Best Documentary Movies of 1958


A Movie

7.0/10 IMDB

Bruce Conner's landmark experimental film consisting entirely of found footage edited to a new score.

Directed by: Bruce Conner
Release date: 1958-06-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Skyhook


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 : Bridges-Go-Round


6.9/10 IMDB

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
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Broadway by Light

Broadway by Light

7.3/10 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 : Spatiodynamisme


5.2/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : White Wilderness

White Wilderness

5.1/10 IMDB

A fabulous new adventure in exciting entertainment.

Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1958-08-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Journey Into Spring

Journey Into Spring

7.8/10 IMDB

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 the pioneering naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White (1720-1793), and the second studies the changing natural landscape near White's home town of Selborne in Hampshire between a typical March and May.

Starring: Stephen Murray ..
Directed by: Ralph Keene
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : The Days Before Christmas

The Days Before Christmas

7.2/10 IMDB

This short documentary depicts Christmastime in Montreal. The milling crowds, department store Santas, Brink's messengers, kindergarten angels and boisterous nightclubs all combine to make a vivid portrait of the holidays.

Directed by: Stanley Jackson, Wolf Koenig, Terence Macartney-Filgate
Release date: 1958-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Antarctic Crossing

Antarctic Crossing

6.9/10 IMDB

Film of the expedition.

Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1958 : Miss Thompson Goes Shopping

Miss Thompson Goes Shopping

5.9/10 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

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