Best Documentary Movies of 1929
Autour de l'argent
A documentary about the making of L'argent, the epic silent film directed by Marcel L'Herbier. The film shows the details of many of the more complicated moving camera shots.
Arthur Conan Doyle
A 1929 Fox newsreel interview with the author and spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He speaks about his greatest literary creation, Sherlock Holmes, and his work in spiritualism. Release year attributions of 1927 are incorrect. For further details see: http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/S/SirArthurConanDoyle1929.html
Sound Test for Blackmail
The short sequence, photographed by Jack E Cox, has Hitchcock trying his best to embarrass the film's Czech lead Anny Ondra, who ends up giggling and turning her back to the camera...
A silent film by John Grierson. It tells the story of Britain's North Sea herring fishery.
A montage of the skyscrapers of Manhattan opens with a succession of stationary views of the upper portions of numerous buildings. This is followed by a wide variety of fluid shots, which also begin to show more and more of the surrounding city, in addition to the skyscrapers themselves.
Finding His Voice
Animated figure Talkie gets a visit from his friend Mutie in search for a job. Talkie takes him to the Western Electric sound lab...
A glorious glimpse of mirth and merriment. (Topical Budget 944-2)
Glimpses of the Culion Leper Colony and of Culion Life
This is one of the earliest representations of the Philippines in moving images. Stored in the British Film Institute archives, this administrative reconnaissance film exhibits the Culion leper colony in the province of Palawan and is being shown for the first time in the country.
Shooting at Federsee
Hermann Hähnle demonstrates some of his camera techniques for capturing wild life at the Federsee lake in Southern Germany.
An ironic look at what it is like to be beautiful for a woman (and handsome for a few men) in the Paris of the late twenties.