Best Documentary Movies of 1917


The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks

7.0/10 IMDB

The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks (1917) is the official film of the British Army’s autumn campaign on the Somme, which ran from 15 September to 18 November 1916.

Directed by: Geoffrey Malins
Release date: 1917-09-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1917 : The Black Stork

The Black Stork

4.5/10 IMDB

A young man and woman are considering marriage; eugenicist Harry J Haiselden warns that they are ill-matched and will produce defective offspring. He is right; their baby is born defective, dies quickly and floats into heaven.

Starring: Jane Fearnley, Allan Murnane, Hamilton Revelle, Elsie Esmond, Henry Bergman, John Miltern, Edgar L. Davenport, George Moss, Elsie Baker, Harry J. Haiselden ..
Directed by: Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton
Release date: 1917-02-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1917 : A Trip Through China

A Trip Through China

6.5/10 IMDB

Documentary on the then-new Chinese Republic, taken over a ten-year period. Footage includes races at Shanghai, imperial ceremonies at the national Temple of Heaven, scenes of the destruction caused by the typhoon of 1914, and the installation of government officials at the Peking palaces.

Directed by: Benjamin Brodsky
Release date: 1917-05-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1917 : The Adventures of Buffalo Bill

The Adventures of Buffalo Bill

6.4/10 IMDB

Western starring William F. Cody. A re-cut version of the 1914 film The Indian Wars. Both versions are lost.

Starring: William F. Cody, Buffalo Bill Cody, Sitting Bull, Charles King ..
Directed by: Charles King
Release date: 1917-01-29

How the Cowboy Makes His Lariat

4.7/10 IMDB

Wild West performer Pedro Leon is the highlight of this three-minute film that shows how cowboys make rope and various other items. Within the three-minutes we learn that horsehair is the best thing to use so we see a couple men, including Leon, put the hair together and from here we see how they get it prepared to use for rope and other items.

Starring: Pedro León ..
Release date: 1917-03-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1917 : The Key to Beauty

The Key to Beauty

0.0/10 IMDB

A lot has changed in the years since this promotional short film was made—but a lot hasn’t. Gym clothes have certainly improved, and exercise equipment is sleek and modern. But the message this film sends—“Ladies, the key to beauty is to be fit and be thin”—is still prevalent in 21st-century American society. The various exercises demonstrated here are designed to improve one’s health, posture, muscle tone, and according to the filmmakers, bring happiness.

Release date: 1917-07-16

The Latest Kinks in Canning

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This short film about home-canning demonstrations sponsored by the New York State Woman Suffrage Party was made at the Bray Farm in Highland, Dutchess County, New York. Although it is over a hundred years old, the film remains relevant today. In 1917, women in New York State won the right to vote. The film cheekily notes that while the association hoped to enhance the ability of women in farm areas to improve their food conservation, it also looked for suffrage converts as well.

Release date: 1917-07-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1917 : Quaint Provincetown

Quaint Provincetown

0.0/10 IMDB

A documentary about life in Cape Cod which shows the streets of Provincetown as they were at the time. Children are featured playing hide and seek, ships with big masts are seen in the harbor and fishermen are filmed mending nets.

Release date: 1917-05-03

Women’s Munition Work

0.0/10 IMDB

This early public information film puts out an appeal for more women to take up munitions work - showing training centres, opportunities for work in the aircraft industry as well as the tempting prospect of a fun social life. (source: British Film Institute)

Release date: 1917-01-01

Birth Control

0.0/10 IMDB

A documentary film describing the family planning work of Margaret Sanger.

Starring: Margaret Sanger ..
Directed by: Margaret Sanger
Release date: 1917-04-10

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