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Stephen Hawking Favorite Places II
Art of Eternity: Painting Paradise
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
The Empire of Reason
The Moon
Fire Ants The Invincible Army
Atom: The Clash of Titans
Workingman Death
The Art of Persuasion
WWII In 3D
Kings
Deliver Us From Evil
R.E.M. by MTV
Race for Absolute Zero
Off the Scale
Himalaya with Michael Palin: North by Northwest
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
The Cell: The Hidden Kingdom
Video Games: The Movie
Flight of the Butterflies
Blackfish
The Secret Life of Chaos
Is Poverty Genetic
The Power Of The Placebo
What Have UFOs Done for Us
How to Stay Young The Brain
Is Gravity An illusion
Dont Grow Old
Dawn of the Driverless Car
Feed up
Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey
I am Ali
Cocaine Cowboys
How Big How Far How Fast
Birth of the British Novel
Blues for a Red Planet

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In the Shadow of Hitler
In the Shadow of Hitler 2010

There is a tendency to deny German culture the equal reverence of Italy or Spain, and this enlightening new series provides a wonderful opportunity to explore a great, yet often neglected, artistic tradition whose influence has been just as profound. Andrew Graham-Dixon concludes his exploration of German art by investigating the dark and difficult times of the 20th century. Dominating the landscape is the figure of Adolf Hitler, failed artist, would-be architect and obsessed with the aesthetics of his 1,000-year Reich". In a series of extraordinary building projects and exhibitions, Hitler waged a propaganda war against every form of modern art as a prelude to unleashing total war on the whole of Europe. After the war the shadow of the Third Reich persisted, Germany remained divided and traumatised. How would artists deal with a past that everybody wanted to forget? Journeying through the work of Otto Dix and George Grosz and the age of the Bauhaus to the post-war painters Georg Baselitz, Hilla Becher and the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys is a long and strange journey, but the signs that art has a place at the heart of the new reunited Germany are clearly visible.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: The Art of Germany

Art of Spain: The Moorish South
Art of Spain: The Moorish South 2008

Travelling from the unique Muslim contribution in the medieval south, Andrew Graham-Dixon immerses himself in true Spanish culture and meets the people who live and work with this artistic legacy. He looks at Muslim political and cultural influence as he travels from Cordoba to Granada, seeing classic buildings such as the Great Mosque in Cordoba, the Alcazar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada. He also shows how the Moors introduced new foods – including citrus fruits, coffee and spices

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: Art of Spain

Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs 2002

Hernan Cortes left Cuba in 1519 seeking riches in the island to the west. Instead he discovered, and ultimately destroyed, a hitherto unknown civilization. Join Micheal Wood as he retraces this fateful expedition. Read Spanish eyewitness accounts that describe the conquistadors' awe at the Aztec achievements and the lust for native treasure. Learn the Aztec' side of the story by scrolling trough pictographs that tell of the agonizing fall of the empire.

Category:History  Duration:49:20   Series: Conquistadors

Who Speaks for Earth
Who Speaks for Earth 1980

Sagan reflects on the future of humanity and the question of 'who speaks for Earth?' when meeting extraterrestrials. He discusses the very different meetings of the Tlingit people and explorer Jean-François de La Perouse with the destruction of the Aztecs by Spanish conquistadors, the looming threat of nuclear warfare, and the threats shown by destruction of the Library of Alexandria and the murder of Hypatia. The episode ends with an overview of the beginning of the universe, the evolution of life, and the accomplishments of humanity and makes a plea to mankind to cherish life and continue its journey in the cosmos. The Cosmos Update notes the preliminary reconnaissance of planets with spacecraft, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, and measures towards the reduction of nuclear weapons.

Category:Culture  Duration:01:00:00   Series: Cosmos

 
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