1992 Documentary Movies

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| 1h 38min | Documentary
4.1/5 (with 253 votes)

A paralysingly beautiful documentary with a global vision—an odyssey through landscape and time—that attempts to capture the essence of life.

Directed by Ron Fricke

Life, and Nothing More…(1992)

1h 35min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 52 votes)

After the earthquake of Guilan, a film director and his son travel to the devastated area to search for the actors from the movie the director made there a few years previously. In their search, they see how people who have lost everything in the earthquake still have hope and try to live life to the fullest.

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media(1992)

2h 47min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 38 votes)

A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

Directed by Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick - With Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, Frits Bolkestein

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer(1992)

1h 27min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 27 votes)

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993) is a documentary film about Aileen Wuornos, made by Nick Broomfield. It documents Broomfield's attempts to interview Wuornos, which involves a long process of mediation through her adopted mother Arlene Pralle and lawyer, Steve Glazer.

Directed by Nick Broomfield - With Aileen Wuornos

The Quince Tree Sun(1992)

2h 18min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

Filmmaker Victor Erice follows Spanish artist Antonio Lopez in his painstaking attempt to paint the image of a tree.

Directed by Víctor Erice - With Antonio López García, Julio López Hernández, Enrique Gran

1991: The Year Punk Broke(1992)

1h 39min | Documentary, Music
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes in Toyland, The Ramones and Gumball.

Directed by Dave Markey - With Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Ramones

God of the Mountain(1992)

An ancient curse falls on a young ginseng-gatherer in the remote mountains.

Directed by Alon Bar

Parajanov: The Last Spring(1992)

55min | Documentary
1.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Made in wartime and edited in candlelight, Mikhail Vartanov's rarely-seen masterpiece tells about his friendship with the genius Sergei Parajanov who was imprisoned by KGB "at the peak of his artistic power". Vartanov takes us back with the scenes from his censored 1969 film The Color of Armenian Land where Paradjanov is at work on his suppressed chef-d'oeuvre The Color of Pomegranates - widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time - and contrasts it with the shocking request Parajanov sent him in unpublished 1974 letters from the Soviet prisons. Vartanov's camera documents Parajanov's striking last day at work in 1990 during the making of the unfinished Confession. A monumental wordless montage - the entire sixth reel - concludes Vartanov's acclaimed documentary, which, despite the prohibitive conditions it was created in, won the admiration of many of cinema's greatest artists, including Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

Brother's Keeper(1992)

1h 44min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert was a member of a family of four elderly brothers, working as semi-literate farmers and living together in isolation from the rest of society until William's death.

Visions of Light(1992)

1h 32min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to Do the Right Thing. Themes: the DP tells people where to look; changes in movies (the arrival of sound, color, and wide screens) required creative responses from DPs; and, these artisans constantly invent new equipment and try new things, with wonderful results. The narration takes us through the identifiable studio styles of the 30s, the emergence of noir, the New York look, and the impact of Europeans. Citizen Kane, The Conformist, and Gordon Willis get special attention.

The Restless Conscience: Resistance to Hitler Within Germany 1933-1945(1991)

1h 53min | Documentary
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Directed by Hava Kohav Beller, this stirring documentary chronicles the anti-Nazi resistance movement within Hitler's Germany and the countless unsuccessful attempts to remove the führer from power.

Directed by Hava Kohav Beller


8h 21min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

The Darkhad and Soyon Uriyanghai peoples live in a vast valley in Northern Mongolia, much as their ancestors have for centuries. "Taiga" is the record of a long period spent by the German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger among these people.

Directed by Ulrike Ottinger
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Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II(1992)

1h 30min | Documentary

An account of Black American soldiers in World War II who combated racism in the segregated military and on the home front.

Directed by Bill Miles

Incident at Oglala(1992)

1h 29min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 8 votes)

On June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, two FBI agents were killed in a shootout with a group of Indians. Although several men were charged with killing the agents, only one, Leonard Peltier, was found guilty. This film describes the events surrounding the shootout and suggests that Peltier was unjustly convicted.

Directed by Michael Apted - With Leonard Peltier

Videograms of a Revolution(1992)

1h 46min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 7 votes)

Videograms of a Revolution is a 1992 documentary film compiled by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică from over 125 hours of amateur footage, news footage, and excerpts from the Bucharest TV studio overtaken by demonstrators as part of the December 1989 Romanian Revolution.

Directed by Andrei Ujică, Harun Farocki - With Nicolae Ceaușescu, Elena Ceaușescu, Mircea Dinescu

The Donner Party(1992)

1h 30min | Documentary, History
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Doomed attempt to get to California in 1846. More than just a riveting tale of death, endurance and survival. The Donner Party's nightmarish journey penetrated to the very heart of the American Dream at a crucial phase of the nation's "manifest destiny. Touching some of the most powerful social, economic and political currents of the time, this extraordinary narrative remains one of the most compelling and enduring episodes to come out of the West.

Directed by Ric Burns

The Last Bolshevik(1993)

2h 1min | History, Documentary
3.8/5 (with 7 votes)

A documentary on Soviet filmmaker Aleksandr Medvedkin, examining his tumultuous career, the rediscovery of his masterpiece Happiness, and Russia's struggles over the course of the 20th Century.

Directed by Chris Marker

The Gay Man’s Guide to Safer Sex(1992)

46min | Documentary
2.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Instructional documentary produced in association with the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives(1992)

1h 25min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Ten women in Canada talk about being lesbian in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: discovering the pulp fiction of the day about women in love, their own first affairs, the pain of breaking up, frequenting gay bars, facing police raids, men's responses, and the etiquette of butch and femme roles. Interspersed among the interviews and archival footage are four dramatized chapters from a pulp novel, "Forbidden Love".

Directed by Lynne Fernie - With Ann Bannon

Cousin Bobby(1992)

1h 10min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Robert Castle is the idealistic pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem, and also the cousin of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme's affectionate portrait of his cousin traces Castle's story, beginning with his first parish assignment, in New Jersey in the early 1960s, in an increasingly African-American-populated neighborhood rocked by violence and civil rights protests. The film raises intimate discussions of race, faith and family, while also showing Castle's daily routine as a pastor.

Directed by Jonathan Demme - With Robert W. Castle

Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann(1992)

58min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Music For The Movies: Bernard Herrmann explores the work of a composer who created music for over 50 films, collaborating with such diverse directors as Orson Welles, Nicholas Ray, and Martin Scorsese. Best remembered for his twelve-year collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock in such classics as Vertigo, North By Northwest ,and the unforgettable Psycho, Herrmann pioneered many fundamental techniques of film scoring in the course of his 35-year career.

Directed by Joshua Waletzky

Educating Peter(1992)

30min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A young boy with down syndrome attends his first year in a "regular" classroom. This documentary traces that year and the changes that take place for Peter, his teacher, and the other students. Oscar-winning documentary short from 1992.

Directed by Gerardine Wurzburg

The American Gangster(1992)

They fixed the World Series. They built Las Vegas. They terrorized America with their vicious murders and fearless robberies. They are men named Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Lucky Luciano. And, for the first time, THE AMERICAN GANGSTER tells the true story behind their ruthless rise to wealth and power. Filled with vintage film and actual photographs, THE AMERICAN GANGSTER is a gripping look at the birth of organized crime. From prohibition to prostitution, from gangland massacres to gambling empires, their most infamous deeds are chronicled in shocking detail. Even more explosive than the movies they inspired, such as Scarface and The Godfather, are the true histories of the brilliant, brutal gangsters who turned the American Dream into an ongoing nightmare.

Directed by Ben Burtt

Le steak(1992)

1h 15min
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

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Directed by Pierre Falardeau

Patrick Dewaere(1992)

1h 25min | Documentary

This sensitive and true to life portrait of Patrick Deweare sets out to trace his life and career, drawing from a filmography based predominantly on emotional themes. We follow the moving story of his life, from his debut as a child star at four years of age, on through to his suicide. Thirty years of living, thirty years of making a career. What emerges is a captivating personality.

Stepping Razor: Red X(1993)

1h 43min | Documentary, Music
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A documentary covering the life and death of Jamaican reggae musician and cultural icon Peter Tosh. Drawn both from Tosh's "Red X" series of autobiographical tapes that he was recording at the time of his murder and from interviews with other figures in his life.

Directed by Nicholas Campbell

Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker(1992)

1h 17min | Documentary
2.1/5 (with 2 votes)

The life and work of the woman described as "The Rosa Parks of Gay Rights". During the repressive 1950's, Dr. Evelyn Hooker undertook ground breaking research that led to a radical discovery: homosexuals were not, by definition, "sick." Dr. Hooker's finding sent shock waves through the psychiatric community and culminated in a major victory for gay rights - in 1974 the weight of her studies, along with gay activism, forced the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its official manual of mental disorders. Startling archival footage of the medical procedure used to "cure" homosexuality, images from the underground gay world of the McCarthy era and home movies of literary icon Christopher Isherwood bring to life history which we must never forget. Narrated by Patrick Stewart.

Directed by Richard Schmiechen

Rock Hudson's Home Movies(1992)

1h 3min | Documentary
1.8/5 (with 6 votes)

In this revisionist documentary, actor Eric Farr re-creates the character of Rock Hudson in order to take a look back at his films. It compares the actor's screen (and public) image with his real life and shows certain scenes, lines and situations in his films to insinuate that Hudson may have been gay.

Directed by Mark Rappaport


1h 14min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Combining rare and often hilarious archival footage with engaging interviews, this groovy documentary chronicles the evolution of the titular postwar rock ’n' roll dance craze that took America by storm. Featuring singers and musicians who helped define the phenomenon like Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker, and Joey Dee, as well as clips from TV shows like “American Bandstand,” TWIST tells the overlooked story of how shaking your hips went from being a sign of social degeneracy to the dance form that rocked the world.

Directed by Ron Mann

In the Land of the Deaf(1992)

1h 39min | Documentary
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

The films and methods of Nicolas Philibert, maker of Etre et avoir, have shown him to be one of contemporary cinema’s most acclaimed documentarists. In The Land of the Deaf is an elegantly spare and thoughtful portrait of the rich, diverse, but often isolated culture of the deaf community. The film has tremendous power and value: it educates and transports us to another way of occupying this world, and it does so in a pleasurable, unrushed and intelligent fashion.

Directed by Nicolas Philibert
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