Best Documentary Movies of 1925
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
A silent documentary which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia as they and their herds make their epic seasonal journey to better pastures.
The Pottery Maker
A little girl watches the craftsman at work while inter-titles explain the particulars of pottery-making.
1925 Studio Tour
A tour of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio in 1925 shows the people who make the movies there, and gives viewers a glimpse at how movies are made.
In the Land of Giants and Pygmies
IN THE LAND OF GIANT PYGMIES, a diary of Aurelio Rossi's 1925 trek into the immense Belgian Congo, preserves a long-gone-Colonial-era wonder at natural resources, "primitive" tribes, customs and costumes in Europe's cast African possessions, and implies that the "dark continent" could benefit from the "civilizing" influences of home.
A Punjab Village
A snapshot of life in a village in the Punjab - from the production of mustard oil to the shoeing of a bullock. With intertitles that include such jewels as "they do a great deal of spinning," it's clear that this film was made to be shown to young audiences. From the repetition of the opening title sequence it would appear that the original film was later re-edited.
Short documentary about Katendrecht. Shots of the Rotterdam neighbourhood of Katendrecht, near the old port in the south of Rotterdam, between the Meuse and Rhine harbours. The film shows the area’s Chinese residents, who walk through the snowy streets. On the windows are the names of bars, shops, and lodging houses: Baltimore, Deli Bar, Leng Wo Ku. They exemplify the neighbourhood’s cosmopolitan character.
Two ladies dress to go out and then check over a crop of rice.
Lunch on a Cart
An extremely brief rundown of the history and construction of the lunch wagon, commonly found on studio lots-- that still manages to fit in a little comedy.