Best Documentary Movies of 1969

1.

Salesman

4.0
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: 1969-04-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Johnny Cash at San Quentin
2.

Johnny Cash at San Quentin

3.7
8.3/10 IMDB

Johnny Cash at San Quentin was recorded live at San Quentin State Prison on February 24, 1969 and released as an album onJune 16 of that same year. The concert was filmed by Granada Television. Songs performed include Wreck of the Old 97 , I Walk the Line, San Quentin and A Boy Named Sue.

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 : Family Star (The Mutt & Jeff Icecream Sundae + Mothman)
3.

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
4.

Diaries, Notes, and Sketches

3.4
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 : The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins
5.

The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

3.4
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 ..
Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music
6.

Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

In this classic 1969 documentary, the Man in Black is captured at his peak, the first of many in a looming roller-coaster career. Fresh on the heels of his Folsom Prison album, Cash reveals the dark intensity and raw talent that made him a country music star and cultural icon. Director Robert Elfstrom got closer than any other filmmaker to Cash, who is seen performing with his new bride June Carter Cash, in a rare duet with Bob Dylan, and behind the scenes with friends, family and aspiring young musicians.

Starring: Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash ..
Release date: 1969-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin’ Mill Is Burnin’ Down
7.

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

3.2
7.0/10 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
8.

Civilisation

3.1
8.7/10 IMDB

Kenneth Clarke's eloquent and deeply personal documentary mini-series explores the cultural heritage of the western world, from the collapse of the Roman Empire until the birth of modernism.

Starring: Kenneth Clark ..
Directed by: Michael Gill, Peter Montagnon, Ann Turner
Release date: 1969-02-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1969 : A Married Couple
9.

A Married Couple

3.1
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 : Law and Order
10.

Law and Order

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

LAW & ORDER surveys the wide range of work the police are asked to perform: enforcing the law, maintaining order, and providing general social services. The incidents shown illustrate how training, community expectations, socio-economic status of the subject, the threat of violence, and discretion affect police behavior.

Starring: Richard Nixon ..
Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1969-03-02

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