Film Documentaries

A Cinema of Discontent

A Cinema of Discontent

Director: Jamsheed Akrami
Year: 2013

The international success of Iranian cinema over the past decades may have veiled the fact that Iranian filmmakers work under extremely harsh circumstances rarely seen in other national cinemas. Filmmaking in Iran is subject to tight government...

A Cinema of Discontent

A Walk With Kiarostami

A Walk With Kiarostami

Director: Jamsheed Akrami
Year: 2003

U.S.-based film professor Jamsheed Akrami talks to Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami in an inpromptu video interview, which offers a frank and funny view of Kiarostami rarely seen before. The interview was conducted over a span of two days during the...

A Walk With Kiarostami

American Grindhouse

American Grindhouse

Director: Elijah Drenner
Year: 2010

AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE explores the history of exploitation films. From the early “Nudie Cuties” to the Blaxploitation boom in the 70s,AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE boasts interviews with film critics Herschell Gordon Lewis, Joe Dante, Larry Cohen,...

American Grindhouse

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Director: Pamela B. Green
Year: 2019

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to...

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Before The Nickelodeon

Before The Nickelodeon

Director: Edwin S. Porter, Charles Musser
Year: 1982

Noted film historian Charles Musser co-wrote and directed this definitive tribute to Edwin S. Porter, the mechanic and cameraman for Thomas Edison, now recognized as a major contributor to the evolution of film structure. From the time of The Great...

Before The Nickelodeon

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Director: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade
Year: 2013

A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations...

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Billy Wilder Speaks

Billy Wilder Speaks

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Year: 2006

Billy Wilder Speaks is a lively lesson in filmmaking, from one of its undisputed masters.

Billy Wilder Speaks

Blank City

Blank City

Director: Céline Danhier
Year: 2011

BLANK CITY is an "absorbing snapshot of a daring time" (LA Times) when a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history.

Blank City

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Director: Alexandra Dean
Year: 2017

Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy Lamarr speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy t...

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Brakhage

Brakhage

Director: Jim Shedden
Year: 1999

Stan Brakhage (1933-2003) was possibly the most important filmmaker of the avant-garde, and one of the greatest artists of our time. From 1952, at the age of nineteen, until his death, Brakhage created more than 400 films, ranging in length from...

Brakhage

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Director: Angelina Maccarone
Year: 2011

THE LOOK features Charlotte Rampling in a series of reflective conversations with artists, friends, and one-time collaborators such as novelist Paul Auster and photographers Peter Lindbergh and Juergen Teller, revealing the personality and...

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

Director: David Gill, Kevin Brownlow
Year: 1993

Acclaimed three-part documentary tells the proud, sad story of D.W. Griffith: the man who first brought artistry and ambition to the movies, and then, having dragged a reluctant American film industry to international prominence, found it had no...

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Director: Bill Morrison
Year: 2017

This meditation on cinema’s past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Discovered buried under the permafrost in a former Canadia...

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Derek

Derek

Director: Isaac Julien
Year: 2008

Written and narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, this documentary blends vintage clips from Jarman's groundbreaking experimental works, never-before-seen footage from his films, and candid interviews shot shortly before his death in 1994.

Derek

Diva Dolorosa

Diva Dolorosa

Director: Peter Delpeut
Year: 1999

In this mesmerizing collage of silent Italian melodrama, found-footage filmmaker Peter Delpeut (Lyrical Nitrate) affectionately captures the spirit of the World War One-era cinema diva. In all-but-lost gems such as La donna nuda(1914), and Tigre...

Diva Dolorosa

Double Take

Double Take

Director: Johan Grimonprez
Year: 2009

Johan Grimonprez's ingenious documentary/ fiction hybrid - a meditation on identity, filmmaking, power and paranoia - looks at Alfred Hitchcock's 50s-60s films against the climate of Cold War anxiety. Using a meticulous array of archive footage and ...

Double Take

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Director: Eric P. Sharkey
Year: 2012

DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars movie posters.

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Edison: The Invention of the Movies

Edison: The Invention of the Movies

Director: (various), Alan Crosland
Year: 1891

An unprecedented collaboration of Kino International and the Museum of Modern Art, together with the Library of Congress. EDISON: THE INVENTION OF THE MOVIES is a four-disc box set featuring 140 complete Edison Co. films from 1891 to 1918, all...

Edison: The Invention of the Movies

Filmworker

Filmworker

Director: Tony Zierra
Year: 2018

After starring as Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon, Leon Vitali gave up his acting career to toil in obscurity as Stanley Kubrick’s devoted aide-de-camp. This candid, often funny, and sometimes shocking documentary offers a singular perspective...

Filmworker

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Director: Pip Chodorov
Year: 2010

This documentary provides a vivid introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: Avant-garde cinema. In its exploration of this expansive domain, FREE RADICALS privileges rare interviews with filmmaker...

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

Director: Jamsheed Akrami
Year: 2000

“Friendly Persuasion” examines the critical issues of Iranian cinema by framing several key questions and providing informed responses through commentary, scene analysis, and interviews with top Iranian filmmakers. The questions...

Friendly Persuasion

From Caligari to Hitler

From Caligari to Hitler

Year: 2014

A visually rich documentary that analyzes German Weimar cinema and its relation to the Fascist regime that followed.

From Caligari to Hitler

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Director: Sophie Huber
Year: 2013

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a personal documentary about the iconic actor in his intimate moments, with clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs.

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Hell's Highway (plus Signal 30, Highways of Agony, Options to Live)

Hell's Highway (plus Signal 30, Highways of Agony, Options to Live)

Director: Bret Wood
Year: 2002

This unique documentary recounts the history of the shock-value driver's education films that haunted American teens. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, these grisly movies used unflinching color footage of fatal accidents to scare young drivers.

Hell's Highway (plus Signal 30, Highways of Agony, Options to Live)

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque

Director: Jacques Richard
Year: 2005

Celebrates the man who cultivated cinema's future by protecting its past. "A MOVIEGOER'S TREAT AND A CINEPHILE'S DELIGHT!"- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque

A History of Israeli Cinema

A History of Israeli Cinema

Director: Raphael Nadjari
Year: 2009

Raphaël Nadjari’s extraordinary two-part documentary weaves together clips from more than 70 years of Israeli film with commentary from filmmakers, scholars and critics

A History of Israeli Cinema

Hitler's Hollywood

Hitler's Hollywood

Director: Rüdiger Suchsland
Year: 2018

This follow-up to From Caligari to Hitler traces the rise and fall of Nazi Germany through the cinema of the Third Reich: an explosion of lavish, escapist films celebrating a German utopia and subtly legitimizing a brutality that continues to haunt...

Hitler's Hollywood

The Magic of Melies

The Magic of Melies

Director: Georges Méliès
Year: 1904

Tribute is paid to the screen's first special effects wizard in this special collection of marvelously restored prints. In addition to more than a dozen of his early trompes l'oeil - such as Untamable Wiskers, Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer, and...

The Magic of Melies

Marlene

Marlene

Director: Maximillian Schell
Year: 1984

An Oscar nominee for Best Documentary and winner of the 1986 New York Film Critic's Circle non-fiction film prize, Marlene is a "portrait of a remarkably strong-willed woman, stage-managing her career right up to the bitter end" (New York Times) tha...

Marlene

Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism

Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism

Director: Virginie Despentes
Year: 2011

MUTANTES is a documentary about pro-sex feminism, a movement that seeks to redefine how we understand pornography and its role in media. Through interviews with sex workers, porn actresses, and other members of the sex industry, the film demystifies...

Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism

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