Best Documentary Movies of 1970

1.

Woodstock

5.7
8.1/10 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

A detailed chronicle of the famous 1969 tour of the United States by the British rock band The Rolling Stones, which culminated with the disastrous and tragic concert held on December 6 at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, an event of historical significance, as it marked the end of an era: the generation of peace and love suddenly became the generation of disillusionment.

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: 1970-12-13
3.

ELVIS: That's The Way It Is

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

On July 31, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of concerts broke all box office records and completely reenergized the career of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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

7 Plus Seven

4.1
7.9/10 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

4.0
7.7/10 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 : A Horse Called Nijinsky
6.

A Horse Called Nijinsky

3.9
8.7/10 IMDB

Documentary, narrated by Orson Welles, about the legendary race horse Nijinsky, one of the greatest and most successful race horses in history and after his retirement from the racetrack in 1970 an important sire of thoroughbred horses.

Starring: Orson Welles, Nijinsky ..
Directed by: Jo Durden-Smith
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : The Eye of the Storm
7.

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 ..
Directed by: William Peters
Release date: 1970-12-22
8.

The Cross and the Switchblade

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A film adaptation of a book written in 1963. It tells the true story of Wilkerson's first five years in New York City, where he ministered to disillusioned youth, encouraging them to turn away from the drugs and gang violence they were involved with.

Starring: Pat Boone, Erik Estrada, Jacqueline Giroux, Don Blakely, Don Lamond, Sam Capuano, Alex Colon, Hechter Ubarry ..
Directed by: Don Murray
Release date: 1970-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Sean
9.

Sean

3.4
7.6/10 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
10.

Original Cast Album: Company

3.3
8.1/10 IMDB

In 1970, right after the triumphant premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking concept musical Company, the renowned composer and lyricist, his director Harold Prince, the show’s stars, and a large pit orchestra all went into a Manhattan recording studio as part of a time-honored Broadway tradition: the making of the original cast album. What ensued was a marathon session in which, with the pressures of posterity and the coolly exacting Sondheim’s perfectionism hanging over them, all involved pushed themselves to the limit.

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: 1970-10-28
11.

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

3.3
8.2/10 IMDB

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, the documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by heartfelt testimonials by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Clarence Williams III, Burt Lancaster, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1970-03-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther
12.

Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther

3.1
6.3/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Bukowski at Bellevue
13.

Bukowski at Bellevue

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

In the spring of 1970 Charles Bukowski took his first plane trip for a poetry reading at Bellevue Community College in Washington state. That he was videotaped by two students apparently was later forgotten, but the tapes were recently rediscovered and have been released by Black Sparrow press. "Bukowski at Bellevue" gives us a fascinating glimpse of the man before he had to be concerned with how celebrity and financial security were affecting him. (It is said that this was only his fourth public reading.) This is Bukowski, then about 50, taken straight. No games, no irony, no self-consciousness--just an ordinary-looking guy, maybe hung over, sitting before a small group of students reading his work with gusto, humor and sensitivity. A man who clearly had lived the marginal life he wrote about with passion and at times a lyrical, even mystical beauty.

Starring: Charles Bukowski ..
Release date: 1970-11-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Black Roots
14.

Black Roots

3.1
7.1/10 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
15.

The Doors: Feast of Friends

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer '68 tour. Concert performances are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat.

Starring: Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek ..
Directed by: Paul Ferrara
Release date: 1970-03-13
16.

Sad Song of Yellow Skin

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

A film about the people of Saigon told through the experiences of three young American journalists who, in 1970, explored the consequences of war and of the American presence in Vietnam. It is not a film about the Vietnam War, but about the people who lived on the fringe of battle. The views of the city are arresting, but away from the shrines and the open-air markets lies another city, swollen with refugees and war orphans, where every inch of habitable space is coveted. (NFB)

Starring: Michael Rubbo, Richard Hughes ..
Directed by: Michael Rubbo
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Jack Johnson
17.

Jack Johnson

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Jack Johnson is a 1970 documentary film directed by Jim Jacobs about the boxer Jack Johnson.

Starring: Brock Peters, Kevin Kennedy ..
Directed by: Jim Jacobs
Release date: 1970-07-25
18.

a.k.a. Cassius Clay

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

The study of crazy brilliance and flamboyant sincerity. a.k.a. Cassius Clay presents a fascinating look at the incredible life and achievements of one of the most courageous, outspoken and charismatic figures of boxing: Muhammad Ali. Born Cassius Clay in 1942, Ali soon rose to become a renowned athlete, an articulate author and a compelling political; leader. Audacious, ambitious and totally fearless, Ali became a symbol of pride, a legend of hope and one of the most extraordinary cultural icons of the 20th century.

Starring: Muhammad Ali, Richard Kiley, Malcolm X, Cus D'Amato, Sonny Liston, Stepin Fetchit, Henry Cooper, Jim Jacobs, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling ..
Directed by: Jim Jacobs
Release date: 1970-11-03
19.

Hospital

3.0
8.0/10 IMDB

Daily activities of the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of health care.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1970-02-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : The Flying Doctors of East Africa
20.

The Flying Doctors of East Africa

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

The Flying Doctors of East Africa (German: Die Fliegenden Ärzte von Ostafrika) is a 1969 documentary film by Werner Herzog about the "flying doctors" service of the African Medical and Research Foundation in Tanzania, Kenya, and Nairobi.

Starring: Wilfried Klaus, Michael Woods ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 1970-05-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : I Am Somebody
21.

I Am Somebody

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Madeline Anderson’s documentary brings viewers to the front lines of the civil rights movement during the 1969 Charleston hospital workers’ strike, when 400 poorly paid Black women went on strike to demand union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in confrontation with the National Guard and the state government. Anderson personally participated in the strike, along with such notable figures as Coretta Scott King, Ralph Abernathy and Andrew Young, all affiliated with Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Anderson’s film shows the courage and resiliency of the strikers and the support they received from the local black community. It is an essential filmed record of this important moment in the history of civil and women’s rights. The film is also notable as arguably the first televised documentary on civil rights directed by a woman of color, solidifying its place in American film history.

Starring: Ralph Abernathy, Coretta Scott King, Andrew Young, Claire Brown ..
Directed by: Madeline Anderson
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : The Hart of London
22.

The Hart of London

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

"The Hart of London" is an endlessly layered tour de force. It explores life and death, the sense of place and personal displacement, and the intricate aesthetics of representation. It is a personal and spiritual film, marked inevitably by Chambers’s knowledge that he had leukemia. The late American avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage said of Hart, "If I named the five greatest films [ever made], this has got to be one of them." Even this high praise falls short of hyperbole. The Hart of London is at the centre of Chambers’s extraordinary achievement.

Directed by: Jack Chambers
Release date: 1970-11-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Chicken Real
23.

Chicken Real

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

One of Les Blank's industrial films, which follows a Holly Farms "broiler" chicken from factory incubation to the county fair barbecue pit. A hilarious, disturbing and surreal look at a large-scale chicken farm producing 156 million chickens a year! Film includes lots of chicken songs and music recorded live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : The World at Their Feet
24.

The World at Their Feet

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

The 1970 finals saw the emergence of probably the greatest team the world has ever seen, in the all-conquering form of Brazil. Pelé was playing in his last finals and his touch, vision and goal prowess combined with Jairzinho's amazing feat of scoring in every round, propelled the Brazilians to an irresistible 4-1 final victory over an overwhelmed Italy.

Starring: Patrick Allen ..
Directed by: Alberto Isaac
Release date: 1970-06-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Ciao, Federico!
25.

Ciao, Federico!

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the filming of the Federico Fellini film, "Satyricon."

Starring: Federico Fellini, Gideon Bachmann, Max Born, Capucine, Alain Cuny, Dante Ferretti, Hiram Keller, Tanya Lopert, Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo ..
Directed by: Gideon Bachmann
Release date: 1970-10-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Railways for Ever!
26.

Railways for Ever!

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

A poet's eulogy to his beloved mode of transport.

Starring: John Betjeman ..
Directed by: Norman Prouting
Release date: 1970-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Sport, Sport, Sport
27.

Sport, Sport, Sport

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A half-fiction half-documentary story about sport and it's importance in everyday life.

Starring: Zinoviy Gerdt, Yevgeni Matveyev, Nikita Mikhalkov, Larisa Shepitko, Vladimir Andreyev ..
Directed by: Elem Klimov
Release date: 1970-06-06
28.

The Trip Back

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Florence "Florrie" Fisher was a motivational speaker in the 1960s and 1970s who traveled to high schools in the United States, speaking about her past as a heroin addict and prostitute.

Starring: Florrie Fisher ..
Directed by: Ralph Weisinger
Release date: 1970-01-01
29.

Corridor

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

An unknown observer is seen traveling through a bleak corridor. At the end of the corridor they see a naked woman, whom they are unable to reach as their trip seems to become increasingly twisted and looped.

Directed by: Standish Lawder
Release date: 1970-09-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Zorns Lemma
30.

Zorns Lemma

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Zorns Lemma is a 1970 American structuralist film by Hollis Frampton. It is named after Zorn's lemma (also known as the Kuratowski–Zorn lemma), a proposition of set theory formulated by mathematician Max Zorn in 1935. Zorns Lemma is prefaced with a reading from an early grammar textbook. The remainder of the film, largely silent, shows the viewer an evolving 24-part "alphabet" (where i & j and u & v are interchanged) which is cycled through, replaced and expanded upon. The film's conclusion shows a man, woman and dog walking through snow as several voices read passages from On Light, or the Ingression of Forms by Robert Grosseteste.

Starring: Robert Huot, Rosemarie Castoro, Marcia Steinbrecher, Twyla Tharp, Joyce Wieland ..
Directed by: Hollis Frampton
Release date: 1970-04-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Cleopatra
31.

Cleopatra

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Cleopatra situates itself in the same relationship to Hollywood as the Warhol/Morrisey films of the period. It corresponds to Joseph Mankiewicz's 1963 Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton which Auder's cast watched and used as the starting point for scene by scene improvisation Auder drew his cast from Warhol's ensemble – including not only Viva and Louis Waldon, but also Taylor Mead, Ondine, Andrea Feldman, Gerard Melanga and others.

Starring: Viva, Gerard Malanga, Taylor Mead, Nico, Ondine, Marco St. John, Ultra Violet, Louis Waldon, Christopher Walken ..
Directed by: Michel Auder
Release date: 1970-07-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : C-Film
32.

C-Film

2.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Two women in a living room: smoking, playing cards, listening to the radio. As often in Dwoskin’s films, the use of masks, make-up and costumes allows the characters to playfully transform themselves. Shot in colour film, C-film exuberates swinging London energy. In the second part of the film, the women appear to be watching the rushes of the film on an editing table. ”We are making a movie” we hear them say. As Dwoskin points out, “C-film asks how much is acting acted”, an ongoing question in Dwoskin’s cinema. Produced by Alan Power, with Esther Anderson & Sally Geeson.

Starring: Esther Anderson, Sally Geeson, Ester Anderson ..
Directed by: Stephen Dwoskin
Release date: 1970-01-01
33.

White Angel… Black Angel

2.7
5.4/10 IMDB

Witness devilish rituals from around the globe. Satanism! Voodoo! Majicks Black and White! Shocking Truths, etc.!

Starring: Anton LaVey, Edmund Purdom, Alberto Bevilacqua, Alex Sanders, Maxine Sanders ..
Directed by: Luigi Scattini, Lee Frost
Release date: 1970-02-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Street Scenes 1970
34.

Street Scenes 1970

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

In the late spring of 1970, nationwide protests against the war in Vietnam focused in the Wall Street area of New York City and ultimately in a major anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C.. A group of New York University film students documented the demonstrations as they happened in both cities. Later, in New York, the massive amount of black and white and color 16mm footage was edited into this important record of the day-by-day events. The extended final scene, shot by Edward Summer in a hotel room in Washington, D.C., is a spontaneous conversation among Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Jay Cocks and Verna Bloom who, along with a large group of NYU students, found themselves frustrated and perplexed by the events and hopeful that the protests would result in change.

Starring: Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks, Harvey Keitel, William Kunstler, Verna Bloom ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1970-09-14
35.

Spiral Jetty

2.6
7.2/10 IMDB

This film, made by the artist, Robert Smithson, with the assistance of Virgina Dwan, Dwan Gallery & Douglas Christmas, Director, Ace Gallery, (the aforementioned Dwan & Christmas also assisted Smithson financially with the making of the Spiral Jetty), is a poetic and process minded film depicting a "portrait" of his renowned earth work -- The Spiral Jetty, as it juts into the shallows off the shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake. A voice-over by Smithson reveals the evolution of the Spiral Jetty.

Directed by: Robert Smithson
Release date: 1970-08-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : The Body
36.

The Body

2.6
8.0/10 IMDB

A psychedelic documentary of the body electric, with music by Pink Floyd. The film was directed and produced by Roy Battersby. The film's narrators, Frank Finlay and Vanessa Redgrave, provide commentary that combines the knowledge of human biologists and anatomical experts. The film's soundtrack, Music from the Body, was composed by Ron Geesin and Roger Waters.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Frank Finlay, Arthur Armitage, Johnny Claydon, Sadie Corre, Danny Daniels, Roberta Dougall, Minnie Douglas, Louise Ferrier, Richard L. Gregory ..
Directed by: Roy Battersby
Release date: 1970-10-09
37.

Christopher's Movie Matinee

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

When a camera crew are sent to document hippie protests in Yorkville, Canada's counter-culture capital, they are charmed by a group of misunderstood kids with their own ideas about what kind of movie to make.

Starring: Graham Bourns, Jan Casson, Malcolm Dean, Roger Dowker, Tom Evans, Mort Ransen, Martin Duckworth, Martin Duckworth ..
Directed by: Mort Ransen
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Wilmington
38.

Wilmington

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A Newsreel documentary that accuses the DuPont Corporation of enforcing racism and martial law in Wilmington, Delaware in the late 1960s.

Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : The Sensually Liberated Female
39.

The Sensually Liberated Female

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Documentary on female sexuality and the sexual habits of women. Among the subjects covered herein are fellatio, sunbathing, sodomy, bubble baths, belly dancing, masturbation, and various pelvic exercises a woman can do to increase sexual stimulation.

Starring: Lindis Guiness ..
Directed by: Matt Cimber
Release date: 1970-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Langlois
40.

Langlois

2.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Documentary portrait of Henri Langlois, co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française.

Starring: Henri Langlois, Jean Renoir, Catherine Deneuve, Simone Signoret, Lillian Gish, François Truffaut, Jeanne Moreau, Ingrid Bergman, Kenneth Anger, Viva ..
Directed by: Eila Hershon, Roberto Guerra
Release date: 1970-09-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Legend of the Witches
41.

Legend of the Witches

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

A visual exploration into the origins of witchcraft in the UK and in particular the demystification of symbolism still embedded today within many modern religious artefacts and rituals. X-rated upon its original release, this documentary looks in detail at previously hidden magic rites and rituals. Sharing the secrets of initiation into a coven, divination through animal sacrifice, ritual scrying, the casting of a 'death spell', and the chilling intimacy of a Black Mass.

Starring: Guy Standeven, Alex Sanders, Maxine Sanders ..
Directed by: Malcolm Leigh
Release date: 1970-06-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Zapruder Film
42.

Zapruder Film

2.5
7.8/10 IMDB

The only film to capture the United States President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.

Starring: John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy ..
Directed by: Abraham Zapruder
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : British Sounds
43.

British Sounds

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Jean-Luc Godard brings his firebrand political cinema to the UK, exploring the revolutionary signals in late '60s British society. Constructed as a montage of various disconnected political acts (in line with Godard's then appropriation of Soviet director Dziga Vertov's agitprop techniques), it combines a diverse range of footage, from students discussing The Beatles to the production line at the MG factory in Oxfordshire, burnished with onscreen political sloganeering.

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Henri Roger
Release date: 1970-05-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : During and After Air Raid
44.

During and After Air Raid

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

The precautions to be taken during and after an air-raid by the people, are shown in this film.

Starring: Partap Sharma ..
Directed by: Mani Kaul
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : He & She
45.

He & She

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

Following the mad success of Man & Wife, the first American-made explicit feature film, Matt Cimber created this ambitious follow-up, focusing on the sex life of a hippie couple in the style of an educational documentary.

Starring: Sue Peters ..
Directed by: Matt Cimber
Release date: 1970-07-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Sexual Freedom in Denmark
46.

Sexual Freedom in Denmark

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Starting as a documentary on the sexually liberated culture of late-Sixties Denmark, Sexual Freedom in Denmark winds up incorporating major elements of the marriage manual form and even manages to squeeze in a montage of beaver loops and erotic art. All narrated with earnest pronouncements concerning the social and psychological benefits of sexual liberation, the movie, is a kind of mondo film dotted with occasional glimpses of actual sex.

Starring: Ole Varde Lassen, Uschi Digard, Suzanne Fields, Lizzie Bundgaard, Dorrit Frantzen, Ron Gans, Kellie Everts, Linda O'Bryant, Michelle Angelo ..
Directed by: John Lamb
Release date: 1970-03-01
47.

Canyon

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

“A silent perusal of the Grand Canyon, morning to night, from a single, fixed camera position, by means of constant dissolves spaced a few seconds apart. Man — entirely absent — is no longer the center of the universe; the canyon exists outside of him. Despite the invisible photographer and his technologically-caused dissolves, this is a creditable approximation of the true foreign-ness of nature.” — Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art (1974)

Directed by: Jon Jost
Release date: 1970-12-31
48.

Satanis: The Devil's Mass

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

The film is a study of Anton Szandor LaVey, leader of a cult of devil worshipers in San Francisco. He and his Church of Satan are shown performing a black mass, in which a nude woman serves as an altar and a boa constrictor wraps itself around a naked witch. Newsreel footage is included in which LaVey's neighbors are interviewed about the lion which he kept in his house until complaints resulted in the animal's removal to a zoo. The ideology of the Church of Satan is discussed--guilt rejection, sexual freedom, and self-indulgence.

Starring: Isaac Bonewits, Anton LaVey, Diane LaVey ..
Directed by: Ray Laurent
Release date: 1970-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Paradise Now
49.

Paradise Now

2.2
5.9/10 IMDB

At least forty films have been made about the Living Theatre; it remained to the American underground filmmaker Sheldon Rochlin (previously responsible for the marvellous Vali) to make the 'definitive' film about one of the most famous of their works, Paradise Now, shot in Brussels and at the Berlin Sportpalast. Made on videotape, with expressionist colouring 'injected' by electronic means, this emerges as a hypnotic transmutation of a theatrical event into poetic cinema, capturing the ambiance and frenzy of the original. No documentary record could have done it justice.

Starring: Diana Van Tosh, Jim Anderson, Franck Hogeboom ..
Directed by: Sheldon Rochlin
Release date: 1970-03-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1970 : Groupies
50.

Groupies

2.2
5.4/10 IMDB

This documentary on rock 'n' roll groupies, including the infamous Plaster Casters, features performances (musical) by such bands as Ten Years After, Terry Reid, Spooky Tooth, and Cat Mother.

Starring: Patty Cakes, Pamela Des Barres, Joe Cocker, Alvin Lee, Andrea Feldman, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Pete Shelley, Terry Reid, Goldie Glitters, Emmaretta Marks ..
Directed by: Ron Dorfman, Peter Nevard
Release date: 1970-11-08

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