Best Documentary Movies of 1998


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8.2/10 IMDB

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.

Starring: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1998-07-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

8.1/10 IMDB

This documentary follows superstar Bret Hart during his last year in the WWF. The film documents the tensions that resulted in The Montreal Screwjob, one of the most controversial events in the history of professional wrestling, in which Vince McMahon, Shawn Micheals, and others, legitimately conspired behind the scenes to go against the script and remove Bret Hart as champion.

Starring: Bret Hart, Owen James Hart, Vince McMahon, Steve Austin, Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, Mick Foley ..
Directed by: Paul Jay
Release date: 1998-12-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : The Cruise

The Cruise

7.7/10 IMDB

Affectionate portrait of Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses.

Starring: Timothy "Speed" Levitch ..
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Release date: 1998-10-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : The Last Days

The Last Days

7.6/10 IMDB

Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood homes more than 50 years later. An historian, a Sonderkommando, a doctor who experimented on Auschwitz prisoners, and US soldiers who were part of the liberation in April, 1945.

Starring: Bill Basch, Martin Basch, Randolph Braham ..
Directed by: James Moll
Release date: 1998-10-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Meeting People Is Easy

Meeting People Is Easy

7.5/10 IMDB

Meeting People Is Easy takes place during the promotion of Radiohead's 1997 release OK Computer, containing a collage of video clips, sound bites, and dialogue going behind the scenes with the band on their world tour, showing the eventual burn-out of the group as the world tour progresses. The inaugural show of the OK Computer tour began on 22 May 1997 in Barcelona, Spain.

Starring: Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway ..
Directed by: Grant Gee
Release date: 1998-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Behind the Planet of the Apes

Behind the Planet of the Apes

7.4/10 IMDB

This documentary was shown as part of the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable TV channel's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Planet of the Apes (1968). We learn how the original French novel was transformed into the first film.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Charlton Heston, Richard D. Zanuck, John Chambers, Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, William J. Creber, Mort Abrahams, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy ..
Directed by: Kevin Burns, David Comtois
Release date: 1998-09-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money

The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money

7.1/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Dennis Hopper, Alan Parker, Harvey Keitel, Dave Stewart, David Bowie ..
Directed by: Hermann Vaske
Release date: 1998-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Party Monster: The Shockumentary

Party Monster: The Shockumentary

7.2/10 IMDB

"Party Monster: The Shockumentary" tells the story of the rise and fall of Michael Alig, a kid from Middle America who aspired to take the place of Andy Warhol. Michael quickly rose to become the biggest party promoter in New York and King of the so-called Club Kids. But after spiraling into drug addiction, Michael brutally murdered his roommate Angel Melendez.

Starring: Michael Alig, James St. James ..
Directed by: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Release date: 1998-06-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Divine Trash

Divine Trash

7.7/10 IMDB

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters.

Starring: John Waters, Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Steve Buscemi, George Kuchar, Mike Kuchar, Jim Jarmusch, Paul Morrissey ..
Directed by: Steve Yeager
Release date: 1998-01-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Song of Avignon

Song of Avignon

7.8/10 IMDB

Reflections on my 1966 trip to Avignon that helped me to survive a deep crisis I was going through. Texts from my diaries of that period on the soundtrack are read by Angus McLise.

Starring: Angus MacLise ..
Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1998-07-03

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