Category “History”

The Joy of Mozart

Mozart, other worldly genius, childlike naif, divine gift from god, serene marble bust of transcendent perfection all of it is the stuff of myth and legend and in this film, Tom Service dives right into the life of Mozart in an attempt to try and rediscover the greatness and humanity of the living man in his moment. Mozart was a human being just like you and me except he could express the pain and pleasure, the joy and darkness of being human more completely and more humanly than any other composer. His music isn't merely perfect or beautiful, or genius, it's visceral,...

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Barbarians: The Vikings

12,00 years ago the Vikings explode out of the cold north sea, like beasts unleashed on an unsuspecting world. They come from a land of deep water fjords and bitter clan rivalries, today the area is known as Scandinavia. They left behind legends of their violence and courage, sagas of exploration and conquest and something even more remarkable, buried beneath the earth of their Scandinavia homeland. In 1880 Norwegian archaeologists make an extraordinary discovery opening a window into the past and revealing for the first time how the Vikings really lived and...

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Night Will Fall

Night Will Fall is a documentary that was originally shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 just after the war ended, and it's about the atrocities the victors discovered upon finding the Nazi death camps, which were scattered all across Europe. The original film was entitled "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey" and was never actually completed due to the fact that Bernstein was stonewalled by political authorities because some were becoming nervous of the growing Zionist movement and sought an ally in anti-Soviet German. Researchers only recently discovered the...

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Churchill: The Nation’s Farewell

On the night of the 29th of December 1940, German bombers struck London with a vengeance. At these darkest of hours Britain's   Prime Minister recognised the huge importance of saving one building, ordering at once that at all cost St. Paul's cathedral must be saved. As fire crews fought the flames all around a photographer grabbed his camera, took the shot and happened to capture a front page photograph which many think sums up the spirit of the county they live in. A quarter of a century later Sir. Winston Churchill was back in St. Paul's at the centre of a magnificent funeral...

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Swallowed by the Sea: Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City

Beneath the Mediterranean, forgotten for millenia an entire city lies buried, a snapshot frozen in time. Heracleion, a major city, a great port and one of the the most significant in all of Egypt. Yet this real lift Atlantis seems to have disappeared in an instant, leaving only a few clues that it ever existed but now it's finally revealing its secrets, which come in the form of incredible artefacts, perfectly preserved beneath the sea. These are at last allowing this cities extraordinary story to be told. Spectacular finds open a unique window into the time of the Pharaohs and reveal this...

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Israel Started It All

The Middle East was a battlefield for most of the 20th century, but one of the hardest fought wars of all was in 1973 when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against on Israel on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. For three weeks the battle swung violently from side to side it brought each in sight of victory and defeat and it brought the superpowers America and the Soviet Union close to a nuclear showdown. The Israelis where in no doubt they were fighting for their countries very survival. In this program reporter Peter Snow reveals how Arab and Israeli commanders astonished each...

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History of Swords

Since it's inception right up until the modern era the sword has always represented a sense of power and justice whilst influencing many significant moments throughout history. Today we can see many reminders of our sword fighting past, a man buttons his coat left over right which in turn leaves his right hand free to draw his sword, we shake hands to show we are not armed, a gentleman supports a lady by the right arm because his sword hangs on his left. This film by the history channel delves into the world of sword fighting and making of the sword...

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The Celts

The Celts is a six episode documentary series by the BBC that originally aired in 1987 with a soundtrack by Enya. The series itself examines the origins of the Celts, how they grew and influenced from their earliest roots 2,500 years ago. For 800 years this proud, vibrant, warrior people stormed across Europe ruthlessly taking control. With the aid of impressive visual reconstructions we get a good sense of how the Celts lived. The series consists of the following episodes: 1) The Man with the Golden Shoes 2) The Birth of Nations 3) A Pagan Trinity 4) The Open-Ended...

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The Man Who Shot the Great War

There have been a selection of exceptional photographs discovered which have been described as "the photographic discovery of the century", the photographs themselves are of Western Front taken during the First World War. This film sets about examining these photos and tries to uncover the story of the Belfast soldier who captured them in 1915. This remarkable story reveals hows this soldiers experiences were to have an incredibly unexpected outcome years...

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