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Documentaries

Documentary Films, strictly speaking, are non-fictional, "slice of life" factual works of art, sometimes known as cinema verite. As films became more narrative-based, documentaries branched out and took many forms, some of which have been termed propagandistic or non-objective. One of Alice's favourite sections, and due to the sheer size of this collection, we have split ioto a number of sub-sections. See side bars on left for more options. By scrolling below are you will be exposed to whole darn caboodle - all of Alice's documentaries. Right: Werner Herzog directs "Burden of Dreams"

Picasso - Magic, Sex and Death (2002)

Director: Waldemar Januszczak
Starring: Pablo Picasso, John Richardson

The definitive film biography of the 20th century's greatest artist, Pablo Picasso. Programme One: Magic (1881-1914). John Richardson, Picasso's frien... Read more

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth (1988)

8.8/10
Starring: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers

Renowned teacher and storyteller Joseph Campbell joins Bill Moyers in this acclaimed series exploring the meaning myths have in our daily lives. Each... Read more

That Sugar Film (2014)

7.4/10
Director: Damon Gameau
Starring: Damon Gameau, Brenton Thwaites, Isabel Lucas, Jessica Marais, Stephen Fry

"That Sugar Film" is one man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects o... Read more

Triumph of the Will (1934)

7.5/10
Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Starring: Adolf Hitler

Leni Riefenstahl's breathtaking film record of the 1934 Nazi Nuremberg Rally is universally regarded as one of the most outstanding documentaries ever... Read more

Frank Lloyd Wright (1997)

7.8/10
Director: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
Starring: Frank Lloyd Wright

An absorbing study of U.S. architect Frank Lloyd Wright's tumultuous life and career. Using all manner of original photographs, plans, home movies of... Read more

The Salt of the Earth (2014)

8.4/10
Director: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Starring: Sebastiao Salgado

The epic still photographs of Brazilian artist and environmentalist Sebastião Salgado fill the giant screen in this spectacular new documentary about... Read more

Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back (1967)

8/10
Director: D A Pennebaker
Starring: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Price

One of the best portraits of an artist ever put on film, 'Don't Look Back' is about Bob Dylan and the Sixties. Director Pennebaker, known for 'Montere... Read more

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

8/10
Director: Ari Folman

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman employs a unique animated style in this innovative documentary that recalls his military service in the early 1980s. When... Read more

Antonio Gaudi (1984)

7.4/10
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara

'Antonio Gaudi' is a spellbinding visual journey through the enchanted world of the great Spanish architect whose work influenced Picasso, Miro and Da... Read more

Children Underground (2000)

8.3/10
Director: Edet Belzberg

An Oscar-nominated documentary on the homeless children of post-Cold War Bucharest, Romania, focusing on a year in the lives of five kids living in su... Read more