Public Domain Movies
Running Time: mins Black & White
Written and Produced for the U.S. Government by Joseph Krumgold. Depicts the Chavez family, who herd sheep in and around Las Cordovas, New Mexico.
Running Time: 12 mins Black & White
The work of José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), important Mexican satirist during the Porfiriato.
Running Time: 18 mins Color
Starring: Directed by Reino Randall and Richard Townsend
his highly informative, well-made film focused on four geograophical areas: 1) Coyotepec, 2) Metepec (the art of Timotéo), 3) Tonalá (the work of Señores Palacios and Galván), 4) Puebla. Here we see low-fire pottery making as it was done by primitive methods before the potter's wheel, and the manufacture of the beautiful blue and white Talavera and polychrome high-fire pottery of Puebla.
Running Time: 16 mins Color
Starring: Directed by Willard Hahn
Here, Willard Hahn travels to the village of San Diego de Tecoltepec, 6 miles from Toluca. He focuses on the harvesting of maguey juice, the washing of clothes in-stream, and the town’s water cistern, as the village has no running water. The villagers board a beautiful old bus to take their goods to the nearby market in Toluca, and walk home to avoid paying the fare of several centavos.
Running Time: 14 mins Black & White
This film showcases the work of the Jiménez family of Oaxaca, and the legendary Zapotec potter Doña Rosa Real de Nieto, and her traditional technique of below-ground firing.
Running Time: 7 mins Black & White
Starring: film by J.H. Hoffberg
This documentary film by J.H. Hoffberg features scenes of Mexico City from the 1920s and early 1930s .