Best Documentary Movies of 2001


Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

8.0/10 IMDB

With commentary from Hollywood stars, outtakes from his movies and footage from his youth, this documentary looks at Stanley Kubrick's life and films. Director Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and sometime collaborator, interviews heavyweights like Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen and Sydney Pollack, who explain the influence of Kubrick classics like "Dr. Strangelove" and "2001: A Space Odyssey," and how he absorbed visual clues from disposable culture such as television commercials.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner, Steven Marcus, Alexander Singer, Paul Mazursky, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Matthew Modine ..
Directed by: Jan Harlan
Release date: 2001-05-02

Dogtown and Z-Boys

7.6/10 IMDB

This award-winning, thrilling story is about a group of discarded kids who revolutionized skateboarding and shaped the attitude and culture of modern day extreme sports. Featuring old skool skating footage, exclusive interviews and a blistering rock soundtrack, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing.

Starring: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Henry Rollins, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Jeff Ament, Tony Alva, Jeff Ho, Jake Phelps, Glen E. Friedman ..
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
Release date: 2001-01-18

The Matrix Revisited

7.4/10 IMDB

The film goes behind the scenes of the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Joel Silver, Bill Pope, Owen Paterson, Kym Barrett, Steve Skroce ..
Directed by: Josh Oreck
Release date: 2001-11-19
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration

8.4/10 IMDB

The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special was a 2001 New York City revue show by Michael Jackson. It took place on September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001. In late November 2001, the CBS television network aired the concerts as a two-hour special in honour of Michael Jackson's thirtieth year as a solo entertainer (his first solo single, "Got to Be There", was recorded in 1971). The show was edited from footage of two separate concerts Michael had orchestrated in New York City's Madison Square Garden on September 7 and September 10 of 2001. The shows sold out in five hours. Ticket prices were pop's most expensive ever; the best seats cost $5,000 and included a dinner with Michael Jackson and a signed poster.

Starring: Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Marc Anthony, Monica, Marlon Brando, Cyd Charisse, Usher, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Liza Minnelli ..
Directed by: Bruce Gowers
Release date: 2001-11-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company

We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company

8.6/10 IMDB

Over a period of two years, Mark Cowen and his crew travelled to thirty U.S. states and ten European cities, to interview the veterans of Easy Company. The stories told by the veterans themselves, create a history of the Second World War from the point of view of this heroic company of men, made famous in the mini-series Band of Brothers.

Starring: James Alley Jr., Roderick Bain ..
Directed by: Mark Cowen
Release date: 2001-11-10
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances

George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances

8.3/10 IMDB

George Carlin performs a hilarious set of never-before released material in "Complaints and Grievances." His 12th HBO special was recorded live at the Beacon Theater in New York City on November 17, 2001. In "Complaints and Grievances," Carlin shamelessly exposes the people and subjects that irritate him the most.

Starring: George Carlin ..
Directed by: Rocco Urbisci
Release date: 2001-11-17


8.3/10 IMDB

Documentarians Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg traveled to Israel to interview Palestinian and Israeli kids ages 11 to 13, assembling their views on living in a society afflicted with violence, separatism and religious and political extremism. This 2002 Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary culminates in an astonishing day in which two Israeli children meet Palestinian youngsters at a refugee camp.

Starring: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Sanabel Hassan ..
Directed by: Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Children Underground

Children Underground

8.2/10 IMDB

Children Underground follows the story of five street children, aged eight to sixteen who live in a subway station in Bucharest, Romania. The street kids are encountered daily by commuting adults, who pass them by in the station as they starve, swindle, and steal, all while searching desperately for a fresh can of paint to get high with.

Starring: Cristina Ionescu, Mihai Alexandre Tudose, Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu, Ana Turturica, Marian Turturica, Alexandru Beschina, Florin Ionut Calciu, Adrian Chiru, Romulus Cristescu, Ilie Fonfonile ..
Directed by: Edet Belzberg
Release date: 2001-09-19

Britney Spears: Live from Las Vegas

7.4/10 IMDB

Have you ever had a dream that felt so real, you couldn't tell the difference between the real world and the dream world? On November 18, 2001, the world's biggest star, Britney Spears, brought her "Dream Within a Dream" Tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in legendary Las Vegas. Watch this defining concert, witnessed by millions of fans, as it was broadcast live on HBO.

Starring: Britney Spears, Jon Voight, Brian Friedman, Aminah Abdul-Jillil, Nancy Anderson, Andre Fuentes, Brooke Lipton, Leo Moctezuma, Gabriel Page, Angela Randle Elgani ..
Directed by: Marty Callner, Britney Spears
Release date: 2001-11-18

War Photographer

7.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Starring: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt, Des Wright, Denis O'Neill ..
Directed by: Christian Frei
Release date: 2001-01-01

Rivers and Tides

7.9/10 IMDB

Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature.

Starring: Andy Goldsworthy ..
Directed by: Thomas Riedelsheimer
Release date: 2001-02-13


7.8/10 IMDB

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.

Directed by: Doug Pray
Release date: 2001-11-07
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Mission: Improbable

Mission: Improbable

7.7/10 IMDB

A behind the scenes look at the stunt work of "Mission: Impossible 2", told through one stunt man who looks like a certain superstar, who's got his looks, but certainly not his smarts.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, John Woo, Stephen Chang, David Lea ..
Directed by: Joel Gallen
Release date: 2001-06-02
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman

The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman

7.6/10 IMDB

Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, a loving father...and a ruthless killer. A decade after HBO last visited him in prison, the convicted murderer, who freely admits having whacked more than 100 people in cold blood, takes viewers back inside his cold, calculating mind. In this follow-up to America Undercover's 1992 film The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer, Kuklinski provides all-new insights about his exploits as one of the Mafia's most notorious assassins...and reveals some shocking confessions for a number of previously unsolved murders.

Starring: Richard Kuklinski, Mark Musto, Rocco Fazzolari, Rich Lounello ..
Directed by: Arthur Ginsberg
Release date: 2001-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks: The Official World Series Film

2001 Arizona Diamondbacks: The Official World Series Film

8.5/10 IMDB

Every World Series has its own distinct dramatic elements, but the Fall Classic in 2001 was inevitably marked by tragic events that took place away from the diamond. The terrorist attacks on America at first made sports seem insignificant. But thankfully, baseball served up a much-needed distraction, two perfectly matched teams in a ferocious seesaw battle that wasn't finished until the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game. This DVD does a fine job of showcasing the thrilling games in which the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks dethroned the New York Yankees, the perennial powerhouse that had won the World Series for three straight years. But the production also features commemorative ceremonies and interviews with New York City firefighters who attended some of the games. The Series was a true classic on the field and will always be recalled as the World Series that helped give America something else to think about.

Starring: Curt Chaplin ..
Release date: 2001-11-30
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Freedom Downtime

Freedom Downtime

7.4/10 IMDB

A feature-length documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world.

Starring: Sean Gullette, Mark Abene, Ed Cummings, Jeffrey Stanton, Alexis Kasperavicius, Lazlow Jones, Kevin Mitnick, John Markoff, Bruce Sterling, Deth Veggie ..
Directed by: Emmanuel Goldstein
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : The Short Life of Anne Frank

The Short Life of Anne Frank

8.1/10 IMDB

The Short Life of Anne Frank tells her life through quotations from her diary, unique photographs from the Frank Family albums and historical film extracts, against the background of Nazi-Germany, the Holocaust and the Second World War. It also includes the only footage of Anne Frank, in Amsterdam, 1941.

Starring: Thekla Reuten, Jeremy Irons, Bram Bart, Joachim Król ..
Directed by: Gerrit Netten
Release date: 2001-11-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs': Still the Fairest of Them All

Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs': Still the Fairest of Them All

8.0/10 IMDB

Released as a Bonus Feature for Disney's Platinum DVD Edition of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" this short documentary shows how this classic film came to life.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, John Canemaker, Ken Anderson, Andreas Deja, Paula Sigman, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Don Hahn, Mike Gabriel, Roy Edward Disney ..
Directed by: Harry Arends
Release date: 2001-10-09

Raw Spice

7.8/10 IMDB

Raw Spice is a fly-on-the-wall documentary like no other. It charts the formation of a girl band in 1994, a group who would go on to be the biggest selling girl band in history, five girls who became... The Spice Girls. This footage was shot two years before the girls had their first hit single. We see them living together in a tiny house in Maidenhead as they rehearse day in, day out, striving to become a success. We watch their rehearsals; and we discover their very distinctive personalities that we all know help make up the band. This includes never before seen footage of the girls speaking of their ambitions and fears, as well as their trademark outrageous behaviour and some titanic bust-ups. This is the girls before blockbuster hits, weddings, babies, and bust-ups. This is before stylists, PR People and make-up artists. THIS IS RAW SPICE.

Starring: Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie B, Melanie Chisholm, Nicola King, Anthony Blackburn, Kelle Bryan, Bob Herbert, Chris Herbert ..
Directed by: Neil Davies
Release date: 2001-03-23
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : How Harry Met Sally…

How Harry Met Sally…

7.6/10 IMDB

Documentary about "When Harry Met Sally" featuring director Rob Reiner, screenwriter Nora Ephron, stars Billy Crystal and Carrie Fisher and composer Marc Shaiman.

Starring: Billy Crystal, Nora Ephron, Rob Reiner, Carrie Fisher, Marc Shaiman ..
Directed by: Jeffrey Schwarz
Release date: 2001-01-01

Revolution OS

7.3/10 IMDB

REVOLUTION OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against the proprietary software model and Microsoft to create GNU/Linux and the Open Source movement.

Starring: Susan Egan, Linus Torvalds, Richard M. Stallman, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Larry Augustin, Michael Tiemann, Brian Behlendorf, Frank Hecker, Chris DiBona ..
Directed by: J.T.S. Moore
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Extinct


7.3/10 IMDB

Extinct is a 6-part miniseries about the extinction of six animals. - Dodo - Sabre-Tooth Cat - Great Auk - Irish Elk - Mammoth - Tasmanian Tiger

Release date: 2001-09-25

7.1/10 IMDB

Friends since high school, 20-somethings Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman have an idea: a Web site for people to conduct business with municipal governments. This documentary tracks the rise and fall of from May of 1999 to December of 2000, and the trials the business brings to the relationship of these best friends. Kaleil raises the money, Tom's the technical chief. A third partner wants a buy out; girlfriends come and go; Tom's daughter needs attention. And always the need for cash and for improving the site. Venture capital comes in by the millions. Kaleil is on C-SPAN, CNN, and magazine covers. Will the business or the friendship crash first?

Starring: Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, Tom Herman, Kenneth Austin, Tricia Burke, Roy Burston, David Camp, Dora Glottman, Julian Herbstein, Christina Ortez, Jonathan Agus ..
Directed by: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Pump Up the Volume

Pump Up the Volume

8.5/10 IMDB

Few movements in music have gained as much critical mass as house music. Pump Up The Volume: A History of House Music is a fantastic 2001 documentary about one of the biggest music groundswells in history, which began in basements and ended up at the forefront of pop culture. The film traces house music from its early days as New York disco to its takeover of Europe’s dance scene through fascinating interviews with the people who propelled the movement and rare footage of the clubs where it came of age.

Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : National Geographic: Inside the Vatican

National Geographic: Inside the Vatican

6.9/10 IMDB

Provides a behind-the-scenes look, with unprecedented access, into life inside the Vatican. With rare footage of secret archives, private chapels and papal quarters, the program explores the Vatican's long, powerful history, and the unique traditions and ceremonies that have survived for nearly 2000 years. Accounts from Vatican officiants, historians and devoted individuals who work closely with the Pope John Paul II provide privilieged insight into the inner workings of one of the richest wonders of the world.

Starring: Martin Sheen ..
Directed by: John B. Bredar
Release date: 2001-11-21
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : The Omen Legacy

The Omen Legacy

6.7/10 IMDB

The true stories that spawned the eerie tale of Damien, a small boy with an angelic face, whose very name still conjures up thoughts of Satan. This documentary shares spine-tingling information about the the all-too-memorable flick that has terrorized film audiences since 1976.

Starring: Jack Palance ..
Directed by: Brent Zacky
Release date: 2001-10-30
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Downtown '81

Downtown '81

7.0/10 IMDB

The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into.

Starring: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Vincent Gallo, Coati Mundi, Debi Mazar, George Quinones, Walter Steding, Steven Brown, Eszter Balint, Kid Creole ..
Directed by: Edo Bertoglio
Release date: 2001-07-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks

Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks

7.8/10 IMDB

An exclusive musical comedy event showcasing the antics of the entire cast and crew of the hit Broadway show The Producers. Includes exclusive candid behind-the-scenes footage, 14 song performances, and much more, all hosted by Mel Brooks.

Starring: Mel Brooks, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Roger Bart, Cady Huffman ..
Directed by: Susan Froemke, Kathy Dougherty
Release date: 2001-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : X-Men: The Mutant Watch

X-Men: The Mutant Watch

6.3/10 IMDB

While Senator Kelly addresses a senate committee about the supposed mutant menace, we learn about the making of the movie, X-Men.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Bryan Singer, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, Stan Lee, Ian McKellen, James Marsden, Halle Berry ..
Directed by: Thomas C. Grane
Release date: 2001-08-11
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'

A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'

7.4/10 IMDB

A documentary about the making of Oliver Stone's Vietnam War film, Platoon (1986).

Starring: Oliver Stone, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, John C. McGinley, Forest Whitaker, Dale Dye ..
Directed by: Charles Kiselyak
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Riverdance: Live from Geneva

Riverdance: Live from Geneva

6.7/10 IMDB

Starring: Brendán de Gallaí, Joanne Doyle, Yolanda González Sobrado, Anthony Ferguson ..
Directed by: John McColgan
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Hell House

Hell House

6.8/10 IMDB

A look at the "Hell House" performed annually in October by the youth members of Trinity Church (Assemblies of God) in Cedar Hill, Texas (a Dallas suburb) — seen by over 10,000 visitors each year.

Directed by: George Ratliff
Release date: 2001-09-12
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Islam: Empire of Faith

Islam: Empire of Faith

7.9/10 IMDB

Islam: Empire of Faith is a documentary series that details the history of Islam, from the birth of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad to the Ottoman Empire. It is narrated by Ben Kingsley. The first episode deals with the life of Muhammad, the second with the early Caliphates, Crusades, and Mongol invasion, and the third with the Ottoman Empire and Safavid dynasty.

Starring: Ben Kingsley ..
Directed by: Benson Gardner
Release date: 2001-05-08
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Madame Winger Makes a Film: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century

Madame Winger Makes a Film: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century

7.5/10 IMDB

Madame Winger wants you to make a film about something you love. She shows you her favorite low budget filmmaking techniques, from cameraless animation to processing your own film in a bathtub. Filmed in 16 mm.

Starring: Meredith Pogue ..
Directed by: Helen Hill
Release date: 2001-07-02
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : The Unbeatable Bruce Lee

The Unbeatable Bruce Lee

7.0/10 IMDB

A look at the life of superstar Bruce Lee.

Starring: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Clint Eastwood, Ho Tsung-Tao ..
Release date: 2001-12-18
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Clarkson's Top 100 Cars

Clarkson's Top 100 Cars

7.3/10 IMDB

This video continued the trend of its predecessors, with Clarkson driving some super cars around a track and destroying a "bad" one, this time around a Morris Marina, which he disposes of by hooking up to a crane and knocking down a few other despised cars in a giant game of Car Skittles. Elsewhere the video focuses on Clarkson's personal top 100 cars, which he promoted on Granada Television's Men & Motors channel in 2001.

Starring: Jeremy Clarkson, Sam Jordan, Claire Millin, Lorett Pearce-Jones ..
Release date: 2001-11-19
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Ultimate Jordan

Ultimate Jordan

8.8/10 IMDB

Marking 20 years since Michael Jordan's celebrated arrival in the NBA, this truly historic 3-disc Collector's Edition chronicles the amazing career of this great American icon. For the first time ever, exclusive to this set, are Jordan's five all-time, greatest games in their entirety. Add to this, five #1 best-selling Michael Jordan programs, over an hour of bonus footage including MJ's greatest moves, dunks and shots, plus DVD-ROM features and you have the ultimate tribute to the ultimate sports legend.

Starring: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Eriq La Salle, Jay Thomas, Magic Johnson ..
Release date: 2001-11-18

Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy

6.4/10 IMDB

Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy offers audiences a penetrating look inside the world of Ron Jeremy, America's most unlikely sex star and hero to millions. With nearly 25 years in the adult film industry and over 1,600 films to his credit, Ron Jeremy is huge. In his world, Ron reigns supreme-he's made millions of dollars and slept with thousands of beautiful women, and is indisputably the industry's biggest star. And everyone who's anyone knows Ron-a pop icon to millions, he is a beacon of hope for many American male, since he stands as living proof that pretty much anyone can get some. So how did such a classically unhandsome, big and hairy guy ever get to be suchia super stud? In one of the most fascinating and entertaining comedies of the last year, audiences finally get a chance to get inside the life and times of Ron Jeremy, and find out what's really behind the hardest working man in show business.

Starring: Ron Jeremy, William Margold, Al Goldstein, Al Lewis, Seymore Butts, Sharon Mitchell, Larry Flynt, Chris Cannon, Tabitha Stevens, Veronica Hart ..
Directed by: Scott J. Gill
Release date: 2001-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Barbra Streisand: Timeless, Live in Concert

Barbra Streisand: Timeless, Live in Concert

8.3/10 IMDB

Timeless: Live in Concert, recorded at her Las Vegas show on New Year's Eve 1999, takes as its subject the star herself. It opens with a dramatization of her first, amateur recording session, with young Lauren Frost playing a part described in the credits as "Young Girl," though Streisand later refers to her as "mini-me." Frost doesn't get too far before being joined by Streisand herself on a stirring version of "Something's Coming" from West Side Story. The rest of "Act One" traces Streisand's career from her club days to her movie performances. "Act Two" has less of a narrative structure, though it is equally autobiographical, with Streisand displaying and commenting on videos of herself performing with other stars and building up to the stroke of midnight with a combination of old, recent, and new specially written songs. At 57 that night, Streisand remains in good voice.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Randee Heller, Lauren Frost, Shirley MacLaine, Savion Glover, Alec Ledd ..
Directed by: Barbra Streisand, Don Mischer, Kenny Ortega
Release date: 2001-02-14

Soarin' Over California

8.4/10 IMDB

Feel the wind race across your face during a breezy airborne adventure above California’s natural and manmade wonders.

Starring: Patrick Warburton, Michael Eisner, Alan D. Purwin ..
Directed by: Rick Rothschild
Release date: 2001-02-08
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : The PriceMaster

The PriceMaster

8.5/10 IMDB

"Everything is for sale." "Make me an offer!" . . . the wonderful mantras of the prophet of Captive Market Capitalism (i.e. American Style Corporate Capitalism) echo pertinently on a crisp winter day in Denton, TX in the newborn hours of the great decisive 21st Century. Members of the hallowed Fast House look on and document the unfolding.

Starring: Nathan Austin, Richard H. Perry, Nova Martin, Ronnie Bass, David Ponder ..
Directed by: Richard H. Perry, Wes Martin
Release date: 2001-02-10
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature

Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature

7.3/10 IMDB

Film critic and presenter Mark Kermode explores the fascination and praise audiences, fans and critics have behind the classic The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and how its importance grew higher over the years despite being an overlooked film when it was released and not getting any Oscars victories when it was nominated as one of the Best Pictures of the Year.

Starring: Mark Kermode, Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Clancy Brown, Dennis Baker ..
Directed by: Andrew Abbott
Release date: 2001-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Classic Albums: Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

Classic Albums: Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

7.4/10 IMDB

"It was like the world went from black & white to Technicolor," says Keith Richards of the emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-'50s, and this look at the King's first official album (the legendary Sun Sessions weren't issued in album form until well after the fact) backs up that claim. The one-hour program (plus 40 minutes of bonus interview material on the DVD) combines performance footage (the early TV shows are not to be missed), photos, and more to limn Presley's early days, when he combined country, blues, and R&B to forge a unique, galvanizing style. Sun producer Sam Phillips, author Peter Guralnick, Presley's musicians, and others are on hand to provide insight and background. But in the end, of course, it comes down to the music--and when you're talking about the likes of "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti," "Money Honey," and "Heartbreak Hotel" (a single that actually wasn't on the album), "classic" hardly begins to cover it.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Dixie Locke Emmons, Peter Guralnick, Ernst Jorgensen, B.B. King, Keith Richards, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Sam Phillips ..
Directed by: Jeremy Marre
Release date: 2001-03-12


5.8/10 IMDB

Between 1964 and 1973 the United States conducted a secret air war, dropping over 2 million tons of bombs and making tiny Laos the most heavily bombed country in history. Millions of these 'cluster bombs' did not explode when dropped, leaving the country massively contaminated with 'bombies' as dangerous now as when they fell 30 years ago. Bombies examines the problem of unexploded cluster bombs through the personal experiences of a group of Laotians and foreigners and argues for their elimination as a weapon of war. Unfortunately they are still a standard part of the US arsenal and were dropped in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Release date: 2001-12-01

Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town

7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary account of how a small community in Ashland, Virginia, try to resist plans to open up a Wal-Mart in their town.

Release date: 2001-10-02
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies

Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies

7.8/10 IMDB

The life and work of Samuel Goldwyn, a Polish-born glove salesman who became one of Hollywood's greatest independent producers, is remembered in this classy documentary created for the PBS American Masters series. Based on A. Scott Berg's acclaimed biography, the film includes new interviews with Goldwyn's surviving family members as well as vintage interviews with such luminaries as Bette Davis, John Huston, Laurence Olivier and others.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Samuel Goldwyn, Tony Goldwyn, Ann Blyth, Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Gary Cooper, Ronald Colman, Eddie Cantor ..
Directed by: Peter Jones, Mark A. Catalena
Release date: 2001-10-07

Cirque du Soleil: Alegria

8.5/10 IMDB

A far cry from the dialogue-free circus performances Cirque du Soleil is known for, Alegria chronicles the fate of a small boy who has been forced into slavery. Eventually, he learns that in order to free himself and the other children, he must defeat a fire-breathing or an equally tough but decidedly more philosophical inner dragon.

Starring: Ebon Grayman, Tamir Erdenesaikan, Batmuhkh Batjargal, Piotr Matula, Kristina Ivanova, Cindy Whiteman, Time Sumeo, Adir Ionov, Francesca Gagnon, Eve Montpetit ..
Directed by: Nick Morris, Franco Dragone
Release date: 2001-11-19

Walt: The Man Behind the Myth

7.6/10 IMDB

From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdom, he turned his dreams into entertainment for the ages. Now, learn his real story. Through exclusive footage and interviews with friends and family, this documentary traces the complicated life of legendary animator Walt Disney.

Starring: Walt Disney, Dick Van Dyke, Diane Disney, Roy Edward Disney, Dave Smith ..
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Release date: 2001-09-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : Facing the Music

Facing the Music

8.6/10 IMDB

Anne Boyd, one of Australia's leading contemporary composers, teaches music at the publicly funded University of Sydney. This documentary chronicles a year in the life of an academic department that's under the financial gun.

Directed by: Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson
Release date: 2001-07-07
Best Documentary Movies of 2001 : The Merchants of Cool

The Merchants of Cool

8.0/10 IMDB

A documentary on the marketing of pop culture to Teenagers.

Starring: Douglas Rushkoff, Christina Aguilera, Greg Berlanti, Jessica Biel, Adam Carolla, Fred Durst, Malcolm Gladwell, Carson Daly, Lewis Goldstein, Shaggy 2 Dope ..
Directed by: Barak Goodman
Release date: 2001-02-27

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