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The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress

Movie Guide Unabashedly sentimental, this war film was produced by David Putnam in partnership with Catherine Wyler, whose father William Wyler directed an acclaimed documentary about the real-life events depicted in the film. The ensemble cast is composed of ten young actors portraying the crew of the World War II B-17 bomber Memphis Belle, anticipating their 25th and last mission before they will be able to go...

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Ice: Earth – The Power of the Planet

In this landmark BBC series, Dr Iain Stewart tells the story of how our planet works and how, over the course of 4.6 billion years, it came to be the remarkable planet it is today. Examining the great forces that shape the earth - volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice - the programme explores their central roles in our planet's story. How do these forces affect the earth's landscape, its climate, and its history? CGI gives the audience a ringside seat at these great events, while the final episode brings together all the themes of the series and argues that earth is an exceptionally...

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Chances: The Women of Magdalene

InIspiring uplift abounds in "Chances: The Women of Magdalene," a slickly produced but unmistakably sincere docu about a femme Episcopalian priest's outreach program to rehabilitate Nashville prostitutes. Theatrical potential is limited, but pic could find appreciative auds through tube and nonprofit exposure. DVD already can be ordered at the Web site for helmer Tom Neff's Documentary Channel cable network. The Rev. Becca Stevens -- chaplain of St. Augustine's Chapel at Vanderbilt U. -- operates Magdalene as a last-chance support organization for prostitutes (many of them recovering...

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The Rocky Saga

It was the longest of long shots, a low budget boxing movie with a no name star. From a script written in an everyday spiral notebook but against all odds, it became an instant hit that went on to win oscars and made way for one of the biggest movie franchisees of all time. Not just a hero but an icon, Rocky was a symbol of hearth and hope, a no luck down and out who inspired millions around the globe but behind the scenes the making of Rocky and the entire series was a saga as unpredictable and tumultuous as the films themselves. Sylvester Stallone, It's hero and creator , one a unknown...

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Kraftwerk: Pop Art

In the late 60's and early 70's when Kraftwerk were striving to find a new artistic voice in the pop culture vacuum of post war Germany, few would have predicted that these reclusive Rhineland experimentalists would become one of the most influential pop groups of all time but that is exactly what happened. Painting on a refreshingly blank canvas they created emotional electronic music that fused commercial pop with the avant-garde, an industrial folk music with global appeal, that predicted what music would sound like and the world would look like in the digital age. Kraftwerk's influence...

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Surgery’s Dirty Secrets

Vigorous investigation of a topical issue. Panorama investigates concerns about the quality of surgical instruments being used on patients in the UK. Reporter Samantha Poling hears from those working inside the NHS who claim that tools with dangerous defects are being supplied to hospitals. Panorama travels to Pakistan, where the majority of the world's surgical instruments are made, and finds an industry blighted by poor quality control and child labour where workers manufacture tools for £2 a day. Reporter Sam Poling asks whether the NHS is sourcing goods ethically and is doing all it...

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Slug It Out

When the passion of a small Italian baseball team is challenged daily, in a country, Italy, that has no interest or feelings toward this sport, the love and dedication this team has becomes the solution to all their problems. Documentary filmmaker Fabio Monticone, tells the story of the Sanremo Baseball Club, a rare breed in a country where soccer is the only sport with national relevance. A story that begins during World War II and takes us all the way up to today, where, despite all the financial hardships and a lack of future prospects, Sanremo Baseball not only survives, but manages to...

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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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This (Illegal) American Life

From a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico, and from a kitchen table in East Los Angeles, from a flophouse in a coastal farming town, to a strip-mall in Phoenix, Arizona, these are snapshots of illegal immigration in America. It’s estimated that as many as 12 million people are living in United States illegally, but this story is about just two. An American lit major named Ilse, and a strawberry picker named Filemon. They know that many do not want them here. But for different reasons they’re staying. Their lives are testaments to both the power of the American dream and the absolute failure...

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