Best Documentary Movies of 1911

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New-York

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Old film of New York City in the year 1911. Print has survived in mint condition. Slowed down footage to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. This film was taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America.

Release date: 1911-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Banks of the Nile
2.

Banks of the Nile

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

With a dual motion a cruise ship and a fishing boat pass one another on the Nile and butlers in turbans set up a wooden gangway. Thanks to a rope and pulley system cows climb skywards then disappear into the hold of the sailing vessel. On the bank, black-haired women rock back and forth, bursting out laughing and showing the first signs of going into a state of trance. Never-before filmed gestures and faces of the people of the Nile succeed one another, uprooted to an unknown, magical world. The Banks of the Nile is one of the first experiments of film in colour that uses the Kinemacolor process.

Directed by: Charles Urban
Release date: 1911-01-01
3.

Manhattan Trade School for Girls

2.2
5.8/10 IMDB

This is a non-fiction film about the Manhattan Trade School for Girls. In 1911, few women got education beyond primary school (especially in the big cities that were full of immigrants). Because of this, women were very limited in their employment options and received very low wages. The idea of this one year trade school was to help these young ladies get a leg up on a variety of trades. Oddly, much of what you see in the film does not seem that related to job skills--such as physical education

Release date: 1911-05-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Fishing with Cormorants. Isle of Yeso, Japan
4.

Fishing with Cormorants. Isle of Yeso, Japan

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Early 20th century film footage of Japan.

Release date: 1911-01-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Picturesque Colorado
5.

Picturesque Colorado

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Early travelogue film.

Release date: 1911-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : The Life of the Honey Bee
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The Life of the Honey Bee

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

A documentary on honey bees.

Directed by: J.C. Bee-Mason
Release date: 1911-09-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Landscapes in Japan
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Landscapes in Japan

1.2
5.3/10 IMDB

Little more than a minute of this travelogue survives. What does seems to be rural spots, including bridges, a bit of forest and a hot spring.

Release date: 1911-12-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Motoring Over Ben Nevis
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Motoring Over Ben Nevis

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A five day drive up Britain's highest peak in a 1911 Ford Model T.

Release date: 1911-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : The Coronation of King George V
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The Coronation of King George V

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Various shots of the Coronation procession for King George V.

Starring: King George V of the United Kingdom ..
Directed by: Kazimierz Prószy?ski
Release date: 1911-06-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Aboard the World's Northernmost Railway
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Aboard the World's Northernmost Railway

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A train ride from Narvik to the national border.

Release date: 1911-03-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Austin Flood
11.

Austin Flood

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This film incorporates scenes taken by a Thanhouser film crew rushed to Austin, Pennsylvania, following news of a flood. On Saturday, September 30, 1911, the Bayless Dam broke, and a huge wall of water, followed by a fire, devastated the town and killed over 100 of its citizens.

Release date: 1911-10-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : The West Riding of Yorkshire
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The West Riding of Yorkshire

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Despite the title, this film shows several interesting places in the North Riding of Yorkshire during the early part of the 20th century. Destinations include Richmond Castle and the Waterfalls at Aysgarth.

Release date: 1911-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Shooting the Rapids on the River Ozu in Japan
13.

Shooting the Rapids on the River Ozu in Japan

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A wild boat ride through the Hozu River’s white-water rapids, set against a beautifully coloured natural background.

Release date: 1911-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1911 : Lovely Devon
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Lovely Devon

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A trip down the Devon coast.

Release date: 1911-04-24

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