Best Documentary Movies of 1957

1.

Holiday

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

Lively holiday in Blackpool, with jazz accompaniment.

Starring: Robert Shaw ..
Directed by: John Taylor
Release date: 1957-07-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : Rembrandt, Painter of Man
2.

Rembrandt, Painter of Man

3.2
7.8/10 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
3.

On the Bowery

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

A mix of documentary and scripted footage on the Bowery, New York City's skid row. Against a backdrop of men (and a few women) drinking in bars, talking and arguing, and sleeping on sidewalks, we have the story of Ray.

Starring: Gorman Hendricks, Frank Matthews, Ray Salyer ..
Directed by: Lionel Rogosin
Release date: 1957-03-18
4.

N.Y., N.Y.

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A day in the life of the city and citizens of New York as seen through the fantastic eye, and the incredibly distorted optic lenses, of filmmaker Francis Thompson.

Directed by: Francis Thompson
Release date: 1957-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : After the Ball
5.

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
6.

Nice Time

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A montage of the night-life of Piccadilly Circus across the hours, from early evening to the last lingering passers-by.

Directed by: Claude Goretta, Alain Tanner
Release date: 1957-05-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1957 : Every Day Except Christmas
7.

Every Day Except Christmas

2.8
6.8/10 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
8.

The Hunters

2.8
7.2/10 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
9.

One Potato, Two Potato

2.7
6.6/10 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
10.

Rhythm

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Intended as a publicity film for Chrysler, Rhythm uses rapid editing to speed up the assembly of a car, synchronizing it to African drum music. The sponsor was horrified by the music and suspicious of the way a worker was shown winking at the camera; although Rhythm won first prize at a New York advertising festival, it was disqualified because Chrysler had never given it a television screening. P. Adams Sitney wrote, “Although his reputation has been sustained by the invention of direct painting on film, Lye deserves equal credit as one of the great masters of montage.” And in Film Culture, Jonas Mekas said to Peter Kubelka, “Have you seen Len Lye’s 50-second automobile commercial? Nothing happens there…except that it’s filled with some kind of secret action of cinema.” - Harvard Film Archive

Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1957-01-01

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