Best Documentary Movies of 1982

1.

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 : Carlin at Carnegie
2.

Carlin at Carnegie

4.1
8.1/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : The Compleat Beatles
3.

The Compleat Beatles

4.0
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : We Will Rock You
5.

We Will Rock You

3.7
8.6/10 IMDB

Freddie and co perform a blistering set of hits, including We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, in front of an 18,000 strong crowd at Montreal's Forum, in this stunning concert film.

Starring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Brian May ..
Directed by: Saul Swimmer
Release date: 1982-05-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Jean Michel Jarre: The Concerts In China
6.

Jean Michel Jarre: The Concerts In China

3.7
9.1/10 IMDB

The Concerts in China was a concert tour by Jean Michel Jarre, notable for marking the opening of post-Mao Zedong China to live Western music, in 1981. Five concerts were held in the two biggest cities, for an estimated audience of 120,000 spectators, on October 21 and 22 in Beijing, and on October 26 through 28 in Shanghai.

Starring: Jean-Michel Jarre ..
Directed by: Andrew Piddington
Release date: 1982-01-01
7.

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time

3.5
8.3/10 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, Pete Seeger ..
Directed by: Jim Brown
Release date: 1982-03-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Brussels-Transit
8.

Brussels-Transit

3.5
8.4/10 IMDB

Samy Szlingerbaum made his film Dakh-Brisel (Brussels-Transit) in 1980, thirty years after any Yiddish feature film had been produced. Szlingerbaum felt that the only way he could relate the story of his family’s search for refuge after World War II was in Yiddish. This Belgian-based filmmaker, deeply impacted by New York experimental cinema, gives us a masterful blend of powerful drama and stark documentary to tell the story of postwar European Jewry. Home, as it had been, no longer exists, and all that Samy’s family wants is a place in which to sink new roots.

Starring: Hélène Lapiower, Boris Lehman, Jeremy Wald, Suzy Falk, Micha Wald ..
Directed by: Samy Szlingerbaum
Release date: 1982-02-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Shift
9.

Shift

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

By cutting up and zoom in on images of facades creates Matsumoto visual effects.

Directed by: Toshio Matsumoto
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1982 : Room 666
10.

Room 666

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wenders asks a number of global film directors to, one at a time, go into a hotel room, turn on the camera and answer a simple question: "What is the future of cinema?"

Starring: Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Morrissey, Mike de Leon, Monte Hellman, Romain Goupil, Susan Seidelman, Noël Simsolo, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Robert Kramer ..
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Release date: 1982-06-01

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