Best Documentary Movies of 1968


Monterey Pop

8.0/10 IMDB

Featuring performances by popular artists of the 1960s, this concert film highlights the music of the 1967 California festival. Although not all musicians who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival are on film, some of the notable acts include the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Otis Redding, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's post-performance antics -- lighting a guitar on fire, breaking it and tossing a part into the audience -- are captured.

Starring: Scott McKenzie, Denny Doherty, John Phillips, Frank Cook, Bob Hite, Henry Vestine, Alan Wilson, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Hugh Masekela ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1968-12-26

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

7.3/10 IMDB

In Manhattan's Central Park, a film crew directed by William Greaves is shooting a screen test with various pairs of actors. It's a confrontation between a couple: he demands to know what's wrong, she challenges his sexual orientation. Cameras shoot the exchange, and another camera records Greaves and his crew. Sometimes we watch the crew discussing this scene, its language, and the process of making a movie. Is there such a thing as natural language? Are all things related to sex? The camera records distractions - a woman rides horseback past them; a garrulous homeless vet who sleeps in the park chats them up. What's the nature of making a movie?

Starring: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Robert L. Rosen, William Greaves, Susan Anspach, Audrey Heningham, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Rosen, Stevan Larner, Terence Macartney-Filgate ..
Directed by: William Greaves
Release date: 1968-10-28

Chromo sud

7.5/10 IMDB

One of the very few films made by Etienne O'Leary, all of which emerged from the French underground circa 1968 and can be very loosely designated 'diary films.' Like the contemporaneous films by O'Leary's more famous friend Pierre Clementi, they trippily document the drug-drenched hedonism of that era's dandies. O'Leary worked with an intoxicating style that foregrounded rapid and even subliminal cutting, dense layering of superimposed images and a spontaneous notebook type shooting style. Yet even if much of O'Leary's material was initially 'diaristic,' depicting the friends, lovers, and places that he encountered in his private life, the metamorphoses it underwent during editing transformed it into a series of ambiguously fictionalized, sometimes darkly sexual fantasias. - Experimental Film Club

Starring: Anne-Marie, Michel Auder, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Margareth Clémenti, Pierre Clémenti, Janine Delannoy, Jean-Bernard Désobeau, Michèle Giraud, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Raphaël Marongiu ..
Directed by: Étienne O'Leary
Release date: 1968-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

6.3/10 IMDB

An exhilarating, provocative motion picture. The Rolling Stones rehearse their latest song, "Sympathy For the Devil," in a London studio. Beginning as a ballad, the track gradually acquires a pulsating groove, which gets Jagger into a rousing vocal display of soulful emotion that Godard captures on film.

Starring: Sean Lynch, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Anne Wiazemsky, Iain Quarrier, Frankie Dymon, Marianne Faithfull ..
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Release date: 1968-11-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

7.7/10 IMDB

Les Blank's portrait of the great Texas bluesman, 'Lightnin' Hopkins. The film includes interviews and a performance by Hopkins.

Starring: Lightnin' Hopkins, Billy Bizor, Mance Lipscomb, Ruth Ames ..
Directed by: Les Blank, Skip Gerson
Release date: 1968-12-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : Rivers of Fire and Ice

Rivers of Fire and Ice

6.8/10 IMDB

A Wildlife Safari through Africa.

Starring: Michael Rye ..
Directed by: Ronald E. Shanin
Release date: 1968-11-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968

Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968

7.7/10 IMDB

A close-up of bass player and composer Charlie Mingus as he and his five-year-old daughter await eviction by the City of New York.

Starring: Charles Mingus, Charles McPherson, Walter Bishop, Dannie Richmond, Carolyn Mingus ..
Directed by: Thomas Reichman
Release date: 1968-04-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : Moment


6.5/10 IMDB

A static camera records, in one single continuous shot, a woman's face before, during and after orgasm. The act of looking and the limits of the film frame are highlighted in this intimate sexual episode with Tina Fraser. Artist Stephen Dwoskin presents a powerful, personal moment while maintaining a distance and resisting the viewer being subsumed into the action on screen.

Starring: Tina Fraser ..
Directed by: Stephen Dwoskin
Release date: 1968-01-01

The Doors: Feast Of Friends

7.3/10 IMDB

Feast Of Friends, filmed in 1968, was the first and only film produced about The Doors by The Doors. It offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer '68 tour. Concert performances are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat; At times playful, sensitive, chaotic and heady, the cinéma vérité style brings the film to life. Other than a few film festivals appearances in 1968, fans would not see an official release of the film for over 35 years.

Starring: Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek ..
Directed by: Paul Ferrara
Release date: 1968-06-12

Rocky Road to Dublin

7.5/10 IMDB

Rocky Road to Dublin is a 1968 documentary film by Irish-born journalist Peter Lennon and French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, examining the contemporary state of the Republic of Ireland, posing the question, “what do you do with your revolution once you’ve got it?” It argues that Ireland was dominated by cultural isolationism, Gaelic and clerical traditionalism at the time of its making.

Starring: John Huston, Peter Lennon, Sean O’Faoláin, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Douglas Gageby, Jim Fitzgerald, Liam O’Briain, Phyllis Hamilton ..
Directed by: Peter Lennon
Release date: 1968-05-24

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