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Simply the Best Documentaries

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Cold War 2.0
One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
Human Universe: What is our Future
Trapped
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Petra: Lost City of Stone
American Alternative Rock
Insect Hunters
Earthlings
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 5
The Hacker Wars
4000 Year Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog
The Story of India: The Meeting of Two Oceans
What Is Out There
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Peril and Promise
Blood Of The Vikings: Invasion
Asteroid Attack
D-Day: As it Happens (1)
Waltz With Bashir
IMAX Hubble
Everything
Life Rocky Start
The Crimes
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere
Catholicism The unpredictable rise of Rome
How to Stay Young The Body
Pill Poppers
No Impact Man The Documentary
The Fukushima Lights
Galapagos with David Attenborough Origin
Fear
The Spark of Life
Prescription Thugs
Neanderthal 1
The Mating Game

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Caravaggio
Caravaggio 2006

Caravaggio's approach to painting was unconventional. He avoided the standard method of making copies of old sculptures and instead took the more direct approach of painting directly onto canvas without drawing first. He also used people from the street as his models. His dramatic painting was enhanced with intense and theatrical lighting. Caravaggio's fate was sealed when he killed a man in a duel in 1606. He fled to Naples where he attempted to paint his way out of trouble, he became a Knight, but was then imprisoned in Malta and then finally moved to Sicily. He was pardoned for murder in 1610, but died of a fever when attempting to return to Rome. For me the power of Caravaggio's art is the power of truth, not least the truth about ourselves. If we are ever to hope for redemption we have to start from the recognition that the Goliath competes with the David in all of us."

Category:Art  Duration:60:00   Series: Power of Art

The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art  2008

Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the Medici family transformed Florence through sculpture, painting and architecture and created a world where masterpieces fetch millions today. Without the money and patronage of the Medici we might never have heard of artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo or Botticelli, and Graham-Dixon examines how a family of shadowy, corrupt businessmen, driven by greed and ambition, became the financial engine behind the Italian Renaissance.

Category:Art  Duration:58:25   

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Exit Through the Gift Shop 2010

The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as 'the world's first street art disaster movie' the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. No director or screenwriters are listed in "Gift Shop's" credits, just the words "A Banksy Film." Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post—hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner – with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un—filmable. And failed."

Category:Art  Duration:1:26:05   

Jacques-Louis David
Jacques-Louis David 2006

Painting became an important means of communication for David since his face was slashed during a sword fight and his speech became impeded by a benign tumour that developed from the wound, leading him to stammer. He was interested in painting in a new classical style that departed from the frivolity of the Rococo period and reflected the moral and austere climate before the French Revolution. David became closely aligned with the republican government and his work was increasingly used as propaganda with the Death of Marat proving his most controversial work.

Category:Art  Duration:60:00   Series: Power of Art

 
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