Best Documentary Movies of 1900

1.

Scene from the Elevator Ascending Eiffel Tower

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

“A marvelously clear picture taken from the top of the elevator of the Eiffel Tower during going up and coming down of the car. This wonderful tower is 1,000 feet in height, and the picture produces a most sensational effect. As the camera leaves the ground and rises to the top of the tower, the enormous white city opens out to the view of the astonished spectator. Arriving at the top of the tower, a bird's eye view of the Exposition looking toward the Trocadero, and also toward the Palace of Electricity, is made, and the camera begins its descent. The entire trip is shown on a 200-foot film. 30.00. We furnish the ascent in 125 foot film.” (Edison film catalog)

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-08-21
2.

Kobelkoff

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

A film in which limbless Nikolai Kobelkoff demonstrates a series of tasks, from aiming a pistol to performing gymnastics. Kobelkoff was born without arms and legs but persevered, becoming an international star in the early 20th century as a "Human Torso".

Starring: Nikolai Kobelkoff ..
Release date: 1900-05-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : A Storm at Sea
3.

A Storm at Sea

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

While our photographers were crossing the Atlantic Ocean a most wonderful and sensational picture was secured, showing a storm at sea. The picture was secured by lashing the camera to the after bridge of the Kaiserine Maria Theresa, of the North German Lloyd Line, during one of its roughest voyages. The most wonderful storm picture ever photographed. Taken at great risk. (Edison Films, 1901)

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-07-31
4.

Panorama of Eiffel Tower

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

“Showing the entire height of this wonderful structure from the base of the dome and return, with the great Paris Exposition in the background, looking down Champs de Mars. A most realistic picture.” According to Edison film historian Charles Musser, this film features the first camera tilt among the company's surviving oeuvre.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-01-01
5.

Vue prise d'une baleinière en marche

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Sailors row a whaling boat in a medium-tight shot.

Directed by: Alexandre Promio
Release date: 1900-12-15
6.

Palace of Electricity

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

A panoramic shot, making a full circle, at the 1900 Paris Exposition. It begins and ends looking at the front of the Palace of Electricity. As it pans, first we see a workman hosing down the promenade. Men and women walk past, all wearing hats. We see the base of the Eiffel Tower, which the Palace faces. A couple strolls. A mother and daughter walk passed, father is slightly ahead wearing a boater. Three men in uniform walk toward the camera as it comes to a stop facing the Palace.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Scenes on Mr. Smit's Ostrich Farm
7.

Scenes on Mr. Smit's Ostrich Farm

2.4
4.3/10 IMDB

Scenes on an ostrich farm, filmed in Natal during the Boer War.

Release date: 1900-11-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : An Exciting Pillow Fight
8.

An Exciting Pillow Fight

2.3
5.1/10 IMDB

No Overview

Release date: 1900-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Solar Eclipse
9.

Solar Eclipse

2.2
6.3/10 IMDB

The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed on 28 May, 1900 by a famous magician, Nevil Maskelyne, while on an expedition by The British Astronomical Association to North Carolina.

Directed by: Nevil Maskelyne
Release date: 1900-05-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Panorama of the Moving Boardwalk
10.

Panorama of the Moving Boardwalk

2.2
4.8/10 IMDB

An early short with a self-explanatory title.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-05-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Panoramic View of the Place de la Concorde
11.

Panoramic View of the Place de la Concorde

2.2
4.7/10 IMDB

Taken from an automobile. This picture was taken during the fashionable driving hour, making a complete circle of the Place de la Concorde, passing hundreds of carriages and busses. The beginning of the picture shows the historical church of the Madeleine in the background, the picture ending by approaching and running under the main entrance to the Paris Exposition.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-05-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Panorama of Place de l'Opéra
12.

Panorama of Place de l'Opéra

2.1
4.5/10 IMDB

James White, the Edison Company's main filmmaker at the time, realized a burst of creativity during his visit to the 1900 Paris Exposition. It's uncertain who his cameraman was for this journey, but historian Charles Musser suggests that it might've been Alfred C. Abadie. In their Paris Exposition films, they introduced tilting (see 'Panorama of Eiffel Tower') and, although panning and panoramas had already been around for a while, they introduced some novel functions for them.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-08-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Skating in Central Park
13.

Skating in Central Park

2.1
4.2/10 IMDB

An interesting view of Central Park before there was a skyline of buildings. All along the length of the park on both sides and to the north, with the exception of the Dakota Apartments located at 72nd Street and Central Park West, It was virtually impossible to see anything other than sky above the trees. In the nineteenth century when people went to visit the park, they really were leaving the "city."

Release date: 1900-02-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Panoramic View of the Champs Elysees
14.

Panoramic View of the Champs Elysees

2.1
4.2/10 IMDB

Filmed in July 1900, on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-05-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace
15.

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

The single camera position is from the top of a building identified as the Trocadero Palace; The camera is pointed toward the Eiffel Tower. The film shows only up to the first arch of the Eiffel Tower.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-08-21
16.

Spanish Bullfight

2.0
5.0/10 IMDB

With a crowded arena in the background, a stationary camera records a bull charging a picador astride his horse. An attendant on foot throws stones at the rump of the horse to get it to move. Various toreadors run past the bull to try to get him to charge or at least run about.

Directed by: Louis Lumière
Release date: 1900-01-01
17.

Spiders on a Web

2.0
5.6/10 IMDB

Consisting of a single shot, Spiders on a Web is one of the earliest British examples of close-up natural history photography. Made by one of the pioneers of the British film industry, G.A. Smith, this short film details spiders trapped in an enclosure, and despite the title, does not actually feature a web.

Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1900-08-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Exploding a Whitehead Torpedo
18.

Exploding a Whitehead Torpedo

1.9
4.4/10 IMDB

The title pretty much tells you all there is to know about this Edison film. It runs a very brief 27-seconds and shows a torpedo hitting its target and going off. I think the most fascinating thing about this is that we get a pretty close shot of the explosion and its aftermath. It was rather funny seeing this large explosion and especially seeing how long it took for everything that flew up in the air to land back down.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-05-21
19.

Warships

1.4
5.5/10 IMDB

Warships, UK and Germany

Release date: 1900-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Warships at Sunset
20.

Warships at Sunset

1.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A single shot of a fleet of warships at sea, with a sunset sky superimposed from another sequence to complete the effect.

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1900-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Queen Victoria's Visit to Dublin
21.

Queen Victoria's Visit to Dublin

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Release date: 1900-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Queen Victoria's Last Visit to Ireland
22.

Queen Victoria's Last Visit to Ireland

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

"This is the last ceremonious public appearance of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. The picture was taken in Phoenix Park, Dublin, April 4th, 1900, and shows the Queen in an open carriage, being cheered by thousands of people, as she passes through an arch of welcome."

Starring: Queen Victoria ..
Release date: 1900-04-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Battleship 'Odin' with All Her Guns in Action
23.

Battleship 'Odin' with All Her Guns in Action

1.2
5.3/10 IMDB

This British Bioscope short from 1900 is a crackerjack piece, on an order with 1903's FIREBOAT 'NEW YORKER' ANSWERING AN ALARM. It's little more than a perfectly framed picture of the Odin slowly leaving harbor, with all her guns ablaze in the roiling clouds and flashes of cordite.

Release date: 1900-12-13
24.

Surrender of Kroonstad to Lord Roberts

1.1
4.1/10 IMDB

Cavalry cross the river in enormous number. Occasionally a horse stops to take a drink, and then walks on.

Starring: Frederick Sleigh Roberts ..
Release date: 1900-04-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Four Warships in Rough Seas
25.

Four Warships in Rough Seas

1.1
5.8/10 IMDB

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

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1900-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Burning of the Standard Oil Co.'s Tanks, Bayonne, N.J.
26.

Burning of the Standard Oil Co.'s Tanks, Bayonne, N.J.

1.0
4.1/10 IMDB

Release date: 1900-07-11
27.

Panorama of East Galveston

0.8
3.6/10 IMDB

It's what it says on the label: a panoramic shot of East Galveston, right after the Storm of the Century came through, ripping up trees and destroying house like they were made of cards. Then, a decade and a half later came another Storm of the Century for Galveston.

Directed by: Albert E. Smith
Release date: 1900-09-16
28.

Skating on Lake, Central Park

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Photographed February 5, 1900.

Directed by: Frederick S. Armitage
Release date: 1900-01-01
29.

Morecambe Pier

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Mitchell & Kenyon.

Release date: 1900-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Ekoin Natsu-basho Ozumo
30.

Ekoin Natsu-basho Ozumo

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A former carpenter who became one of the first cameramen in Japanese cinema history, Tsuchiya Tsuneji travelled to North America to help in the construction of a Japanese garden and tea house at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. After learning film techniques on how to operate a camera and develop film in December 1898 he returned to Japan carrying an Urban Bioscope camera (both a projector and camera). Taking inspiration from boxing match film actualities popular in the United States he conceived the idea of filming sumo wrestlers at the Ryogoku Ekoin. This resulted in his first film Ekoin Natsu-basho Ozumo.

Directed by: Tsuchiya Tsuneji
Release date: 1900-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Battleship Odin Firing All Her Guns
31.

Battleship Odin Firing All Her Guns

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

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

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1900-01-01
32.

Train Load of C.I.V.s Leaving Southampton

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Back in Blighty - after fighting in the Boer War, these volunteer soldiers are heading home to London and Middlesex

Release date: 1900-01-01
33.

Manila Colonial Scenes

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

At the turn of the 20th century, the streets of Manila are filled with horse-drawn carriages, people in white European dresses, and wedding parties coming out of the church. Behind the civilized face of the fin-de-siècle, however, lie the dictates of a colonizing power that has conquered a third world country.

Directed by: Burton Holmes
Release date: 1900-11-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1900 : Tram Journey through Southampton
34.

Tram Journey through Southampton

0.0
5.0/10 IMDB

A moving tour through lively turn-of-the-century Southampton.

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1900-01-01
35.

Whiz Kids

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Through the use of interaction, repetition and imitation, the culturally diverse WHIZ KIDS are sure to capture your childs imagination and sense of fun. Tots learn ABCs, numbers, colors, animals, and more! Enjoy fun, easy to follow original songs. A first-rate learning tool just for preschoolers, best of all its taught by KIDS!

Release date: 1900-01-01

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