“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”-- Mark Twain
Originally called "actuality" films, the term documentary was not coined until 1926. Early travel documentaries, or travelogues, documented the lives of non-Western people and were mostly associated with anthropologic studies. In the 1960s, the Cinéma vérité or "truthful cinema" style of documentary filmmaking laid the foundation for the modern documentary: include following a person during a crisis with a moving, often handheld, camera to capture more personal reactions. Today documentary filmmakers are increasingly utilizing social impact campaigns with their films. Social impact campaigns seek to leverage media projects by converting public awareness of social issues and causes into engagement and action, largely by offering the audience a way to get involved.
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The Edge of Democracy
2018-Free Solo, DVD 20852
2009-The Cove, DVD 7042
1987-The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend
of the Algonquin Round Table
1986-(tie) Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got
1979-Best Boy, DVD 11159
1977-Who Are The DeBolts? And Where Did
They Get Nineteen Kids?
1975-The Man Who Skied Down Everest
1973-The Great American Cowboy
1971-The Hellstrom Chronicle
1969-Arthur Rubinstein-The Love of Life=
L'Amour de la vie – Artur Rubinstein
1968-Journey into Self
1965-The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
1964-World Without Sun= Le Monde sans soleil
1962-Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
1960-The Horse with the Flying Tail
1959-Serengeti Shall Not Die
1956-The Silent World= Le Monde du silence
1955-Helen Keller in Her Story
1954-The Vanishing Prairie
1953-The Living Desert
1952-The Sea Around Us
1950-The Titan: Story of Michelangelo
1949-Daybreak in Udi
1948-The Secret Land
1947-Design for Death
1946-no award given
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Academy Award Nominated
Academy Award Winner
Compiled by editors from the Current TV television network, this list features 50 of the most influential and/or important documentary films from the past 25 years.