Category “Biographies”

Abraham Lincoln

In August of 1862, Abraham Lincoln was pressed with a very controversial issue facing the United States. As commander in chief, he had to weigh the policy of slavery. Lincoln's main focus was to restore the Union. He was personally against slavery, but it had no effect on his views. (Lincoln's response letter to Horace Greeley) Lincoln wanted to save the Union at all costs. In the letter response to Horace Greeley, Lincoln stated that he did not agree with those who would not save the Union unless they could save slavery at the same time. His stated object was to save the Union, not to...

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10 Things You Dont Know About: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP); National Socialist German Workers Party). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. Hitler was at the centre of Nazi Germany, World War II in Europe, and the Holocaust. Hitler was a decorated veteran of World War I. He joined the German Workers' Party (precursor of the NSDAP) in 1919, and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup d'état...

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Johnny Depp

This program chronicles the life of the eccentric, sensual, uncompromising, and media-shy star of Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp rebelled against his early image as a Hollywood hunk, opting to play complex characters in such movies as Edward Scissorhands and What's Eating Gilbert Grape?. Along the way, he romanced actress Winona Ryder and model Kate Moss before settling down with French singing sensation Vanessa...

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Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back is both a classic documentary film and a vital pop-cultural artifact, Pennebaker’s portrait of Bob Dylan captures the influential singer/songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter. The film was shot during Dylan’s 1965 British concert tour, Don’t Look Back employs an edgy vérité style that was, and is, a snug fit with the artist’s own consciously rough-hewn persona. Its handheld black-and-white images and often-gritty London backdrops suggest cinematic extensions of the archetypal monochrome portraits that graced Dylan’s...

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Mega Man

Kim Dotcom claims he wants to protect internet privacy. The United States claims he’s the internet’s biggest pirate. This film meets the man, as the future of the internet and $500m in copyright claims hang in the balance. This film captures the special forces raid on Kim Dotcom’s house last year. His lawyer called it: “A political contract hit…” So why are the US and now the New Zealand government so desperate to get the self-styled Dotcom? The flamboyant 39 year-old tycoon says he just makes a good scapegoat. The US wants him extradited on copyright, money laundering and...

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Jimi Hendrix: His Final 24 Hours

This film explores the reasons why Jimi Hendrix demise became shrouded in rumour, gossip and falsehoods. The authorities and media quickly dismissed the death of Hendrix as just another drugged rock star casualty. For the first time, the circumstances leading to Jimi’s tragic death can be examined as the producers of Jimi Hendrix: His Final 24 Hours present new and compelling evidence. Evidence, which may reopen the inquiry into what may have been for certain parties, a convenient death. You will have to decide for yourself just what happened on September 18th 1970 in a small, private...

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Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. This documentary film covers the period from 1964 to 1974, giving viewers a rare glimpse of America’s greatest fighter before he became a legend. Muhammad Ali: The Greatest captures Ali in his most open moments (on the tour bus, in the changing rooms, and talking to fans and supporters), the film offers a portrait of Ali as a spectacular showman. With an array of talking heads, the film builds up a historical picture of Ali’s influence. Yet it also confirms that he was as much a PR genius as a brilliant pugilist. As one university...

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Being Neil Armstrong

It has been said that ten thousand years from now, only one name will still be remembered - that of Neil Armstrong. But in the four decades since he first set foot on the moon, Armstrong has become increasingly reclusive. Andrew Smith, author of the best-selling book Moondust, journeys across America to try and discover the real Neil Armstrong. He tracks down the people who knew Armstrong, from his closest childhood friend to fellow astronauts and Houston technicians, and even the barber who sold his hair, in a wry and sideways look at the reluctant hero of the greatest event of the...

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Gaga by Gaultier

Lady Gaga is one of the most talked about people on the planet. He is a fashion icon and the cult presenter of Eurotrash. She is the music artist who claims the right to be different. He is the first designer who launched non standard models. Lady Gaga and Jean Paul Gaultier are both free artists and have so much in common, yet they have never met, until now. The Popstar has decided to confide in the designer, going face to face in an enriching and unforgettable interview at Jean Paul Gaultier’s fabulous atelier in Paris. Lady Gaga reminisces about her fulgurant career and unveils how...

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