A documentary on the life and career of American filmmaker Sidney Lumet.

‘By Sidney Lumet’ – Celebrating New York’s filmmaker on Amazon Prime Video

Sidney Lumet was one of the great American filmmakers. He earned his first of four best director Oscar nominations for his feature debut, 12 Angry Men (1957), and directed such American classics as The Pawnbroker (1964), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), and Network (1976) in a career that spanned more than 50 years of […]

Martin Scorsese and Michael Henry Wilson present this documentary

‘A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies’ on Amazon Prime Video

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) is both the title and the description of this idiosyncratic production made as part of the BFI’s A Century of Cinema celebration. The assignment was to make a 52-minute program. Scorsese and his collaborator Michael Henry Wilson overshot their target length by quite a distance: […]

‘Gates of Heaven’ and ‘Vernon, Florida’ – the early documentaries of Errol Morris on Netflix

Errol Morris is one of the most celebrated—and most distinctive—documentary filmmakers of our time and his interest in unconventional portraits and offbeat subjects began with his first films. Gates of Heaven (1978, not rated) profiles two pet cemeteries—one that went out of business and another, more financially stable business where the graves were relocated—and the […]

The Rape of Europa

‘The Rape of Europa’ – Saving the treasures of Europe on Amazon Prime

“What is more important, a work of art or a human life?” The Rape of Europa (2007) does not attempt to answer the question, posed rhetorically by one of the men who was charged with securing and repatriating recovered artworks looted by the Nazis or damaged in combat. But it shows that the question has […]

Jack Rebney, aka "The Angriest Man in the World," in the documentary by Ben Steinbauer

‘Winnebago Man’ – tracking the Angriest Man in the World on FilmStruck

Winnebago Man (2009) – Jack Rebney may not be a household name, but to a small, fervent following he’s a cultural icon, known as “The Angriest Man in the World” or simply “Winnebago Man.” His unique fame is the result of the original viral video, a montage of invective-laced outtakes from a Winnebago sales video […]

Errol Morris’s landmark ‘The Thin Blue Line’ on Netflix

Documentaries have changed minds, championed causes, and even reversed policy, but The Thin Blue Line (1988) may be the first film to free a man from prison. Randall Adams was on death row in Texas for the murder of a patrolman, convicted on the testimony of another suspect and a psychiatrist who made his living […]

‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’ – Film/history on FilmStruck

Bill Morrison’s films straddle film history and avant-garde expressionism, mining the wealth of silent film history and exploring the abstract beauty of decaying nitrate film, a particularly volatile medium that breaks down over time. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) celebrates the “Dawson Film Find” of 1978, thousands of reels of film buried in the permafrost, […]

‘Jingle Bell Rocks!’ – Cult Christmas music on Amazon Prime

Christmas music aficionado Mitchell Kezin turns filmmaker to document his passion for the most unusual, eccentric, and unbelievable Christmas songs ever released for Jingle Bell Rocks! (2014). This isn’t about the beloved hits everyone knows. It’s about forgotten greats (Nat King Cole’s devastating “The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot,” the director’s favorite song), alternative […]

What to stream: ‘Marsha P. Johnson’ on Netflix, Godzilla lives on Hulu, ‘Hot’ comedy on Amazon

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017, not rated), a documentary directed by David France, investigates the unsolved murder of civil rights activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson, […]