I previously made a list of 40 fascinating true stories, great documentaries uncovering the details of interesting lives and activities. Below are 5 more documentaries I recommend. Many films from both lists are available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon Prime, which is particularly good news for those who will trapped inside avoiding a “polar vortex” of subzero temperatures for the next few days.
Garbo: The Spy. This documentary pieces together interviews, newsreels, movie footage, and a cool soundtrack to tell the story of the enigmatic spy who arguably made the invasion at Normandy a success.
Of Dolls and Murder. If you like CSI type crime dramas you need to see this true life story of Frances Glessner-Lee and the miniature dollhouse crime scenes she created to help train police detectives. The odd creepiness of the subject matter is reinforced with narration by John Waters.
Death on the Staircase. This documentary mini series gives an inside look at the murder trial of Michael Peterson, accused of murdering his wife. It is an detailed look legal strategy as well as a murder mystery.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox. Have you ever seen the soap with a label consisting predominantly of fine print? This explains how that label came to be.
Girl 27. The story of Patricia Douglas who spoke out after being paid to attend a 1937 MGM party where she was raped. The real points of interest are the subsequent cover up, and Douglas’s withdrawal from public life.
For more movie recommendations see the following:
- Fascinating true stories: 40 great documentaries
- 17 foreign films for people who don’t like foreign films
- 40 guilty pleasure movies
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