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 : The Last Days

The Last Days

7.5/10 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 : 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 : Richter: The Enigma

Richter: The Enigma

8.9/10 IMDB

Bruno Monsaingeon wrote and directed this 144-minute French documentary about Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who died August 1, 1997. Black-and-white performance clips from the 1930s are combined with later Mosfilm color footage, while Richter's personal history is revealed in digital video interviews shot two years before his death.

Starring: Sviatoslav Richter ..
Directed by: Bruno Monsaingeon
Release date: 1998-01-01
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: 1998-03-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : John Leguizamo: Freak

John Leguizamo: Freak

8.2/10 IMDB

John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his father. We see this story through a bizarre myriad of characters and situations, which include the eccentric Uncle Sanny, the Fat Boy Called Bitch (John's little brother, Poochie), his mom, his evil grandmothers, and Lee Stratsberg, not to mention a brief appearance by Cantinflas as God.

Starring: John Leguizamo ..
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 1998-10-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Behind the Planet of the Apes

Behind the Planet of the Apes

7.5/10 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

PNYC: Portishead - Roseland New York

9.0/10 IMDB

Portishead concert in the Roseland Ballroom, New York City, on the 24th July 1997 with tracks from the albums "Dummy" and "Portishead" played by the band and a 30 piece orchestra.

Starring: Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, Adrian Utley, Dave MacDonald ..
Directed by: Dick Carruthers
Release date: 1998-11-02


7.0/10 IMDB

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return to Base Camp. It also shows many of the challenges the group faced, including avalanches, lack of oxygen, treacherous ice walls, and a deadly blizzard.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Viesturs, David Breashears, Tracy Pfau, Lhakpa Dorji ..
Directed by: Greg MacGillivray, Stephen Judson, David Breashears
Release date: 1998-03-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : What's a Carry On?

What's a Carry On?

7.6/10 IMDB

Documentary commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 'Carry On' comedy film series. Archive clips and out-takes are mixed with interviews with the surviving 'Carry On' cast.

Starring: Joan Sims, Jim Dale, Angela Douglas, Barbara Windsor, Leslie Phillips, Jack Douglas, Patsy Rowlands ..
Directed by: John Highlander
Release date: 1998-12-29

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