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FILM DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

by Count Fosco
I love both film and documentaries so this little viewing marathon of documentaries about filmmaking should prove interesting for me. As I come across and (re)watch a series of film documentaries I’ll list them here in order of preference. NOTE: I have started this ‘Film Documentary Marathon’ from docs watched from 2011 and thereafter. Docs watched that are not on MUBI: GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM (2006) – Documentary on this history of the slasher film based on the book of the same name I believe. Not perfect but very interesting from the point of view of how many slasher films they mention and extensive use of… Read more

I love both film and documentaries so this little viewing marathon of documentaries about filmmaking should prove interesting for me. As I come across and (re)watch a series of film documentaries I’ll list them here in order of preference.

NOTE: I have started this ‘Film Documentary Marathon’ from docs watched from 2011 and thereafter.

Docs watched that are not on MUBI:

GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM (2006) – Documentary on this history of the slasher film based on the book of the same name I believe. Not perfect but very interesting from the point of view of how many slasher films they mention and extensive use of film clips from all number of great and gash 80s slashers.

MARIO BAVA: MAESTRO OF THE MACABRE – 2000 documentary about the career of the Mario Bava, the grandfather of Italian horror.

DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT & THE GIALLO GENRE (DVD) – This documentary was included as a featurette on the DVD release of THE KILLER MUST KILL AGAIN. Adrian Smith, author of the book ‘Blood and Black Lace The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies’ is interviewed to camera and offers introduction and comment on many giallo films.

UNIVERSAL HORROR (1998) – Excellent documentary on the classic horror films of Universal Studios, narrated by Kenneth Branagh.

FLESH AND BLOOD: THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR (TV) – 1994 television documentary about the rise and fall of the British film studio Hammer, much celebrated for its timeless horror films.

THE MAN WHO SAW FRANKENSTEIN CRY (2010) – Spainish documentary about Paul Naschy directed by Angel Agudo. Interesting if overly sentimental look at the life and career of this overlooked genre actor.

GHIBLI: THE MIYAZAKI TEMPLE (TV) – Original Title: Ghibli et le mystere Miyazaki. France: Yves Montmayeur, 2005. Documentary about the work and achievements of Japanese animation filmmakers Studio Ghibli.

SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN: A HISTORY OF THE SLASHER FILM (2000) [TV] – Mark Kermode presented doc for Channel 4 which features contributions from numerous slasher film directors as well as expert critics such as Maitland McDonagh. Wish it was longer and more expansive in depth. But arguably still the best doc on slasher movies I’ve seen.

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