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Nanook of the North
Robert Flaherty made this wonderful film of Eskimo (Inuit) life following six years as an Artic explorer for the Canadian Northern Railway. Flaherty seized upon the idea of structuring his movie around characters who reenacted episodes of their lives and…
Discovering Cinema - The Birth of Sound and Color Movies
Discovering Cinema is a 2 part collection comprised of Learning to Talk and Movies Dream in Color. Film historians Eric Lange and Serge Bromberg compiled materials from their own Lobster Films collection and material from archives throughout Europe and the…
2 videos
The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt
The youngest president in our nation's history, who brought an unprecedented excitement and power to the office, the life of America's 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, makes any fiction pale by comparison. His was the life of a magnificent maverick -…
Palace of Silents - The Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles
On Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles there is a 150-seat movie theater that for over sixty-eight years has doggedly dedicated itself to the exhibition of silent films. Built in 1942 by maverick film preservationist and collector John Hampton, the theater…
Listen to Britain: And Other Films by Humphrey Jennings
Humphrey Jennings was one of the greatest figures in the celebrated British documentary film movement, and he is most remembered for the way his work reflects the concerns and conditions of World War II-time in the United Kingdom. He is…
7 videos
Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
Esfir Shub culls her landmark documentary from pre-Soviet Russian newsreels gathered from Europe and America. In May 1913 the Romanov Dynasty celebrates its 300th anniversary at the Russian throne. The last emperor in the long line is czar Nicholas II.…
When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose  - The Making of Early Movies
In the early 1980s, documentary filmmaker Stephen Schaller was instrumental in the rediscovery and restoration of The Lumberjack (1914), the oldest surviving film made in Wisconsin, and produced by a group of itinerant filmmakers who traveled from town to town…
The Birth of the Tramp
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
This 63-minute documentary by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange chronicles Chaplin's rise to stardom in concordance with early cinema's growth from fairground attraction into an international industry.
Salt for Svanetia
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
A 1930 Georgian silent documentary film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. As one of the earliest ethnographic films, it documents the life of the Svan people in the isolated mountain village of Ushguli in Svanetia, in the northwestern part of the…
Turksib
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
TURKSIB set itself the modest goal of educating the Soviet public about the need for a railroad connecting Siberia and Turkestan. Although the film was released before construction of the railroad was completed, which would not be until 1931, the…