Best Documentary Movies of 1963


Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination

7.7/10 IMDB

President John F. Kennedy is shown riding in an open-top car with his wife and several others, waving at crowds on the sidewalk. He is hit by a bullet and clutches his throat as the others react with surprise. Another shot hits Kennedy in the head and he collapses. A Secret Service agent runs up to the car, and Mrs. Kennedy climbs onto the trunk to pull him aboard as the car speeds away.

Starring: Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy ..
Directed by: Abraham Zapruder
Release date: 1963-11-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1963 : Zapruder Film of the Kennedy Assassinaton

Zapruder Film of the Kennedy Assassinaton

7.7/10 IMDB

The Zapruder Film is a silent 8mm color motion picture sequence shot by Abraham Zapruder with a Bell & Howell camera, as United States President John F. Kennedy's motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Unexpectedly, Zapruder's camera ended up capturing the President's assassination. In 1994, the Zapruder film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry.

Starring: John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, Clint Hill ..
Directed by: Abraham Zapruder
Release date: 1963-11-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1963 : Dog Star Man: Part II

Dog Star Man: Part II

6.5/10 IMDB

A man, accompanied by a dog, struggles through snow on a mountain side. We see film stock blister; drawn square shapes appear. Then, we see an infant's face. The images of struggling climber, baby, blurred film stock, large snow flakes, and what may be microscopic details of matter are superimposed on each other, one dominating the frame briefly to be replaced by another. As the man falls in the snow and tries to regain his feet, the baby continues to appear, first with eyes closed. Alternately, images rush by - montages of paper cutouts and life under a microscope.

Starring: Stan Brakhage ..
Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1963-01-09

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

7.8/10 IMDB

During a two-day period before and after the University of Alabama integration crisis, the film uses five camera crews to follow President John F. Kennedy, attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, Alabama governor George Wallace, deputy attorney general Nicholas Katzenbach and the students Vivian Malone and James Hood. As Wallace has promised to personally block the two black students from enrolling in the university, the JFK administration discusses the best way to react to it, without rousing the crowd or making Wallace a martyr for the segregationist cause.

Starring: John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Vivian Malone, James Hood, James Lipscomb ..
Directed by: Robert Drew
Release date: 1963-10-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1963 : The Coast

The Coast

7.4/10 IMDB

A poetic documentary observation of everyday life in a Latvian fishing village, where centuries-old traditions and wind-hardened men and women live alongside the optimism of new construction and the smiling faces of the new generation.

Directed by: Aivars Freimanis
Release date: 1963-10-24

The Human Dutch

7.8/10 IMDB

Bert Haanstra paints a portrait of The Netherlands and the Dutch, in his own unparalleled manner. Partly with the aid of a hidden camera he observes people in the most diverse situations. He shows the unusual in the usual and the usual in the unusual. The harsh years of the post war era of reconstruction have passed and for most people life is better than before.

Starring: Simon Carmiggelt, Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Bert Haanstra
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1963 : Hollywood Without Make-Up

Hollywood Without Make-Up

7.3/10 IMDB

A collection of behind the scenes and home movies from the golden age of Hollywood.

Starring: Ken Murray, Eddie Albert, June Allyson, George K. Arthur, Mary Astor, Lew Ayres, Max Baer, Lucille Ball, Richard Barthelmess, Rex Bell ..
Directed by: Rudy Behlmer, Loring d'Usseau
Release date: 1963-07-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1963 : Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World

Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World

6.5/10 IMDB

The acclaimed poet is examined in this film completed just prior to his death at age 88, with his speaking engagements at Amherst and Sarah Lawrence Colleges intercut with studies of his work, as well as with scenes of his life in rural Vermont and personal reminiscences about his career. He is also seen receiving an award from President Kennedy and touring an aircraft carrier.

Directed by: Shirley Clarke
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1963 : Ecco


5.4/10 IMDB

A documentary highlighting some of the oddest, strangest and more grotesque examples of human behavior. Included are a tour of the Grand Guignol theater in Paris, a man who sticks long needles through his body, footage of reindeer being castrated, and more footage of lesbians and strippers

Starring: George Sanders, Rita Renoir, Laura Betti, Michel Simon, Reg Lewis, Klaus-RĂ¼diger Landowsky, Yvon Yva, Marcella Ruffini ..
Directed by: Gianni Proia
Release date: 1963-11-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1963 : Snow


7.0/10 IMDB

Comprising train and track footage quickly shot just before a heavy winter's snowfall was melting, the multi-award-winning classic that emerged from the cutting-room compresses British Rail's dedication to blizzard-battling into a thrilling eight-minute montage cut to music. Tough-as-boots workers struggling to keep the line clear are counterpointed with passengers' buffet-car comforts. (BFI)

Directed by: Geoffrey Jones
Release date: 1963-01-01

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