Best Documentary Movies of 1969

1.

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

3.6
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 : Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin’ Mill Is Burnin’ Down
2.

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

3.2
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 : The Perils of Priscilla
3.

The Perils of Priscilla

3.1
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Institutional Quality
4.

Institutional Quality

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

Constructed around a found soundtrack in which a strict female voice delivers a test of perception and comprehension, Institutional Quality’s sound and image relationship become detached as the filmmakerloses interest in his subject.

Starring: Meredith Monk ..
Directed by: Owen Land
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life
5.

Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life

2.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Documentary about Polish-American pianist, Arthur Rubinstein.

Directed by: Gérard Patris, François Reichenbach
Release date: 1969-06-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : I Am Joaquin
6.

I Am Joaquin

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Experimental film woven around a poem about Chicano culture in the U.S.

Directed by: Luis Valdez
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Lemon
7.

Lemon

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

Light begins to illuminate the small, nipple-like end of a lemon on the right edge of the frame and gradually spreads until the entire lemon is clearly visible. Then the light recedes across the frame.

Directed by: Hollis Frampton
Release date: 1969-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Bed Peace
8.

Bed Peace

1.9
8.6/10 IMDB

John and Yoko in the presidential suite at the Hilton Amsterdam, which they had decorated with hand-drawn signs above their bed reading "Bed Peace." They invited the global press into their room to discuss peace for 12 hours every day.

Starring: John Lennon, Yoko Ono ..
Directed by: John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Release date: 1969-03-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Picture to Post
9.

Picture to Post

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."

Directed by: Sarah Erulkar
Release date: 1969-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Doppler Effect Version II
10.

Doppler Effect Version II

1.7
7.5/10 IMDB

A sequel of his previous 1967 homonymous experiment, Doppler Effect II moves one step forward in the mission of organising seemingly random stock footage along a rhythmical axis. By using found footage of diverse origin - political announcements, animal life, porn - and intertwining it with images recorded by Agnew himself - cityscapes, abstract light essays -, the film abandons any attempt of evoking meaning of any sort and focuses on a strictly formal exercise centred on time intervals and micro-relations between small sets of images. The soundtrack, recorded by Duane Hitchings (known for his collaborations with Miles Davis and Hendrix, but also for his Flashdance OST) on a Moog synth, is an engaging exercise in abstract sonic dynamics and an essential part of the Doppler experiment in that it not only provides different aural settings for the diverse footage presented throughout the film, but also aptly sets the pace for the fast succession of synched images.

Directed by: Dan Agnew
Release date: 1969-01-01

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