Top 10 Documentaries?

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Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby jcdavies » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:30 pm

1. Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov)
2. Hearts and Minds (Davis)
3. The World at War (BBC)
4. Sans Soleil (Marker)
5. The Civil War (Burns)
6. The Sorrow and the Pity (Ophuls)
7. Story of the Weeping Camel (Davaa, Falorni)- semi-doc
8. Song of Ceylon (Wright)
9. People on Sunday (Ulmer, Siodmak)- semi-doc
10.Touching the Void (Macdonald)

The House is Black (Farrokhzad)- somehow slipped my mind
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (Herzog)
When we were Kings (Gast)

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby A » Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:42 pm

My tastes may seem very eclectic, but those are simply the best I have seen, and though it's not like I have seen hundreds of documentaries, these ten are (near) masterpieces that should be seen by every cineaste. Some of them are not completely "documentaries", but the term is so hard to define, and if Nanook counts, so do they. :)

1. Verrckt bleiben - verliebt bleiben (Elfi Mikesch / Germany / 1997)
2. Au-del de la haine Beyond Hatred (Olivier Meyrou / France / 2005)
3. Sans soleil Sunless (Chris Marker / France / 1982)
4. Goff in der Wste Goff in the Desert (Heinz Emigholz / Germany / 2002)
5. Les ministres de l'art (Philippe Garrel / France / 1988)
6. Otaku (Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jackie Bastide / France / 1994)
7. Salesman (David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin / USA / 1968)
8. Une sale histoire A Dirty Story (Jean Eustache / France / 1977)
9. Zwischen zwei Kriegen Between Two Wars (Harun Farocki / West Germany / 1977)
10. Le tombeau d'alexandre The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker / France / 1992)

Runners up:

La-bas Down There (Chantal Akerman / Belgium, France / 2006)
Balkan baroque (Pierre Coulibeuf / France / 1999)
Babooska (Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel / Austria, Italy / 2005)
Pripyat (Nikolaus Geyrhalter / Austria / 1999)
One Way Boogie Woogie (James Benning / USA, Canada / 1977)
Paradjanov: A Requiem (Ron Holloway / USA, Germany / 1994)
Models (Ulrich Seidl / Austria / 1999)
La Soufrire (Werner Herzog / West Germany / 1976)
La sortie des usines Lumire Leaving the Lumiere Factory (Louis Lumiere / France / 1895)
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio / USA / 1983)
Golden Lemons (Jorg Siepmann / Germany / 2003)

and I need to see again:
Khaneh siah ast The House is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad / Iran / 1962)

Btw, do concert movies count as documentaries? I'm not really sure, though I would probably count them in. What's your opinion.

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby wpqx » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:36 am

As long as they're non fiction so no Song Remains the Same

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby wpqx » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:39 am

1. The Man With a Movie Camera
2. Sans Soleil
3. Woodstock
4. Hearts and Minds
5. Shoah
6. When We Were Kings
7. The Beatles Anthology
8. Hospital
9. Ken Burns' Baseball
10. The Celluloid Closet

Don't even suspect that this list is final or in any sort of definitive order. I can hardly call Sans Soleil a documentary, and the same goes for Man With a Movie Camera, but John had them, so I guess so can I.

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby jcdavies » Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:17 am

That's it, what i say must be right! Anyway, People on Sunday and Weeping Camel are even more dodgy as documentaries. Still, i know some consider Kiarostami's Close Up a documentary.

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby A » Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:37 pm

Yeah, I thought about that and it would top my list, but for me , it was too much "fiction".

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby madhuban » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:19 pm

Can't list a Top 10 as usual, but a list of some astounding non-fiction films that have pushed the envelope. After a long, exhausting day at work, these are the ones that immediately occured to me. Will keep adding to the list.

Rain - Joris Ivens/Mannus Franken
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City - Walter Ruttmann
Man With a Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov
Sans Soleil - Chris Marker
Night and Fog - Alain Resnais
Les Statues Meurrent Aussi - Alain Resnais/Chris Marker
Glass - Bert Haanstra
Zoo - Bert Haanstra
Notebook on Clothes and Cities - Wim Wenders
Tokyo-Ga - Wim Wenders
The Gleaners and I - Agnes Varda
Dageurreotypes - Agnes Varda
The Strange Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner - Werner Herzog
Fata Morgana - Werner Herzog
Don't Look Back - D. A. Pennebaker
Buena Vista Social Club - Wim Wenders
Father, Son and Holy War - Anand Patwardhan
Bombay, Our City - Anand Patwardhan
Hakob Hovnatanyan - Sergei Parajanov
Kiev Frescoes (unfinished film) - Sergei Parajanov
The Mystery of Picasso - Henri-Georges Clouzot
From the City of Lodz - Krzysztof Kieslowski
I Live in Behrampara - Madhushree Dutta
Memories of Fear - Madhushree Dutta
Skin deep - Reena Mohan
Girls Unlimited - Paromita Vohra
City of Photos - Nishtha Jain
Voices From Baliapal - Vasudha Joshi/Ranjan Palit
City Beautiful - Rahul Roy
Hawa Mahal - Vipin Vijay


Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby bamboomedia1 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:45 pm

I havent seen tons of documentaries and I honestly dont know if Ive ever sat down to watch a foreign one. If you guys think there are one or two off your list that are a must see please let me know and I will at least put it in my Netflix que. Here are some documentaries that I can think of that I have seen and liked. The ones I like the best are listed towards the top as the more political ones can be depressing.

March of the Penguins
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
The Living Sea
Coral Reef Adventure
Rivers and Tides
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
The IMAX Space Collection:
The Blue Planet
Mission to Mir
The Dream is Alive
Hail Columbia
Destiny in Space
Capturing the Friedmans
The Fog of War
Roger and Me
The Corporation

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby jcdavies » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:38 pm

Well do give Man with a Movie Camera, Sans Soleil and Hearts and Minds a try- not just among my favourites but popular with others here too! The last one is unlikely to be a favourite of people who think the Vietnam war (and similar other modern colonial adventures) a great idea.

Re: Top 10 Documentaries?

Postby A » Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:49 pm

Hey, these are Top Ten! I don't know about the others, but you should see all from my list, as I think they are some of the best films in the history of Cinema.
Absolutely essential viewing.

You have seen a lot of indian stuff that will probably never make it to our shores madhuban. What a pitty.


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