1972 Documentary Movies

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The Legend of Boggy Creek(1972)

| 1h 27min | Mystery, Horror, Drama
2.5/5 (with 27 votes)

A documentary-style drama based on true accounts of the Fouke Monster in Arkansas, Boggy Creek focuses on the lives of back country people and their culture while chronicling sightings of the monster.

Directed by Charles B. Pierce

Cocksucker Blues(1972)

1h 33min | Documentary, Music
2.9/5 (with 10 votes)

This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont.

Directed by Robert Frank - With Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, The Rolling Stones, ...

Chung Kuo: China(1972)

3h 27min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 9 votes)

A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the areas they were allowed to visit. The 220 minute version consists of three parts. The first part, taken around Beijing, includes a cotton factory, older sections of the city, and a clinic where a Cesarean operation is performed, using acupuncture. The middle part visits the Red Flag canal and a collective farm in Henan, as well as the old city of Suzhou. The final part shows the port and industries of Shanghai, and ends with a stage presentation by Chinese acrobats.

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania(1972)

1h 21min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 16 votes)

A 1971–72 documentary film by Jonas Mekas. It revolves around Mekas' trip back to Semeniškiai, the village of his birth.

Directed by Jonas Mekas - With Peter Kubelka

Pictures of the Old World(1972)

1h 4min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 11 votes)

A visual essay on the forgotten parts of Eastern Europe. The outskirts here are a Slovakian town in the Tatra Mountains. Though censored for 17 years, Dusan Hanáks poetic visual essay is not a political or even social film. It goes to far deeper and more fundamental levels of human experience. Inspired by the photographs of Martin Martinek, the films power lies in its unusual portraits of people whose raw visual beauty radiates from their very souls.

Directed by Dušan Hanák - With Ladislav Chudík

Elvis on Tour(1972)

| 1h 33min | Documentary, Music
3.5/5 (with 10 votes)

This documentary captures Elvis Presley on his 1972 American tour and includes rehearsals, interviews, archival television appearances and backstage moments. With Elvis at his most flamboyant, the film features well-known hits and cover songs showcasing his country, gospel and rhythm-and-blues influences.

Directed by Robert Abel

The Ra Expeditions(1972)

2h 2min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Ra [also known as The Ra Expeditions] is a 1972 documentary film directed by Lennart Ehrenborg and Thor Heyerdahl about the expeditions organised by Thor Heyerdahl in 1969 and 1970 in attempt to cross the Atlantic on papyrus boats. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


| 1h 37min | Comedy, Documentary, Music
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

A documentary about a political troupe headed by actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland which traveled to towns near military bases in the US in the early 1970s. The group put on shows called "F.T.A.", which stood for "F**k the Army", and was aimed at convincing soldiers to voice their opposition to the Vietnam War, which was raging at the time. Various singers, actors and other entertainers performed antiwar songs and skits during the show.

Directed by Francine Parker - With Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Paul Mooney


| 1h 28min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 11 votes)

Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and "the religion business", prior to the start of "televangelism".

Malcolm X(1972)

1h 31min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources.

Directed by Arnold Perl

Far from the Trees(1972)

1h 40min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 4 votes)

An unprejudiced portrait of Spanish folklore and a crude analysis in black and white of its intimate relationship with atavism and superstition, with violence and pain, with blood and death; a story of terror, a journey to the most sinister and ancestral Spain; the one that lived far from the most visited tourist destinations, from the economic miracle and unstoppable progress, relentlessly promoted by the Franco regime during the sixties.

1 P.M. (One Parallel Movie)(1971)

1h 17min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Lighter and livelier than the films Jean-Luc Godard had made in France, his U.S. collaboration with Direct Cinema documentarian D. A. Pennebaker was meant to be One A.M., as in “one American movie”; but Godard quit the project and the U.S., where to his dismay he discovered that revolution wasn’t imminent, and Pennebaker edited Godard’s material, to which he and Richard Leacock even added a bit more, releasing the result as One P.M., as in “one parallel movie.” It’s a stunning mixture of cinéma-vérité, political theater, and interviews of key sixties figures.

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Painters Painting(1973)

| 1h 56min | Documentary, History
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene 1940-1970 is a 1972 documentary directed by Emile de Antonio. It covers American art movements from abstract expressionism to pop art through conversations with artists in their studios. Artists appearing in the film include Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, Hans Hofmann, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell, and Kenneth Noland.

Directed by Emile de Antonio - With Leo Castelli, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Jasper Johns, Philip Johnson, ...

The Magic of Walt Disney World(1972)

| 29min | Documentary
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A look at the many attractions, resort hotels, and other amusements at Walt Disney World in its first year of operation.

Directed by Tom Leetch

This Tiny World(1972)

15min | Documentary
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

Oscar Winning documentary short about antique mechanical toys.

Weekend of a Champion(1972)

1h 20min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 5 votes)

An entertaining vérité look at world champion driver Sir Jackie Stewart as Roman Polanski follows his attempt to win the Monaco Grand Prix in 1971.

Directed by Roman Polanski, Frank Simon - With Jackie Stewart

A Dancer's Life(1972)

1h 14min | Documentary

The personal and professional lives of aspiring dancers at New York's American Ballet Theatre School are chronicled in this documentary.

Directed by William Richert

Winter Soldier(1972)

1h 36min | War, Documentary
4.1/5 (with 8 votes)

For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences. Nearly 30 speak, describing atrocities personally committed or witnessed, telling of inaccurate body counts, and recounting the process of destroying a village.

Directed by Winterfilm Collective

The Distant Drummer: A Movable Scene(1970)

| 22min | Documentary
1.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Robert Mitchum narrates an anti drug propaganda film.

Directed by William Templeton

Future Shock(1972)

43min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by Alex Grasshoff


20min | Documentary

K-Z is a 1972 Italian short documentary film directed by Giorgio Treves, his study of the slaughterhouse in the centre of Turin as an allegory of a German concentration camp. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by Giorgio Treves

Film Portrait(1973)

1h 20min | Documentary
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

The life of Jerome Hill corresponded with the first formative decades of cinema and a greater part of the 20th century. Through fragments of Hill’s surrealistic, handpainted and documentary films (as well as the James J. Hill family's home movies), this autobiographical work serves as an aesthetically complete documentary of Jerome Hill as an artist and offers a personal perspective of the seventh art.

Directed by Jerome Hill - With Jerome Hill

Cry of the Wild(1973)

1h 29min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

This feature-length documentary from Bill Mason imparts his affection for the big northern timber wolves and the pure-white Arctic wolves. Filmed over three years in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, the High Arctic and his home near the Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Mason sets out to dispel the myth of the bloodthirsty wolf. Going beyond the wolf's natural habitat, Mason relocated three young wolves to his own property and was able to film tribal customs, mating and birth. As a result, Cry of the Wild offers viewers access to moments in wildlife never before seen on film.

Directed by Bill Mason

Norman Rockwell's World... An American Dream(1972)

25min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

Oscar Winning short film from 1972.

With Norman Rockwell

Glastonbury Fayre(1972)

1h 27min | Music, Documentary
3.6/5 (with 2 votes)

In the Summer of 1971 the Glastonbury legend was born when the organisers decided to try and create a festival that would be a forerunner for an 'alternative and utopian society'. The festival encompassed Midsummer's Day, and in true medieval tradition, the area of Worthy Farm, Pilton was given over to music, dance, poetry, theatre, spontaneous entertainment and nudity.

Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Hundertwasser's Rainy Day(1971)

45min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Hundertwassers Regentag is a german documentary by Peter Schamoni released in 1972.

Black Rodeo(1972)

1h 27min | Documentary

Documentary about a rodeo that takes place, for the most part, in Harlem.

Directed by Jeff Kanew - With Muhammad Ali, Archie Wycoff, Clarence Gonzalez, Woody Strode, Betsy Bramwell

Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization(1972)

2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by James Ivory - With Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Barry Foster

Ape and Super-Ape(1972)

1h 44min | Documentary
2.6/5 (with 2 votes)

The film is a study of the differences and similarities between human and animal behaviour. The first part of the movie focuses on the behaviour of various animal species. The second half is about humans. In the original Dutch version writer Anton Koolhaas, who also wrote the script, provided the voice-over.

Directed by Bert Haanstra - With Leonid Brezhnev

Money Talks(1972)

| 1h 21min | Comedy
1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

From Allen Funt, the creator of TV's "Candid Camera." The hidden camera is pointed at people dealing with money in all sorts of human and, often, hilarious circumstances.

Directed by Allen Funt
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