Best Documentary Movies of 1956
A tour of the Disneyland theme park.
Aluminum on the March
This short film presented by the Reynolds Metals Company details how aluminum is manufactured and illustrates the seemingly endless uses of this versatile product.
Secrets of Life
A feature-length documentary showing the changing world of nature, the sky, the sea, the sun, planets, insects and volcanic action. A story of nature's strange and intricate designs for survival and her many methods of perpetuating life.
The Plausible Impossible
Walt Disney explains some of the techniques of animation, and includes for the first time the pencil test footage of the "Soup Eating Sequence" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Walt references a book called "The Art of Animation" which shows a technique that is used in animated cartoons that dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.
The Animal World
A documentary showcasing the world's many different animal species, both past and present.
Momma Don't Allow
A night at the Wood Green Jazz Club - an example of 'Free Cinema'.
*A Moment in Love*
A couple in love interacts across a multitude of environments.
Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers
Interviews and documentary footage combine with the fictional story of an air-force pilot who encounters aliens.
Crashing the Water Barrier
The story of Donald Campbell, son of the late Sir Malcolm Campbell, British champion auto-racer, and his efforts to survive driving a jet-powered boat at record speeds on Lake Meade, Nevada. After a number of failures at breaking the water-speed record of 216 mph, Campbell and his boat, the 'Bluebird', set a new record by, at times, breaking 250 mph.
The minutiae of daily life on Edinburgh's Rose Street in the fifties is presented in this impressionistic documentary piece.