i want to post some of my fave filmmaking documentaries, but i have like a zillion posts on this board and have put them in a bunch of other times, so not to be redundant, Thames, BBC, and American Masters are the gods of filmmaking documentaries.
of the American made documentaries, the ones financed by the associations of 'the film school directors', copolla, scorsese, de palma, speilberg, that group, are excellent. and others come along that present great affinity for their topic. but the really bad, sensationalist ones seem to be the ones that are most popular. look at the 2 worst welles documentaries, WHAT WENT WRONG, and BATTLE OVER CITIZEN KANE, are also the most popular. the best one, the BBc one never shows. the welles segment of THE RKO STORY never shows, and the list goes on.
AMERICAN MASTERS CHAPLIN is the best chaplin documentary ever, and probably the best AMERICAN MASTER documentary as well. and i'm not a big chaplin fan.
AMERICAN MASTERS KEATON
AMERICAN MASTERS SCORSESE
AMERICAN MASTERS GRIFFITH 4 stars
would love to see an AMERICAN MASTER VON STROHEIM. i have THE MAN YOU LOVE TO HATE von docu, it's good.
the THAMES 800 part documentary of the silent days in hollywood is absolutely great. i say 800 parts because that is how i saw it the first time. when the afternoon movie ended 10 minutes early, they would show 10 minutes of it. 10 years later tcm showed it and i finally got a copy.
i saw one on george romero that was real good, surprisingly good, i was surprised how well it was put together. made me look at a romero film differently. the documentary made it easier to look past his financial limitations because there are little treasures on the other side.
the reifensthal, and tarkovsky documentaries are excellent.
DIAL H FOR HITCHCOCK is 4 stars
the making of NORTH BY NORTH WEST 4 stars.
THE LONGEST DAY made by amc, excellent, though i'm not a huge fan of the film.
ENTREVISTA i like better than any felini movie except 8 1/2. they are a tie for first place.
HEART OF DARKNESS, excellent, i thought it had more story and tension than the film.
SCORSESE, A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE AMERICAN MOVIES excellent
VISIONS OF LIGHT 4 stars
SO MUCH FOR NOT BEING REDUNDANT.