Best Documentary Movies of 1974
Hearts and Minds
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.
Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York and family history back in Sicily.
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour ’74
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
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
In 1971, inmates at Attica State Prison seized control of D-yard and took 35 hostages after peaceful efforts for reforms failed. Attica investigates the rebellion and its bloody suppression, revealing institutionalized injustices, sanctioned dishonesty, and abuses of power.
A Poem Is a Naked Person
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).
Released just a few years after her death, this forms a picture of who Janis was through interviews and performance clips.
Action : The October Crisis of 1970
A long and thoughtful look at those desperate days of October 1970, when Montre?al awaited the outcome of FLQ terrorist acts. This film puts the October Crisis in the long perspective of history. Compiled from news and other films, it shows independence movements past and present, and their leaders; it reflects the mingled relief, dismay, defiance, when the Canadian army came to Montre?al; and it shows how political leaders viewed the intervention.
The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived
“In the late ‘60s, Dhofar rose up against the British-backed Sultanate of Oman, in a democratic, feminist guerrilla movement. Heiny Srour and her team crossed 500 miles of desert and mountains by foot, under bombardment by the British Royal Air Force, to reach the conflict zone and capture this rare record of a now mostly-forgotten war. The People’s Liberation Army— barefoot, without rank or salary— freed a third of the territory, while undertaking a vast program of social reforms and infrastructure projects— schools, farms, hospitals, and roads were built, while illiterate teenage shepherdesses became feminists and 8-year-old school children learned to practice democracy. A still-topical portrait of a liberated society and an exploration of the role of oil in U.S. and British involvement in the Middle East, it was the first film by an Arab woman to screen at Cannes, where it was nominated for four awards.” - Film Forum