Best Documentary Movies of 1952

1.

This Is Cinerama

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

This is Cinerama is a 1952 full-length film designed to introduce the then-new widescreen process Cinerama, which broadens the aspect ratio so the viewer's peripheral vision is involved. This is Cinerama premiered on 30 September 1952 at the New York Broadway theatre, in New York City. The film includes scenes of the roller coaster from Rockaways' Playland, then moves on to a scene of the temple dance from Aida, views of Niagara Falls, a Viennese choir, scenes of the canals of Venice, a military tattoo in Edinburgh, a bullfight, more from Aida, a sound demonstration in stereo, scenes from the amusement park in Cypress Gardens, Florida for a water skiing sequence, and the playing of America the Beautiful as scenes are shown from the nose of a low flying B-25.

Starring: Lowell Thomas ..
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1952-09-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1952 : The Station
2.

The Station

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A day in the life of a train station.

Directed by: Valerio Zurlini
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1952 : Wakefield Express
3.

Wakefield Express

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Documentary about the production of a small town weekly newspaper from reporting to printing.

Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1952 : Water Birds
4.

Water Birds

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Documentary on Water Birds Academy Award in 1953 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel)

Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1952-06-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1952 : Alchimie
5.

Alchimie

2.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The film is a short documentary about alchemical engravings.

Directed by: Jean Grémillon
Release date: 1952-09-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1952 : A Portrait of Ga
6.

A Portrait of Ga

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

The 'Ga' of the title refers to the film maker's mother. The film gathers together this elderly lady's everyday actions to offer an abstract insight into her life. Margaret Tait described this film as follows: 'My mother seemed a good subject for a portrait, (she was there), and I thought it offered a chance to do a sort of 'abstract film', in the sense that it didn't have what you might call 'the grammar of film'. It's mostly discontinuous shots linked just by subject, in one case by colour, only rarely by movement'.

Directed by: Margaret Tait
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1952 : Duck and Cover
7.

Duck and Cover

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Instructional short aimed at school-aged children of the early 1950s that combines animation and live-action footage with voice-over narration to explain what to do to increase their chances of surviving the blast from an atomic bomb.

Starring: Robert Middleton ..
Directed by: Anthony Rizzo
Release date: 1952-01-07
8.

Cruise of the Zaca

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Actor Erroll Flynn takes a group of scientists from the California Institute of Oceanography on an expedition to the South Seas aboard his schooner, The Zaca.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Carl L. Hubbs, Laura Hubbs, Theodore Flynn, John Decker, Howard Hill, Nora Eddington ..
Directed by: Errol Flynn
Release date: 1952-12-06
9.

Operation Ivy

2.4
7.3/10 IMDB

A short produced by the US government about the development of the hydrogen bomb leading up to its testing and explosion over Bikini Atoll.

Starring: Reed Hadley ..
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1952 : Three Installations
10.

Three Installations

2.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Early Lindsay Anderson industrial film promoting Sutcliffe's conveyors. Three different uses of Sutcliffe's conveyor installations.

Starring: Lindsay Anderson ..
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1952-02-01

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