1920s Short Documentary Movies

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12min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 29 votes)

A lyrical portrait of Amsterdam and its changing appearance during a rain-shower.

A Trip to Paramountown(1922)

20min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Documentary short film depicting the filmmaking activity at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, featuring dozens of stars captured candidly and at work.

The Making of an American(1920)

2.1/5 (with 5 votes)

Docudrama encouraging immigrants to master English and become successful, assimilated Americans.

Directed by Guy Hedlund


17min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

Come take an avant-garde walk in the Montparnasse of the late 1920's. This district of Paris, filmed in a most unusual way, shows how dedicated it is to art. Visit its art galleries and exhibitions, take a glimpse of famous painter Fujita, of Luis Buñuel eyeing the legs of beautiful Parisian passing the terrace of the café where he sits, of Italian futurists Marinetti, Prampolini and Russolo.

The Bridge(1928)

16min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 9 votes)

The Hefbrug may not be a remarkably beautiful bridge, but through a mix of close-ups, long shots, bird’s eye views and low angles, Joris Ivens conveys a sense of the bridge’s structure, its intricate mechanisms and ways of operating, the way it fits into the overall transport infrastructure and therefore the immense importance of this bridge for the whole city of Rotterdam.

Directed by Joris Ivens

The Pottery Maker(1925)

15min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A little girl watches the craftsman at work while inter-titles explain the particulars of pottery-making.

Directed by Robert J. Flaherty

Pathé Review: Monsters of the Past(1923)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Sculptress Virginia May is seen making a clay model of a tyrannosaurus rex, which is animated using stop motion, and then fights a stop-motion triceratops. Although Miss May's only known relationship with the movies is this particular short, her contemporary, Willis O'Brien and his student Ray Harryhausen certainly made the field a lively one until computer animation caught up in the 1990s -- and arguably their artistry is still unsurpassed.

Jews on the Land(1927)

17min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

This documentary depicts the creation of collective farms for Jews in Crimea. It shows them building their houses, digging a well, and farming the land.

Directed by Abram Room

St Kilda: Britain's Loneliest Isle(1928)

3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Travelogue of a sailing from Glasgow to St Kilda (via other Scottish islands) showing life on St Kilda shortly before it was evacuated.

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