Best Documentary Movies of 1976


Number Our Days

8.1/10 IMDB

Based on the book by anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff, this Academy Award-winning short documentary offers a tender portrait of a community of elderly yet resilient Jews living, loving, and at times struggling, in Venice, California. From everyday trials to traditional celebrations, this compassionate portrayal of Eastern European survivors cuts straight to the heart of every viewer and reminds us of the joys and realities of long life.

Starring: Barbara Myerhoff ..
Directed by: Barbara Myerhoff, Lynne Littman
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : H.M.P.


5.9/10 IMDB

Humane recruitment film made for the prison services, following three new recruits on a tour of a facility.

Directed by: John Krish
Release date: 1976-04-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Born for Hard Luck: Peg Leg Sam Jackson

Born for Hard Luck: Peg Leg Sam Jackson

7.4/10 IMDB

A biographical documentary following the life of the legendary country blues musician "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson.

Starring: Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson ..
Directed by: Tom Davenport
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : It's Showtime

It's Showtime

6.2/10 IMDB

A collection of film clips profiling animal actors.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, Trigger, Pal, Daisy, Skippy, James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, Cary Grant, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dick Powell ..
Directed by: Paul M. Heller, Alan Myerson, Fred Weintraub
Release date: 1976-03-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Take the 5:10 to Dreamland

Take the 5:10 to Dreamland

6.4/10 IMDB

Its slow somnambulic rhythm, its animalistic jungle sounds as well as the eerily mixed images create a dream mood that comes closest to my actual dreaming-feeling. The long black phases between the sequences are as important as the images themselves because they leave empty space where the "echo" of the last image can seep through without interfering with the following image. But our logical mind still somehow feels compelled to construe some kind of sense, parallel, or some erratic story out of it.

Directed by: Bruce Conner
Release date: 1976-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Underground


6.9/10 IMDB

Underground is a 1976 documentary film about the Weathermen, founded as a militant faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), who fought to overthrow the U.S. government during the 1960s and 1970s. The film consists of interviews with members of the group after they went underground and footage of the anti-war and civil rights protests of the time. It was directed by Emile de Antonio, Haskell Wexler and Mary Lampson, later subpoenaed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an attempt to confiscate the film footage in order to gain information that would help them arrest the Weathermen. (Wikipedia)

Starring: Bill Ayers, Kathy Boudin, Emile de Antonio, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, Haskell Wexler, Cathy Wilkerson ..
Directed by: Haskell Wexler, Emile de Antonio, Mary Lampson
Release date: 1976-05-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

6.8/10 IMDB

In 1975, Chicago filmmakers Flaxman and Goldman got carte blanche to film the shooting of a local film called THE LAST AFFAIR. Neither AFFAIR's director (who envisioned the film as "a combination of Fellini and Bergman") nor its cast (which included then-unknowns Betty Thomas and Ron Dean) had ever worked in the industry before. Made in the classic cinema-verité style of Drew and Leacock, A LABOR OF LOVE is a revealing and often hilarious exposé of the hidden side of adult film: onscreen partners despise each other offscreen, male performers can't "get wood," an actress has her period, Ivory Liquid is substituted for semen, and the director declares, "I really dislike every minute of this!" (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Starring: Anna Welsh, Robin T. Ruthledge, Joel Cohn, Larry Hovde, Henri Charr, Mark Lynch, Craig Summer, Charles Zeiler, Debbie Dan, William Derl-Davis ..
Directed by: Robert Flaxman, Daniel Goldman
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot

Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot

5.4/10 IMDB

Scientists mount an expedition to find a Bigfoot-type creature.

Starring: George Lauris, Steve Boergadine, Jim Bradford, Ken Kenzle, William Emmons, Joel Morello, Lou Salerni ..
Directed by: Ed Ragozzino
Release date: 1976-02-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1976 : Signs of Vigorous Life: The New German Cinema

Signs of Vigorous Life: The New German Cinema

7.4/10 IMDB

BBC documentary about the rise of the New German Cinema and several of its most important figures.

Starring: Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Volker Schlöndorff ..
Directed by: Peter Adam
Release date: 1976-12-02

Altar of Fire

7.3/10 IMDB

This film records a 12 day ritual performed by Mambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, southwest India, in April 1975. This event was possibly the last performance of the Agnicayana, a Vedic ritual of sacrifice dating back 3,000 years and probably the oldest surviving human ritual. Long considered extinct and never witnessed by outsiders, the ceremonies require the participation of seventeen priests, involve libations of Soma juice and oblations of other substances, all preceded by several months of preparation and rehearsals. They include the construction, from a thousand bricks, of a fire altar in the shape of a bird.

Directed by: Robert Gardner
Release date: 1976-01-01

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