Best Documentary Movies of 1933
New Deal Rhythm
Plotless musical revue celebrating President Franklin D. Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration.
All at Sea
"All at Sea" is a short documentary of Cooke, Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard all on Chaplin's yacht on an afternoon sail.
In the Wake of the Bounty
The film explores the story of the Bounty and is based on the 1932 novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall.
The Rugged Island: A Shetland Lyric
Hailed by John Grierson as 'one of the best descriptions of life in the country anybody has yet made', the film follows a young couple torn between the choice of emigration to Australia or remaining to work their croft in Shetland.
Producer Samuel Cummins, along with five participants in World War I, discuss the key events of the war as illustrated by an assemblage of battlefield and other documentary footage. This film is not the same as, but seems likely to have either inspired or been inspired by, Norman Lee's British production of the same title (q.v.), apparently released the following year.
Jazz a la Cuba
One of the short little films featuring Don Aspiazu of his own orchestra, a good example of the style of Cubano jazz in the 1920's and 1930's, combined with some sporadic, picturesque images of contemporary Cuba.
Duck Hunters' Paradise
This short follows two duck hunters in the Sacramento River Valley.
Fiji and Samoa, the Cannibal Isles
Another FitzPatrick TravelTalk, taking us to the titular islands.
A documentary of explorer Richard Halliburton's travels on the Indian sub-continent, featuring a mix of real and staged footage.
Mussolini Speaks is a 1933 documentary film highlighting the first 10 years of Benito Mussolini’s rule as Prime Minister of Italy. The film, narrated by U.S. radio broadcaster Lowell Thomas, includes footage of the Fascists’ March on Rome, the Lateran Treaty between Italy and The Holy See, engineering projects in Italy and North Africa, and excerpts of speeches by Mussolini.