My wife’s workplace has decided to show some documentaries over lunch breaks sometimes. She asked me to suggest some favourites from my collection, because documentary is one of my several obsessions. It was an interesting exercise for me, not least because most of my favourite docs are much longer than an hour, but also because I wanted to include a variety of time periods and directorial styles. In the end, I settled on these, in order of release:
1) Song of Ceylon, directed by Basil Wright (1934)
2) The Plow that Broke the Plains, directed by Pare Lorentz (1936)
3) Night and Fog, directed by Alain Resnais (1955)
4) Vernon, Florida, directed by Errol Morris (1981)
5) Lessons of Darkness, directed by Werner Herzog (1992)
Feel free to let me know of others that you might include.