Best Documentary Movies of 1928
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.
In the Shadow of the Pole
Documentary about a Pole expedition.
Gow the Head Hunter
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.
The Circus: Premiere
Footage from the premiere of Charlie Chaplin's 1928 film 'The Circus'.
Hollywood actresses including Jeanette Loff and Raquel Torres modeling Spring fashions in color.
The Miracle of a Locomotive
Documentary on making locomotives.
The Sky: A Film Lesson in "Nature Study"
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.
El Corazón de una Nación
Documentary about the city of Santiago
Scenes of the Everglades
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.