Best Documentary Movies of 1983

1.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Hammersmith Odeon, London, July 3, 1973. British singer David Bowie performs his alter ego Ziggy Stardust for the very last time. A decadent show, a hallucinogenic collage of kitsch, pop irony and flamboyant excess: a musical symbiosis of feminine passion and masculine dominance that defines Bowie's art and the glam rock genre.

Starring: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey, Angela Bowie, Ken Fordham, Brian Wilshaw, Geoffrey MacCormack, John 'Hutch' Hutchinson, Mike Garson ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1983-12-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Bad News Tour
2.

Bad News Tour

3.8
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
3.

Winter Light

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

Though best known for his collage films, Lawrence Jordan here makes exquisite study of the different aspects of light lilting through the early morning fog of California winter. Painterly gradations of color and juxtapositions in scale are beautifully arranged to music by Antonio Vivaldi.

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1983-01-01
4.

The Spanish Civil War

3.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Documentary series which uses film and eyewitness accounts from both sides of the conflict that divided Spain in the years leading up to World War Two, also placing it in its international context.

Starring: Frank Finlay ..
Directed by: John Blake, David Hart
Release date: 1983-01-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Schindler: The Documentary
5.

Schindler: The Documentary

3.6
7.7/10 IMDB

The true story of Oskar Schindler's exploits in which he saved a thousand Jews from the ovens of the death camps, s told by first hand witnesses. The British Academy Award winning documentary that preceded Spielberg's "Schindler's List" by 10 years.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Emilie Schindler, Oskar Schindler, Winston Churchill, Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, Josef Kramer ..
Directed by: Jon Blair
Release date: 1983-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi
6.

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film.

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Kenny Baker, David Alan Barclay, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, Mike Edmonds, Stuart Freeborn, Jim Henson, Howard G. Kazanjian ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1983-11-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Hieronymus Bosch: The Mysteries of Hieronymus Bosch
7.

Hieronymus Bosch: The Mysteries of Hieronymus Bosch

3.3
8.1/10 IMDB

Nicholas Baum goes on a journey to Den Bosch, Hieronymus Bosch's town, and gives his explanation about what he thinks the painter's works originally meant.

Starring: NICHOLAS BAUM ..
Release date: 1983-03-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : The Planets
8.

The Planets

3.3
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1983 : Visions Cinema: Film in the Philippines - A Report by Tony Rayns
9.

Visions Cinema: Film in the Philippines - A Report by Tony Rayns

3.2
8.0/10 IMDB

Film critic Tony Rayns interviews Lino Brocka and other prominent Filipino filmmakers.

Starring: Tony Rayns, Ishmael Bernal, Lino Brocka, Manuel Conde, Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Agustin Sotto ..
Directed by: Ron Orders
Release date: 1983-09-28
10.

Children of Darkness

3.2
8.0/10 IMDB

A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation from society while treating their issues in mental health facilities. But there's no end in sight for those young individuals when they face obstacles and mistreatment in inadequate places under the supervision of careless and inexperienced professionals. The documentary follows some of those public mental institutions and another private center dealing with troubled kids and reveals what's wrong with their procedures, and the irreparable harm they cause in those patients.

Starring: Peter Thomas ..
Directed by: Ara Chekmayan, Richard Kotuk
Release date: 1983-01-01

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