Best Documentary Movies of 1998
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money
An examination of the evolution of commercials as an artistic medium, featuring interviews with media luminaries who relate how the in-your-face stylistic conventions of commercials have influenced feature films and the visual arts. A documentary film talking about art and advertising divided in three parts: 1. Crossing Over - from cinema to ads from ads to cinema 2. Humour - How humour affects us in advertising 3. Shock - The way shock is used to sell
Haru, Island of the Solitary
In early 1970s, the graphic designer Tuulikki Pietilä had seen enough of stative visual art and purchased a film camera from Japan. She filmed the games and chores of the artist couple in their beloved hideout, the island of Klovharun.
American Experience: A Midwife's Tale
A docudrama adaptation of Ulrich's Pulitzer-winning book, which was based on thousands of entries in the journal of Martha Ballard, a Maine midwife, in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The movie intercuts between reenactments of Ballard doing her Maine midwifery and related tasks, and Ulrich in her eight years of research on her book; in the end, clear comparisons are made between the work of the two women.
Divorce Iranian Style
DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE unfolds inside an Iranian divorce court, providing a subtle and intimate look at the lives of women in a country stereotypically associated with fanaticism and oppression. Astute and beautifully observed, the film reveals the ingenuity and humour with which Iranian women negotiate the restrictions of their society.
Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters
A fascinating look at one of the most unforgettable groups of the '70s. You'll see Richard and Karen Carpenter performing lots of their classic songs, plus rare archival footage and tributes by Herb Alpert, Les Paul, Burt Bacharach and more. Contains exclusive footage not seen on the PBS broadcast. 1997/color/75 min/NR/fullscreen.
Playboy's Babes of Baywatch
Video footage of some of the beauties that have graced Playboy and appeared in Baywatch.
Playboy's Girls Next Door - Naughty and Nice
Nothing beats the enticing appeal of those alluring girls next door. Now they're all grown up and ready to take you on a series of rousing rendezvous that are naughty... and oh so nice!
Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu
Documentary recounting the life story of Louise Brooks in 5 sections: "Lulu in Toe Shoes"; "Lulu in Hollywood"; "Lulu in Berlin"; "Lulu in Hell"; and "Resurrection". Narrated by Shirley MacLaine.
The first documentary by Wojciech Staro?. He just finished film school, his wife Ma?gosia just became a teacher. The year is 1997. They decide to go for a year deep into Siberia: she’ll teach Polish, he’ll shoot a film. And this is that beautiful film, narrated in the first person by Ma?gosia as she meets all sorts of colorful characters and reflects upon reality with her beautiful, monotone voice, seeing the good in people individually and collectively. This is also about her transformation in this travel undertaken in the centuries-old fashion of the observer who, by observing others, observes herself.
Inside The X-Files
Inside the X-Files for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Also included are interviews with the cast and creator Chris Carter, never before seen segments from the show, outtakes and a sneak preview of the upcoming feature film.