Best Documentary Movies of 1910
The Birth of a Flower
"Percy Smith (1880-1944) was world famous as a photographer of plant life. Probably the first British example of time-lapse photography as applied to the growth of plants." Monthly Film Bulletin, November 1955.
The Acrobatic Fly
Propped upon the tail-end of a match, a housefly performs astonishing feats, alternately juggling a series of objects - a blade of grass, a cork, a miniature dumbbell… Most extraordinary of all is the sequence in which the fly spins a ball twice its own size, while a second fly perches on top. In the final sequence, the fly repeats some of its earlier tricks while apparently seated on a tiny chair.
New York of Today
A couple visiting New York City leave their hotel, and take a sight-seeing car to tour the city. They start with Grant's Tomb, and then go to Central Park and Times Square. At Luna Park, they feed the pigeons and enjoy some of the rides. They then continue to visit other sections of town, and they see some of the city's most prominent buildings.
The Police Force of New York City
New York City police catch thieves and stop runaway horses.
Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (Piloted by M. Cody)
Jeffries-Johnson World's Championship Boxing Contest, Held at Reno, Nevada, July 4, 1910
Film recording of a controversial boxing match with the first black heavyweight champion fighting a white retired former champion.
A Trip to Brazil
A record of Italian emigrants on their way to a new life in Brazil.
Binnenland van Afrika
Film about Africa with images of various activities, including mashing of corn, embroidery, pottery, tipping trailers, diamond mining and hunting for hippos in the Zambezi river. In addition, you can see images of the indigenous population (women, children), local animal species such as zebras and antelopes, and the Victoria Falls.
From Sorrento to Amalfi
A train passes through the wonderful landscapes of the Sorrento and Amalfi coasts.
A display of flower bouquets, rotating to show the Kinemacolour process.
The Sea Coasts of New Zealand
This exquisitely coloured film shows how tourists travelled around New Zealand in the early years of this century - by boat, horse and trap, and on foot through bush walks and onto a glacier.
A travelogue from Egypt, showing views from places such as Alexandria, Heliopolis, Bedrechein, Mansoura, Damietta, Aswan, the baths of Cleopatra and the island of Philae.
A Pretty Dutch Town
A short film depicting the canals of Dordrecht.
Bradford Under Snow
This is a film showing various places in Bradford and Saltaire when they were covered in snow. It includes a horse drawn snow plough clearing away the snow, with intertitles bearing the initials ‘HPL’.
Peking and Its Surroundings
French documentary about life in China.