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...
Rostros de paseantes en el Parque de la Alameda
Faces of walkers in Alameda Park
Dos mujeres en el parque
Ladies acting and blowing kisses.
Aviadores y amigos en la Hacienda San Carlos
Airmen and friends at Hacienda San Carlos
Construcción de carretera
Cosme Renella ingresando al avión
Cosme Renella entering the plane.
Catedral y Plaza Grande
Cathedral and Plaza Grande
Rostros Toreros, Max Espinoza Lara, El Marinero, Rafael Gómez El Gallo, El Divino Calvo
Gente espectando el avión
People watching the plane
Mujeres de teatro o 'las cómicas'
Theater women or 'the comics'
Bailes de salón
Corrida Bufa: Charlot Chaplin y sus botones
Charlie Chaplin look-a-like doing bullfighting.
Vuelo de avión
Tres parejas ensayan una escena en el vehículo
Three couples rehearse a scene in the car.
Iglesia, Portería y Convento de San Francisco
Church, Portería and Convent of San Francisco
Paseo de las banderillas anunciando los toros
Paseo de las banderillas announcing the bulls
Mujer y hombre a caballo
Woman and man on horseback
Desfile con retrato de Eloy Alfaro
Parade with portrait of Eloy Alfaro
Corrida profesional Plaza Belmonte
Professional bullfight Plaza Belmonte
Vistas aéreas de la ciudad de Quito
Aerial views of the city of Quito
Indígenas Fiestas de la Mama Negra Pujilí
Indigenous Feasts of the Black Mama Pujilí
Baile de Pasillo 'al taconeo'
Hall dance 1929
Driving a machine
Mujeres indígenas en el Lago San Pablo
Indigenous women at Lake San Pablo
Arco de Santo Domingo El Tranvía
Arch of Santo Domingo The Tram
Reunión de Médicos
Arco de la Reina
Arch of the Queen
Autoridades civiles militares y religiosas
Civil military and religious authorities
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.
Telling the World
As the title suggests, ‘Telling The World’ was made for an overseas audience as was much of the Government film unit’s output. It covers the roles and functions of the Cinema and Photographic Branch and shows Bert Ive filming some of the iconic images he would capture of important Australian events and places. The opening sequence shows a meeting between the Cinema Branch’s Officer-in-Charge Lyn Maplestone and Bert Ive, who appear periodically throughout the film. Ive continued to work for the branch until his death in 1939. The film has been sepia toned, a specialised chemical treatment enhancing black and white film with a warmer tone. Some scenes in the processing laboratory are tinted red. An excellent example of the period’s documentary and innovative filmmaking techniques.
Motorists Make Merry
Marvel at the daring stunts performed by motorcyclists at their grand gymkhana in Egham in 1929.
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.
Under The Southern Cross
Under the Southern Cross also known as The Devil's Pit or Taranga, is a 1929 American drama film set in New Zealand, directed by Lew Collins for Universal Studios, who also wrote the screenplay. Originally titled Taranga by the original director Alexander Markey, but was completed by Collins and released as Under the Southern Cross in 1929, then with the introduction of sound was given a soundtrack and retitled The Devil’s Pit in 1930. The film was shot on White Island, which has an active volcano. It is one of four films (with Down on the Farm, Hei Tiki and On the Friendly Road) which lay claim to be the first "New Zealand talkie", although dubious as the sound was added to the 1930 release in the United States. Only fragments of out-takes are left. The film probably has no connection with the 1927 British film of the same name, directed by Gustav Pauli.
From Valencia to Granada
One of the Fitzpatrick traveltalks, this film begins in Valencia. We travel down the Spanish coast, visiting the people who live in caves. We end up in Granda, visiting the Alhambra and several other locations.
With Car and Camera Around the World
A travelogue shot on 35 mm by Walter and Aloha Wanderwell, capture the 1920 era’s ongoing enthrallment with the speed and range offered by motorized wheels.