Best Documentary Movies of 1897


Giant Coal Dumper

4.9/10 IMDB

“Shows how a full carload of coal is loaded onto a vessel every thirty seconds at the great Erie Railroad Docks, Cleveland, Ohio. Great clouds of coal dust rise as each car is unloaded.”

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1897-07-01

Fisherman's Luck

4.5/10 IMDB

"Two German anglers are fishing, with odd results. One gets a bite, and pulls in a length of stovepipe. The other is so astonished that he falls overboard."

Directed by: William Heise
Release date: 1897-09-20

Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory

5.1/10 IMDB

“This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it is the only accurate recent portrait of the great inventor. The scene is an actual one, showing Mr. Edison in working dress engaged in an interesting chemical experiment in his great Laboratory. There is sufficient movement to lead the spectator through the several processes of mixing, pouring, testing, etc. as if he were side by side with the principal. The lights and shadows are vivid, and the apparatus and other accessories complete a startling picture that will appeal to every beholder.” (Edison Catalog)

Starring: Thomas A. Edison ..
Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1897-05-31

99ème régiment d'infanterie: assaut du portique

5.1/10 IMDB

A regiment of soldiers demonstrate their skills.

Release date: 1897-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1897 : Buffalo Fire Department in action

Buffalo Fire Department in action

4.6/10 IMDB

Ten horse-drawn pieces of equipment of the Buffalo Fire Department pass by a stationary camera that looks down a broad avenue as they come toward it...

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1897-10-20

Crissie Sheridan

5.4/10 IMDB

A woman in a white gown performs a skirt dance, using her arms to produce circles and other patterns within the folds of her costume. Her legs and feet appear to be bare. (Library of Congress)

Starring: Crissie Sheridan ..
Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1897-10-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1897 : Beyrouth, place des canons

Beyrouth, place des canons

4.6/10 IMDB

Beirut: place cannons.

Directed by: Alexandre Promio
Release date: 1897-05-01

Danse d'hommes

4.8/10 IMDB

African men dance, sing and play instruments.

Release date: 1897-10-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1897 : Women Fetching Water from the Nile

Women Fetching Water from the Nile

5.3/10 IMDB

No Overview

Directed by: Henry Short
Release date: 1897-01-01

École de cavalerie de Saumur, le carrousel militaire: Changement de main

4.4/10 IMDB

A military horseback riding event from 1897.

Release date: 1897-10-28

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