Best Documentary Movies of 1975



7.8/10 IMDB

Filmed live at London's Rainbow Theatre in December 1972, the innovative group Yes performs its progressive rock symphonies -- epic compositions that influenced new trends in contemporary music. "Yessongs" provides a visual record of the concert tour that became a groundbreaking tour de force in rock music. This unique concert video of Yes was filmed during their record-breaking tour and features the talents of the five original band members. The massively popular band defined the prog rock movement with their mystical epics which infused both a Medieval and Classical sound into rock music. Titles performed include "Close to the Edge," "All Good People," and "Roundabout."

Starring: Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Rick Wakeman ..
Directed by: Peter Neale
Release date: 1975-03-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Cracked Actor

Cracked Actor

7.8/10 IMDB

The documentary depicts Bowie on tour in Los Angeles, using a mixture of documentary sequences filmed in limousines and hotels, and concert footage. Most of the concert footage was taken from a show at the Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre on 2 September 1974. There were also excerpts from D.A. Pennebaker's concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which had been shot at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973, as well as a few other performances from the tour. Cracked Actor is notable for being a source for footage of Bowie's ambitious Diamond Dogs tour at the time he was a cocaine addict and also for showing Bowie's fragile mental state during this period.

Starring: David Bowie ..
Directed by: Alan Yentob
Release date: 1975-01-01
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 : 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 : Organism


7.4/10 IMDB

Academy Award winning film maker Hilary Harris’ epic vision of New York City shot over 15 years [1959-74] during which time Mr. Harris pioneered and con-temporized time-lapse film making techniques to achieve this unique experiential view of the world we inhabit: chaos and confusion seem to multiply in every corner of the Big Apple. Yet there seems to be some order in all that chaotic and relentless system and things seem to work just fine. The same can be said about the human body. Director Hilary Harris proves with this short documentary that cities and organisms are all-alike.

Directed by: Hilary Harris
Release date: 1975-05-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Welfare


8.2/10 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 : The United States of America

The United States of America

6.7/10 IMDB

A conceptual bicentennial film dealing with spatial and temporal relationships between two travelers, their car, and the geographic, political, and social changes from NY to Los Angeles.

Directed by: Bette Gordon, James Benning
Release date: 1975-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1975 : Karayuki-San, the Making of a Prostitute

Karayuki-San, the Making of a Prostitute

7.3/10 IMDB

Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute is a 1975 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura. It is a documentary on one of the Japanese "karayuki-san," who were women that were taken from their homes in Japan and used as prostitutes in the post-war period. Many of these women were told that they were doing this to support their families because of the extreme poverty that the war left much of Japan to live in. Imamura focuses on a particular such woman who was sent to Malaysia and never returned to Japan. Joan Mellen, in The Waves at Genji's Door, called this film, "Perhaps the most brilliant and feeling of Imamura's fine documentaries."

Starring: Kikuyo Zendo, Sh?hei Imamura ..
Directed by: Sh?hei Imamura
Release date: 1975-01-01
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

The California Reich

7.4/10 IMDB

A documentary about the nazi party in America.

Directed by: Keith Critchlow, Walter F. Parkes
Release date: 1975-01-01

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