Best Documentary Movies of 1958


The Incredible Turk

9.0/10 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


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 : Journey Into Spring

Journey Into Spring

7.8/10 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 : Bridges-Go-Round


6.8/10 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

Orson Welles at Large: Portrait of Gina

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

Between the Tides

7.3/10 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

Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich

7.6/10 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

The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler

6.5/10 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 : Ama Girls

Ama Girls

6.7/10 IMDB

Oscar winning documentary short from 1958

Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1958-07-09

Living in a Reversed World

5.8/10 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

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