Best Documentary Movies of 1958

1.

The Incredible Turk

3.5
8.9/10 IMDB

This film is about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the modernization of the Turkish Republic.

Starring: Walter Cronkite, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ..
Release date: 1958-07-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Skyhook
2.

Skyhook

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Use of a helicopter to transport an oil-drilling rig to a prospecting site deep in the New Guinea jungle.

Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1958-01-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Grand Canyon
3.

Grand Canyon

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Grand Canyon is a 1958 American short documentary film directed by James Algar and produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is a pictorial interpretation of Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite. Grand Canyon is one of Walt Disney's more unconventional and experimental works, as it has musical accompaniment, but no dialogue or narration. The short won an Oscar at the 31st Academy Awards in 1959 for Best Short Subject (Live Action).

Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1958-09-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Journey Into Spring
4.

Journey Into Spring

3.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Journey into Spring is a 1958 British short documentary film directed by Ralph Keene, and made by British Transport Films. The film -- partly a tribute to the work of the pioneering naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White (1720-1793), author of The Natural History of Selborne -- features a commentary by the poet Laurie Lee, and camerawork by the wildlife cinematographer Patrick Carey. The journey suggested by the title is through time rather than space. In fact, two such journeys are made: the first back to the eighteenth century to pay tribute to the work of White, and the second studies the changing natural landscape near White's home town of Selborne in Hampshire between a typical March and May. It was nominated for two Academy Awards -- one for Best Documentary Short, and the other for Best Live Action Short.

Starring: Stephen Murray ..
Directed by: Ralph Keene
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Broadway by Light
5.

Broadway by Light

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

William Klein’s first film is an impressionistic study of late-fifties Broadway, an ominous city-symphony lit by bright flickering light. Orson Welles would delcare it "the first film I've seen in which colour was absolutely necessary".

Directed by: William Klein
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Bridges-Go-Round
6.

Bridges-Go-Round

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

New York City's various bridges transform into an urban jungle (jazz version) or an alien landscape (electro-acoustic version).

Directed by: Shirley Clarke
Release date: 1958-04-25
7.

Orson Welles at Large: Portrait of Gina

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

1958 documentary film by Orson Welles. It was funded by ABC TV. Around 30 minutes long, it follows a similar style to F for Fake and The Fountain of Youth.

Starring: Orson Welles, Gina Lollobrigida, Vittorio De Sica, Valerie Anna Gruber, Paola Mori ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Between the Tides
8.

Between the Tides

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Between the Tides is a 1958 short documentary directed by Ralph Keene for British Transport Films.It is a study of the animal and plant life of Britain's shores. The film show the fascinating and colourful marine life of shoreline and rock pool, filmed in the inter-tidal zone of a typical and attractive rocky shore of southwest England. The amazing diversity of creatures must be seen to be believed; periwinkles, top-shells, starfish and lump suckers, the self-concealing flatfish, the gaper and razor fish and the commuting and breeding seabirds. Beautifully photographed in glorious Technicolor by resident cameraman Ron Craigen, the film was awarded fifteen international film honours, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Starring: Stephen Murray ..
Directed by: Ralph Keene
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich
9.

Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich

2.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Windjammer, the first presentation in CINEMIRACLE, is the record of a training cruise of the full-rigged S/S Christian Radich from Oslo across the Atlantic, through the Caribbean, to New York and back home again.

Starring: Bjørn Amvik, Arne Andersen, Per Antonsen, Niels Arntsen, Pau Casals, Arild Kristo ..
Directed by: Louis De Rochemont, Bill Colleran
Release date: 1958-04-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Ama Girls
10.

Ama Girls

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Oscar winning documentary short from 1958

Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1958-07-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Living Stereo
11.

Living Stereo

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A promotional film touting RCA Victor's new stereo Victrola while introducing viewers to the science behind the sound made from stereophonic phonograph records.

Release date: 1958-01-01
12.

The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

1950's television documentary special that includes interviews with Hitler's sister Paula Wolf and a fellow prisoner who was incarcerated with Hitler, actual footage shot by the Nazi's and Eva Braun's rare home movies.

Release date: 1958-08-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Antarctic Crossing
13.

Antarctic Crossing

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Film of the expedition.

Release date: 1958-01-01
14.

Living in a Reversed World

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Fascinating -- and unintentionally funny -- experiments at Austria's famed Institute for Experimental Psychology involve a subject who for several weeks wears special glasses that reverse right and left and up and down. Unexpectedly, these macabre and somehow surrealist experiments reveal that our perception of these aspects of vision is not of an optical nature and cannot be relied on, while the unfortunate, Kafkaesque subject stubbornly struggles through a morass of continuous failures.

Starring: James J. Gibson ..
Directed by: Ivo Kohler, Theodor Wrismann
Release date: 1958-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Spatiodynamisme
15.

Spatiodynamisme

2.4
5.1/10 IMDB

Spatiodynamisme is six-minute silent color 16mm record of Nicolas Schöffer’s interactive robotic sculpture, CYSP 1, which reacted in unpredictable ways to light and color.

Directed by: Nicolas Schöffer, Tinto Brass
Release date: 1958-04-25
16.

White Wilderness

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

A fabulous new adventure in exciting entertainment.

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1958-08-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Slippery When Wet
17.

Slippery When Wet

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Surfers Henry Ford, Freddy Pfhaler, Kemp Aaberg, Del Cannon, and Dick Thomas decide to leave California so they can embark on a dream trip to Hawaii. While in Hawaii the carefree quintet ride all kinds of waves at various top Hawaiian surfing spots and live together in a rundown shack on the North Shore of Oahu on only a hundred dollars a day.

Starring: Bruce Brown ..
Directed by: Bruce Brown
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Police
18.

Police

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The misbehaving public performs for the camera in a half-hour miscellany of misdeeds. In a behind-the-scenes look at the hour-by-hour operation of a large metropolitan police force, this film presents a fair sampling of what keeps Toronto's police officers busy twenty-four hours a day.

Directed by: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Release date: 1958-01-01
19.

Giant Load

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A 200-ton transformer is moved by road from Hayes, Middlesex, to Iver, Bucks. Behind the story of the journey there is another tale: the problems which had to be solved before the task could be undertaken. This background story is told by the voices of those responsible for the various aspects of the operation, until the transformer is placed within a 'bee's wing' of its intended position.

Directed by: Ronald Craigen
Release date: 1958-01-02
20.

Birthright

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Birthright, which presents the work of the Family Planning Association, is a valuable record of the organisation of contraception and fertility services before the introduction of the contraceptive pill. But, more than this, in its filmmaking style it conveys much about the social attitudes of this era, and the spirit in which those services were conceived and delivered.

Starring: Margaret Rawlings ..
Directed by: Sarah Erulkar
Release date: 1958-01-02
21.

6 1/2 Magic Hours

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A celebration of transatlantic commercial jet travel: 6.5 hours from New York to London. Columbus took two months, Lindbergh took 33 hours, but by 1954, Pan-Am's Boeing 707 Jet Clipper flew 575 miles per hour at 35,000 feet, crossing the ocean in less than seven hours with twice as many passengers as prop planes. The flight begins at a new terminal at Idlewild; cargo and mail go on first; the flight is comfortable, vibration and anxiety free, with good food, capacious restrooms, and little noise. The result is a more restful flight and more time at one's destination. After a preview of London, the film ends with a quick visit to Paris, only seven hours from New York.

Release date: 1958-01-01
22.

A Day in June

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

This short documentary profiles Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parade in Montreal in 1959. The annual parade takes place every June 24th in memory of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the patron saint of Québec. Candid shots of youngsters preparing their costumes for the festivities are partnered with a lively jazz soundtrack. All the Montrealers and out-of-town tourists featured in this film avidly participate in a public festivity that is dear to their hearts.

Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : T Is for Tumbleweed
23.

T Is for Tumbleweed

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

T Is for Tumbleweed is a 1958 English-language short film directed by Louis Clyde Stoumen, starring Anne Lockhart. It features some tumbleweed that moves through a small town in the desert and interacts with people and animals.

Starring: Anne Lockhart ..
Directed by: Louis Clyde Stoumen
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant
24.

The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes look at the building of the bridge in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and the preparations for its destruction.

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sam Spiegel, David Lean, Sessue Hayakawa, Bob Marcato ..
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Behind the Great Wall
25.

Behind the Great Wall

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A travelogue of China.

Directed by: Carlo Lizzani
Release date: 1958-06-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Miss Thompson Goes Shopping
26.

Miss Thompson Goes Shopping

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Adaptation of Martin Armstrong's poem about an elderly lady who becomes perturbed by something we can't see. It becomes apparent that she is looking for her past, lost in a memory or the clutches of nostalgia. Miss Thompson's shopping trip to town is in chaotic contrast to the tranquil nature of her lonely home, which on return seems like paradise.

Directed by: David Gladwell
Release date: 1958-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : My Milkman, Joe
27.

My Milkman, Joe

1.1
4.7/10 IMDB

Educational short film featuring a milkman and his puppet

Starring: Earl Reum, Phyllis Woodworth, Bob Davidson, John V. Connors ..
Release date: 1958-01-01
28.

Schlieren

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A documentary feature explaining the principles of Schlieren photography, which makes any phenomenon that changes the refractive index of transparent substances visible.

Directed by: Peter De Normanville
Release date: 1958-01-01
29.

Jabulani Afrika

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A BAFTA award nominated documentary featuring native African musicians and dancers.

Directed by: Jamie Uys, Jok Uys
Release date: 1958-01-01
30.

Coventry Cathedral

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A documentary feature with Basil Spence explaining, with the aid of a model, the concepts behind the design of the new Coventry Cathedral to replace the one destroyed during WWII.

Starring: Basil Spence, Collegium Musicum Londinii, The London Bach Group ..
Directed by: Dudley Shaw Ashton
Release date: 1958-01-01
31.

Wonders of Chicago

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A BAFTA award nominated documentary taking a satirically narrated look at the "Windy City".

Starring: George Jessel ..
Directed by: Harry Foster
Release date: 1958-04-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : A Foreign Language
32.

A Foreign Language

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This film observes, in a Montréal public school, the teaching of English to immigrant children. To thousands of children arriving in Canada from Greece, Italy, France, Germany or Japan, English is "a foreign language." Under able coaching they begin to understand and even enjoy the vagaries of the English language.

Directed by: Stanley Jackson
Release date: 1958-01-01
33.

The Forerunner

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A BAFTA award documentary about the threats of floods in Australia, the special water schemes devised and the forerunner of these projects, the Snowy Mountains scheme.

Directed by: John Heyer
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Memory of Summer
34.

Memory of Summer

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

An attempt to recapture the magic of childhood as the cameras follow children at play.

Directed by: Stanley Jackson
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Sorcerers' Village
35.

Sorcerers' Village

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Documentary film recounting the travels of Captain Hassoldt Davis and his wife, Ruth Staudinger Davis, across the Ivory Coast. The Davises filmed their exploits, seeking out in particular evidence of the beginnings and native practices of witchcraft and sorcery, and culminating in a visit to the village of YHO, ostensibly a village of sorcerers.

Starring: Hassoldt Davis, Burgess Meredith, Ruth Staudinger Davis ..
Directed by: Hassoldt Davis
Release date: 1958-07-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : The Hidden World
36.

The Hidden World

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Hidden World is a 1958 American science documentary film produced by Robert Snyder and narrated by Gregory Peck. The film is about insects. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Starring: Gregory Peck ..
Directed by: Robert H. Crandall
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Psychiatric Nursing
37.

Psychiatric Nursing

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Psychiatric Nursing: The Nurse-Patient Relationship is a 1958 American documentary film directed by Lee R. Bobker. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Directed by: Lee R. Bobker
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : The Great Achievement
38.

The Great Achievement

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A documentary about New Zealanders in Antarctica: researching International Geophysical Year, and supporting the Trans-Antarctic Expedition by laying supply depots for Vivian Fuchs’ overland crossing.

Starring: Edmund Hillary, Peter Latham, Peter Read ..
Release date: 1958-09-09
39.

People Like Maria

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A BAFTA award nominated documentary paying tribute to the World Health Organisation on it's tenth anniversary in 1958.

Directed by: Henry Watt
Release date: 1958-01-01
40.

Sevilla Penitente

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

First colour documentary about Seville's Holy Week, filmed for NO-DO

Starring: Fernando Rey ..
Directed by: Christian Anwander
Release date: 1958-03-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Good Citizen
41.

Good Citizen

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The film shows how if people in the village act as good citizens, villages are sure to undergo transformation for the better.

Starring: S.N. Seth ..
Directed by: Ram Gabale
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Hinein!
42.

Hinein!

0.0
6.6/10 IMDB

The 1958 finals, held in Sweden, saw the emergence of a new superstar in Pelé. This 17 year-old wonder player led the Brazilians to a final triumph over the host nation 5-2.

Starring: Herbert Zimmermann, Heribert Meisel, Heinz Gottschalk, Steve Hudson ..
Directed by: Sammy Drechsel
Release date: 1958-06-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : The Railroad Story
43.

The Railroad Story

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The story of the railroad in Illinois and the train's role in moving product out of the states to the rest of America.

Release date: 1958-01-01
44.

Vues animées de l'Atelier et Collection Richard Winther

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

An overview of the art collection of Richard Winther.

Directed by: Richard Winther
Release date: 1958-09-01
45.

Islands of the Frozen Sea

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This short documentary offers a look at the life forms on the Queen Elizabeth Islands within the Arctic Circle. Even in this frigid zone of icebergs and glaciers a surprising variety of wildlife and vegetation is seen. Writings from the logbooks of early explorers provide vivid descriptions of scenes as arresting to them in their century as to today's explorer.

Directed by: Dalton Muir, Hugh O'Connor, Strowan Robertson
Release date: 1958-01-01
46.

Ergot: The Story of a Parasitic Fungus

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This educational film is an introduction to the ergot fungus, including lifecycle, cultivation, medicinal uses, and toxic effects. The film also summarises methods for the chemical extraction of ergoline compounds.

Starring: Henry H. Dale ..
Release date: 1958-01-01
47.

Country Threshing

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This short documentary records the rural sights and sounds of the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The day of the big stationary threshing machine is almost over, as the machine is pushed into obscurity by the combine harvester. But there are still parts of Canada where crops are gathered in the old-fashioned way as the men work out in the fields and the women manage the kitchen. This film offers a rare and charming glimpse into mid-20th-century rural and family life in Canada.

Directed by: Wolf Koenig
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Wales
48.

Wales

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Wales prides herself in her wealth of natural resources, foundries, mills, and factories. Beyond this modern facade lies another treasure—a rich historical background and ancient lore. The great granite fortresses still remain as reminders that from the struggle and strife was born a pure and distinctive national culture.

Directed by: Geoffrey Foot
Release date: 1958-06-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Scotland
49.

Scotland

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Scotland is a country of three distinct regions—the highlands, the islands, and the lowlands. These regions are examined, showing how the isolated people contact the outside world with their use of channel boats called “Puffers,” how they observe the customs of the seasons, and how the various clans and regiments celebrate their history at the Edinburgh Festival.

Directed by: Geoffrey Foot
Release date: 1958-06-11
50.

Day-to-Day Track Maintenance Part II: Switches & Crossings

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Continuing the study of the normal tasks performed by a permanent-way gang, this film deals with the maintenance of switches, common crossings and obtuse crossings. These are the fundamental units from which all track layouts, however complicated are built up.

Directed by: C. David Lochner
Release date: 1958-01-02

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