Best Documentary Movies of 1905
New York Subway
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.
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)
Panorama from Times Building, New York
The camera is high above Manhattan near the top of the Times Building, pointing down.
Scenes at Creusot's Steel Foundry
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.
Au jardin zoologique de Paris
A visit to the zoo.
Marknadsfilm från Falkenberg
Documentary images from a market in Falkenberg.
Les grandes eaux de Versailles
Colored footage of fountains in the park of Versailles.
Mystic Shriners' Day, Dreamland, Coney Island
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.
Midwinter Bathing, L Street Bath, Boston
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.