Best Documentary Movies of 1974

1.

Hearts and Minds

4.4
8.2/10 IMDB

Many times during his presidency, Lyndon B. Johnson said that ultimate victory in the Vietnam War depended upon the U.S. military winning the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people. Filmmaker Peter Davis uses Johnson's phrase in an ironic context in this anti-war documentary, filmed and released while the Vietnam War was still under way, juxtaposing interviews with military figures like U.S. Army Chief of Staff William C. Westmoreland with shocking scenes of violence and brutality.

Starring: Georges Bidault, Clark Clifford, George Coker ..
Directed by: Peter Davis
Release date: 1974-01-01
2.

That's Entertainment!

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart ..
Directed by: Jack Haley Jr.
Release date: 1974-06-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1974 : Italianamerican
3.

Italianamerican

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York and family history back in Sicily.

Starring: Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1974 : Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74
4.

Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74

3.6
8.2/10 IMDB

Irish Tour '74 is a film which captures the artist, his music, the period and the place with perfection. Filmed in January 1974 at Rory Gallaghers Irish Tour at Belfast Ulster Hall, Dublin Carlton Cinema and Cork City Hall. Directed by Tony Palmer

Starring: Rory Gallagher, Gerry McAvoy, Lou Martin, Rod de'Ath ..
Directed by: Tony Palmer
Release date: 1974-10-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1974 : Jerry's
5.

Jerry's

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

JERRY'S DELI is a testament to a bygone era when shrieking lunatics could run successful (even popular) businesses. Shot on film-stock leftover from television cameramen, Tom Palazzolo's portrait of Jerry Meyer offsets sequences of the tyrannical deli owner (seen berating his employees and physically dragging customers to the counter) with personal interviews in which a soft-spoken Meyer calmly describes his decorated military service in World War II, his early stand on civil rights and this one time when he stabbed an employee in the arm. - Tom Fritsche

Directed by: Tom Palazzolo
Release date: 1974-01-01
6.

A Poem Is a Naked Person

3.4
7.2/10 IMDB

Les Blank's first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell's Oklahoma recording studio during a three-year period (1972-1974).

Starring: Leon Russell, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Malissa Bates, David Briggs, Eric Andersen, Ambrose Campbell, Charlie McCoy ..
Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1974 : Janis
7.

Janis

3.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Released just a few years after her death, this forms a picture of who Janis was through interviews and performance clips.

Starring: Janis Joplin, Richard Bell, Sam Andrew, John Simon, Dick Cavett ..
Directed by: Howard Alk
Release date: 1974-10-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1974 : Linda's Film on Menstruation
8.

Linda's Film on Menstruation

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

This is an educational short released by the Los Angeles Public Library explaining what to expect when you get your first period.

Starring: Jonathan Banks, Mady Kaplan ..
Directed by: Linda Feferman
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1974 : The World of Buckminster Fuller
9.

The World of Buckminster Fuller

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Architect, engineer, geometrician, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. Fuller was renowned for his comprehensive perspective on the world's problems. For more than five decades he developed pioneering solutions reflecting his commitment to the potential of innovative design to create technology that does "more with less" and thereby improve human lives. He spent much of his life traveling the world lecturing and discussing his ideas with thousands of audiences. Now more relevant than ever, this film captures Fuller's ideas and thinking told in his own words.

Starring: Buckminster Fuller, Indira Gandhi ..
Directed by: Robert Snyder, Baylis Glascock
Release date: 1974-06-21
10.

Rivers of Sand

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

The people portrayed in this film are called Hamar. They dwell in the thorny scrubland of southwestern Ethiopia, about one hundred miles north of Lake Rudolph, Africa's great inland sea. They are isolated by some distant choice that now limits their movement and defines their condition. At least until recently, it has resulted in their retaining a highly traditional way of life. Hamar women eagerly accept their ritual whipping when boys come of age. Part of that tradition was the open, even flamboyant, observance of male supremacy. In their isolation, they seemed to have refined this not uncommon principle of social organization into a remarkably pure state. Hamar men are masters and their women are slaves. The film tries to disclose the effect on mood and behavior of lives governed by the idea of sexual inequality.

Directed by: Robert Gardner
Release date: 1974-10-30

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