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Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

Oct 17, 2019

Caligula with Mary Beard (2013)


Two thousand years ago one of history's most notorious individuals was born. Professor Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus - better known to us as Caligula. Caligula has now become known as Rome's most capricious tyrant, and the stories told about him are some of the most extraordinary told about any Roman emperor. Piecing together the evidence, Mary puts Caligula back into the context of his times to reveal an astonishing story of murder, intrigue and dynastic family power. Above all, she explains why Caligula has ended up with such a seemingly irredeemable reputation. In the process, she reveals a more intriguing portrait of not just the monster, but the man.

Oct 15, 2019

Three Songs About Lenin (1934)


Ten years after the death of V. I. Lenin in 1924, Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov celebrates the man and his legacy in this three-part propagandistic documentary. The first section depicts the triumph of Communism over Islam through education for women and automated agriculture. The second looks back at the period of mourning that followed Lenin's death. The triumphant final section showcases the Soviet Union's rapid social and technological advances in the decade after the leader's passing.

In Search of Arcadia (2017)


Art historian Dr Janina Ramirez and angler John Bailey go in search of the origins and ethos of the 18th-century English Landscape movement along a 12-mile stretch of the River Thames.

Drifters (1929)


Drifters is silent documentary film by John Grierson, and tells the story of Britain's North Sea herring fishery.

Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion (2011)


The extraordinary insightful filmed story of an often over-looked youth subculture that swept across cities like Liverpool, Manchester and London when notorious football firms stole expensive designer sportswear from the countries they visited. It didn't start with the high-street giants telling these lads what to wear. Instead, they set the trends and the high-street stores caught up. As the 1980s began in Britain, under the radar the 'casual' had already arrived. The film includes recently-unearthed archive footage and gives insightful interviews with personalities like Peter Hooton, who were at the heart of the story at a time when football and fashion mattered more than corporate hospitality and sanitized stadiums.

Oct 14, 2019

The Great White Silence (1924)


In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

90° South (1933)


Cinematographer Herbert G. Ponting uses his footage of Antarctic missions to recount British naval officer Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated voyage to the South Pole.

Oct 6, 2019

Welcome to Kutsher's: The Last Catskills Resort (2012)


The history of Kutsher's Country Club in New York. Kutsher's Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's has been family-owned and operated for over 100 years. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience-- and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries-- this documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes.

The Revisionaries (2012)


The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.


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