1960s Short Documentary Movies

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The House Is Black(1963)

20min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 54 votes)

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Black Panthers(1968)

28min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 34 votes)

A film shot during the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California around the meetings organised by the Black Panthers Party to free Huey Newton, one of their leaders, and to turn his trial into a political debate. They tried and succeeded in catching America’s attention.

Directed by Agnès Varda

The Perfect Human(1968)

13min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 22 votes)

An elegant and humorous film—in the guise of a serious anthropological treatise—spotlights "The Perfect Human," a model of the modern Dane created by our wishful thinking.

Lonely Boy(1962)

27min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 7 votes)

This short film portrays the story of singer Paul Anka, who rose from obscurity to become the idol of millions of adolescent fans around the world. Taking a candid look at both sides of the footlights, this film examines the marketing machine behind a generation of pop singers. Interviews with Anka and his manager reveal their perspective on the industry.

Notes for a Film in India(1968)

33min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A 1968 short documentary film by Pier Paolo Pasolini where he visits India in the search of a king who could give up his body to feed a starving tiger.


32min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

A behind-the-scenes documentary by George Lucas about 29-year-old Francis Ford Coppola and his crew creating the 1969 film "The Rain People.".

Our Trip to Africa(1966)

13min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 18 votes)

Originally commissioned by an Austrian couple in 1961 to photograph a travel diary documenting their wild game hunt, Kubelka shot three hours of film and recorded fourteen hours of audio. Over the next few years, Kubelka toiled in the editing bay, producing a work charged with intricate, ironic brutality.

Directed by Peter Kubelka

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen(1972)

19min | Documentary
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

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Czechoslovakia 1968(1969)

13min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Short documentary about 50 years of history of Czechoslovakia, with archive images.

Directed by Denis Sanders - With Neville Chamberlain, Ludvík Svoboda, Adolf Hitler, Leonid Brezhnev, Alexander Dubček


29min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 5 votes)

A triumph of film art, creating on the screen a vast, awe-inspiring picture of the universe as it would appear to a voyager through space, this film was among the sources of inspiration used by Stanley Kubrick for his 2001: A Space Odyssey. Realistic animation takes you into far regions of space, beyond the reach of the strongest telescope, past Moon, Sun, and Milky Way, into galaxies yet unfathomed.

Directed by Roman Kroitor, Colin Low - With Donald Alexander MacRae

Brutality in Stone(1961)

3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

In his experimental short film "Brutalität in Stein" (Brutality in Stone), Alexander Kluge demonstrates how Nazi architecture used dimensions of inhuman and super-human scale to bolster the regime's politics of the same kind. Shots of huge neo-classical architectural structures from the Nazi period are confronted with equally anti-human national-socialist language as a voice-over.

Love Exists(1960)

20min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

An essay film critiquing post-war France's urban developments- Pialat states that modernity and suburban convenience have limited Parisian freedom and widened class gaps.

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2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

George Lucas's senior project at the University of Southern California in 1966. It was named for the lap time of the Lotus 23 race car that was the subject of the film. It is a nonstory visual tone poem depicting the imagery of a car going at full speed, and featuring the car's engine as the primary sound element. Shot on 16mm color film with a 14 man student crew, it was filmed at Willow Springs Raceway, north of Los Angeles, CA. The Lotus 23 was driven by Pete Brock.

Directed by George Lucas - With Pete Brock

The House That Ananda Built(1968)

20min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

In India, a typical Oriya family of Nadpur Village in Mayurbhanj District go about their lives at their different vocations. The film follows Ananda, a successful businessman in Nagpur. It looks at his life, his children and his beliefs over a very long life from prior to independence until 20 years after. The House That Ananda Built is a 1968 Indian short documentary film directed by Fali Bilimoria. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by Fali Bilimoria

The Really Big Family(1966)

51min | Documentary

The Really Big Family is a 1966 American documentary film directed by Alexander Grasshoff about the Dukes family of Seattle, who had 18 children. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Directed by Alex Grasshoff

60 Cycles(1965)

17min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

On your marks. Follow cyclists from 13 countries as they cover 2.400 km of Gaspé countryside in 12 days-a course longer than those of Italy, Belgium or Spain. The long shots of curving landscape and open road are set to a mesmerizing soundtrack in this documentary, and the results are spellbinding.


3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

6-18-67 is a short quasi-documentary film by George Lucas regarding the making of the Columbia film “Mackenna's Gold”. This non-story, non-character visual tone poem is made up of nature imagery, time-lapse photography, and the subtle sounds of the Arizona desert.

Directed by George Lucas


20min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

The real story of Quilombo Olho d'Água from Serra do Talhado, in the state of Paraíba, Brazil, which became institutionally isolated from the rest of the country. Quilombos were runaway slave communities in colonial Brazil.

Directed by Linduarte Noronha

A Year Towards Tomorrow(1966)

25min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Documentary about the VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program.

Directed by Edmond Levy - With Paul Newman

The John Glenn Story(1962)

30min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

John Glenn's first flight ushered in the modern era of space exploration for America. His landmark return to space represented the final chapter of space exploration in the 20th century.

Directed by Michael Lawrence

I Think They Call Him John(1964)

26min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

The life of an old man, John Cartner Ronson, living alone in a huge block of flats in London since his wife died nine years earlier.

Directed by John Krish

The Urban Crisis and the New Militants: Module 7 - Cicero March(1966)

2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

For a generation of young activists, the reality of war, imperialism, racism and the growing fragility of democratic liberalism was too much to handle. Force became a means to wrestle with this tension. As the discourse of a “country torn” finds its way into mainstream political analyses (for many the deep divisions in this country are not a new political reality), we should reflect on the writings of political dissidents and radicals. We should recognize the diversity of political analysis that is very much alive. The histories of armed struggle, if taken seriously, provide us with a means to think more critically about the center, and complicate its claims of moral and political right.

Cradle of Genius(1961)

25min | Documentary

Cradle of Genius is a 1961 Irish short documentary film directed by Paul Rotha on the history of the Abbey Theatre. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by Paul Rotha

Wholly Communion(1965)

33min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)

A short film documenting what was referred to as "The International Poetry Incarnation". It was billed as Great Britain's first full-scale "happening", with the world's leading Beat poets together under one roof at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11, 1965, for an evening of near-hallucinatory revelry. It came to be seen as one of the cultural high points of the Swinging Sixties.

Directed by Peter Whitehead - With Gregory Corso, Harry Fainlight, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Horovitz, Ernst Jandl, ...


3.1/5 (with 11 votes)

Comprising train and track footage quickly shot just before a heavy winter's snowfall was melting, the multi-award-winning classic that emerged from the cutting-room compresses British Rail's dedication to blizzard-battling into a thrilling eight-minute montage cut to music. Tough-as-boots workers struggling to keep the line clear are counterpointed with passengers' buffet-car comforts.

Directed by Geoffrey Jones


13min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

A documentary about the building and commissioning of VAK Kahl, the first commercial nuclear power plant in the FRG – gleaming images of a bright future. Oscar nominated documentary short from West Germany, 1961.

Directed by Haro Senft

Wild Wings(1965)

34min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Exploration of the Slimbridge Wild Fowl Trust in Gloucestershire, England, which boasts the largest collection of living wild fowl in the world.

Directed by Patrick Carey - With Peter Scott

Why Man Creates(1968)

3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

A 1968 animation/documentary that criticises the industrial system.

Directed by Saul Bass - With Paul Saltman


28min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

A candid-camera view of professional wrestling as seen in the Montréal Forum, where some of the biggest bouts are staged, and in back-street wrestling parlours where the warriors practice their art.

While I Run This Race(1967)

29min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

While I Run This Race is a 1967 American short documentary film about poverty in the United States directed by Edmond Levy. The film follows VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) working in two Arizona migrant community groups. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by Edmond Levy
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