The Documentarian

Aggregating the best documentary films and free video content.

Stars and Water Carriers by Jørgen Leth.

Arguably the best film about competitive cycle racing ever made, Leth takes an in-depth look at the unique structure, mores, code and conduct of the peloton.

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Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers, by Les Blank, 1980 (full)


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Gap-Toothed Women, by Les Blank

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Stopforbud, by Jørgen Leth, 1963

Leth’s first film follows jazz pianist Bud Powell as he roams around Copenhagen.


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The Confessions of Robert Crumb, by Robert Crumb (1987)

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Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers – by Les Blank

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Cocksucker Blues by Robert Frank

Cocksucker Blues follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 Exile on Main Street tour. Shelved by execs, on ground of obscenity, it remains unreleased (except, apparently, in Russia where this was found).

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General Idi Amin Dada: an Auto-Portrait by Barbet Schroeder

A bizzarre and terrifying portrait of the dictator. Schroeder had intimate and unprecedented access to the man who came to be titled ‘His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular’.

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Hunter S. Thompson Vs The Hell’s Angels

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Greece: The Seven Black Years

This Adam Curtis blog-post  looks at the Greek propensity for civil disobedience and their recent calls for direct democracy. Curtis finds the nascence of today’s social unrest in the collapse of the Greek Military Junta in 1974. He posts a BBC documentary called Greece: The Seven Black Years in its entirety. The film looks at the last days of the regime, the terrible consequences of military rule, and the direct-action implemented by the students of  Athens Technical University. 

Though direct-democracy is lethal when it comes to solving complex, aggressive, and circular economic problems, understanding the junta is crucial to understanding why Greece and the Greeks are so protective of their right to vote.

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