Best Documentary Movies of 1970

1.

Woodstock

5.7
8.2/10 IMDB

An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.

Starring: Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Jimi Hendrix, Fito De la Parra, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana ..
Directed by: Michael Wadleigh
Release date: 1970-03-26
2.

Gimme Shelter

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

The landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months earlier, Woodstock defined the Love Generation; now it lay in ruins on a desolate racetrack six miles outside of San Francisco.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Marty Balin, Sonny Barger, Melvin Belli, Dick Carter, Jack Casady ..
Directed by: Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, David Maysles
Release date: 1970-12-06
3.

Elvis: That's the Way It Is

4.2
8.0/10 IMDB

This 1970 concert documentary captures Elvis Presley midway through a fateful transition, seeking to reclaim his musical primacy after a decade of self-imposed exile from concert stages. Sidelined by his big-screen career, eclipsed by rock's mid-'60s transformations, the King had begun his return two years earlier with the relatively lean attack of his fabled network television appearance, '68 Comeback Special. Now the Memphis legend was poised to reposition his performing profile by pursuing the top rungs of headliner status in Las Vegas, a career choice that seems even more ephemeral in hindsight than it already did at the time. Elvis: That's the Way It Is follows the show's genesis from rehearsal to stage, with the performance footage that provides its inevitable climax shot over six nights. The rehearsal footage, expanded for this special edition, offers further proof that Presley's band was simply superb...

Starring: Elvis Presley, James Burton, John Wilkinson, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Cary Grant ..
Directed by: Denis Sanders
Release date: 1970-11-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : 7 Plus Seven
4.

7 Plus Seven

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

After a 7 year wait, director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born children from Seven Up! The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.

Starring: Lynn Johnson, Tony Walker, Jacqueline Bassett, Charles Furneaux, Bruce Balden, Andrew Brackfield, Neil Hughes, Nicholas Hitchon, Susan Sullivan, John Brisby ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1970-12-15
5.

Let It Be

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary film about The Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release. This film has not been commercially available since the 1980s.

Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, George Martin, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Geoff Emerick, Mal Evans, Y?ko Ono ..
Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Release date: 1970-05-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : The Eye of the Storm
6.

The Eye of the Storm

3.5
8.6/10 IMDB

The very first documentary about Jane Elliott's educational experiment about discrimination, which was originally produced for ABC News, in which she conducts an unforgettable lesson with her third-grade class in Riceville, Iowa.

Starring: Jane Elliott ..
Release date: 1970-12-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Sean
7.

Sean

3.4
7.8/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Ralph Arlyck interviews his neighbor, Sean Farrell, a 4-year-old living on San Francisco's Haight Street in 1969. Sean gives his thoughts on life in his home, a hippie crash pad, and casually mentions that he smokes pot, which caused this short film to become a national sensation.

Directed by: Ralph Arlyck
Release date: 1970-02-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Original Cast Album: Company
8.

Original Cast Album: Company

3.3
8.1/10 IMDB

Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" opened on Broadway in the Spring of 1970, and tradition dictates that the cast recording is done on the first Sunday after opening night. D.A. Pennebaker, the now-legendary documentarian, filmed the production of the original cast recording, the back and forth between Sondheim and the performers, and the dynamic of trying to record live performance. The film climaxes with Elaine Stritch's performance of "The Ladies Who Lunch". The show won 6 Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and ran for two years on Broadway. A plan to make a series of "Original Cast Album" films never materialized.

Starring: Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Elaine Stritch, Dean Jones, Pamela Myers, Beth Howland, Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, George Coe ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1970-01-01
9.

Black Roots

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

Black Roots is the fourth feature-length film produced and directed by American independent filmmaker Lionel Rogosin. The film gathers a number of African American folk and blues musicians in a room, where they share stories and songs about the black experience in America.

Starring: Jim Collier, Gary Davis, Larry Johnson, Florynce Kennedy, Wende Smith ..
Directed by: Lionel Rogosin
Release date: 1970-02-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther
10.

Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

The portrait of Eldridge Cleaver, the "Minister of Information" for the Black Panthers movement, in exile in Algiers.

Starring: Eldridge Cleaver, Kathleen Cleaver ..
Directed by: William Klein
Release date: 1970-08-24

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