Best Documentary Movies of 1928


Fieldwork Footage

6.4/10 IMDB

Under the tutelage of anthropologist Franz Boas (her former Columbia professor) and Harlem Renaissance arts patron Charlotte Osgood Mason, Zora Neale Hurston spent nearly two years, from 1927 to 1929, studying the folkloric customs, work songs, spirituals, and vernacular language of African American communities along the River Road and from New Orleans to Florida.

Starring: Cudjoe Lewis, Zora Neale Hurston ..
Directed by: Zora Neale Hurston
Release date: 1928-01-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1928 : In the Shadow of the Pole

In the Shadow of the Pole

5.5/10 IMDB

Documentary about a Pole expedition.

Directed by: Richard S. Finnie
Release date: 1928-10-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1928 : Gow the Head Hunter

Gow the Head Hunter

6.4/10 IMDB

Captain Edward A. Salisbury (1875-1962) was a noted millionaire explorer and writer, whose exploration stories of the islands of the South Seas Pacific appeared often in "The National Geographic," and other magazines in the early part of the 20th-century, spent 18 months exploring the New Hebrides islands where head-hunting and cannibalism was practiced by some of the natives...and highly discouraged and frowned-upon the white-governments of their lands. The footage shot by Captain Edward A. Salisbury was put together to make this film. Captain Salisbury explained that 'gow' was the native term for the practice of head-hunting, and was not the name of one of the head-hunters.

Starring: Edward A. Salisbury ..
Directed by: Edward A. Salisbury
Release date: 1928-12-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1928 : The Circus: Premiere

The Circus: Premiere

5.8/10 IMDB

Footage from the premiere of Charlie Chaplin's 1928 film 'The Circus'.

Starring: Vilma Banky, Rod La Rocque, W.C. Fields, Doris Kenyon, Milton Sills, Adolphe Menjou, Billie Dove, George K. Arthur, Cecil B. DeMille, Dolores Costello ..
Release date: 1928-01-13

Jungles of the Amazon

7.8/10 IMDB

If this is an expedition through the Amazonian rain forest, there isn't much to it. We get to see the explorers start in the Andes, hire some local Indians as carriers, then it's on to the Jivaro Indians, well known in the days of serial movies and pulp magazines -- i.e., when this was made -- as savages who shrunk their slain enemies' heads and kept them as souvenirs.

Release date: 1928-02-05

Fashion News

4.6/10 IMDB

Hollywood actresses including Jeanette Loff and Raquel Torres modeling Spring fashions in color.

Starring: Raquel Torres, Edna Murphy, Corliss Palmer, Laura La Plante, Ruth Elder, Jeanette Loff, Barbara Bedford, Lina Basquette, Sally Blane, Dorothy Burgess ..
Directed by: Meredith E. Fulton, George W. Gibson
Release date: 1928-11-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1928 : The Miracle of a Locomotive

The Miracle of a Locomotive

0.0/10 IMDB

Documentary on making locomotives.

Directed by: Terry Ramsaye
Release date: 1928-06-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1928 : The Sky: A Film Lesson in

The Sky: A Film Lesson in "Nature Study"

0.0/10 IMDB

An early documentary about life above Earth, focusing on the planet's atmosphere and how what we do affects it. Also shown is a young boy learning how to to make a refractive telescope. In the last half of the film, an aircraft takes an imaginary trip to the moon.

Release date: 1928-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1928 : El Corazón de una Nación

El Corazón de una Nación

0.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about the city of Santiago

Directed by: Edmundo Urrutia
Release date: 1928-11-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1928 : Scenes of the Everglades

Scenes of the Everglades

0.0/10 IMDB

Businessman and adventurer Homer Augustus Brinkley produced this film in 1928 after living for several months among the Seminole Indians in the Everglades. He later used the film in a traveling show that featured a live, caged bear and himself dressed as a Seminole. Photographed by William B. Feeland, the film contains some of the earliest moving footage of the Seminole.

Directed by: Homer A. Brinkley
Release date: 1928-01-01

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