Best Documentary Movies of 1983


When the Mountains Tremble

7.9/10 IMDB

A documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with first hand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.

Starring: Rigoberta Menchu ..
Directed by: Pamela Yates, Newton Thomas Sigel
Release date: 1983-09-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Planets

The Planets

7.8/10 IMDB

Based on the famous Gustav Holst musical suite, this musical film takes watchers on a magnificent journey of the planets of the Solar System.

Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1983-01-30

The Horror of It All

6.7/10 IMDB

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Starring: José Ferrer, Dana Andrews, Martine Beswick, Robert Bloch, John Carl Buechler, John Carradine, Roger Corman, Curtis Harrington, Rouben Mamoulian, Gloria Stuart ..
Directed by: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter
Release date: 1983-02-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Sea in Their Blood

The Sea in Their Blood

7.2/10 IMDB

A film made for the Central Office of Information concerning Britain's coastline, with music by Michael Nyman.

Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1983-10-05


5.9/10 IMDB

A series of shots depicting "America" are laid over a classic Gregorian Chant recreated through the distortion of a woman's screams.

Directed by: Bill Viola
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : So Far from India

So Far from India

6.6/10 IMDB

Via the New York Times: " examines the marriage of Ashok Sheth and his wife, Hansa. Ashok moved to New York only days after the wedding, to a woman he barely knew; the match was arranged in the traditional way. Now Ashok sells magazines in a subway station at 116th Street, lives in a cell- sized apartment and cherishes his new freedom. The film follows Ashok through such American activities as a visit to a store that sells running shoes. Then it follows him back to India, where Hansa waits with a baby he has never seen, and with a great many questions as to her future. "

Directed by: Mira Nair
Release date: 1983-09-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Spectre of Marxism

The Spectre of Marxism

7.6/10 IMDB

The impact of Marx on the 20th century has been all-pervasive and world-wide. This program looks at the man, at the roots of his philosophy, at the causes and explanations of his philosophical development, and at its most direct outcome: the failed Soviet Union.

Directed by: Alan Horrox
Release date: 1983-10-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti

Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti

6.9/10 IMDB

An unconventional portrait of painter Frida Kahlo and photographer Tina Modotti. Simple in style but complex in its analysis, it explores the divergent themes and styles of two contemporary and radical women artists working in the upheaval of the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution.

Starring: Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera, Miriam Margolyes ..
Directed by: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Bad News Tour

Bad News Tour

8.3/10 IMDB

A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service station where they argue about the cost of sausage and chips.

Starring: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Serena Evans, Bert Parnaby, Neville Smith, Judy Hawkins ..
Directed by: Sandy Johnson
Release date: 1983-01-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Group Madness

Group Madness

8.1/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of 1983's Yellowbeard

Starring: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, David Bowie, Peter Bull, Tommy Chong, John Cleese, Peter Cook, Mel Damski, Gillian Eaton, Marty Feldman ..
Directed by: Michael Mileham, Phillip Schuman
Release date: 1983-06-11

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