1952 Documentary Movies

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This Is Cinerama(1952)

| 1h 55min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

This is Cinerama is a 1952 full-length film designed to introduce the then-new widescreen process Cinerama, which broadens the aspect ratio so the viewer's peripheral vision is involved. This is Cinerama premiered on 30 September 1952 at the New York Broadway theatre, in New York City. The film includes scenes of the roller coaster from Rockaways' Playland, then moves on to a scene of the temple dance from Aida, views of Niagara Falls, a Viennese choir, scenes of the canals of Venice, a military tattoo in Edinburgh, a bullfight, more from Aida, a sound demonstration in stereo, scenes from the amusement park in Cypress Gardens, Florida for a water skiing sequence, and the playing of America the Beautiful as scenes are shown from the nose of a low flying B-25.

Directed by Merian C. Cooper - With Lowell Thomas

Le Grand Méliès(1952)

3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

This 1952 film by Georges Franju is a biographical film about cinematic illusionist Georges Méliès. It features Méliès’s widow, Jeanne d’Alcy, as herself, and their son, André, as his own father. LE GRAND MÉLIÈS, like Franju’s Louis Feuillade tribute, JUDEX, is a revealing homage to one of the director’s idols.

Directed by Georges Franju - With Jehanne d'Alcy

Water Birds(1952)

3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Water Birds is a 1952 short documentary film directed by Ben Sharpsteen. The film delves into the still waters of lagoons and marshes to the wild blue wilderness of the vast oceans, to experience the beauty and variety of their majestic birds, each perfectly designed for its habitat. It won the Oscar for Best Short Subject, Two-Reel.

Directed by Ben Sharpsteen


1h 10min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A young Navajo Indian boy is caught up in the conflict of cultures when he rejects the white man's school. Told in semi-documentary style.

Directed by Norman Foster - With Hall Bartlett

The Hoaxters(1952)

2.1/5 (with 2 votes)

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Cruise of the Zaca(1952)

17min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Actor Errol Flynn takes a group of scientists from the California Institute of Oceanography on an expedition to the South Seas aboard his schooner, The Zaca.

The Olympic Elk(1952)

27min | Documentary
4.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Part of the "True-Life Adventure Series"; The subject of this two-reel are the elk of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. We see these deer learning to walk, climbing downhill in a herd, and braving local bears. Those, plus some colorful arctic flowers, are the nice bits. We also see the elk engaging in duels (something amusingly observed and "imitated" by marmots), athletic fights with deadlocks said to often end in death by starvation to both participants. If that brutish behavior isn't enough to turn you off, then wait until you see how the polygamous bull males gather up wives and do battle with another (with wives as a wager) before unmelodically announcing the end of their bachelorhood.

Directed by James Algar

Olympia 52(1952)

1h 22min | Documentary

Olympia 52 is a 1952 French documentary film about the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Olympia 52 was produced by Peuple et Culture, a nonprofit organization, and it was the first feature-length work directed by the French filmmaker Chris Marker, who also co-wrote the narrative and served as one of the production’s four cinematographers.

Directed by Chris Marker - With Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, Alain Mimoun

Panta Rhei(1951)

3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

In 1952, Haanstra made Panta Rhei , another view of Holland through the eyes of a painter and filmmaker. Its poetic images of water, skies and clouds reflect Haanstra's own moods.

Directed by Bert Haanstra


1h 50min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

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Directed by Édgar Neville - With Antonio Ruiz Soler, Juan Belmonte, Fernanda de Utrera, María Luz Galicia, Conchita Montes, Fernando Rey, ...

Hôtel des Invalides(1952)

23min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 10 votes)

A tour of the Hotel des Invalides, and more particularly of the Army Museum and the Saint Louis Chapel. From François I's armor to Guynemer's airplane, to Napoleon's and Marshall Foch's tombs. But this is no ordinary tour,it is rather a chilling visit guided by Georges Franju and narrated by Michel Simon emphasizing - at times through biting humor -not the glory but the nonsense of wars, but their tragic aftermath.

Directed by Georges Franju - With Michel Simon

Trance and Dance in Bali(1952)

22min | Documentary
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

Explores the themes of trance and dance in the rituals and religion of Bali. The famous Kris Dance is performed.

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Blue Bandanas in the Summer Wind(1952)

56min | Documentary

Summer holidays of young pioneers and the report of the pioneer meeting in Dresden in August 1952.

Directed by Herbert Ballmann

La Villa Santo-Sospir(1952)

36min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

Cocteau takes the viewer on a tour of a friend's villa on the French coast (a major location used in Testament of Orpheus). The house itself is heavily decorated, mostly by Cocteau (and a bit by Picasso), and we are given an extensive tour of the artwork. Cocteau also shows us several dozen paintings as well. Most cover mythological themes, of course. He also proudly shows paintings by Edouard Dermithe and Jean Marais and plays around his own home in Villefranche.

Directed by Jean Cocteau - With Francine Weisweiller

Man Alive!(1952)

12min | Animation
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

This Oscar-nominated documentary short is from the American Cancer Society. Ed ignores his car problems and then fixes it without using a good mechanic. He also ignores stomach problems. Will he go to a doctor? Is it cancer?

Directed by William T. Hurtz

Peace Race 1952(1952)

50min | Documentary

This colour documentary reports about the 5th international peace journey which took place from 30 April to 13 May 1952 and in which 94 drivers from 16 nations took part. Twelve individual stages from Warsaw via Berlin to Prague had to be mastered. The total length was 2135 kilometres, and for the first time the Peace Journey was also held on GDR soil. The individual stages are reported with gripping film shots, short portraits of the cities and regions complete the itinerary. Exciting duels, crashes, winners, but also enthusiastic spectators and cheering workers at the roadsides show the sport from different perspectives. Intermediate cuts and reviews of the expansion and reconstruction of the cities of Warsaw, Berlin and Dresden are also part of this documentary film, as is a critical report on Bloody Sunday in Essen and the police's action against opponents of rearmament in West Germany.

Directed by Joris Ivens

Friendship Triumphs(1951)

1h 36min | Documentary

Film about the third 'Weltfestspiele der Jugend und Studenten für den Frieden' in East Berlin, 1951. West Germany is represented as a degenerate country which has been occupied by the Americans and is still inclined to fascism. We see the construction of the stadium, the departure and arrival of the delegations, the opening and closing by Enrico Berlinguer, a sports event, the parade of the delegations, a visit to Potsdam, folk dancing, and police violence against youngsters from West Berlin who want to visit East Germany because of the games. The film is interlaced with shots from the Korean War and a parade by NATO-troops in West Germany. Featuring Robert Montgomery, Konrad Adenauer, Wilhelm Pieck, Dwight Eisenhower, Robert Leer and Erich Honecker. The crew comprised no less than 24 cameramen. This project was the first great colour film Ivens co-operated in.

Directed by Joris Ivens

Men Of The Forest(1952)

1h 4min | Documentary

An African-American family in Georgia works to save money for a power saw. Includes depictions of timber harvest techniques and process. Film made in 1952 by the United States Information Service and intended for foreign audiences.

Wilhelm Pieck - Das Leben unseres Präsidenten(1952)

1h 20min | Documentary

Basing his work on documentary material, Andrew Thorndike tells the life story of Wilhelm Pieck: from young worker to fighter for the German working class, and from enemy of national-socialism to the first president of the German Democratic Republic.

Directed by Andrew Thorndike

Houen Zo!(1952)

20min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Ode on the resilience of Rotterdam, where people are working hard on the reconstruction of the city that was destroyed in the war. Winner of the prize for best realistic film at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.

The Station(1952)

11min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

A day in the life of a train station.

Directed by Valerio Zurlini

The Garden Spider(1952)

10min | Documentary

A close-up study of a spider at work.

Directed by Alberto Ancilotto

Devil Take Us(1955)

21min | Drama

A motorcycle cop buys a used car to take his family on vacation to the East Coast. Minor car trouble along the way causes him to meet first a reckless driver, and then a highway patrolman who shares stories of bad drivers with him. Various dangers of careless driving - both fictional and real - are depicted as the patrolman continues on the job, later crossing paths with the reckless driver again. When the police officer makes the return trip from his vacation, he finds that the situation has changed in a surprising way.

Directed by Herbert Morgan

Gli undici moschettieri(1952)

1h 20min | Documentary

Documentary directed by Ennio De Concini and Fausto Saraceni.

Directed by Ennio de Concini, Fausto Saraceni - With Silvio Piola, Giuseppe Meazza, Vittorio Pozzo, Fulvio Bernardini, Renzo De Vecchi, Pina Gallini, ...
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