Best Documentary Movies of 1989


Thomas Hart Benton

7.3/10 IMDB

Thomas Hart Benton's paintings were energetic and uncompromising. Today his works are in museums, but Benton hung them in saloons for ordinary people to appreciate.

Starring: Thomas Hart Benton, Jason Robards, Edward R. Murrow, Burl Ives ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 1989-10-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1989 : The Heat Is On: The Making of Miss Saigon

The Heat Is On: The Making of Miss Saigon

8.6/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes look at the putting on of the successful West End stage musical, including footage of the cast rehearsing and the triumphant first night.

Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, Cameron Mackintosh, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Nicholas Hytner, William D. Brohn, Richard Maltby, Bob Avian, David Caddick ..
Directed by: David Wright
Release date: 1989-12-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1989 : Brian Eno:  Imaginary Landscapes

Brian Eno: Imaginary Landscapes

7.8/10 IMDB

Here’s an interesting and extremely rare documentary from 1989, which features legendary producer and multimedia artist Brian Eno discussing his process and his thoughts on music in general.

Starring: Brian Eno ..
Directed by: Gabriella Cardazzo, Duncan Ward
Release date: 1989-02-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1989 : Surname Viet Given Name Nam

Surname Viet Given Name Nam

6.7/10 IMDB

The film evolves around questions of identity, popular memory and culture. While focusing on aspects of Vietnamese reality as seen through the lives and history of women resistance in Vietnam and in the U.S, it raises questions on the politics of interviewing and documenting.

Starring: Tran Thi Hein, Ngo Kim Nhuy, Khien Lai, Tran Tai Bich Yen, Lan Trinh, Sue Whitfield ..
Directed by: Trinh T. Minh-ha
Release date: 1989-04-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1989 : Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge

Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge

7.1/10 IMDB

A camera crew follows Helmut Newton, the fashion and ad photographer whose images of tall, blond, big-breasted women are part of the iconography of twentieth-century erotic fantasy. He's on the go from L.A., to Paris, to Monte-Carlo, to Berlin, where he was a youth until he escaped from the Nazis in 1936. We see him on shoots, interviewing models, and discussing his work.

Starring: Helmut Newton, Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Charlotte Rampling, Sigourney Weaver, Karl Lagerfeld, Candice Bergen, Adrian Maben, June Newton, Robert Evans ..
Directed by: Adrian Maben
Release date: 1989-06-26

John Wayne Standing Tall

6.8/10 IMDB

Profile of one of the world's most popular motion picture stars, told through interviews with some of the artists who worked with him, family, friends, and excerpts from many of his films and television appearances.

Starring: James Arness, Peter Bogdanovich, Angie Dickinson, Joanne Dru ..
Directed by: John Musilli
Release date: 1989-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1989 : Before My Eyes

Before My Eyes

6.5/10 IMDB

Mani Kaul's BEFORE MY EYES is a 'filmscape' on the Kashmir valley.

Directed by: Mani Kaul
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1989 : Seoul 1988

Seoul 1988

6.7/10 IMDB

A documentary covering the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul.

Directed by: Lee Kwang-soo
Release date: 1989-01-01

Black Mother Black Daughter

8.1/10 IMDB

Black Mother Black Daughter explores the lives and experiences of black women in Nova Scotia, their contributions to the home, the church and the community and the strengths they pass on to their daughters.

Starring: Sylvia Hamilton ..
Directed by: Sylvia Hamilton, Claire Prieto
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1989 : James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

8.3/10 IMDB

James Baldwin was at once a major 20th century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy.

Starring: James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, David Baldwin, David Leeming, Lucien Happersberger, Bernard Hassel, William Cole, Ishmael Reed, William Styron ..
Directed by: Karen Thorsen
Release date: 1989-08-14

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