Best Documentary Movies of 1905


Coney Island at Night

6.1/10 IMDB

A panorama of Coney Island, taken at night: the camera sweeps across the scene from a vantage point well above the area. It then moves in for closer views of Dreamland and Luna Park.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1905-06-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1905 : New York Subway

New York Subway

5.8/10 IMDB

The camera platform was on the front of a New York subway train following another train on the same track. Lighting is provided by a specially constructed work car on a parallel track. At the time of filming, the subway was only seven months old, having opened on October 27, 1904. The ride begins at 14th Street (Union Square) following the route of today's east side IRT, and ends at the old Grand Central Station, built by Cornelius Vanderbuilt in 1869. The Grand Central Station in use today was not completed until 1913.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1905-06-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1905 : Preston North End v Aston Villa

Preston North End v Aston Villa

5.0/10 IMDB

Early football footage from Mitchell & Kenyon.

Release date: 1905-05-22

Midwinter Bathing, L Street Bath, Boston

4.8/10 IMDB

This film was photographed in the winter, much of it during an actual snowstorm, and snow can be seen on the ground in all scenes. The subject is a group of men, clothed only in swimming trunks, who demonstrate their physical prowess by doing calisthenics, playing handball, and swimming during freezing weather.

Release date: 1905-03-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1905 : Baby's Toilet

Baby's Toilet

4.6/10 IMDB

Nothing to do with potties... Baby gets a good wash. In this charming Hepworth actuality film a crisply uniformed, no-nonsense nurse bounces a baby girl on her lap before submerging the unsuspecting infant into a tub of soapy water. The baby is surprisingly content to be so vigorously sponged and rinsed but somewhat less happy when extracted from the suds and deposited onto a set of unwelcoming metal weighing scales. Once back on a familiar lap, however, the baby delights in being dried, powdered and expertly pampered. (Catherine McGahan)

Release date: 1905-05-23

Panorama from Times Building, New York

5.2/10 IMDB

The camera is high above Manhattan near the top of the Times Building, pointing down.

Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon
Release date: 1905-04-11

Peace Envoys at Portsmouth, N.H.

4.3/10 IMDB

I'm not sure why the negotiations that ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5 took place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but President Theodore Roosevelt had been flexing the United States' power in the world. He had offered to mediate an end to the the war. Russia agreed because of the shocking losses they had suffered at Mukden and Tsushima, and the naval revolt in Odessa. Japan had agreed because they feared a drawn-out war would cripple them financially. Besides, the treaty's terms gave them control of Korea. This film documents the world leaders presence in Portsmouth with military parades and naval ships.

Release date: 1905-02-19

Scenes at Creusot's Steel Foundry

4.9/10 IMDB

An actuality which chronicles how a load of ore becomes a finished steel product at a Bessemer plant. Deep red tints and red-hot pops of hand-coloring give the film an ominous glow.

Release date: 1905-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1905 : Across the Subway Viaduct, New York

Across the Subway Viaduct, New York

4.3/10 IMDB

A train ride of New York.

Release date: 1905-05-23

Au jardin zoologique de Paris

4.7/10 IMDB

A visit to the zoo.

Release date: 1905-04-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1905 : Building a British Railway Arrival of the Scotch Express at Rugby

Building a British Railway Arrival of the Scotch Express at Rugby

4.1/10 IMDB

It's the view out of a railroad car near the engine as it navigates among a choice of tracks and takes off through the countryside.

Release date: 1905-12-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1905 : Mystic Shriners' Day, Dreamland, Coney Island

Mystic Shriners' Day, Dreamland, Coney Island

4.1/10 IMDB

A parade of Mystic Shriners in ritual costumes and traditional hats, carrying a banner reading "Mecca"; some walk, some are mounted on horses, a few ride on camels and on one elephant. Many men and women in street dress walk casually in the parade. Single camera position from high angle.

Release date: 1905-08-07

Automobile Races at Ormond, Fla.

4.0/10 IMDB

Various shots of a car race and the spectators.

Release date: 1905-05-23

Les grandes eaux de Versailles

4.6/10 IMDB

Colored footage of fountains in the park of Versailles.

Release date: 1905-02-04

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