Best Documentary Movies of 1982

1.

Koyaanisqatsi

5.9
8.3/10 IMDB

Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and the exceptional music by Philip Glass.

Starring: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel ..
Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 1982-04-28
2.

Burden of Dreams

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

German director Werner Herzog begins work on his 1982 epic "Fitzcarraldo" but soon runs into serious setbacks, from casting problems to his own stubborn refusal to use special effects. After having to reshoot much of the film because the lead actor was recast, his crew must then haul an old-fashioned steamboat over a mountain using manpower alone. With a resolve bordering on insanity, Herzog struggles to realize his vision, vowing to see the film completed -- even if it leads to his undoing.

Starring: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Mick Jagger, José Lewgoy ..
Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1982-05-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : The Compleat Beatles
3.

The Compleat Beatles

4.1
8.2/10 IMDB

“Let me take you down…” Now, for the first time, you can re-live the Beatles legends with this stunning 2-hour musical “Rockumentary”. It’s all there from the wild exuberance of the early Cavern Club days through eight incredible years, to the grim finality of “Let It Be”. See John, Paul, George and Ringo in performance, on tour, in films, recording with George Martin and in rare footage never before seen. Narrated by Malcom McDowell.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin, Allan Williams, Gerry Marsden, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Preston ..
Directed by: Patrick Montgomery
Release date: 1982-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : The Atomic Cafe
4.

The Atomic Cafe

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.

Directed by: Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty
Release date: 1982-03-17
5.

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time

3.5
8.4/10 IMDB

Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.

Starring: Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman ..
Directed by: Jim Brown
Release date: 1982-03-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Carlin at Carnegie
6.

Carlin at Carnegie

3.3
8.2/10 IMDB

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York City in 1982, released in 1983. Most of the material comes from his A Place for My Stuff, the album released earlier that same year. The final performance of "Seven Dirty Words," his last recorded performance of the routine, features Carlin's updated list.

Starring: George Carlin ..
Directed by: Steven J. Santos
Release date: 1982-10-10
7.

Say Amen, Somebody

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary on modern black gospel music, focusing on the pioneering Rev. Thomas Dorsey and Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith

Starring: Thomas Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith ..
Directed by: George T. Nierenberg
Release date: 1982-10-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Famous T & A
8.

Famous T & A

3.1
5.4/10 IMDB

A collection of nude and/or topless scenes from various films featuring actresses who were either famous at the time or who became famous later on.

Starring: Sybil Danning, Laura Jane Leary, Angela Aames, Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Jacqueline Bisset, Timothy Brown, Claudia Cardinale, Pamela Collins, Phyllis Davis ..
Directed by: Ken Dixon
Release date: 1982-01-01
9.

Hail Columbia!

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

The maiden voyage of Columbia, the first space shuttle, is recounted with footage shot on the ground and in space.

Starring: James Whitmore ..
Directed by: Graeme Ferguson
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Illuminated Texts
10.

Illuminated Texts

2.9
8.2/10 IMDB

"Breathtaking in its techniques, rhapsodic in its passion, and encyclopedia in its scope, the film traces the long fall from paradise into modern barbarism." Art Gallery of Ontario

Directed by: R. Bruce Elder
Release date: 1982-01-27

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