Originally Posted by R.MacDonald
Anything by Frederick Wiseman, the Maysles brothers.
They certainly are great. I think the Wiseman films are hard to find. 'Salesmen' by the Maysles is a must see.
'Heart of the Angel' by Molly Dineen is a short documentary film made in the '70s about a dilapidated tube station in London. Only saw it once on TV years ago. Would love a copy if anyone knows how to get it on DVD. [edit - I see the BFI is releasing several DVDs of the films of Moly Dineen this year. Heart of the Angel will be included in the first set]
Zhang's Diner - amazing recent doc about a Chinese couple who move from a rural area to start a small cafe in a big city. Encapsulates a lot of what is happening on a big scale in China.
Demon Lover Diary - bizarre 70s doc about some Michigan blue collar eccentrics who are trying to make a low budget horror film.
Not sure of the name - would appreciate if someone can tell me. I saw a doc a few years ago about a ship that was transporting goods around European ports. It looked at the crew & how hard it was for them to get paid & often they don't know who they are actually working for. It was on late night TV, excellent but I forgot the name.