Best Documentary Movies of 1897
Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of opportunity. He falls off his bicycle. He's not hurt, but he rides back the way he came, as the fight continues.
Serpentine Dance, Annabelle
1897 version of Annabelle Moore performing a serpentine dance.
Japanese Sword Fencing
The earliest surviving Japanese film showing the martial art of kendo.
African men dance, sing and play instruments.
"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."
Jérusalem, le saint sépulcre
The Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
École de cavalerie de Saumur, le carrousel militaire: Changement de main
A military horseback riding event from 1897.
Launch of Surf Boat
The crew of seven dressed in cork jackets, push the boat through the surf; they clamber in and row out to the wreck. 50 ft.
Single harness horses
Shows ten horses hitched to fashionable carts driven past the judges and grandstand to show their style, action and high-stepping movements. Among the drivers, Charles F. (Fatty ) Bates, the noted whip, shows up very prominently. The horses are all of very high class, and the action is of the very best. The film is clear, sharp and catchy.
At the Top of Brooklyn Bridge
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