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The Brain: Mind Control
Ghosts of the Abyss
Point and Shoot
The Ultimate Wave
The Ming
Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Ocean Wonderland 3D
Constellations
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
Montezuma
For the Love of Spock
Fury
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
The Chemistry of Life
Clash of the Gods: Zeus
Queen: Days of Our Lives
The Nightmare
Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Darwin Struggle - The Evolution of the Origin of Species
Escaping ISIS
Chasing Ice
The Knowledge of Healing
A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY
Shangri-La
Are Video Games Really That Bad
One Life on the Limit
Zeitgeist The Movie
Forks Over Knives
Amazing Africa
Dinosaurs Giants of Patagonia
The Hawking Paradox
Japan at War
Dolphins and Whales

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Room 237
Room 237 2013

Many movies lend themselves to dramatic interpretations, but none are as rich and far ranging as Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. In LA filmmaker Rodney Ascher's ROOM 237, we hear from people who have developed far-reaching theories and believe they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages buried in the late director's film. Carefully examining The Shining inside out, and forwards and backwards, and backwards and forwards, ROOM 237 as captivating, provocative as it is pure pleasure". It gives voice to the fans and scholars who espouse these theories, reworking the film to match their ideas and intercutting it with layers of dreamlike imagery to illustrate their streams of consciousness. Sometimes outrageous, always engaging, the words of those who were interviewed are given full force by Ascher's compelling vision. Also featured at the 2012 Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals.

Category:Art  Duration:01:43:02   

Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Christ Child
Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Christ Child 2010

Painted over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi's nativity is like none other: it shows the birth of Christ in a dark, wooded wilderness. There are no shepherds, kings, ox, ass – there is no Joseph. Its beauty inspired Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. But it also conceals a deeply personal story. It was painted for Cosimo de Medici, a wealthy banker who feared that his money was dragging him straight to hell. The artist's life was equally surprising. One of the most celebrated painters of his day, Filippo Lippi was also a Carmelite friar, but he was no stranger to the temptations of the flesh, to which he frequently yielded. Shortly before painting his Adoration, he caused uproar by seducing a twenty year-old nun. His paintings rejoice not only in divine beauty, but in the beauty of women. In later times, the Adoration's history was interwoven with that of rulers and dictators. It became a bargaining chip after Napoleon's allies seized twenty merchant ships. And in the 20th century, it was hidden by the Nazis in a potassium mine, where specialist american officers, known as Monuments Men, stumbled upon it. they were now told to get it ready to be shipped out. In an unprecedented turn of events they refused. This is the only known case in the whole of the Second World War of American officers refusing an order. It was sent to the National Gallery of Art, but in 1949 Lippi's Adoration was returned to Germany.

Category:Art  Duration:50:00   

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   

The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest 2009

Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the incredible story of Russian art, its mystery and magnificence and until now a story untold. He explores the origins of the Russian icon from its roots in Byzantium and the first great Russian icon, Our Lady of Vladimir to the masterpieces of the country's most famous icon painter, Andrei Rublev. Both epic and awe-inspiring, and producing brilliant art", nevertheless medieval Russia could be a terrifying place. Criss-crossing the epic landscape, Andrew visits the monastery founded by Ivan the Terrible, where his favourite forms of torture found inspiration in religious art. One man would shine a light into Russia's 'dark' ages - Peter the Great who, surprisingly, took as his inspiration Deptford in South London.

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

 
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