Best Documentary Movies of 1968

1.

Monterey Pop

4.1
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
2.

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

3.9
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
3.

Chromo sud

3.5
7.7/10 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 : Rivers of Fire and Ice
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Rivers of Fire and Ice

3.2
6.9/10 IMDB

A Wildlife Safari through Africa.

Starring: Michael Rye ..
Directed by: Ronald E. Shanin
Release date: 1968-11-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : Moment
5.

Moment

3.1
6.6/10 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
6.

Rocky Road to Dublin

3.1
7.6/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : The Doors - Feast Of Friends
7.

The Doors - Feast Of Friends

3.1
7.2/10 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. While never truly completed, the film provides a stylistic approach in true sixties cinémavérité style. Concert performances are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat, sometimes playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching. Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, an official release would never be seen until now. Completely restored from the original negative, as supervised by Jim Morrison, the film has been color corrected and cleaned in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors collaborator Bruce Botnick.

Starring: Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek ..
Directed by: Paul Ferrara
Release date: 1968-06-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : The 17th Parallel
8.

The 17th Parallel

3.0
7.6/10 IMDB

On the border of North and South Vietnam, civilians live underground and cultivate their land in the dead of night, farmers take up arms, and bombs fall like clockwork. Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan’s record of daily life in one of the most volatile regions of a war-torn, divided country is both a hazardous piece of first-hand journalism and a shattering work in its own right, simmering with barely repressed anger.

Directed by: Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan-Ivens
Release date: 1968-03-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1968 : The Queen
9.

The Queen

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Jack is 24, sometimes he's a drag queen named Sabrina. In 1967, as Sabrina, he's the mistress of ceremonies at a national drag queen contest in New York City. The camera goes behind the scenes, recording the rehearsals leading up to the contest, the conversations in the dressing room (about draft boards, sexual identity and sex-change operations, and being a drag queen), and the jealousies that emerge before and after the competition. Jack introduces us to Richard, a young man who becomes Jack's protégé. As Miss Harlow, Richard enters the contest. One of his principal competitors is Miss Crystal, who's from Manhattan. Who will win the crown?

Starring: Jim Dine, Jack Doroshow, Bruce Jay Friedman, Bernard Giquel, Rachel Harlow, Jill Krementz, Jerry Leiber, Mary Ellen Mark, Mario Montez, George Plimpton ..
Directed by: Frank Simon
Release date: 1968-01-01
10.

Ste?phane Mallarme?

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Stéphane Mallarmé is one of the many educational documentaries that Éric Rohmer did for the television during the 1960’s. At the beginning of the film, Rohmer states that he has placed in Mallarmé’s mouth words taken from an interview with the writer by Jules Heuret published in 1891.

Starring: Jean-Marie Robain, Éric Rohmer ..
Directed by: Éric Rohmer
Release date: 1968-01-01

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