Best Documentary Movies of 1975


Grey Gardens

7.6/10 IMDB

Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. Much of the conversation is centered on their pasts, as mother and daughter now rarely leave home.

Starring: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers, Norman Vincent Peale, Jack Helmuth, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Jerry Torre, Lois Wright ..
Directed by: Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Release date: 1975-09-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Inside Marilyn Chambers

Inside Marilyn Chambers

7.3/10 IMDB

In 1976, Marilyn Chambers was one of the most famous porn movie stars following her success in Behind the Green Door and the Resurrection of Eve. This film explores her offscreen life.

Starring: Marilyn Chambers, Johnnie Keyes, George S. McDonald, Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Tyler Reynolds ..
Directed by: Artie Mitchell
Release date: 1975-05-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Welfare


8.3/10 IMDB

WELFARE shows the nature and complexity of the welfare system in sequences illustrating the staggering diversity of problems that constitute welfare: housing, unemployment, divorce, medical and psychiatric problems, abandoned and abused children, and the elderly. These issues are presented in a context where welfare workers as well as clients struggle to cope with and interpret the laws and regulations that govern their work and life.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Release date: 1975-09-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Conversation with Fritz Lang

Conversation with Fritz Lang

7.8/10 IMDB

American director William Friedkin interviewed Austrian director Fritz Lang on February 21st and 24th, 1975. Lang died August 2nd, 1976.

Starring: William Friedkin, Fritz Lang ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1975-02-24

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

7.7/10 IMDB

Thom Andersen's remarkable and sadly neglected hour-long documentary adroitly combines biography, history, film theory, and philosophical reflection. Muybridge's photographic studies of animal locomotion in the 1870s were a major forerunner of movies; even more interesting are his subsequent studies of diverse people, photographed against neutral backgrounds.

Starring: Dean Stockwell, Eadweard Muybridge ..
Directed by: Thom Andersen
Release date: 1975-09-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Love Letter to Edie

Love Letter to Edie

8.0/10 IMDB

A documentary about actress Edith Massey in which she talks about her life and her career in film.

Starring: Edith Massey, John Waters, Pat Moran, Mink Stole, Dolores DeLuce, Vincent Peranio, Ed Peranio, Mary Vivian Pearce ..
Directed by: Robert Maier
Release date: 1975-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Great


6.8/10 IMDB

An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century - including the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western Railway, and the Great Eastern steamship (for 40 years the world's largest steamship). Various styles of animation are used to depict events in his colorful life.

Starring: Richard Briers, Harry Fowler, Barbara Moore, Angus Lennie, Peter Hawkins, Dick Graham, Imogen Claire, Cyril Shaps ..
Directed by: Bob Godfrey
Release date: 1975-03-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Anna


8.1/10 IMDB

A documentary ostensibly about Anna, a young drug addict taken off the streets by one of the filmmakers. Through her they attempt to explore the social issues from their hippie perspective, instead they create a revealing, uncomfortable self-portrait and inadvertently raise questions about documentary film-making.

Starring: Anna, Raoul Calabro ..
Directed by: Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli
Release date: 1975-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : James Dean: The First American Teenager

James Dean: The First American Teenager

7.8/10 IMDB

Stacy Keach narrates this documentary that chronicles the abbreviated life and career of iconic brooding bad boy James Dean, from his obscure early days working in television to his rise to stardom in films such as Rebel Without a Cause. Clips from Dean's movies are intermingled with candid interviews with the star's friends and Hollywood colleagues, including Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dennis Hopper.

Starring: James Dean, Stacy Keach, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Sammy Davis, Jr., Leslie Caron, Carroll Baker, Maila Nurmi, Corey Allen, Dennis Hopper ..
Directed by: Ray Connolly
Release date: 1975-09-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Windows


6.7/10 IMDB

A sort of documentary on the people known to have fallen out of windows in a certain time frame in a certain geographical location. One of Greenaway's early short films.

Starring: Peter Greenaway ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1975-01-01

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