Best Documentary Movies of 1946


Let There Be Light

7.5/10 IMDB

The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. Some returning combat veterans suffer scars that are more psychological than physical. This film follows patients and staff during their treatment. It deals with what would now be called PTSD, but at the time was categorised as psychoneurosis or shell-shock. Government officials deemed this 1946 film counterproductive to postwar efforts; it was not shown publicly until 1981.

Starring: Walter Huston ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1946-12-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Britain Can Make It, No. 1

Britain Can Make It, No. 1

7.0/10 IMDB

A look at how science is keeping British industry as high-tech and innovative as anywhere else in the world.

Directed by: Francis Gysin
Release date: 1946-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Seeds of Destiny

Seeds of Destiny

6.4/10 IMDB

Oscar winning postwar propaganda film in support of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Strident but poignant, focusing on children. The film surveys the Nazi/Japanese atrocities, post-war devastation and the early relief efforts. This film was responsible for raising over $200,000,000, making it a top moneymaking film.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1946-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : The Private Life of a Cat

The Private Life of a Cat

7.3/10 IMDB

Life of a domestic cat, filmed from a cat’s-eye view. This film was circulated in two versions: a silent version without narration and a somewhat longer sound version with a narration read by filmmaker Alexander Hammid’s then-wife, Maya Deren. Takes place over a period of months as the cat gives birth to a litter of kittens and she cares for them as they grow.

Starring: Maya Deren ..
Directed by: Alexander Hammid, Maya Deren
Release date: 1946-12-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Theirs Is the Glory

Theirs Is the Glory

7.1/10 IMDB

Re-enactment of World War 2 Battle of Arnhem using the survivors from the battle.

Starring: Stanley Maxted, Geoff van Rijssel, Allan Wood, Thomas Scullion, Leo Genn ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1946-10-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Reunion


7.1/10 IMDB

Live footage from concentration camps after the liberation, and the complex transport and lodging of masses of prisoners of war and other deported people back to their home countries, at the end of World War II.

Starring: Claude Roy ..
Directed by: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Banks, G. Krimsky
Release date: 1946-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Traffic with the Devil

Traffic with the Devil

6.5/10 IMDB

This "Theater of Life" series short looks at traffic problems in Los Angeles, California, as described and experienced by Sgt. Charles Reineke, a traffic enforcement officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Starring: Charles Reineke, Ben Hall, Ralph Montgomery, Jason Robards Sr., Gil Perkins ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1946-08-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : The Way We Live

The Way We Live

6.3/10 IMDB

Drama and documentary are combined in this stylish and ambitious film, in which 3000 local people took part. The film delves into the complexities of rebuilding a city, showing frustrations along the way as well as vivid scenes of family life in trying circumstances.

Starring: Peter Willes, Francis Lunt, Patsy Drake ..
Directed by: Jill Craigie
Release date: 1946-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Looking at London

Looking at London

6.4/10 IMDB

A colorful travelogue of London's most historic buildings and the residual damage still left from WWII.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1946-06-01

Visiting Vera Cruz

6.4/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short looks at the people, customs, and landmarks in Vera Cruz, the main port city of Mexico.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1946-03-16

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