Best Documentary Movies of 1960
Nominated for an Academy Award, this live-action short film playfully chronicles the construction of the Tishman Building at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Jazz on a Summer's Day
Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place.
When Comedy Was King
A compilation featuring comedic stars of the silent era including Fatty Arbuckle, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Charley Chase, and Laurel and Hardy.
Primary is a documentary film about the primary elections between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey in 1960. Primary is the first documentary to use light equipment in order to follow their subjects in a more intimate filmmaking style. This unconventional way of filming created a new look for documentary films where the camera’s lens was right in the middle of what ever drama was occuring.
A House in Bayswater
A personal and nostalgic film about an apartment building in Bayswater, where Russell once lived, and about the residents who inhabited it. The building is demolished to make way for an unattractive and bland office.
Stone Into Steel
Describes the activities of the Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company in Scunthorpe, the largest unit in the United Steel group. Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."
Return to Life
A refugee family comes to terms with living in England and adjusting to a new language and culture. Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."
Gala Day at Disneyland
The gala dedication ceremonies at the opening of three new major attractions at Disneyland—Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage, and the new Monorail—include a parade down Main Street with appearances by Walt and Roy Disney and members of their families, along with Vice President Richard Nixon and family, and numerous film stars. The celebrations end at night with a fireworks display.
Way Stations in Space
This educational film explains how Earth-orbiting space platforms and lunar bases ("way stations") will serve a key role in the exploration of our solar system.
Documentary on the bull fights in Salamanca that commemorate the ending of the payment of tribute to the Duke of Alba in 1852.