About: This true, astonishing storyline of what Lord Leopold II did in the Congo was forgotten for over 50 years. "Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death" describes how Lord Leopold II of Belgium turned the Congo into his personal colony between 1885 and 1908. Under his control, Congo became a gulag labour camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-trade...
About: Sigmund Freud's revolutionary concepts transformed our conception of the mind. Yet, fears and obsessions wracked the father of psychoanalysis. His theories continue to inspire debate, even as the discipline he invented drifts farther from his work. Through private letters, diaries and interviews with biographers, psychiatrists and Freud's grandchildren, this documentary explores the life of the bo...
About: The very first documentary about Jane Elliott's educational experiment about discrimination, which was originally produced for ABC News, in which she conducts an unforgettable lesson with her third-grade class in Riceville, Iowa.
About: Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould enjoys a respite at his lakeside cottage. It is an aspect of Gould previously known only to the collie pacing beside him through the woods, the fishermen resting their oars to hear his piano, and fellow musicians like Franz Kraemer, with whom Gould talks of composition.
About: In 2012, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel, gave a talk, making his field in astrophysics understandable for everyone interested. Specifically, he explained the history and newest developments in the understanding of galaxies and black holes.
About: Beginning in the 1980s, musical pioneer Tom Waits underwent a constructive transformation, evolving into an even more experimental, provocative artist while remaining a famous figure. Chronicling the extraordinary two-decade period, this revealing documentary details an esteemed panel of commentators, rarely seen interviews and remarkable footage and photography of a real iconoclast at work. Songs...
About: "Diamond Joe" Esposito, who was Elvis's greatest mate and street manager for almost 20 years, takes us behind the scenes of the King's life in methods no one else can. With deeply private knowledge, Esposito presents this rare and intimate compilation of stories giving an insider's perspective on the life and untimely death of one of rock and roll's legendary stars.
About: A profile of a preoperative transsexual, director Matthew Barbato's fascinating documentary follows Alexis Arquette as she prepares for her upcoming gender-reassignment surgery. Part of a popular Hollywood family that contains siblings Rosanna, Patricia and David, Alexis (nee Robert) is a well-known drag performer, underground cartoonist and actor who's appeared in variety of films, including the ...
About: Choreographed by Frederick Ashton in honor of William Shakespeare's 400th birthday, this magical production -- based on the Bard's enjoy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- details Felix Mendelssohn's famed score and sublime sets that add to the charm. Ethan Stiefel delivers an impressive performance as the lordly Oberon, Alessandra Ferri shines as fairy queen Titania, and Herman Cornejo is pitch-perfe...
About: The life and work of Samuel Goldwyn, a Polish-born glove salesman who became one of Hollywood's best independent producers, is remembered in this classy documentary created for the PBS American Masters series. Based on A. Scott Berg's acclaimed biography, the movie contains fresh interviews with Goldwyn's surviving family members as well as vintage interviews with such luminaries as Bette Davis, J...
About: In 1967, a young David Lynch grabbed his fresh Bolex 16mm camera, to movie his mate and mentor Bushnell Keeler and brother Dave Keeler sailing on the Chesapeake Bay in Bush's King's Cruiser. This was David Lynch's very first film, which he prefers to call a "home movie". It depicts a man, a painter, who changed David's life forever pursuing the artist's life, which he continues to this day.
About: It was an epic war of brains vs brawn that determined the course of human history. Witness our prehistoric ancestors as they clash with a fully various species of humans, the Neanderthals, some 30,000 years ago in Ice Age Europe. Neanderthals, stocky, strong and able to tolerate intense pain vs their foes, the Cro-Magnons, weaker and more fragile but with a superior brain. Cutting-edge archaeologi...
About: The movie starts with a sun materializing out of the emptiness of space. In the first of three sequences we see different photos from nature vs music: the sky, trees, leaves, a bird, water, sand, a beach. A tiny man wanders along the beach observing the natural globe around him. He walks and presently comes to a house and peers inside. The second sequence has no music. The narrator speaks of sculp...
About: Prestigious guitarist Stanley Jordan is well-known for his exclusive test of the guitar: His 10 fingers run along the neck of the instrument, creating unique sound results related to those created by a keyboard. This video filmed at the XI Montreal International Jazz Festival presents Jordan's spectacular guitar solos, confirming his immense talent (as if any confirmation were necessary!).
About: "20 Centavos" is a feature-length documentary that portrays the social and political unrest triggered by the war vs the raise in the rates of public move in Sao Paulo and follows all the developments, on a national scale, of these early protests. Its main characters are the streets, the public territories taken by the voice of the protesters. Its speech is constructed by billboard after billboard,...
About: MGM Studios, which was formed the effect of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company, was the premier Hollywood film studio from the mid 1920's to the end of the 1950's, when a court ruling dissolved the close association between film studios and film theaters leading to the end of the studio system that controlled what happened in Hollywood, and when tv...
About: "Operation Spring" is a documentary thriller about a police investigation and court proceedings vs Africans suspected of belonging to a Nigerian drug ring. Fresh laws were implemented and fresh ways of investigation were place to the use for the first time. The movie poses the question of whether the defendants ever stood a possibility of receiving a fair trial.
About: Among the pieces featured in Fragments are the final reel of John Ford's The Village Blacksmith (1922) and a glimpse at Emil Jannings in The Method of All Flesh (1927), the only Oscar®-winning performance in a lost film. Fragments also details clips from such lost movies as Cleopatra (1917), starring Theda Bara; The Miracle Boy (1919), with Lon Chaney; He Comes Up Smiling (1918), starring Douglas ...
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