Best Documentaries 2020 – Supplemental

For those who would like to go a little deeper, here is a selection of interviews, discussions, reviews, and performance clips for the documentaries in the previous post. Running times for videos are indicated.


The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Frank Marshall, director)

Frank Marshall interview (9:14)

Director & Producer Q&A (24:45)


City Hall (Frederick Wiseman, director)

Wiseman interview at the New York Film Festival (27:12)

Wiseman interview at Film Forum (56:51)


 David Byrne’s American Utopia (Spike Lee, director)

David Byrne talks with Spike Lee #1 (4:16)

David Byrne talks with Spike Lee #2 (4:50)

Byrne & Lee interview at Toronto International Film Festival (20:41)

Indie Wire review by David Ehrlich

Hollywood Reporter review by David Rooney

Variety review by Owen Gleiberman


 Dick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson, director & co-writer)

Kirsten Johnson on making the film (3:43)

Kirsten Johnson Q&A (47:23)


Gunda (Viktor Kosakovskiy, director & co-writer)

 Viktor Kosakovskiy interview at the New York Film Festival (27:02)

New York Times review by Manohla Dargis


Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (Gero von Boehm, director & writer)

Gero von Boehm & Isabella Rossellini interview at Film Forum (58:06)

Newton’s dream of photographing a chicken wearing high heels. Yes, the result is rather disturbing.


Jazz on a Summer’s Day (Bert Stern, director, 1959)

Chuck Berry — “Sweet Little Sixteen” (4:04)

Anita O’Day — “Sweet Georgia Brown” & “Tea for Two” (8:18)


 John Lewis: Good Trouble  (Dawn Porter, director)

Dawn Porter Q&A (31:50)


 My Octopus Teacher (Pippa Eherlich & James Reed, directors & writers)

Pippa Eherlich interview (12:24)


The Way I See It (Dawn Porter, director)

Dawn Porter & Pete Souza Q&A (52:54)


Zappa (Alex Winter, director)

Alex Winter interview (10:45)

Alex Winter & editor Mike Nichols interview (23:55)

Ruth Underwood & Joe Travers perform Zappa’s composition, “The Black Page” (1:35)


Ending this with a sign-off from Porky Pig. Until next time, be safe. — Ted Hicks


About Ted Hicks

Iowa farm boy; have lived in NYC for 40 years; worked in motion picture labs, film/video distribution, subtitling, media-awards program; obsessive film-goer all my life.
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