Top Biographical Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Super Size Me on DVD Super Size Me
Synopsis
Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's fare.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Spurlock, Bridget Bennett, Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Alexandra Jamieson, Dr. Stephen Siegel
Director
Director
Morgan Spurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent Born into Brothels on DVD Born into Brothels
Synopsis
Documentarians Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman offer a humorous and heartfelt portrayal of the resilience of children and the magic of art to transform the lives of young people living in the brothels of Sonagchi, Calcutta.
Cast
Cast
Zana Briski
Director
Director
Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Photography
Rent God Grew Tired of Us on DVD God Grew Tired of Us
Synopsis
After raising themselves in the desert along with thousands of other "lost boys," Sudanese refugees John, Daniel and Panther have found their way to America, where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time.
Cast
Cast
Panther Bior, John Bul Dou, Daniel Abol Pach, Nicole Kidman
Director
Director
Christopher Dillon Quinn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Grizzly Man on DVD Grizzly Man
Synopsis
Renowned nonfiction director Werner Herzog chronicles the tragic and untimely death of outdoorsman Timothy Treadwell, who devoted his life to studying grizzly bears living in the Alaskan wilderness -- only to be brutally mauled by one.
Cast
Cast
Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Franc G. Fallico, Warren Queeney, Willy Fulton, Sam Egli, Marnie Gaede, Marc Gaede, Larry Van Daele
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries
Rent The Fog of War on DVD The Fog of War
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning documentary traces former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's career from government to the World Bank; but his work during the Vietnam War -- examined through archival footage and interviews -- is the real highlight.
Cast
Cast
Robert McNamara
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Murderball on DVD Murderball
Synopsis
Rugby-playing quadriplegics compete for the Paralympic gold medal in this documentary about an amazing sport -- and the strong-willed athletes who participate in full-contact rugby using specially designed wheelchairs.
Cast
Cast
Mark Zupan, Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Joe Soares, Bob Lujano
Director
Director
Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Catfish on DVD Catfish
Synopsis
When gifted 8-year-old artist Abby contacts young photographer Nev through Facebook, he's intrigued. He gradually becomes involved with her family, even falling for her older sister -- until he realizes something's not quite right.
Cast
Cast
Yaniv Schulman, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Melody C. Roscher, Angela Wesselman-Pierce
Director
Director
Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Buck on DVD Buck
Synopsis
Master horseman Buck Brannaman, inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, reveals details of his troubled childhood and how our communication with our animal companions can teach us lessons about how we relate to fellow human beings.
Cast
Cast
Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford
Director
Director
Cindy Meehl
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Grey Gardens on DVD Grey Gardens
Synopsis
Documentary pioneers the Maysles brothers (Gimme Shelter) capture poignant moments in the lives of Jackie O's quirky relatives -- Edith Bouvier Beale, aka Big Edie, and her middle-aged daughter, Little Edie -- at their decaying estate, Grey Gardens. The ladies shut out their bleak present by recalling richer times and lost loves, and while Little Edie confides that she'd like to leave, the camera captures an enduring co-dependency.
Cast
Cast
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale
Director
Director
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Searching for Sugar Man on DVD Searching for Sugar Man
Synopsis
Decades after Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez disappeared following the commercial failure of his two critically praised records in the 1970s, two fans from South Africa, where Rodriguez was a huge hit, try to track down their idol.
Cast
Cast
Sixto Rodriguez, Steve Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan Dimaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydrom, Ilse Assmann
Director
Director
Malik Bendjelloul
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop, United Kingdom
Rent Into the Arms of Strangers on DVD Into the Arms of Strangers
Synopsis
Filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris's Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of an underground railroad -- the Kindertransport -- that saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children at the dawn of World War II. Through interviews and archival footage, the survivors movingly recount being taken from their families and sent to live with strangers in the relative safety of England. Judi Dench narrates.
Cast
Cast
Judi Dench
Director
Director
Mark Jonathan Harris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent The U.S. vs. John Lennon on DVD The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Synopsis
David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's provocative documentary -- produced in collaboration with Yoko Ono -- examines John Lennon's growing involvement in antiwar efforts from 1966 to 1976 and the U.S. government's attempts to silence him.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Tyson on DVD Tyson
Synopsis
Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has spent a lifetime generating controversy inside and outside the boxing ring, and in this insightful and emotional documentary, he discusses his background, reveals his motivations and analyzes his many mistakes.
Cast
Cast
Mike Tyson
Director
Director
James Toback
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Boxing
Rent Capturing the Friedmans on DVD Capturing the Friedmans
Synopsis
A family in crisis is "captured" through home video in this searing documentary about the Friedmans, an upper-middle-class family who found their world turned upside down when father and son were charged with child molestation in 1987. The media inundated the airwaves with coverage of the alleged crime, but some of the best footage -- seen here publicly for the first time -- was shot by the Friedman family members themselves.
Cast
Cast
Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman
Director
Director
Andrew Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent The Last Days on DVD The Last Days
Synopsis
Directed by James Moll and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, this powerful, Oscar-winning documentary recounts the harrowing stories of five Hungarian Jews who endured the horrors of the holocaust and the reign of Adolf Hitler. In addition to the testimonials of the Hungarian subjects, the heart-wrenching film also includes accounts from U.S. soldiers who participated in the liberation of the Nazi death camps in 1945.
Cast
Cast
Renee Firestone, Bill Basch, Randolph Braham, Alice Lok Cahana, Tom Lantos, Warren Dunn, Dario Gabbai, Katsugo Miho
Director
Director
James Moll
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Dark Days on DVD Dark Days
Synopsis
Documentarian Marc Singer trains his camera on a group of homeless people who live in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel. At night, they retreat underground, where they have a sense of community that many surface dwellers would envy.
Cast
Cast
Marc Singer
Director
Director
Marc Singer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on DVD Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Synopsis
In this high-energy musical documentary, teen singing sensation Justin Bieber provides personal snapshots from throughout his career, starting with his first set of drums and culminating with scenes from his triumphant 2010 concert tour.
Cast
Cast
Justin Bieber, Boys II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Usher, Pattie Mallette
Director
Director
Jon M. Chu
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Pop, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent No Direction Home: Bob Dylan on DVD No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Synopsis
This exhaustive film biography is a moving tribute to rock legend Bob Dylan by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, featuring never-before-seen footage, rare concert performances and intimate interviews with members of the musician's inner circle.
Cast
Cast
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Peter Yarrow, Bob Johnston, D.A. Pennebaker, Al Kooper
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, American Folk & Bluegrass, Rock & Pop, PBS Documentaries
Rent The King of Kong on DVD The King of Kong
Synopsis
When Steve Wiebe got laid off, he turned to the classic arcade game Donkey Kong for solace; soon, he challenged Billy Mitchell's long-standing record score. So began the bitter rivalry that lies at the heart of this curiously compelling documentary.
Cast
Cast
Billy Mitchell, Steve Wiebe, Walter Day, Todd Rogers, Steve Sanders, Brian Kuh, Roy Shildt, Doris Self, Nicole Wiebe, Mark Alpiger
Director
Director
Seth Gordon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Triumph of the Underdogs
Rent Dogtown and Z-Boys on DVD Dogtown and Z-Boys
Synopsis
Legendary skateboarder Stacy Peralta directed this fast-paced, award-winning documentary that focuses on the Z-Boys of Venice Beach, Calif., who revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s when they infused surfing techniques into the sport. Credited with founding skating culture as we know it, these young, innovative guys became legends in the field, and the depth of their influence is still felt in a variety of sports -- and society -- today.
Cast
Cast
Jay Adams, Bob Biniak, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Sean Penn
Director
Director
Stacy Peralta
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Skateboarding, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
Rent 2016: Obama's America on DVD 2016: Obama's America
Synopsis
Conservative best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza questions where America will be in 2016 if President Barack Obama were to serve a second term, and hypothesizes about how Obama's past will influence his politics over the next four years.
Cast
Cast
Dinesh D'Souza
Director
Director
Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on DVD Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral
Synopsis
Matt Damon narrates this documentary chronicling Howard Zinn's commitment to social change through archival materials, commentary from Zinn and interviews with contemporaries Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker, among others.
Cast
Cast
Howard Zinn, Matt Damon, Daniel Berrigan, Alice Walker, Tom Hayden, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Marian Wright Edelman
Director
Director
Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Gonzo on DVD Gonzo
Synopsis
Always ready to hurl himself into the heart of the action, journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson was fearless as well as reckless. This admiring documentary looks beyond his wild antics to focus on the pluck and principles that made him a success. Home movies, audiotapes and unpublished materials offer added insight into a complex cult figure renowned for his love of sex, drugs and alcohol. Johnny Depp narrates.
Cast
Cast
Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Sonny Barger, Tom Wolfe, Sondi Wright, Jimmy Carter, Pat Buchanan, George McGovern, Ralph Steadman, Douglas Brinkley, Jann Wenner
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent 20 Feet from Stardom on DVD 20 Feet from Stardom
Synopsis
Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of backup vocalists, weaving together interviews with legendary singers with the voices that support them.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega
Director
Director
Morgan Neville
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Pop, Rock & Pop
Rent The Devil and Daniel Johnston on DVD The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Synopsis
In his second film, former commercial director Jeff Feuerzeig tackles the documentary format, introducing the world to Daniel Johnston -- a reclusive musical genius now in the throes of manic depression. Blending up-to-date footage with home movies, archival material and rare audio, Feuerzeig creates a dizzying -- and heartbreaking -- portrait of a man whose inner demons are taking over, one delusion at a time.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Johnston
Director
Director
Jeff Feuerzeig
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries
Rent Lost Boys of Sudan on DVD Lost Boys of Sudan
Synopsis
As orphans living in the midst of civil war, Peter and Santino dealt with dangers like lion attacks and gunfire from militia. But even more daunting are the challenges they face in suburbia after they're chosen to start a new life in America. Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk direct this award-winning documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees throughout their intense journey from their native Africa to the United States.
Cast
Cast
Santino Majok Chuor, Peter Kon Dut
Director
Director
Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent When We Were Kings on DVD When We Were Kings
Synopsis
In director Leon Gast's Oscar-winning documentary, reigning world champion George Foreman and former champ Muhammad Ali, who was supposedly past his prime, meet in Zaire for the much-anticipated 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight title bout.
Cast
Cast
Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown, B.B. King, Mobutu Sese Seko, Spike Lee, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Thomas Hauser
Director
Director
Leon Gast
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Boxing
Rent Benjamin Franklin on DVD Benjamin Franklin
Synopsis
This compelling PBS miniseries follows Benjamin Franklin's impressive career -- from scientist and revolutionary to founding father and American diplomat -- drawing on Franklin's own writings and those of his contemporaries. The narrative is set against the breathtaking events in which Franklin played a central role: the age of scientific discovery, the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention.
Cast
Cast
Colm Feore, Richard Easton, Dylan Baker, Blair Brown, Anthony Cochrane, Peter Donaldson, Roberta Maxwell, Natacha Roi
Director
Director
Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Miniseries
Rent 49 Up on DVD 49 Up
Synopsis
In 1964, a filmmaker interviewed a diverse group of 7-year-olds and vowed to track their lives every seven years. Now, those "kids" are 49 years old. This documentary series reveals how Apted's subjects collectively serve as a microcosm of society.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
Director
Director
Michael Apted
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Amy on DVD Amy
Synopsis
Though singer Amy Winehouse released only two albums during her brief and stormy career, she left an indelible mark on pop music. This affecting documentary recounts her meteoric rise to fame and the addictions that ended her life at age 27.
Cast
Cast
Amy Winehouse
Director
Director
Asif Kapadia
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Biographies
Rent I Have Never Forgotten You on DVD I Have Never Forgotten You
Synopsis
Richard Trank's documentary relays the remarkable story of architect turned Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. After losing nearly 90 family members in the Holocaust and surviving a death camp, Wiesenthal helped track down more than 1,000 war criminals.
Cast
Cast
Simon Wiesenthal, Ben Kingsley, Nicole Kidman
Director
Director
Richard Trank
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Judaica
Rent Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man on DVD Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man
Synopsis
Thought-provoking and revealing, this biographical documentary profiles the personal and professional life of Ralph Nader, one of America's most controversial consumer advocates and political activists. Interviews and archival footage help illuminate the career of an influential public figure whose willingness to take on big industry earned him a reputation as both a working-class hero and a public pariah.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Nader
Director
Director
Henriette Mantel, Steve Skrovan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent American Movie on DVD American Movie
Synopsis
In this documentary that won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, director Chris Smith chronicles aspiring filmmaker Mark Borchardt's battle to finish his horror flick Coven despite a lack of just about everything, including money and common sense.
Cast
Cast
Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels
Director
Director
Chris Smith
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent More Than a Game on DVD More Than a Game
Synopsis
Four African American hoopsters -- including LeBron James, who became an NBA megastar but faced a media maelstrom in his pressure-cooker senior year -- test their unique bond when they prep for playoffs at their elite, largely Caucasian high school.
Cast
Cast
LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
Director
Director
Kristopher Belman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven on DVD Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven
Synopsis
When Seven Up was broadcast in 1964, it broke new ground and became the first segment of a laborious and momentous labor of love: an engrossing chronicle of the lives of 14 students from varied social backgrounds, beginning when they were 7 years old. The first meeting with the group of wide-eyed, innocent children invites viewers to take a look at lives in the making; the follow-up film, 7 Plus Seven, checks in on them 7 years later.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
Director
Director
Michael Apted, Paul Almond
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Jiro Dreams of Sushi on DVD Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Synopsis
This delectable documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies. Ono is also a father, whose sons struggle to live up to his legacy and make their own marks.
Cast
Cast
Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
Director
Director
David Gelb
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Foreign Documentaries, Japanese Language
Rent Sex: The Annabel Chong Story on DVD Sex: The Annabel Chong Story
Synopsis
On January 19, 1995, a 22-year-old undergraduate in gender studies named Annabel Chong embarked on a marathon crusade to secure fame, notoriety and a permanent place in the hallowed halls of fornication. Her feat: having sex with 251 men over the course of one 10-hour day, doubling the record set by a sex worker in Amsterdam. Discover exactly what went into her decision in this fascinating, disturbing and intensely provocative documentary.
Cast
Cast
Annabel Chong, Al Goldstein, Ron Jeremy, Seymore Butts, John Bowen
Director
Director
Gough Lewis
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Thinking XXX on DVD Thinking XXX
Synopsis
Adult-film stars bare their souls about their careers and their celebrity in this behind-the-scenes look at the making of photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's book <i>XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits</i>. Along with footage of Greenfield-Sanders as he shoots the portraits for his revealing tome, the film also captures candid conversations about the porn industry with authors, artists and cultural experts.
Cast
Cast
Sunrise Adams, Briana Banks, Belladonna, Seymore Butts, Christy Canyon, Chloe, Nina Hartley, Chad Hunt, Heather Hunter, Jesse Jane
Director
Director
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, HBO Documentaries, HBO
Rent Trouble the Water on DVD Trouble the Water
Synopsis
Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal recount a surprising tale of heroism amid tragedy in New Orleans, where a wannabe rapper and her husband brave the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina to rescue their neighbors. Featuring live video diary footage from the couple, the Oscar-nominated documentary is both a poignant portrait of a family's will to survive and a startling portrayal of Katrina's devastating power.
Cast
Cast
Brian Nobles, Wink Rivers, Kimberly Rivers Roberts, Scott Roberts, Larry Sims
Director
Director
Carl Deal, Tia Lessin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Imposter on DVD The Imposter
Synopsis
A 13-year-old boy who vanished in Texas and shows up three years later in Spain now has the same tattoos, but looks different and speaks with an accent. An investigator sets out to unravel the mystery in this riveting documentary.
Cast
Cast
Frederic Bourdin, Adam O' Brian, Carey Gibson, Anna Ruben, Beverly Dollarhide, Cathy Dresbach, Charlie Parker, Alan Teichman, Nancy Fisher, Ivan Villanueva
Director
Director
Bart Layton
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent American Teen on DVD American Teen
Synopsis
In this slice-of-life documentary, filmmaker Nanette Burstein follows five high school seniors in Warsaw, Ind., and captures their struggles in and out of the classrooms, including their friendships and romantic relationships. Chock full of the drama and emotion that accompany the adolescent experience, the film offers a compelling glimpse into the problems and issues that teenagers confront on a daily basis.
Cast
Cast
Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Geoff Haase, Megan Krizmanich, Mitch Reinholt, Jake Tusing, Ali Wikalinska
Director
Director
Nanette Burstein
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent The Times of Harvey Milk on DVD The Times of Harvey Milk
Synopsis
Harvey Fierstein narrates this documentary by Rob Epstein about San Francisco's most colorful -- and tragic -- political figure: Harvey Milk, a staunch fighter for gay rights who helped forge a presence for the city's gay community in city hall. Milk became the first openly gay member of San Francisco's combative city council. But his life, along with Mayor George Moscone's, was cut short by infamous fellow politico Dan White.
Cast
Cast
Harvey Fierstein
Director
Director
Rob Epstein
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, LGBT, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Crazy Love on DVD Crazy Love
Synopsis
This documentary chronicles the disturbing true story of an obsessive relationship gone awry in 1950s New York, between a married lawyer and his twenty-something mistress. The fallout from their eventual break-up made headlines across the country.
Cast
Cast
Linda Pugach, Burt Pugach, Jimmy Breslin
Director
Director
Dan Klores
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Napoleon on DVD Napoleon
Synopsis
This gripping PBS-produced offering charts the course of this larger-than-life emperor, from his birth on the island of Corsica to his eventual exile on another island, St. Helena. In between, of course, are his military exploits and achievements. Also examined are his undying love for his muse, Josephine, his marriage to an Austrian royal much younger than him and his impressive failure to conquer Russia in an ill-conceived invasion.
Cast
Cast
David McCullough, Napoleon
Director
Director
David Grubin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Sketches of Frank Gehry on DVD Sketches of Frank Gehry
Synopsis
In this intimate documentary, Sydney Pollack explores the signature style of architect Frank Gehry, whose famous works include the Fish in Barcelona, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and various residences. Pollack starts with Gehry's original sketches and follows their evolution from a 3D model to a computer-assisted rendition, on to construction and, finally, to the polished finished product.
Cast
Cast
Michael Ovitz, Sydney Pollack, Frank O. Gehry, Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper, Bob Geldof, Michael Eisner, Barry Diller
Director
Director
Sydney Pollack
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent The Queen of Versailles on DVD The Queen of Versailles
Synopsis
Meet the Siegels, glitterati who made a fortune in the time-share business, only to see it crumble in the 2008 financial collapse. The site of their rise and almost-fall is their home (America's largest), a gaudy replica of the Palace of Versailles.
Cast
Cast
Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Virginia Nebab
Director
Director
Lauren Greenfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Devil Came on Horseback on DVD The Devil Came on Horseback
Synopsis
In this unflinching documentary chronicling the genocide in Darfur, former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle is forever transformed by the atrocities he witnesses as a military observer for the African Union.
Cast
Cast
Brian Steidle, Nicholas Kristof
Director
Director
Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work on DVD Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Synopsis
This all-access documentary chronicles a year in the life of Joan Rivers, following the legendary comedian from her posh Manhattan apartment to business meetings and media appearances while revisiting the dramatic highs and lows of her past.
Cast
Cast
Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Larry A. Thompson, Don Rickles, Bari Pearlman, Patrick Alparone, Edgar Cooper Endicott
Director
Director
Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Kid Stays in the Picture on DVD The Kid Stays in the Picture
Synopsis
Based on the 1994 autobiography of film producer Robert Evans, this documentary follows Evans's career as he went from fresh-faced clothing executive to Hollywood actor to Paramount executive to legendary producer (Marathon Man, Chinatown). We also follow Evans through a cocaine controversy, into disreputation and low times, and finally to his comeback producing several 1990s films. Evans himself provides the narration.
Cast
Cast
Robert Evans
Director
Director
Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent My Architect: A Son's Journey on DVD My Architect: A Son's Journey
Synopsis
Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn examines the life and career of his father, architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974), whose work included the Salk Institute and the Parliament and Capitol Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Among other surprising facts, the Oscar-nominated film reveals that the elder Kahn died of a heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom, unidentified and broke despite having been one of the century's most influential visionaries.
Cast
Cast
Louis I. Kahn, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Frank O. Gehry
Director
Director
Nathaniel Kahn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent The Real Dirt on Farmer John on DVD The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Synopsis
Filmmaker Taggart Siegel paints a fascinating portrait of a man who refused to yield. By transforming his farm into an experimental haven in the late 1960s, John Peterson attracted hundreds of artists, hippies and other political radicals. But when the agriculture crisis of the late 1980s led to the farm's eventual collapse -- and his neighbors publicly branded him a devil worshipper -- most locals thought he'd call it quits. They were wrong.
Cast
Cast
John Peterson
Director
Director
Taggart Siegel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten on DVD Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Synopsis
Joe Strummer, the late lead singer of the legendary punk-rock band the Clash, narrates this music-lover's documentary of his own life courtesy of collected interviews and tapes from his BBC radio show. The film features rare footage of the rock hero, from his childhood to his later days playing with the Mescaleros, and includes interviews with Strummer fans such as Bono, Johnny Depp, John Cusack and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Cast
Cast
Joe Strummer, Bono, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Peter Cushing, Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, Red Hot Chili Peppers
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A host of popular artists -- including Beth Orton, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainright and the U2 boys -- come together for a memorable evening of music at the Sydney Opera House, paying tribute to legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen. Producing a piece that's part concert film and part documentary, filmmaker Lian Lunson combines footage from the show with archival material and intimate interviews, resulting in a fascinating portrait of a gifted tunesmith.
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Cast
Leonard Cohen, Bono, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, U2
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Lian Lunson
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Based on a book by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater, this documentary examines how Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's closest advisor, has shaped the policies of our nation, charting the role Rove has played in Bush's rise to the top. Feared and admired by Republicans and Democrats alike, Rove's remarkable political influence raises a disturbing question for Americans: Who really runs the country?
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Jacques Vroom
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Director
Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob
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Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine and the work of talented animators, this documentary tells the story of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day with few -- if any -- friends, but by night a literary artist with a unique vision. Darger's resulting 15,000-page epic is a wonderland of imagination as it details the exploits of seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against men who enslave children.
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Blind San Francisco blues singer Paul Pena became fascinated with Tuvan throat singing after hearing it on a Russian radio broadcast, and this Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles his journey to mastering the Central Asian performance art. When he met the Tuvan masters on a U.S. tour, the musicians were so impressed with Pena that they invited him to Tuva's annual singing contest, where he became the first Westerner to compete.
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Featuring dozens of interviews, electrifying concert performances and rare footage, this documentary explores the music, life and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley, from his birth in 1945 to his death from cancer at age 36.
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Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Bunny Wailer, Chris Blackwell, Cindy Breakspeare, Cedella Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee Perry, Dr. Carlton Pee-Wee Fraser, The Wailers, Neville Garrick
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When director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) attended Southern Illinois University, he became Stevie Fielding's Advocate Big Brother. Stevie was a demanding, hyperactive child living a heartbreaking life. When James relocated to Chicago to begin a film career in 1985, he ended his formal duties to Stevie. Ten years later, James again visits Stevie (now in his mid-twenties) and finds out what happened to him in the interim. Not a pretty story.
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Steve James
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This documentary follows an adopted American woman -- one of thousands of Vietnamese children who were separated from their families and flown to America in 1975 -- who gets more than she bargained for when she's reunited with her birth mother. The film emphasizes how much culture, rather than innate physical characteristics, can shape an individual. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
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Cast
Heidi Bub, Mai Thi Kim
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A gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings, which was worth billions and became the subject of a power struggle after the 1951 death of the owner. Dr. Albert Barnes collected 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and many other valuable paintings. But the political wrangling over the collection eventually led to its division.
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Albert Barnes
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Don Argott
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This sometimes-gruesome -- but engrossing -- documentary, a 1998 Sundance Film Festival entry, traces the path that club-kid-gone-bad Michael Alig followed as he went from being one of New York's most famous party promoters to a drug-addled murderer. Features include a prison interview with Alig and a short film about videographer Nelson Sullivan, who covered the scene that spawned such creative personalities as Madonna and artist Jeffrey Koons.
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Michael Alig, Gitsie, James St. James, Keoki, Eric Bernat, Michael Musto, Al D. Rodriguez, Walt Paper
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This tension-fueled documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras follows her 2013 journey to Hong Kong to meet with whistleblower Edward Snowden as he was preparing to release a wealth of classified government documents.
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Edward Snowden
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Director
Laura Poitras
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Beyond the Gates of Splendor on DVD Beyond the Gates of Splendor
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This documentary tells the extraordinary story of five American missionaries who, in 1956, were killed in Ecuador by the indigenous Waodani tribe. After the murders, family members of the slain men take up the missionaries' work with the Waodani.
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Cast
Steve Saint, Carmela, Dawa, Dayumae, Frank Drown, Kathy Saint Drown, Elisabeth Elliot Gren, Dave Howard, Kimo, Olive Fleming Liefeld, Christopher Maleki, Marilou McCully
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Jim Hanon
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RuPaul narrates this tongue-in-cheek documentary from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato that chronicles Tammy Faye Bakker's journey from traveling evangelist to weepy, scandal-scarred cult icon.
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Tammy Faye, RuPaul, Jim J. Bullock
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Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
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In 1965, just months before Bob Dylan's controversial sound-switch from folk to electric guitar, D.A. Pennebaker documented the musician's British concert tour. The result is one of the most acclaimed music films of all time. Shot with a handheld camera in black-and-white, the film follows Dylan from limo to hotel room as he relaxes with friends, antagonizes the press and deals with managers.
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Cast
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Price
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D.A. Pennebaker
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Pop star Katy Perry is captured on and offstage in this revealing diary of her California Dreams Tour, featuring her Los Angeles performances. The film shares the air of glamour and fun that radiates from this talented and unique artist.
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Katy Perry, Adam Marcello, Casey Hopper, Patrick Matera, Max Hart, Joshua Moreau, Lauren Allison Ball, Tasha Layton, Leah Adler, Lockhart Brownlie
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This lighthearted documentary looks at the life and talents of porn legend Ron Jeremy. Once a special education teacher, he entered the adult industry after a well-received appearance in Playgirl.
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Cast
Ron Jeremy, William Margold, Al Goldstein, Al Lewis, Seymore Butts, Sharon Mitchell, Larry Flynt, Chris Cannon, Tabitha Stevens, Veronica Hart, Anita Cannibal, Phoebe Dollar, Susan Yannetti, Samantha Stylles, Troy Duffy
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Filmmaker Rupert Murray tells the true story of Doug Bruce, a man who woke up on a New York subway with no clues as to who he was, other than a random phone number and a British accent. Documenting Doug's quiet terror upon discovering he has no memory of his former life -- and his detachment when meeting friends and family he's known for years -- this intriguing film explores the true nature of identity.
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Doug Bruce
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Rupert Murray
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Werner Herzog directs this fascinating, emotional documentary about the life of Dieter Dengler, a naval pilot in the Vietnam War who -- during one of his first missions -- was shot down over Laos and taken captive. Beginning with his hardscrabble youth in postwar Germany, the film explores Dengler's incredible tale of survival, from the torture he endured at the hands of the Vietcong to the daring escape he mounted with his fellow prisoners.
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Dieter Dengler
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Werner Herzog
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Renowned artist Vik Muniz embarks on one of the most inspired collaborations of his career, joining creative forces with Brazilian garbage pickers who mine treasure from the trash heaps of Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho landfill.
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Vik Muniz
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Filmmaker Jim Brown blends archival footage, interviews and home movies to paint an affectionate portrait of pioneering folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger, best known for the classic anthems "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn." Highlights include candid conversations with legendary artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, who weigh in on Seeger's far-reaching influence.
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Cast
Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Natalie Maines, Tom Paxton, Paul Stookey, Arlo Guthrie
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Jim Brown
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As author of the revered Narnia chronicles, C.S. Lewis is a literary legend. But the story of how this one-time atheist became an influential voice in modern Christianity is as fascinating as his fantasy world of lions, witches and wardrobes.
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Director
Director
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Director Terry Zwigoff spent six years compiling this portrait of the underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, an animation cult hero whose characters Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural became counterculture icons. Candid interviews with Crumb's friends, family and the artist himself render a compelling profile of a tormented man who transcended a harrowing upbringing. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Robert Crumb
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Terry Zwigoff
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Funny and provocative, this 1992 documentary explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist. Chomsky illustrates how the media tacitly manipulates public opinion to further the agendas of the powerful. A compelling examination of the suppression of news about the U.S.-supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor brings home the point.
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Mark Achbar, Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Revisiting a pivotal point in American history, this documentary chronicles Pentagon insider Daniel Ellsberg's daring endeavor to leak top-secret government papers that disclosed shocking truths about the Vietnam War and Nixon's presidency.
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Cast
John Dean, Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Richard Falk, Max Frankel, Mike Gravel, Morton Halperin, Egil "Bud" Krogh, Howard Zinn
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Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
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Angered by white residents' racist comments that he wouldn't "keep up his yard," Pearl Fryar teaches himself topiary sculpture and becomes the first African American in his Bishopville, S.C., neighborhood to win the coveted "yard of the month" award. This acclaimed documentary traces Fryar's inspiring story, as he grows into a legendary horticulturist, welcoming thousands of tourists eager to catch a glimpse of his stunning works of art.
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Cast
Pearl Fryar
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Scott Galloway, Brent Pierson
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It's Francis Ford Coppola vs. natural catastrophe, crazy actors, the Philippine government and crushing self-doubt in this unbelievable account of the making of the 1979 classic Apocalypse Now. Behind-the-scenes location footage is combined with candid 1990 interviews of cast and crew members; the result is a fascinating portrait of a director plunged into the very obsession he sought to portray on film.
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Cast
Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas
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Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
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Documentarian Michael Apted has been tracking a group of people every seven years since 1964, when the subjects were 7 years old. Now at age 42, the interviewees offer insights as to the progression of their lives, their failures and their successes.
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Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Tony Walker, Susan Sullivan
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Michael Apted
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Ten great boxers describe the incredible experience of stepping into the ring with one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali. Some went the distance, while others fell in his wake. But all say that facing Ali transformed their lives. This documentary features interviews with Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Earnie Shavers, George Chuvalo and other talented fighters who discuss Ali's impact on their careers and on the sport.
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Muhammad Ali, George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ernie Terrell
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Explore the life, work and history of celebrated writer and humorist Mark Twain with this fascinating documentary that draws from a massive amount of material, including thousands of archival photographs. Nearly 20 well-known writers and scholars discuss Twain, shedding light on his extraordinary life and enduring legacy. This exhaustive profile from master documentarian Ken Burns took almost three years to complete.
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Keith David
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Ken Burns
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Packed with interviews and rare footage culled from every phase of Bukowski's past, this intimate portrait of writer Charles Bukowski reveals a tortured man who survived years of abuse to produce some of the most influential prose of his generation.
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Charles Bukowski, Taylor Hackford, Tom Waits, Bono, Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbet Schroeder
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Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, the person truly responsible for developing AC power transmission and radio, is the focus of this scientifically accurate documentary, which is based on historical evidence gathered over several years. Through rare visual materials and autobiographical writings, the program sheds light on the often misunderstood genius who had no formal science training yet rivaled contemporaries such as Thomas Edison.
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Cast
Stacy Keach, Elisabeth Noone
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Doug Pray's documentary delves into the often inspiring, sometimes shocking life of 85-year-old Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, a renowned surfer, surf camp owner, doctor and sex guru who, together with his wife, brought up nine children. Paskowitz raised his family in a camper on the beach, home-schooling them and requiring them to follow a strict lifestyle regimen. Now, his grown children speak out about how their unique upbringing affected them.
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Juliette Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Jonathan Paskowitz, Abraham Paskowitz, Israel Paskowitz, Moses Zyus Paskowitz II, Salvador Daniel Paskowitz, Navah Paskowitz-Walther, Joshua Paskowitz, Dorian Paskowitz
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When longtime nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, she left behind thousands of photo negatives that she'd produced over the years. But the now-famous shutterbug's unique body of work lay in storage until an amateur historian uncovered the trove.
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John Maloof
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When the Three Gorges Dam makes life hard for the Yu family, daughter Yu Shui must take a job aboard a cruise ship, where she enters into a dizzying microcosm of modern China. Meanwhile, her parents face the rising waters of the Yangtze.
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Rent 21 Up on DVD 21 Up
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In the second follow-up to his film Seven Up, Michael Apted checks in with his original subjects, who are now 21 and dealing with life as adults. Finally grown out of the awkward teenage years, the participants share similar worries and dreams.
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Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
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This poignant documentary traces the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was one of the first to speak up against Adolph Hitler throughout Hitler's rise to power. Bonhoeffer organized the Confessing Church, the only structured revolt against Hitler, and turned to his roots as a devout Christian for the strength to take a political stand for Jews everywhere.
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Cast
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Martin Doblmeier, Richard Mancini, Adele Schmidt, Eberhard Bethge, John de Gruchy, Geffrey Kelly, Desmond Tutu, Ruth Alice von Bismarck
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Martin Doblmeier
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Cinéma vérité tackles football in this inspirational profile of an inner-city Memphis high school football team, whose downtrodden players combine with a dedicated volunteer coach in a valiant effort to reach the school's first-ever playoff game.
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This documentary based on a book by Christopher Hitchens paints former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a warmonger responsible for military cover-ups in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as the assassination of a Chilean leader in 1970.
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Henry Kissinger, William Safire, Alexander Haig, Seymour Hersh, Christopher Hitchens, Brian Cox
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Using a mix of interviews and sly home movies, Sarah Polley creates an intriguing profile of her family, especially her mother, Diane, who died when Polley was 11 years old. In a family of storytellers, does the truth depend on who does the telling?
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Cast
Michael Polley, Sarah Polley, Mark Polley, John Buchan, Susy Buchan, Harry Gulkin, Geoffrey Bowes, Cathy Gulkin, Rebecca Jenkins, Joanna Polley, Pixie Bigelow, Deirdre Bowen, Tom Butler
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Sarah Polley
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Rent To Be and To Have on DVD To Be and To Have
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The once-acclaimed French school system is under siege, with overcrowding making it impossible for children to receive the education they deserve. But there's one place that's trying to buck the tide. This documentary by Nicolas Philibert visits a one-room schoolhouse in rural Saint-&#201;tienne-sur-Usson, where Georges Lopez teaches his 13 students, ranging in age between 3 and 10, the old-fashioned way ... with effort, attention and encouragement.
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Georges Lopez
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Nicolas Philibert
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Living simply and using a bicycle to get around New York, 80-year-old photographer Bill Cunningham tirelessly records what people are wearing in the city -- both out on the sidewalk and in the salons of the wealthy.
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Cast
Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Tom Wolfe, Annette De la Renta, Mrs. Vincent Astor, John Kurdewan, Iris Apfel, Josef Astor, Michael Kors
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Richard Press
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Just two years away from turning 30, participants in Michael Apted's documentary series are facing serious questions of identity and purpose, wondering whether they've found their place in the world.
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Director
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Michael Apted
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Winner of both the Audience and Directing Awards at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, this inspiring documentary tracks a year in the life of Susan Tom, a single parent from suburban Fairfield, Calif., who has adopted 11 children with special needs. Directed by Jonathan Karsh, the film obliterates stereotypes about people with disabilities, sharing joyful moments and everyday challenges without shying away from the family's heartbreaking losses.
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This documentary takes an in-depth look at the influential career of iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, from her earliest artistic efforts to her storied tenure at <i>Rolling Stone</i> and <i>Vanity Fair</i> magazines and beyond. Intimately filmed by Annie's sister Barbara Leibovitz, the program features interviews with the artist as she works at home, along with telling insights from many of the celebrities she has photographed, such as Mick Jagger.
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Hillary Rodham Clinton, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bette Midler, Kirsten Dunst, Mick Jagger, Keira Knightley, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.
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Oprah Winfrey narrates this inspirational look at living with a disability in Ghana -- where the physically handicapped are outcast -- as seen through the eyes of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who was born with a deformed right leg. While most of the nation's 2 million citizens deemed "disabled" suffer discrimination, abandonment and ridicule, Emmanuel has dedicated his life to traveling the country via bicycle to open people's minds and to transform lives.
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Cast
Emmanuel Ofusu Yeboah, Oprah Winfrey, Jim MacLauren, Gordon Adoboe, Dr. Christopher Jube, Rudy Garcia Tolson, Dickson Ofosu, Bob Babbitt, Jeffrey Essakow, Paul O'Keefe
Director
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Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
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