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  • BAM150 (2012)
  • Documentary,
  • A captivating history of the nation's oldest performing arts center - which largely mirrors the evolution of experimental and progressive performing arts in 20th century America - BAM150 chronicles the vibrant past, present and future of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Through footage of recent performances, intimate interviews, and an astonishing treasure trove of 150 years' worth of archival materials, BAM150 is a testament to the power and stamina of the institution that established Brooklyn as a cultural mecca-serving as a home to such greats as Enrico Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt, Edwin Booth, Merce Cunningham, Robert Wilson, Mark Morris, Laurie Anderson, and Pina Bausch.
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BAM150 2012
Classic Albums: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
  • Classic Albums: Black Sabbath - Paranoid (2010)
  • Documentary, Music,
  • The story of how the classic album "Paranoid" was made, with stories from band members to those who were influenced by its content, form and vitality. Paranoid is the second studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, it was the band's only LP to top the UK Albums Chart until the release of 13 in 2013. Paranoid contains several of the band's signature songs, including "Iron Man", "War Pigs" and the title track, which was the band's only Top 20 hit, reaching number 4 in the UK charts. It is often regarded as one of the most quintessential and influential albums in heavy metal history.
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Classic Albums: Black Sabbath - Paranoid 2010
Classic Albums: Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Classic Albums: Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (2003)
  • Documentary, Music,
  • Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of this classic album, learn how Pink Floyd assembled "Dark Side of the Moon" with the aid of original engineer Alan Parsons. All four band members--Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright--are interviewed at length, giving valuable insights into the recording process. The themes of the album are discussed at length, and the band take you back to the original multi track tapes to illustrate how they pieced together the songs. With individual performances of certain tracks from Roger, David, and Richard included, this is an essential purchase for any Pink Floyd fans, and a fascinating artefact for rock historians everywhere.
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Classic Albums: Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon 2003
Comment j'ai détesté les maths
  • Comment j'ai détesté les maths (2013)
  • Documentary, Mystery,
  • What is striking when you talk with mathematicians is that sparkle in their eyes, and their sudden joyful voice trying to share with you a concept, a theory. They continuously use words such as invention, beauty, freedom. You then ask yourself : how such a rich language, this quasi-philosophical proposition about the world becomes rejected by a majority, 'the only discipline where one prides itself to be bad at it'!
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Comment j'ai détesté les maths 2013
Flatland²: Sphereland
  • Flatland²: Sphereland (2012)
  • Documentary,
  • In the exciting sequel to "Flatland: The Movie", Hex encounters all new mathematical puzzles and embarks on a journey across multiple dimensions to save a doomed Flatland space mission and discover the true shape of her universe. Based on "Flatland" by Edwin A. Abbott and "Sphereland" by Dionys Burger.
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Flatland²: Sphereland 2012
The Best of Martial Arts Films
  • The Best of Martial Arts Films (1990)
  • Action, Documentary,
  • The most explosive barehanded combat sequences ever filmed. An electrifying video of martial arts mastery and mayhem. This program takes a behind-the-scenes look at the weapons, the mystical eastern philosophy, and the incredible skills that have made martial arts films one of the most popular genres in the world today.
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The Best of Martial Arts Films 1990
John Waters: This Filthy World
  • John Waters: This Filthy World (2006)
  • Comedy, Documentary,
  • In this filmed version of cult film director John Waters' popular one-man show, the Pink Flamingos and A Dirty Shame director takes the stage to discuss everything from his early influences, fondest career memories, and notorious struggles against the MPAA rating system. Part endearing memoir and part hilarious lecture, This Filthy World touches on everything from the insanity of contemporary pop culture to the director's unforgettable early collaborations with inimitable Pink Flamingos star Divine.
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John Waters: This Filthy World 2006
Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann
  • Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (1994)
  • Documentary,
  • An intimate portrait of the photographer and the complex, enigmatic pictures she takes of her children
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Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann 1994
Cathedrals of Culture
  • Cathedrals of Culture (2014)
  • Documentary,
  • "If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE offers six startling responses. This 3D film project about the soul of buildings allows six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure. Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the project. Buildings, they show us, are material manifestations of human thought and action: the Berlin Philharmonic, an icon of modernity; the National Library of Russia, a kingdom of thoughts; Halden Prison, the world's most humane prison; the Salk Institute, an institute for breakthrough science; the Oslo Opera House, a futuristic symbiosis of art and life; and the Centre Pompidou, a modern culture machine. CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE explores how each of these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.
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Cathedrals of Culture 2014
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
  • Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2012)
  • Documentary,
  • This intimate and loving portrait of the legendary arbiter of fashion, art and culture illustrates the many stages of Vreeland's remarkable life. Born in Paris in 1903, she was to become New York's "Empress of Fashion" and a celebrated Vogue editor.
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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 2012
Electrocuting an Elephant
  • Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)
  • Documentary,
  • This is a film taken of the execution of Topsy, an elephant employed to help build Luna Park on Coney Island.
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Electrocuting an Elephant 1903
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2
  • Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 (2014)
  • Documentary,
  • Joe Cross took viewers on his journey from overweight and sick to healthy and fit via a 60-day juice fast in the award-winning Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. With Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2, he looks at keeping healthy habits long-term.
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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 2014
Root of All Evil?
  • Root of All Evil? (2006)
  • Documentary,
  • In this two-part Channel 4 series, Professor Richard Dawkins challenges what he describes as 'a process of non-thinking called faith'. He describes his astonishment that, at the start of the 21st century, religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth. Science, based on scepticism, investigation and evidence, must continuously test its own concepts and claims. Faith, by definition, defies evidence: it is untested and unshakeable, and is therefore in direct contradiction with science. In addition, though religions preach morality, peace and hope, in fact, says Dawkins, they bring intolerance, violence and destruction. The growth of extreme fundamentalism in so many religions across the world not only endangers humanity but, he argues, is in conflict with the trend over thousands of years of history for humanity to progress to become more enlightened and more tolerant.
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Root of All Evil? 2006
Natural History Museum Alive
  • Natural History Museum Alive (2014)
  • Documentary,
  • Regular opening times do not apply as we accompany Sir David Attenborough on an after-hours journey around London’s Natural History Museum, one of his favourite haunts. The museum's various exhibits coming to life, including dinosaurs, reptiles and creatures from the ice age. Shot by the same 3D team that worked on Gravity, examines how the animals and creatures at the London museum once roamed the earth.
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Natural History Museum Alive 2014
Why We Fight: Prelude to War
  • Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942)
  • History, Documentary, War,
  • Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.
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Why We Fight: Prelude to War 1942
The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic
  • The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic (2014)
  • Documentary,
  • A behind-the-scene look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award-winning film.
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The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic 2014
Harry Benson: Shoot First
  • Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016)
  • Documentary,
  • What we know today about many famous musicians, politicians, and actresses is due to the famous work of photographer Harry Benson. He captured vibrant and intimate photos of the most famous band in history;The Beatles. His extensive portfolio grew to include iconic photos of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King. His wide-ranging work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Benson, now 86, is still taking photos and has no intentions of stopping.
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Harry Benson: Shoot First 2016
  • Redlight (2009)
  • Documentary,
  • A powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world. Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Using gritty footage smuggled out of brothels and harrowing testimonials, REDLIGHT follows the plight of several current and former child sex slaves. Some are trying to regain entry into Cambodian society to find some semblance of normality after their horrific experiences. Other stories highlight the plight of victims who are attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. Their torturous yet ultimately heroic battles to find witnesses and take brothel owners to court are dramatically brought to life in this topical and moving feature documentary.
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Redlight 2009
Alaska: Silence And Solitude
  • Alaska: Silence And Solitude (2005)
  • Documentary,
  • Alaska Silence & Solitude is the follow up to Alone in the Wilderness, filmed 20 years later. Bob Swerer and Bob Swerer Sr. visit Dick Proenneke at his famous cabin on Twin Lakes where the wildlife is still abundant and the scenery is spectacular.
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Alaska: Silence And Solitude 2005
From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga
  • From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga (1983)
  • Documentary,
  • From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga is a 1983 television documentary special that originally aired on PBS. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, with particular emphasis on the final film, Return of the Jedi. Narrated by actor Mark Hamill, the documentary was written by Richard Schickel who had written the previous television documentaries The Making of Star Wars (1977) and SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga 1983
Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
  • Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau (2013)
  • Documentary,
  • Director Sam George chronicles the remarkable life and times of the late Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea.
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Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau 2013
The World of Jacques Demy
  • The World of Jacques Demy (1995)
  • Documentary,
  • Agnès Varda's documentary portrait of her late husband, Jacques Demy. A companion piece to her Jacquot de Nantes.
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The World of Jacques Demy 1995
Punk: Attitude
  • Punk: Attitude (2005)
  • Documentary, Music,
  • A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock.
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Punk: Attitude 2005
  • Bears (2004)
  • Documentary,
  • From polar bears in the arctic tundra to black bears in the Northern Rockies, you'll see some of the most spectacular footage ever shot of these enterprising omnivores. Catch salmon with a group of hungry grizzlies on the McNeil River in Alaska. Crawl inside a den with a mother black bear and her cubs. Learn about the challenges facing each of these species as their habitat diminishes.
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Bears 2004
Some Nudity Required
  • Some Nudity Required (1998)
  • Documentary,
  • A woman working in the B movie industry begins examining the industry and the damaged, desperate people who work in it.
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Some Nudity Required 1998
Dark Girls
  • Dark Girls (2011)
  • Documentary,
  • Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.
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Dark Girls 2011
SOMM: Into the Bottle
  • SOMM: Into the Bottle (2015)
  • Documentary,
  • SOMM: Into the Bottle raises the curtain into the seldom seen world that surrounds the wine we drink. How many people understand how wine is produced? How it is grown? What goes on in the cellar? From those questions to how many hands touch a bottle, to why wine costs what it costs, to how certain wines end up on a wine list, this is a never before seen look into the world of wine.
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SOMM: Into the Bottle 2015
Food Choices
  • Food Choices (2016)
  • Documentary,
  • The revolutionary NEW feature length documentary that the food industry doesn’t want you to see!
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Food Choices 2016
Salaam Cinema
  • Salaam Cinema (1995)
  • Drama, Comedy, Documentary,
  • Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the screen tests of the would-be actors.
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Salaam Cinema 1995
Asperger's Are Us
  • Asperger's Are Us (2016)
  • Documentary,
  • For the members of the comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us, it’s easier to associate with a faceless audience than with their own families. No matter who the crowd, best friends Noah, New Michael, Jack and Ethan have one simple mantra: “We would much rather the audience appreciate us as comedians than people who have overcome adversity.” In this coming-of-age heartfelt documentary, this band of brothers finds themselves at a crossroad. With real life pulling them apart, they decide to plan one ambitious farewell show before they all go their separate ways. People with Asperger’s don’t deal well with uncertainty, and this is the most uncertain time in their lives.
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Asperger's Are Us 2016
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