Login

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"

World War II: Vol. 4 - War Comes to America/D-Day The Normandy Invasion (1945)

7.9/10
Director: Frank Capra

Aka "Why We Fight". "War Comes to America" - Documents the gradual shift of opinion from isolationism to support of the U.S. entry into World War II.... Read more

The Memphis Belle (1944)

7.4/10
Director: William Wyler

Supervised by Lt. Col. William Wyler, director of such classics as 'Mrs Miniver' and 'Wuthering Heights', for the U.S. War Department. The film's subj... Read more

I Was a Fireman (1943)

Director: Humphrey Jennings

Features three films from the man described by Lindsay Anderson as 'the only true poet of the English Cinema'. A collection of key war-time documentar... Read more

The Seventh Victim / Shadows in the Dark (1943)

Director: Mark Robson
Starring: Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter

A young woman comes to New York City to look for her missing sister and uncovers a deadly devil-worshipping cult in 'The Seventh Victim', starring Kim... Read more

Theatre of War (1943)

6.6/10
Director: Frank Capra

Featuring a compilation of documentaries including a selection from Frank Capras' acclaimed Oscar-winning propaganda series "Why We Fight". "Theatre o... Read more

Kokoda Frontline (1942)

Starring: Damien Parer, Peter FitzSimons

This ground-breaking documentary released in 1942 became Australia's first Oscar-winning film - the first and only Oscar given for news footage. Reno... Read more

World War II: Fury in the Pacific (1941)

7.9/10
Director: Anon

2 war documentaries comprised of archival footage. "December 7, 1941." 'The date that will live in infamy'. It is the day of the early morning surpris... Read more

Olympia (1938)

8/10
Director: Leni Riefenstahl

A two-part record of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, highlighted by truly eye-popping cinematography, camera movement and editing. Leni Riefenstahl was inhi... Read more

The Spanish Earth (1937)

6.7/10
Director: Joris Ivens

In 1937 Joris Ivens directed THE SPANISH EARTH, a film designed to inform Americans about the Spanish Civil War and to raise funds for allies (the Loy... Read more

Man Of Aran (1934)

7.5/10
Director: Robert Flaherty

Flaherty's staggering award winning documentary "Man Of Aran" records the lives of the Aran islanders who reside just off Ireland's west coast in the... Read more