Best Documentary Movies of 1959


Window Water Baby Moving

7.6/10 IMDB

On a winter's day, a woman stretches near a window then sits in a bathtub of water. She's happy. Her lover is nearby; there are close ups of her face, her pregnant belly, and his hands caressing her. She gives birth: we see the crowning of the baby's head, then the birth itself; we watch a pair of hands tie off and cut the umbilical cord. With the help of the attending hands, the mother expels the placenta. The infant, a baby girl, nurses. We return from time to time to the bath scene. By the end, dad's excited; mother and daughter rest.

Starring: Stan Brakhage, Myrrena Brakhage, Jane Brakhage ..
Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1959-08-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Glenn Gould: On The Record

Glenn Gould: On The Record

8.0/10 IMDB

This short documentary (the second of two parts) follows Glenn Gould to New York City. There, we see the renowned Canadian concert pianist kidding the cab driver, bantering with sound engineers at Columbia Records, and then, alone with the piano, fastidiously recording Bach's Italian Concerto.

Starring: Glenn Gould, Howard Scott, Stanley Jackson ..
Directed by: Roman Kroitor, Wolf Koenig
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Cuban Story

Cuban Story

6.3/10 IMDB

Cuban Story: The Truth about Fidel Castro Revolution is a 1959 film documentary narrated by Errol Flynn, and the last known performance work of his career.

Starring: Errol Flynn ..
Release date: 1959-07-08

Signal 30

6.7/10 IMDB

The results of serious traffic accidents caused by careless driving are displayed. One of several Driver's Education films produced by Highway Safety Films, filmed at actual auto accident scenes and consisting largely of color closeups of mangled accident victims.

Directed by: Richard Wayman
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat

7.3/10 IMDB

This final True-Life Adventure would also appear to be one of the best, as we go into the South American jungle to observe the jaguar. Jungle Cat is more intimate than its kin, allowing individual animal characters to be developed. Central to the cast is a pair of jaguars (one ebony), whose fighting leads to love and, not long after, two babies (one resembling each parent).

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Refuge England

Refuge England

7.3/10 IMDB

Short drama-documentary showing the first day in England of a Hungarian refugee.

Starring: Tibor Molnár ..
Directed by: Robert Vas
Release date: 1959-03-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Rhapsody of Steel

Rhapsody of Steel

6.6/10 IMDB

Animated industrial movie about the steel industry.

Starring: Gary Merrill ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1959-12-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Mysteries of the Deep

Mysteries of the Deep

8.2/10 IMDB

Mysteries of the Deep is a 1959 Disney nature documentary short film. Though not an official True-Life Adventures film, it did accompany the release of The Vanishing Prairie and was included on the Walt Disney Legacy Collection's True Life Adventures releases as a bonus feature. It is narrated by Winston Hibler. The film is a panorama of animals inhabiting the sea near the coast: dolphins, sharks, whales, crabs, rays and fish of all kinds.

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Come Back, Africa

Come Back, Africa

7.1/10 IMDB

Come Back, Africa chronicles the life of Zachariah, a black South African living under the rule of the harsh apartheid government in 1959.

Starring: Miriam Makeba, Vinah Makeba, Zachria Makeba, Molly Parkin ..
Directed by: Lionel Rogosin
Release date: 1959-09-01

I Am a Litter Basket

7.2/10 IMDB

A litter basket muses on the failure of people to feed it at a busy mainline railway station.

Directed by: James Ritchie
Release date: 1959-01-01

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