Best Documentary Movies of 1961


Golden Gloves

7.8/10 IMDB

A classic NFB documentary about the Golden Gloves boxing tournament, the Canadian amateur's hope for success in the boxing world. This Gilles Groulx film shows three Montreal boxers in training. In behind-the-scenes interviews they talk about their ambitions and what prompted them to take up the sport. - NFB

Directed by: Gilles Groulx
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1961 : Terminus


7.1/10 IMDB

This fly on the wall-style documentary from 1961 won an Oscar for best documentary, and shows the changing patterns of human emotions during 24 hours in the life of Waterloo Station.

Starring: Peggy Ashcroft, Gertrude Dickin, Margaret Lacey, Matthew Perry, John Schlesinger ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1961-12-01

2n: A Story of the Power of Numbers

6.2/10 IMDB

2? is a story about the exponential growth of numbers raised to powers. Part of the Mathematica Peep Shows, one of five films made to accompany the Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond exhibition at the California Museum of Science and Industry and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1961-03-22

Antonio Gaudí

7.1/10 IMDB

A study of Antoni Gaudí's architecture (especially the Church of the Holy Trinity in Barcelona), his sources of inspiration and his influence on Picasso. (BFI)

Starring: Huw Wheldon ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1961-03-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1961 : Action J

Action J

6.9/10 IMDB

Compilation film, tracing the political career of Dr. Hans Globke, allegedly a former Nazi, now Secretary of State in West Germany.

Directed by: Walter Heynowski
Release date: 1961-01-01

They Took Us to The Sea

7.6/10 IMDB

Made for the NSPCC by the noted film director John Krish, They Took Us To The Sea follows a group of children taken by Inspectors of the NSPCC on an outing from Birmingham to Weston-Super Mare.

Directed by: John Krish
Release date: 1961-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1961 : Terres Noires

Terres Noires

6.7/10 IMDB

Pseudo-ethnological documents about two villages which, without roads and electricity, "stopped existing"

Starring: Françoise Vatel ..
Directed by: Luc Moullet
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1961 : Adventures on the New Frontier

Adventures on the New Frontier

6.4/10 IMDB

A look at the daily business of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with a focus on some of the political issues he faces six weeks into his term.

Starring: McGeorge Bundy, Paul B. Fay Jr., John Kenneth Galbraith, Arthur Goldberg, Richard Goodwin, Albert Gore Sr., Walter W. Heller, Hubert H. Humphrey, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Joseph Julian ..
Directed by: Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Kenneth Stilson
Release date: 1961-03-28

New York Lightboard Record

5.9/10 IMDB

New Yorkers watch as Norman McLaren's animated promotional film for Canadian tourism plays on the giant pixelboard overlooking Times Square. The caption below the board reads: "Canada... Wonderful World At Your Doorstep". McLaren himself is a member of the crowd.

Starring: Norman McLaren ..
Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1961 : Thassos


7.6/10 IMDB

Documentary about Thassos

Directed by: Takis Kanellopoulos
Release date: 1961-01-01

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