Documentary Classics












The following list is a highly selective sampling of classic early and contemporary documentary works. For more recent works, consult OskiCat under the title of the work or the name of film maker or producer.

Documentary Works 1900-1980 (by director/producer)

Documentary Works 1980-present (by director/producer)

Award-winning documentaries
Cultural Anthropology/Ethnographic Film
Film History and Film Making
Mockumentaries
Propaganda (includes documentaries and propaganda made for the US and other governments)

Books and articles on documentary and ethnographic film in the UCB library

Reel Life Stories: An online exhibit about Documentary Film (UC Berkeley)

Documentary Works 1900-1980 (by director/producer/movement)

Actualities 1894-1920

Lumiere Brothers

Actualities (1897-1910)(Landmarks of Early Film)
DVD 277

1900 Paris: une capitale des arts
Documentary capturing fin-de-siècle Paris, featuring selections from archival film by the Lumière brothers. Shows the World's Fair, the Opera Comique, Rodin's Gates of Hell, and the work of the Impressionists and Picasso. DVD X491; Video/C 7912

Crazy Cinématographe: europäisches Jahrmarktkino 1896-1916
Features 50 short films with piano scores from early fairground and traveling cinemas which contributed to the rapid establishment of the cinematograph as a popular medium. "European Cinema of Attractions, 1896-1916" shows, in a varied sequence, rarities from the treasures of European film archives ranging from Danish anarchisit slapstick to Scottish X-ray films and a Belgium film showing a hunt. "Local films from the Greater Region, 1902-1914" presents a forgotten genre which was, in its day, was a real crowd puller ... traveling cinema. Contents: Europäisches Kino der Attraktionen 1896-1916 = European Cinema of Attractions, 1896-1916 / Musikbegleitungen von Günter A. Buchwald -- Lokalfilme aus der Großregion 1902-1914 = Local films from the Greater Region, 1902-1914 / Musikbegleitungen von John Sweeney. DVD X767

Edison: The Invention of the Movies.
Commericial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. This first disc of a four disc set contains films produced between 1889-1903. DVD 3552

Disc 1. Early Edison camera tests; Dickson greeting; Newark athlete; Men boxing; Blacksmithing scene; Barber shop; Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze; Athlete with wand; Sandow; Carmecita; Boxing cats; Caicedo with pole; Annabelle butterfly dance; Cockfight, no.2; Corbett and Courtney before the kinetograph; Sioux ghost dance; Buffalo dance; Hornbacker-Murphy fight; Hadj Cheriff, Arab knife juggler; Glenroy Bros., no.2; Louis Martinetti, Contortionist; Bucking broncho; Annie Oakley; Imperial Japanese dance; Robetta and Doretto; Chinese laundry scene; Band drill; fire rescue. Billy Edwards and the unknown; Dickson experimental sound film; Princess Ali, Egyptian dance; Annabelle serpentine dance; Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; Amy Muller; John C. Rice-Mary Irwin kiss; Shooting the chutes; Fatima, muscle dancer; mess call; inventor Edison sketched by world artist; watermellon eating contest; Lone fisherman; Interrupted lovers; Feeding the doves; Morning bath; Burning stable; Mounted Police charge; McKinley parade; Going to the fire; Morning alarm; Black Diamond express; American falls; First sleigh ride; Mr. Edison at work in labaratory; Return of lifeboat. Troop ships for the Philippines; U.S. troops landing in Cuba; Burglar on the roof; Firemen rescue; Wringing good joke; Gold rush scenes in the Klondike; searching ruins for dead bodies, Galveston; The kiss; Capture of Boer battery by British; Storm at sea; Old maid having her picture taken; High diving scene; Photographing a country couple; What happened on Twenty-Third Street, NY City; Pan-American Exposition by night; Trapeze disrobing act; Burning of Durland's Riding Academy; Jack and the beanstalk; Electrocuting an elephant; Life of an American fireman; Egyptian fakier with dancing monkey; A scrap in black and white; Uncle Tom's cabin; Gay shoe clerk; Turning the tables; What happened in the tunnel; Great train robbery.

Disc 2. European rest cure; How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns; Strenuous life or, Anti-race suicide; Ex-convict; Klepto-maniac; Seven ages; Whole dam family and the dam dog; Coney Island at night; Little train robbery; White caps; Miller's daughter; Train wreckers; Life of an American policeman; Police chasing scorching auto; Dream of a rarebit fiend; Three American beauties; San Francisco earthquake; Terrible kids; Kathleen Mavourneen; Getting evidence; "Teddy" bears.

Disc 3. Cohen's fire sale; Rivals; Trainer's daughter or, A race for love; College chums; Laughing gas; Little girl who did not believe in Santa Claus; Suburbanite's ingenious alarm; Rescued from an eagle's nest; Fireside reminiscences; Cupid's pranks; Tale the Autumn leaves told (fragment); House of cards; New York of today; How Bumptious papered the parlor; Thirty days at hard labor; Passer-by; Totville eye; Public and private care of infants; Unsullied shield.

Disc 4. At Bear Track Gulch; The Ambassador's daughter; A serenade by proxy; All on account of a transfer; One touch of nature; The adventure of the hasty elopement; The wonders of magnetism; Black eyes; The lone game; The unbeliever.

The First Film Archive (Det forste filmarkiv)
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Det Danske Filmmuseum (now: Danish film Institute) presents seventy silent documentary films. Shows Danish events and people of the period 1899-1919 as well as visitors to Denmark such as Theodore Roosevelt and polar explorer Frederick Albert Cook. Original producers/donors of the films were Royal Court photographer Peter Elfelt, Ole Olsen's Nordisk Films Kompagni and the daily paper Politiken. 225 min. DVD X773

Lyrical Nitrate
A selection of silent film fragments, constructed from old black & white and color tinted and toned nitrate films. Reconstructed in an evocative, poetic manner the film features a soundtrack from old recordings, ranging from Caruso to the sounds of a glass harmonica. 50 min. DVD 4523

Moscow Clad in Snow(1909)
Pathe Frères. 5 min. Supplement included on DVD 7620

Paris in the Time of Zola.
Zola, the greatest of the French naturalist writers, gave us detailed and convincing portraits of Paris and Parisian life in his time. This program uses rare film footage from Zola's lifetime to document the Paris of the Second Empire that Zola knew. Dist.: Films Media Group. 26 min. DVD 6114

Paris 1900.
A chronicle of Parisian life from 1900 to 1914, using newsreels, early silent film, and other memorabilia. Sports, recreation, and the arts are emphasized. The end of those halcyon days is suggested by newsreels showing the rise of labor unions, socialism, and new technology. Video/C 1978

Unseen Cinema 5: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: Picturing a Metropolis: New York City Unveiled.
Contents: "Depicts dynamic images of New York City and scenes of New Yorkers among the skyscrapers, streets, and night life of America's greatest city during a half century of progress, while at the same time showing changes in film style and the history of cinema experiments." Contents: Early views" -- The Blizzard (1899) / creators unknown -- Lower Broadway (1902) / Robert K. Bonine -- Beginning of a skyscraper (1902) / Robert K. Bonine -- Panorama from Times Building, New York (1905) / Wallace McCutcheon -- Skyscrapers of NYC from North River (1903) / J.B. Smith -- Panorama from Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1903) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- "Tricks of the trade" -- Demolishing and building up the Star Theatre (1902) / Frederick S. Armitage -- Coney Island at night (1905) / Edwin S. Porter -- Interior New York Subway 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- Seeing New York by yacht (1902) / Frederick Armitage & A.E. Weed -- Looney Lens: Split skyscrapers (1924) / Al Brick -- Looney Lens: Tenth Avenue, NYC (1924) / Al Brick -- Scenes from Ford Educational Weekly (1916-24) / creators unknown -- 8th Avenue elevated train at 112th Street -- The trellis : work of sunshine and shade -- View of Herald Square Station -- Aerial view of Sixth Ave. train at 28th, 26th, 24th -- Manhatta (1921) / Charles Sheeler & Paul Strand -- Twenty four Dollar Island (c. 1926) / Robert Flaherty -- Skyscraper symphony (1929) / Robert Florey -- Manhattan medley (1931) / Bonney Powell -- A Bronx morning (1931) / Jay Leyda -- Footnote to fact (1933) / Lewis Jacobs -- "Seeing the world," part one: a visit to New York, N.Y. (1937) / Rudy Burckhardt -- The Pursuit of happiness (1940) / Rudy Burckhardt -- Gold Diggers of 1935 : "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935) / Busby Berkeley -- Autumn fire (1930-33) / Herman Weinberg. DVD 4670

James Agee

Flanders, Mark Wilson. Film theory of James Agee New York : Arno Press, 1977. (MAIN: PS3501 .Ag35Z67 1977)

Agee
Reviews the life and career of James Agee, one of the most talented American writers of our time. In his short career, Agee worked as poet, journalist, film critic, screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. His story is told here by those who knew him best, including John Huston, Walker Evans, Robert Fitzgerald, Dwight Macdonald, Father Flye, and Agee's three wives. The film also features the words of James Agee. 198? 58 min. Video/C 2327

In the Street (1941-1952)
An extension of the filmmakers' work on the documentary film The Quiet One which was concerned with the urban environment. this film is a revelation of random behavior filmed in a neighborhood in East Harlem New York during the 1940s. The images are selected to reveal the city street as "theater and battleground." 16 min. Video/C 4427

Suárez Sánchez, Juan Antonio. "Avant-Garde Cinema and Cultural Negotiation: Documentary Expression, Surrealism and Cold War Politics in James Agee And Helen Levitt's "In The Street"." Atlantis, Vol. 18, No. 1/2 (Junio - Diciembre 1996), pp. 390-406

Edgar Anstey

Future on Rail (1957)
10 min. DVD 6213

Housing Problems
Produced by John Grierson, directed by Edgar Anstey. Housing Problems is a documentary interview with people living in the slums of London. 108 min. DVD X1229; also vhs Video/C 9417; Video/C 999:524

Crothall, Geoffrey. "Images of regeneration: film propaganda and the British slum clearance campaign, 1933-1938." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, August 1999 v19 i3 p339(2) UC users only
Crothall, Geoffrey. "Images of regeneration: film propaganda and the British slum clearance campaign, 1933-1938." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, August 1999 v19 i3 p339(2) UC users only

Saul Bass

Why Man Creates
This production examines why, in all ages of history and prehistory, man has felt the need to be creative and imaginative in solving problems and expressing himself. 1969. 25 min. Video/C 987

Awards
Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Michel Brault

Books and articles about Capra in the UCB Library

Michel Brault, Works 1958-1974. Disc 1
Les raquetteurs / Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx (1958, 15 min.) [also on Video/C 4663] -- La lutte / Michel Brault, Marcel Carriere, Claude Fournier, Claude Jutra (1961, 28 min.) -- Quebec-U.S.A. ou l'invasion pacifique / Michel Brault, Claude Jutra (1962, 28 min.) -- Pour la suite du monde / Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault (1963, 105 min.). Les raquetteurs: A candid view of participants and spectators at a rally of snowshoers held in Sherbrooke, Quebec. La lutte: Views of some of Montreal's back-street wrestling parlors where well-muscled tyros are drilled, and then to the Montreal Forum for a view of a Carpentier-DeNucci versus Costello-Kalmikoff tag-team match. Shows the grappling, punching, squirming acrobatics of the ring, and the intense involvement of the crowd. Quebec-U.S.A. ou l'invasion pacifique: With an eye to humour, this film shows the people of Quebec taking a look at American tourists who have come to Quebec to take a look at them Pour la suite du monde: The story of the revival of a traditional whale hunt on the Ile-aux-Coudres in the St. Lawrence River. The aging participants attempt to reconstruct the tactics of their forefathers. 164 min. DVD 5869 (Les Raquetteurs is also on vhs 4663; Pour la suite du monde also on DVD 8774)

Michel Brault, Works 1958-1974. Disc 2
Les enfants du silence (1962, 24 min.) -- Le temps perdu (1964, 27 min.) -- Genevieve (1965, 28 min.) -- Entre la mer et l'eau douce (1965, 85 min.). Les enfants du silence: A film about children suffering from deafness, and the importance of early detection. Le temps perdu: A glimpse into the private world of young people. Informal discussion shows that they are involved in the frivolity of youth, but are also concerned with the adult world of religion, sex and interpersonal relationships. Genevieve: Describes the elation and disillusionment of first love as experienced by two girls who are infatuated with the same boy at a Quebec winter carnival. Entre la mer et l'eau douce: Claude is a young man who leaves his small town on the North Shore for the big city, Montreal. He meets Genevieve, a young waitress, and they fall in love. Claude enters a singing contest that launches his music career. As he becomes more famous, he must work out how Genevieve will fit into his new life. 164 min. DVD 5869

Michel Brault, Works 1958-1974. Disc 3
Les enfants de Neant (1968, 44 min.) -- Eloge du chiac (1969, 27 min.) -- L'Acadie l'Acadie?!? / Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault (1971, 118 min.). Les enfants de Neant: Morbihan is one of the poorest regions in Brittany. Joseph, a 33-year-old farmer, can no longer live off the land. He is hired at the fancy new plant that has just opened where he enters a world of rote work. Fortunately he can go home to his farm every evening, far from the large urban centers where workers must usually live. Eloge du chiac: Taking the form of a conversation between a young teacher at a French school in Moncton and her students, the film shows how hard it is for francophones to preserve their language in a society where English is everywhere, and has been for centuries. L'Acadie l'Acadie?!?: A filmed account, day by day, of the uprising of Acadian students in 1968/69 at the University of Moncton, in search of the right to speak French at the University and in Moncton. 189 min. DVD 5869

Michel Brault, Works 1958-1974. Disc 4
Le bras de levier et la riviere (1973, 26 min.) -- Les ordres (1974, 107 min.). Le bras de levier et la riviere: A group of vacationing teenagers decides to find out how the principle of the lever arm is applied in several everyday life situations. Les Ordres: Historical drama based on true incidents which occurred in Quebec during the October Crisis of 1970. Tells the story of over 450 people, who, under the War Measures Act, were taken into custody and jailed without warrants and for no apparent reason. 133 min. DVD 5869

Michel Brault, Works 1958-1974. Disc 5
Le cheval de Troie de l'esthetique / Gilles Noel (2005, 105 min.) -- Le direct avant la lettre / Denys Desjardins (2005, 50 min.). Le cheval de Troie de l'esthetique: Michel Brault reflects on his career, his work with Claude Jutra, Jean Rouch, Pierre Perrault, Roland Barthes, and the beginning of French production at the National Film Board. Le direct avant la lettre: With commentary by Roger Blais, Jean-Claude Labrecque, Fernand Dansereau, Jacques Giraldeau, Michel Brault and others, this film explores the beginning of cinema verite, and traces the history of a movement which had a profound impact on filmmaking in Quebec. 155 min. DVD 5869

Les Raquetteurs(1958)
A film by Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx. 15 min. DVD 5869 [also contained in the anthology The National Film Board of Canada: A History. 4, French film Production at the NFB DVD 5869; Video/C 4663

British Documentary Movement

John Grierson
Edgar Anstey
Humphrey Jennings
Harry Watt
Basil Wright

Books and articles about the British Documentary Film Movement in the UCB Library

Benjamin Britten.
Contents: Coal face, 1935 (12 min.) / director, Alberto Cavalcanti; producer, John Grierson; music, Benjamin Britten -- Night mail, 1936 (24 min.) / directors, Basil Wright, Harry Watt; producer, John Grierson; music, Benjamin Britten -- Instruments of the Orchestra, 1947 (20 min.) / director, Muir Mathieson; producer, Alexander Shaw; music, Benjamin Britten -- Steps of the ballet, 1948 (24 min.) / director, Muir Mathieson; producer, Alexander Shaw; music Benjamin Britten. Video/C 5024 (Coal face also on Video/C 9417); Night Mail also on DVD 6240

Britain in the 30's (British avant-garde in the thirties)
Coming from a decade which saw the founding of British realism as well as a flourishing surrealist movement, the thirteen films in this collection reveal a diversity of aesthetics and politics. Different styles and genres jostle each other from Len Lye's magical advertisement of Shell Oil, The birth of the robot, to Norman McLaren's anti-war classic Hell Unltd, while Elton and Anstey's Housing problems points to the future format of the television documentary.

Contents: Song of Ceylon / director, Basil Wright; producer, John Grierson (1934, 38 min.) [also contained on DVD X365] -- Bread / Kino Production Group (1934, 11 min.) -- Tell me if it hurts / director/producer, Richard Massingham (1934, 19 min.) -- Beyond this open road / director, B. Vivian Braun (1934, 10 min.) -- Coal face / director, Alberto Cavalcanti; producer, John Grierson (1935, 11 min.) -- Housing problems / director/producer, Arthur Elton (1935, 15 min.) -- The birth of the robot / director/producer, Len Lye (1935, 6 min.) -- A colour box / director, Len Lye; producer, John Grierson (1935, 3 min.) -- Camera makes whoopee / director/animator, Norman McLaren (1935, 18 min.) -- Hell unltd / directors/producers, Norman McLaren, Helen Biggar -- Love on the wing / director, Norman McLaren; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti (1938, 5 min.) -- N or NW / director, Len Lye (1938, 8 min.) -- Spare time / director, Humphrey Jennings; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti (1939, 14 min.). Video/C 9417

British Documentary Movement 1930-1950: Land of Promise.
A major retrospective of the British documentary-film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films--many of which are available here for the first time since their original release--capture the spirit and strength, concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before, during and after the Second World War. Bonus features: John Grierson at the NFT (1959) ; Close up: recollections of British documentary (2007). DVD X1229

Disc 1: Industrial Britain / Robert Flaherty (1931, 20 min.) -- Shipyard / Paul Rotha (1935, 24 min.) -- Workers and jobs / Arthur Elton (1935, 11 min.) -- Housing problems / Arthur Elton and Edgar Anstey (1937, 15 min.) -- Children at school / Basil Wright ( 1937, 23 min.) -- Farewell topsails / Humphrey Jennings (1937, 8 min.) -- Today we live / Ruby Grierson and Ralph Bond (1937, 23 min.) -- Eastern Valley / Donald Alexander (1937, 16 min.) -- People of Britain / Paul Rotha (1936, 3 min.) -- If war should come / GPO Film Unit (1939, 9 min.).

Disc 2: Britain at bay / Harry Watt (1940, 7 min.) -- Transfer of skill / Geoffrey Bell (1940, 10 min.) -- They also serve / Ruby Grierson (1940, 10 min.) -- Tomorrow is theirs / James Carr (1940, 9 min.) -- Words for battle / Humphrey Jennings (1941, 7 min.) -- Ordinary people / Jack Lee, J.B. Holmes (1941, 27 min.) -- Five and under / Donald Alexander (1941, 16 min.) -- Night shift / J.D. Chambers (1942, 14 min.) -- Countrywomen / John Page (1942, 13 min.) -- Summer on the farm / Ralph Keene (1943, 11 min.) -- Listen to Britain / Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister (1942, 19 min.) -- Builders / Pat Jackson (1942, 8 min.) -- Words and actions / Max Anderson (1943, 14 min.) -- A diary for Timothy / Humphrey Jennings (1946, 37 min.)

Disc 3: Land of promise / Paul Rotha (1946, 63 min.) -- Balance / Paul Rotha (1947, 9 min.) -- What a life! / Michael Law (1948, 11 min.) -- Dim little island / Humphrey Jennings (1948, 10 min.) -- Britain can make it (No 1) / Francis Gysin (1946, 10 min.) -- Fenlands / Ken Annakin (1945, 17 min.) -- Children's charter / Gerard Bryant (1945, 16 min.) -- Chasing the blues / J.D. Chambers and Jack Ellitt (1947, 6 min.) -- Cotton come back / Donald Alexander (1946, 25 min.) -- Five towns / Terry Bishop (1947, 26 min.)

Disc 4: Plan to work on / Kay Mander (1948, 32 min.) -- Mining review 2nd Year No.11 / Peter Pickering (1949, 9 min.) -- From the ground up / Crown Film Unit (1950, 9 min.) -- Transport / Peter Bradford (1950, 19 min.) -- Undefeated / Paul Dickson (1950, 34 min.) -- Family portrait / Humphrey Jennings (1950, 23 min.)

Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - The Undefeated: Best Documentary

British Transport Films Collection

On and Off the Rails
In 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking. Disc 1: Blue Pullman (1960, 25 min.) / director, Nick Nicholls -- Elizabethan Express / Tony Thompson (1954, 20 min.) -- Train time / John Shearman (1952, 28 min.) -- Rail 150 / Ronald Craigen (1975, 14 min.) -- The diesel train driver / (1959, 7 min.) -- On track for the eighties / John Legard (1980, 15 min.) -- Cybernetica / Peter Sims (1972, 20 min.) -- Disc 2: Under the river / R.K. Neilson Baxter (1959, 27 min.) -- Snowdrift at Bleath Gill / Kenneth Fairbairn (1955, 10 min.) -- This year: London / John Krish, Jack Holmes (1951, 25 min.) -- This is York / J. B. Holmes (1953, 20 min.) -- The great highway / R, K. Nelson Baxter (1966, 20 min.) -- A Day of One's Own / Kenneth Fairbairn (1956, 20 min.) -- John Betjeman goes by train / Malcolm Freegard (1962, 10 min.). DVD 6211

Running a Railway
In 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking. Disc 1: Operation London Bridge / directors, Norman Prouting, David C. Lochner (1975, 18 min.) -- Wires over the border / David C. Lochner (1974, 18 min.) -- Groundwork for progress / Bill Mason (1959- 30 min.) -- Making tracks / Tony Thompson (1956, 17 min.) -- E for Experiment / Donald Washbourne (1975, 20 min.) -- Modelling for the future (1962, 8 min.) -- Britannia: a bridge / David C. Lochner (1973, 19 min.) -- Disc 2: Terminus / John Schlesinger (1961, 20 min.) -- Fully fitted freight / Ralph Keene (1957, 21 min.) -- Farmer moving South (a Winter journey) / John Taylor (1952, 17 min.) -- I am a litter basket / James Ritchie (1959, 7 min.) -- The Third Sam / Kenneth Fairbairn (1962, 10 min.) -- People like us (1962, 9 min.) -- Future on rail / Edgar Anstey (1957, 10 min.) DVD 6213

See Britain by Train
In 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking. Disc 1: West Country journey / director, Syd Sharples (1953, 26 min.) -- A letter for Wales / Tony Thompson (1960, 25 min.) -- Cyclists special (1955, 16 min.) -- Holiday / John Taylor (1957, 18 min.) -- The heart is Highland / John Taylor (1952, 20 min.) -- Any man's kingdom / Tony Thompson (1956, 20 min.) -- Disc 2: Glasgow belongs to me / Edward McConnell (1966, 17 min.) -- The England of Elizabeth / John Taylor (1957, 27 min.) -- Capital visit / Syd Sharples (1955, 20 min.) -- The heart of England / Michael Clarke (1954, 20 min.) -- East Anglian holiday / Michael Clarke (1954, 20 min.) -- The coasts of Clyde / James Ritchie (1959, 20 min.). DVD 6212

Britain at War: The First Days
The first days / producer: Alberto Cavalcanti; directors: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt, Pat Jackson (1939, 23 min.) --The front line / director: Harry Watt (1940, 6 min.) -- Squadron 992 / producer: Alberto Cavalcanti; director: Harry Watt (1940, 26 min.) First days: Shows many actual and some reconstructed scenes of air raid precautions, military training and evacuations during the first days of the war. Front line: For three months the town of Dover had been the frontier target for the Reich. There was only one hotel where the American correspondents stayed to record the fall of Britain. Squadron 992: A compelling drama-documentary about the training of a balloon squadron and its first assignment to the Forth Bridge, which had just been unsuccessfully raided. DVD 6218

Chapman, James. The British at war: cinema, state, and propaganda, 1939-1945 N.Y.: I.B. Tauris Publishers; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998. Cinema and society. (Main Stack D743.23.C45 1998)

Britain at War: Under Fire
The story of an air communique / Ministry of Information (1940, 7 mins.) -- Britain can take it (aka London Can Take It) / directors: Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings (1940, 9 min.) -- Britain at bay / commentary written and spoken by J.B. Priestley (1940, 8 min.) -- Men of the lightship / producer: Alberto Cavalcanti; director: David MacDonald (1940, 25 min.) -- Christmas under fire / director: Harry Watt (1941, 10 min.) Story of an air communique: Made for the Ministry of Information to show how accurately the figures for destroyed enemy aircraft were compiled and checked. DVD 6219

Street, Sarah. "Christmas Under Fire: The Wartime Christmas in Britain." In: Christmas at the movies : images of Christmas in American, British and European cinema / edited by M London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C5113 C66 2000)
Chapman, James. The British at war: cinema, state, and propaganda, 1939-1945 N.Y.: I.B. Tauris Publishers; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998. Cinema and society. (Main Stack D743.23.C45 1998)

Britain Can Take It (aka London Can Take It)(1940)
Directors: Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings. American journalist Quentin Reynolds presented this despatch from London that gave Roosevelt the kind of material he needed to swing U.S. popular opinion behind Britain in the war. Britain at bay: Nazi Germany has swallowed Czechoslovakia, invaded Poland and Norway, overrun Holland and Belgium. The French government had given in. Britain was alone, at bay... Men of the lightship: Reconstruction of events surrounding the Nazi bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship and the fate of those who manned it. Christmas under fire: Quentin Reynolds second film despatch from London to America shows Christmas 1940, the year of the blitz. 9 min. DVD 6219; also on DVD 1279; vhs VIDEO/C 5025

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Chapman, James. The British at war: cinema, state, and propaganda, 1939-1945 N.Y.: I.B. Tauris Publishers; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998. Cinema and society. (Main Stack D743.23.C45 1998)
Reynolds, Quentin James. Britain can take it; based on the film. New York, E.P. Dutton and company, inc., c1941. (MAIN: D760.8.L7 R48)

Caller Herrin'
Directed by Alan Harper; made for the Scottish Home Department by Campbell Harper Films. 1947. 20 min. DVD X2753

Cameramen at War. (1943)
Compiled by Len Lye. A tribute to the cameramen of the British military film units and the newsreel companies that sent back front-line reports. Most of the film shown is of World War II, with special emphasis on the European and North African combat areas. 15 min. Video/C 5027

David. (1951)
Directed by Paul Dickson. This film was made in Wales, in the town of Ammanford. Most of the players are the people of Ammanford--and the story is true. 38 min. Video/C 5028

Desert Victory.(1943)
Directed by Captain Roy Boulting. Documents the British Eighth Army's smashing victory at El Alamein in Nov. 1942, and its triumphant advance across the desert to Tripoli. Academy Award for best feature-length documentary, 1943. 62 min. DVD 5802; vhs Video/C 5027

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Awards
Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

Agee, James. "Films" Nation; 3/25/1944, Vol. 158 Issue 13, p373-374, 2p UC users only
Kuhn, Annette. "'Desert Victory' and the People's War." Screen 1981 22: 45-68 UC users only
McDonald, Neil. "Authenticity and Re-enactment." Quadrant Magazine; Oct2005, Vol. 49 Issue 10, p74-77, 4p UC users only
Rollins, Peter. "Document and Drama in Desert Victory." Film & History, May1974, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p11-13, 3p UC users only

Documentary Masterpieces: Five Documentaries Circa. 1931 to 1960
Contents: Industrial Britain (21 min., 1933) / Gaumont British Picture Corporation -- A Colour Box (ca. 4 min., 1935) / by Len Lye; G.P.O. Film Unit -- Granton Trawler (11 min., 1934)[also on DVD 6061; DVD X365; and vhs Video/C 5023] / New Era Films, ltd. -- The Private Life of the Gannets (10 min.) /A Treasure Chest production by Julian Huxley -- Seawards the Great Ships (29 min.) / produced by Templar Film Studios.

A compilation of documentary films made in Great Britain. Industrial Britain examines Britain's factories and mines during the early 1930's. A Colour Box is an experimental film in which abstract images dance across the screen to lively latin music. Granton Trawler is a documentary about fishermen engaged in dragnet fishing off the coast of Scotland. The Private lives of the gannets is a study of the behaviour patterns and lives of a bird colony of gannets situated on Grassholm Island, Wales. Seawards the great ships is a documentary in which the filmaker visits the Clyde River in Scotland to observe the men who build ships as they assemble materials, construct and launch a great variety of vessels. Video/C 999:925

England in the Thirties
Contents: Granton trawler, 1934 (11 min.) / producer, director, John Grierson [also on DVD 6061]-- Pett and Pott: a fairy story of the suburbs, 1934 (33 min.) / writer, director, Alberto Cavalcanti (also on DVD X365) -- North Sea, 1938 (32 min.) / director, Harry Watt; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti.

Granton trawler is a documentary study of fishermen engaged in dragnet fishing in the 1930's off the coast of Scotland. Pett and Pott is a mock morality tale created to promote telephone use in which the admirable Petts invest in phone service, while the decadent Potts use their money for a maid. The North Sea reenacts the fate of a storm-tossed ship in distress and features the activities of the GPO and its radio stations along the coast. Video/C 5023

Family Portrait (1951)
A film on the theme of the Festival of Britain 1951. Discusses Britain and her people, composed of a wealth of images of placesand people from all over the country, allusively contrasted and combined. Compares Great Britain to a family in the sense that combined. Compares Great Britain to a family in the sense that both exhibit tolerance, courage, faith, and the will to be disciplined and free. A film by Humphrey Jennings. 24 min. DVD X1229; Video/C 5026

Beattie, Keith . "An ambiguous national iconography: Humphrey Jennings' Family Portrait." Studies in Documentary Film Volume: 3 | Issue: 2 2009 UC users only

Fires Were Started. (1943)
Co-directed with Harry Watt. Uses reenactment techniques to show the Auxiliary Fire Service in Action during the winter and spring of 1940/41, when the Blitz of London was at its height. 72 min. DVD 1279; also on VHS Video/C 5025
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The First Days
Producer: Alberto Cavalcanti; directors: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt, Pat Jackson. Shows many actual and some reconstructed scenes of air raid precautions, military training and evacuations during the first days of the war. 23 min. DVD 6218

GPO Film Unit Collection; v. 1: Addressing the Nation
The GPO Film Unit was one of the most remarkable creative institutions that Britain has produced. A hotbed of creative energy and talent, it provided a springboard to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement. This volume contains 15 films from the period 1933-1935 and provides a fascinating exploration of the unit's early experimentation with sound. It features Basil Wright's award-winning Song of Ceylon and Len Lye's A Colour Box; the critically acclaimed Weather Forecast; Coal Face - directed by Alberto Cavalcanti and Auden and Britten's precursor to Night Mail and other neglected works. Contents: Special features: On the fishing banks of Skye by Jonh Grierson (1935) ; GPO film display trailer; booklet containg indtroductory essays, selected biographies and film notes. Disc 1. The coming of the dial / director, Stuart Legg (1933, 14 min.) -- Cable ship / Alexander Shaw, Stuart Legg (1933, 12 min.) -- Granton Trawler / John Grierson (1934, 11 min.) -- John Atkins saves up / Arthur Elton (1934, 18 min.) -- Air Post / Geoffrey Clark (1934, 12 min.) -- The glorious sixth of June / Alberto Cavalcanti (1934, 11 min.) -- Pett and Pott / Alberto Cavalcanti (1934, 31 min.) -- 6.30 Collection / Harry Watt, Edgar Anstey (1934, 15 min.) -- Weather forecast / Evelyn Spice (1934, 18 min.) -- Disc 2. Song of Ceylon / Basil Wright (1934, 40 min.) -- A colour box / Len Lye (1935, 4 min.) -- Coal face / Alberto Cavalcanti (1935, 12 min.) -- The King's stamp / William Coldstream (1935, 20 min.) -- BBC: the voice of Britain / Stuart Legg (1935, 56 min.) -- Sixpenny telegram / Donald Taylor (1935, 6 min.) DVD X365

Instruments of the Orchestra (1947)
Directed by Muir Mathieson. Each section of a symphony orchestra, the woodwinds, strings, brass and percussion, is broken down into its component parts. Differences in instrument construction and sound are explained and demonstrated. In conclusion the orchestra is reconstructed for a performance of Benjamin Britten's a performance of Benjamin Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell. 20 min. Video/C 5024

Listen to Britain and Other Films
Contents: London can take it (1940, 9 mins.) -- Words for battle (1941, 8 mins.) -- Listen to Britain (1942, 18 mins.) -- Fires were started (1943, 70 mins.) [also on VHS Video/C 5025]-- A diary for Timothy (1943, 39 mins.) [also on VHS Video/C 5026]-- Family portrait (1951, 26 mins.)[also on vhs Video/C 5026] -- Myra Hess, playing the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor No. 57 (Apassionata) (1945, 9 mins.)

A collection of six films (and one bonus film) by one of the greatest figures in the celebrated British Documentary Film Movement. Humphrey Jennings is most remembered for the way his work reflects the concerns and conditions of the World War II era in the United Kingdom. These pictures document how Jennings's impressive aesthetic arsenal helped to expand the scope and vocabulary of documentary films. DVD 1279

Colls, R. "Representing the Nation: British Documentary Film, 1930-45." Screen XXVI/1, Jan-Feb 85; p.21-33. illus.
Richards, Jeffrey. "'Fires Were Started.' (portrayal of World War II by film director Humphrey Jennings)." History Today 45.n4 (April 1995): 29(6). UC users only
Sansom, William. "The Making of Fires Were Started." Film Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, Special Humphrey Jennings Issue. (Winter, 1961-1962), pp. 27-29. UC users only
Stansky, Peter. London's burning : life, death and art in the Second World War / Peter Stansky and William Abrahams. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994. (Main Stack NX650.W3.S73 1994)

Listen to Britain (1942)
Written, edited, and directed by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister. A poetic treatment, using no narration, of the British people during World War II. A vivid tapestry of sound and image intersperses scenes of British preparedness and tranquility. Perhaps Jennings' most outstanding film, Listen to Britain celebrates the perservance of everyday behavior in the face of total war. 19 min. DVD 1279; also on VHS Video/C 5026

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Vaughan, Dai. Portrait of an invisible man : the working life of Stewart McAllister, film editor London : BFI, 1983 (MAIN: TR849.M39 V38 1983)

London Can Take It (aka Britain Can Take It)(1940)
Directed by Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt. Shows how people behave under stress and how World War II called forth the most positive and worthwhile aspects of life in Britain. 9 min. DVD 6219; DVD 1279; also on VHS Video/C 5025

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New Earth (1934).
Directed by Joris Ivens. Documentary on the reclamation of the Zuiderzee in the late 1920's and early 1930's. DVD X1697; Video/C 999:524; also Video/C 7811

Night Mail(1936)DVD 6240; Video/C 5024; Video/C 999:524
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Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-war Britain, 1951-1977
A collection of post-war documentaries commissioned by private industry, government departments, commercial sponsors and independent charities. DVD X6272

Disc 1, The Island
David (1951, 36 min., b&w) / production company, World Wide Pictures ; producer, James Carr ; writer/director, Paul Dickson -- To be a woman (1951, 18 min., b&w) / production company, Outlook Films ; director/producer/script, Jill Craigie-- The island (1952, 25 min., b&w) / production company, Data Film Productions ; writer, John Ingram ; director, Peter Pickering -- The elephant will never forget (1953, 11 min., b&w) / production company, British Transport Films ; producer, Edgar Anstey ; director/script, John Krish -- Sunday by the sea (1953, 14 min., b&w) / production company, Harlequin Productions ; producer, Leon Clore ; writer/director, Anthony Simmons -- Henry (1955, 5 min., b&w) / production company, Basic Films ; director, Lindsay Anderson -- Foot and mouth (1955, 19 min., b&w) / production company, Basic Films ; producer, Leon Clore ; writer/director, Lindsay Anderson -- Birthright (1958, 24 min., b&w) / production companies, Samaritan Films, Basic Films ; producer, Leon Clore ; script/director, Sarah Erulkar -- They took us to the sea (1961, 25 min., b&w) / production company, Graphic Films ; producers, James Archibald, Leon Clore ; script/director, John Krish -- Faces of Harlow (1964, 29 min., col.) / production company, Derrick Knight and Partners ; script/director, Derrick Knight.

Disc 2, Return to Life
Thursday's children (1954, b&w, 21 min.) / production companies, World Wide Pictures, Morse Films ; directors/scriptwriters, LIndsay Anderson, Guy Brenton ; commentator, Richard Burton -- People apart (1957, b&w, 36 min.) / production company, Morse Films ; director/script, Guy Brenton -- There was a door (1957, b&w, 27 min.) / production companies, Greenpark Productions, Film Producers Guild ; director, Derek Williams ; commentator, Vernon Greeves -- Return to life (1960, b&w, 29 min.) / production company, Basic Films ; producer, Leon Clore ; script/director, John Krish -- Four people : a ballad film (1962, b&w, 44 min.) / production company, Morse Films ; director, Guy Brenton -- A time to heal (1963, b&w, 36 min.) / production company, Derrick Knight and Partners ; script/director, Derrick Knight -- Time out of mind (1968, col., 33 min.) / production companies, Verity Films, Film Producers Guild ; director, Eric Marquis ; commentator, David Stafford-Clark.

Disc 3, Today in Britain
Today in Britain (1964, col., 25 min.) / production company, World Wide Pictures ; producer, James Carr ; animators, Reg Lodge, Daphne Smith ; director, Peter Hopkinson -- Portrait of Queenie (1964, b&w, 44 min.) / production company, Eyeline Films ; producer, Harold Orton ; script, Michael Orrom, James Stevens ; director, Michael Orrom ; cast: Queenie Watts; Slim Watts, Mike McKenzie, Beverely Mills, Shirley Harris -- I think they call him John (1964, b&w, 26 min.) / production company, Samaritan Films ; producer, Jack Carruthers ; writer/director, John Krish ; spoken by Victor Spinetti, Bessie Love -- Education for the future (1967, b&w, 20 min.) / production company, Derrick Knight & Partners ; director, Derrick Knight -- Tomorrow's Merseysiders (1974, col., 24 min.) / production companies, Unit 7 Productions, Film Producers Guild ; director, Eric Marquis ; commentator, John Gregson -- Time of terror (1975, col., 19 min.) / producer/director, Eric Marquis ; commentator, Shaw Taylor -- The Shetland experience (1977, col., 27 min.) / production company, Balfour Films ; producer, Douglas Gordon ; writer/director, Derek WIlliams -- Extra: Perspectives on documentary filmmaking (2010).

The Song of Ceylon (1935)
Produced by John Grierson, directed by Basil Wright. The Song of Ceylon is a documentary showing traditional culture and primitive economy of the Ceylonese contrasted with the influence of modern commerce. DVD X365; Video/C 5022; Video/C 9417; Video/C 999:524
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Guynn, William. "The Art of National Projection: Basil Wright's Song of Ceylon." In: Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video / edited by Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski. pp: 83-98. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, c1998. Contemporary film and television series. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998)
Seton, Marie. "Basil Wright's Song of Ceylon." In The Documentary Tradition / edited by Lewis Jacobs. pp. 101-104. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 1979 (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979)

Steps of the Ballet (1948)
Directed by Muir Mathieson. Documentary showing how a ballet is made, beginning with a brief demonstration of ballet steps, followed by rehearsal andbackstage scenes, culminating in the performance of a ballet based on a story of a girl who must choose between three suitors. 24 min. Video/C 5024

Target for Tonight. (1945)
Released by the British Ministry of Information. Written and Driected by Harry Watt. This exceptional British film was given special recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 1941 Academy Awards presentations. In documentary realism, it shows a British bomber attack deep into Germany and reflects the concerns and support for that attack. This film is the true story of themen and women who planned and executed the nightly bombing raids on Germany during World War II. 39 min. DVD 5802; vhs Video/C 5026

30's Britain. Vol 1
Granton trawler / producer and director, John Grierson (11 min., 1934) [also on vhs Video/C 5023; vhs Video/C 999:925]-- Coal face / producer, John Grierson; director, Alberto Cavalcanti (12 min., 1935) [also on vhs Video/C 9417; vhs Video/C 5024]-- A job in a million / director, Evelyn Spice (18 min, 1937) -- Spare time / producer, Alberto Cavalcanti; director, Humphrey Jennings (14 min, 1939) -- The city / producer, Alberto Cavalcanti; director, Ralph Elton (19 min, 1939) Granton Trawler: About a trawler fishing on the Viking Bank. Coal face: An experiment in sound in a coal mine. A job in a million: A young cockney lad trains as a messenger boy with the Post Office. Spare time: Films of workers in the steel, cotton and coal industries during their leisure time. The city: Shows the growth and development of London, and how the Post Office helped ease congestion with its own underground railway. DVD 6061 (PAL)

30's Britain. Vol 2
The saving of Bill Blewitt / producer, Alberto Cavalcanti; director, Harry Watt (25 min., 1937) -- North Sea / producer, Alberto Calvalcanti; director, Harry Watt (32 min., 1938) -- The islanders / producer, J. B. Holmes; director, Maurice Harvey (17 min., 1939) -- A midsummer day's work / camera, Jonah Jones, James E. Rogers (13 min., 1939). The saving of Bill Blewitt: An early fiction film made in a documentary style, about two fishermen whose boat is wrecked but who manage to save up enough to buy another. North sea: Dramatically reconstructs an actual incident in which an Aberdeen trawler in trouble gets assistance from Wick coastguard radio station. The first successful example of the now familiar drama-documentary. The Islanders: Shows how life on the island of Eriskay, Guernsey and Inner Farne are linked to the mainland by the Post Office. A Midsummer's day work: About the laying of an 18-mile underground telephone cable in the Chilterns from Amersham to Aylesbury. DVD 6062 (PAL)

A War Films Anthology
The world-renowned poet Dylan Thomas made a little-known but valuable contribution to Britain's war effort scripting powerful propaganda films for the Ministry of Information. This unique anthology collects together eight of his finest wartime works. Contents: These are the men (1943) -- Balloon site (1942) -- Wales - Green Mountain, Black Mountain (1942) -- New towns for old (1942) -- The battle for freedom (1942) -- CEMA (1942) -- A city reborn (1945) -- A soldier comes home (1945). 102 min. DVD X1230

Waverley Steps. (1948)
Directed by John Eldridge. Like Walther Ruttmann's Berlin Symphony of a Great City (which it quotes in its opening shots), Waverley steps is an ode to the spirit of a city--in this case, Edinburgh. "It touces on such themes as life and death, romance and divorce, work and entertainment, which were staples of the city \y genre. It's highly controlled and polished cinematography, as well as its carefully arranged and acted vignettes, pull this film away from the genre's documentary impulse." (from container) 31 min. Video/C 5028

Luis Buñuel

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Land Without Bread (Las Hurdes)(Terre sans pain) (1937)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. "...Focuses on the Las Hurdes region of Spain, the mountainous area around the town La Alberca, and the intense poverty of its occupants. Buñuel, who made the film after reading the ethnographic study Las Jurdes: étude de géographie humaine (1927) by Maurice Legendre, took a Surrealist approach to the notion of the anthropological expedition. The result was a travelogue in which the narrator’s extreme (indeed, exaggerated) descriptions of human misery of Las Hurdes contrasts with his flat and disinterested manner. Although some film scholars describe it as a documentary, Land Without Bread is actually an early (some might say prescient) parody of the barely invented genre of documentary filmmaking, according to anthropologist Jeffrey Ruoff." [Wikipedia] 27 min. DVD X2181; also DVD 9135 [PAL Region 2 DVD]; Video/C 8742; another print Video/C 999:173
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Frank Capra

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Here is Germany. (1945)
Presented Army Pictorial Service Signal Corps. A propaganda film created by the U.S. government during World War II traces Germany's development as a military power from the time of Frederick the Great to the end of the Third Reich. Dramatically presents the threat of German militarism through scenes of goose-stepping soldiers, armies in combat, and victorious parades under the leadership of Bismark, the Kaiser, and Hitler. Originally produced in 1945 by the Frank Capra unit. War Department orientation film, official G.F.-11. 52 min. Video/C 5089
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Know Your Enemy - Japan
Producer/director, Frank Capra; co-director, Joris Ivens. Performers: Walter Huston, Dana Andrews. Produced in 1945 as a motion picture by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps. Propaganda film made during World War II which was intended to acquaint the American with his Japanene counterpart. 63 min. DVD 5802; DVD 613; DVD 1090; also on vhs Video/C 2906
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Blakefield, W.J. "A war within." Sight & Sound Vol LII nr 2 (Spring 1983); p 128-133
Waugh, Thomas; Pappas, P. "Joris Ivens defended." Cineaste Vol X nr 4 (Fall 1980); p 48

The Negro Soldier (1943)
Supervisor, Frank Capra; director, Capt. Stuart Heisler. Traces the role of the Negro soldier in American history from 1776 to 1944, and shows the accomplishments of Negro troops. Written by Carlton Moss. 49 min. DVD 8798; also DVD 8711; vhs Video/C 2176
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Tunisian Victory(1944)
British Film Unit, U.S. Army Signal Corps; director, Frank Capra; with Burgess Meredith and Bernard Miles. 76 min. DVD 5802
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Agee, James. "Films" Nation; 3/25/1944, Vol. 158 Issue 13, p373-374, 2p UC users only
Aldgate, Tony. "Mr Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra, the British Army Film Unit, and Anglo-American travails in the production of 'Tunisian Victory'." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 11, Issue 1 1991 , pages 21 - 39 UC users only
Krome, Frederic. "Tunisian Victory and Anglo-American film propaganda in World War II." Historian, Spring96, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p517, 13p UC users only

Why We Fight
Note: all DVD versions contain special features: Challenging triva questions and answers, biographies, chapter search, 2 war postures (including background on the poster itself, and the artist who created it), film reel: Inside the Nazi concentration camps.

Prelude to War (1942) Producer and director, Frank Capra. Photography, Robert Flaherty. Reviews events from 1933 to 1939, including the Japanese conquest of Manchuria, the Italian conquest of Ethiopia, and the rise of Hitler. Also discusses the Axis plan of World conquest. 54 min. DVD 37; Video/C 5434
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

The Nazis Strike (1943) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. A documentary film record of Germany's preparation for war, the conquest of Austria and Czechoslovakia, and the attack upon Poland. 41 min. DVD 37; Video/C 5435
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Divide and Conquer (1943) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. A documentary film record of the German attack upon and conquest of Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, and France in 1940. 58 min. DVD 38; Video/C 5436
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The Battle of Britain (1943) Producer, Frank Capra; director, Anthony Veiler. Presents a documentary film record of the bombing of England by the German Luftwaffe in 1940 and the defense offered by the Royal Air Force. 55 min. DVD 38; Video/C 5437
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The Battle of Russia (1944) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. Shows the Russian defense against the Nazi invasion during World War II, focusing on the Battle of Stalingrad. 83 min. DVD 39; Video/C 5438
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The Battle of China (1944) Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. Depicts Japanese aggression against China during World War II and describes Japan's plan for world conquest. Recalls Chinese development of the compass, printing, astronomy, gunpowder, and porcelain. 65 min. DVD 39; Video/C 5439
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War comes to America (1945) Producer, Frank Capra; director, Anatole Litvak. Briefly reviews the history of the United States and describes the characteristics, habits, and beliefs of the American people. Explains the events from 1931 to 1941 that caused the United States to enter World War II. 65 min. DVD 40; DVD 5802; Video/C 5440
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D-Day and the Normandy Invasion (1945). Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. Reviews the events of D-Day on the night and day of June 5-6, 1944 when the invasion of France occured by the Allies against the Axis powers. 51 min. DVD 40
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The World at War (194-?).
Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. A pictorial record of a decade of war that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Western hemisphere. The material is taken from newsreels and captured enemy films. 44 min. DVD 41

Appointment in Tokyo (1945).
Producer, Frank Capra; directors, Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak. Against General MacArthur were 1,000 miles of Japanese held islands and Japanese controlled seas. Follows the American World War II campaign in the Pacific. 55 min. DVD 41; also DVD 5802

Your Job In Germany
Directed by Frank Capra; written by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) Bitter, angry view of the Germans designed to halt fraternization between U.S. troops and German civilians. Paris 1945: Postwar newsreel presenting resistance efforts by Parisians. DVD 2065

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

California Impressions (Impressions de Californie)
Producer, William K. McClure ; cinematography, Jean Boffety. CBS News invited the distinguished French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, to make a film on any subject, anywhere in the world. He chose the state of California and this is the film he made, giving his personal impressions of aspects of the life and the people of that part of the country. The sequences used range from cheer-leading auditions and anti-war protests, to encounter groups and hippie communes. 1970. 23 min. DVD 9934

The Return (The Reunion)(Le Rétour).
A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. Le Retour presents the liberation of French prisoners from Nazi concentration camps. Shows the removal of the prisoners to temporary hospitals and pictures joyful reunions with families and friends in Paris. 1946. 21 min DVD 9934; vhs Video/C MM470

Southern Exposures
CBS News invited the distinguished French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, to make a film on any subject, anywhere in the world. In this documentary Cartier-Bresson travels through the United States as he tries to capture its cultural flavor in the late 1960's. 1971. 23 min. DVD 9934

Spain Will Live (L'espagne vivra)
A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. L'espagne vivra is the second documentary by Cartier-Bresson on the Spanish Civil War. It looks at the war and its aftermath with commentary by Georges Sadoul. Originally produced in 1938 by Secours Populaire de France. 44 min. DVD 9934

Victory of Life (Victoire de la vie)
A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. Victoire de la vie is taken during the civil war inside the hospitals of Republican Spain showing medical care of soldiers. 1937. 49 min. DVD 9934

Alberto Cavalcanti

Barsam, Richard Meran. "The Western Avant Garde: Alberto Cavalcanti." In: Nonfiction film : a critical history / Richard M. Barsam. Rev. and expanded. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1992. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.B38 1992; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.B38 1992)

Coal Face. (UK, 1935)
Heroic documentary on the life of work of British miners. 12 min. DVD 6061 (PAL); vhs Video/C 5024; also on Video/C 9417

French Communiqué
The overall purpose of this British film is to bring home to a British public the extent to which the French army is ready, prepared and able to defend France and, ultimately, Britain itself should the need arise. GPO Film Unit; director, Alberto Cavalcanti. 1940. 15 min.) DVD X4486

The Glorious Sixth of June(1934)
"A flimsy excuse for the kind of film-making fun, on-set and in the cutting room that nonetheless paid off in the Unit's increasingly confident handling of sound and picture. The film incidentally illustrates Cavalcanti's temperamental differences from John Grierson, and it inadvertently prefigures a modern pattern in British advertising whereby the brand is sent up at the same time as being promoted. The announcement of reduced GPO charges is hokily jokey and preceded by five minutes of amiable ribbing of studio feature films, stage melodrama, am-dram, the British Establishment, and stiff upper lips in general. It's all too O.T.T. to count as biting satire, but enlivened by Cavalcanti's low-cost experiments with the medium and plenty of gleeful mugging by the Film Unit staff who appear on-screen." [ScreenOnline] 11 min. DVD X365

North Sea(UK, 1938)
Alberto Cavalcanti, producer. Directed by Harry Watt. The North Sea reenacts the fate of a storm-tossed ship in distress and features the activities of the GPO and its radio stations along the coast. 32 min. DVD 6062 (PAL); vhs Video/C 5023

Pett and Pott: A Fairy Story of the Suburbs. (UK, 1934)
Pett and Pott is a mock morality tale created to promote telephone use in which the admirable Petts invest in phone service, while the decadent Potts use their money for a maid. 33 min. DVD X365; vhs Video/C 5023

Rien que les heures (Nothing But Time). (France, 1926)
An early quasi-documentary depicting the passage of time during one day in Paris, showing the same characters reappearing at different tasks. The film was the first attempt to express creatively the life of a city on the screen and to dramatize familiar things in familiar surroundings, giving birth to a popular genre. It returned to Lumiere's free-flowing naturalism and outdoor locations but with the added dimension of effective and rhythmic montage. 36 min. DVD X2382; vhs 999:2989

Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack

Vaz, Mark Cotta. Living dangerously: the adventures of Merian C. Cooper, creator of King Kong. New York : Villard, c2005. (MAIN: PN1998.3.C6697 V38 2005)

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness(1927)
Tells the story of a farmer and his family living in the jungle of northeast Siam, and their struggles for survival against the many wild animals around them -- boars, tigers, leopards and even ... changs! (the Siamese word for elephant). The climactic elephant stampede is still considered one of the most exciting scenes in cinema history. 70 min. DVD 3874; also VHS Video/C 999:2691
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Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life(1925)
A documentary in which Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison travel through Asia Minor and Iraq to reach a tribe of nomads in Iran known as the Bakhtyari. They follow the tribe on its forty-eight day trek across deserts, streams, and mountains to reach pasture for their flocks. These three people were the first Westerners to cross the Zardeh Kuh Pass and the first to make this migration with the tribes. Supplementary feature: Film historian Rudy Behlmer audio interview with producer-director Merian C. Cooper. 71 min. DVD 1931
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Naficy, Hamid. "Lured by the East: ethnographic and expedition films about nomadic tribes: the case of Grass." In: Virtual voyages : cinema and travel / Jeffrey Ruoff, editor. Durham : Duke University Press, 2006. (Anthropology PN1995.9.T73.V57 2006)

Edward Curtis

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Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians
Edward S. Curtis was a driven, pioneer photographer who set out in 1900 to document traditional Indian life. He became the most famous photographer of his time and created an enormous body of work. This film tells the dramatic story of Curtis's life, his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. American Indians who are using his photographs for cultural preservation respond to the pictures, tell stories about the people in the photographs and discuss the meaning of the images. A film by Anne Makepeace. 2000. 86 min. DVD 3194; also VHS Video/C 4380

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In the Land of the War Canoes: Kwakiutl Indian Life on the Northwest Coast (aka In the Land of the Headhunters)(1914)
Presents an epic saga of Kwakiutl Indian life on the northwest coast of America as filmed in the summer of 1914 at Kwakiutl villages on Vancouver Island, Canada. The photographer, Edward S. Curtis, who devoted his life to documenting the disappearing world of the American Indian, spent three years with the Kwakiutl to meticulously recreate their way of life before the white man came as depicted in this film. 47 min. DVD 373; also on VHS Video/C 3395
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The Shadow Catcher: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian
A profile of photographer, anthropologist and filmmaker Curtis, who spent 34 years recording the American Indian tradition. Between 1896 and 1930 Curtis collected interviews and original Indian stories, recorded some 10,000 songs and took 40,000 pictures many of which are used in the production. Film retraces his journeys from the pueblo regions of the Southwest, north to British Columbia and Alaska. 89 min. Video/C 353

Peter Davis

Generations of Resistance (1980)
Uses archival photographs, newsreel footage, and interviews to chronicle the quest by Black South Africans for economic viability and individual freedom. 52 min. NRLF B 4 175 547

Hearts and Minds (1974)
Co-produced, directed, photographed, recorded and edited by Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines. Examines the American consciousness that led to involvement in Vietnam. Includes interviews with General William Westmoreland, Robert Kennedy, former Secretary of Defense, Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as American Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese leaders. Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon are shown in rare footage. 112 min. DVD 1184; Video/C 875

Middletown (1982)
Inspired by the studies of Robert and Helen Lynd in 1929 and 1935, this classic six-part series by Peter Davis explores both the continuity and the change embodied in the people and institutions of one Midwestern community: Muncie, Indiana.

Campaign: Follows two candidates, Jim Carey and Alan Wilson, in a Muncie, Indiana mayoral race. Big game: Captures the annual basketball game between the Muncie Central High School Bearcats and the Anderson High School Indians. Second time around: A couple plan a second marriage for each and air their attitudes toward marriage, money, children, and social problems. Community of praise: Examines faith working in the lives of a family whose fundamentalist beliefs are revealed in how they deal with both the emergencies and the oridinary problems and strife of daily life. Family business: Documents a family of ten who all differ in attitudes toward work but struggle to keep their father's pizza franchise in Muncie, Indiana, from bankruptcy. Seventeen: Follows a group of Muncie, Indiana seniors through their final year at Southside High School. DVD X4544 (Seventeen is also on vhs Video/C 4879)

Information about this film from the Internet Movie Database

Hoover, Dwight W. "The Middletown Film Project: History and Reflections." Journal of Film and Video Vol. 39, No. 2 (Spring 1987), pp. 52-65 UC users only

The Rise & Fall of the Borscht Belt (1988)
A documentary work of social history comprising reminiscences of the longtime patrons and proprietors in the Borscht Belt. Includes original footage, vintage photographs, and home movies dating back to the area's earliest days. 90 min. Video/C 2001

Selling of the Pentagon
Focuses on major areas of public relations activities of the Pentagon and questions the use of the taxpayers' dollars to provide extensive financial support for apparent propaganda purposes. Produced and written by Peter Davis. Originally presented as a segment on the television program CBS reports. 1971. 51 min. DVD 9385 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM361

Awards
Peabody Award

Description of program from the Encyclopedia of Television

Rogers, Jimmie N. and Clevenger, Theodore, Jr. ""The Selling of the Pentagon": Was CBS The Fulbright Propaganda Machine?." Quarterly Journal of Speech 1971 57(3): 266-273.
Smith, F. Leslie. "Selling Of The Pentagon and the First Amendment." Journalism History 1975 2(1): 2-5, 14 5p

Emile de Antonio

Books and articles about de Antonio in the UCB Library

In the Year of the Pig (1968)
With palpable outrage, Emile de Antonio assembles period interviews with journalists, politicians, and key military personnel and international newsreel and archival footage to create a scathing chronicle of America's escalating involvement in the Vietnam War. Produced at the height of the war, the savage and horrific images speak for themselves in perhaps the most controversial film of de Antonio's career. Special DVD features: Selected audio commentaries with director Emile de Antonio ; Archival interview with Emile de Antonio by professor June Perry Levine ; theatrical trailers ; liner notes by de Antonio scholar Dan Streible. 105 min. DVD X21; also DVD 4431; also VHS Video/C 1052
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Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971)
One of the most controversial political satires ever made, this film is a compilation of newsreel and TV footage with interviews with various political commentators presenting a comic yet terrifying portrait of Richard M. Nixon. It's all here--including scenes of Nixon advocating the death penalty for drug peddlers, suggestions of using nuclear weapons on Indochina, and the president watching go-go dancers in the White House. Filmmaker Emile de Antonio has said, "I made this film to reveal the terrible comic theater that is American politics." Special DVD features: Theatrical trailer; Senator Richard NIxon's 1952 "Checkers Speech"; Archival interview with Emile de Antonio from Alternative views: "The de Antonio legacy". 93 min. DVD X21; vhs Video/C 6982
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Mr. Hoover and I (1989)
This film resulted from de Antonio's discovery that the FBI had been keeping tabs on him over the years, compiling over 10,000 pages of documents on his activities. The film provides fascinating insights into de Antonio's work methods, his personal life and his politics, while affording him the opportunity to avenge himself by presenting his own dossier on J. Edgar Hoover, the infamous former FBI chief. 87 min. DVD X21

Painters Painting. (1989)
Illustrates and examines the work and ideas of modern abstract expressionist painters, including Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Hans Hoffman, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia and Frank Stella. Produced and directed by Emile de Antonio. 116 min. DVD X2924; Video/C 1448

Point of Order (1964)
Documents the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings through excerpts from the television footage shot during the six weeks of hearings. Includes an introduction by Paul Newman, who places the excerpts in historical perspective. 102 min. DVD 4684; also VHS Video/C 1918
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Underground. (1974)
The film introduces each member of the Weathermen Underground Organization in a group discussion/interview made on May 1st, 1975 in a secret location. The era of the 60's and 70's is vividly bought to life by interweaving the stories of the "Weathermen's " personal political development with the significant events and personalities of the two decades. Special DVD features: Archival interview with Emile de Antonio from Alternative views: "The de Antonio legacy". 88 min. DVD 21; vhs Video/C 3219
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Walt Disney Studios

Grand Canyon(1958)
Academy award winning short. Directed by James Algar. DVD 2220 (supplement on disc of Sleeping Beauty)

Our Friend the Atom.(1958)
Directed by Hamilton Luske; Walt Disney Studios. "Our Friend The Atom...was produced by Disney in cooperation with the U.S. Navy and General Dynamics, builders of the nuclear submarine USS Nautilus. As a "Tomorrowland" segment of the Disneyland television show, Our Friend The Atom relates the history of atomic energy, beginning with a clip from the earlier film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which erroneously maintains that author Jules Verne predicted the use of atomic energy. The film then progresses to an animated fairy tale of a fisherman who finds a bronze bottle in his net. Opening the flask, the fisherman is confronted by a genie, who explains that after centuries of confinement, he has resolved to kill whomever opens the bottle. The fisherman feigns surprise that so large a being could fit into the bottle. The genie returns to the vessel to prove that it can be done, and the wily fisherman corks the bottle up. Finally, the genie relents and promises to grant the fisherman his wishes if the bottle is uncorked. Says the narrator, "The story of the atom is like this fable, come true through science. For centuries we have been casting our nets into the sea of the great unknown in search of knowledge. Finally, we found a vessel and, like the one in the fable, it contains the genie." In a combination of live-action and animation, Our Friend The Atom moves from this fairy tale premise to an international history of atomic energy that culminates in American control of the technology. To soothe public apprehension, atomic energy is explained in terms of common household items. An atomic reactor, the viewer is told, is just like a big furnace. An atomic chain reaction is likened to what happens when a stray ping-pong ball is thrown at a mass of mousetraps with ping-pong balls set on each one. The narrator relates that an atomic explosion might be like the angry genie, but with the nuclear reactor and the magic power to transmute ordinary materials into radioactive tools in science and medicine, "Here lies our chance to make the atomic genie our friend." The film ends with the prediction that "clean" nuclear reactors will replace grimy coal and oil power plants. Radiation will be used to produce better crops and livestock. People will zoom from place to place in atomic cars, trains, boats and planes. "Then, the atom will become truly our friend."" [From: Langer, Mark. "Disney's Atomic Fleet." Animation World Magazine, Issue 3.1, April 1998]

Included in the compilation Tomorrowland: Disney in space and beyond.DVD 3605

DelGaudio, Sybil. "If Truth Be Told, Can 'Toons Tell It? Documentary and Animation." Film History, Vol. 9, No. 2, Non-Fiction Film (1997), pp. 189-199 UC users only
Langer, Mark. "Why the atom is our friend: Disney, general dynamics and the USS 'Nautilus.'" Art History March 1995 v18 n1 p63(34)
Mechling, Elizabeth Walker; Jay Mechling. "The atom according to Disney." The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Nov 1995 v81 n4 p436(18)

Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond.
Through six television shows from Walt Disney's Tomorrowland series this compilation examines Disney's vision of space exploration and how it helped build strong public support for the government's space explorations. Contents: [Disc one] Man in space / produced and directed by Ward Kimball (1955) -- Man and the moon / directed by Ward Kimball (1955) -- Mars and beyond / directed by Ward Kimball (1957). -- [Disc two] Eyes in outer space -- Our friend the atom / directed by Hamilton Luske (1958) -- "EPCOT" -- Bonus material. 240 min. DVD 3605

Article about Walt Disney the Encyclopedia of Television

Mechling, Elizabeth Walker; Mechling, Jay. "The Atom According to Disney" The Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 81, no. 4, pp. 436-53, November 1995.
Telotte, J. P. "Disney in science fiction land." Journal of Popular Film & Television, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 12-20, 2005 UC users only
Telotte, J. P. "Stories of Fact and (Science) Fiction" In: Disney TV Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2004. (MAIN: PN1992.92.W35 T45 2004)

True Life Adventures: Wonders of the World.
Disc 1. Introduction by Roy Disney -- White wilderness (1958, 72 min.) -- Water birds (1951, 31 min.) -- Beaver valley (1950, 32 min.) -- Prowlers of the Everglades (1953, 32 min) -- Disc 2: Mysteries of the deep (1959, 24 min.) -- Wonders of the water worlds (50 min.) -- Crisler story (19 min.) -- Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Birds (9 min.) -- Filmmakers' journal (22 min.) -- Collectors' Corner (3 min) -- Original theatrical trailers (6 min.) Disney's acclaimed, groundbreaking nature series captures the wonder of animals and nature. White Wilderness looks at the daily lives of arctic animals such as polar bears, walruses, goldenyes, wolverines and lemmings. Water Birds focuses on the behaviors of water birds filmed in various islands across the globe. Beaver Valley looks at the life of beavers and their neighbors, squirrels, otters, coyotes and blue herons. Prowlers of the Everglades follows creatures living in the Everglades, focusing on alligators, snakes, otters, raccoons and birds. Mysteries of the Deep examines exotic and rare fish and sea life around the world. Wonders of the Water World tracks the course of a body of water from brook to lake to sea, featuring the lives of animals that inhabit in or near it. The Crisler story is a look at the life of True-Life Adventures filmmakers Herb and Alice Crisler. 318 min. DVD 6708

True Life Adventures: Lands of Exploration.
Disc 1. Introduction by Roy Disney -- Living desert (1953, 69 min.) -- Vanishing prairie (1954, 71 min.) -- Seal Island (1948, 27 min.) -- Disc 2. Islands of the sea (1960, 28 min.) -- Nature's strangest creatures (1959, 16 min.) -- Prairie (1954, 23 min.) -- Behind the True-Life cameras (1955, 24 min.) -- Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Desert insects (4 min.) -- Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Snakes (5 min.) -- Filmmakers' journal (37 min.) -- Collectors' corner (3 min.) -- Trailers and promos (16 min.) Disney's acclaimed, groundbreaking nature series captures the wonder of animals and nature. Living desert: This first feature-length True-Life adventure film focuses on the lives of the animals, insects and plants of the southwestern American desert. Vanishing Prairie: A look into the animal and bird life of the American prairie including extensive filming of prairie dog "towns." Seal Island: Extensive look at the lives of the fur seals on the Pribilof Isands. Islands of the Sea: Goes island-hopping around the world to little know islands with each island home to at least one unique bird, fish or other critter. Nature's strangest creatures: Looks at the unusual animals of Australia including kangaroos, giant bats, flying squirrels and the duck-billed platypus. Prairie: Looks at the animals of the prairie, including footage of the photographers at work. Behind the True-Life Cameras: Follows photographers in the Everglades and Africa. 298 min. DVD 6709

Awards

Academy Awards - The Vanishing Praire: Best Documentary, Features
Berlin International Film Festival - The Vanishing Praire: Grand Golden Plaque
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - The Vanishing Praire: Best Documentary

True Life Adventures: Creatures of the Wild.
Introduction by Roy Disney -- African lion (1955, 72 min.) -- Jungle cat (1960, 70 min.) -- Bear country (1953, 33 min.) -- Olympic elk (1952, 27 min.) -- Cameras in Africa (1954, 20 min.) -- Yellowstone story (1957, b&w, 17 min.) -- Tribute to the Milottes (17 min.) -- Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Elephants (3 min.) -- Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Cheetah medical exam (11 min.) -- Filmmakers' journal (30 min.) -- Collectors' corner (3 min.) -- Trailers & Promo (10 min.) Disney's acclaimed, groundbreaking nature series captures the wonder of animals and nature. African Lion: The lion is just one of the animal species native to the central African plains studied here. Also includes the behaviors of baboons, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs and various scavengers. Jungle cat: Goes to the Brazilian jungle to study a family of Jaguars and their interactions with other creatures including sloths, anteaters, crocodiles, lizards, boas and a number of tropical birds. Bear country: Charts the life of black bears from one winter to another along with marmots, coyotes, gophers, squirrels and porcupines. Olympic elk: Follows the yearly migration and behaviors of the elk of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Cameras in Africa: True-Life Adventures photographers Al and Elma Milotte recount their adventures in filming The African Lion. Yellowstone story: Covers the park's origins and its natural wonders. 329 min. DVD 6710

True Life Adventures: Nature's Mysteries.
ntroduction by Roy Disney -- Secrets of life (1956, 70 min.) -- Perri (1957, 74 min.) -- Nature's half acre (1951, 33 min.) -- Searching for nature's mysteries (1956, 48 min.) -- Adventure in Wildwood heart (1957, 49 min.) -- Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Butterflies (7 min.) -- Tribute to Winston Hibler (16 min.) -- Filmmakers' journal (35 min.) -- Collectors' corner (8 min.) -- Original theatrical trailers (6 min.) Disney's acclaimed, groundbreaking nature series captures the wonder of animals and nature. Secrets of life: Profiles animal and plant life from all over the natural spectrum, focusing on the means by which life supports, sustains and replicates itself. Coverage includes blooming flowers, pollination, the life cycles of ants and bees, freshwater and ocean fish and a variety of other fascinating species. Perri: Using a pre-scripted storyline written by Felix Salten (author of Bambi), this film tells the story of a young squirrel named Perri, whose exploration of the world, fierce rivalry with an aggressive marten and a bobcat and love for another squirrel drive the action. Nature's half acre: Examines the goings-on in the "hidden world" located in a half acre of land. Searching for nature's mysteries: Photographer Winston Hibler demonstrates some of the then-new technologies and tricks of the trade used in creating the True-Life adventure films. Adventure in Wildwood Heart: Focuses on filmmakers and their efforts at capturing real-life footage that would correspond with the pre-determined script for the film Perri. 328 min. DVD 6711

Victory Through Air Power
Directed by Perce Pearce, et al. Walt Disney Pictures. "The popular film maker Walt Disney read the book [by Alexander de Seversky] and felt that its message was so important that he personally financed the animated production of "Victory Through Air Power." The film was primarily created to express Seversky?s theories to government officials and the public. Movie critic Richard Schickel says that Disney "pushed the film out in a hurry, even setting aside his distrust of limited animation under the impulses of urgency." (The only obvious use of limited animation, however, is in diagrammatic illustrations of Seversky's talking points. These illustrations often feature continuous flowing streams of iconic aircraft, forming bridges or shields, or war material moving continuously along assembly lines.) It was not until 1945 Disney was able to pay off his 1.2 million dollar war film deficit." [Wikipedia] DVD 2735; vhs 999:840
Credits and other information from the American Film Institute Catalog (UCB users only)

Agee, James. "Victory Through Air Power." Nation; 7/17/1943, Vol. 157 Issue 3, p82-84, 2pUC users only
DelGaudio, Sybil. "If Truth Be Told, Can Toons Tell It? Documentary and Animation." Film History 9:2 (1997) p. 189-199 UC users only
Raiti, Gerard C. "The Disappearance of Disney Animated Propaganda: A Globalization Perspective." Animation, Vol. 2, No. 2, 153-169 (2007)UC users only

Walt Disney on the Front Lines: the War Years
Between 1941 and 1945, The Disney Studio was taken over by the military as part of the war effort. This compilation includes never-before-seen Disney war effort productions, including exclusive declassified material, training, propaganda and educational films. Includes "Victory Through Air Power, "Disney's full length feature animated classic. Also includes first hand accounts of the work at Disney. Contents: [Disc 1] Donald gets drafted -- Army mascot -- Private Pluto -- Fall out, fall in -- Old Army game -- Home defense -- How to be a sailor -- Commando duck -- Vanishing private -- Sky trooper -- Victory vehicles -- Fuehrer's face -- Education for death -- Reason and emotion -- Thrifty pig -- Seven wise dwarfs -- Donald's decision -- All together -- New spirit -- Spirit of '43 -- Food will win the war -- Out of the frying pan and into the firing line -- Grain that built a hemisphere -- Defense against invasion -- Cleanliness brings health -- What is disease? -- Planning for good eating -- Chicken Little -- Winged scourge. [Disc 2] Four methods of flush riveting -- Stop that tank -- Training film montage -- Victory through air power -- Bonus features. 210 min. DVD 2735

Shale, Richard.Donald Duck Joins Up: The Walt Disney Studio During World War II / by Richard Shale. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, c1982. Series title: Studies in cinema; no. 16. (UCB Main PN1999.W27 .S5 1982; UCB Moffitt PN1999.W27 .S5 1982)
"Walt Disney: great teacher [his films for war are revolutionizing the technique of education]." Fortune v. 26 (August 1942) p. 90-5+

Robert Drew

Books and articles about Drew in the UCB Library

Being with John F. Kennedy
Inside portrait of John F. Kennedy. 100 min. Video/C 587

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
Drew Associates; producer, Gregory Shuker; film makers, Richard Leacock; James Lipscomb, D.A. Pennebaker, Hope Ryden. In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, forced one of the gravest racial confrontations of the 20th century. Despite a federal court order, Alabama Governor George Wallace vowed he would prevent two black students from entering the all-white University of Alabama. With a revolutionary new style of filmmaking using hand-held cameras, filmmaker Robert Drew and his four-team crew were at work recording the crisis as it unfolded, capturing the story from all sides up until its dramatic climax. 1963. 53 min. DVD 3067

Kennedy vs. Wallace
"Acclaimed documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back, The War Room) and Richard Leacock (Lulu in Berlin) were part of the team behind this amazing cinema verite account of the conflict between President Kennedy and Alabama Governor George Wallace surrounding the admission of two black students to the all-white University of Alabama in June of 1963. Originally titled Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, the film has been updated to include the reactions of Vivian Malone, one of the students who enrolled, and former Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. Produced by the trailblazing documentary unit Robert Drew & Associates." 1988. 60 min. [Facets catalog] Video/C 2876

"Kennedy vs Wallace." (video recording reviews) American Heritage v45, n7 (Nov, 1994):125 (2 pages).
Pauley, Garth E. "Documentary desegregation: a rhetorical analysis of Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment." The Southern Communication Journal Wntr 1999 v64 i2 p123(2)

Raw Footage: Episode 4, Robert Drew
The journey of the independent filmmaker is explored through interviews with documentary filmmaker, Robert Drew. Examines the filmmakers' work from inspiration to realization asking such questions as: What drew the filmmaker to the material? How was the money raised? Did the director rehearse, storyboard or plan his shots? How was the film marketed? c2001. 58 min. Video/C MM365

Letters from Vietnam
This pioneering documentary follows a young veteran of sixty helicopter combat missions in Vietnam into battle, presenting the first synchronous sound helicopter combat footage ever shot. The film also delves into a more personal side of the pilot's life as he discovers through tape recorded letters to his wife and through a visit to a Vietnamese orphanage that he has a responsibility that goes beyond his military duties. Producer, Robert L. Drew. 1965. 52 min. Video/C 8989

Primary (1961)
A candid film covering the political campaign efforts during the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary when Sen. John F. Kennedy upset Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. Shot entirely in synchronous sound with light-weight portable equipment, the film revolutionized documentary filmmaking with its spontaneous, unobtrusive and highly intimate style. Credits: Conceived and produced by Robert Drew for Time-Life Broadcast; directed by Ricky Leacock, Don Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Al Maysles. 60 min. DVD 2112; also on VHS Video/C 4839
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Charles and Ray Eames

Goldberger, Paul. "The Sky Line: The Eames Team: Charles and Ray Eames Were Multimedia Figures Ahead of Their Time." The New Yorker 75:12 (24 May 1999) p. 92-96, 98-99
Neault, Michael. "Lightness & Density." Cinema Scope, Winter2009 Issue 37, p27-32, 6p UC users only
Schrader, Paul. "Poetry of Ideas: The Films of Charles Eames." Film Quarterly 23:3 (Spring 1970) UC users only

The Films of Charles and Ray Eames. Volume 1.
Films by the American husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames who are designers, architects and photographic artists. Powers of Ten illustrates a picnic in Chicago and then begins moving ten times farther out every ten seconds, until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light. Then, we move inward into the hand of a sleeping picnicker with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. A Rough Sketch is an earlier version of the same concept illustrated in Powers of ten. 901: after 45 years of working examines the Office of Charles and Ray Eames as it is being dismantled and cleaned out. Contents: Powers of ten (1977; rough sketch 1968). 901, after 45 years of working (1989). DVD 4725; also DVD 372

The Films of Charles and Ray Eames. Volume 2.
Toccata for toy trains is a trip through a world of antique toys, and toy trains. House: after five years of living illustrates the home and studio designed and built by Charles Eames on a hill in California overlooking the ocean. Lucia Chase vignette follows a sister chasing her brother through the Eames house and vicinity. Kaleidoscope jazz chair is a kaleidoscope tour of the Eames office and their multicolored chairs. The Black ships illustrates Admiral Perry's 1853 naval expedition to Japan through Japanese prints. In Atlas a map of the Roman Empire expands and contracts, encapsulating the ebb and flow of the Empire's history. Blacktop: a story of the washing of a school play yard focuses on the patterns and abstractions created by the soapy water. Contents: Toccata for toy trains (1952) -- House: after five years of living (1955) -- Lucia chase vignette (1976) -- Kaleidoscope jazz chair (1960) -- The Black ships (1970) -- Atlas -- Blacktop (1952). DVD 4726; also DVD 298

The Films of Charles & Ray Eames. Volumes 3-4.
Volume 3 concerns the lives of Franklin and Jefferson as prisms through which to evoke colonial America. Contents: v.3. The World of Franklin and Jefferson. The Franklin and Jefferson proposal film. The Opening of an Exhibition.--v.4. Design Q & A -- IBM Mathematics Peep Shows -- SX-70 -- Copernicus -- Fiberglass chairs -- Goods. DVD 4727 (vol 3; DVD 4727 (vol 4); also DVD 298 (vols 3 & 4); VHS Video/C 4328

Films of Charles and Ray Eames. Volume 5.
Contents: Tops -- IBM at the fair -- A computer glossary -- Eames lounge chair -- The expanding airport -- Kepler's Laws -- Bread -- Polyorchis Haplus -- Tops (from Stars of Jazz). Tops: These many tops are a classic Eames toy film. IMB at the fair: Shows the brilliant Eames/Saarinen IBM Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's fair. Computer glossary: Jargon of computers expresses something of their nature. Eames lounge chair: Assembly of the famous chair at hyperwarp speed. Expanding airport: Concise history of airports leading into Eero Saarinen's Dulles Airport concept. Kepler's laws: Bread as nutrition, craft, and culture. Polyorchis Haplus: Lyrical motion of a tiny sea creature. Tops (from Stars of jazz): Rarely seen precursor to the classic "Tops." 58 min. DVD 4729; also DVD 442

Films of Charles and Ray Eames. Volume 6.
Contents: Day of the dead -- S-73 (Sofa compact) -- Babbage -- Alpha -- Exponents: a study in generalization -- Solar Do-Nothing machine -- Aquarium (National Fisheries Center and Aquarium) -- Parade. The legacy of the husband and wife team includes more than 100 short films. Day of the dead records the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico. S-73 (Sofa compact) traces the design and development of the Sofa Compact. Babbage: A film giving a little of the feel of Babbage's Difference Engine -- a mechanical antecedent of the electronic computer. Alpha: A film on an important concept in algebra. Exponents: A study of the concept of exponents. Solar Do-Nothing Machine: footage of their remarkable Solar Do-Nothing Machine. Aquarium: Model in film form of the National Aquarium design. Parade: Robots, floating bulls heads, toy soldiers and much more ... march down the boulevard. 60 min. DVD 4730

Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero.
Dealing with scale, proportion and dimension, the film moves in real time over a course of 40 powers of ten, from the cosmic distances of the universe to the heart of the atom. Some techniques used are classical and radio astronomy; large-format aerial, mapping, and satellite photography; X-ray diffraction analysis; and models. Based on the book Cosmic view, by Kees Boeke. 1977. DVD 4725; also DVD 372; vhs Video/C 1475

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Powers of Ten web site

Robert Flaherty

Books and articles about Flaherty in the UCB Library

A Boatload of Wild Irishmen
Examines Robert Flaherty's career as "the father of the modern documentary film" and the dispute about his staged scenes. Includes excerpts from his films as well as telling interviews with the people whose parents and grandparents Flaherty put onto the cinema screens of the world: Inuit, Samoans and the 'wild men' of Aran. Interviews and contributions from Richard Leacock (cameraman on "Louisiana Story", 1948), Martha Flaherty ( Flaherty's Inuit granddaughter), George Stoney (documentary filmmaker and professor at New York University), Seán Crosson (film scholar at the Huston School of Film), Jay Ruby (anthropologist and film scholar at Temple University), Deirdre Ní Chonghaile (musician and folklorist from Árainn). Directed by Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín 2010. 84 min. DVD X6724

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Industrial Britain (1933)
Documents work in Britain's factories and mines during the early 1930's. 21 min. DVD X1229; vhs Video/C 5022

The Land (1941)
Originally released as motion picture in 1941 by the U.S. Agricultural Adjustment Agency. Credits: Director, Robert J. Flaherty; collaborator, Frances H. Flaherty; commentary, Russell Lord; composer, Richard Arnell; editor, Helen van Dongen. Portrays American agriculture during the depression decade. Explores the problems of agricultural unemployment, erosion of farm land, the desolate lives of migrant workers, and the role of the machine in farming. 44 min. Video/C 3225
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Louisiana Story (1948)
Credits: Director, Robert J. Flaherty; screenplay, Robert and Frances Flaherty; photography, Richard Leacock; music, Virgil Thomson; editing, Helen Van Dongen. Dramatizes the coming of industrialization, in the form of oil exploration and drilling, to the Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a Cajun boy living in Petit Anse Bayou. A lyrical tribute to the marshlands and cypress swamps of the bayou and the culture of the Cajun people. 1948. 79 min. DVD 1664; also on VHS Video/C 8893
Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Credits and other information from the American Film Institute Catalog (UCB users only)

View online (Part I) (UCB users only)

Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) - Best Documentary

Clurman, Harold. "Flaherty's Louisiana Story." In: The Documentary Tradition / edited by Lewis Jacobs. pp. 230-3. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 1979 (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979)
Coogan, Jack. "Louisiana Story and an Ecology of the Imagination." Wide Angle 20.2 (April 1998): 59-69.

Man of Aran (1934)
Credits: Writer, Robert J. Flaherty; cinematography, Robert J. Flaherty, Francis Flaherty, John Goldman; music, John Greenwood. Depicts the daily existence and fight for survival of the fisherfolk living on the remote and barren Aran Islands of Ireland. Special DVD features: How the Myth was made (60 min. documentary about the making of Man of Aran) -- Hidden and Seeking: a documentary excerpt featuring Frances Flaherty -- Flaherty and Film: a filmed discussion of Man of Aran with Frances Flaherty -- Looking Back: Robert J. Flaherty reflects on the making of Man of Aran -- Outside the Frame: a gallery of rare photos and sketches. 77 min. DVD 1687; also on VHS Video/C 3813
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Credits and other information from the American Film Institute Catalog (UCB users only)

Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Film
Venice Film Festival - Best Foreign Film

How the Myth was Made
Documentary about the making of Man of Aran. Made for George Stoney's class at NYU in the Documentary Tradition in which Robert Flaherty's classic MAN OF ARAN was featured. It's twin purposes were to help students understand how documentary evolved from concepts very different from the cinema verit? or "fly on the wall" approach that has been dominant since changes in technology made the new approach possible from the early 1960's. It also serves as a reminder of the filmmaker's own impact on the places and people filmed and the responsibility the maker has to those filmed as well as to his audience. 60 min. Supplement accompanying Man of Aran, DVD 1687

Moana: A Romance of the South Seas.
"Life and love in the South Seas... Robert Flaherty's famous travelogue." The rites, customs, and daily lives of the Samoan natives of Savaii Island, Western Samoa are depicted in this early 20th century ethnographic film. "In 1923, Jesse Lasky of Paramount offered Flaherty the opportunity to shoot a film anywhere in the world?so long as it turned out to be another Nanook. Flaherty, along with his wife and family, traveled to the village of Safune on the Samoan island of Savaii to record the traditional culture of a civilization which was rapidly changing and becoming westernized under British rule. The result was Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age. Shot in black and white on panchromatic film, Moana has an almost stereoscopic look?the figures seem solid and real and the colors of the island foliage appear as varying shades of silvery-gray. The film explores the lives of the lovely and gentle Samoans and culminates in a ritual tattooing. Although not on the same level as Nanook or some of Flaherty's later work, Moana was received with critical acclaim and popularity on its release. In fact, John Grierson coined the term "documentary" to describe the film. During the making of Moana, Flaherty, the independent filmmaker, had his first conflict with the studio system when Paramount insisted he cut the film for a slightly shorter running time." [CinemaWeb] 1926. 76 min. DVD 8274 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6170
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Nanook of the North (1922)
Credits: Photography, Robert Flaherty; music, Stanley Silverman. A saga of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the human warmth of the little family.
69 min. DVD 30 (Restored version)
Video/C 5686 (Director's cut; remastered version. Includes Flaherty on film: Mrs. Frances Flaherty remembers Nanook of the North, 1958, 8 min.).
Video/C 3938
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Nanook Revisited
Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North created the very genre of film documentary, with its documentation of the Inuit and Eskimo traditions. This film revisits Inukjiak, the site of Flaherty's filming to critically re-examine the realities behind the ground-breaking documentary and the changes since it was made almost 70 years ago. Director, Claude Massot; writers, Claude Massot, Sebastien Regnier. Dist: Films Media Group. 1994. 55 min. DVD 2915; also VHS Video/C 5824

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
Co-directed with F.W. Murnau. A boy (Matahi) and a girl (Reri) are in love but she is chosen by a high priest to join the ranks of the sacred virgins, thereby becoming tabu to all men. The two escape by canoe to another island but the story ends tragically with the death of Matahi. Begun in collaboration with Robert Flaherty and shot on location in Tahiti, F.W. Murnau's last film is a visual paean to the beauty of a now-vanished way of life. "Only native-born South Sea Islanders appear in this picture with a few half-castes and Chinese"-- Opening frame. 82 min. DVD 1327; also VHS Video/C 999:1243
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Eyman, Scott. "Sunrise in Bora Bora." (prints saved from "Taboo" a film made over 60 years ago by film makers Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and Robert Flaherty) Film Comment v26, n6 (Nov-Dec, 1990):24 (6 pages).
Langer, Mark J. "Tabu: The Making of a Film." Cinema Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3. (Spring, 1985), pp. 43-64. UC users only

The Twenty-Four-Dollar Island
Robert Flaherty, Director of Photography. "The title of this film refers to Manhattan, bought by Dutch colonists from local Indians for that price. By 1925, on the 300th anniversary of its purchase, needless to say, it had altered considerably, and in this film the viewer is offered a vision of contemporary Manhattan, with awesome cityscapes and busy waterways. In this, it is quite similar to many other 'city view' films." [Internet Movie Database]. 1927. 10 min. DVD 4670

The Year of the Hunter
This documentary tells the story of the making of Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North and the Inuit who starred in the film. Clips from the original motion picture are interspersed with dramatizations in which Adamie Inukpuk, Nanook's great-grandson, plays the famed hunter. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 51 min. DVD 3734

John Ford

For the World War II documentaries of John Ford, see Peace and Conflict Studies videography

Georges Franju

Le grand Méliès(1953)
Directed by Georges Franju 31 min. DVD 9625

Le sang des betes (The blood of the beasts)(1949)
An early example of ultra-realism, this documentary contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh, gory conditions inside the nearby slaughterhouses. Describes the fate of the animals in an orgy of carnage and blood, and that of the workers in graphic detail. 22 min. DVD 3065 (supplement to feature film Eyes Without a Face); also on VHS Video/C MM290

Free Cinema

"Free Cinema." In: As found : the discovery of the ordinary / edited by Claude Lichtenstein, Thomas Schregenberger. Baden, Switzerland : Lars Müller, c2001. (Environmental Design; Main Library NX543 .A88 2001)
Ellis, Jack C. "British Free Cinema and Social-Realist Features, 1956-1963." In: A new history of documentary film / Jack C. Ellis and Betsy A. McLane. New York : Continuum, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6 E46 2005)
Stuyck, Daniel. "Baby Stuff: On Free Cinema." Cinema Scope; Winter2008, Issue 33, p61-65, 5p UC users only

Free Cinema
Free Cinema consisted of a group of young film-makers who decided to rebel against the stifling conformity of British cinema in the late fifties and to make their own films outside the confines of 'the system'. This 3 disc 50th-anniversary compilation of short films about British working class life shows directors expressing personal viewpoints without obligation to subscribe to the technical or social conventions imposed on commercial film-making. The third disc features an 43 min. documentary with interviews, film extracts and previously unseen stills, as well as a specially curated collection of rarely seen films made in the spirit of the Free Cinema movement. Disc 1. Free cinema 1 -- O Dreamland (12 min.) / director, Lindsay Anderson. -- Momma don't allow (22 min.) / directors, Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson. -- Together (49 min.) / director, Lorenza Mazzetti, assisted by Denis Horne. -- Free cinema 3. -- Wakefield express (30 min.) / director, Lindsay Anderson. -- Nice time (17 min.) / directors, Claude Goretta, Alain Tanner. -- The singing street (30 min.) / directors, Nigel McIsaac, J.T.R. Ritchie, Raymond Townsend. -- Every day except Christmas (39 min.) / director, Lindsay Anderson -- Disc 2. Free cinema 6. -- Refuge England (27 min.) / director, Robert Vas. -- Enginemen (17 min.) / director, Michael Grigsby. -- We are the Lambeth boys (49 min.) / director, Karel Reisz. -- Food for a blush (30 min) / director, Elizabeth Russell -- Disc 3. Beyond free cinema. -- One potato two potato (21 min.) / director, Leslie Daiken. -- March to Aldermaston (33 min.) -- The vanishing street (19 min.) / director, Robert Vas. -- Tomorrow's Saturday (17 min.) / director, Michael Grigsby. -- Gala day (25 min.) / director, John Irvin. -- Small is beautiful : the story of the Free Cinema films told by their makers (2006). DVD 8477

Free Cinema
Contents: Every day except Christmas / producers, Leon Clore, Karel Reisz; direction, Lindsay Anderson (1957, 40 min.) -- We are the Lambeth boys / produced by Leon Clore; directed by Karel Reisz (1959, 50 min.) -- The Saturday / produced by Leon Clore; directed by John Fletcher (1962, 30 min.).

Free Cinema consisted of a group of young film-makers who decided to rebel against the stifling, stuffy conformity of British cinema in the late fifties and to make their own films outside the confines of 'the system'. This video is a compilation of three short films about British working class life in which the directors express their personal viewpoints without obligation to subscribe to the technical or social conventions imposed on commercial film-making. Video/C MM356

John Grierson

British Documentary Movement

Books and articles about Grierson in the UCB Library

The Drifters.(1929)
An early documentary on turn of the century North Sea herring fishermen and the fishing industry. 49 min. DVD X2753; Video/C 5022

Potamkin, Harry Alan. "Grierson's Drifters." In The Documentary Tradition / edited by Lewis Jacobs. pp. 64-70. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 1979 (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979)
Sexton, Jamie. "Grierson's Machines: "Drifters," the Documentary Film Movement and the Negotiation of Modernity." Canadian Journal of Film Studies = Revue canadienne d'études cinematographiques 11:1 [Spring 2002] 40-59

Granton Trawler.(1934)
Granton trawler is a documentary study of fishermen engaged in dragnet fishing in the 1930's off the coast of Scotland. 11 min. DVD X365; DVD 6061 (PAL); vhs Video/C 5023 and Video/C 999:925

John Grierson
Reviews the life and work of documentary filmmaker John Grierson through interviews with the filmmaker, his family, friends, and professional associates. Founder of the National Film Board of Canada in 1938, Grierson was convinced that the filmmaker had a social responsibility and set a pattern for filmmaking in the public service that is still a model for the world. 1973. 59 min. Video/C 9412

Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Documentary

Bert Haanstra

Dutch Film videography (for fictional films by Haanstra)

Alleman (1963)
A documentary kaleidoscope of everyday people in everyday situations showing joys and sorrows of the Dutch people. 81 min. DVD X2165
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Bij de beesten af (1972)
In this documentary filmmaker Bert Haanstra attemps to show the behaviour patterns which are shared by both man and animals. He follows a variety of animals in the wild contrasting their behaviors with humans as they share the instinct for survival and resulting behaviours. 100 DVD X2165
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De Stem van het water(1966)
A documentary examining the close and varying relationship of the Dutch with water, which is both their faithful servant and their bitterest foe. Includes footage of dike construction, commercial fishing, boat races and other recreation on the water, a rescue at sea and the aftermath of flooding. 93 min. DVD X2165
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John Huston

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Kon Ichikawa

Tokyo Olympiad (Tôkyô orimpikku)(1965)
An epic study of athletes struggling to excel against their own bodies and against each other. Kon Ichikawa used 164 cameramen and over 100 cameras to show the humanity of the competitors--the tears of the Japanese women volleyball champions, the bellow of the hammer throwers, the pain of the collapsed marathon runner and the solitude of the loser, finishing his lap alone. 170 min. DVD 1280; also on VHS Video/C 4788 Pt. 1-2
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Flaherty Documentary Award

McDonald, Ian. "Critiquing the Olympic documentary: Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad." Sport in Society, Mar2008, Vol. 11 Issue 2/3, p298-310, 13p UC users only

Joris Ivens

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The Bridge (De Brug) (1927-28)
"The vertical lift-bridge is the object of study in The Bridge. Normally it seems to be a very static object, but Joris Ivens made a very dynamic film out of it. "For me, the bridge consisted of a laboratory of movements, tints, forms, contrasts, rythms and the relationship between all these phenomena". The film was immediately recognized as a masterpiece by international critics and colleague filmmakers; Joris Ivens was at once the most famous avant-garde filmmaker of the Netherlands." [from European Foundation Joris Ivens] DVD X1697; Video/C 7811

400 Million(1938)
The Japanese aggression against China in 1937 forced the Chinese communists to join Chiang Kai-shek's Kwomintang to take up the battle against their common enemy. Focusing on the battle of T'aiertshwang, this film shows all aspects of a war: the battle, the preparations, refugees, casualties and victims, the fear and distress, the human misery and the courage, and the land under fire. 52 min. DVD 717; also on DVD X1698
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Bakker, Kees. "'They Are Like Horses with Blinders On': One war, two views: Joris Ivens and Fumio Kamei, China, 1938." Studies in Documentary Film Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 September 2009 UC users only
Waugh, Thomas. "The 400 Million (1938) and the solidarity film: 'halfway between Hollywood and Newsreel'." Studies in Documentary Film Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 September 2009 UC users only

Indonesia Calling(1946)
A film shot partially in secret in the 1940's, unabashedly demanding independence for Indonesia as it documents the Indonesian people's struggle for freedom from Dutch occupation. 24 min. DVD X1699; Video/C 9565

Joris Ivens, Wereldcineast, 1912/1933
The earliest films from Dutch avant-garde documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens. Contents: De Wigwam = The Tipi (1912, si., 10 min., plus 1931 reissue) -- Études des mouvements a Paris (1927, si., 4 min.) -- De Brug = The Bridge (1928, si., 14 min.) -- Regen = Rain (1929, si., 3 versions of 15 or 12 min.) / directors, Mannus Franken and Joris Ivens ; musical scores by Lou Lichtveld (1932), Hanns Eisler (1941) or the Lichtveld score newly recorded (2002) -- Philips Radio (1931, 36 min.) -- Komsomol ( AKA Komsomolsk AKA Song of heroes) (1933, silent, 50 min.) -- Nieuwe Gronden = New Earth (1933, 29 min, plus bonus version with the score newly recorded in 2005). DVD X1697

Joris Ivens, Wereldcineast, 1934/1940
Films from Dutch avant-garde documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens, mostly from his period in the United States. Borinage (AKA Misère de Borinage) (1934, silent, 35 min.) / directors Joris Ivens, Henri Storck -- The Spanish Earth (1937, 53 min., version narrated by Ernest Hemingway and version narrated by Orson Welles) / commentary written by Ernest Hemingway -- The 400 Million (1939, 54 min.) -- Power And The Land (1940, 37 min.). DVD X1698

Joris Ivens, Wereldcineast, 1946-1966
Indonesia calling (1946, Australia, b&w, 23 min., in English) -- La Seine a rencontré Paris (1957, France, b&w, in French, 31 min.) À Valparaiso (1963, France and Chile; color, 27 min., in French) -- Rotterdam Europoort (1966, France and Netherlands, col., 20 min., Dutch and French versions)-- Pour Le Mistral (1965, France, b&w and col., 32 min.) DVD X1699

Joris Ivens, Wereldcineast, 1968/1976
Le 17ieme Parallèle (1968, b&w, 113 min., in French) -- La Pharmacie nr. 3: Shanghai (from the series Yukong déplaça les montagnes) (1976, 141 min., English or Dutch soundtracks) / directors, Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens -- Histoire d'un Ballon : Le Lycée nr. 31 Pekin, ( AKA The Football incident, from the series Yukong déplaça les montagnes) (1976, 20 min., English or Dutch soundtacks) / directors, Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan. DVD X1700

Joris Ivens, Wereldcineast, 1980/1988
Une Histoire de Vent = A Tale of the wind (1988, 77 min.) / directors, Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens -- Cinémafia (rencontre 1) (1980, 33 min.) / director, Jean Rouch -- Témoins : interview Joris Ivens (1983, 60 min.) / director, Robert Destanque -- Restoration Joris Ivens digital (2008, 14 min.). DVD X1701

New Earth (1934)
A documentary on the reclamation of the Zuiderzee in the late 1920's and early 1930's. DVD X1697; Video/C 999:524; also Video/C 7811

Know Your Enemy--Japan (1945)
Scripted and co-directed (with Frank Capra) by Joris Ivens. Produced as a motion picture by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps., 1945. Propaganda film made during World War II which was intended to acquaint the American with his Japanene counterpart. 63 min. DVD 5802; DVD 613; DVD 1090; also on vhs Video/C 2906
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Blakefield, W.J. "A war within." Sight & Sound Vol LII nr 2 (Spring 1983); p 128-133
Waugh, Thomas; Pappas, P. "Joris Ivens defended." Cineaste Vol X nr 4 (Fall 1980); p 48

Power and the Land (1940)
"In the framework of the New Deal politics Joris Ivens was commissioned to film the benefits of rural electrification. The film shows the situation before and after the Rural Electrification Administration brought electricity to the farm of the Parkinson family. Although the commentary is a bit over the top, this documentary is a beautiful poetic film on the development of the American countryside." [from European Foundation Joris Ivens] 38 min. DVD 691; also on DVD X1698; Video/C 5060
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Rain (Regen) (1929)
Co-Directed with Mannus Franken. "A day in the life of a rain-shower. As a city symphony Joris Ivens films Amsterdam and its changing appearence during a rain-shower. A very poetic film with changing moods, following the change from sunny Amsterdam streets to rain drops in the canals and the pooring rain on windows, umbrellas, trams and streets, untill it clears up and the sun breaks through once again. Although it seems to be one day it took Ivens a long time to film what he wanted to film (for even in Amsterdam it doesn't rain every day). With The Bridge, Rain became his major breakthrough as an avant-garde film artist. In 1932 Joris Ivens asked Lou Lichtveld (who also made the music for Philips Radio) to make a sound version of it, and in 1941 the film inspired Hanns Eisler to compose his "Fourteen ways to describe rain" in the context of a 'Film Music Project'." [from European Foundation Joris Ivens] DVD 4191; also on DVD X1697; Video/C 7811 and Video 999:108
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The Spanish Earth (1937)
Credits: Screenplay, Lillian Hellman, John Dos Passos, and Archibald MacLeish; photography, John Ferno; film editor, Helen van Dongen; music, Marc Blitzstein, Virgil Thomson; narrator, Ernest Hemingway (alternative track on DVD X1698 : Orson Welles). Written and narrated by Ernest Hemingway, this documentary was produced during the Spanish Civil War to dramatize the effect of the Fascist uprising on the ordinary citizen. Shows the struggle to protect Madrid from Francisco Franco's followers, the bombing of the city by German and Italian planes, and farmers trying to construct an irrigation system under the near-impossible circumstances of war. The author's only screenwriting effort and his only film appearance. 60 min. DVD 717; also on DVD X1698; DVD X6449; VHS 999:1131
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Humphrey Jennings

Books and articles about Jennings in the UCB Library

Humphrey Jennings web site (Channel 4, UK)
BFI Humphrey Jennings web site

Diary for Timothy (1945)
Presents an imaginary diary of the last phase of World War II for later use of a child born during the period. 39 min. DVD 1279; DVD X1229; also on VHS Video/C 5026

Dim Little Island(1948)
Jennings' penultimate film, which dispels the myth of the British being a dull insular race as it explores the achievements of Britain and its people. Featuring Osbert Lancaster, cartoonist, Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, James Fisher, naturalist and John Ormston, industrialist. 10 min. DVD X1229

Farewell Topsails(1937)
"Jennings made Farewell Topsails for the Adrian Klein/Dufay-Chromex company as one of three shorts designed to show how the process looked, the other two being a charming view of English rural life, English Harvest, and a negligible piece, possibly assembled from out-takes of English Harvest, titled The Farm (both 1938)." ... Farewell Topsails, cut to the jaunty sound of a sailor's accordion, and shot in the brilliant summer sunlight of 1937, records one of the last voyages of a commercial sailing ship carrying her cargo of extracted kaolin on a trip from Cornwall. There is not much that is obviously personal about the film, save for the fact that it recorded the passing of an ancient mode of technology in favour of an industrial mode - one of the grand themes of Jennings' unfinished work Pandaemonium." [ScreenOnline] 8 min. DVD X1229

Family Portrait (1951)
A film on the theme of the Festival of Britain 1951. Discusses Britain and her people, composed of a wealth of images of places and people from all over the country, allusively contrasted and combined. Compares Great Britain to a family in the sense that combined. Compares Great Britain to a family in the sense that both exhibit tolerance, courage, faith, and the will to be disciplined and free. 24 min. DVD 1279; DVD X1229; also on VHS Video/C 5028

Fires Were Started. (1943)
Co-directed with Harry Watt. Uses reenactment techniques to show the Auxiliary Fire Service in Action during the winter and spring of 1940/41, when the Blitz of London was at its height. 72 min. DVD 1279; also on VHS 5025
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Colls, R. "Representing the Nation: British Documentary Film, 1930-45." Screen XXVI/1, Jan-Feb 85; p.21-33. illus.
Richards, Jeffrey. "'Fires Were Started.' (portrayal of World War II by film director Humphrey Jennings)." History Today 45.n4 (April 1995): 29(6). UC users only
Sansom, William. "The Making of Fires Were Started." Film Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, Special Humphrey Jennings Issue. (Winter, 1961-1962), pp. 27-29. UC users only
Stansky, Peter. London's burning : life, death and art in the Second World War / Peter Stansky and William Abrahams. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994. (Main Stack NX650.W3.S73 1994)

The First Days (A City Prepares) (1939)
Producer: Alberto Cavalcanti; directors: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt, Pat Jackson. Captures the strange atmosphere of preparation for war. 23 min. DVD 6218

Listen to Britain (1942)
Written, edited, and directed by Humphrey Jennings and Steward McAllister. A poetic treatment, using no narration, of the British people during World War II. A vivid tapestry of sound and image intersperses scenes of British preparedness and tranquility. Perhaps Jennings' most outstanding film, Listen to Britain celebrates the perservance of everyday behavior in the face of total war. 19 min. DVD 1279; DVD X1229; also vhs Video/C 5026

Vaughan, Dai. Portrait of an invisible man : the working life of Stewart McAllister, film editor London : BFI, 1983 (MAIN: TR849.M39 V38 1983)

London Can Take It (aka Britain Can Take It)(1940)
Shows how people behave under stress and how World War II called forth the most positive and worthwhile aspects of life in Britain. 9 min. DVD 1279; DVD 6219; also on VHS Video/C 5025

Myra Hess, Playing the First Movement of Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor No. 57 (Apassionata) (1945)
9 mins. DVD 1279

Spare Time(1939)
Producer, Alberto Cavalcanti. "Marvelously elusive war-time propaganda documentary that is both patriotic and mysterious. It is about the leisure activities of miners, steel-workers and cotton-mill employees, mostly musical. The scene that annoyed the social realists at the time was the kazoo band of the millworkers, who play Rule Britannia and produce an elevated tableau of the Britannia figure with her shield and trident. It is almost Andr? Kert?sz in its surrealism (Jennings was a member of the UK Surrrealist group). But the film is moving too in its trust in the people it presents, a trust tempered with strangeness, angularity and some kind of apprehension of darkness, as in the last shot of the miners descending in their cages. There is no war fever in it at all. It is almost the Blakean view of what it is to be English." [Internet Movie Database] 14 min. DVD 6061; also on vhs Video/C 9417

Words for Battle(1941)
Narration: Laurence Olivier. "The first of four films that Lindsay Anderson considered Humphrey Jennings' best work, Words For Battle was described by the filmmaker himself as being "about the Lincoln statue in Parliament Square". This seems a curious definition for a documentary originally known as In England Now, which marries excerpts from major passages of English poetry and prose with footage of the contemporary, war-afflicted landscape, and in which Lincoln's statue only appears at the very end. But it makes sense of the whole trajectory of the film and of Jennings' underlying theme." [ScreenOnline] 8 mins. DVD X1229; DVD 1279

Martin and Osa Johnson

Imperato, Pascal James. They married adventure : the wandering lives of Martin and Osa Johnson New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1992. (MAIN: TR140.J63 I46 1992)
Johnson, Martin. Safari; a saga of the African blue New York, London, G. P. Putnam's sons, c1928. (MAIN: DT434.E2 J7; Storage Info: $B 57 969)
Johnson, Osa. I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson New York : Morrow, c1989. (MAIN: TR140.J63 J641 1989)
Staples, Amy J. "Safari Adventure: Forgotten Cinematic Journeys in Africa." Film History: An International Journal - Volume 18, Number 4, 2006, pp. 392-411
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Across the World with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson(1930)
The Johnsons, naturalists and explorers, journed across Africa in the 1920s and 30s, encountering and filming many forms of native wildlife and people. Produced as a motion picture in 1930 by Talking Epics Pictures. 79 min. DVD 5965

Baboona (Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's Baboona: An Aerial Epic Over Africa
Early 20th century naturalists and explorers, Martin and Osa Johnson journey across Africa in 1935 in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming African natives and many forms of wildlife including lions, rhino, elephants, and especially a large population of baboons. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950. 73 min. Video/C MM304

Congorilla (Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's Congorilla: Adventures Among the Big apes and Little People of Central Africa
Follows the fourth trip of naturalists and explorers Martin and Osa Johnson to Africa as they travel in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming gorillas, giraffes, lions, rhino, elephants, crocodiles, hippo and other birds and animals of the Serengetti Plains, Kenya and the Congo and pygmies and other native inhabitants. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950. 1932. 67 min. Video/C MM306

Imperato, Pascal James. They married adventure : the wandering lives of Martin and Osa Johnson New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1992. (MAIN: TR140.J63 I46 1992)
Johnson, Martin. Safari; a saga of the African blue New York, London, G. P. Putnam's sons, c1928. (MAIN: DT434.E2 J7; Storage Info: $B 57 969)
Johnson, Osa. I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson New York : Morrow, c1989. (MAIN: TR140.J63 J641 1989)
Staples, Amy J. "Safari Adventure: Forgotten Cinematic Journeys in Africa." Film History: An International Journal - Volume 18, Number 4, 2006, pp. 392-411
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I Married Adventure(1940)
Covers Osa Johnson's memoirs of the Osa and Martin Johnson explorations of Africa and the South Seas in the early 20th century and their photography of native people and animals. Describes a failed trip to Borneo that the Johnsons successfully made up for 20 years later. 77 min. DVD 5827
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Simba
Filmed in East Africa during the second Martin Johnson African Expedition, 1923-1928. Records Martin and Osa Johnson's expedition to East Africa, the chief purpose of which was to capture on film rapidly disappearing African wildlife as well as East African peoples (Samburu, Dorobo, etc.) and their customs. Includes extensive footage of elephants, giraffes and lions. Also shown is the lion-spearing ceremony perfomed by the Lumbwa (part of this sequence was filmed by Carl Akeley and Alfred J. Klein). The film opens with an introduction by Martin and Osa Johnson. Introduction recorded in New York, ca. 1932. 83 min. Video/C 7326

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Simba press kit (Milestone Films)

Mitman, Gregg. Reel nature : America's romance with wildlife on film Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999. (Main: PN1995.9.A5 M58 1999)
Ruby, Jay. "Simba" (Review) American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 96, No. 1. (Mar., 1994), pp. 221-222.UC users only

Albert Kahn

Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet
A peace-loving man with a decidedly global perspective, Albert Kahn spent most of his life and wealth trying to expand Western understanding of other cultures -- largely through film and photography. Originally released in 2007 as a series for BBC television. Dist.: Films Media Group.

Amad, Paula. "Cinema's 'Sanctuary': From Pre-Documentary to Documentary Film in Albert Kahn's "Archives de la Planète" (1908-1931)." Film History Vol. 13, No. 2, Non-Fiction Film (2001), pp. 138-159 UC users only
Amad, Paula. Counter-archive: film, the everyday, and Albert Kahn's Archives de la Planète / Paula Amad. Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only)

A Vision of the World
This program delves into Kahn's origins and formative years and the launch of his Archive of the Planet project. Topics include Kahn's Jewish ancestry and Alsacian upbringing; his early success in finance; his admiration of Japanese art and customs; the development of autochrome photography by the Lumière brothers; Marguerite Mespoulet's colorful documentation of Ireland's vanishing Celtic traditions; and Kahn's expedition to Cornwall and London with August Leon. 50 min. DVD X5707

Men of the World
In 1908, Albert Kahn and his chauffeur embarked on a global trek to observe and absorb other cultures -- an early "prototype' of the many photographic missions Kahn would fund over the years. this program illustrates that formative round-the-world trip as well as the 1913 journey undertaken by photographer Stéphane Passet to China, Mongolia and India. Viewers will encounter startling images of early 20th century Manhattan, San Francisco, Tokyo and Beijing, as well as views of nascent Rio de Janeiro and burgeoning Buenos Aires. Scenes from Tsarist Siberia, the Mongolian steppes, a Varanasi teeming with worshippers, and a camel-and-elephant caravan on the Khyber Pass reaffirm the spectacular value of Kahn's grand project. 52 min. DVD X5708

Europe on the Brink
Poverty, emigration, declining birth rates, and ethnic divisions weakened many European countries as the 20th century began. From France to the Balkans, leaders prescribed nationalism and military buildup as the only solutions. This program studies the continent's march to war as depicted in the photographic record commissioned by French banker Albert Kahn. Early color images and film footage explore a range of themes -- including contrasts between urbanization and rural life in France, Germany and Scandinavia, the decline of the Ottoman Empire and its impact in Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Macedonia; and the grittiness of everyday life in Europe. kahn's pacifism is also a topic. 51 min. DVD X5709

The Soldiers' Story
As World War I engulfed his country, Albert Kahn struck a deal with the French army: his team of photographers would capture images and footage that helped the war effort in exchange for direct access to militarized zones. A century later, this program presents the results -- revealing the life and environment of the French soldier as recorded in Kahn's Archive of the Planet. The visual details of trench warfare and all its misery are combined with pictures from towns, hospitals , and barracks a few miles from the front -- evoking the humanity of the ordinary fighting man as well as the appalling devastation wrought by the era's instruments of death. 52 min. DVD X5710

The Civilians' Story: Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet
In addition to documenting the Great War, Albert Kahn's team of photographers recorded the impact of the conflict on French civilian ife. This program explores both the propaganda value and the genuine emotional power in images of the war-torn French populace. French and Belgian refugees, ruined churches, and farms tended by women and the elderly are a few of the subjects rendered in exquisite and moving detail. Soissons smolders after a German retreat; Reims and its shattered cathedral hover on the edge of total destruction; and the Alsace region, Kahn's birthplace, regains its French identity. 52 min. DVD X5711

Europe After the Fire
Versailles, 1919: French banker Albert Kahn and his camera team are among the few photographers allowed inside the Hall of Mirrors for the treaty signing -- an example of Kahn's uncanny talent for documenting change. This program focuses on Kahn's pictorial record of the war's aftermath and the challenges of securing a true peace across Europe. Zeppelin-borne aerial footage conveys the scope of the destruction, while grave-digging and burial scenes evoke the staggering number of combatants killed. Other events and subjects include the influx of foreign workers that filled France's labor void; the French occupation of the Rhineland; German breadlines and Paris dance-halls; and war monuments in London and Verdun. 52 min. DVD X5712

Middle East, The Birth of Nations
No sooner had Europe declared an end to its Great War than the seeds of new conflict were sewn -- in the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. With typical global awareness, photography archivist Albert Khan chose to document the historic changes occurring in the colonial Middle East. This program traces his team's expeditions into Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine as Western powers redrew the map of the region. The French takeover of Syria, the Balfour Declaration, and Turkey's war with Greece come to life in Kahn’s street-level films and autochromes--which also serve as reminders that Jerusalem, like many other Middle East locations, suffered greatly during World War I. 52 min. DVD X5713

Far East, Expeditions to Empires
From 1914 through much of the 1920's, Albert Kahn's photographic team was hard at work in Asia, amassing culturally and historically vital images. This program recounts journeys through Indochina and greater Asia in which the Kahn team opened up a world most Europeans had never dreamed of. Viewers discover Vietnam through its beggars, Tet celebrants and elegantly dressed Mandarin administrators; Cambodia, through its dancers and the imposing Angkor City complex; Japan, through rapidly Westernizing homes, dress and hairstyles; and India, through pictures of the maharajahs and other authorities rendered powerless by British rule. 51 min. DVD X5714

The End of a World
As they built an unsurpassed visual archive of world culture, Albert Kahn and his photographers turned their attention to widely divergent locations. This program follows the maritime odyssey of Lucien Le Saint, circa 1922, as he captured on film the daily lives of Newfoundland cod fisherman, as well as expeditions into northwestern Africa. Images from Morocco and Tunisia focus on occupying French soldiers, the prostitutes they patronized, and larger changes in those societies, while pictures taken in Dahomey (now Benin) shed light on the symbiotic relationship between Catholocism and the Vodun religion. Viewers also learn about the Colonial Exhibition of 1931, Kahn's financial collapse, and the fate of his archive after his death in 1940. 51 min. DVD X5714

Krzystztof Kieslowski

Concert of Requests (Koncert zyczen) (Poland, 1967)
A young couple leave a lake campsite on motorbike at the same time as a bus full of youths. The boy accidently loses a tent along the road which is picked up by those in the bus who offer a trade of the tent for his girl. 15 min. Included on DVD 6605

Factory (Fabryka) (Poland, 1970)
Documentary revolving around the Polish situation on an industrial level at the tail-end of the 1960s: it alternates between stark images at a metallurgic foundry and a board-room meeting among the various executives involved in its management. 17 min. Included on DVD 6605

Hospital (Szpital) (Poland, 1976)
24 hours in the life of a hospital from the point of view of the doctors and nurses. 22 min. Included on DVD 6605

The Office (Urzad) (Poland, 1966)
"In an office processing pension applications, people wait. Clerks give instructions and explanations, finding fault with each document presented. People smoke, standing in line with papers in hand. A clerk sharpens a pencil methodically. Papers are stamped, further instructions given. Someone makes tea. The clerks take their break while people wait quietly. Papers have been stacked, sorted, placed in folders, and filed - row upon row, shelf upon shelf of files. Enervation is all. [IMDB] DVD 4185

Railway Station (Dworzec) (Poland, 1980)
This proved to be one of the director's last shorts which, again, follows the model of his previous efforts -- depicting the buzzing activity at a public place. 14 min. Included on DVD 6605

Talking heads(Gadajace glowy) (Poland, 1980)
In 1980, the late Krzysztof Kieslowski interviewed a number of ordinary Poles (born at various times over the preceding 100 years), asking them who they were and what they wanted from life. The results were assembled into this short film. What strikes one today, whether it is a sign of communist Poland at this time, or merely of Kieslowksi's own fascination with moral questions, is how sombre and serious most of the answers are: no-one says they want to sleep with a film star or make a quick million. It's also noticeable how similar the answers are, despite the great age difference of the participants. The best answer is fittingly the last one. [IMDB] 16 min. DVD 4182

John Korty

Who Are the DeBolts: And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?
A portrait of Robert and Dorothy DeBolt's family of 19 children -- including 14 adopted multiracial and/or physical handicapped children. The documentary focuses on their daily life with commentary by the children and parents about coping and family life skills. Based on the book 19 steps up the mountain by Joseph P. Blank. 1977. 72 min. DVD X6105; Video/C 9401

Awards
Academy Awards - Best Documentary, Features
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Emmy Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Program

Richard Leacock

Chiefs
Documentation of the 1968 Police Chiefs Convention held in Hawaii where attention was focused on the means and weapons of crowd control in reaction to the youth, anti-war and other political movements whose protests were sweeping the country at that time, fortified with speeches denouncing these movements and shoring up morale in support of their own actions against them. Co-directed with Noel E. Parmentel Jr. 1968. DVD 8567

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
Drew Associates; producer, Gregory Shuker; film makers, Richard Leacock; James Lipscomb, D.A. Pennebaker, Hope Ryden. In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, forced one of the gravest racial confrontations of the 20th century. Despite a federal court order, Alabama Governor George Wallace vowed he would prevent two black students from entering the all-white University of Alabama. With a revolutionary new style of filmmaking using hand-held cameras, filmmaker Robert Drew and his four-team crew were at work recording the crisis as it unfolded, capturing the story from all sides up until its dramatic climax. 1963. 53 min. DVD 3067

Kennedy vs. Wallace
"Acclaimed documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back, The War Room) and Richard Leacock (Lulu in Berlin) were part of the team behind this amazing cinema verite account of the conflict between President Kennedy and Alabama Governor George Wallace surrounding the admission of two black students to the all-white University of Alabama in June of 1963. Originally titled Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, the film has been updated to include the reactions of Vivian Malone, one of the students who enrolled, and former Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. Produced by the trailblazing documentary unit Robert Drew & Associates." 1988. 60 min. [Facets catalog] Video/C 2876

"Kennedy vs Wallace." (video recording reviews) American Heritage v45, n7 (Nov, 1994):125 (2 pages).
Pauley, Garth E. "Documentary desegregation: a rhetorical analysis of Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment." The Southern Communication Journal Wntr 1999 v64 i2 p123(2)

Louisiana Story (1948)
Credits: Director, Robert J. Flaherty; screenplay, Robert and Frances Flaherty; photography, Richard Leacock; music, Virgil Thomson; editing, Helen Van Dongen. Dramatizes the coming of industrialization, in the form of oil exploration and drilling, to the Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a Cajun boy living in Petit Anse Bayou. A lyrical tribute to the marshlands and cypress swamps of the bayou and the culture of the Cajun people. 1948. 79 min. DVD 1664; vhs Video/C 999:442
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) - Best Documentary

Clurman, Harold. "Flaherty's Louisiana Story." In The Documentary Tradition / edited by Lewis Jacobs. pp. 230-3. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 1979 (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979;Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979)

Lulu in Berlin
Directors, Richard Leacock, Susan Woll. Filmed interview with actress Louise Brooks. Contains clips of several of her films. DVD 6629 (Pandora's Box)also includes new video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks. 1987. 50 min. DVD 6629; vhs Video/C 1849

Primary (1961)
A candid film covering the political campaign efforts during the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary when Sen. John F. Kennedy upset Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. Shot entirely in synchronous sound with light-weight portable equipment, the film revolutionized documentary filmmaking with its spontaneous, unobtrusive and highly intimate style. Credits: Conceived and produced by Robert Drew for Time-Life Broadcast; directed by Ricky Leacock, Don Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Al Maysles. 60 min. DVD 2112; VHS Video/C 4839
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Ricky Leacock.
From his first film Ricky Leacock has been obsessed with capturing on film the feeling of "being there," which has led him to technological innovations and breakthrough films that fueled the emerging "direct cinema" movement. In this interview Leacock demonstrated super-8 sync technology and screened excerpts from his films Republicans: the new breed, Queen of Apollo, and rare footage of Indira Ghandi. Broadcast on the television program Screening room on June 15, 1973. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 64 min. DVD 4493

A Stravinsky Portrait.(1956)
A film by Richard Leacock and Rolf Liebermann. This exceptional, intimate film follows the great composer and conductor Igor Stavinsky at his home in California, in London and in Hamburg, where he conducts an orchestra rehearsal. Stravinsky emerges as more than a great artist, but as a warm and witty personality, as he converses with a variety of friends and musical collaborators. 58 min. Video/C 7334

Pare Lorentz

Books and articles about Lorentz in the UCB Library

Reaping the Golden Harvest (Pare Lorentz web site)

Nuremberg.(1946)
A record of the trials of the Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, Germany. Includes scenes from films made by the Nazis which were presented as documentary evidence of the atrocities committed at the concentration camps. Video/C 133; also on Video/C MM470

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The Plow That Broke the Plains. (1936)
The plow that broke the plains" depicts the social and economic history of the Great Plains from the settlement of the prairies by cattlemen and farmers through the World War I boom to drought and depression. A film by Pare Lorentz. Sponsored by the United States Resettlement Administration. 27 min. DVD 7298 (contains the original beginning and ending of The Plow that Broke the Plains); DVD 691; also on VHS Video/C 60
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The River: a U.S. Documentary Film (1939)
Presented by the Farm Security Administration with the cooperation of the Public Works Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority, Civilian Conservation Corps and the Army Engineers. Recorded at General Services Studios. A documentary story of the Mississippi River. Traces the history of the Mississippi and its tributaries; shows that the destruction of forests had led to erosion and the loss of soil, floods and the loss of lives and property. Emphasizes the need for conservation and rehabilitation. 32 min. DVD 7298; DVD 691; also on VHS Video/C 5060
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Louis and Auguste Lumière

The European Pioneers
Various Lumière"actualities" shot in the 1890's. Contents: Lumiere: Leaving the Lumiere Factory (1895); The Baby's meal (1895); Destruction of a wall (1896); The sprinkler sprinkled (1895); Arrival of Congress members at Neuville-sur-Saone (1895); Arrival of a train at La Ciotat (1895); Card Party (1895); Boat leaving the port (1895); Leaving Jerusalem by railway (1896); Snowball fight (1896); A fire run (1896); Niagara Falls (1896); Spanish bullfight (1897). Video 999:1007

The Lumière Brothers' First Films
A look at the birth of the motion picture through 85 of the more than 1,500 films made by the LumièreBrothers between 1895 and 1897. These films include views of Moscow, New York, Paris, Saigon, and Jerusalem, vignettes of life in France, and comedy shorts. 62 min. DVD 25; VHS tape 999:1678

Movies Begin, a Treasury of Early Cinema, 1894-1914; 1.
Various Lumière "actualities" shot 1896-97. DVD 1096; also VHS Video/C 999:1006

Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais. Volume one.
Contents: Employees leaving Lumiere Factory -- Arrival of Express at Lyons -- Friendly party in the garden of Lumiere -- Feeding the baby -- Boys sailing boats, Tuilleries Gardens, Paris -- The falling wall -- Baths at Milan, Italy -- French dragoons -- Gondola party -- Sack race -- Military review, Hungary --German hussars jumping fences -- Feeding the swans -- Boiler loading -- Le voyage dans le lune (1902) -- A la conquete du Pole (1912) -- The gipsy's warning -- Kingdom of the Fairies (1903). Video/C 999:353

Louis Malle

And the Pursuit of Happiness
In 1986, Louis Malle, himself a transplant to the United States, set out to investigate the ever widening range of immigrant experience in America. Interviewing a variety of newcomers (from teachers to astronauts to doctors) in middle- and working-class communities from coast to coast, Malle paints a generous, humane portrait of their individual struggles in an increasingly polyglot nation. Directed by Louis Malle. 1986. 81 min. DVD 7515

Calcutta
When he was cutting Phantom India, Louis Malle found that the footage shot in Calcutta was so diverse, intense, and unforgettable that it deserved its own film. The result, released theatrically, is a chaotic portrait of a city racked with social and political turmoil. 1969. 99 min. DVD 7513; vhs Video/C 3602

God's Country
In 1979, Louis Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women of a prosperous farming community. He returned six years later, during Ronald Reagan's second term, to find drastic economic decline. Free of stereotypes about America's heartland, God's Country, commissioned for American public television, is a stunning work of emotional and political clarity. 1985. 89 min. DVD 7514

Humain, trop humain (Human, too Human)
A meditative investigation of the inner workings of an auto assembly plant showing how steel sheeting becomes an automobile. Includes visits with the plant workers. Directed by Louis Malle. 1973. 72 min. DVD 7511

Phantom India (L'Inde fant?me)
Louis Malle called his gorgeous and ground breaking Phantom India the most personal film of his career. And this extraordinary journey to India, originally shown as a miniseries on European television, is infused with his sense of discovery, as well as occasional outrage, intrigue, and joy. Directed by Louis Malle. 1969. 363 min. DVD 7512
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Place de la republique
Louis Malle stands on a street corner with his camera to capture an entertaining snapshot of the comings and goings on one street in Paris. Directed by Louis Malle. 1974. 95 min. DVD 7511

Vive le tour
Documents the annual 20-day Tour de France bicycle race held each July. Covering the 1962 race this fast moving essay shows the racers' tension of competition, the physical stresses, the eating and drinking while in motion, the collisions and spills, and the enthusiasm of the spectators. 18 min. DVD 7511; vhs Video/C MM357

March of Time

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Four Hours a Year: The Making of "The March of Time"
The "March of Time" newsreel series covered the news for motion picture audiences before television from 1935 to 1951. This documentary features interviews with its creative team who cover topics including reporting styles, logistical difficulties with big 35mm cameras and huge lights, the use of re-enactments, technical details for a "natural look", lack of zooms or panning, flat lighting, wide angle lens and distortion, the difference between "the truth of yesterday and the truth of today" and the influence of this newsreel series on today's television journalism.

Contents: Newsreel excerpts: Tour of the White House in Roosevelt-Landon election race -- Father Coughlin, formation of a National Union for Political Justice -- First nationwide radio broadcasts by a religious preacher -- New York City's Mayor LaGuardia -- Huey Long in Louisiana -- French Maginot Line before WWII -- Dominican Republic -- New England in 1940. 1974. 56 min. Video/C 5965

Albert and David Maysles

Books and articles about the Maysles Brothers in the UCB Library

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit
A day-by-day audio visual account of the group's first tour in the United States, including the Ed Sullivan appearances. Between the thirteen performances, the viewer joins the Beatles in their limos, hotel rooms and on their trips from New York to Washington, D.C. Includes documentary The making of the Beatles first U.S. visit (51 min.); commentary by Alfred Maysles. 1964. ca. 81 min. DVD 2284

Christo's Valley Curtain
Examines the construction of the Mammoth Valley curtain, a 500-foot-high veil stretched across Rifle Gap, Colo., by the Bulgarian artist Christo. Made of nine tons of orange nylon polymide fabric, the curtain stretched a full quarter-mile and was suspended from four steel cables 365 feet above the floor of the town. Directed by the Maysles brothers and Ellen Giffard. 1973. 28 min. Video/C 6299

Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center
Filmed over the course of twelve years, this program traces the building of the Getty Center, one of the most ambitious cultural undertakings of the twentieth century. The gathering of creative personalities needed to complete this monumental complex gave rise to conflict as well as consensus. Share the moments of success and frustration with architect Richard Meier, artist Robert Irwin, Fench architect Thierry Despont and others instrumental in its design. A film by Susan Froemke, Bob Eisenhardt and Albert Maysles. c2003. 100 min. DVD 4396; vhs Video/C MM1163

Direct Cinema
Writer-editor Jack Kroll interviews filmmakers Albert and David Maysles in 1969 about what they called at that time a "new technique of natural movie making, direct cinema." Conversation topics include how the Maysles actually filmed, how they got the subjects to agree to being filmed, and their reaction to being innovators. Program includes excerpts from their feature length film "The Salesman" in which they followed the salesmen around in an early example of "cinema verite." Originally produced as a two part episode for the television program, Camera Three. 52 min. Video/C 5966

5 Films About Christo & Jean-Claude. Disc 1
Contents: Christo's valley curtain (1974, 28 min.) / by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde -- Running fence (1978, 58 min.) / by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerkin.

Christo's Valley Curtain: Examines the construction of the Mammoth Valley curtain, a 500-foot-high orange veil stretched across Rifle Gap, Colo., by the Bulgarian artist Christo. Running fence: Follows the artist, Christo, through the concept, building and showing of a 24 mile long, 18 foot high fence of white fabric stretched across the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties in California. 86 min. DVD 2632

5 Films About Christo & Jean-Claude. Disc 2
Contents: Islands (1986, 57 min.) / by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerkin -- Christo in Paris (1990, 58 min.) / by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke.

Islands: Documentary of Christo's project to surround eleven islands in Biscayne Bay for two weeks in a pink plastic fabric. Includes footage of two other projects, the Pont Neuf and the Reichstag. Christo in Paris: Follows Christo through the building and showing of his most personally favored work, the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris. DVD 2633

5 Films About Christo & Jean-Claude. Disc 3
Contents: Umbrellas (1995, 81 min.) / by Albert Maysles, Henry Corra, Grahame Weinbren -- Interview with Albert Maysles, Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Umbrellas: Thousands of umbrellas are installed and then simultaneously opened in a rice-farming valley in Japan and across a cluster of cattle ranches in Southern California. Interview: Presents a candid discussion and reminiscences by Christo, Jeane-Claude and Albert Maysles about their artistic installations and the challenges of filming the events. DVD 2634

The Gates
Starting with an original attempt in 1979, this film documents the ambitions, planning, and ultimate achievement of Christo's project to install a series of cloth-hung gates in Central Park. The film follows the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude and they navigate through various meetings, arguments, facing an opposing host of city officials, private representatives, artists, and citizens. Over 20 years later the artists fulfill their hope of creating a shared artwork for the community, the camera capturing the ultimate result and public reactions. Special features: "About the gates" history of the work (3 min.); "Antonio Ferrera" director's bio (3 min.); "Albert Maysles" director's bio (5 min.); "Christo and Jeanne Claude" artist's bio (4 min.). Directed by Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Matthew Prinzing. 2007. 98 min. DVD X1895

Gimme Shelter: The Rolling Stones. Uncut. Uncensored. Unsurpassed (1970)
Directors, David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin. Contents: The Rolling Stones: Jumping jack flash -- (I can't get no) Satisfaction -- You gotta move -- Wild horses -- Brown sugar -- Love in vain. Tina Turner: I've been loving you too long. The Rolling Stones: Honky tonk women -- Street fighting man. The Flying Burrito Bros.: Six days on the road. Jefferson Airplane: The other side of this life. The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the devil -- Under my thumb -- Street fighting man -- Gimme shelter. A documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the United States, focusing on a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California where a young man was killed during violence between the crowd and the Hell's Angels hired to "keep order." Includes performances by Ike and Tina Turner, the Flying Burrito Bros., and the Jefferson Airplane. 90 min. DVD 394; vhs Video/C 4690

Schowalter, Daniel F. ""Remembering the Dangers of Rock and Roll: Toward a Historical Narrative of the Rock Festival." Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 86-102, Mar 2000

Grey Gardens (1976)
Grey Gardens captures the haunting relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie. These two endearing recluses happen to be aunt and first cousin to Jackie Onassis. In this biographical film they feed cats and racoons while they rehash the past behind the walls of the East Hampton mansion. 94 min. DVD 799; vhs Video/C 2478
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Maslin, Janet "Grey Gardens." (movie review)_(movie reviews) The New York Times April 17, 1998 v147 pB18(N) pE18(L) col 1 (8 col in)
Robson, K.J.. "The crystal formation: narrative structure in Grey Gardens." Cinema Journal Vol XXII nr 2 (Winter 1983); p 42-53.

The Beales of Grey Gardens (1976)
East Hampton, the mid-1970's: documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles set up camp in a decrepit mansion known as Grey Gardens, where the eccentric Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale live amid piles of trash and mounds of cats. The film becomes an instant cult classic. After Grey Gardens spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical to an upcoming Hollywood adaptation, the filmmakers went back to their vaults to create this tribute to both the Beale women and their legion of fans. Contents: "You Ought To Be In Pictures" -- No one can play Edith Beale -- Little Edie's past -- Big Edie takes a picture -- "Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorree" -- Horoscopes -- Jerry Torre -- "V.M.I. march" (The first listen) -- Cats -- Lois Wright -- Fire -- "Spring Will Be a Little Late" -- "Around the World in 80 Days" -- Big Edie's poetry recital -- Flirtation ("Hot or Sweet") -- Religion -- Politics and war -- Beach -- "If I Loved You" -- Fashion show -- Last reel -- Another winter -- Color bars. 91 min. DVD X2940

Montparnasse et Levallois /Jean-Luc Godard
A film by Albert Maysles. Included on anthology film, Six in Paris DVD X399; Video/C 999:3228

Muhammad and Larry
Filmmaker Albert Maysles explores the unique and poignant relationship between two great boxers and two remarkable men who were more than just competitors. They were once teacher and student, and remain close friends. Combines archival footage with newly-produced reflective conversations with boxing experts and those who were at the fight. Maysles intimately documented both Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, from sparring matches to private moments at home, as they prepared for their upcoming fight in 1980, revealing the connection that evolved, inside and out of the ring, between these two amazing athletes. Disc 1: Documentary (52 min.) plus bonus features: director's statements; 11 interview extras -- Disc 2. Bonus features: ESPN pre- & post fight coverage, including Howard Cosell's interview with Ali & Holmes. Directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan. 2009. 52 min. DVD X2987; DVD X5736

Primary (1961)
A candid film covering the political campaign efforts during the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary when Sen. John F. Kennedy upset Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. Shot entirely in synchronous sound with light-weight portable equipment, the film revolutionized documentary filmmaking with its spontaneous, unobtrusive and highly intimate style. Credits: Conceived and produced by Robert Drew for Time-Life Broadcast; directed by Ricky Leacock, Don Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Al Maysles. 60 min. DVD 2112; VHS Video/C 4839
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Running Fence (1977)
Directors, David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin. Follows the artist, Christo, through the concept, building, and showing of his objet d'art; a 24 mile long, 18 foot high fence of white fabric stretched across the hills of California. The project was conceived as a work of art for Sonoma and Marin counties and took nearly four years to complete. Once finished and after a period of time, the fence was taken down and the materials were given to the people whose land the fence was built on. 59 min. Video/C 2970

Scott, N. "The Christo films: Christo's valley curtain and Running fence." Quarterly Review of Film Studies Vol VII nr 1 (1982); p 61-68.

Salesman (1968)
A film by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. A documentary feature film in cinema verite style which closely follows the activities of four door-to-door Bible salesmen on their routes. 90 min. DVD 817; Video/C 1880
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Umbrellas
Documentary of the art project, The Umbrellas, a joint artistic venture between Japan and the United States. Follows the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude from the planning stages to completion day of their joint-venture, set in a rice-farming valley in Japan and cattle ranches in the rolling hills of Southern California. A film by Henry Corra, Grahame Weinbren and Albert Maysles. 1995. 81 min. Video/C 6322

Albert Maysles as cinematographer/photographer (for other directors/producers)
Gypsy Caravan: When The Road Bends (2007) DVD X159
Letting Go: A Hospice Journey (1998) DVD 3138
Emergency (1968) Video/C 2988

Sidney Meyers

The Quiet One (1948)
An award-winning documentary filmed on the streets of Harlem in the late 1940's which shows the devasting psychological effects of life in the ghetto on a ten-year old boy named Donald. Abandoned by his parents, Donald lives a quiet life of despair until he is sent to Wiltwyck School for Boys for psychiatric care. 65 min. Video/C 6502

Brender, Richard. "The Quiet One: Lyric Poetry of the Fair Deal." Millennium Film Journal; Fall1983/Winter1984 Issue 13, p81-97, 17p

Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon

The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon
Over a century ago, filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon roamed England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales filming the everyday lives of people at work and at play. Their films begin with the bustling streets at home in Britain and the controversial war abroad and move on to show the British workers at leisure and enjoying sports. Presents the first ever crime reconstruction film and finally the success of Mitchell and Kenyon in the U.S. and the ultimate demise of their partnership. 176 min. DVD 3603

Carroll, Nathan. "Mitchell and Kenyon, Archival Contingency, and the Cultural Production of Historical License." The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 52-73, Fall 2006 UC users only

Luc Moullet

Anatomy of a Relationship (Anatomie d'un rapport)
A daring, delirious dissection of the dilemmas of two intellectuals who can't quite make their sex life work. Director Luc Moullet plays a movie director who is having a hard time making ends meet and is also having a hard time satisfying his wife. In the film, they fight and talk, make up, talk and fight. A fearless confessional film based on his own relationship with his wife. 1975. 79 min. DVD 7686

Genesis of a Meal (Genèse d'un repas)
In this documentary Moullet investigates the sources for the foods he is eating at the outset of the film: tuna and bananas. When he investigates the French labels on his tuna, he discovers that the fish were actually caught in Senegal, and his bananas came from Ecuador. The people who caught the fish and the growers of the bananas are interviewed, and their economic hardships are clearly underscored. Produced, written and directed by Luc Moullet. 1978. 112 min. DVD 7686

National Film Board of Canada

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The National Film Board of Canada: A History. 2, Documentary I.
Contents: Paul Tomkowicz: street-railway switch man / Roman Kroiter (1954, 10 min.) -- City of gold / Colin Low, Wolf Koenig (1957, 22 min.) -- Lonely boy / Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor (1961, 27 min.) -- Waiting for Fidel / Michael Rubbo (1974, 58 min.).

The second of five segments exploring films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The first film is a profile of a switchman, an eloquent portrait of a Canadian immigrant laborer. The second film is a nostalgic recollection of the Klondike gold rush. The third film is a cinema verite classic which looks behind the scenes of the life of the teen idol, Paul Anka. The final film is a documentary by Canadian filmakers visiting Cuba who discuss the Cuba of the early 1970's. DVD X2089 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4661

The National Film Board of Canada: A History. 2, Documentary II.
Contents: Vtr St-Jacques / Bonnie Sherr Klein (1969, 27 min.) -- Not a love story: a film about pornography / Bonnie Sherr Klein (1981, 69 min.) -- If you love this planet / Terri Nash (1982, 26 min.).

The third of five segments exploring films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The first film is an experiment in using video and television to stimulate social action in a poverty-stricken district of Montreal. The second film chronicles the odyssey of two women who explore the world of pornography. The third presentation is built around a lecture by the Australian pediatrician and nuclear critic Dr. Helen Caldicott who warns that nuclear disarmament must not be postponed. DVD X2090 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4662

The National Film Board of Canada: A History. 4, French film Production at the NFB.
Contents: Les Raquetteurs / Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx (1958, 15 min.) -- La Paysagiste/Mindscape / Jacquis Drouin (1976, 8 min.) -- Mon oncle Antoine / Claude Jutra (1971, 105 min.).

The fourth of five segments exploring films produced at the National Film Board of Canada. These three French language films are examples of the films produced by the French Film unit of the NFB. The first film features the International Snowshoe Congress in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The second work of pinscreen animation is about an artist who steps inside his painting to wander about the landscape. The last film is the coming of age story of a young boy who lives in the asbestos mining region of Quebec. DVD X2091 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4663

The National Film Board of Canada: A History. 5, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: the NFB at 50 Plus.
Contents: The Magical eye / Terena Macartney-Filgate (1989, 47 min.) -- Excerpt from Strangers in Good Company / Cynthia Scott (1990, 21 min.) -- Excerpt from Forbidden Love: unashamed stories of lesbian lives / Aerlyn Weissman, Lynne Fernie (1992, 21 min.) -- Minoru: memory of exile / Michael Fukushima (1992, 19 min.)

The last of five segments exploring films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. These four films mirror the concerns of the Nineties from a Canadian perspective continuing the Film Board's long tradition of working in the public interest. The first film is a documentary highlighting 50 years of film production by the Film Board. The second is a drama concerning seven elderly women who band together for survival when their bus breaks down in rural Quebec. The next film recounts the experiences of Canadian lesbian women in the 1950's and 60's intertwining their histories with a fictional love story. The final film is a personal documentary concerning the devastating discrimination against Japanese in Canada during World War II. DVD X2092 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4664

The National Film Board of Canada: A History. Vol. 1: Animation. Video/C 4660

Newsreel

Roz Payne Archives
Brief history of Newsreel (via Third World Newsreel)

Fruchter, Norm; Marilyn Buck; Karen Ross; Robert Kramer. "Newsreel." Film Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2. (Winter, 1968 - Winter, 1969), pp. 43-48. UC users only
Hess, John. "Notes on U.S. radical film, 1967-80." Jump Cut, no. 21, Nov. 1979, pp. 31-35
Nichols, Bill. "Newsreel Film and Revolution," Cineaste 5 (1973)
Renov, Michael. "Early newsreel : the construction of a political imaginary for the left." In: Art, activism, and oppositionality : essays from Afterimage / edited by Grant H. Kester. Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 1998. (Main Stack NX180.S6.A677 1998)
Renov, Michael. "The Imaging of Analysis: Newsreel's Re-Search for a Radical Film Practice." Wide Angle, 6, no. 3, 1984, 76-84
Renov, Michael. "Newsreel: Old and New. Towards An Historical Profile." Film Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1. (Autumn, 1987), pp. 20-33. UC users only

Amerika
Documentary about the escalation and diversity of the anti-Vietnam War protest movement on the homefront. Includes conversations with Vietnam vets, teenagers, and Afro-American militants. Graphically depicts the hightened incidents of mass protest and police repression. Originally produced as a documentary film in 1969. 33 min. Video/C 5854

Columbia Revolt, 1968
Newsreel footage, with commentary by participants, of the student protests and riots at Columbia University in 1968. 50 min. DVD 4460; DVD 3723; vhs Video/C 5853

Mayday
Newsreel footage of a public Black Panther demonstration held on May 1, 1969 in honor of Huey Newton. 14 min. Video/C 5855

No Game: (Pentagon, 1967)
Newsreel footage of an October 10, 1967 demonstration for peace against the war in Vietnam. Includes interviews with protesters who refused Selective Service. Produced and directed by Masanori Oe, Marvin Fishman, Jonathan Chernoble. 17 min. Video/C 5858

Off the Pig
Originally produced in the 1960s. Interviews: Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis. Documentary footage of members of the Black Panther Party talking about police brutality and strategies for Blacks to liberate themselves. Film concludes with art works by Afro-American protest artist, Emory Douglas. 15 min. Video/C 5852

People's Park
Originally produced in the early l970's. A documentary giving the history of the People's Park conflict and protests with emphasis on the role played by the University of California in the conflict. 23 min. DVD 4131 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5860

People's War
This film was shot ... in the Democratic Republic of Viet-Nam, July-August 1969, with the cooperation of the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries."-- Documentary filmed in North Vietnam during 1969 presenting the Vietnam Conflict from the viewpoint of the North Vietnamese. Includes interviews with North Vietnamese civilians and soldiers. 39 min. Video/C 5859

El Pueblo se Levanta
A hard-hitting documentary of the poverty and oppression in a New York City Puerto Rican community. Depicts the confrontations that occurred as a self help community group, the Young Lords, attempted to improve the conditions. Originally produced in 1970. Video/C 5857

Richmond Oil Strike
Documentary of the Richmond oil strike commencing January 4, 1969 with newsreel coverage of events surrounding the strike and interviews with employees on strike against Shell Oil in Martinez and Standard Oil in Richmond, California. Originally produced in 1969. 17 min. Video/C 5861

She's Beautiful When She's Angry
A guerrilla theater piece on the role of women, performed at an abortion rally in New York City in 1969. In the skit a beauty contestant is pressured to fulfill certain roles in order to be the "ideal woman." The women who perform also discuss their personal lives and how their struggle as women is expressed in the skit. 1969. 17 min. Video/C MM392

Los Siete de la Raza
Originally produced in the 1960s. Newsreel footage of interviews with Mexican American immigrants to the Mission District of San Francisco in which they express their social and economic struggles and the discrimination they experience. Film examines the creation of Los Siete de la Raza, a self-help political organization organized to fight for the rights of "Brown people." 33 min. Video/C 5856

Up Against the Wall Miss America
A documentary about the disruption of the Miss America pageant of 1968. Guerrilla theater, protest songs, and interviews stress the misuse of women as mindless sexual objects. Footage includes attorney/activist Flo Kennedy. 1968. 6 min. Video/C MM391

The Woman's Film
Candid interviews with American women who describe their preconceptions about marriage contrasted with the realities of marriage, their husband's expectations concerning their roles as wives, and experiences of child rearing and employment inside and outside the home. Originally produced in 1971. 41 min. Video/C 5862

Workers' Film & Photo League / Nykino / Frontier Films

Alexander, William. Film on the left : American documentary film from 1931 to 1942 Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1981(MAIN: PN1995.9.D6 .A38; MOFF: PN1995.9.D6 .A38)
Alexander, William. "Frontier Films, 1936-1941: The Aesthetics of Impact." Cinema Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1. (Autumn, 1975), pp. 16-28. UCB users only
Alexander, William. "The March of Time and the World Today." American Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 2. (Summer, 1977), pp. 182-193.UCB users only
Campbell, Russell. Cinema strikes back : radical filmmaking in the United States, 1930-1942 Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, c1982. (MAIN: PN1999.F48 .C3 1982)
Huffman, Nicole. "New Frontiers in Documentary Film"
Hurwitz, Leo. "One Man's Voyage: Ideas and Films in the 1930's" Cinema Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1. (Autumn, 1975), pp. 1-15. UCB users only
Leshne, Carla "The Film & Photo League of San Francisco." Film History, 2006, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p361-373, 13p UCB users only
Nichols, Bill. Screen 1972 13: 108-115UCB users only

"Bought and paid for" -- "On the march" -- "Millions of little people" -- "Murder One man" DVD 4669

Heart of Spain
A documentary account of the front line medicine practiced under Dr. Norman Bethune and volunteer medical personnel during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939.) Their work with 'blood banks,' transfusion and field surgery laid the groundwork for further medical advances in later years. 1933. Material scenarized and edited by Paul Strand, Leo Hurwitz. Frontier Films. 1937. 33 min. DVD X336

Native Land (1942)
Credits: Photography, Paul Strand; editor, Leo Hurwitz; commentary, David Wolff (Ben Maddow); music, Marc Blitzstein; script, David Wolff, Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand; narrator, Paul Robeson.

Several years in the making and defiantly outspoken, this film stands as one of the most influential accomplishments of the collective of left-wing artist known as Frontier Films. Combining documentary form with staged reenactments, they created a treatise on the struggle for human rights in the 1930s couched in the doctrines of the political left. The film presents an emotional tour of the U.S. and its freedom-based ideologies, as well as an unflinching look at the forces threatening to undermine its strengths from within: Greedy capitalists, professional strikebreakers, and the Ku Klux Klan. 88 min. DVD 7283 (Criterion); DVD 4669; also VHS Video/C 7026

Pie in the Sky (1934-35)
Nykino: Elia Kazan, Ralph Steiner & Irving Lerner. DVD 4666

The World Today: Black Legion (1936-37)
DVD 4669

Marcel Ophuls

Books and articles about Ophuls in the UCB Library

Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)
Klaus Barbie was a Nazi war criminal who escaped and remained hidden for 40 years. This Academy Award winning documentary traces the 40-year hunt for Barbie which ended when he was brought to trial in 1987. 267 min. DVD X5564 ; Video/C 1558
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The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) (1972)
A documentary examining the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II using reminiscences and interviews of individuals and officials involved in the events at the time. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance and shows antisemitism through stark, moving newsreel footage. 260 min. DVD 672; Video/C 4280 (Part 1-2)
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Jean Painlevé

Fretz, Lauren E. "Surréalisme Sous-l'Eau: Science and Surrealism in the Early Films and Writings of Jean Painlevé." Film & History, Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p45-65, 21p UC users only
Knox, Jim. "Sounding the Depths: Jean Painlevé's Sunken Cinema." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003
New media poetics : contexts, technotexts, and theories / edited by Adalaide Morris and Thomas Swiss. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1059.C6.N49 2006)
Science is fiction : the films of Jean Painleve / edited by Andy Masaki Bellows and Marina McDougall, with Brigitte Berg, et al. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2000. (Main Stack TR893.8.S354 2000)

Jean Painleve. Compilation no. 1
Special features: "Yo la Tengo : The sea horse" from The Sounds of the Sounds of Science; "Hommage `a Loie Fuller" by Michelle Nadal and "Jeax d'enfants" (Children's play) by Jean Painleve (1948), and filmography and biography by Jean Painleve. Les amours de la pieuvre = The love life of the octopus (1965) -- Oursins = Sea urchins (1954) = Comment naissent des meduses = How some jellyfish are born (1960) -- Hyas et stenorinques = Hyas and stenorhynchus (1929) -- L'hippocampe = The sea horse (1934) -- Cristaux liquides = Liquid crystals (1978) -- Acera ou le bal des sorci`eres = Acera or the witches' dance (1972) -- Histoires de crevettes = Shrimp stories (1963). DVD 5137

Jean Painleve Science & Fiction
Presents a collection of films by Jean Painleve, the author of more than 200 films of scientific research in the avant-garde spirit. He devoted his life to filming the infinitely small with state of the art equipment. Mathusalem / musique, Maxime Jacob (1927, si, b&w, 10 min.) -- Hyas et stenorinques / musique, Chopin (1929, si., b&w, 10 min.) -- L'hippocampe / musique, Darius Milhaud (1934, sd, b&w, 14 min.) -- Barbe bleue / musique, Maurice Jaubert (1938, col., 13 min.) -- Le Vampire / musique, Duke Ellington (1939-45, b&w, 9 min.) -- Oursins (1954, col. 10 min.) -- Histoires de crevettes / musique, Pierre Conte (1964, col. 10 min.) -- Les amours de la pieuvre / musique, Pierre Henry (1965, col., 13 min.) -- Acera ou le bal des sorci`eres / musique, Pierre Jansen (1972, col., 13 min.) -- Cristaux liquides / musique, Francois de Roubaix (1978, col., 7 min.) Video/C MM497

Science Is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve
Early poetic pioneer of science films, Painleve explored a twilight realm of vampire bats, seahorses, octopi and liquid crystals. Painleve made more than 200 science and nature films and was an early champion of the genre. This 2-disc collection brings Yo La Tengo's score together with the films of Painleve for the first time on videodisc. Contents: Disc 1(120 min.): Acera or The witches' dance (1972) -- The love life of the octopus (1965) -- How some jellyfish are born (1960) -- Liquid crystals (1978) -- The seahorse (1934) -- Shrimp stories (1964) -- Hyas and stenorhynchus (1929) -- Methuselah (1927) -- Sea urchins (1954) -- The vampire (1945) -- Blue beard (1938). -- Disc 2 (95 min.): Yo la Tengo : the sounds of science. Special features: Introduction by Dr Michael Abecassis -- Two short films by Percy Smith: The birth of a flower (1910) and The strength and agility of insects (1911) -- A short film by Adrian Klein: Colour on the Thames (1935). 215 min. DVD 8458

D.A. Pennebaker

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Pennebaker Hegedus Films

Chuck Berry: Rock & Roll Music
This live performance of Chuck Berry in concert at the 1969 Toronto Rock & Roll Revival, is a testament to the raw power that makes Chuck Berry the true king of rock & roll. Contents: Rock and roll music -- Long live rock & roll -- Johnny B. Goode medley -- Promised land -- Carol -- (I'm your) Hoochie Koochie man -- Maybellene -- Too much monkey business -- Reelin' & rockin' -- Sweet little sixteen -- In the wee wee hours (I think of you) -- Johnny B. Goode. 1991. 46 min. DVD 860

Daybreak Express
Pennebaker's first film. "I wanted to make a film about this filthy, noisy train and it?s packed-in passengers that would look beautiful, like the New York City paintings of John Sloan, and I wanted it to go with one of my Duke Ellington records, "Daybreak Express." I didn't know much about film editing, or in fact about shooting, so I bought a couple of rolls of Kodachrome at the drugstore, and figured that since the record was about three minutes long, by shooting carefully I could fit the whole thing onto one roll of film. Of course that didn't work since I couldn?t start and stop my hand-wound camera that easily so I ended up shooting both rolls and even a few more before I was through. It took about three days to film, and then sat in a closet for several years until I figured out how to edit it and make a print that I could show on a projector." [D.A. Pennebaker]. 1953. 5 min. DVD 3608

Don't Look Back.
A film by D.A. Pennebaker. Disc 1: Bob Dylan: Don't look back -- Disc 2: Bob Dylan: 65 revisited. Performers, Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez, Alan Price. Portrait of the artist as a young man. In spring, 1965, Bob Dylan a 23 year-old, pixyish troubador, spent three weeks in England. Follows him from airport to hall, from hotel room to public house, from conversation to concert. Joan Baez and Donovan, among others, are on hand. It's the period when Dylan is shifting from acoustic to electric, a transition that not all fans, including Baez, applaud. From the opening sequence Dylan is playful and enigmatic. Special features: Disc 1: Commentary by director D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth; five additional uncut audio tracks; alternate version of the "Subterranean homesick blues" cue-card sequence; original theatrical trailer; D.A. Pennebaker filmography; Bob Dylan discography; cast and crew biographies; Disc 2: Bob Dylan: 65 revisited: A new work compiled by D.A. Pennebaker from over 20 hours of never-before-seen footage; commentary by director D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth. The companion book includes a complete transcription of the film, over 200 photos, and a new forward by D.A. Pennebaker. DVD 7503 [includes special feature disc]; DVD 447 [without special features]; also on vhs Video/C 3122

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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

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Jimi Plays Monterey: As Remembered by John Phillips.
A film by by D.D. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Contents: Can you see me (2:3) -- Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1:36) -- Wild thing (1:06) -- Monterey (2:06) -- Killing floor (3:01) -- Foxy lady (2:54) -- Like a rolling stone (8:24) -- Rock me baby (3:01) -- Hey Joe (3:48) -- The wind cries Mary (3:06) -- Wild thing (7:48) -- Purple Haze (3:02).49 min. DVD 1475; also on VHS Video/C 5019

Kennedy vs. Wallace
"Acclaimed documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back, The War Room) and Richard Leacock (Lulu in Berlin) were part of the team behind this amazing cinema verite account of the conflict between President Kennedy and Alabama Governor George Wallace surrounding the admission of two black students to the all-white University of Alabama in June of 1963. Originally titled Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, the film has been updated to include the reactions of Vivian Malone, one of the students who enrolled, and former Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. Produced by the trailblazing documentary unit Robert Drew & Associates." 1988. 60 min. [Facets catalog] Video/C 2876

"Kennedy vs Wallace." (video recording reviews) American Heritage v45, n7 (Nov, 1994):125 (2 pages).

Kings of Pastry
Sixteen chefs whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions at the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, France's Nobel Prize for pastry, and there is edge-of-the-seat drama as they deliver their fantastical, spun-sugar desserts to the display table. Chefs work under constant scrutiny by master judges, whose critical palates evaluate their elaborate pastries. The inevitable disasters prove both poignant and hilarious. Chefs: Jacquy Pfeiffer, Sebastien Canonne, Philippe Rigollot, Regis Lazard. Directed by Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker. 2009. 84 min. DVD X5749

Monterey Pop.
A film by D.A. Pennebaker. Big Brother & the Holding Company, John Phillips, Joe McDonald, Eric Burdon, Mamas and the Papas, Canned Heat, Simon and Garfunkel, Hugh Masekela, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Country Joe and the Fish. The definitive document of the first great rock festival", a filmed record of the Monterey International Pop Festival, held in June, 1967. DVD contains special features: Outtake performances by The Association, Big Brother, and the Holding Company, The Blues Project, Buffalo Springfield, The Paul Butterfied Blues Band, The Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, The Electric flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, The Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and the Who; audio commentaries: Festival producer Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker on Monterey Pop; music critic Charles Shaar Murray on Jimi Plays Monterey; music critic Peter Guralnick on Shake! Otis at Monterey; new video interview with Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker on the beginnings of the Festival and the making of the film; new video interview with Phil Walden, manager of Otis Redding from 1959 to 1967; audio interviews with Festival producer Joh Phillips, Festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby; photo essay, Monterey Pop scrapbook, Theatrical trailers and radio spots. 98 min. DVD 1475; also on VHS Video/C 5338

Schowalter, Daniel F. ""Remembering the Dangers of Rock and Roll: Toward a Historical Narrative of the Rock Festival." Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 86-102, Mar 2000

Moon Over Broadway
A film by D.A. Pennebaker and by Chris Hegedus. A no-holds barred, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Broadway comedy Moon over Buffalo starring the legendary Carol Burnett. Line-flubbing, back-stabbing, door slamming, scenery-breaking, fights, fits, feuds -- all captured here in an incredible fly-on-the-wall view of what really goes down before the curtain comes up. 1997. 100 min. DVD X4399; Video/C 8235

Only the Strong Survive: A Celebration of Soul
This documentary brings together an amazing array of musical icons and living legends, the stars of Stax Records, who take the audience back to the glory days of soul music. Directors, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus. Performers: Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Mary Wilson, Sam Moore, The Chi-Lites, Ann Peebles, Jerry Butler. 95 min. 2004. DVD 2678

Original Cast Album: Company (1970)
A chronicle of the recording session of the cast album of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Company. Over the course of a grueling 18 1/2 hour session, acclaimed filmmker D. A. Pennebaker with Jim Desmond and Richard Leacock, captured the stress, the frustration, the exhilaration and ultimate success of the creative process. Special features: Commentary from Harold Prince, Elaine Stritch, D.A. Pennebaker; additional music track "Have I got a girl for you" from the original cast recording session; photo gallery from original Broadway performance accompanies music track; filmmaker biography. 58 min. DVD 3112

Primary (1961)
A candid film covering the political campaign efforts during the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary when Sen. John F. Kennedy upset Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. Shot entirely in synchronous sound with light-weight portable equipment, the film revolutionized documentary filmmaking with its spontaneous, unobtrusive and highly intimate style. Credits: Conceived and produced by Robert Drew for Time-Life Broadcast; directed by Ricky Leacock, Don Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Al Maysles. 60 min. DVD 2112; VHS Video/C 4839
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Shake: Otis at Monterey. (1993)
Contents: Shake (2:36) -- Respect (2:30) -- I've been loving you too long (3:24) -- [I can't get no] Satisfaction (2:42) -- Try a little tenderness (4:12). Filmed at the Monterey International Pop Festival June 17, 1967. 19 min. DVD 1475; also on VHS Video/C 5020

Town Bloody Hall: A Dialogue on Women's Liberation
On the evening of April 30, 1971, a standing room only audience of local literati and feminists packed New York City's Town Hall to watch Norman Mailer, who had just written 'The Prisoner of Sex, ' grapple with a panel of passionate feminists ... among them Jill Johnston, Diana Trilling, Jacqueline Ceballos and Germaine Greer. The event turned from mere intellectual debate to ferocious theater as verbal blows flew engaging the participants and the audience for three and a half hours. With Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, Diana Trilling, Jacqueline Ceballos. Photographers, Jim Desmond, D.A. Pennebaker, Mark Woodcock ; editor, Chris Hegedus. 85 min. DVD X5438

The War Room (1993)
Documentary about the Clinton presidential campaign, from the New Hampshire primary to the victory party 10 months later. At the center are the two men most responsible for Clinton's victory--James Carville, the campaign manager, and George Stephanopoulos, the communications director. This is a compelling portrait of these two men as they successfully masterminded strategies for such events as the Democratic National Convention, the debates with Bush and Perot and the election itself. 1994. 96 min. DVD 1430; also VHS Video/C 4030
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Documentary

Woodstock Diary 1969: Friday Saturday Sunday
The Woodstock diary is an enthralling "Fly on the wall" documentary about the creation of Woodstock and of the actual three-day event itself. Directed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. 180 min. DVD X3015

Pierre Perrault

Clandfield, David. "Dialectical interpretation: the case of cinema direct and Pierre Perrault." Cineaction, Spring 1989, Issue 16, p20-24, 5p
Clandfield, David. Pierre Perrault and the poetic documentary Toronto ; Bloomington : Toronto International Film Festival in conjunction with Indiana University Press, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.P47 C52 2004)
Gauthier, Jennifer L. "Speaking Back with Similar Voices: The Dialogic Cinema of Zacharias Kunuk and Pierre Perrault." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 108-120, Mar 2010
White, Jerry. "Arguing with Ethnography: The Films of Bob Quinn and PierrePerrault." Cinema Journal, Winter2003, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p101, 24p UC users only

L'Acadie l'Acadie?!?
A film by Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault. A filmed account, day by day, of the uprising of Acadian students in 1968/69 at the University of Moncton, in search of the right to speak French at the University and in Moncton. 1971. 118 min. DVD 5869

Le beau plaisir (The Beautiful Delight)
Le beau plaisir: Shot in 35 mm colour, this film invites the viewer on a beluga whale hunt. We see the clever techniques the islanders use to trap the animals, as well as their delight when they succeed in capturing one of these wily marine mammals. Pierre Perrault speaks of Ile-aux-Coudres: In this exclusive interview a few months before his death, Pierre Perrault talks with characteristic passion about his early career, his discovery of the Charlevoix region, his radio work and shooting the films of the region. Pierre Perrault vu par... Exclusive interviews with Bernard Gosselin, Michel Brault, Marcel Carri?ere, Martin Leclerc, Monique Fortier, Serge Beauchemin and Suzanne Allard. These renowned artisans of direct cinema and close collaborators of Perrault talk about the role they played in his "cinema of the spoken word." 1968. 14 min. DVD 8774

Pour la suite du monde (For the Ones to Come)
The customs and beliefs of the inhabitants of L'Ile-aux-Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence, are revealed when some oldtimers revive the long-abandoned practice of trapping white Beluga whales. 1968. 105 min. DVD 8774; also included on DVD 5869

Michael, Charlie. "Claiming a Style: The "Living Cinema: of PierrePerrault's Pour la suite du monde." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall2004 Issue 54, p32-47, 16p UC users only

Le regne du jour (The times that Are)
Quebec farmer, Alexis Tremblay, and his wife and son go to Perche, France in the search of his ancestors. In Tourouvre, he sets foot on the grounds of La Filonni?ere, the ancestral farm of the Tremblays, and holds in his hands the marriage contract of Philibert, "which established the name of New France for said country." This film does not contain any fictitious elements. The parallel structure emphasizes the resemblances and the differences which exist between Perche and Quebec. 1967. 118 min. DVD 8774

Les Voitures d'eau (River Schooners)
Through their anecdotes and their actions, the artisans of Ile-aux-Coudres tell us about the science of wooden boats at a time when iron ships are invading the St. Lawrence River. After a disastrous boating season, the filmmaker questions the economic and political future of an entire culture. This last film of the trilogy witnesses the end of the era of wooden schooners and of the men who knew how to build and pilot them. 1968. 110 min. DVD 8774

Herbert Ponting

Lynch, Dennis. "The Worst Location in the World: Herbert G. Ponting in the Antarctic, 1910-1912." Film History, Vol. 3, No. 4 (1989), pp. 291-306 UC users only

90 Degrees South
Photographic chronicle of the Scott expedition to the South Pole showing the original 60 member team through the various stages until the final 150 mile attempt by 5 men after leaving the last supporting party. Includes informative record of equipment, orienteering, natural phenomena, animal life, and weather conditions. Severe storms plaqued the exploring party, who suffered from snow blindness, frostbite, injuries, and finally lack of food. Photography from the Scott expedition made into a film by Herbert Ponting in 1924 entitled The Great white silence. In 1933, this film was issued with the addition of sound and an introduction and commentary by Ponting. The British National Film Archive restored the film in 1992. 70 min. DVD 2853

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Ruby, Jay. "90 degrees South." American Anthropologist 96.n1 (March 1994): 221(2).
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Alain Resnais

Guernica(1950)
Co-directed with Robert Hessens. On April 26 1937 the small Basque town of Guernica was bombed without warning by the German aviation. Two thousand people, all civilians, got killed. Like millions all over the world, Pablo Picasso was shocked and he translated his emotion into a magnificent but terrifying picture bearing the name of the martyred city. This film does not only comment on the painting, it also gives it a new life through frantic camera and sound effects. DVD X96 13 min.
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Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) (1955)
Credits: Producer, Edouard Muszka; consultants, Olga Wormser, Henri Michel; narrative, Jean Cayrol; English version, Alexander Allan. Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, the film contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. DVD Special features: Excerpt from interview with Alan Resnais; optional isolated music track; new essay about the film by Phillip Lopate; essay about composer Hanns Eisler by Russell Lack; crew profiles written by film historian Peter Cowie. 32 min. DVD 1678; also on VHS Video/C 2251
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Awards
Prix Jean Vigo

Toute la mémoire du monde
Alain Resnais' dramatic look at the Bibliotheque nationale in Paris. He presents the building, with its processes of cataloging and preserving all sorts of printed material, as both a monument of cultural memory and as an alien and terrifying place. 1956. 20 min. DVD 4210
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Harvey Richards

Richards documented social and political movements and activities in California in the 1950's and 60's. For a full description of the titles below, see MRC's 60's videography

Decision in the Streets. 1965. DVD 4239; vhs Video/C 2795

A Dream Deferred. 1964. DVD 4222; also VHS Video/C 2799

Everyman. 1962. DVD 4242

Factory Farms. 1959. DVD 4248; also VHS Video/C 2794

Freedom Bound. 1963. DVD 4224

Freedom March. 1963. DVD 4223; also VHS Video/C 2798

The Harvesters. 1960. DVD 4249

Hot Damn!: In One Act. 1965. DVD 4240; als VHS Video/C 2797

The Land is Rich. 1968. DVD 4246; also VHS Video/C 2800

No Greater Cause. 1968. DVD 4241; als VHS Video/C 2801

Perch of the Devil. 1960. DVD 4230

The Stump Makers. 1963. DVD 4227

Tale of Two Systems. 1978. DVD 4229

Timber Tigers. 1971. DVD 4250

Vanishing Redwoods. 1975. DVD 4228

Uno Veintecinco = One Dollar and a Quarter. 1962. DVD 4247; also VHS Video/C 2796

Wasted Woods. 1964. DVD 4226

We'll Never Turn Back. 1963. DVD 4225; also VHS Video/C 2792

Warning! Warning! 1970. DVD 4229

Women for Peace. 1962. DVD 4243; also VHS Video/C 2793

Women of Russia. 1962. DVD 4244

Leni Riefenstahl

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Olympia I: The Festival of the People (1936-1938)
Videocassette release of the 1936-1938 documentary by Leni Riefenstahl-Produktion. After being commissioned by the 1936 Olympic committee to create a feature film of the Berlin Olympics, Riefenstahl made a film that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Part I, "The Festival of the People," includes the carrying of the flame from Greece, the lighting of the torch and the track-and-field events where American runner Jessie Owens won an unprecedented four gold medals. 119 min. DVD 3681; also vhs Video/C 5432
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Olympia II: The Festival of Beauty(1936-1938)
Includes field hockey, polo, soccer, aquatic, bicycling, sailing and rowing events as well as the marathon race and the thrilling decathlon where American Glen Morris won the title of the greatest all-around athlete in the world. 96 min. DVD 3681; also vhs Video/C 5433

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Tag der Freiheit
A documentary about the German Army on maneuvers during war games. 21 min. Included on DVD 711; DVD 8419; also vhs Video/C 3084
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Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens: Das Dokument vom Reichsparteitag 1934)
A film commissioned by Adolph Hitler as the official record of the Nuremberg Party Rally of 1934. Produced as an important piece of political propaganda to introduce the new German leaders to the nation and to impress foreign audiences. 110 min. 110 min. (German, no subtitles) Video/C 5429; 122 min. (English subtitles) DVD 711; Video/C 5428
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Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl explains her life and work, from her start as a German actress in the 1920's, through her career as a film director producing such films as Triumph of the will and Olympia. Includes film clips from her work. Originally produced in 1972 as two episodes in the television program Camera Three. 56 min. Video/C 4613

The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
Director/writer, Ray Muller. Interviews with Leni Riefenstahl, now in her nineties, flash-backs and modern film sequences tell the story of the most famous woman film director of all time. Known for her films made during the Third Reich, Riefenstahl's story is a controversial one. Best known for her "Triumph of the Will," the film made of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress, it proved to be her undoing. 1993. 181 min. DVD 176; Video/C 3411 Pt. 1-2

Lionel Rogasin

The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume 1
Contents: Disc 1. On the Bowery (1956, 65 min.) -- Martin Scorcese introduction. -- The perfect team : The making of On the Bowery / directed by Martin Rogosin. -- A Walk through the Bowery / directed by Michael Rogosin. -- Bowery Men's Shelter (1972) / directed by Rhody Streeter and Tony Ganz. -- Street of forgotten men (1933). -- On the Bowery theatrical trailer . Disc 2. Good times, wonderful times (1964, 69 min.) -- Out (1957, 25 min.). -- Man's peril : the making of Good times, wonderful times / directed by Michael Rogosi and Lloyd Ross.

On the Bowery: A mix of documentary and scripted footage on the Bowery, New York City's skid row. Set against a backdrop of men drinking in bars, talking and arguing, and sleeping on sidewalks. the film chronicles three days in the life of Ray Salyer. The film jump-started the post-war American independent film movement, earning an Oscar nomination. Good times, wonderful times: Inspired by a deep sense of the danger of nuclear annihilation and the horrors of war, the filmmaker traveled the world to gather rare undiscovered footage in the early 1960s. Brilliantly contrasting these images in all their brute horror with a posh dinner party in London, it is a powerful orchestration of moral issues that leaves each viewer face to face with his own responsibilities. Out: A short film produced by the United Nations Film Board on the plight of the refugees fleeing to Austria as a result of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. DVD X7084

Come Back Africa
A documentary-style film which tells the story of Zacariah, a Zulu, who must go to work in the gold mines near Johannesburg after having been forced off his land by the government. Featuring Miriam Makeba; Vinah Makeba; Zachria Makeba; Molly Parkin. Directed by Lionel Rogosin. 1959. 82 min. DVD X4117; vhs Video/C 4009

Good Times, Wonderful times
A semi-documentary on the senseless brutality of war and the folly of rationalized indifference to human suffering. Unscripted chatter on sex, war and politics at a London cocktail party is intercut with scenes from World War I and World War II footage, including the Warsaw ghetto, concentration camps, the training of Hitler Youth and Hiroshima. 1965. 67 min. DVD X7084; DVD X4117

On the Bowery (1956)
A documentary film of men living on the Bowery. Depicts life inside the bars and on the sidewalks, the alcoholism and unemployment and life on the streets. 1956. 65 min. DVD X7084; DVD X4118; Video/C 1872
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Awards & Honors
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Documentary
National Film Registry Selection

Paul Rotha

The Balance(1947)
Showing how the balance of trade between imports and exports is maintained in the U.K. Ends with a speech by Sir Stafford Cripps. 9 min. DVD X1229

Land of Promise (1946)
A look at past responses to housing crises in Britain, with a plea for a different approach to meet the demands of troops and families returning after the war. [ScreenOnline] 63 min. DVD X1229

People of Britain(1936)
Propaganda urging people to band together and work for peace. "...[A] punchy three-minute cine-poster, often known simply as 'the peace film', partially funded by the ascetic left MP, Stafford Cripps. It combines music by Benjamin Britten in interplay with bold captions, a variety of voices, four 'vox-pops' and (mainly library) footage to put across its message, to "demand peace by reason", by writing to your MP." [ScreenOnline] 3 min. DVD X1229

Shipyard (1935)
"...About the building of a liner [the S.S. Orion] at Barrow-in-Furness. One of the first documentaries with a strong social conscience, Shipyard illustrates the social impact of shipbuilding on the depressed local economy. It also demonstrated the difference between Grierson's realist documentary tradition and Rotha's more socio-political filmmaking..." [ScreenOnline] 24 min. DVD X1229

Jean Rouch

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Chronique d'un Ete (Chronicle of a Summer) (1962)
" Paris. The summer of 1960. While war rages in Algeria and pre-independence Congo seethes with violence, ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin send two women out into the streets of the city to interview passersby. Rouch, whose previous groundbreaking films were shot in Africa, and Morin, an academic and writer, were experimenting with a new kind of documentary film about their own society that would reveal the innermost truth of peoples' lives. From a simple starting question - Are you happy, sir? - CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER delves deeper and deeper into the lives of its characters. They include Marceline, a Holocaust survivor; Angelo, who works grueling shifts in a Renault factory; Landry, a student from the Ivory Coast; and Marilou, a young, beautiful and deeply depressed Italian immigrant. As the film progresses, the light opening scenes give way to intimate revelations and hotly contested political arguments. CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER is a true landmark in film history. Rouch and Morin were among the first filmmakers to use hand held sync sound 16mm equipment. They also coined the term cinema verite to describe their approach, although their practice, placing people in situations and provoking responses, differs from what later came to be called verite films. Their use of the urban landscape and groundbreaking cinematography (cameraman Raoul Coutard was among the crew members working on the film) deeply affected the French New Wave and much of subsequent documentary practice. The film's self-reflexive structure, in which Rouch and Morin screen the film for the participants to critique it on-screen, as well as their own reactions to the critique, is still, amazingly, contemporary." [FRIF website] 90 min. Video/C 3420

Conversations with Jean Rouch
This intimate revealing film of conversations between Jean Rouch and a number of filmmakers and friends, including John Marshall and Colin Young, is unlike any past films on Rouch's life and work. It was shot over a three year period from 1978-1980 by his friend, Ann McIntosh, who followed Rouch to France three times, gaining access that no other film biographer has had. A film by Ann McIntosh. 36 min. DVD 9753

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Jaguar (195?)
A documentary of three men from Niger who leave Niger to seek wealth and adventure in the coastal cities of Ghana then called the Gold Coast. Film portrays conditions that existed in West Africa in the 1950's when it was possible to travel freely and there was an exhilarating sense of opportunity in the air. In French with English subtitles. Originally issued as a motion picture in the early 1950's. 93 min. Video/C 3459

Jean Rouch
Interview of Jean Rouch by Robert Gardner. As a filmmaker, Rouch left a legacy of more than 120 films. His half century of ethnographic filmmaking in Africa distinguished him as a master of the documentary form. Jean Rouch appeared on Screening Room in July 1980 and screened Les Maitres Fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of Work and Death of a Priest. Originally broadcast in 1980. 64 min. DVD 4491

Jean Rouch
Presents ten films by ethnologist Jean Rouch, along with interviews of the filmmaker, famous for his Niger-based films. Disc 1. Cine-Transe: Les Maitres fous (1956, 28 min.) -- Mammy Water (1956, 18 min.) -- Les Tambours d'avant/Tourou et Bitti (1972, 9 min.); Cine-conte: La chasse au lion a l'arc (1967, 77 min.) -- Un lion nomme l'Americain (1972, 20 min.) --- Disc 2. Cine-Plaisir: Jaguar (1967, 88 min.) -- Moi, un noir (1959, 70 min.) --- Disc 3. Cine-Rencontre: Petit a petit (1971, 92 min.) -- La pyramide humaine (1961, 88 min.) -- Disc 4. Cine-Rouch: Jean Rouch raconte a Pierre-Andre Boutang (104 min.) -- A propos de Jean Rouch, conversation Bernard Surugue et Patrick Leboutte -- Le double d'hier a rencontre demain / un film de Luc Riolon et Bernard Surugue (2004, 10 min.) -- Le Veuves de 15 ans / un film de Jean Rouch (1965, 24 min.) In French without subtitles. DVD 3911

Jean Rouch and His Camera in the Heart of Africa
This program provides an in-depth look at the film work of Jean Rouch and his associates from Niger who participated in production of many of Rouch's Niger-based films. Rouch, Philo Bregstein and Niger cameramen discuss filmmaking and filmmakers who have had historical influence in the field. Segments from several of Rouch's earlier film works are interspersed with the filming in Niger and interviews. 1978. 74 min. Video/C 9202
A rare and insightful portrait of Eric Rohmer, one of cinema's most enduring filmmakers and patriarch of the French New Wave. Supplemented by film clips, screen tests and snippets of audio dialogue from his films, Rohmer elaborates on the technical, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of film and filmmaking. 1994. 116 min. Video/C 9290

Lion Hunters (La Chasse au Lion a l'arc)
An ethnographic study which follows a band of Niger hunters from the elaborate preparations for lion hunting through the actual kill. Lion hunting is reserved by tradition to the Gao, a group of professional hunters, masters of the techniques and rituals of poison-making. The film describes the intricacies of brewing the poison for the arrows and discusses the passion of the kill. 68 min. DVD 3911 (French without English subtitles); Video/C 9740

Les Maitres fous (1954)
This film documents the Haouka cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920's to the 1950's. Shows them living and working in Accra and participating in a primitive tribal ceremony. Originally produced as a documentary in 1954. 29 min. Video/C 3460; also on DVD 3911 (without English subtitles)

Rouch in Reverse
French ethnologist/filmmaker, Jean Rouch discusses his work with Manthia Diawara. Includes a cross-section of Rouch's work with clips from his documentary Les Maitres Fous, his cinema verite classic, Chronique D'ete, and his pioneering masterpiece Moi, Un Noir (Treichville). Throughout the interview Diawara places Rouch's films in the context of the on-going struggle of Africans to construct their own vision of modernity. 51 min. Video/C 4484

Rouch's Gang (De bende van Rouch)
Follows the film crew of "Madame l'Eau" and provides a glimpse behind the scenes as director Jean Rouch and his four friends from Niger make their film. This outsider's view of "Madame l'Eau" provides insight into how Rouch approaches his films. In most of his films, Jean Rouch has used his four African friends; Damoure Zika, Lam Ibrahim Dia and Tallou Mouzourane as actors and Moussa Hamidou as sound man. Rouch has been their friend for more than forty years and this complex bond of friendship serves as the theme for this documentary. 1998. 70 min. Video/C 6566

Walther Ruttmann

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Berlin, the Symphony of a City (1927)
A cross section of life in Berlin from dawn to midnight on a late spring day. Uses montage, cutting, and editing to capture the pulse and tempo of this city. 62 min. DVD X759; DVD 64; VHS 999:307; 999:2581
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Esther (Esfir) Shub

Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)
"With remarkable historic footage and radical editing, this film stands as a colossal documentary portrait of the collapse of the Czarist regime and the triumphant rise of communist rule. Director Shub, a pioneer in editing and mentor to Sergei Eisenstein (influencing his montage theories), unearthed thousands of films--including personal footage by the Czar's own cameramen--to bring to life a daring and innovative historical drama of the events from 1912 to 1917." [Facets catalog] 78 min. DVD X6865; DVD X2814 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3769; Video/C MM479

Barsam, Richard Meran. "Esther Shub and the Compilation Film." In: Nonfiction film : a critical history / Richard M. Barsam. Rev. and expanded. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1992. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.B38 1992; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.B38 1992)
Kuehl, Jerry. "Visual history traduced: A century of compilation films." Journal of War & Culture Studies; 2008, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p31-37, 7p, UC users only
Malitsky, Josh. "Esfir Shub and the Film Factory-Archive: Soviet documentary from 1925-1928." Screening the Past, Issue 17, December 2004
Petric, Vlada. "Esther Shub: Cinema is my life." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 3, Issue 4 Autumn 1978 , pages 429 - 448 UC users only
Roberts, Graham. "Esfir Shub: a suitable case for treatment." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 11, Issue 2 1991 , pages 149 - 159 UC users only
Roberts, Graham. "The great way. (film propaganda in the early years of the Soviet Russia)." History Today 47.n11 (Nov 1997): 39(6).UC users only
Sharp, Ilana. "The fall of the romanov dynasty (1927): a constructivist paradigm for neigrovaia fil'ma." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Jun2008, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p195-217, 23p, 15 bw UC users only

Ralph Steiner

The City (1939)
Credits: original outline, Pare Lorentz; scenario, Henwar Rodakiewicz; commentary, Lewis Mumford; music, Aaron Copland; film editor, Theodore Lawrence. Dramatizes the transformation of the United States from a country of small towns to a highly urbanized and industrialized society. Originally shown at the 1939 World's Fair, this classic documentary film comments on four types of cities: the New England town, the unplanned industrial community, a crowded metropolis and the decentralized community. Contents: The City (1939, 43 min.) -- Which playground for your child : greenbelt or gutter?" : a documentary from the Greenbelt Museum featuring interviews with three Greenbelt "pioneers" (2000, ca. 15 min.) -- George Stoney in conversation with Joseph Horowitz : a legendary documentary film-maker revisits The City (2007, 29 min.)Produced by American Institute of Planning through Civic Films, Inc. ; produced by American Documentary Films, Inc. ; directed and photographed by Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke. 44 min. DVD X2827; vhs Video/C 4969

Gillette, Howard. "Film as Artifact: The City (1939)." American Studies (Lawrence, KS) 1977 18(2): 71-85.
Lauerbach, Helmut. "Greenbelt New Towns - Ready To Serve A Better Age": Ideologie Und Rhetorik In The City (1939)." Amerikastudien/American Studies [Germany] 1992 37(1): 51-63.
Medhurst, Martin J. and Benson, Thomas W. "The City: The Rhetoric Of Rhythm." Communication Monographs 1981 48(1): 54-72.

H20 (1929)
"The first half is a look at water rushing, pouring from a pipe, spouting, falling, moving, and churning. The second half presents reflections, particularly how patterns appear in water as it is moved by breezes or other small forces. Wavy lines appear on the surface as if dividing the frame; swirls, too, do the same, bringing animation to the images. Donald Sosin's piano adds an airy quality to the images." [IMDB] 13 min. DVD 4191
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Paul Strand

Manhatta
Directed and photographed by Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler. A silent avant-garde short film about New York seen in terms of its geometric architecture and the movement patterns of ships and people. Based on a poem by Walt Whitman. 1921. 10 min. Included on DVD 2840; DVD 4670; DVD 4191

Native Land (1942)
Credits: Photography, Paul Strand; editor, Leo Hurwitz; commentary, David Wolff (Ben Maddow); music, Marc Blitzstein; script, David Wolff, Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand; narrator, Paul Robeson.

Several years in the making and defiantly outspoken, this film stands as one of the most influential accomplishments of the collective of left-wing artist known as Frontier Films. Combining documentary form with staged reenactments, they created a treatise on the struggle for human rights in the 1930s couched in the doctrines of the political left. The film presents an emotional tour of the U.S. and its freedom-based ideologies, as well as an unflinching look at the forces threatening to undermine its strengths from within: Greedy capitalists, professional strikebreakers, and the Ku Klux Klan. 88 min. DVD 7283 (Criterion); DVD 4669; also VHS Video/C 7026

Johan van der Keuken

Johan van der Keuken: The Complete Collection.

Vol. 1, [Disc 1]: Paris a l'aube (1960, 10 min.) -- Blind child (1964, 24 min.) -- Beppie (1965, 38 ,min.) -- Herman Slobbe/ Blind child 2 (1966, 29 min.) -- Big Ben/ Ben Webster in Europe (1967, 31 min.) -- The spirit of the time (1968, 42 min.) -- The cat (1968, 5 min.) Paris a l'aube: A lyrical ode to Paris filmed at dawn, made in collaboration with James Blue and set to music by Derry Hall. Blind child: What is a blind child's perspective on reality? Van de Keuken spent two months in a Dutch school for the blind investigating this question. Beppie: Recounts the adventures of a ten-year-old Amsterdam girl as the filmmaker follows her through her daily life in the city. Herman Slobbe/ Blind child 2: Filmed two years after Blind Child, this second film on blind children focuses more specifically on one young boy approaching puberty who must struggle to find his own way. Big Ben/ Ben Webster in Europe: A look at the personality and talent of Ben Webster, the American jazz and blues saxophonist based in Amsterdam. Spirit of the time: The filmmaker's camera captures the spirit of the sixties in this examination of the hippy movement and protests against the war in Vietnam. The cat: A series of "cosmic" observations of the filmmakers cat, accompanied by a text on the necessity of innovation in expression and communication in cinema. DVD 6638

Vol. 1, [Disc 2]: Het oog boven de put = The eye above the well = L'oeil au-dessus du puits (1988, 90 min.) -- Lucebert, tijd en afscheid = Lucebert, time and farewell = Lucebert, temps et adieux (1962, 1966, 1994, 51 min.) -- The unanswered question = La question sans reponse (1986, 17 min.) -- On animal locomotion (1994, 15 min.) Music by Willem Breuker and others. Eye above the well: Explores India's spiritual and economic condition, moving from the city to the countryside in the region of Kerala, as it focuses on the essence of that civilization. Captured without commentary by a gliding camera are a cacophony of distinctly nonwestern sights and sounds: the bustling city streets, the serene landscapes of the surrounding countryside, a family preparing for dinner, an elderly actor performing his mythological drama, a modest country moneylender traveling from village to village, young girls at their singing lessons. Lucebert, time and farewell: One of the greatest Dutch poets of the twentieth century, Lucebert was also a major painter who participated in the Cobra movement. This is van der Keuken's acclaimed triptych of three short films on Lucerbert produced in 1962, 1966, and 1994. Unanswered question: A didactic verse on the mechanic (or rather, organic) function of memory and therefore, also on cinema. On animal locomotion: An illustration of the human body in motion with music from the Dutch composer Willem Breuker. DVD 6639

Vol. 1, [Disc 3]: Face value (1991, 120 min.) -- Masque = The mask = Het masker (1989, 53 min.). Music by Willem Breuker and others. Face value: Rejecting linear narrative storytelling, the director offers an epic of humanity and cultural diversity through a cartography of faces, the reflection of an imaginary Europe, made up of London, Marseilles, Prague, and the Netherlands. Mask: During the celebrations of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, Johan van der Keuken made a film about the revolutionary ideas of equality, liberty, and fraternity. Rather than focusing on the festivities, he lingers on the crowds in the metro and on the platform. Among them is a homeless member of the poor class who is ignored by his more affluent countrymen. A cutting perspective on the contraditions that permeate French society. DVD 6640

Vol. 2, [Disc 1]: Brass unbound (1993, 106 min.) -- Sarajevo film festival film (1993, 14 min.) -- Time / Work (1999, 11 min.) -- Johan van der Keuken: A documentary (1999, 52 min.) Brass unbound: A study of how colonized peoples have transformed the music of the colonialists into their own music of celebration and ritual. Filmed in Nepal, Surinam, Minahassa (Indonesia) and Ghana, the film is based on the musicological research of Rob Boonzajer Flaes. Sarajevo Film Festival Film: In the twentieth month of the siege, Sarajevo organizes a film festival, despite the critical situation admist winter and war. Van der Keuken presents Face Value and Brass Unbound and exploring with his camera, interviews the festival organizer. Time/Work: This montage of excerpts from van der Keuken's films shows the repetitive motions of various rural, craft, and industrial labors from around the world. Johan van der Keuken: a documentary: Van der Keuken retraces his steps from Amsterdam to Paris, recalling 40 years of cinema in the process, in this revealing documentary by Thierry Nouel. 183 min. DVD X388

Vol. 2, [Disc 2], Amsterdam Global Village Photography, Johan van der Keuken ; editing, Barbara Hin, Johan van der Keuken. A fond depiction of filmmaker Johan van der Keuken's home town of Amsterdam and it's people. The film revolves around Khalid, a moped courier who guides the viewer along as he races around town with his cargo of films and photographs. The camera serenely glides through the city's canals, down its streets and across its squares to encounter old and new Amsterdammers who represent a variety of characters from all corners of the globe. Originally released as a documentary film 1966. DVD X389

Vol. 2, [Disc 3]: Contents: To Sang Fotostudio (1997, 33 min.) -- Living with your eyes / a documentary by Ramon Gieling (1997, 55 min.) -- Amsterdam afterbeat (1996, 16 min.) -- Interview / a documentary by Thierry Nouel (2001, 35 min.). To Sang Fotostudio: Shop owners of various ethnic backgrounds situated on the Amsterdam street where Chinese photographer Mr. To Sang has his photo studio want to have their portraits taken. Van der Keuken captures their many cultural exchanges on film. Livining with your eyes: Documentary about the making of To Sang Fotostudio, capturing the filmmaker's creative process. Includes interviews with critics and scholars who comment on van der Keuken's work. Amersterdam afterbeat: Outtakes from Amsterdam Global Village. Interview/documentary by Thierry Nouel: In this conversation the filmmaker reveals his ideas, assesses his life of creativity and reflects on his travels and work. DVD X390

Vol. 3, [Disc 1]: The new ice age (1974, 80 min.) -- Four walls (1965, 22 min.) -- Velocity 40-70 (1970, 25 min.) -- The wall (1973, 9 min.) -- Springtime : three portraits (1976, 42 min.). New ice age: This third part of the North-South triptych looks at the living conditions of Peruvians in the suburbs of Lima and four young workers at an ice cream factory in Northern Holland. Four walls: As Amsterdam is going through a serious housing crisis the filmmaker reflects on the relationship between home and mental space. Velocity 40-70: While interviewing a survivor of Auschwitz, van der Keuken reconsiders the war by images of the present and presents a lucid observation of the realities of today. The film is preceded by an interview with the filmmaker. The wall: One misty October morning a community in Amsterdam comes together to paint an enormous fresco on one of the walls of a norrow street in the neighborhood. Springtime : three portraits: "Snapshots" taken in Western Europe of people who each in their own way, are living examples of the economic tensions of the mid 1970s. DVD X402

Vol. 3, [Disc 2]: Diary (1972, 78 min.) -- The white castle (1973, 78 min.) -- Bert Schierbeek/ The door (1973, 11 min.) -- Vietnam Opera (1973, 11 min.). Diary: Filmed in Cameroon, Morocco, and Holland, this first part of a triptych is dedicated to defining the relationship between poor countries (the developing Southern hemisphere) and rich countries (the industrialized North). White castle: The principal theme of this second part of the North-South triptych is the destruction that marks our existence, and the isolation and despair that are the bitter fruits of "the system." The film weaves itself through three locations: a Spanish island frequented by tourists, a community center in a ghetto of Columbus, Ohio and two factories in the Netherlands. Bert Schierbeek/ The door: An anthology of the work of Dutch poet Bert Schierbeek, inspired by the disappearance of his wife. Vietnam opera: In 1973, a group of Vietnamese actors has come to Amsterdam in the framework of a major demonstration in support of the liberation movement. Here, van der Keuken juxtaposes this naive spectacle with images of overfed Dutchmen filmed in a market street in Amsterdam. DVD X403

Vol. 3, [Disc 3]: Paris a l'aube (1960, 10 min.) -- Blind child (1964, 24 min.) -- Beppie (1965, 38 ,min.) -- Herman Slobbe/ Blind child 2 (1966, 29 min.) -- Big Ben/ Ben Webster in Europe (1967, 31 min.) -- The spirit of the time (1968, 42 min.) -- The cat (1968, 5 min.) Paris a l'aube: A lyrical ode to Paris filmed at dawn, made in collaboration with James Blue and set to music by Derry Hall. Blind child: What is a blind child's perspective on reality? Van de Keuken spent two months in a Dutch school for the blind investigating this question. Beppie: Recounts the adventures of a ten-year-old Amsterdam girl as the filmmaker follows her through her daily life in the city. Herman Slobbe/ Blind child 2: Filmed two years after Blind Child, this second film on blind children focuses more specifically on one young boy approaching puberty who must struggle to find his own way. Big Ben/ Ben Webster in Europe: A look at the personality and talent of Ben Webster, the American jazz and blues saxophonist based in Amsterdam. Spirit of the time: The filmmaker's camera captures the spirit of the sixties in this examination of the hippy movement and protests against the war in Vietnam. The cat: A series of "cosmic" observations of the filmmakers cat, accompanied by a text on the necessity of innovation in expression and communication in cinema. DVD X404

Willard Van Dyke

The City (1939)
Credits: original outline, Pare Lorentz; scenario, Henwar Rodakiewicz; commentary, Lewis Mumford; music, Aaron Copland; film editor, Theodore Lawrence. Dramatizes the transformation of the United States from a country of small towns to a highly urbanized and industrialized society. Originally shown at the 1939 World's Fair, this classic documentary film comments on four types of cities: the New England town, the unplanned industrial community, a crowded metropolis and the decentralized community. Contents: The City (1939, 43 min.) -- Which playground for your child : greenbelt or gutter?" : a documentary from the Greenbelt Museum featuring interviews with three Greenbelt "pioneers" (2000, ca. 15 min.) -- George Stoney in conversation with Joseph Horowitz : a legendary documentary film-maker revisits The City (2007, 29 min.)Produced by American Institute of Planning through Civic Films, Inc. ; produced by American Documentary Films, Inc. ; directed and photographed by Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke. 44 min. DVD X2827; vhs Video/C 4969

Gillette, Howard. "Film as Artifact: The City (1939)." American Studies (Lawrence, KS) 1977 18(2): 71-85.
Lauerbach, Helmut. "Greenbelt New Towns - Ready To Serve A Better Age": Ideologie Und Rhetorik In The City (1939)." Amerikastudien/American Studies [Germany] 1992 37(1): 51-63.
Medhurst, Martin J. and Benson, Thomas W. "The City: The Rhetoric Of Rhythm." Communication Monographs 1981 48(1): 54-72.

The River: a U.S. Documentary Film (1939)
Presented by the Farm Security Administration with the cooperation of the Public Works Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority, Civilian Conservation Corps and the Army Engineers. Recorded at General Services Studios.

A documentary story of the Mississippi River. Traces the history of the Mississippi and its tributaries; shows that the destruction of forests had led to erosion and the loss of soil, floods and the loss of lives and property. Emphasizes the need for conservation and rehabilitation. 32 min. DVD 7297; DVD 691; also on VHS Video/C 5060

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Dziga Vertov

Books and articles about Vertov in the UCB Library

Entuziazm: Simfoniia Donbassa (1931)
Entuziazm: Vertov's first sound film. This lyrical sound and musical documentary celebrates the enthusiasm with which the peasants and miners of the Don River basin in Russia fulfilled their first five-year plan quotas following the October Revolution. The film is noted for its innovative use of sound in synchronization as well as in counterpoint, and for its interesting cinematic effects, such as multiple superimpositions. 67 min. DVD 9188; vhs Video/C 999:2063

Kino Eye (Kinoglaz)(1929)
A collection of excerpts from newsreels and ocumentary films of Soviet life in the early 1920s made by Vertov and his "Kino-Eye" group. Highlighted are the activities of Soviet children and youth of the Young Pioneers and Young Leninists interwoven with cinematic experiments as when Vertov charts the evolution of hamburger and bread by following its trail back to the farms and wheat fields from whence it came. An honest documentary of a society fresh from revolution, buoyed by idealism. "The final reel no longer exists but has been approximated through the use of carefully selected outtake footage. DVD 207; also vhs Video/C 999:1141
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Kino-Pravda (1922-1925)
Kino-Pravda footage includes: Work on the reconstruction of the Moscow trolley system, Line No. 13 -- Tanks on the labor front (Leveling the Khodinka Airport) -- At the trial of the Social-Revolutionaries -- Organizing the peasants to join the communes -- Town of Gelenzhik (Children's sanitarium; Save the starving children!) -- For inquiries regarding traveling film-shows. Kino-Pravda: Silent film. Excerpts from the second of the newsreel journal series which originally consisted of 23 issues produced from 1922-1925. Consists of a record of Soviet life edited into a unique genre of mixed documentary, animation and reviews and provides a record of the Revolution's social achievements. 14 min.

Entuziazm: Vertov's first sound film. This lyrical sound and musical documentary celebrates the enthusiasm with which the peasants and miners of the Don River basin in Russia fulfilled their first five-year plan quotas following the October Revolution. The film is noted for its innovative use of sound in synchronization as well as in counterpoint, and for its interesting cinematic effects, such as multiple superimpositions. 14 min. Video/C 999:2063

Man With The Movie Camera (Man With a Movie Camera) (Chelovek s Kinoapparatom) (Soviet Union, 1929)
Directed by Dziga Vertov. Photographer, Mikhail Kaufman. An experimental film without any plot, showing, through a succession of street and interior scenes, all the tricks of which the instrument is capable creating a boldly detailed portrait of the Moscow of the l920s. Uses numerous cinematic techniques such as split screens, multiple superimpositions and variable speeds to study the relation between cinema and reality.
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DVD 88 Kino. Original music composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra following the instructions written by Dziga Vertov. 68 min. Special features: Audio essay by Yuri Tsivian.

DVD 2992 Kino. Music by Michael Nyman and his band. 68 min.

Forward, Soviet! (Shagai, Sovet!) (1926)
Commissioned by the Moscow Soviet as a documentary and information film for the citizens of Moscow prior to municipal elections, film is a tableau of Soviet life and achievements in the period of reconstruction following the Civil War of 1917-1921. Silent film with Russian intertitles. 72 min. Video/C 3770
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Three Songs About Lenin (Tri pesni o Lenine ) (1934)
Lenin as revealed through the eyes of the Russian people, represented by three songs. The first, "My face was in a dark prison," concerns the life of a young Muslim woman. "We loved him" deals with Lenin's life and death. The third song, "In a big city of stone," shows the accomplishments of his rule. 59 min. DVD 207
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Jean Vigo

Jean Vigo bibliography

À propos de Nice (1930)
Impressions of Nice, France, featuring the Mardi Gras celebration. Employs some Surrealist or Dada techniques. DVD X6356; DVD 3482 (non-US format DVD) ; vhs Video/C 999:1151

Taris, champion de natation (Taris, roi de l'eau) (1931)
"The second of Vigo's four films is about 10 minutes long. The subject, allegedly, is a French national swimming champion, Jean Taris. First we see him swimming normally. Then we see a hint that this isn't a documentary short: Taris dives into the water, Vigo runs the film backwards, and Taris is spit back out. This happens 3 times. Thus the crux of the film: inventive (for the time) technique, while overuse of it occurs. Fun stuff, though: interesting shots of Taris doing the backstroke. Finally, we see him goofing around underwater; by this point, the movie achieves a genuine state of grace. Can be found on No. 10 of the New York Film Annex's video series of experimental and abstract films." [Internet Movie Database] DVD X6356; DVD 3482 (non-US format DVD)

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Orson Welles

F is for Fake
This film-essay, done in a pseudo-documentary style is a meditation on illusionism, the role of the artist being that of a charlatan-magician. Portraits of art forger Elmyr de Hory (using footage from Francois Reichenbach's film) and Clifford Irving (forger of Howard Hughes' autobiography) intermingle with Welle's own connection with "fakes" -- Picasso paintings and his famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast. Above all, Welles delights in the artifice of the cinema -- the power of editing to "fake," cinematic space. 1973. 98 min. DVD 3777; vhs Video/C MM310

It's All True
Welles' ambitious film project in Brazil for the United States' anti-Nazi "Good Neighbor Policy" was shelved by RKO. This documentary features the story of the film's making and unmaking and includes portions of "Story of Samba (Carnaval)", "My friend Bonito" and all of "Four men on a raft" which was the only part of the project completed. The story of Samba (Carnival) / writer, Robert Meltzer; cinematographer, Harry J. Wild -- My friend Bonito / director, Norman Foster; producer, Orson Welles; story, Robert Flaherty; cinematographer, Floyd Crosby -- Four men on a raft / director, Orson Welles; cinematographer, George Fanto; still photography, Chico Abuquerque. Shot 1942; released 1993. 86 min. DVD 9064; vhs Video/C 5180
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Harry Watt

Britain at Bay(1940)
A morale-boosting look at the greatness of Britain and the efforts of all classes to preserve her power and integrity. 7 min. DVD X1229

Britain Can Take It (aka London Can Take It(1940)
American journalist Quentin Reynolds presented this despatch from London that gave Roosevelt the kind of material he needed to swing U.S. popular opinion behind Britain in the war. Britain at bay: Nazi Germany has swallowed Czechoslovakia, invaded Poland and Norway, overrun Holland and Belgium. The French government had given in. Britain was alone, at bay... Men of the lightship: Reconstruction of events surrounding the Nazi bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship and the fate of those who manned it. Christmas under fire: Quentin Reynolds second film despatch from London to America shows Christmas 1940, the year of the blitz. 9 min. DVD 6219; also on DVD 1279; vhs Video/C 5025

Chapman, James. The British at war: cinema, state, and propaganda, 1939-1945 N.Y.: I.B. Tauris Publishers; New York, N.Y.: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998. Cinema and society. (Main Stack D743.23.C45 1998)
Reynolds, Quentin James. Britain can take it; based on the film. New York, E.P. Dutton and company, inc., c1941. (MAIN: D760.8.L7 R48)

Christmas Under Fire(1941)
Director: Harry Watt. 10 min. Quentin Reynolds second film despatch from London to America shows Christmas 1940, the year of the blitz. DVD 6219

Fires Were Started. (1943)
Co-directed with Harry Watt. Uses reenactment techniques to show the Auxiliary Fire Service in Action during the winter and spring of 1940/41, when the Blitz of London was at its height. 72 min. DVD 1279; also on VHS 5025
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Colls, R. "Representing the Nation: British Documentary Film, 1930-45." Screen XXVI/1, Jan-Feb 85; p.21-33. illus.
Richards, Jeffrey. "'Fires Were Started.' (portrayal of World War II by film director Humphrey Jennings)." History Today 45.n4 (April 1995): 29(6). UC users only
Sansom, William. "The Making of Fires Were Started." Film Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, Special Humphrey Jennings Issue. (Winter, 1961-1962), pp. 27-29. UC users only
Stansky, Peter. London's burning : life, death and art in the Second World War / Peter Stansky and William Abrahams. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994. (Main Stack NX650.W3.S73 1994)

The First Days
Producer: Alberto Cavalcanti; directors: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt, Pat Jackson. Shows many actual and some reconstructed scenes of air raid precautions, military training and evacuations during the first days of the war. 23 min. DVD 6218

Night Mail(1936)
Produced by John Grierson, directed by Basil Wright and Harry Watt; verse by W.H. Auden; music, Benjamin Britten. Night mail is the most celebrated documentary of the GPO Film Unit. Showing the Postal Special's nightly run from London to Scotland, it has all the qualities that British documentary stands for from its realism through its perfect structure to the inspirational character appeal. Post haste is a film celebrating 150 years history of the Travelling Post Office which revolutionised the sorting and delivery of mail Mail rail is a programme made to celebrate 60 years of the unique Royal Mail Underground Railway situated some 22 metres below London's busy streets. At its peak, the railway was responsible for carrying over one third of London's mail. DVD 6240; also on Video/C 5024 and Video/C 999:524 24 min. DVD 6240; Video/C 5024; Video/C 999:524
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North Sea(1938)
Director, Harry Watt; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti. Reenacts the fate of a storm-tossed ship in distress and features the activities of the GPO and its radio stations along the coast. DVD 6062; vhs Video/C 5023

The Saving of Bill Blewitt(1937)
Producer, Alberto Cavalcanti; director, Harry Watt. An early fiction film made in a documentary style, about two fishermen whose boat is wrecked but who manage to save up enough to buy another. 25 min. DVD 6062 (PAL)

Squadron 992 (1939)
A compelling drama-documentary about the training of a balloon squadron and its first assignment to the Forth Bridge, which had just been unsuccessfully raided. DVD 6218
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Target for Tonight. (1945)
Released by the British Ministry of Information. Written and Driected by Harry Watt. This exceptional British film was given special recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 1941 Academy Awards presentations. In documentary realism, it shows a British bomber attack deep into Germany and reflects the concerns and support for that attack. This film is the true story of themen and women who planned and executed the nightly bombing raids on Germany during World War II. 39 min. DVD 5802; vhs Video/C 5026

Paris, Michae. "The RAF on screen 1940-42." History Today, Aug90, Vol. 40, Issue 8 UC users only

Frederick Wiseman

Books and articles about Wiseman in the UCB Library

Information about Wiseman films from Zipporah Films catalog

Basic Training (1971)
Filmed at Fort Knox in 1970, this documentary follows a company of draftees and enlisted men through the Army basic training program, showing the transition from civilians to soldiers. c1971. 90 min. DVD X7232; Video/C MM509

Belfast, Maine (1996)
Frederick Wisemen, one of the giants of American documentary filmmaking, spent a month in the fall of 1996 shooting footage of life in a small fishing-and-factory New England town. The city of Belfast, Maine has suffered an economic downturn in recent years, and the town is gearing up for a new business (a credit card collection facility) that it hopes will give the local economy a boost. In the meantime, the people of Belfast go on with their lives trapping lobsters, canning fish, teaching school, helping the poor and indigent, staging local plays and trying to make the most of their evenings and weekends. 100. c1999. 248 min. DVD X7229; Video/C MM508

Boxing Gym (2010)
The subject of this film is an Austin, Texas institution, Lord's Gym, which was founded over twenty years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American "melting pot" where people meet, talk, and train. 91 min. DVD X7230

La Comedie Française, ou, L'amour Joue (2001)
An unnarrated documentary on the 300-year-old Paris comedy company La Comedie Francaise. Wiseman presents every facet of the production, from the construction of the set to the cafeteria, to a birthday party for a retired actress who has reached 100. c1996. 223 min. DVD X7242; Video/C MM485

Domestic Violence (2001)
An extensive documentary on domestic violence filmed in Tampa, Florida. The film shows the police responding to domestic violence calls and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for women and children. Sequences with the police include police response, intervention and attempted resolution. Sequences at the shelter include intake interviews, individual counseling sessions, anger management training, group therapy, staff meetings and conversations among clients and between clients and staff, therapy sessions for children where domestic violence is discussed and counseling for parents and children organized around children's issues and experiences with domestic violence. 196 min. DVD 8739; vhs Video/C 8984

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Description from Zipporah Films catalog

Domestic Violence II
Domestic violence 2 focuses primarily on the legal issues. It takes place in the Arraignment, Misdemeanor, and Injunction Courts in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. The courts deal with such issues as bail, bonds, release pending trial, the time and place of parental visits, restraining orders, support payments and the court's decision about fault and punishment. Judges and lawyers ask questions which elicit the stories of couples' relationships and the specific form of violence between them. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 2002. 160 min. DVD X7228; Video/C MM1073

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High School (1968)
A documentary study of life in a typical urban high school, Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deals with the ideology and values of a large urban high school population as seen through encounters between students, teachers, and parents in guidance sessions, college counseling, faculty meetings, corridor patrol, gymnasium and classroom activities. 75 min. DVD 8741; vhs Video/C 3753

High School II (1994)
A extensive documentary about Central Park East Secondary School, a successful alternative high school in New York's Spanish Harlem. Focuses on interactions between the students, teachers, staff and parents who are involved in the school and on the opportunitiesgiven to learn outside of traditional classroom settings. Ninety-five percent of the school's graduates go on to four-year colleges. 200 min. DVD X7243; Video/C 7065

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Hospital (1969)
Shows the daily activity of the Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. Reveals social problems of the city and illustrates how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations, and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of appropriate health care. 86 min. DVD X7233; Video/C 4133

Juvenile Court (1973)
A documentary showing day-to-day activities in the large urban juvenile court system of Memphis. Scenes include conferences among parents, social workers, lawyers, and young offenders, interviews with psychologists, and meetings in the judge's chambers. 144 min. DVD X7231; Video/C MM1072

Law and Order(1969)
An award winning documentary on the routine activities of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Filmed in the highest crime district of the city, the film reveals the role of the police in a large urban center, the nature of contacts with the community and the diversity and complexity of the police role in American society. In showing police confronting problems such as a domestic dispute, arrests of a car thief and a prostitute, a clothing store holdup, and medical emergencies, the film presents an unflinching look at the intersection of criminal behavior and police work. 1969. 81 min. DVD X7238; Video/C 9301

Meat (1976)
A documentary concerning the routine activities at a large meat packing plant and slaughterhouse. Traces the process through which cattle and sheep become consumer products by depicting the processing and transportation of meat products by a highly automated packing plant, illustrating important points and problems in the area of production, transportation, logistics, equipment design, time-motion study, and labor management. 113 min. DVD X7235; Video/C 6880

Missle (1976)
A film about the 4315th Training Squadron of the Strategic Air Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California which trains Air Force officers who, if ordered, will launch the nuclear firepower of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. Sequences include discussion of the moral and military issues of nuclear war; the arming, targeting and launching of the missile; codes; communications; protection against terrorist attack; emergency procedures; staff meetings; tutorial sessions. The film follows the trainees through the various stages of the 14-week training through graduation and assignment to staff Launch Control Centers. 115 min. Video/C MM1075

Benson, T. W.; Anderson, C. "The ultimate technology: Frederic Wiseman's "Missile."" In: Communication & the culture of technology / edited by Martin J. Medhurst, Alberto Gonzalez and Tarla Rai Peterson. Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, 1990. (Main Stack T14.5.C6523 1990)

Model (1980)
An extensive documentary showing men and women models at work on TV commercials, fashion shows, print advertising, posing for magazine covers and ads for a variety of products: designer's collections, fur coats, sports clothes and automobiles. The models are seen at work with photographers whose techniques illustrate different styles of fashion and product photography. Also, the business aspect of running an agency is shown: interviewing prospective models, career counseling, arranging portfolios, talking with clients and planning trips. The film presents a view of the intersections of fashion, business, advertising, photography, television and fantasy. 129 min. Video/C MM1076

Multi-handicapped(1986)
An extensive documentary showing the education and day to day activities of blind and multi-handicapped and sensory impaired students and their teachers, parents and counselors at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. The film presents situations involving personal hygiene, mobility training, concepts of time and money, self help and independent living, dormitory life, recreation, sports, vocational training and psychological counseling. 1986. 120 min. DVD X7240; Video/C MM1074

Near Death (1989)
An extensive 6 hour documentary filmed at the Intensive Care Unit of Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, examining how people and medical personnel face death. Presents the complex interrelationships between patients, families, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and religious advisors as they confront the personal, ethical, medical, psychological, religious and legal issues involved in making decisions about whether or not to give life-sustaining treatment to dying patients. 1989. 289 min. DVD X7239; Video/C 7066

Primate (1974)
Shows some of the routine events at a primate research center. Examines the scientific programs designed to study primate physical and mental development, primate manual and language skills, and primate sexual and aggressive behavior. 113 min. DVD X7241; Video/C 7064

Public Housing (1997)
Shows the daily life at the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago, the most densely populated public housing area in the United States. The filmmaker looks at the families, the elderly, afterschool programs, tenants council, the police, training programs, drugs, and various government agencies as they intersect with residents. 195 min. DVD X7237; Video/C 6447

The Store (1983)
This documentary studies the operation and mangement of the main department store of Neiman-Marcus headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The director observes salespeople, customers, and store executives, and shows the inner workings of the store. c1983. 119 min. DVD X7234; Video/C MM510

Titicut Follies (1967)
Filmed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater, this documentary shows harsh scenes of the life and treatment of the criminally insane inmates. 84 min. DVD 8740; vhs Video/C 1276

Welfare (1975)
Shows the nature and complexity of the welfare system in sequences illustrating the diverse problems that constitute welfare : housing, unemployment, divorce, medical and psychiatric problems, abandoned and abused children, and the elderly. Presents the struggle of both welfare workers and clients to cope with and interpret the laws and regulations that govern their work and life. 167 min. DVD X4592; Video/C 4134 v. 1-2

Basil Wright

Books and articles about Wright in the UCB Library

Children at School(1937)
"In 1937 [Wright] formed the independent documentary unit Realist Films. The first year's crop included Wright's Children at School (1937), a three-reel report on state-supplied education in Britain, its facts and analysis enlivened by the director's sensitive eye and the camerawork of A. E. Jeakins, henceforth a regular collaborator." [ScreenOnline] 23 min. DVD X1229

Night Mail(1936)DVD 6240; Video/C 5024; Video/C 999:524
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The Song of Ceylon (1935)
Produced by John Grierson, directed by Basil Wright. The Song of Ceylon is a documentary showing traditional culture and primitive economy of the Ceylonese contrasted with the influence of modern commerce. DVD X365; Video/C 5022; Video/C 9417; Video/C 999:524
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Guynn, William. "The Art of National Projection: Basil Wright's Song of Ceylon." In: Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video / edited by Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski. pp: 83-98. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, c1998. Contemporary film and television series. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998)
Seton, Marie. "Basil Wright's Song of Ceylon." In The Documentary Tradition / edited by Lewis Jacobs. pp. 101-104. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 1979 (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.J3 1979)

William Wyler

For the World War II documentaries of William Wyler, see Peace and Conflict Studies videography

Documentary Works 1980-present (by director/producer)

Peter Adair

Absolutely Positive. 1991. Video/C 2323

Holy Ghost People. 1983. DVD 4054 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2122

Word is Out. 1992. Video/C 2848

Michael Apted

The up series. Disc 1. 7 up [and] 7 plus seven. DVD 3074

The up series. Disc 2, 21 up. DVD 3074

The up series. Disc 3, 28 up. DVD 3074; also vhs Video/C 2757

The up series. Disc 4, 35 up. DVD 3074

The up series. Disc 5, 42 up. DVD 3074; also vhs Video/C 7378

49 Up 2005. DVD 6561

Incident at Oglala. 1992. DVD 9065; vhs Video/C 3331

Moving the Mountain. 1995. Video/C 4164

Martin Bell

Streetwise. 1984. Video/C 3977

Orlando Bagwell

Africans in America 2000. DVD 814-815; vhs Video/C 5838-5841

Citizen King 2004. DVD 2630

Eyes on the Prize. DVD 6960-6966; Video/C 971

Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History. Video/C 3896

Malcolm X: Make It Plain. DVD 6533 (preservation copy); vhs Video/C 3218

New Worlds, New Forms (Dancing; 5). Video/C 2918

Racism 101. Video/C 1267

Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad. DVD X379; vhs Video/C 1538

Alan Berliner

The Family Album. 1999. DVD X2793 ; Video/C 7325

Intimate Stranger. 1991. DVD X2791; Video/C 7324

Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed. 1995. Video/C 5058

Nobody's Business. 1996. DVD X2792; Video/C 6038

The Sweetest Sound. 2001. 60 min. DVD X6739; also DVD 855

Wide Awake. 2006. 80 min. DVD X1878

Joe Berlinger

Brother's Keeper (co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky) 1992. DVD X160

Crude 2009. DVD X2713

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. (co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky) 1996. DVD 5124

Ursula Biemann

Black Sea Files. 2005. DVD X1260

Europlex. c2003. Video/C MM1036

Performing the Border. c1999. DVD 5503; vhs Video/C 1079

Remote Sensing. 2001. Video/C MM1027

Sahara Chronicle. 2007. DVD X1259

Writing Desire. c2001. Video/C MM1026

Les Blank

Books and articles about Blank in the UCB Library

...All In This Tea 2007. DVD 9105

Always for Pleasure: a film. 1979. Video/C 1830

The Best of Blank: The Finest Musical Moments from the Films of Les Blank, 1967-87. Video/C 4878

Burden of Dreams. 1982. DVD 3803; also VHS Video/C 1352

Dizzy Gillespie. 1980. Video/C 3557

Dry Wood. 1973. DVD 4979; vhs Video/C 1306

Gap-toothed Women. 1987. DVD 4980; vhs Video/C 3558

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers. 1980. Video/C 1835

Hot Pepper. 1973. DVD 4981; vhs Video/C 1305

In Heaven There is No Beer? 1983. DVD 4970; vhs Video/C 2111

Innocents Abroad 1991. DVD X1633

J'ai Ete au Bal = I Went to the Dance: the Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana. 1989. Video/C 1829

The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists, Featuring Gerry Gaxiola. 1990. Video/C 4066

Puamana. 1991. Video/C 9418

Six Short Films of Les Blank, 1960-1985. 1985. Video/C 3561

Spend It All. 1971. Video/C 1302

Sprout Wings and Fly. 1983. DVD 4969; vhs Video/C 1828

The Sun's Gonna Shine: A Film. 1979. DVD 3454; Video/C 1831

Sworn to the drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella. 1995. Video/C 4067

A Well Spent Life: Sun's Gonna Shine. 1979. DVD 4968; vhs Video/C 2110

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. 1980. DVD 4944; vhs Video/C 9419

Yum, Yum, Yum: A Taste of the Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisiana. 1990. Video/C 2128

Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart. 1987. DVD 4967; vhs Video/C 3554

Interview with Les Blank and Maureen Gosling. 1986. Video/C 4217

Nick Broomfield

Books and articles about Broomfield in the UCB Library

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer. 1992. Video/C MM229

Biggie & Tupac. 2002. DVD 1697

Chicken Ranch. 1984. DVD 5338; also vhs Video/C 585

Fetishes Mistresses and Domination at Pandora's Box. 1996. DVD 5338

Heidi Fleiss Hollywood Madam. 1995. DVD 5338

Kurt & Courtney 1998. Video/C 6881

The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife. 1991. DVD 5339

Soldier Girls (co-directed with Joan Churchill) 1981. DVD 5339; vhs Video/C 1132

Tracking Down Maggie. 1994. DVD 5339

Ellen Bruno

Sacrifice. 1998. Video/C 5580

Samsara. 1989. Video/C 1847

Satya, a Prayer for the Enemy. 1993. Video/C 4704

Sky Burial. 200?. DVD 6847

Ken Burns

Books and articles about Ken Burns in the UCB Library

Baseball. 1994. DVD X5598-DVD X5603; Video/C 3603-3611

Brooklyn Bridge. 1982. Video/C 2877

Civil War. 1994. DVD X1626; Video/C 1810-1818

The Congress. 1989. Video/C 1479

Frank Lloyd Wright. 1998. Video/C 5728-5829

Huey Long. 1987. Video/C 2147

Jazz. 2000. DVD 488-497

Mark Twain. 2001. DVD 1001

The National Parks. America's Best Idea
A film by Ken Burns. DVD X2127

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony. 1999. Video/C 6600-6001

The Shakers--Hands to Work, Hearts to God. 1984. DVD X1129; vhs Video/C 802

Thomas Jefferson. 1997. Video/C 5395-5396

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. 2005. DVD 3434

The War. 2007. DVD 8536

The West. 1993. DVD X1627; Video/C 4519-4527

Ken Burns, The Historical Narrative on Television. 1996. Video/C 4658

Ric Burns

Books and articles about Ken Burns in the UCB Library

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film. 2006. DVD 6510

Coney Island. 1995. DVD 5613; vhs Video/C 6834

Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film. DVD 5565

New York, A Documentary Film. 2001. DVD 3764-DVD 3771; vhs Video/C 6650-6654

The Way West. 1995. DVD 2580-2583; vhs Video/C 4477-4480

The Donner Party. 1992. DVD X3297; Video/C 2847

Gurinder Chadha

Acting Our Age. 1993. Video/C 3830

I'm British But... 1989. Video/C 3827

A Nice Arrangement.1991. Video/C 3814

What do you call an Indian Woman Who's Funny? 1994. Video/C 3758

Debra Chasnoff

Books and articles about Chasnoff in the UCB Library

Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment. 1991. Video/C 2461

Homes and Hands: Community Land Trusts in Sction.(co-directed with Helen S. Cohen) 1998. Video/C 8956

It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School. 1996. Video/C4957

Let's Get Real 2003. Video/C MM145

One Wedding and a ... Revolution 2004. DVD 3192

That's a Family! 2000. Video/C 8373

Christine Choy

Agent Yellow, Not a Chinaman's Chance. 2006. DVD 6519

Dances with the Dragon (co-directed with Tao Shen and Lei Zhong) 1999. Video/C 6333-6334

In the Name of the Emperor.(co-directed with Nancy Tong) 1996. Video/C 4363

Mississippi Triangle. (co-directed with Christine Choy, Worth Long, Allan Siegel) c1987. DVD 7157; vhs Video/C 2495

Monkey King Looks West (with Renee Tajima) 1989. Video/C 6788

Not a Simple Story. Out in Silence. c1994. Video/C 3749

Sa-i-gu: From Korean Women's Perspectives. (writer/director, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson; co-director, Christine Choy) c1997. DVD 8551; vhs Video/C 2837

The Shot Heard Round the World. c1997. Video/C 5008

Who Killed Vincent Chin?. (co-directed with Renee Tajima)1989. DVD 9435; vhs Video/C 1767

Yellow Tale Blues: Two American Families. (co-directed with Renee Tajima) 1990. Video/C 3243

Joan Churchill

Jimi Plays Berkeley: A Film. 1971. DVD X6638; Video/C 3504

Soldier Girls. (co-directed with Nick Broomfield)1981. DVD 5339; Video/C 1132

Pedro Costa

¿ Donde yace tu sonrisa escondida? 2000. DVD X2487

En el cuarto de Vanda 2000. DVD X2487

Juventud en Marcha 2006. DVD X2487

Loni Ding

Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the Frontier West, An American Story. 1998. DVD X2990; Video/C 5573

Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers. 1996. DVD X2989; Video/C 9659

600 millennia: China's History Unearthed. 1975. Video/C 44 NRLF

The Color of Honor: the Japanese-American Soldier... 1987. Video/C 1959

How We Got Here: The Chinese. 1976. Video/C 39

Island of Secret Memories. 1987. Video/C 3846

Nisei Soldier: Standard Bearer for an Exiled People. 1983. B 4 175 615

With Silk Wings. 1983. Video/C 514

Arthur Dong

Books and articles about Dong in the UCB Library

Coming Out Under Fire. 1994. DVD 4423; vhs Video/C 447

Family Fundamentals. 2002. DVD 4422

Forbidden City, U.S.A. 1989. DVD 6278; vhs Video/C 1775

Licensed to Kill. 1996. DVD 4421; vhs Video/C 4956

Living Music for Golden Mountains 1981. Video/C MM894

Lotus. 1996. Video/C 4253

The Question of Equality. 1995. Video/C 4365

Sewing Woman. 1982. Video/C 1485

Jon Else

Books and articles about Else in the UCB Library

Cadillac Desert. 1997. DVD 8700-8703 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5053-5056

The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb 1980. DVD 1245; Video/C 242 (CD-ROM version). Compu/D 356

Inside Guantanamo 1999. DVD X1724

A Job at Ford's (The Great Depression). 1993. Video/C 3171

Open Outcry. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 8412

Palace of Delights. 1982. Video/C 444

Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle. c1998. 55 min. DVD 2776; also VHS Video/C 5925

Wonders Are Many 2007. 92 min. DVD X1123

Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven. 1989. Video/C 4694

Robert Epstein

The Celluloid Closet. (co-produced with Jeff Friedman) 1996. Video/C 4717

Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt. (co-produced with Jeff Friedman) 1990. DVD 2761; vhs Video/C 1774

Isaiah's Rap (3 min.) (co-produced with Jeff Friedman) 2003. DVD 2154

The Times of Harvey Milk. 1986. DVD 2728; Video/C 1009

What Price Equality (We the people 2). 1987. Video/C 1041:2

Where Are We?: Our Trip Through America. (co-produced with Jeff Friedman)1992. DVD 2729

Word is Out. 1992. DVD X2867; Video/C 2848

Dorothy Fadiman

The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today. 1996. Video/C 5385

When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories. 1992. Video/C 2884

Harun Farocki

Before Your Eyes--Vietnam 1982. 117 min. DVD 9985

Between Two Wars (Zwischen zwei kriegen) 1978. 83 min. DVD 6043

Die Bewerbung (The Interview) 2006. 60 min. DVD 6575

Ein Bild (An Image) 25 min. DVD 6010

Counter-music 2004. 25 min. DVD 9995

Erkennen und Verlagen (War at a Distance) 54 min. DVD 6042

Eye/Machine I, II & III 56 min. DVD 9973

How to Live in the FRG (Leben BRD) 1990. 83 min. Video/C 6635

Images of the World and Inscription of War (Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges) 75 min. DVD 9971; Video 999:1146

Die Schulung (Indoctrination) 2006. 44 min. DVD 6576

Still Life (Stilleben; Nature Morte) 56 min. Video/C 6519

Videograms of a Revolution (Videograms einer Revolution) 1992. 107 min. DVD 6009; Video/C 6518

Workers Leaving the Factory (Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik) DVD 9978; Video/C MM1039

Pat Ferrero

Hearts and Hands. 1987. Video/C 1756

Hopi, Songs of the Fourth World. 1989. DVD 8694; vhs Video/C 1645

Quilts in Women's Lives. 1981. Video/C 4126

Connie Field

Freedom on My Mind (co-directed with Marilyn Mulford) 1994. DVD 3038; vhs Video/C 3566;

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West 2006. DVD 9365

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter 1980. Video/C 1927

Salud! 2006. DVD 9329

Peter Forgacs

Bartos Family: The Father and His Three Sons. 1988. DVD 3201

A Bibo Reader. 2001. DVD 3210

The Bishop's Garden. 2002. DVD 3211

Bourgeois Dictionary. 1992. DVD 3204

Class Lot1997. DVD 3208

The Danube Exodus: Two Danube Stories Filmed by Captain Andrasovits. 1998. DVD 3213

Dusi and Jeno. 1989. DVD 3202

Either - Or. 1989. DVD 3203

Free Fall. 1996. DVD 3207

Kadar's Kiss. 1998. DVD 3209

The Land of Nothing. 1996. DVD 3206

The Maelstrom: A Family Chronicle. 1997. DVD 3215

The Notebook of a Lady. 1994. DVD 3205

Tractatus (Kozjatek). 1992. DVD 3214

Ron Fricke

Baraka. 1992. DVD 4942; vhs Video/C 8178;

Chronos. 1985. DVD 5549

Jeffrey Friedman

The Celluloid Closet. (co-produced with Rob Epstein) 1996. DVD 706; vhs Video/C 4717

Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt. (co-produced with Rob Epsten) 1990. DVD 2761; Video/C 1774

Eames: The Architect and the Painter Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey. 2011. 82 min. DVD X6830

Faces of the Enemy. (co-produced with Bill Jersey) 1987. Video/C 1023

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

SEE Short Films

Robert Gardner

Altar of Fire. 1976. DVD 5496; vhs Video/C 8152

Blunden Harbour. 1951. DVD 5502

Dances of the Kwakiutl. 1951. 9 min. DVD 5517

Dead Birds. 1962. DVD 5497; vhs Video/C 4437

Deep Hearts. 1979. DVD 5508

Dreams on Hold. 1986. /C 4626 Video MM823

Forest of Bliss. 1986. 90 min. DVD 5516

Ika Hands. 1988. DVD 5509

Islam, Empire of faith. 2001. Video/C 4626

Rivers of Sand. 1974. DVD 5507; vhs Video/C 4485

Sons of Shiva. 1985. DVD 5515; vhs Video/C 7622

The Triumph of Memory . 1988. Video/C 3062

Jill Godmilow

Far From Poland. 1987. DVD 8901; vhs Video/C 4626

Nevelson in Process.(co-directed with Susan Fanshel) 1977. Video/C 1099

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith. 1993/4. Video/C 7682

What Farocki Taught. 1998. Video/C 5820

Maureen Gosling

Les Blank (for films edited by Maureen Gosling)

A Skirt Full of Butterflies. 1993. 15 min. Video/C 4275

Interview with Les Blank and Maureen Gosling. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 4217

William Greaves

Books and articles about Greaves in the UCB Library

Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy. 1982. Video/C 565

From These Roots: A Review of the Harlem Renaissance. 1988. Video/C 2215

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice. 1989. DVD 3045; vhs Video/C 1539

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey. c2001. DVD 3304

David Grubin

America 1900. 1998. Video/C 5810-5811

Bill T. Jones: Still/Here. 1997. DVD X84; vhs Video/C 5255

Degenerate Art. 1993. Video/C 3330

Destination America: The People and Cultures That Created a Nation. 2005. DVD 5049

Facing Evil. 1989. Video/C

FDR. 1994. DVD 969; Video/C 3885

LBJ. 1991. DVD 971; Video/C 2344

Napoleon. 2001. DVD 1127

A Portrait of Maya Angelou. 1982. Video/C 539

The Reel World of News. 1982. Video/C 754

RFK. 2004. DVD 8789

Secret Life of the Brain. 2001. Video/C 8768-8772

Theodore Roosevelt. 1997. Video/C 8522

Truman. 1997. DVD 971; Video/C 8521

World War II: The Propaganda Battle. 1984. Video/C 872

Patricio Guzman

Battle of Chile (La Batalla de Chile). 1976-199?. DVD X2529; Video/C 5419

Chile, Obstinate Memory. 199?. DVD X1280; Video/C 5401

The Pinochet Case. 2001. Video/C 8870

Salvador Allende. 2004. DVD 6554

Judith Helfand

Blue Vinyl. 2002. Video/C 9437

A Healthy Baby Girl. 1996. DVD X6687; Video/C 5015

The Uprising of '34. (co-produced/directed by George Stoney) 1995. Video/C 7453

Werner Herzog

Bells From the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (Glocken aus der Tiefe) 1993. DVD 6506

Bells From the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (Glocken aus der Tiefe) 1993. DVD 6506

The Dark Glow of the Mountains (Gasherbrum, der leuchtende Berg) 1984. DVD 6505

Echoes from a Sombre Empire ( Echos aus einem d?stern Reich). 1990. DVD 6503

Encounters at the End of the World. 2007. DVD X793

Fata Morgana. 1971. DVD 4278; DVD 6502

The Flying Doctors of East Africa (Die Fliegenden Arzte von Ostafrika: uber Schwierigkeiten medizinischer Entwicklungshilfe) 1969. DVD 6501; vhs Video/C 8714

Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices. 2001. DVD 2856

God's Angry Man. 1980. DVD 6503

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner. 1974. DVD 6505; DVD 4628; also VHS Video/C 8714

Grizzly Man. c2005. DVD 4899

Handicapped future (Behinderte Zukunft?). 1971. DVD 6502

Herakles. 1962. DVD 6501

Herdsmen of the Sun (Wodaabe les bergers du soleil). 1988. DVD 6506; vhs Video/C/C 9557

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck. 1976. DVD 4628; DVD 6503; also VHS Video/C 8714

Huie's Sermon (Huies Predigt). 1980. DVD 6501

Incident at Loch Ness 2004. DVD 3600

Jag Mandir : the eccentric private theatre of the Maharana of Udaipur (Jag Mandir: Das excentrische Privattheater des Maharadscha von Udaipur) 1991. DVD 6504

Land of Silence and Darkness: From the Life of Deaf-blind Fini Straubinger (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit: aus dem Leben der taubblinder Fini Straubinder) 1971. DVD 4109; DVD 6502

Last Words (Letzte Worte). 1967. DVD 6501

Lessons of Darkness (Lektionen in Finsternis). 1992. DVD 6506; DVD 4278; also DVD 993

Little Dieter Needs to Fly. 1997. DVD 994

My Best Fiend. 1999. DVD 2892; also VHS Video/C 7301

No One Will Play with Me (Mit mir will keiner spielen). 1976. DVD 6505

Portrait Werner Herzog. 1986. DVD 6506

Precautions Against Fanatics (Massnahmen gegen Fanatiker). 1969. DVD 6501

La Soufriere. (La Soufriere: warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe 1977. DVD 6504; DVD 4628; also VHS Video/C 8714

The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreutz (Die Beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung Deutschkreuz). 1966. DVD 6501

Wheel of Time. 2003. DVD 4593

The White Diamond. 2004. DVD 4592

Wings of Hope (Julianes Sturz in den Dschungel). 1998. DVD 6501

Deborah Hoffmann

Books and articles about Hoffmann in the UCB Library

Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter. 1994. DVD X5393; Video/C 3976

The Times of Harvey Milk. (editor) 1986. DVD 2728; vhs Video/C 1009

Kate Horsfield

Allan Kaprow Interview. 1987. Video/C 4667

Ana Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra. 1979. Video/C 4092

About Horsfield and others:
Eighteen Histories in Feminist Film and Video. Video/C 6994

Steve James

Books and articles about James in the UCB Library

At the Death House Door 2008. DVD X2106

Hoop Dreams. 1994. DVD 3802; vhs Video/C 999:1198

The Interrupters. 2010. 127 min. DVD X7056

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson c2010. DVD X5738

Reel Paradise. 2006. DVD 5432

Stevie 2002. DVD 8566

Andrew Jarecki

Capturing the Friedmans. 2003. Video/C DVD 2277

Bill Jersey

Children of Violence. 1980. Video/C 440

Crime and Punishment in America. (co-produced and written by Rabinovitch and Pierre Valette) 1987. Video/C 1023

Crossroads: A Story of West Oakland. 1995. Video/C 4276

Eames: The Architect and the Painter 2011. DVD X6830

Faces of the Enemy. 1987. Video/C 1023

Free to Believe (We the People). 1987. Video/C 1041:1

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. c2002. Video/C 9424-9427

Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren. 1997. Video/C 5394

A Time for Burning. 1967 DVD 4898

What about God? (Evolution) (producer) c2001. DVD 2263

Isaac Julien

Books and articles about Julien in the UCB Library

The Darker Side of Black. 1994. DVD X3212; Video/C 3969

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask. 1995. DVD 9531; Video/C 4459

Looking for Langston: A Meditation on Langston Hughes. 1992. DVD 8495; vhs Video/C 2911

The Passion of Remembrance (co-directed with Maureen Blackwood. 1986. Video/C MM1236

The Question of Equality. 1995. Video/C 4365

Kartemquin Films

At the Death House Door 2008. 98 min. DVD X2106

5 Girls 2001. 113 min. Video/C 8411

The Interrupters. 2010. 127 min. DVD X7056

The Kartemquin Films Collection. The Early years. Volume 1, 1967-1968 DVD X2992

Labor Stories c2006. 55 min. DVD 5834

Milking the Rhino c2008. 83 min. DVD X1879

The New Americans 2004. 411 min. DVD X1125; Video/C MM313-MM315

Parents 1968. 21 min. DVD X2992

Refrigerator Mothers 2002. 54 min. Video/C 9687

Stevie 2002. 145 min. DVD 8566

Terra Incognita c2007. 90 min. DVD 8707

Thumbs Down 1968. 102 min. DVD X2992

Typeface 2009. 60 min. DVD X4980

Vietnam Long Time Coming 1998. 120 min. DVD 8925

Women's Voices the Gender Gap Movie 1984. 16 min. Video/C 1257

Douglas Keeve

Unzipped. 1996. Video/C 6258

Gary Kildea

Celso and Cora. 1983. Video/C 4403

Ileksen Politics in Papua New Guinea. 1978. Video/C MM262 (produced and directed by Dennis O'Rourke and Gary Kildea)

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism 1975. DVD 6641; vhs Video/C 2427 (film-maker, Gary Kildea; director, Jerry W. Leach)

Valencia Diary 1992. Video/C MM262

Mark Kitchell

Berkeley in the Sixties. 1990. DVD 1460; Video/C 1761 [also available online to UCB users only]

Jim Klein

Books and articles about Klein in the UCB Library

Growing up Female? 1971. DVD X7052; Video/C 2927

Letter to the Next Generation. 1990. Video/C 1909

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists. 1990. Video/C 2931

Taken for a Ride(co-directed with Martha Olson) c1996. Video/C 9243

Union Maids. 1986? Video/C 4705

Barbara Kopple

Books and articles about Kopple in the UCB Library

American Dream. 1992. DVD 6527; vhs Video/C 2268

Harlan County U.S.A. 1989. DVD 5665; vhs Video/C 999:509

Out of Darkness: The Mine Workers Story. 1990? Video/C 6405

Wild Man Blues. 1997. DVD X6548; Video/C 7760

Claude Lanzmann

Books and articles about Lanzmann in the UCB Library

Pourquoi Israël (Why Israel) 1972. DVD X2718

Shoah: A Film. 1985. DVD 1929; VHS Video/C 943

Simone de Beauvoir: Un Film. 1978. DVD 4629; Video/C 1491

Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures 2001. DVD X4104

Tsahal 1994. 290 min. DVD X4103

Un vivant qui passe 1997. DVD X4104

Margaret Lazarus

Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Media Images on Women and Girls. 2000. Video/C 7156

Defending Our Lives. 1993. DVD X2232; vhs Video/C 3391

Eugene Debs and the American Movement. 1977. Video/C 7298

The Last Empire: Intervention and Nuclear War. 1986. Video/C 1138

Rape Culture: Update.1983. Video/C 1118

Taking Our Bodies Back: The Women's Health Movement. 1974. Video/C 7299

Deann Borshay Liem

First Person Plural. 1999. DVD X2958; vhs Video/C 7533

Allie Light

Dialogues with Madwomen. 1993. DVD X2395; vhs Video/C 3544

Empress Hotel: Stories of the Residents c2009. DVD X3644

Good Food/Bad Food: Obesity in American Children. 2005. DVD 4560

In the Shadow of the Stars: The Lives of Singers. 1991. Video/C 8612

Mitsuye and Nellie, Asian-American Poets 1981. Video/C 750

Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer. 1997. vhs Video/C 5384

Shakespeare's Children 1997. DVD 7308 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7854

Jennie Livingston

Paris is Burning. 1992. DVD 4430; vhs Video/C 3211

Kim Longinotto

MacDonald, Fraser. "Kim Longinotto: Documentarian." In: Projections 12 : film-makers on film schools / edited by John Boorman, Fraser MacDonald and Walter Donohue ; associate editor, Oren Moverman. London ; New York : Faber and Faber, c2002. (Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.P7 P76 2002)
Smaill, Belinda. "The Documentaries of Kim Longinotto: Women, Change, and Painful Modernity." Camera Obscura, 2009; 24: 43 - 75. UC users only
Smaill, Belinda. "Interview with Kim Longinotto." Studies in Documentary Film Volume 1 Number 2 2007 UC users only
White, Patricia. "Cinema Solidarity: The Documentary Practice of Kim Longinotto." Cinema Journal, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 120-28, Fall 2006 UC users only

The Day I Will Never Forget 2002. DVD 8145

Divorce Iranian Style (Talaq). (co-directed by Ziba Mir-Hosseini). 1998. DVD X3855; vhs Video/C 6836

Dream Girls (co-directed by Jano Williams). 2004. Video/C 7630

Eat the Kimono (Genshu) [ (co-directed by Claire Hunt). 1989. Video/C 3351

Gaea Girls. (co-directed by Jano Williams). 2000. Video/C 9135

The Good Wife of Tokyo (co-directed by Claire Hunt). 1992. DVD X2406; vhs Video/C 3347

Hidden Faces: A Look at the Lives of Egyptian Women. (co-directed by Claire Hunt). 1990. Video/C 3164

Shinjuku Boys (co-directed by Jano Williams). c1995. DVD X2397; vhs Video/C 9127

Sisters in Law (co-directed by Florence Ayisi). 2005. DVD 5460

Felicia Lowe

Carved in Silence. 1987. DVD X2959; vhs Video/C 1170

Chinatown (Hidden Cities of San Francisco). 1996. DVD 9560 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4379

Chris Marker

L'ambassade (The Embassy) 1973 DVD 8639

A bientôt, j'espère (Be Seeing You) 1968. 39 min. Video/C 9871

Chats perches (The Case of the Grinning Cat) 2004. 58 min. DVD 8627; DVD 6574

Cuba, Si 1961. DVD X269

Le Fond de l'Air est Rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) 1978 (restored and re-actualized by Marker in 1993). 180 min. DVD X3146; vhs Video/C 8313

Le Joli mai (The Lovely Month of May) 1963. 119 min. DVD X5801 [preservation copy]; Video/C 999:2111

One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich
1999. 55 min. Video/C 7646

Prime time in the Camps
1993. 28 min. Video/C MM1186

La sixième face du Pentagone (The Sixth Side of the Pentagon) 1967. DVD 8639

Le souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come) 2001. 42 min. DVD 8633; vhs Video/C 9770

John Marshall

Bitter Melons. filmed in 1955 and released in 1971. Video/C 3427

Debe's Tantrum. 1966. Video/C 3424

The Hunters. 1958. Video/C 3428

A Joking Relationship. 1966. Video/C 3429

Margaret Mead: Portrait by a Friend (with Jean Rouch) 1978. DVD X3294

N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman. 1979. DVD X1402; Video/C 259

N/um Tchai: The Ceremonial Dance of the !Kung Bushmen. 1966. Video/C 3421

Tug of War 1957-58. DVD X3292

Ross McElwee

Books and articles about McElweein the UCB Library

Backyard 1978. DVD 6235

Bright Leaves. 2003. DVD 6235; also vhs Video/C MM395

Charleen 1984. DVD 6235

Sherman's March. 1986. DVD 6235; DVD 2403; also vhs Video/C 1839

Six O'Clock News. 1996. DVD 2435; also vhs Video/C MM493

Something to Do with the Wall (co-directed with Marilyn Levine) 1990. DVD X895

Time Indefinite. 1993. DVD 6235; vhs Video/C 6065

Tracey Moffatt

Books and articles about Moffatt the UCB Library

Artist (in collaboration with Gary Hillberg) 1999. 10 min. Video/C MM978

Lip (in collaboration with Gary Hillberg) 2004. 11 min. DVD 4791

Love (in collaboration with Gary Hillberg) 2003. 21 min. Video/C MM977

Nice Coloured Girls. 1987. DVD X7114; Video/C 2956

Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy. 1990. DVD X7110; Video/C 2957

Michael Moore

Books and articles about Moore in the UCB Library

The Awful Truth (TV program) DVD 2046-2049

The Big One. 1997. Video/C 9825

Bowling for Columbine. 2002. DVD 1827

Capitalism, A Love Story. 2010. DVD X2736

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004. DVD 3011

Roger & Me. 1990. DVD 1865; also VHS Video/C 999:439

Sicko 2007. DVD 8750

TV Nation. Volume 1. Video/C 9826

TV Nation. Volume 2. Video/C 9827

Anti-Moore documentaries/documentaries about Moore
Celsius 41.11
Manufacturing Dissent
Michael Moore Hates America
This Divided State. 2005.
Shooting Michael Moore 2005.

Errol Morris

Books and articles about Morris in the UCB Library

A Brief History of Time. 1993. DVD X4121; Video/C 2909

Errol Morris' First Person. 2000. DVD 4179

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. 1997. DVD X64; vhs Video/C 6107

Film Noir. (American Cinema Series). 1994. Video/C 3715

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara. 2003. DVD 2687

Gates of Heaven. 1988. DVD 4164; also VHS Video/C MM176

Mr. Death: the Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. DVD 221

The Movie Movie [an excerpt] DVD 7219

Standared Operating Procedures c2008. DVD X3040

Tabloid 2010. DVD X6731

The Thin Blue Line. 1989. DVD 4165; also VHS Video/C 999:443

Vernon, Florida. 1982. DVD 4166

Spencer Nakasako

A.k.a. Don Bonus. 1995. DVD 8275; vhs Video/C 4390 (also available online - UCB users only)

Kelly Loves Tony. 1998. DVD X2960; Video/C 5488

Monterey's Boat People. 1982. Video/C 1963

Q it Up. 1985. Video/C 1970

Refugee 2003. Video/C MM312

With Silk Wings: Asian American Women at Work. 198? Video/C 514

Dennis O'Rourke

Books and articles about O'Rourke in the UCB Library

Cannibal Tours. 1987. DVD 9339; vhs Video/C 2485

Couldn't Be Fairer. 1984. Video/C MM259

Cunnamulla. 2001. Video/C MM258

The Good Woman of Bangkok. 1991. DVD X1404; vhs Video/C 4867

Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear age. 1985. Video/C MM246

Ileksen: Politics in Papua New Guinea. (with Gary Kildea) 1978 . Video/C MM262

Shark Callers of Kontu. 1987. Video/C MM260

Yap: How Did You Know We'd Like TV? 1987. Video/C MM261

Yumi Yet Papua New Guinea Gets Independence 1978. Video/C MM263

Steve Okazaki

American Sons. 1996. Video/C 4391

Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street. 1999. Video/C 8727

The Conscience of Nhem En 2008. DVD X4643

Days of Waiting 1989. DVD X1667; vhs Video/C 2177

Hunting Tigers. 1994. Video/C 3824

The Mushroom Club. 2005. DVD 6621

Rehab 2005. DVD X2549

Survivors. 1983. Video/C 1242

Troubled Paradise. 1990. DVD X4643; Video/C 2462

Unfinished Business. 1986. DVD 4897; vhs Video/C 834

White Light, Black Rain. 2007. 86 min. DVD 8412

Pratibha Parmar

Flesh & Paper. 1990. Video/C 9132

Jodie. c1996. Video/C 9128

Khush. 1991. Video/C 4932

A Place of Rage. 1991. DVD X60; vhs Video/C 2321

Righteous Babes. 2000. Video/C 7974

Sari Red. 1988. Video/C 3462

Warrior Marks. 1993. Video/C 3348

Meg Partridge

Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. 1994. Video/C 4070

Portrait of Imogen. 1987. Video/C 4069

Pier Paulo Pasolini

Love Meetings (Comizi d'amore). 1990. Video/C 4744

Nicolas Philibert

Etre et avoir (To Be and to Have)2002. DVD 3178

La moindre des choses (Every Little Thing) 1997. DVD 7134

In the Land of the Deaf 1994. Video/C 4866

Lourdes Portillo

Books and articles about Portillo in the UCB library

After the Earthquake = Despur'es del Terremoto. 1980. Video/C 3355

Al más allé 2008. DVD X7026

Columbus on Trial. 1992. DVD X2695; Video/C 4380

Corpus a Home Movie for Selena. 1998. DVD X2694

The Devil Never Sleeps (El Diablo Nunca Duerme). 1995. Video/C 5337

The Five Suns: A Sacred History of Mexico: A Film. Producer/director, Patricia Amlin; script, Lourdes Portillo. 1996. Video/C 6184

Las Madres: the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. 1986. DVD X2696; Video/C 2180

Mirrors of the Heart (Americas series). 1993. DVD X1180 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2811

La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead. 1989. DVD X1180; Video/C 1778

Senorita Extraviada. 2001. DVD X2693; Video/C 9045

Alan and Susan Raymond

An American Family. 1973. NOTE: this series has not been released on vhs or DVD

An American Family Revisited. 1983. DVD 8531

Lance Loud! A Death in an American Family 2002. DVD 8532

Julie Reichert

Growing up Female? 1971. Video/C 2927

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (co-directed with Steven Bognar) 2009. DVD X2984

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists. 1990. Video/C 2931

Union Maids. 1986? Video/C 4705

About Reichert and others:
Eighteen Histories in Feminist Film and Video. Video/C 6994

Godfrey Reggio

Fated to be Queer. 1992. Video/C 3256

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance. 1983. DVD 1330; VHS Video/C 999:440

Naqoyqatsi 2002. DVD X3891

Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation. 1988. DVD 1331

Frances Reid

All God's Children. (co-directed by Dee Mosbacher and Sylvia Rhue) c1996. Video/C 6200

Long Night's Journey into Day. (co-directed with Deborah Hoffmann) c2000. DVD 4337; also VHS Video/C 7233

Skin Deep. 1995. Video/C 4055

Straight From the Heart. (co-directed by Dee Mosbacher) 1994. Video/C 4074

Talking About Race. c1994. Video/C 4054

Robert Richter

The Business of Hunger. c1984. Video/C 2197

Father Roy: Inside the School of Assassins. c1997. Video/C 5397

Five Days to Change the World. c2001. Video/C 9008

Hungry for Profit. c1984. Video/C 2928

Linus Pauling: Crusading Scientist. 1989. Video/C 4090

The Money Lender$: The World Bank & International Monetary Fund: A Global Report. 1991. DVD 7173; vhs Video/C 6341

The New Patriots 2002. Video/C 9595

Pesticides and Pills, For Export Only. c1981. Video/C 2972 (part I); Video/C 5779 (Part II)

A Plague on our Children. 1980. Video/C 209

School of the Americas: School of Assassins 1994. DVD 4289

Under the Gun: Democracy in Guatamala. (with Patricia Goudvis) c1987. Video/C 2181

Marlon Riggs

Books and articles about Riggs in the UCB Library

Black Is-- Black Ain't: A Personal Journey Through Black Identity. 1995. Video/C 3779 (also available online - UCB users only)

Color Adjustment. 1991. DVD 3047; Video/C 2145

Ethnic Notions. 1986. DVD 3049; Video/C 1024 (also available online - UCB users only)

Long Train Running: A History of the Oakland Blues. 1981. DVD 1187; Video/C 3799 (also available online UCB users only)

"Non Je Ne Regrette Rien": No Regret. 1992. Video/C 2646

Tongues Untied. 1989. DVD 7217; vhs Video/C 1783

I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs. 1996. Video/C 4463

Jay Rosenblatt

Human Remains. 1998. DVD X4496; Video/C 7393

King of the Jews. 2000. DVD X4496; Video/C 7838

Period piece. (co-directed with Jennifer Frame) 1996. Video/C 6584

The Smell of Burning Ants. 1994. DVD X4496; Video/C 6585

Underground Zero. (segment of anthology) 2003. DVD 2154

Greta Schiller

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community. 1985. DVD 2766; vhs Video/C 1461

International Sweethearts of Rhythm. 1986. Video/C 4080

Paris Was a Woman. 1996. Video/C 6126

Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women. 1988. Video/C 4073

Martin Scorses

The Big Shave. 1974. Video/C 4629

Italianamerican. 1967. Video/C 4629

The Last Waltz. 1978. DVD 3303

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. (executive producer; various directors) 2005. DVD 1989-1995

No Direction Home. 2005. DVD 4394

Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movie. 1995. DVD 354

Valerie Soe

All Orientals Look the Same. 199? Video/C 3833

Art to Art: Expressions by Asian American Women. 1993. Video/C 3748

Mixed Blood. 1992. Video/C 2834

Picturing Oriental Girls: a [RE] Educational... 1992. Video/C 2836

Black Sheep. 1990. Video/C 1866 (also on Video/C 3833)

About Soe and others:
Eighteen Histories in Feminist Film and Video. Video/C 6994

Aleksandr Sokurov

Elegy of a Voyage (Elegiya dorogi; Élégie de la traversée) (France | Russia | Netherlands, 2001) 48 min. DVD X2633
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Elegy of the Land
Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. Contents: Maria: Made in memory of Russian peasant Maria Semionovna Voinova, a woman who grew flax, and after her death, her secrets and methods of working the fields were lost. 1988, 40 min. The Last Day of a Rainy Summer: Filmed on a kolkhoz, a collective farm. After several years of low crop yields, the kolkhoz was in poor condition. 1978, ca. 26 min. DVD X2633

Hubert Robert, A Fortunate Life (Robert. Schastlivanya zhizn)(Russia, 1996) 26 min. DVD X2633
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hubert Robert, A Fortunate Life (Robert. Schastlivanya zhizn)(Russia, 1996) 26 min. DVD X2633
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Spiritual Voices (Dukhovnye golosa. Iz dnevnikov voyny. Povestvovanie v pyati chastyakh) (Russia, 1995) DVD X2634
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Barbara Sonneborn

Regret to Inform. 1998. DVD 5428; vhs Video/C 6746

Morgan Spurlock

Super Size Me 2004. DVD 3002

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden c2008. DVD X140

David Sutherland

Country Boys. 2005. DVD 5121

The Farmer's Wife. 3 videocassettes (375 min.) 1998. Video/C 6115

Dawes, Gil. "The Farmer's Wife." (Review) Sojourners v27, n5 (Sept-Oct, 1998):74 (2 pages).
Goodman, Walter. "Frontline: The Farmer's Wife." (television program reviews) New York Times v147 (Mon, Sep 21, 1998):B5(N), E5(L), col 1, 14 col in. IMG SRC="http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/diamond.gif" width="10" height="10"> Leonard, John. "The Farmer's Wife." (television program reviews) New York v31, n36 (Sept 21, 1998):71.
Pitman, Randy. "The Farmer's Wife." Video Librarian, May/June 1999

Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

Fritz Kortner spricht Monologe fur eine Schallplatte: Funfter Akt, Siebente Szene: Fritz Kortner inszeniert "Kabale und Liebe" In German without English subtitles. DVD 7328

Die Grafen Pocci einige Kapitel zur Geschichte einer Familie In German without English subtitles. DVD X285

Romy: Portrait eines Gesichts In German without English subtitles. 1965. DVD X283

Sex Business Made in Pasing: ein Beitrag zur Filmsoziologie in Deutschland, 1969 In German without English subtitles. DVD X282

Syberberg filmt bei Brecht In German without English subtitles. DVD X286

Renee Tajima-Pena

Labor Women, the New Generation 2002. DVD 7328

My America, or, Honk If You Love Buddha. c1996. Video/C 6049

Who Killed Vincent Chin?: A Film. (co-directed with Christine Choy) 1989. DVD 9435; Video/C 1767

Yellow Tale Blues: Two American Families. (co-directed with Christine Choy) 1990. Video/C 3243

Trinh T. Minh-Ha

Books and articles about Trinh in the UCB Library

Night Passage. 2001. DVD 4125

The Fourth Dimension. 2001. Video/C 9223

Naked Spaces: Living is Round. 1985. Video/C 6235

Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen. c1982. DVD 8992; vhs Video/C 3092

Shoot for the Contents. c1991. Video/C 6218

Surname Viet, Given Name Nam. c1989. DVD 8991; vhs Video/C 2322

A Tale of Love. 1995. DVD X6712; Video/C 6236

Michael Wadleigh

Woodstock: Three Days of Music and Peace. 1969. DVD 452; vhs Video/C 2945 Pt. 1-2

Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber, The Film Collection 1987-2008
Contents Documentaries: [disc 1]. Broken noses (1987, 75 min.) -- [disc 2.] Let's get lost (1988, 120 min.) ; extras: Looking "again" for Chet in all the familiar places; Let's Get Lost Kodachrome Newsreel (Jeff Preiss's film DP's behind-the-scenes view of the making of the film); The Teddy Boys of the Edwardian Drape Society (1996 short film); Almost blue (1988) / Chet Baker ; Everything happens to me / Chet Baker; Trailer -- [disc 3] Chop Suey (2000, 94 min.) ; extras: You feel me? (2006) ; The boy artist (2008) ; -- [disc 4]. A letter to True (2003, 78 min.) ; original trailer ; True: the dog of a million kisses (2005); Delta society ; Best friends -- Bonus disc, short works: The beauty brothers (1987) ; Red flag day (1999) ; Tough guys wear pink (2004) ; Being boring (1990) / Pet Shop Boys ; Se a vide é (1996) / Pet Shop Boys ; I get along/email (2002) / Pet Shop Boys. DVD X3576 1989. DVD X3576

Let's Get Lost.1988. 120 min. DVD X3576; Video/C 4670

Wim Wenders

Buena Vista Social Club. 1999. DVD 418; vhs 6747

Martin Scorsese presents The Blues: Soul of a Man. 2003. DVD 1990

Notebook on Cities and Clothes. 1989. DVD 1556

Tokyo-ga. 1985. DVD 6913; DVD 5882(included on disc of Ozu's "Late Spring")

Jessica Yu

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien. 1996. 35 min. Video/C 4841

In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger 2006. 82 min. DVD 4057

Protagonist 2006. 90 min. DVD X836

Charlotte Zwerin

Maysles brothers

Ella Fitzgerald: something to Live For. c1999. DVD 5727

Sit Down and Fight: Walter Reuther and the Rise of the Auto Workers Union. 1993. Video/C 2845

Thelonious Monk, Straight No Chaser. 1992. DVD 5656; Video/C 2974

Terry Zwigoff

Books and articles about Zwigoff in the UCB Library

Crumb. 1995. 119 min. DVD 7151; vhs Video/C 4274



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