Best Documentary Movies of 1998


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 : Haru, Island of the Solitary

Haru, Island of the Solitary

8.3/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Kanerva Cederström, Riikka Tanner
Release date: 1998-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : American Experience: A Midwife's Tale

American Experience: A Midwife's Tale

8.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Kaiulani Lee, Andrew Elvis Miller, J. Smith-Cameron ..
Directed by: Richard P. Rogers
Release date: 1998-01-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Divorce Iranian Style

Divorce Iranian Style

7.5/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Release date: 1998-08-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters

Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters

8.3/10 IMDB

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.

Release date: 1998-03-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Playboy's Babes of Baywatch

Playboy's Babes of Baywatch

5.9/10 IMDB

Video footage of some of the beauties that have graced Playboy and appeared in Baywatch.

Starring: Traci Bingham, Pamela Anderson, Marliece Andrada, Lisa Boyle, Julie Lynn Cialini, Donna D'Errico, Erika Eleniak, Heidi Mark, Jenny McCarthy, Kelly Monaco ..
Directed by: Lawrence Lanoff
Release date: 1998-05-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Playboy's Girls Next Door - Naughty and Nice

Playboy's Girls Next Door - Naughty and Nice

6.5/10 IMDB

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!

Starring: Bethany Lorraine, Elisa Bridges, Daphnée Duplaix Samuel, Karen McDougal, Kelly Monaco, Kalin Olson, Stacy Sanches, Shauna Sand, Carrie Stevens, Lisa Marie Bacchus ..
Directed by: Scott Allen
Release date: 1998-02-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu

Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu

7.6/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Louise Brooks, Dana Delany, Roddy McDowall ..
Directed by: Hugh Munro Neely
Release date: 1998-05-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Siberian Lesson

Siberian Lesson

7.6/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Wojciech Staron
Release date: 1998-05-01

Inside The X-Files

7.9/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Sheila Larken ..
Directed by: Glen Kasper
Release date: 1998-02-01

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