Category Archives: Documentary

September 19, 2017

The Russian Revolution (2017) – Documentary

Beginning in 1881 this short yet comprehensive documentary tracks the downfall of the Romanov dynasty and the evolution of Lenin’s Ulyanov family, from the terroristic acts and subsequent hanging of his brother to his own hunger for a revolution.

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September 18, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows (1998)

Stars: Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman. Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF.

September 10, 2017

Movie of the Week: Trump’s War on the Border (2017)

Stars: Paul McGann, Tim Nailer Foley, Enrique Pena Nieto, Donald J. Trump. A timely insight into life on the US-Mexican border during the first days of Donald Trump’s presidency…

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September 6, 2017

George Orwell: A Life in Pictures – Full Documentary (Video)

George Orwell: A Life in Pictures is a 2003 BBC Television docudrama telling the life story of the British author George Orwell. Chris Langham plays the part of Orwell. No surviving sound recordings or video of the real George Orwell have been found.

PBS – The Civil War: Most Hallowed Ground (Part 7/9) – Video

The episode begins with the presidential election of 1864 that sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself: with Grant and Sherman stalled at Petersburg and Atlanta, opinion in the North has turned strongly against the war. But 11th-hour victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta, and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln and the Confederacy’s last hope for independence dies. In an ironic twist, poignantly typical of the Civil War, Lee’s Arlington mansion is turned into a Union military hospital and the estate becomes Arlington National Cemetery, the Union’s most hallowed ground.

September 5, 2017

PBS – The Civil War: Valley of the Shadow of Death (Part 6/9) – Video

Episode Six begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. In 30 days, the two armies lose more men than both sides have lost in three years of war. With Grant and Lee finally deadlocked at Petersburg, we visit the ghastly hospitals north and south and follow General Sherman’s Atlanta campaign through the mountains of north Georgia. As the horrendous casualty lists increase, Lincoln’s chances for reelection begin to dim, and with them the possibility of Union victory.

September 1, 2017

PBS – The Civil War: The Universe of Battle (Part 5/9) – Video

This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of war: the Battle of Gettysburg, the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For three days, 150,000 men will fight to the death in the Pennsylvania countryside, culminating in George Pickett’s legendary charge. This extended episode then chronicles the fall of Vicksburg, the New York draft riots, the first use of black troops, and the western battles at Chickamauga, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The episode closes with the dedication in November of a new Union cemetery at Gettysburg, where Abraham Lincoln struggles to put into words what is happening to his people.

August 31, 2017

PBS – The Civil War: Simply Murder (Part 4/9) – Video

The nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg comes to two climaxes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant’s attempts to take the city by siege are stopped. During the episode we learn of fierce northern opposition to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the miseries of regimental life, and the increasing desperation of the Confederate home front. As the episode ends, Lee decides to invade the North again to draw Grant’s forces away from Vicksburg.

August 30, 2017

PBS – The Civil War: Forever Free (Part 3/9) – Video

This episode charts the dramatic events that led to Lincoln’s decision to free the slaves. Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation. But as the year wears on, there are no Union victories to be had, thanks to the brilliance of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. The episode climaxes in September 1862 with Lee’s invasion of Maryland. On the banks of Antietam Creek, the bloodiest day of the war takes place, followed shortly by the brightest: the emancipation of the slaves.

August 29, 2017

PBS – The Civil War: A Very Bloody Affair (Part 2/9) – Video

The year 1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln’s war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Episode Two begins with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln’s administration and then follows Union General George McClellan’s ill-fated campaign on the Virginia Peninsula, where his huge army meets a smaller but infinitely more resourceful Confederate force. During this episode we witness the battle of ironclad ships, partake of camp life, and watch slavery begin to crumble. We meet Ulysses S. Grant, whose exploits come to a bloody climax at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. The episode ends with rumors of Europe’s readiness to recognize the Confederacy.