Best Documentary Movies of 1914
Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border: Incidents of the Mexican Revolution
Around the film hang fascinating questions about border politics, which I’ll touch on in an introduction before the screening. One of Eugene Buck’s motivations for making the film may have been his rough cross-examination during his kidnappers’ first trials, in October 1913, when defense attorneys cast him as a confused and unreliable witness against idealistic freedom fighters. On film he could reproduce the pursuit, the shootouts, his kidnapping, and his friend’s murder just as he had testified. Reenacting the crime on film may have been the best revenge—and a way to honor the sacrifice of Deputy Ortiz, a twenty-year police veteran and, for the era, a rare Mexican American lawman.
The Photo-Drama of Creation
The film presents Jehovah's Witness beliefs about God's plan from the creation of the Earth through to the end of the 1,000 year reign of Christ. This presentation combined motion pictures and a slideshow, synchronized with sound (the first time such synchronization had been achieved). Over 9,000,000 people in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia saw the film.
A Long Island Skunk Farm
Why breed skunks in Connecticut—or for that matter, why breed skunks at all? The terrain, climate, and proximity to New York City made the location ideal for the transport of these gentle creatures to furriers that supplied the fashion industry.
Kidnapped in New York
When a trio of criminals kidnap a rich man's daughter and nurse, a detective goes undercover into the Italian-immigrant ghetto where they're being held.
Funeral of Provost Young Stranraer
Horse drawn FUNERAL procession for PROVOST YOUNG, Stranraer.
Thirty Leagues Under the Sea
Directed by Carl Gregory.
University College of Southampton
Liberal Lord Chancellor Viscount Haldane opens new buildings for the scholars of Southampton.
Fishing for Atlantic Herring Outside Aalesund 1914
The fishing boat S. S. Langevaag sets out to the rich fishing grounds outside Aalesund on the West coast of Norway. The nets are set and pulled with a catch of about 250 000 Atlantic herrings. Everything is done by hand and very demanding. The herrings are shaken from the nets and taken ashore in baskets. Most are salted in barrels, while some are packaged in crates with ice. At the end of the film, we can see a panoramic view of Aalesund and its surroundings from the mountains above the city.
In the Tropical Seas
One of the earliest examples of underwater cinematography, this film explores the sea around The Bahamas in an expedition led by the Williamson Brothers, who shot undewater footage for the Thanshouser company. Among the scenes shown are a shark attack and a sawfish being caught.