Best Documentary Movies of 1957

1.

Rembrandt, Painter of Man

3.2
7.9/10 IMDB

In Rembrandt, Haanstra shows that it is possible to make a fascinating film only with images from paintings. He had to travel though all over Europe to numerous museums and private owners in order to film the works of art. In the work of the great painter, Haanstra recognizes his particular interest in man as an individual human being, cutting straight through all the religious motives. And Haanstra also wants to see Rembrandt as an individual.

Directed by: Bert Haanstra
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : After the Ball
2.

After the Ball

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

The life and loves of Music hall singer Vesta Tilley, who married into the nobility

Starring: Pat Kirkwood, Laurence Harvey, Jerry Stovin, Jerry Verno, Clive Morton, Marjorie Rhodes, Marjorie Rhodes, Ballard Berkeley, Margaret Sawyer, Franklyn Scott ..
Directed by: Compton Bennett
Release date: 1957-08-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : Every Day Except Christmas
3.

Every Day Except Christmas

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Every Day Except Christmas is a 37-minute documentary film filmed in 1957 at the Covent Garden fruit, vegetable and flower market, then located in the Covent Garden area of East central London. It was directed by Lindsay Anderson and produced by Karel Reisz and Leon Clore under the sponsorship of Ford of Britain, the first of the company's "Look At Britain" series.

Starring: Alun Owen ..
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1957-05-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : The Hunters
4.

The Hunters

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

An ethnographic film that documents the efforts of four !Kung men (also known as Ju/'hoansi or Bushmen) to hunt a giraffe in the Kalahari Desert of Namibia. The footage was shot by John Marshall during a Smithsonian-Harvard Peabody sponsored expedition in 1952–53. In addition to the giraffe hunt, the film shows other aspects of !Kung life at that time, including family relationships, socializing and storytelling, and the hard work of gathering plant foods and hunting for small game.

Starring: John Marshall ..
Directed by: John Marshall, Robert Gardner
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : One Potato, Two Potato
5.

One Potato, Two Potato

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A study of games played by London schoolchildren in the streets and playgrounds. The games range from the traditional to the contemporary.

Directed by: Leslie Daiken
Release date: 1957-06-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : Niok, The Orphan Elephant
6.

Niok, The Orphan Elephant

2.0
8.9/10 IMDB

Near the region of Angkor Watt, a group of children capture a baby elephant and are just growing attached to it when it is sold to a travelling safari. Pursuing the new owner, a boy manages to steal it back, and the children free it to return to its mother.

Directed by: Edmond Séchan
Release date: 1957-08-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : People Apart
7.

People Apart

1.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."

Directed by: Guy Brenton
Release date: 1957-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : Portugal
8.

Portugal

1.8
6.8/10 IMDB

This program looks at the people, history, culture and geography of: Portugal.

Release date: 1957-12-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : Search for Paradise
9.

Search for Paradise

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Cinerama documentary

Starring: Lowell Thomas ..
Directed by: Otto Lang
Release date: 1957-09-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : Brussels Loops
10.

Brussels Loops

1.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A collection of twenty short films, averaging 2-3 minutes, by various filmmakers depicting American life, intended to be shown in a continuous loop at the American Pavilion of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Some releases of the film include ten extra minutes of rough cuts.

Directed by: Shirley Clarke, D.A. Pennebaker, Wheaton Galentine, Richard Leacock, Jules Bucher, Charles F. Schwep, Martus Granirer, Leonard Stark, Andre Kaufman
Release date: 1957-01-01

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