Ne Plus Ultra (Documentary Short Films)

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1. Ten Minutes Older (1978)

10 min | Documentary, Short

A 10 minute long journey of emotions that befall children faces. Fear, Curiosity; a Smile. They all sit in a dark theater. What they see, we don't; we can only guess from their faces.

Director: Herz Frank

Votes: 550

2. Isle of Flowers (1989)

13 min | Documentary, Short

The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Paulo José, Ciça Reckziegel, Douglas Trainini, Júlia Barth

Votes: 5,206

3. Talking Heads (1980)

16 min | Documentary, Short

People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Votes: 2,380

4. The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,353

5. Los murmullos (1974)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Rubén Gámez, Carlos Velo | Star: Luis Gaytán

Votes: 12

6. The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)

45 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Walter Steiner, Werner Herzog

Votes: 2,090

7. Human Remains (1998)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Film clips of the 20th century's great dictators with narration in first person combine to form a fascinating portrait of power and evil.

Director: Jay Rosenblatt | Stars: Eva Braun, Francisco Franco, Adolf Hitler, V.I. Lenin

Votes: 434

8. The Eye of the Storm (1970 TV Movie)

25 min | Documentary

An examination of elementary teacher Jane Elliott's educational exercise about discrimination, which she conducts an unforgettable lesson with her third-grade class in Riceville, Iowa.

Director: William Peters | Stars: Bill Beutel, Jane Elliott

Votes: 73

9. Anything Can Happen (1995)

39 min | Documentary, Short

An energetic six-year-old boy talks to elderly strangers relaxing in the park. He confronts his childish knowledge of the world with their life-long experience.

Director: Marcel Lozinski | Star: Tomasz Lozinski

Votes: 325

10. Powers of Ten (1977)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Eames, Ray Eames | Star: Philip Morrison

Votes: 1,973

11. Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen (1983)

40 min | Documentary, Short

A short film which documents the lives of women in a rural Senegal.

Director: T. Minh-ha Trinh

Votes: 317

12. La Operación (1982)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary on the mass sterilization of Puerto Rican women during the 50s and 60s.

Director: Ana Maria Garcia

Votes: 32

13. John Muir's High Sierra (1974)

27 min | Documentary, Short

This is an Academy Award nominated documentary of John Muir and the High Sierra's. Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.

Votes: 11

14. The Way Things Go (1987)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Fischli, David Weiss

Votes: 839

15. Junkopia (1981)

6 min | Documentary, Short

A short film that shows Boundless, Surreal objects that are juxtaposed with our present World. Cars, Motorways, noise of our modern society; A giant city in the distance - all that shrouds ... See full summary »

Directors: John Chapman, Chris Marker, Frank Simeone | Star: Arielle Dombasle

Votes: 539

16. A Walk Through Prospero's Library (1991 TV Short)

23 min | Documentary, Short

A short made for TV with director Peter Greenaway discussing the dazzling 3.5 minute opening sequence from his film, 'Prospero's Books (1991)'. As Prospero (John Gielgud) walks through his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Star: John Gielgud

Votes: 59

17. The Stone Carvers (1984)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A look at some of the last stone carvers working in the United States, those completing the sculptures adorning the Washington National Cathedral. They discuss their craft and the cultural ... See full summary »

Directors: Marjorie Hunt, Paul Wagner | Stars: Vincent Palumbo, Roger Morigi

Votes: 25

18. Interviews with My Lai Veterans (1971)

22 min | Documentary, Short, War

Interviews with five former American soldiers who were present at the March 16, 1968 attack on the village of My Lai during the Vietnam War; they discuss the orders that were issued leading... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Strick | Star: Richard Hammer

Votes: 189

20. A Recollection... Hanging Rock 1900 (1975 TV Short)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Behind the scenes documentary on the making of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

Stars: Patricia Lovell, Dominic Guard, John Jarratt, Joan Lindsay

Votes: 7

21. Chronos (1985)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 3,028

22. Sentinels of Silence (1971)

G | 18 min | Documentary, Short

An 18-minute helicopter-based aerial visit across the archaeological ruins in Mexico.

Director: Robert Amram | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Orson Welles

Votes: 100

23. Adventures in Perception (1972)

21 min | Documentary, Short

An introduction to the work of graphic artist M.C. Escher.

Director: Han Van Gelder

Votes: 16

24. Eureka (1974)

38 min | Documentary, Short

Ernie Gehr takes a 1903 film that shows San Francisco's Market Street, as photographed from a trolley, and multiplies each frame of the original film eight times, changing its length from 5... See full summary »

Director: Ernie Gehr

Votes: 63

25. L.A. Confidential: Off the Record... (1998 Video)

19 min | Documentary, Short

An inside look at the now classic film L.A. Confidential (1997), featuring interviews with writer/director Curtis Hanson, his co-writer Brian Helgeland sharing their challenges, concepts ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Stuart Greenberg | Stars: Curtis Hanson, James Ellroy, David L. Wolper, Brian Helgeland

Votes: 83

27. Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti (1983)

29 min | Documentary, Short

This documentary is related to an art show directors Wollen and Mulvey organized for London's Whitechapel Gallery, attempting to pair the rather different work of two female creators, painter Frida Kahlo and photographer Tina Modotti.

Directors: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen | Stars: Miriam Margolyes, Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera

Votes: 22

28. Traveling Hopefully (1982)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about Roger Baldwin, the founder of the ACLU.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Star: Roger Baldwin

Votes: 24

29. Flamenco at 5:15 (1983)

29 min | Documentary, Short

For a few weeks each year, in the depths of winter, senior students at the National Ballet School of Canada are treated to a style of dance that is unlike any other - flamenco.

Director: Cynthia Scott | Stars: Susana Robledo, Antonio Robledo, Rita Bozi, Catherine Hader

Votes: 135

30. Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square (1998)

29 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

An autobiography about the director's life, career and ultimate disillusionment with The People's Republic of China.

Director: Shui-Bo Wang | Star: Shui-Bo Wang

Votes: 112

31. A Story of Healing (1997)

28 min | Documentary, Short

In January, 1997, a team of five nurses, four anesthesiologists, and three plastic surgeons arrive in Vietnam from the United States for two weeks' of volunteer work. They operate on 110 ... See full summary »

Director: Donna Dewey | Stars: Barron Christian, Donna Dewey

Votes: 59

32. Somebody Waiting (1972)

24 min | Documentary, Short

At Corcoran Cottage at Sonoma State Hospital in California, staff try to improve the lives of intellectually disabled children.

Directors: Hal Riney, Dick Snider | Stars: James Daly, Marie Fitzgerald, Joan Mohr

Votes: 5

33. The Ossuary (1970)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death).

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 691

34. Solo (1972)

G | 26 min | Short

This short story follows a young mountain climber, as he ascends in the beauty of nature. Many challenges face this climber. Is the climb worth his life?

Director: Mike Hoover | Star: Mike Hoover

Votes: 41

35. Christo's Valley Curtain (1974)

Not Rated | 28 min | Documentary, Short

Christo, an artist, wants to put a piece of orange fabric across a valley. This Oscar-nominated film documents his success showing how a large piece of fabric can look small when accomplished.

Directors: Ellen Giffard, Albert Maysles, David Maysles | Stars: Christo, Jeanne-Claude

Votes: 105

36. Princeton: A Search for Answers (1974)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A film portrait of teaching and learning at Princeton University. From black holes in space to the B Minor Mass. A film about teachers and students who care to ask the question "Why?"

Directors: Julian Krainin, DeWitt Sage | Stars: William G. Bowen, Edward Cone, Aaron Lemonick, Daniel Seltzer

Votes: 28

37. The Bolero (1973)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Music, Documentary

The first part of this Academy Award-winning short consists of a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as it prepares to perform Ravel's "Bolero." Individual ... See full summary »

Directors: William Fertik, Allan Miller | Star: Zubin Mehta

Votes: 67

38. If You Love This Planet (1982)

26 min | Documentary, Short

An Australian pediatrician gives a speech on the consequences of a nuclear war.

Director: Terre Nash | Stars: Helen Caldicott, Vannevar Bush, Winston Churchill, Leslie Groves

Votes: 116

39. Four Stones for Kanemitsu (1973)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Film showing the intricate process, teamwork and smelly chemicals involved in lithography.

Director: Terry Sanders

Votes: 12

40. Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1998)

41 min | Documentary, Short

A look at the Alaskan wilderness throughout the year, from the harsh winters to the rejuvenating spring, and the animals (including its human residents) who learn to adapt to the extremes ... See full summary »

Director: George Casey | Star: Charlton Heston

Votes: 478 | Gross: $100.00M



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