Simply the Best Documentaries

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Into the Abyss
Jacques-Louis David
Requiem for the American Dream
The Queen of Sheba
The Wall
Archimedes Secret
The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music. Wrecking Ball
Forks Over Knives
The Salt of the Earth
Secretive Creatures
Tales by Light Himalaya
Why Do We Lie
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Life: Creatures of the Deep
Carlsbad Caverns
Punk Rock
Once Upon a Time
Flex Is Kings
Taking To The Air
Enemy of the Senate
Van Gogh
One Life on the Limit
Stephen Hawking on Black Holes
Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest
Walking with Cavemen: Savage Family
The Time Travel
The True Cost
The Search for Freedom
Chemistry: Discovering the Elements
Holy War
Art of Spain: The Moorish South
The Nightmare
The Dream Team
Inner Worlds Outer Worlds: 1 Akasha
Living on the Moon
Conquest of the Skies The first to flight

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Ballet 422
Ballet 422 2014

Cinematographer and documentarian Jody Lee Lipes crafts an intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary offering a rare peek into the highly-guarded world of professional ballet. The film shadows Justin Peck, the 25-year old choreographer of the New York City Ballet, as he undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company's 422nd original piece while simultaneously fulfilling his role as a Corps de Ballet member. Lipes chronicles Peck's creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, quietly observing as he balances a roster of musicians, designers, and dancers from this famed institution. Ballet 422 is a powerful celebration of the skill and endurance of Peck and his fellow NYCB dancers-as well as those who remain hidden in the wings.

Category:Art  Duration:01:15:12   

Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here 2012

The film gives an extensive insight into the concept, the recording of the songs and the designing of the album cover. It includes exclusive interviews with almost every key person, who participated in producing the album. The band is represented by all three surviving members – David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters. Other participating people include: Joe Boyd, Venetta Fields, Jill Furmanovsky, Roy Harper, Brian Humphries, Peter Jenner, Nick Kent, Aubrey Powell, Ronnie Rondell Jr. (who depicted the 'urning man' on the original cover), Gerald Scarfe, and Storm Thorgerson.

Category:Art  Duration:01:00:00   

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles 2014

This documentary looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles's career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.

Category:Culture  Duration:01:34:00   

Queen: Days of Our Lives
Queen: Days of Our Lives 2011

In 1971, four university students got together to form a band. Since then, that certain band called Queen has released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever. Their story is a remarkable one, a narrative that covers early struggles, huge obstacles, success, arguments, breakups, triumph, tragedy and an enduring legacy - all against a backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe. In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Guiding us through an extensive archive full of hitherto unseen footage, the documentary reveals how four strong-minded individuals, all capable of writing massive hit songs, worked together so successfully for four decades. Queen never did anything by halves - meaning their highs were massive, but their lows catastrophic. It is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humour and painful honesty.

Category:Art  Duration:02:00:00   

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