Best Documentary Movies of 1972

1.

Cousin Jules

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

5 years in the life of a rural French farmer.

Directed by: Dominique Benicheti
Release date: 1972-05-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Going Home
2.

Going Home

2.8
8.1/10 IMDB

A home movie by Adolfas Mekas and wife Pola Chapelle on their travels to Lithuania and Europe. It was filmed concurrently with the more highly regarded “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania” by Jonas Mekas, brother to Adolfas.

Starring: Pola Chapelle, Adolfas Mekas, Jonas Mekas ..
Directed by: Adolfas Mekas
Release date: 1972-10-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : The Inner Eye
3.

The Inner Eye

2.8
7.6/10 IMDB

At the age of 54, Binode Bihari Mukherjee, an accomplished painter, lost his sight following an unsuccessful cataract operation. He continued to create art despite his loss of sight. The documentary explores Binode Bihari’s inner eye that guides his fingers to create art.

Starring: Binode Bihari Mukherjee, Satyajit Ray ..
Directed by: Satyajit Ray
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : 1 P.M.
4.

1 P.M.

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Lighter and livelier than the films Jean-Luc Godard had made in France, his U.S. collaboration with Direct Cinema documentarian D. A. Pennebaker was meant to be One A.M., as in “one American movie”; but Godard quit the project and the U.S., where to his dismay he discovered that revolution wasn’t imminent, and Pennebaker edited Godard’s material, to which he and Richard Leacock even added a bit more, releasing the result as One P.M., as in “one parallel movie.” It’s a stunning mixture of cinéma-vérité, political theater, and interviews of key sixties figures.

Starring: Rip Torn, Tom Hayden, Eldridge Cleaver, Amiri Baraka, Tom Luddy, Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Jean-Luc Godard ..
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard, D. A. Pennebaker, Richard Leacock
Release date: 1972-02-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Islands of the West
5.

Islands of the West

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A tour of the landscape and wildlife of the Western Isles in Scotland.

Directed by: Bill Forsyth
Release date: 1972-08-29
6.

Hollywood: The Dream Factory

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

This documentary explores and celebrates Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio's glorious history. MGM's eventual decline led to the sale of its back lot and props.

Starring: Dick Cavett ..
Release date: 1972-01-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Just Another Job
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Just Another Job

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

This short film takes you behind the scenes of the Quebec Nordiques. Coached by the legendary Maurice Richard, the team is playing its opening World Hockey Association game at the Quebec Coliseum. Experience the pre-game tension, the on-ice action and the dream-contract signing.

Directed by: Pierre Letarte
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Upside Down Feature
8.

Upside Down Feature

1.9
8.4/10 IMDB

Made between 1967 - 1972.

Directed by: Peter Gidal
Release date: 1972-05-13
9.

Art Is...

1.9
8.3/10 IMDB

"What is art?" The film offers some new answers to the age old question.

Directed by: Julian Krainin, DeWitt Sage
Release date: 1972-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Polanski Meets Macbeth
10.

Polanski Meets Macbeth

1.7
7.8/10 IMDB

A 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work.

Starring: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Roman Polanski, Andrew Braunsberg, Andrew Braunsberg ..
Directed by: Frank Simon
Release date: 1972-01-01

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