Best Documentary Movies of 1946
Seeds of Destiny
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.
Facing Your Danger
Part of Warner Bros.' The Sports Parade series, this short film chronicles the attempt by a group of men to navigate the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead. Led by Norman D. Nevills, nine men undertake a nineteen days trip in three specially built rowboats through the more than 200 rapids, some which run at 30 mph. Along the way, they see the remnants of previous expeditions, including wrecked boats and even a skeleton. They also visit abandoned Pueblo Indian cave dwellings.
Looking at London
A colorful travelogue of London's most historic buildings and the residual damage still left from WWII.
Traffic with the Devil
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.
Smart as a Fox
In this short film, a fox cub experiences life in the forest.
Deadline for Action
How left-wing labor unions engaged in political activism to combat corporate influence on the U.S. Congress in the years following World War II.
Land of Promise
Described as a 'film argument' about homes and houses, this film is in three parts showing houses as they were, houses as they are and houses as they might be.
Britain Can Make It, No. 1
A look at how science is keeping British industry as high-tech and innovative as anywhere else in the world.
A look at life in the Fenlands (a coastal, marshy plain in eastern England) in 1940's.
Glimpses of Guatemala
We begin at the sleepy port town of Livingstone, then journey up the Rio Dulce past forests of chicle. We stop to watch men tap the trees, harvest the sap, and load the product onto small planes. At a local market, we see indigenous life much as it's been for hundreds of years: Indians mix Catholicism with traditional practice, women live a difficult but uncomplaining life. Then it's back to the coast, to the prosperous Isla de Flores, a trading island. Lovely women sing us to the twilight, concluding our glimpses of Guatamala.