56 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A look at the parallel lives of Charles Chaplin and Adolf Hitler and how they crossed with the creation of The Great Dictator (1940).
16. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
R | 138 min | Documentary
A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.
Votes: 2,386 | Gross: $0.03M
17. Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)
TV-PG | 132 min | Documentary, Biography
Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find ... See full summary »
18. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary
A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.
19. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary
Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.
21. So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (2004 TV Movie)
39 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary which explores movie comedian Buster Keaton's five years under contract at MGM, where personal problems and studio tyranny nearly destroyed him.
57 min | Documentary, Biography
This documentary explores the incredible life of Merian C. Cooper, from his time as a soldier and pilot in three different wars, to his exploits in Hollywood, as a director, producer and cinematic innovator.
25. Billy Wilder Speaks (2006 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary
Billy Wilder discusses his life and films in interviews filmed by Volker Schlondorff over two weeks in 1988.
26. Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 68 min | Documentary
Various film historians, film makers, and cultural commentators discuss the cultural, political, economic and religious reasons for what is known as the pre-code era of Hollywood movie ... See full summary »
27. Derek (2008)
76 min | Documentary
A film involving two courageous and innovative artists-one the subject and one the filmmaker-provides a cinematic journey that illuminates the work and enduring importance of the late Derek Jarman.
28. Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography
Chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks.
29. Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 77 min | Documentary
Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often ... See full summary »
30. Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008 TV Movie)
48 min | Documentary, Biography
A few years after his death, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) asks Jon Ronson to look through the contents of about 1,000 boxes of meticulously sorted materials Kubrick left. Ronson... See full summary »
32. Don't Expect Too Much (2011)
TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary
Drawing on Nicholas Ray's archive of never-before-seen film, video, and stills, his wife Susan investigates the questions of his work and the relationship forged by Ray between his life and... See full summary »
American Masters (1985– )
Woody Allen: A Documentary
Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.
34. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,042 | Gross: $0.02M
35. Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room (2012 Video)
58 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Documentary about an extraordinary lady, Diana Serra Cary. In the early 1920's she was one of Hollywood's first major child stars, Baby Peggy.
36. The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (2007 TV Movie)
57 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary filmography of Howard Hawks, including lengthy footage of Hawks himself discussing his films and many clips from his best-known pictures.
40. The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock (1973 TV Movie)
57 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at Alfred Hitchcock's films. The Master of Suspense himself, who is interviewed extensively here, shares stories including his deep-seated fear of policemen, elaborates on the ... See full summary »
41. Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood (2000 TV Movie)
56 min | Documentary, Biography
This documentary, first shown on the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, tells of the life and career of screenwriter Frances Marion. By the mid 1920s, she was the most respected and ... See full summary »
42. Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location (1971)
11 min | Short, Documentary
A behind the scenes look at the filming of the movie Shaft (1971). The movie's director, Gordon Parks is seen directing a couple of fight scenes which he wants to get in as few takes as ... See full summary »
46. Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)
20 min | Documentary, Short
A short documentary in which directors Werner Herzog and Errol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)
Birth of the Cinema
TV-PG | 64 min | Documentary, History
The Story of Film looks at the birth of cinema. It examines the period 1895-1918 where early film pioneers created the first moving pictures. It also look at the period 1903-1918 and the ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography
What is experimental film, and why is it called that? Artists and poet working in celluloid since before WWI have always found themselves in a no man's land. Excluded both from the art ... See full summary »
49. All Eyes on Sharon Tate (1967)
11 min | Documentary, Short, Biography