Best Documentary Movies of 1948


The Photographer

7.7/10 IMDB

1948 ARC Identifier 46998 / Local Identifier 306.131. FEATURES THE PERSONALITY, PHILOSOPHY, TECHNIQUES AND ARTISTRY OF EDWARD WESTON, AS SHOWN THROUGH SCENES OF THE ARTIST AT HOME, ON LOCATION AND AT WORK WITH HIS STUDENTS. U.S. Information Agency. (1982 - 10/01/1999) Made possible by a donation from Simon Phipps

Starring: Edward Weston, Mel Brandt ..
Directed by: Willard Van Dyke
Release date: 1948-07-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : Seal Island

Seal Island

7.5/10 IMDB

Seal Island is a 1948 American documentary film directed by James Algar. It won an Academy Award in 1949 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1948-12-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : Strange Victory

Strange Victory

7.2/10 IMDB

Strange Victory" is about racial bias in post World War II America. Folowing "Native Land" in Leo Hurwitz' filmography, it uses some of the same techniques: dramatized scenes interspersed with scenes of compilation news reel footage, and scenes of evocative imagery.

Starring: Alfred Drake, Muriel Smith, Gary Merrill, Saul Levitt, Virgil Richardson ..
Directed by: Leo Hurwitz
Release date: 1948-09-25

In the Street

6.8/10 IMDB

Images of street life in New York's Spanish Harlem during the 1940s.

Directed by: James Agee, Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb
Release date: 1948-12-31

The Secret Land

6.9/10 IMDB

This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large undertaking involving 13 ships and over 4000 thousand men. The fleet departed from Norfolk, Virginia traveling through the Panama canal and then southward to their final destination. The trip through the ice pack was fraught with danger and forced the submarine that was part of the fleet to withdraw. The trip was a success meeting all of its scientific goals.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Robert Taylor, Van Heflin ..
Directed by: Orville O. Dull
Release date: 1948-10-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport

XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport

6.5/10 IMDB

A documentary covering the 1948 Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and London, England.

Starring: Bill Stern, Ted Husing, John Snagge, Stewart MacPherson ..
Directed by: Castleton Knight
Release date: 1948-09-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : Going to Blazes!

Going to Blazes!

6.6/10 IMDB

This Theatre of Life series short, produced with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Fire Department, emphasizes fire safety and fire prevention. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at the switching system used to dispatch the proper equipment to fires, as well as a look at life in the fire station and fire fighter training. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, Two-Reel.

Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1948-01-01

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

6.8/10 IMDB

How, in November 1945, after the end of the World War II and the fall of the Third Reich, the international prosecutors participating in the first Nuremberg trial —formally, the International Military Tribunal— built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the films and records produced by the own regime, obsessed with documenting everything in its long path of infamy and crime.

Starring: Francis Biddle, Karl Dönitz, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Rudolf Heß, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler, Robert Jackson, Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels ..
Directed by: Stuart Schulberg
Release date: 1948-11-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : Toward Independence

Toward Independence

6.2/10 IMDB

Toward Independence is a 1948 American short documentary film about the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Directed by: George L. George
Release date: 1948-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : Meet the Pioneers

Meet the Pioneers

6.0/10 IMDB

Lindsay Anderson's first feature, a documentary about the origin and processes of the Richard Sutcliffe Limited underground-conveyor company.

Starring: Lindsay Anderson ..
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1948-06-01

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