Best Documentary Movies of 1972
5 years in the life of a rural French farmer.
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 â€œReminiscences of a Journey to Lithuaniaâ€ by Jonas Mekas, brother to Adolfas.
The Inner Eye
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 Bihariâ€™s inner eye that guides his fingers to create art.
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.
Islands of the West
A tour of the landscape and wildlife of the Western Isles in Scotland.
Hollywood: The Dream Factory
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.
Just Another Job
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.
Upside Down Feature
Made between 1967 - 1972.
"What is art?" The film offers some new answers to the age old question.
Polanski Meets Macbeth
A 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work.