1982 Documentary Movies

Public list by WPS with 36 movies or TV shows/series

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| 1h 26min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 271 votes)

Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and the exceptional music by Philip Glass.

Directed by Godfrey Reggio

Burden of Dreams(1982)

1h 37min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 59 votes)

The Amazon rain forest, 1979. The crew of Fitzcarraldo (1982), a film directed by German director Werner Herzog, soon finds itself with problems related to casting, tribal struggles and accidents, among many other setbacks; but nothing compared to dragging a huge steamboat up a mountain, while Herzog embraces the path of a certain madness to make his vision come true.

The Killing of America(1981)

1h 30min | Documentary, Crime
3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

A documentary of the decline of America. Featuring footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

Room 666(1982)

43min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 16 votes)

During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wenders asks a number of global film directors to, one at a time, go into a hotel room, turn on the camera and answer a simple question: "What is the future of cinema?".

The Atomic Cafe(1982)

1h 26min | Documentary, History
3.6/5 (with 28 votes)

A disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.

Directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty - With Paul Tibbets, Harry S. Truman, Lloyd Bentsen

The Compleat Beatles(1982)

1h 59min | Documentary, Music
3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

Now, for the first time, you can re-live the Beatles legends with this stunning 2-hour musical “Rockumentary”. It’s all there from the wild exuberance of the early Cavern Club days through eight incredible years, to the grim finality of “Let It Be”. See John, Paul, George and Ringo in performance, on tour, in films, recording with George Martin and in rare footage never before seen. Narrated by Malcom McDowell.

Land of Look Behind(1982)

| 1h 30min | Documentary, Music
2.2/5 (with 3 votes)

There has never been a documentary like "Land of Look Behind". Relatively unknown due to poor distribution and New York Film Festival skullduggery, this breathtaking film presents a unique epic vision with quasi-dramatic elements and cinematographic wizardry. The non-reggae original soundtrack is outstanding, as is the reggae music of Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs. The great documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog has called "Look Behind" the non-fiction film that has influenced him most over the last fifteen years. Indeed, this film's peers are the best of Herzog, Bunuel's "Land Without Bread", Flaherty's "Nanook" and Leacock-Pennebaker's "Louisiana Story". With thoughtful viewing, one will see this moving documentary actually end with a lovely little dream sequence. No American has come close to making a film this ingenious in the last thirty years.

Directed by Alan Greenberg - With Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Mutabaruka

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time(1982)

1h 18min | Documentary, Music
3.6/5 (with 2 votes)

Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.

Directed by Jim Brown

Coming Soon(1982)

55min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Director John Landis has combed the vaults of Universal Studios, Hollywood's preeminent producer of horror films and edited them into this retrospective documentary featuring clips from preview trailers dating from Lon Chaney's 1923 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the present day. Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis hosts and narrates this tribute featuring Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Godzilla, Tarantula,, the Phantom of the Opera, Dracula and their infamous progeny.

66 Scenes from America(1982)

42min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

As a visual narrative it is reminiscent of a pile of postcards from a journey, which indeed is what the film is. It consists of a series of lengthy shots of a tableau nature, each appearing to be a more or less random cross section of American reality, but which in total invoke a highly emblematic picture of the USA.

Jouer sa vie(1982)

1h 30min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Great Chess Movie takes a varied and idiosyncratic approach to its subject. Title cards printed with slogans and symbols underline remarks by commentators; stylized interviews, notably with Fernando Arrabal, the great Spanish playwright, filmmaker, novelist, anarchist and chess expert, are intercut with scenes from great movies or with verite footage from international chess matches and press conferences.

Directed by Gilles Carle - With Bobby Fischer

Hail Columbia!(1982)

37min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

The maiden voyage of Columbia, the first space shuttle, is recounted with footage shot on the ground and in space.

Directed by Graeme Ferguson
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Comfort and Indifference(1982)

1h 49min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Made shortly after the referendum on Quebec's independence was held, this documentary illustrates what the politicians' promises were and how the population did not really care nor truly understand what was really at stake, even though just about everyone had an opinion on the subject.

Directed by Denys Arcand - With Raymond Barre, Monique Bégin, Camil Samson, Claude Morin, Claude Ryan, Émile Genest, ...

Let Poland Be Poland(1982)

1h 30min | Documentary

Broadcast live via satellite around the world on January 31 1982, this special produced by the US Department of Information protesting the then recent imposition of martial law in Poland.

With Kirk Douglas, Howard Baker, Henry Fonda

Half a Life(1982)

1h 35min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Michel Recanati was a militant leader in the May, 1968 riots in Paris, organizing many groups to meet, discuss, and act on leftist principles both before and after the disturbances. He was imprisoned for a short while in 1973. Disillusioned after the failure of the demonstrations and the death of the only woman he had loved, his life seems to have changed from a period of hope and activism to one of bottomless despair. His friend, Romain Goupil wrote and directed this biographical documentary. Death at 30 received the 1982 Cannes Film Festival's Golden Camera Award for "Best First Feature-Length Film.".

Directed by Romain Goupil - With Romain Goupil

Ebba the Movie(1982)

1h 18min | Documentary, Music
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The band 'Ebba Grön' is on tour. They were the most successful punkband in Sweden at the time and tried to have a sort of hardline attitude. In one sequence they play one of their songs in a little country church. The song is called 'Häng Gud' (Hang God).

Directed by Johan Donner - With Joakim Thåström, Lennart Eriksson, Gunnar Ljungstedt

Partido Alto(1976)

3.7/5 (with 5 votes)

The history of Partido-Alto, a musical subgenre derived from Samba, with roots in the batucada of Bahia.

Directed by Leon Hirszman

Sewing Woman(1982)

14min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Sewing Woman chronicles the bittersweet journey of one woman's determination to survive: from an arranged marriage in old China to working class comforts in modern America.

Directed by Arthur Dong

Ben's Mill(1982)

59min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

1982 documentary film directed by Michel Chalufour and John Karol. The film portrays how the energy from the river is used to drive the multitudes of leather belts used to drive the various machines. The film focuses on the steps one man, Ben, uses to make one of his white pine watering tanks.

Directed by Michel Chalufour, John Karol

Poetry in Motion(1982)

| 1h 31min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

More than 20 contemporary North American poets recite, sing, and perform their work. Early in the film, Charles Bukowski talks about the energy of poets and of a poem. These poets are the children of Walt Whitman and of Charles Olson, incantatory and oratorical, radical, sometimes incorporating contemporary political imagery. Black Mountain poets, the Beats, minimalists like John Cage, the wordless Four Horsemen, Tom Waits, and others capture aspects of poets as troubadours.

Directed by Ron Mann


29min | Documentary

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Directed by Jaco Van Dormael

Cries from the Deep(1981)

1h 36min | Documentary

This documentary records the journey undertaken by Jacques Cousteau, his 24-member team, and an NFB film crew to explore the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, one of the world's richest fishing areas. They discover shipwrecks, film icebergs and observe beluga whales, humpback whales and harp seals. The film also includes a fascinating sequence showing Calypso divers freeing a calf whale entrapped in a fishing net.

Directed by Jacques Gagné - With Georges Wilson, Jacques Cousteau

Rock in Reykjavik(1982)

1h 23min | Documentary, Music
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) gives a thorough overview of the powerful and expanding rock scene in Iceland. Most of the film consists of performances by a wide variety of rock-groups in various clubs in Reykjavik in 1981-82. There are also interviews with members of the groups representing different views on such features of the rock scene as sex, drugs and politics. 19 groups appear in the film.

The Shimmering Beast(1982)

2h 8min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

A documentary film about a group of hunters who gather annually to hunt moose near Maniwaki, Quebec.

Directed by Pierre Perrault - With Stéphane-Albert Boulais

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?(1982)

1h 30min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A documentary about America's knowledge of the Holocaust during the Second World War dares to ask, ""Could the Jews of Europe have been saved?".

Directed by Laurence Jarvik

Gods of Metal(1982)

28min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Gods of Metal is a 1982 American short documentary film produced by Robert Richter for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on nuclear disarmament. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by Robert Richter

The Story of Chaim Rumkowski and the Jews of Lodz(1982)

55min | Documentary

In order to facilitate the destruction of Poland's three million Jews, the Nazis forced them to establish Jewish Councils responsible for administration of the Polish ghettos.

Directed by Peter Cohen

Angels of War(1983)

3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

ANGELS OF WAR captures the experiences of villagers who lived through the Papua New Guinea campaign. Caught up in a war they could not understand or influence, they had no choice but to obey whoever held the gun. Their homes were bombed. They starved as refugees in the bush. They were conscripted as carriers. They fought as infantrymen and guerillas. In Japanese-held areas, they were forced to collaborate or risk execution; some were later hanged for treason by the Australians.

Traveling Hopefully(1982)

28min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A documentary about Roger Baldwin, the founder of the ACLU.

Directed by John G. Avildsen

To Live or Let Die(1982)

30min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

To Live or Let Die is a 1982 American short documentary film directed by Terry Sanders, about the neonatal I.C.U. of the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, where life and death decisions must be made while ethical dilemmas are also posed by new technologies.. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by Terry Sanders
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