Best Documentary Movies of 1899

1.

In the Grip of the Blizzard

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, and was swept in almost a complete circle, showing the tremendous drifts of snow and the blockade at 'Dead Man's Curve' in Fourteenth Street. This picture was taken during the busiest time of the day, and shows to what extent New York City was tied up by this tremendous fall of snow." (AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

Release date: 1899-05-20
2.

Intérieur d'une imprimerie (tirage d'une épreuve)

2.3
5.0/10 IMDB

Within a printing (printing a test).

Release date: 1899-10-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : The chariot and battle of confetti
3.

The chariot and battle of confetti

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

This view represents the passage of a decorated chariot; The many spectators fight with confetti.

Directed by: Louis Lumière
Release date: 1899-03-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Arabian Gun Twirler
4.

Arabian Gun Twirler

2.1
5.1/10 IMDB

"An interesting exhibit by Hadji Cheriff, of the original Midway Plaisance. Twirls his rifle over his shoulder, behind back, under leg, both hands and one hand."

Starring: Hadji Cheriff ..
Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-03-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Panorama from the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge
5.

Panorama from the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

Filmed from the Brooklyn tower of the bridge, this is a panorama starting at Manhattan's Battery and then panning northward along the East River shoreline. Reportedly filmed somewhere between 1897 - 1899, though not copyrighted until 1903.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1899-05-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Across Brooklyn Bridge
6.

Across Brooklyn Bridge

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

This picture is very novel and interesting. It gives the complete trip from the station at the New York City end of the bridge to the station at the Brooklyn end, as seen from the front end of a third rail car running at high speed. The entire trip consumes three minutes of time, during which abundant opportunity is given to observe all the structural wonders of the bridge, and far distant river panorama below.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1899-05-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : 104th Street Curve, New York, Elevated Railway
7.

104th Street Curve, New York, Elevated Railway

2.1
4.9/10 IMDB

Taken from the front platform of a special train run backward over this celebrated S curve. Not only are the passing trains and crowded platforms of great interest, but the view of uptown New York is an excellent one, showing acre upon acre of roofs, towers, steeples and towering apartment houses. As the 'special' slows up at 92nd street, a Harlem express dashes by, the engineer leaning out of his cab, and waving a good-bye.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-05-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : A Wringing Good Joke
8.

A Wringing Good Joke

2.0
5.4/10 IMDB

"Grandpa sits nodding in his armchair in the kitchen, where a sout, jolly washerwoman is washing clothes. While the woman leaves the tub to talk to a book agent, a small boy enters, and ties grandpa's chair to a towel which is hanging over the tub. The washerwoman begins vigorously wringing the clothes. The towel is drawn into the wringer, and as grandpa is sitting with his feet on the stove and the chair tilted back, a collision is brought about by the towel pulling grandpa and the tub together. This is a crowning success as a comic picture."—Edison Catalog

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-01-01
9.

New Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge, No. 2

2.0
4.5/10 IMDB

“This is a new negative showing the entire trip from Brooklyn to New York, in which the immense towers stand out clear and distinct against the sky. Positively the best picture of the Brooklyn Bridge yet secured.” (Edison film catalog)

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-05-20
10.

Lady Cyclists

1.7
4.8/10 IMDB

Directed by: James Williamson
Release date: 1899-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Lower Falls, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park
11.

Lower Falls, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park

1.7
4.2/10 IMDB

Probably part of the "Alaska and Yellowstone National Park Series" in the "Northern Pacific Railway Series"

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-01-20
12.

'Columbia' Winning the Cup

1.7
3.6/10 IMDB

This picture shows the Columbia crossing the line, leading the Shamrock by about 1/2 mile. The Shamrock is plainly seen in the distance and she later comes up and crosses the line in the same picture.

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton, Albert E. Smith
Release date: 1899-05-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Amann, the Great Impersonator
13.

Amann, the Great Impersonator

1.6
6.6/10 IMDB

"In his characterization of Capt. Dreyfus and Emile Zola."

Starring: Ludwig Amann ..
Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1899-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Capture of Trenches at Candaba
14.

Capture of Trenches at Candaba

1.6
4.1/10 IMDB

The Filipinos execute a flank movement and re-occupy the trenches, cutting off the advance guard of Americans. The rebel flag waves over the ditch and they defend their positions bravely. A fierce charge by our soldiers makes them give way and they scatter in all directions. The officer in command pays dearly for his desperate sortie.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-06-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Admiral Dewey Leading Land Parade, No. 2
15.

Admiral Dewey Leading Land Parade, No. 2

1.6
4.2/10 IMDB

Showing Central Park in the background.

Starring: George Dewey, William T. Sampson, Winfield S. Schley, Robert A. Van Wyck ..
Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-05-20
16.

Around the Big Curves on the Manhattan Elevated R.R.

1.4
4.9/10 IMDB

Taken from the front end of a locomotive following an express train at high speed around the high curves of the Ninth Avenue Elevated, from the 104th to 116th Street station. This section, with its reverse curve, is known as "The Big Loop", and is the highest (at over 100 feet) and most dangerous section on the New York Elevated. During the trip, Grant's Tomb, Columbia College buildings, the new Cathedral of St. John The Divine, and Morningside Park, as well as a portion of the north end of Central Park are visible.

Release date: 1899-03-25
17.

Naval Exercise

1.4
5.2/10 IMDB

Naval Exercise, United Kingdom

Release date: 1899-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Launch of the 'Oceanic'
18.

Launch of the 'Oceanic'

1.4
6.4/10 IMDB

"A magnificent picture of the launching of the 'Oceanic,' which up to that time was the largest vessel ever floated. The view is taken from a pier out over the water; the vessel coming stern on towards the camera and passing it by. A tremendous wave is thrown among the spectators crowded at the side of the pier, and the great excitement prevailing is very evident in the picture." (Belfast)

Release date: 1899-01-01
19.

Audience Leaving Circus Carré After the Biograph Show in Amsterdam

1.4
5.0/10 IMDB

While he was trying, Dickson made the same sort of movie that others had before him. This is an imitation.of a Lumiere picture of people leaving a show of their pictures.

Release date: 1899-09-12
20.

Floral Parade of Lady Cyclists

1.3
5.0/10 IMDB

This is a ladies cycling display in the summer of 1899 in London, England. It is a display/show by the Catford Cycling Club.

Release date: 1899-06-25
21.

Battery K Siege Guns

1.3
3.5/10 IMDB

A parade of soldiers.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-10-09
22.

The Landing of Savage South Africa at Southampton

1.3
4.2/10 IMDB

Members of the 'Savage South Africa' troupe at Southampton Docks. The film shows a group of Africans (Zulus) in full tribal attire at Southampton docks.

Release date: 1899-04-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 :
23.

"Shamrock" and "Erin" Sailing

1.2
4.0/10 IMDB

The Shamrock is seen after its defeat in the 1899 America's Cup, along with the Erin, which served as its tow boat across the Atlantic.

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton, Albert E. Smith
Release date: 1899-09-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Panoramic View of Windsor Castle
24.

Panoramic View of Windsor Castle

1.1
4.8/10 IMDB

Film by W.K.L. Dickson; Rounding a bend in the track, we behold Windsor Castle.

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1899-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Danse bohémienne
25.

Danse bohémienne

1.1
4.4/10 IMDB

It looks like peasants dancing in their holiday finery, the women wearing long skirts, the men britches and flowered hats. They set into pairs and walk in a circle, while the fiddler plays.

Release date: 1899-12-13
26.

Judging Ladies' Saddle Horses

1.1
3.9/10 IMDB

Well-known horse-women and their mounts riding before the judge's stand at the Open Air Horse Show, Manhattan Field, N.Y. City.

Release date: 1899-05-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Brûleuses d'herbes
27.

Brûleuses d'herbes

1.1
4.4/10 IMDB

A couple of women stand in a field, using pitch forks to separate burning grass. Men run away from the event. Meanwhile, a third woman stands to the right, drinking what I would guess is water from a pitcher, instead of using it to put out the fire.

Release date: 1899-12-13
28.

Dewey Parade, 10th Pennsylvania Volunteers

1.0
2.9/10 IMDB

In [Admiral] Dewey land parade.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-04-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Tolhuis! Kiele! Kiele!
29.

Tolhuis! Kiele! Kiele!

1.0
4.3/10 IMDB

As Camilla sleeps in the garden of Tollhouse Inn, Roland steals a vial of elixir from under her skirt.

Release date: 1899-12-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Australian Cricket Tourists of 1899
30.

Australian Cricket Tourists of 1899

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Film produced by William K. Dickson’s British Mutoscope and Biograph Company.

Release date: 1899-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Tapping a Blast Furnace
31.

Tapping a Blast Furnace

0.0
4.5/10 IMDB

Showing the tapping of the furnace, and the running of the molten metal into the moulds at Elswick yard.

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1899-01-01
32.

View from an Engine Front: Shilla Mill Tunnel

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A phantom ride.

Release date: 1899-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Naval Guns Firing at Colenso
33.

Naval Guns Firing at Colenso

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Close shot of 4.7" naval gun pointing to the left with group of British naval ratings standing around it. The gun fires and the men run up to reload, the begin to pull the gun forward.

Release date: 1899-12-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Transport des bois par radeaux
34.

Transport des bois par radeaux

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Four men tie ropes to a log and then pull it to the shore.

Directed by: Gabriel Veyre
Release date: 1899-04-28
35.

Le roi du Cambodge se rendant au palais

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Cambodian procession. Filmed by Veyre for the Lumieres

Directed by: Gabriel Veyre
Release date: 1899-01-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Troyes: L'Hôtel-de-Ville
36.

Troyes: L'Hôtel-de-Ville

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Troyes captured by the Lumiere Brothers

Release date: 1899-01-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1899 : Floral Parade of Lady Cyclists
37.

Floral Parade of Lady Cyclists

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This is a ladies cycling display by the Catford Cycling Club in the summer of 1899 in London, England.

Directed by: Cecil M. Hepworth
Release date: 1899-01-01

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