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Showing posts with label History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

Sep 26, 2019

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Part documentary and part cinematic art, this film follows a city in the 1920s Soviet Union throughout the day, from morning to night. Directed by Dziga Vertov, with a variety of complex and innovative camera shots, the film depicts scenes of ordinary daily life in Russia. Vertov celebrates the modernity of the city, with its vast buildings, dense population and bustling industries. While there are no titles or narration, Vertov still naturally conveys the marvels of the modern city.

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie (2013)

Once a vibrant part of American culture, nearly 5000 drive-ins once dotted the nation from big cities to small towns, but today less than 400 remain. In a nation that loves cars and movies, why haven't they survived?

Sep 25, 2019

12th and Clairmount (2017)

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America's most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, this film fuses rare archival footage from the era - including newsreel, educational films and more than 400 reels of home movies donated by Detroiters - along with illustrations. The narrative combines contemporary interviews, oral histories, radio broadcasts and dispatch recordings to create an immersive film experience that transports the audience back in time to explore the causes and aftermath of Detroit's most pivotal moment in history.

The Bomb (2015)

The Bomb is a 2015 American documentary film about the history of nuclear weapons, from theoretical scientific considerations at the very beginning, to their first use on August 6, 1945, to their global political implications in the present day.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)

Arguably no one did more to shape understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Here, she fights against the ruthless redevelopment projects of urban planner Robert Moses.

Sep 24, 2019

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

As Australian cinema broke through to international audiences in the 1970s through respected art house films like Peter Weir's "Picnic At Hanging Rock," a new underground of low-budget exploitation filmmakers were turning out considerably less highbrow fare. Documentary filmmaker Mark Hartley explores this unbridled era of sex and violence, complete with clips from some of the scene's most outrageous flicks and interviews with the renegade filmmakers themselves.

Sep 22, 2019

Prosecuting Evil (2018)

A portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace.

Sep 20, 2019

Steal a Pencil for Me (2007)

A Hollander shares barracks with both his wife and his mistress in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus (2014)

Filmmaker Tim Mahoney travels the globe in search of archaeological evidence that the Exodus, as told in the Old Testament, actually occurred.

Sep 17, 2019

The Waldheim Waltz (2018)

Filmmaker Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, and the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election.

The Lost World of Mr. Hardy (2008)

Discover an amazing lost world from angling's golden days. The Hardy's were fishing tackle makers to Kings, Queens and Maharajahs. A movie about a love of fly fishing and a passion for craftsmanship told over 100 years.

Sep 16, 2019

My Life in China (2014)

In America, everyone has a family story of immigration. Every family, at some point, has had somebody leave their native country behind to search for a better life. How did they hold onto their identity? How did they adapt to their new life? Every family has a special story. In my case, it's my Chinese-American story. My father would always tell us his story about walking for 7 days and 6 nights, before swimming for 4 hours to Macau to escape communism in 1966. His story would fall on my deaf ears until I returned to China with him.

AeroPress Movie (2018)

AeroPress Movie is a documentary revealing the story of AeroPress - from its inventor's workshop in California to the stages of the AeroPress Championships around the world. It explores what makes people so excited about this odd looking yet iconic coffee maker.

Sep 15, 2019

Germany in Autumn (1978)

Nine fictitious documentaries and films that reflect the mood of Germany in the late 1970s, particularly the two month period in 1977 when a businessman was kidnapped by the RAF (Red Army Faction). The kidnap had been made to orchestrate the release of the original leaders of the RAF, also know as the Baader-Meinhof.

Sep 13, 2019

The Hope: The Rebirth of Israel (2015)

"The Hope: The Rebirth of Israel" examines the creation of the State of Israel, covering a time period from early Jewish settlers and philanthropists in the 19th century to the Israeli declaration of statehood in 1948.

The Address (2014)

A Ken Burns documentary about the Greenwood School, a small school in Putney, Vt., where students memorize, practice and recite Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address every year. Included: the history, context and importance of the speech.

16 Acres (2012)

16 Acres is a 2012 documentary film directed by Richard Hankin which provides an account of the recovery effort following the September 11 attack, specifically the reconstruction process of the World Trade Center site.

Sep 12, 2019

St. Christopher (1967)

An affecting observational documentary about the education of youngsters with learning disabilities at two Rudolph Steiner schools, in Bristol and Yorkshire. An extra on the BFI Flipside DVD Private Road.

Sep 10, 2019

Inside Alcatraz: Legends of the Rock (2015)

New and revealing interviews from those who know the truth about The Rock.

Come Back, Africa (1959)

In apartheid-era South Africa, a black farmer leaves the countryside and tries to make a living in Johannesburg.