1900s Documentary Movies

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Electrocuting an Elephant(1903)

1.3/5 (with 25 votes)

This is a film taken of the execution of Topsy, an elephant employed to help build Luna Park on Coney Island.

Directed by Thomas Alva Edison

The Terrible Eruption of Mount Pelee and Destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique(1902)

2.6/5 (with 14 votes)

This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity. The numerous explosions which took place during the eruption are plain to be seen. Thousands upon thousands of tons of molten lava, sand, rocks and steam are thrown high in the air and descend with crushing force upon the unfortunate inhabitants of the doomed city of St. Pierre. This is the worst calamity which occurred since a similar eruption by Mt. Vesuvius when Pompeii was destroyed. (Lubin Catalog)

Directed by Georges Méliès

Grandma Despina(1905)

2.4/5 (with 6 votes)

This scene is a part of the very first film shot produced by the Manaki Brothers. Despina, the Janaki and Milton Manaki's grandmother, was recorded weaving in one high-angle shot. For no apparent reason, the first shot made in Macedonia, in the Balkans in fact, made by these two cinematography pioneers, contains peculiar symbolics: at the moment when the grandmother Despina spins the weaving wheel, film starts rolling in our country.

Day at the Circus(1901)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

We present here a series of interesting pictures and show a number of scenes just as witnessed by a visitor to the Great Forepaugh and Sells Bros. combined four-ring circus. We begin by showing the complete circus parade as it takes place in the street. The first scene shows the parade coming down a broad asphalt avenue with park in background. Entire parade shows elephants, camels, band wagons, chariots, cages of animals, and full circus paraphernalia, making a most interesting subject. The next picture shows the assembly or grand entry, and includes the entrance into the arena of the elephants, chariots, wild animals, horses, camels, etc.

President McKinley Taking the Oath(1901)

2.5/5 (with 10 votes)

President McKinley taking the Oath.

Directed by Thomas Alva Edison - With William McKinley

Living Wigan(1902)

2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

This vibrant film was shown as part of the Lancashire town's celebrations of Edward VII's coronation. People wave, cheer and laugh at the camera as a tram worker playfully tries to clear them out of the way by spraying them with water. As the camera pans to follow the tram disappearing down the hill, it passes over women in shawls, men smoking, and a little girl in a bonnet being held aloft.

Directed by Sagar Mitchell

Morecambe Church Lads' Brigade at Drill(1901)

2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Larking about during Church Lads' Brigade drill and parade in Morecambe.

Directed by James Kenyon

Army Life: Mounted Infantry(1900)

2.3/5 (with 3 votes)

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Directed by Robert W. Paul
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