Best Documentary Movies of 1934


Man of Aran

7.3/10 IMDB

For the last 200 years the Aran Islands have exercised a powerfully romantic fascination on the outside world which is without equal anywhere else in the country. They were believed to contain the essence of the ancient Irish life, represented by a pure uncorrupted peasant existence centred around the struggle between man and his hostile but magnificent surroundings. This myth, strengthened by the writings of Yeats and especially Synge was hugely expanded by the release in 1934 of Man of Aran, a documentary on the life of the Island people. This film won international acclaim and explained in no small way why so many different nationalities walk the surface of Aran in their thousands between May and October each year.

Starring: Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane ..
Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty
Release date: 1934-04-24

The Song of Ceylon

6.2/10 IMDB

Ambitious documentary chronicling the cultural life and religious customs of the Sinhalese and the effects of advanced industrialism on such customs.

Directed by: Basil Wright
Release date: 1934-11-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1934 : Death Day

Death Day

6.5/10 IMDB

During his adventure in Mexico, Sergei Eisenstein made footage of a Mexican "Death Day" celebration for inclusion in his "Que Viva Mexico!" film project. When the 200,000-plus feet of film he eventually exposed in Mexico was first attempted to be made into a feature film, "Thunder Over Mexico", the producers excluded the Death Day material for subsequent compilation as an independent short subject. Silent with music track and explanatory English intertitles.

Directed by: Sergei Eisenstein
Release date: 1934-06-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1934 : Strikes and Spares

Strikes and Spares

6.4/10 IMDB

This short features professional bowler Andy Varipapa. He first shows the correct way to grip a bowling ball and the proper form for delivering the ball down the alley. He then performs several trick shots.

Starring: Pete Smith, Andy Varipapa, Buster Brodie, Ray Turner ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1934-10-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1934 : The Hollywood Gad-About

The Hollywood Gad-About

7.8/10 IMDB

A parade highlights the Screen Actors Guild's Film Stars Frolic, hosted by Walter Winchell as Master of Ceremonies.

Starring: Walter Winchell, Mary Astor, James Cagney, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Billy Barty, Sy Bartlett, Billy Barty, Monte Carter, Gordon De Main ..
Release date: 1934-10-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1934 : The First World War

The First World War

7.7/10 IMDB

Produced by the Fox Movietone News arm of Fox Film Corporation and based on the book by Lawrence Stallings, this expanded newsreel, using stock-and-archive footage, tells the story of World War I from inception to conclusion. Alternating with scenes of trench warfare and intimate glimpses of European royalty at home, and scenes of conflict at sea combined with sequences of films from the secret archives of many of the involved nations.

Starring: Pedro de Cordoba ..
Release date: 1934-11-08

Switzerland the Beautiful

6.8/10 IMDB

In this Traveltalk series short we learn that four million ethnic French, German and Italian people live in Switzerland. The Alps and their important part in the country's history is noted. We view vividly-coloured alpine wildflowers which cover the mountain meadows in the spring. We see rushing mountain streams, fed by melting snows, and then learn of colourful alpine chalets and traditional wood-carving amongst other highlights.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: Ruth FitzPatrick
Release date: 1934-10-02

Pro Football

6.7/10 IMDB

This MGM Oddity features the 1933 National Football League champion Chicago Bears. The team demonstrates various plays, which are shown first in real time, then in slow motion.

Starring: Pete Smith, William 'Link' Lyman, George Musso, Charles 'Ookie' Miller, Jules 'Zuck' Carlson, Gene Ronzani, Bill Hewitt, Jack Manders, Bronko Nagurski, Carl Brumbaugh ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1934-09-22

The Hollywood You Never See

6.4/10 IMDB

The making of Cleopatra (1934), showing pre-production, DeMille directing a scene, and the addition of music to the soundtrack.

Starring: Cecil B. DeMille ..
Directed by: Herbert Moulton
Release date: 1934-01-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1934 : Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove

Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove

5.4/10 IMDB

Several members of MGM's 'galaxy of stars' attend an evening of music and a fashion show.

Starring: Leo Carrillo, Gary Cooper, Mary Pickford, Jack Oakie, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mack Brown, Toby Wing, Richard Cromwell, Mary Brian, Ann Sheridan ..
Directed by: Louis Lewyn
Release date: 1934-12-01

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