Best History Movies of 1972
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.
The film focuses on the representatives of the Thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of the most important documents in the History of the United States, the Declaration of Independence.
Judy: Impressions of Garland
This BBC/MGM-TV co-produced documentary on the life and career of Judy Garland includes interviews with Liza Minnelli, Charles Walters and Mickey Rooney.
Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)
Leon Gast's musical documentary reveals New York City's Latin culture and features live performances of salsa greats The Fania All Stars and The Spanish Speaking People of New York. A document of urban American Hispanic culture, Gast's film captures the rhythms of New York's Spanish Harlem, from illegal cockfights and Santeria rituals to the rooftops and backstreets of El Barrio and the legendary musicians performing at the Cheetah club.
The Assassination of Trotsky
A Stalinist assassin tracks exiled revolutionary Leon Trotsky to Mexico in 1940.
Hollywood: The Dream Factory
This documentary explores and celebrates Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio's glorious history. MGM's eventual decline led to the sale of its back lot and props.
Based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, who was made Pope for a brief period around 855 A.D. The movie presents her existence as fact, though it is questionable that Pope Joan really did exist, and portrays her relationships with other notables of the time.
Lady Caroline Lamb
Lady Caroline Lamb, dissatisfied in her marriage, has an affair with the dashing Romantic poet Lord Byron.
Brink of Disaster!
A student is held up in the library while a riot rages outside. As SDS protesters head to burn the library down, he has to fend them off with his baseball bat. This film opens with actual footage of civil disturbances in the 1960s, and moves on to images of historical American figures.
Burke & Hare
Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.
The Technique and the Rite
The narrative concerns the barbaric exploits of Attila The Hun and yet none of the characters ever leave the remote seaside stretch of land on which the film is set or do much of anything – with the ensuing moralizing interrupted only by the occasional (and equally obscure) music-infused rites.
TV Movie directed by Alan Bridges
Dust Unto Dust
A white child is orphaned in the desert by his dying parents, grows up alone, and is found by a Native American and his half breed brother, from whom he finally learns about love. The two men are outcasts from their own tribe, having rejected making love to women and enjoying only male-to-male sex.
The Great Man's Whiskers
A young girl writes to President Abraham Lincoln to advise him to grow a beard.
In August 1913 a strike at a Cornish clay pit leads to Welsh police being sent to keep order. Having no other source of income, a striking miner is forced to take in one of the policemen as a lodger. They soon become friends, but escalating tension at the mine means that conflict will become inevitable.
The Sordid Affair
At the height of the Watergate scandal on April 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon delivered his first major speech broadcast live from the White House, addressing the charges being made against his Presidency. Produced by Dimitri Devyatkin, with Walter Wright on synthesizer, the video is an overlay of mesmerizing computerized animations that reflect upon the speech.
Tragedy or Hope
Contrasting radical mobs, anarchy, and 1960s counterculture with footage of American manufacturing and innovation, this film celebrates the concept of American exceptionalism and argues that anti-Vietnam War protesters were influenced by communism, atheism, and immorality. Set mostly in a university library, this political debate between a medical student, his 1770s ancestor, and a history professor is a sequel to the 1972 National Education Program film, Brink of Disaster! Two additional characters appear in this drama: a 19th-century steamboat captain, and the student’s grandfather - an early 20th-century automobile worker. The National Education Program at Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas created a variety of widely-distributed anti-communism films from the mid-1940s to the early 1970s.