Best Documentary Movies of 1895
Rough Sea at Dover
The surf pounds against a breakwater on which are visible several people standing. The wall looks to be about 20 feet above sea level and extend at least 100 feet into the water. A large wave rolls picturesquely along the wall toward the shore. Smaller waves follow. Then the scene changes to river water flowing. We see both shores: in the foreground a log and tree branch are visible; on the far shore, there appears to be a low wall with trees beyond it. The camera is stationary in both shots.
A man performs tricks on a theatre stage with a bowler hat and a billiards ball in equilibrium on his arms and body.
Part of the Wintergartenprogramm.
Eight circus performers known as the Grunato family perform their famous balancing act.
The Boxing Kangaroo
A man and a kangaroo stand up in front of each other with boxing gloves, and simulate a boxing match on a theatre stage.
Two men in white leotards and tights, and black slips over it, wrestle on a theatre stage.
A young woman dancer with large, flowing robes, swirls round herself quickly, making her light robe flow around her like a butterfly's wings.
Three dancers do a Russian folkloric step dance, facing the camera, in traditional clothes, fur hats and leather boots.
Two children, Ploetz and Larella, perform an Italian peasant dance.
The two inventors of the Bioskop, a sort of magic lantern that projected images so fast as to give the illusion of movement, bow to the camera at both sides of an empty screen. The scene was shown in continuity, at the end of the session, as if the producers and directors of the session were beading the public a farewell.