Best Documentary Movies of 1969



7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary from Albert and David Maysles follows the bitter rivalry of four door-to-door salesmen working for the Mid-American Bible Company: Paul "The Badger" Brennan, Charles "The Gipper" McDevitt, James "The Rabbit" Baker and Raymond "The Bull" Martos. Times are tough for this hard-living quartet, who spend their days traveling through small-town America, trying their best to peddle gold-leaf Bibles to an apathetic crowd of lower-middle-class housewives and elderly couples.

Starring: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos, Melbourne I. Feltman, Margaret McCarron, Kennie Turner ..
Directed by: David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, Albert Maysles
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : In the Year of the Pig

In the Year of the Pig

7.5/10 IMDB

Both sober and sobering, producer-director Emile de Antonio’s In the Year of the Pig is a powerful and, no doubt for many, controversial documentary about the Vietnam War.

Starring: David Halberstam ..
Directed by: Emile de Antonio
Release date: 1969-02-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Family Star (The Mutt & Jeff Icecream Sundae + Mothman)

Family Star (The Mutt & Jeff Icecream Sundae + Mothman)

7.0/10 IMDB

Various different holiday locations ar joined together through the pleasures of ice cream in The Mutt & Jeff Icecream Sundae, while in Mothman the strange title character crawls through roof-top windows and we see footage of a funfair. These two films have many similarities with the other Keen diary movies but have always been shown in this pairing, and under this title.

Directed by: Jeff Keen
Release date: 1969-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Johnny Cash in San Quentin

Johnny Cash in San Quentin

8.3/10 IMDB

Johnny Cash's concert in San Quentin State Prison in 1969.

Starring: Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Marshall Grant, WS Holland, Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers, Les frères Statler, Bob Wooton, Bob Wooton, Bob Wooton ..
Directed by: Michael Darlow
Release date: 1969-09-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Diaries, Notes, and Sketches

Diaries, Notes, and Sketches

7.6/10 IMDB

An epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s.

Starring: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage, Pola Chapelle, Storm De Hirsch, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Allen Ginsberg, Jerome Hill, Ken Jacobs, Timothy Leary, John Lennon ..
Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1969-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin’ Mill Is Burnin’ Down

Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin’ Mill Is Burnin’ Down

6.9/10 IMDB

This short film by Les Blank with Skip Gerson features the charismatic legendary blues icon Lightnin' Hopkins sing a beautiful song about a stuttering boy who learns that he can communicate through singing. Also features Billy Bizor on harmonica.

Starring: Lightnin' Hopkins ..
Directed by: Les Blank, Skip Gerson
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : A Test of Violence

A Test of Violence

6.8/10 IMDB

Stuart Cooper's short about the work of Spanish artist Juan Genovés is an inspired introduction to the works of this extraordinary artist, exploring it's minimalist aesthetic and storytelling qualities through a variety of cinematic techniques, including rostrum, animation, news footage and live action recreations.

Directed by: Stuart Cooper
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Journey into Self

Journey into Self

6.8/10 IMDB

The film portrays a 16-hour group-therapy session of eight well-adjusted people who have never met before, led by psychologists Richard Farson and Carl Rogers. The "patients" include a cashier, a theology student, a teacher, a principal, three businessmen and a housewife.

Starring: Carl Rogers ..
Directed by: Tom Skinner
Release date: 1969-03-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : A Married Couple

A Married Couple

7.6/10 IMDB

In this classic exploration of marriage in conflict, Billy and Antoinette Edwards, their son Bogart and dog, Merton spontaneously live out their lives and laughter, tears, wit, tenderness, fierce anger, patience, pain and sorrow ensue. Hoping to discover the heart of the trouble in their marriage in order to save it, BIlly and Antoniette offer up their day to day lives with antonishing bravery. Audiences project themselves into the couple, judging, loving or hating either or both. Many thought the marriage was doomed but it continued for another decade, producing a daughter, Amadea. All have had successful, normal lives.

Starring: Billy Edwards, Antoinette Edwards, Bogart Edwards, Merton ..
Directed by: Allan King
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : The Perils of Priscilla

The Perils of Priscilla

7.2/10 IMDB

The adventures of a cat who endures the indignation of a busy family and the dangers of being lost in a big city.

Directed by: Carroll Ballard
Release date: 1969-01-01

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