The best Peter Falk’s documentary movies

Peter Falk

Peter Falk

16/09/1927- 23/06/2011
If you love cinema, you will share this ranking of the best Peter Falk’s movies, although you may have ordered them differently. In any case, we hope you love it and with a little luck discovering a movie that you still don’t know about Peter Falk.

And the Oscar Goes To...

And the Oscar Goes To...
7.1/10
The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in forming this professional honorary organization. Two years later the Academy began bestowing awards, which were nicknamed "Oscar," and quickly came to represent the pinnacle of cinematic achievement.

Scared Straight!

Scared Straight!
7.7/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 02/11/1978
  • Character: Narration (voice)
The filmed depiction of a program where convicts tell troubled kids about the horrors of prison life.

Frank Capra's American Dream

Frank Capra's American Dream
7.4/10
A documentary looking at the life and career of film director Frank Capra. Hosted by Ron Howard.

My Darling Vivian

My Darling Vivian
7.5/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 27/04/2020
  • Character: Self (archive footage)
The story of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Includes never-before-seen footage and photographs of Johnny Cash and Rosanne Cash, as well as footage featuring Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Tim Robbins, Whoopi Goldberg, John C. Reilly and many more.

Peter Falk versus Columbo

Peter Falk versus Columbo
7/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 31/03/2019
  • Character: Self (archive footage)
For many, he is above all the fluffy and at the same time ingenious investigator who transfers the powerful to their luxury villas in a crumpled trench coat. But Peter Falk not only embodied Inspector Columbo, but also worked as an actor with directors such as Frank Capra, Sydney Pollack and Blake Edwards. And of course with his friend John Cassavetes, for whom he played alongside Cassavete's wife Gena Rowlands in the independent film "A Woman Under Influence" from 1975. The documentary gets to the bottom of the great success of the TV series character - and the legendary actor who embodied him.

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Anything for John

Anything for John
7.7/10
An intimate portrait of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes and a loving tribute to his genius for studying and depicting the human character. In-depth, candid interviews with his wife and muse Gena Rowlands as well as his most trusted friends and co-workers like Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, etc. Clips from Cassavetes' greatest films, and many rare photos illustrate this touching documentary.

Night of 100 Stars

Night of 100 Stars
7.1/10
The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the Actors' Fund) was billed as "The Night of 100 Stars" but, actually, around 230 stars took part. And most of the audience of 5,800 had no idea in advance that they were paying to see a TV taping, complete with long waits for set and costume changes, tape rewinding, and the like. Executive producer Alexander Cohen estimated that the 5,800 Radio City Music Hall seats sold out at prices ranging from $25 to $1,000. The show itself cost about $4 million to produce and was expected to yield around $2 million for the new addition to the Actors Fund retirement home in Englewood, N. J. ABC is reputed to have paid more than $5 million for the television rights.

The World of Jim Henson

The World of Jim Henson
7/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 23/11/1994
  • Character: Tramp (archive footage)
Episode of Great Performances about Jim Henson

A Constant Forge

A Constant Forge
7.3/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 01/01/2000
  • Character: Himself
One of the great mavericks of cinema, John Cassavetes has earned a reputation as the godfather of American independent movies. The actor-turned-filmmaker invented a realist style of unadorned narrative films heavily influenced by documentaries. This in-depth analysis of Cassavetes' life and work features interviews with key collaborators and ensemble regulars, and explores the making of classics like "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," "Opening Night" and "A Woman Under the Influence."

Wings of Desire: The Angels Among Us

Wings of Desire: The Angels Among Us
7.5/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 01/07/2003
  • Character: Self
Documentary about the making of Wim Wenders 1987 German film Wings of Desire

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra
7.6/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 03/04/1982
  • Character: Himself
In 1982, the American Film Institute presented its 10th Lifetime Achievement Award to director Frank Capra, at an event hosted by actor James Stewart and attended by the Capra family as well as actors Claudette Colbert, Betty Davis, and Peter Falk and cinematographer Joseph Walker.

Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'

Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'
7.5/10
A star-studded documentary and tribute to the classic comedy, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

Char·ac·ter

Char·ac·ter
7.4/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 30/11/2012
  • Character: Self
A raw and candid dialogue about the life and craft of acting between longtime colleagues and friends Dabney Coleman, Peter Falk, Charles Grodin, Mark Rydell, Harry Dean Stanton and Sydney Pollack. Drago Sumonja's document takes us into the hearts, minds, and living rooms of some of America's greatest storytellers.

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