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1955 Documentary Movies

Public list by WPS with 18 movies or TV shows/series

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The African Lion(1955)

G
| 1h 15min | Documentary, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

Part of Disney's True-Life Adventures series, this film focuses on the lives of lions in Africa.

Directed by James Algar

The Mad Masters(1955)

28min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 24 votes)

The subject of the film was the Hauka movement. The Hauka movement consisted of mimicry and dancing to become possessed by French Colonial administrators. The participants performed the same elaborate military ceremonies of their colonial occupiers, but in more of a trance than true recreation.

Directed by Jean Rouch

Rhythm and Blues Revue(1955)

1h 11min | Documentary, Music
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Rhythm and Blues Revue is a plotless variety show, one of several compiled for theatrical exhibition from the made-for-television short films produced by Snader and Studio Telescriptions, with newly-filmed host segments by Willie Bryant. Originally 86 minutes, the "short" version available on public domain collections and websites is missing a reel.

Directed by Leonard Reed, Joseph Kohn

The Battle of Gettysburg(1955)

2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary songs and the sounds of battle are heard in the background. The sites of the various engagements, the statues of the leaders of the Northern and Southern troops, and the battlefield cemetery are featured. President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is read at the end.

Directed by Herman Hoffman

Lost Continent(1955)

Three directors collaborated on the Italian documentary Continente Perduto. The "lost continent" of the title is Asia, specifically Indonesia, here lovingly photographed in Ferraniacolor by Mario Craveri, Giannni Rafaldi and Franco Bernetti. Highlights include a Cantonese wedding aboard a floating junk, the annual wheat and rice harvest, the animal-sacrifice rites at the rim of a volcano, a ceremonial chariot race, and a bevy of Balinese dancers. Though there's no story to speak of, the film has the rhythm and pace of a "continuity" picture. Continente Perduto was the winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Snows of Aorangi(1958)

19min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

This Oscar-nominated New Zealand short looks at a number of mountains in New Zealand with a fair amount of emphasis on skiing. While a number of mountains are shown, most of the movie covers Mt. Cook (known as Aorangi to the Maori)

Snowdrift at Bleath Gill(1955)

10min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

A short film about the recovery of a snowbound train in 1950s England.

Men Against the Arctic(1955)

30min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

This Academy Award winning short subject documentary follows the United States Coast Guard icebreaker ships Eastwind and Westwind for four months as they work to clear navigational paths for ships traversing the arctic sea.

Directed by Winston Hibler - With Winston Hibler

Operation Concrete(1958)

20min | Documentary
2.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Godard returned to Paris briefly before getting a job as a construction worker on a dam project in Switzerland. With the money from the job, he made a short film about the building of the dam called Opération béton (Operation Concrete).

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard - With Jean-Luc Godard

Galápagos(1955)

5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Did the Peruvians cross the sea? The filming of a Norwegian archaeological expedition to the Galapagos islands in 1952, lead by Thor Heyerdahl. A continuation of the Kon-Tiki expedition.

Directed by Thor Heyerdahl

Cinerama Holiday(1955)

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

Two couples, one from St. Louis and one from Switzerland each go to the other's country and travel around.

Directed by Philippe De Lacy

Routine Flight(1955)

30min | Documentary

A tour of Trans-Canada Airlines’ maintenance shops in Winnipeg before taking off for a trial flight on the British-built Vickers Viscount airplane, the first propeller-turbine airliner.

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Wakamba!(1955)

1h 5min | Drama, Documentary

American docudrama film which takes place in Kenya. It is a dramatized presentation of some of the social customs of the Bantu people, as represented through a young native hunter, Tandu. Narrated by Paul E. Prentiss, the film was a co-production of the American Museum of Natural History and Jarville Studios.

I Walk in the Sun(1955)

13min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A documentary about the sculptor Xawery Dunikowski, shot in his workshop. Director paid a tribute to the artist - a recluse without the artistic inheritors.

Directed by Andrzej Wajda - With Xawery Dunikowski

Survival City(1955)

20min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Survival City is a 1955 American short documentary film directed by Anthony Muto. It shows the effects of an atomic bomb on an American town. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Directed by Anthony Muto

The Face of Lincoln(1956)

20min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Head of the sculpture dpeartment at USC when this film was made (by USC), Merrell Gage was a lifelong expert on Abraham Lincoln. This short was a lecture often given by Gage, using wet clay to depict the on-going changes to Abe's face over the years as Abe altered his hairstyle, grew a beard, and showed the effects of aging. Shown on TV many times, a fascinating look at one of history's important statesmen.

Directed by Edward Freed - With Robert Merrell Gage

Where Mountains Float(1955)

36min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

The confrontation between Inuits and the industrialismen.

Heartbreak Ridge(1955)

1h 30min | War, Documentary

Garcet, a young French officer just out of military school, joins the French Batallion of the United Nations Forces fighting in Korea.

Directed by Jacques Dupont
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