Best Documentary Movies of 1964


The T.A.M.I. Show

8.4/10 IMDB

Hailed by one music reviewer as "the grooviest, wildest, slickest hit ever to pound the screen," "The T.A.M.I. Show" is an unrelenting rock spectacular starring some of the greatest pop performers of the 60s. These top recording idols - representing the musical moods of London, Liverpool, Hollywood and Detroit - packed the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with 2,600 screaming fans and virtually brought down the house. This is the cinematic record of that electrifying event.

Starring: The Barbarians, Chuck Berry, The Blossoms, James Brown, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Lesley Gore, Jan & Dean, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes ..
Directed by: Steve Binder
Release date: 1964-12-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : The Pink Auto

The Pink Auto

6.7/10 IMDB

The Pink Auto, screened using two projectors, is one of the very first examples of expanded cinema. Jeff Keen walks as a zombie and carry his dead bride through brown English fields.

Directed by: Jeff Keen
Release date: 1964-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : Dog Star Man: Part IV

Dog Star Man: Part IV

6.5/10 IMDB

A man is supine on a mountain side. Images rush past of nature and a stained glass saint. An infant is born. We see a lactating nipple. Images include a mountain peak, farm buildings, a tree stump, a fire, a crawling baby, and the sun. The man falls and rolls. Then, later, he swings his ax.

Starring: Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage ..
Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1964-09-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

7.3/10 IMDB

A biography of Winston Churchill, shown through re-creations and actual film footage and told by Orson Welles.

Starring: George Baker, Faith Brook, David Healy, Orson Welles, George Westbury, Patrick Wymark ..
Directed by: Peter Bayliss, Peter Baylis
Release date: 1964-09-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : To Be Alive!

To Be Alive!

7.3/10 IMDB

"To Be Alive!" was designed to celebrate the common ground between different cultures by tracing how children in various parts of the world mature into adulthood.

Starring: Robert Fields ..
Directed by: Francis Thompson, Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1964-04-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : Bartók


7.7/10 IMDB

A portrait of the life and work of the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, exploring both his music and his passionate interest in his country's folklore.

Starring: Boris Ranevsky, Pauline Boty, Sandor Elès, Peter Brett, Rosalind Watkins, Huw Wheldon ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1964-05-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak

Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak

6.6/10 IMDB

This documentary shows how an Inuit artist's drawings are transferred to stone, printed and sold. Kenojuak Ashevak became the first woman involved with the printmaking co-operative in Cape Dorset. This film was nominated for the 1963 Documentary Short Subject Oscar.

Starring: Kenojuak Ashevak, Alma Houston ..
Directed by: John Feeney
Release date: 1964-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : Learning to Live

Learning to Live

6.0/10 IMDB

The film twice states that it doesn't intend a moral injunction, but it clearly does with comments such as "our society... regards sexual intercourse outside marriage as irresponsible and possibly disastrous" and "you can use your knowledge with responsibility and real love or you can use it wantonly and with mere animal appetite". This is clearly marriage education not sex education.

Starring: Claire Rayner, Vernon Greeves ..
Directed by: Guy Fergusson, Phillip Sattin
Release date: 1964-11-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : Window


5.9/10 IMDB

The moving camera shapes the screen image with great purposefulness, using the frame of a window as fulcrum upon which to wheel about the exterior scene. The zoom lens rips, pulling depth planes apart and slapping them together, contracting and expanding in concurrence with camera movements to impart a terrific apparent-motion to the complex of the object-forms pictured on the horizontal-vertical screen, its axis steadied by the audience's sense of gravity. The camera's movements in being transferred to objects tend also to be greatly magnified (instead of the camera the adjacent building turns). About four years of studying the window-complex preceded the afternoon of actual shooting (a true instance of cinematic action-painting). The film exists as it came out of the camera barring one mechanically necessary mid-reel splice

Directed by: Ken Jacobs
Release date: 1964-12-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1964 : Portrait of Queenie

Portrait of Queenie

8.3/10 IMDB

Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."

Directed by: Michael Orrom
Release date: 1964-01-02

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