Best Documentary Movies of 1904


Labor Day Parade

4.3/10 IMDB

Shows a parade through bunting-draped streets, probably in the town of Leominster, Mass.

Release date: 1904-11-01

Westinghouse Works

5.3/10 IMDB

This is a compilation of 3 films in the Westinghouse series of shorts filmed in April and May of 1904, and contained in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. It is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art, has a running time of about 5½ minutes and an added piano music score.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1904-01-01

Skirmish between Russian and Japanese advance guards

0.0/10 IMDB

Renactment of a skirmish that was likely to have occurred in the Russo-Japanese War. Opens with an establishing scene entitled "A Japanese outpost on the Yalu River," which shows the Japanese soldiers of the infantry outpost doing rifle drills and raising the flag. Following scenes are entitled "The Attack," "The Capture," and "The Retreat". In them, the Japanese fire their cannon; the Russian infantry demolish the camp, replace the Japanese flag with their own, and then fire their rifles at the enemy; and the Japanese recapture the outpost and once again run up their flag. Photographed from a single camera position.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1904-04-20

Panorama View, Street Car Motor Room

0.0/10 IMDB

A camera moving forward on an overhead crane gives a traveling view of men working on machinery. Carts carrying parts and pieces of machinery pass by on rails; cranes lift machinery; and men perform their various duties, including hammering objects. (Library of Congress)

Release date: 1904-05-22

Parade, Fiftieth Anniversary, Atlantic City, N.J.

0.0/10 IMDB

Shows a parade held in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of Atlantic City in 1854. Includes views of patriotic floats, a U.S. Army Drum and Bugle Corps, and the men and equipment of the Atlantic City Fire Department.

Release date: 1904-06-22

Princess Rajah Dance

0.0/10 IMDB

A woman stands in front of a building, a chair to her left, dressed in black, full skirt, quarter sleeves, and a scooped bodice. Her hair is piled high. She bows slightly, and, with finger cymbals, begins to dance the cooch.

Starring: Princess Rajah ..
Release date: 1904-01-01

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