Best Documentary Movies of 1896



5.3/10 IMDB

Considered a remake of Lumière's La Voltige from 1895.

Directed by: Louis Lumière
Release date: 1896-02-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1896 : Scene from the Coronation of the Czar of Russia

Scene from the Coronation of the Czar of Russia

5.8/10 IMDB

100 seconds-long six-scene footage consisting of selected coronation ceremonies of the Russian Tsar (Emperor) Nicholas II. Shows distinguished guests entering a carriage, parade of troops and carriages, Nicholas II and his wife empress Alexandra Feodorovna descending the Kremlin Red Staircase, procession of the newly crowned Emperor and his wife under the baldacchino, guests from the Asian parts of the Russian Empire. (IMDb)

Starring: Czar Nicholas II of Russia, Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna ..
Directed by: Camille Cerf
Release date: 1896-05-25

Black Diamond Express

5.5/10 IMDB

This picture was taken at one of the curves on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, along the beautiful Susquehanna River. The train is seen rapidly approaching in the distance, clearly outlined against the grey mountains. Smoke can be seen pouring in volumes from the stack of the locomotive, and as the train approaches closely, she sounds a whistle, warning some section men, who are working on the tracks in the foreground. As she rushes by the camera, the swing motion of the train gives a vivid idea of the lightning speed at which she is traveling. (Edison film catalog)

Starring: Benjamin F. Hardesty, Charles Lee ..
Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1896-12-01


5.4/10 IMDB

Strong-man Eugene Sandow flexes his muscles and strikes a few poses in front of a black background. This was a short film shot by William K.L. Dickson and produced in Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio.

Starring: Eugen Sandow ..
Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1896-12-30

Feeding the Doves

4.9/10 IMDB

A woman and a young girl each carry containers of bird feed, and they toss occasional handfuls to the chickens and doves in the farmyard. Most of the chickens stay nearby, but the doves occasionally fly off and then return to eat more.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1896-10-23

Barcelone, panorama du port I

5.4/10 IMDB

The camera sails off, giving us a view of the port from the water.

Release date: 1896-07-05

Bassin des Tuileries

5.2/10 IMDB

Short of the Tuileries.

Release date: 1896-04-05

The Derby

5.0/10 IMDB

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1896-05-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1896 : Cock Fight

Cock Fight

4.6/10 IMDB

Two cocks fight whilst being watched by two men.

Release date: 1896-12-01

Transport de la cloche de l'indépendance

4.9/10 IMDB

The parade occupies only a small portion of the screen, the crowds are a seething mass that do really move and the Independence Bell is nowhere to be seen.

Directed by: Gabriel Veyre
Release date: 1896-10-28

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