Best Documentary Movies of 1966


The Endless Summer

7.7/10 IMDB

Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer is one of the first and most influential surf movies of all time. The film documents American surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they travel the world during California’s winter (which, back in 1965 was off-season for surfing) in search of the perfect wave and ultimately, an endless summer.

Starring: Michael Hynson, Robert August, Lord 'Tally Ho' Blears, Bruce Brown, Chip Fitzwater, Chuck Gardner, Wayne Miyata ..
Directed by: Bruce Brown
Release date: 1966-06-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Goal!


7.3/10 IMDB

This entertaining documentary of the World Cup Soccer tournament of 1966 follows the 15 countries competing for the sport's most coveted prize. Nigel Patrick narrates, with commentary provided by Brian Glanville. The executive producer spent $336,000 on the production and used 117 cameras to record nearly 48 hours worth of action. Four editors were employed to created the final 108-minute feature.

Directed by: Abidin Dino, Ross Devenish
Release date: 1966-11-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : 2001: A Space Odyssey – A Look Behind the Future

2001: A Space Odyssey – A Look Behind the Future

6.6/10 IMDB

A short documentary about the making of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and its impact on the '60s view of the future.

Starring: Vernon Myers, Arthur C. Clarke, Anthony Masters, Keir Dullea, Stanley Kubrick ..
Release date: 1966-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : Broken Toys

Broken Toys

7.5/10 IMDB

Summers portrays with his camera several characters very popular at another time, but completely forgotten in their old age: a bullfighter, Nicanor Villalta; a retired football player, Guillermo Gorostiza, and an old animator, El Gran Gilbert, among others. All of them show the reality of abandonment and the decay of oblivion. They really are 'Broken toys'.

Starring: Rosita Pinedo, Justo Masó, Guillermo Gorostiza, Paulino Uzcudum, Hilario Martínez, Ricardo Alís, Luis Vallespín, Eusebio Librero, Eduardo López, Francisco Díaz 'Pacorro' ..
Directed by: Manuel Summers
Release date: 1966-11-10

Meet Marlon Brando

7.6/10 IMDB

Journalists from all over America meet Marlon Brando in a New York hotel room to interview him about his new film, Morituri. Seeing this as an opportunity to let the legendary actor promote the film, they find Brando unwilling to talk about it, instead he is more interested in larking about and turning on the charm when being interviewed by a former winner of the Miss USA competition.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Rex Morgan, Mary Frann, Lee Murray, Stan Kann, Bill Gordon, Donna Axum ..
Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Release date: 1966-09-16

Screen Test: Lou Reed (Coke)

6.3/10 IMDB

Andy directs Lou Reed drinking a Coke.

Starring: Lou Reed ..
Directed by: Andy Warhol
Release date: 1966-01-01

Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World

7.2/10 IMDB

The outrageous life of the American dancer of the 1920s, Isadora Duncan, whom Ken Russell described as "part genius and part charlatan".

Starring: Vivian Pickles, Peter Bowles, Alexei Jawdokimov, Murray Melvin, Jeanne Le Bars, Alita Naughton, Sandor Elès ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1966-01-02


6.8/10 IMDB

Instructional film about the (former) biggest harbour in the world, with a hybrid format. Well known Ivens themes are revisited, like The Flying Dutchman in the fiction part of the film, who returns to the modern day Rotterdam, that has recovered very well after the devastating bombardments in the second world war.

Starring: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Karel Kneulman, Gerrit Kouwenaar ..
Directed by: Joris Ivens
Release date: 1966-04-29

A Visit with Truman Capote

7.5/10 IMDB

'With Love from Truman' portrays an intimate meeting with renowned author Truman Capote. As a reporter interviews him in his beachfront home, Capote shares his "self-regarding" personality through hip philosophy and calculated jokes. He offers insights in an endearingly raspy voice about his latest book, 'In Cold Blood', which Capote declares to be part of a new genre, the "non-fiction novel." Just as the Maysles brothers' direct cinema classics turn real stories into narratives, Capote's non-fiction novel makes an effort to turn reality into art. In Cold Blood is based on first-hand accounts of an actual murder. The author affectionately discusses his coverage of the subsequent trial and his intriguing relationship with the two young killers. Capote claims it is the spontaneity of life that compels him to portray reality, but it is his own fresh energy and startling sense of humor that keep us intrigued.

Starring: Truman Capote ..
Directed by: Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, David Maysles
Release date: 1966-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1966 : The Velvet Underground and Nico

The Velvet Underground and Nico

6.7/10 IMDB

The film depicts a rehearsal of The Velvet Underground including Nico, and is essentially one long loose improvisation.

Starring: Lou Reed, Nico, John Cale, Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga, Mary Woronov, Ari Boulogne, Sterling Morrison, Stephen Shore, Maureen Tucker ..
Directed by: Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey
Release date: 1966-02-08

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