Scorsese's invigorating history of American movies avoids the straitjacket of chronology. Although he makes dutiful nods in the direction of Edwin S. Porter, D.W. Griffith and Orson Welles, he is equally interested in figures working at the margins, film-makers such as Andre De Toth, Ida Lupino, Sam Fuller and Edgar Ulmer, "who circumvented the system to get their vision onto the screen". He describes them as "illusionists", "smugglers", con artists who managed to hoodwink the money men into allowing them to make the films they wanted. Some worked in B-movies ("less money, more freedom") others (like Scorsese himself) struck their own Faustian bargains with the studios, making "one movie for them, one for yourself"His heroes are the outsiders, the film-makers who chafe against the assurances of the American dream. He offers a vivid, guilty vignette of himself as a four-year-old child, sitting in a darkened auditorium watching in amazement as Gregory Peck overpowers Jennifer Jones in Duel in the Sun, one of the first films his mother took him to. "The savage intensity of the music, the burning sun, the overt sexuality ... it seems that the two could only consummate their passion by killing each other". There's a certain irony in Scorsese, who once seriously considered becoming a priest, succumbing to a David O. Selznick Technicolor extravaganza which had already been condemned by the church.While often sounding like a serious-minded apprentice who watches old movies to pick up tips which will help him in his own work ("study the old masters, enrich your palette, expand the canvas-there's always so much more to learn") he never overlooks the illicit pleasure that cinema can bring. "I don't really see a conflict between the church and the movies, the sacred and the profane". --Geoffrey Macnab
A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors including rare exclusive footage.
Mirroring the savage beauty, maverick originality and vivacity of his design, McQueen is an intimate revelation of Alexander [Lee] McQueen's own personal and professional world, both tortured and inspired. It is a film which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence and shows his rags-to-riches story as a modern-day fairy tale laced with the gothic.
Witness momentous WWII events! We have delved in to the Imperial War Museum archives to bring you the story of Europe as it was actually reported in the cinemas of the day. Filmed by frontline cameramen many of whom became casualties themselves these newsreels are a fascinating look at how WWII was fought and how it was reported at home. The celebrations in newly freed France contrasts strakly with the grom events of autumn and winter of 1944-45 as the German Reich convulses in its final death throws. This film takes you through some of the bloodiest battles of the war the hideous first discovery of the concentration camps the Battle of the Bulge and the first plans for peace at Yalta.
This is the special extended edition DVD release of Long Way Round. This 3 disc set compiles all 10 of the extended series episodes and contains a number of never before seen extras. One of the successes of 2004 Long Way Round tells the story of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's extraordinary journey around the world the ""Long Way Round"". Departing from London on 14th April 2004 the pair travelled through Europe Ukraine Russia Kazakhstan Mongolia Siberia Alaska C
A new feature documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon),Everything or Nothing focuses on three men with a shared dream - Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It's the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962.
Four years in the making Life will set a new benchmark in family entertainment and natural history epics. Life is the latest wildlife epic from the BBC's award-winning Natural History Unit. It has the revelation cinematic style sense of place and emotionally involving individual sequences that that were the hallmark of The Blue Planet and Planet Earth with all the scope detail and content of an Attenborough epic and the addition of close-up intensely dramatic new behaviour - all captured by the world's top wildlife photographers with the aid of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated filming techniques. This ten-part natural history blockbuster shot in HD is the definitive exploration of the diversity of life on Earth revealing the most spectacular and fascinating behaviour driven by the endless struggle to survive. Life stars a cast of 'box-office' wildlife characters filmed on every continent and in every habitat across the world with each drama-filled episode entirely dedicated to one of the planet's ten most important wildlife groups. The series has the revelation sense of place cinematic style and emotionally involving individual sequences perfected in programmes such as The Blue Planet and Planet Earth but with the addition of close-up intensely dramatic new behaviour - where the animals are the stars.
What happens when you take a legendary British metal band a customised Boeing 757 12 tons of music and stage equipment a film crew and fly them to 13 countries in 45 days? You get Flight 666- a full length documentary charting the Iron Maiden's ambitious 2008 Somewhere Back In Time World Tour. With lead singer Bruce Air-raid Siren Dickinson piloting 'ED FORCE ONE' Maiden played some of their classic early material to nearly half a million rabid fans worldwide. Watch concert footage and behind the scenes action from aboard the Maiden jet with this fantastic Blu-ray package! Tracklisting: 1. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 2. Churchill's Speech / Aces High (Live In Mumbai 1/2/08) 3. 2 Minutes To Midnight (Live In Melbourne 7/2/08) 4. Revelations (Live In Sydney 9/2/08) 5. The Trooper (Live In Tokyo 16/2/08) 6. Wasted Years (Live In Monterrey 22/2/08) 7. The Number Of The Beast (Live In Los Angeles 19/2/08) 8. Can I Play With Madness (Live In Mexico City 24/2/08) 9. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Live In New Jersey 14/3/08) 10. Powerslave (Live In San Jose 26/2/08) 11. Heaven Can Wait (Live In Sao Paulo 2/3/08) 12. Run To The Hills (Live In Bogota 28/2/08) 13. Fear Of The Dark (Live In Buenos Aires 7/3/08) 14. Iron Maiden (Live In Santiago 9/3/08) 15. Moonchild (Live In San Juan 12/3/08) 16. The Clairvoyant (Live In Curitiba 4/3/08) 17. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live In Toronto 16/3/08)
An exploration into the numerous theories regarding the subtexts within Stanley Kubrick's phenomenal horror THE SHINING. The original film may be over 30 years old, but it continues to inspire debate, speculation and mystery.
Disc 1 - The American Orient Express: The American Orient Express is a privately owned company and no relation to the British owned Orient Express. The train is a collection of cars that were purchased from museums and private collections throughout America. With many exciting itineraries the journeys trace jazz and blues to their origins in New Orleans through the National Parks of the Pacific coast from hushed canyons to boiling mud pots keeping the tradition of the golden age of rail with luxury and style. Disc 2 - The Eastern And Orient Express: Experience a unique view of the hidden treasures of South East Asia on board the opulent Eastern and Oriental Express. Journey from the ancient and mysterious city of Bangkok across the infamous bridge over the river Kwai and on through the lush jungles of Malaysia and the city of Kuala Lumpur to the modern city of Singapore. Disc 3 - The South Orient Express: Eight vintage 40's and 50's era stainless steel Budd cars restored in luxurious classical period style with dome dining vista dome parlour and observation cars provide the finest rail excursions through the incomparable Copper Canyon area of Northern Mexico in the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains. Covering an area larger than the Grand Canyon this area is rugged and remote; much only accessible by train. From cactus and sagebrush to cedar and pine with cascading waterfalls and breathtaking views of the canyons. Visit the natural wonders rustic villages and the Tarahumara Indians the native inhabitants of the area. A train journey to another world . . . the world of the Copper Canyon. Disc 4 - The Train De Luxe Rail Safari: A luxury train journey through Zimbabwe from Johannesburg to one of the natural wonders of the world Victoria Falls. Reliving the golden age of the steam train the route snakes through some of the continent's wildest National Parks. The railway was a central part of a planned British colonisation of the entire African continent by Cecil John Rhodes and the route is rich in historical traditions. Rhodes' private carriage is still used by the Train De Luxe on the journey. Disc 5 - The Venice Simplon Orient Express: The Venice Simplon Orient Express is the most famous train in the world. This is an adventure reliving the mystique and sheer decadence of travelling in Edwardian splendour carrying passengers across Europe in the style of a bygone era with sumptuous cuisine and a personal service which is beyond comparison. Disc 6 - The Al Andalus Express: A full seven days aboard this decadent train through the wondrous vistas of Spain's Andalucia Granada Seville and one of the seven wonders of the world the spectacular Alhambra.
Determined to track down the perfect curry and introduce new flavours Rick Stein embarks on a spectacular journey though the Indian sub-continent to discover the origins of dishes ingredients and spices that are celebrated the world over. This colourful series offers viewers a feast of delights influenced by India's colourful history captivating cultures and enthralling religious communities. He travels to Kolkata (Calcutta) to experience its ethnic influences and street food discovers the temple food of Tamil Nadu travels through the spice laden hills of Kerala becomes a guest judge at a cooking competition in the Punjab and meets the Dalai Lama in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh - unearthing new flavours and dishes along the way. Inspired by the wealth and fabulous ethnic diversity of Indian regional cooking Rick hosts a small gathering of friends at his cooking bungalow to reveal the outcome of his search for the perfect curry.
Senna is the true story of Brazilian motor-racing legend, Ayrton Senna, whom many believe was the greatest driver who ever lived.Spanning Senna's titanic Formula One career, the film charts his physical and spiritual journey, both on track and off; his quest for perfection and his ultimate transformation from a supremely gifted novice, who exploded into F1 in 1984, to myth after the tragic events of Imola in 1994. Made with the full co-operation of the Senna family and Formula One Management, Senna is the first official documentary feature about his life, featuring astounding archive material, much of which is previously unseen.
The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soires for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
'Roger Waters The Wall' is a concert film that the former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter made on various tour dates between 2010 and 2013, when he was playing his former group's 1980 double-album in its entirety.
Historian and author, Simon Sebag Montefiore presents a fascinating series on Jerusalem: the place where God meets man, the shrine of three faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the most fought over city in history. Montefiore explains how Jerusalem - established by King David 3,000 years ago was fought for and shaped by Kings and Emperors and how the holiness of the city was intensified by myths and fables, borrowed and refined between religions. He then explores how this peerlessly beautiful city rose from a crumbling ruin after the crusades to become a world centre of Islamic pilgrimage, the object of rivalry between Christian nations, a holy refuge for Jews from all over the world and, ultimately, the site of one of the world's most intractable conflicts.
Il Divo returned to the live arena for the first time in 2 years on 2nd August 2011 to perform at the iconic home of the English National Opera, the London Coliseum. Accompanied by the world famous Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, this show marked a triumphant return for Il Divo, performing new material from their album 'Wicked Game' as well many of their favourite, well known classics. The concert features the albums' title track Wicked Game, Crying, Come What May, Time To Say Goodbye and Dov' L'amore, which Il Divo premiered at the Classic Brit Awards 2011, where they collected a prestigious award for Artist of the Decade for the influence and impact that they have had on the genre since the band first came to the fore on November 2004. This 90 minute concert truly captures Il Divo at their best, while behind the scenes documentary footage of Il Divo, allows us closer than we've ever been before to the band during recording sessions for 'Wicked Game', on their promotional travels, at rehearsals for the concert and on the night of the show.
For the last 40 years the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories of wild fauna and flora and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty. Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed to us by his son Juliano who went with him during his last travels and by Wim Wenders himself a photographer.
'Civilisation' is probably one of the most famous documentary series ever made. Unreleased for many years it has been restored as is now available on DVD for the first time. Presented by distinguished art historian Sir Kenneth Clarke 'Civilisation' became the definitive history of art in the western world and has never been equalled let-alone bettered in the intervening 35 years.
Peter And The Wolf
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