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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising... (90 mins.)
 
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Unknown Chaplin (1983 Mini-Series)
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Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored. (156 mins.)
 
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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003 Documentary)
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Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin... (132 mins.)
 
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Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987 Mini-Series)
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A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius. (160 mins.)
 
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The Man You Loved to Hate (1979 Documentary)
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Erich von Stroheim was an director of silent movies, as well as an actor in both silents and talkies... (78 mins.)
 
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Fritz Lang, le cercle du destin - Les films allemands (2004 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
Director: Jorge Dana
 
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Conversation with Fritz Lang (1975 Documentary)
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Interview with the director of "M" & "Metropolis" (140 mins.)
 
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A propósito de Buñuel (2000 Documentary)
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Documentary about spanish director Luis Buñuel. (103 mins.)
 
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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 Documentary)
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Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics. (225 mins.)
 
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Directed by John Ford (1971 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and films of director John Ford. (99 mins.)
 
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Becoming John Ford (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary focusing on Ford's time at Fox and his relationship with Darryl F. Zanuck. (93 mins.)
Director: Nick Redman
 
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George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984 Documentary)
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Biography of director George Stevens by his son. It includes clips from many of his films with commentary... (110 mins.)
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
Episode: On Cukor (2000)
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Widely thought of as "a woman's director," legendary film director George Cukor is profiled in this... (90 mins.)
 
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A Letter to Elia (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the late Elia Kazan. (60 mins.)
 
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Lightning Over Water (1980 Documentary)
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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders... (91 mins.)
 
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Portrait d'un homme 'à 60% parfait': Billy Wilder (1982 Documentary)
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French film critic Michel Ciment interviews Billy Wilder about his life and film-making. (59 mins.)
Director: Annie Tresgot
 
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Il mio viaggio in Italia (1999 Documentary)
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World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema. (246 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
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Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (2002 Documentary)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background... (105 mins.)
 
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Luchino Visconti (1999 Documentary)
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A chronological look at the creative life of Luchino Visconti (1906-1976). It examines his theatricality... (60 mins.)
Director: Carlo Lizzani
 
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Antonioni su Antonioni (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, work, and character of Michelangelo Antonioni. (55 mins.)
Director: Carlo Di Carlo
 
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Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
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Eastwood on Eastwood (1997 Documentary)
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Autobiography of Clint Eastwood up to his movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." (68 mins.)
 
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Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Kurosawa (2000)
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A.K. (1985 Documentary)
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A documentary that shows the production of Ran and discusses the film techniques of Kurosawa himself. (75 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
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Bergman och filmen, Bergman och teatern, Bergman och Fårö (2004 Documentary)
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All three documentaries is mainly shot in the home of Ingmar Bergman. This is the first time ever that... (174 mins.)
Director: Marie Nyreröd
 
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Deux de la Vague (2010 Documentary)
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Two in the Wave is the story of a friendship. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; Francois Truffaut two years later... (91 mins.)
 
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A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time. (138 mins.)
 
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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
 
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Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
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Chambre 666 (1982 Documentary)
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During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders... (45 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts. (90 mins.)
 
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Scorsese on Scorsese (2004 Documentary)
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Director Martin Scorsese discusses his life growing up in Manhattan and his filmmaking career. (86 mins.)
 
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Spielberg on Spielberg (2007 Documentary)
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Considered to be one of the most respected film critics in the country, as evidenced by his work with Time magazine... (86 mins.)
 
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Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So... (1995 Documentary)
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Director/Writer Krzysztof Kieslowski shares his views on life, people, politics and comments a little about some of his films in a very casual conversation. (56 mins.)
 
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Regi Andrej Tarkovskij (1988 Documentary)
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Documentary on the making of "The Sacrifice." (102 mins.)
 
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Carl Th. Dreyer: Min metier (1995 Documentary)
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Carl Theodor Dreyer is a young journalist in Copenhagen when he gets involved in the early Danish film industry... (96 mins.)
 
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De weg naar Bresson (1984 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
 
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The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli (1973 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
 
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The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary filmography of Howard Hawks, including lengthy footage of Hawks himself discussing his films and many clips from his best-known pictures. (57 mins.)
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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A tribute to director William Wyler consisting of interviews and excerpts from his many classic films. (90 mins.)
 
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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of the great theatre, radio and film artist. (91 mins.)
Director: Chuck Workman
“ Excellent. ” - tlalocx
 
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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 Documentary)
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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. (99 mins.)
Director: Marina Zenovich
“ Good. ” - tlalocx
 
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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about Roman Polanski, the man and filmmaker. Roman Polanski speaks about his eventful life story and career in conversation with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years. (90 mins.)
“ Very Good. ” - tlalocx
 
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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003 Documentary)
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A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie. (119 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
“ Good ” - tlalocx
 
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Altman (2014 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Mann
“ Good ” - tlalocx
 
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Wild Man Blues (1997 Documentary)
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Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen... (105 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
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Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008 Documentary)
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A few years after his death, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) asks Jon Ronson to look through... (48 mins.)
Director: Jon Ronson