Best Documentary Movies of 1913
A Trip Through Setomaa
Estonia's first ethnographic film. Made by Johannes Pääsuke in 1913 on his expedition to Setomaa, the South-Eastern region in Estonia.
Trafalgar Square Riot
News clip of the Trafalgar Square Riot.
Amagerkonerne Sælger Blomster Paa Højbro Plads
Farmers' wives from Amager selling flowers.
Hopi Indians Dance for Theodore Roosevelt at Walpi, Arizona
Clip of Hopi Indians dancing for Theodore Roosevelt at Walpi, Arizona.
Barnard Castle and District
This picturesque travelogue takes in the varied sights and delights of the Teesdale market town and surrounding area. Tranquil scenes of River Greta bridges, enigmatic ruins - including Egglestone Abbey and Barnard Castle's round tower - are tempered with street scenes around the handsome market place and The Bank.
Preservation of the Sign Language
George Veditz, one-time president of the National Association of the Deaf of the United States, outlines the right of deaf people to sign instead of speak. The film is presented in American Sign Language and has no sub- or intertitles.
Moeurs des araignées des champs
Since the days of earliest mythology the spider and his web have been a favorite figure of speech. Here we see interesting specimens of these spiders, which inhabit all quarters of the world and grow to their largest size in the tropics. The arachnidium, wherewith they spin the barely visible silky threads which are used for their webs, have been closely studied by inventors and utilized in their models for reproducing this function mechanically. The delicate webs which these gossamer threads form are at once the spider's home and his means of catching his prey. Commercially, they have been used as cross-lines in telescopes, and even utilized for textile fabrics; but in the latter instance, only as curious. The male spider is larger than the female, whose eggs are numerous and usually enveloped in a cocoon. Although the spider's bite is fatal to other insects, it does not affect mankind.
Birds of Prey
Flesh-eating birds are many but few persons have ever been permitted a close inspection and study of their habits and characteristics. To a great majority, therefore, this picture will be of keen interest. The first specimen subjected to examination is the Kestrel, its method of attack and defense is shown and the care of its young is illustrated. In like manner the hawk is treated, proving that paramount characteristic of the birds of prey is an exceedingly interesting cunning combined with a ferocity of attack that holds the smaller animals on which they feed spellbound until they have been devoured.
Travel film about Florence which includes: the cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore or Duomo) with the tower (Torre di Giotto or Campanile) and the dome (Brunelleschi), Piazza and Palazzo della Signoria.
The Ainus of Japan
The Ainus of Japan represent the aborigines of Japan, the oldest existing people of the world, barring the cliff dwellers on the island of Razan of our own continent. They still preserve many of their old traits.