Category: Documentary

August 21, 2019 / Documentary

Fonda emerges as one of the most riveting interviewees in this essential, but too-little-known, survey of a wide swath of actresses who candidly discuss the intractable sexism of the movie business. Speaking in French with Seyrig, a fellow actress-activist, Fonda recapitulates, with unwavering composure, incidents of patriarchal idiocy, from her earliest years in Hollywood to the making of the recently completed Julia.

August 14, 2019 / Documentary

In this documentary set in the jungles of Siam, farmer Kru lives with his family, pet goat, a gibbon ape and a water buffalo. Kru’s harvesting is disrupted by a leopard attacking the goat and, later, a tiger killing the water buffalo. Kru and the villagers band together to destroy the animals, only to be attacked by the “chang,” or elephants. After half of the village is destroyed, Kru and the men round up the elephants, then realize they can use them as labor for restoring their rice fields.

August 13, 2019 / Documentary

Henryk Greenberg, a Polish-born American who lost much of his family in the Holocaust, is the subject of Pavel Lozinski’s mind-blowing, 47-minute, 1992 documentary chronicling Greenberg’s return to the village of his childhood. Certain of the location where his father and younger brother were murdered, Greenberg returns to find most of his former neighbors predictably claiming foggy memories at first; but soon their recollections come more easily.

August 12, 2019 / Documentary
August 10, 2019 / Documentary

Mourir à Madrid brings together several papers on the Spanish Civil War and integrates capturing different points of view, intended to represent the continuity of the suffering of the Spanish during the Franco regime. The death of Federico Garcia Lorca, Guernica, the defense of Madrid, the International Brigades, are some of the items comprised in this documentary.

August 5, 2019 / Documentary

Cited by many as the most “personal” effort of Swedish filmmaker Arne Sucksdorff, The Great Adventure is also one of his few films to tie together its magnificent images with a dramatic narrative. “Adventure” means “life” to Sucksdorff, and that life is experienced by a group of Swedish farm children, two of whom are played by the director’s own sons. The kids save a wild otter from a hunter, then attempt to tame the animal. When spring comes, the children realize without remorse that the otter will be happier roaming free in the wilderness.

July 28, 2019 / Documentary

Renowned trapper Frank Buck travels to the jungles of the Malay Peninsula where, with his assistant, he hopes to trap rare and exotic animals, birds and reptiles for zoos. Buck soon captures a unique reptile and a leopard, and adopts a baby bear and baby elephant. After he traps an orangutan, however, Buck is unable to snare a tiger. He then visits a native village and witnesses numerous tribal ceremonies that include pythons and alligators. Buck returns to the jungle to try again for the tiger.

July 18, 2019 / Biography

Jean Benoit-Lévy’s silent documentary detailing chronologically Pasteur’s life, directed by Jean Epstein and based on a screenplay by Edmond Epardaud, with most of the story taken from “La Vie de Pasteur” by René Vallery Radot, adapted by Edmond Floury. Intertitles tell us of his discovery of microbes. Scenes filmed on location where he lived and reconstructed sets alternate between informational intertitles.