Best Documentary Movies of 1972

1.

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

4.5
8.7/10 IMDB

Stylish film of the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd in 1971 performing a concert with no audience, in the ancient Roman Amphitheatre in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Songs are interspersed with interviews, and footage of Pink Floyd in the studio working on their next album, the legendary Dark Side of the Moon.

Starring: Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason ..
Directed by: Adrian Maben
Release date: 1972-08-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : The Concert for Bangladesh
2.

The Concert for Bangladesh

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

A film about the first benefit rock concert when major musicians performed to raise relief funds for the poor of Bangladesh.

Starring: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Klaus Voormann ..
Directed by: Saul Swimmer
Release date: 1972-03-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Marjoe
3.

Marjoe

4.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and "the religion business", prior to the start of "televangelism".

Starring: Marjoe Gortner, Sarah Kernochan ..
Directed by: Howard Smith, Sarah Kernochan
Release date: 1972-07-24
4.

Elvis on Tour

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Concert footage and offstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Starring: Elvis Presley, James Burton, John Wilkinson, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, J.D. Sumner, Kathy Westmoreland ..
Directed by: Pierre Adidge, Robert Abel
Release date: 1972-01-01
5.

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 : The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
6.

The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned.

Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1972-02-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
7.

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

3.4
7.8/10 IMDB

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania is a 1971–72 documentary film by Jonas Mekas. It revolves around Mekas' trip back to Semeniškiai, the village of his birth.

Starring: Pola Chapelle, Peter Kubelka, Adolfas Mekas, Jonas Mekas, Hollis Melton, Annette Michelson, Daniel Rogosin ..
Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1972-08-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Malcolm X
8.

Malcolm X

3.3
7.5/10 IMDB

James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources.

Starring: James Earl Jones, Ossie Davis, Mister Walsh ..
Directed by: Arnold Perl
Release date: 1972-05-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Chung Kuo: China
9.

Chung Kuo: China

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the areas they were allowed to visit. The 220 minute version consists of three parts. The first part, taken around Beijing, includes a cotton factory, older sections of the city, and a clinic where a Cesarean operation is performed, using acupuncture. The middle part visits the Red Flag canal and a collective farm in Henan, as well as the old city of Suzhou. The final part shows the port and industries of Shanghai, and ends with a stage presentation by Chinese acrobats.

Starring: Giuseppe Rinaldi ..
Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
Release date: 1972-12-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1972 : Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still
10.

Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still

2.9
5.8/10 IMDB

The film's subject is a photograph of Jane Fonda visiting Hanoi during the Vietnam War. It asks what the position of the intellectual should be in the class struggle and points out the irony of Jane Fonda's participation in the photo shoot, which was staged.

Starring: Jane Fonda ..
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Groupe Dziga Vertov
Release date: 1972-10-10

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