Best Documentary Movies of 1988


Surviving Edged Weapons

8.7/10 IMDB

In an intense action-filled 85 minutes, you will learn to defend yourself against the mounting threat of “knife culture” offenders.

Starring: Ronald Rolland, Mickey Dawes, Leo T. Gaje Jr., Dean Gilmore, Kathleen A. Handal, Robert Henke, Gary Klugiewicz, Jan Lewis, Richard Menzel, Kevin Parsons ..
Directed by: Dennis Anderson
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : No Frank in Lumberton

No Frank in Lumberton

6.9/10 IMDB

A very surreal video shot behind the scenes during the production of Blue Velvet in Wilmington North Carolina in 1985 by Peter Braatz.

Starring: David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern ..
Directed by: Peter Braatz
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Cycling the Frame

Cycling the Frame

7.1/10 IMDB

This is a short film (30min), part documentary part art-film, about the Berlin Wall back in 1988 when West Berlin was still an isolated fiefdom of the capitalist west, located 125 miles behind the Iron Curtain in communist eastern Europe. The film follows a young girl (Tilda Swinton of Narnia fame) and her thoughts as she circumnavigates West Berlin alongside the 96 mile long, iconic, symbol of the cold war. The film blends visual and audio art into a montage of simple scenes depicting the wall, its watch towers and life along the border strip just as it was a year before the wall fell and the cold war ended.

Starring: Tilda Swinton ..
Directed by: Cynthia Beatt
Release date: 1988-08-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Measures of Distance

Measures of Distance

6.8/10 IMDB

In this video, the artist tries to overcome the effects of distance, and reflects on geography represented in exile due to war, and on the psychological distance represented in each one’s approach to her womanhood. The video beautifully weaves personal images and audio recordings of a very intimate nature, binding the personal with the political. Reading aloud from letters sent by her mother in Beirut, Hatoum creates a visual montage reflecting her feelings of separation and isolation from her Palestinian family. The personal and political are inextricably bound in a narrative that explores personal and family identity against a backdrop of traumatic social rupture, exile and displacement.

Directed by: Mona Hatoum
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Bacall on Bogart

Bacall on Bogart

7.7/10 IMDB

Lauren Bacall tells the story of her late husband Humphrey Bogart, presenting clips from his movies and interview clips with his peers.

Starring: Lauren Bacall, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Brooks, Alistair Cooke, Julius J. Epstein, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson, Budd Schulberg ..
Directed by: David Heeley
Release date: 1988-03-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Mondo New York

Mondo New York

6.3/10 IMDB

A young woman wanders around New York City and stumbles across a number of strange characters and settings that represent the "underground" areas of the city. She sees stand up comedy in Central Park, a prostitution auction, a voodoo ceremony, an S&M club, and a number of very interesting performance artists. These are just a few of the sights and sounds of New York that she encounters.

Starring: Joey Arias, Rick Aviles, Joe Coleman, Emilio Cubeiro, Karen Finley, Dean Johnson, Phoebe Legere, Lydia Lunch, Ann Magnuson, Frank Moore ..
Directed by: Harvey Keith
Release date: 1988-04-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Rock


7.0/10 IMDB

Documentary — featuring both interviews and live footage — about underground rock music in Russia, during the last years of the Perestroika.

Starring: Boris Grebenshchikov, Timur Novikov, Yuriy Shevchuk, Viktor Tsoy, Oleg Garkusha, Anton Adasinsky, Georgi Guryanov, Igor Tikhomirov, Yuri Kasparyan, Andrey Krisanov ..
Directed by: Aleksey Uchitel
Release date: 1988-01-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Passing Through/Torn Formations

Passing Through/Torn Formations

5.4/10 IMDB

1988 short film by Philip Hoffman.

Starring: Christopher Dewdney, Philip Hoffman, Marian MacMahon ..
Directed by: Philip Hoffman
Release date: 1988-06-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Coffee Coloured Children

Coffee Coloured Children

8.8/10 IMDB

Coffee-Colored Children is an autobiographical portrayal of Ngozi's, and her brother's, sad welcome to the world where the color of your skin dictates the amount of respect & love you receive.

Directed by: Ngozi Onwurah
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels

The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels

8.5/10 IMDB

A one-hour documentary on the making of Frank Zappa's bizarre 1971 comic musical. Vintage private footage from Frank's personal archives plus behind-the-scenes of the actual shooting and recording. With Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon and such songs as "Sleeping in a Jar," and "Strictly Genteel." The inside history of the first feature-length film to be shot on video in 6 days.

Starring: Frank Zappa, Tony Palmer ..
Directed by: Frank Zappa
Release date: 1988-01-01

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