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Simply the Best Documentaries

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Nascar The IMAX Experience
The Birth of Rock
First Celts
Neanderthal 1
History of the World: Survival
Parenthood
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
Taking To The Air
Conversations with Dolphins II
The Great European Disaster Movie
A.I. and the Destiny of Mankind
Magical Egypt
Yellowstone: America first National Park
Fear
The Quasar Enigma
St Peter and the Papal Basilicas of Rome
Shaolin Bootcamp
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
The Red Pill
Do You Trust this Computer
A Death in the Family
Heavy Metal
Star
Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstasy
Mountains
How Big is the Universe
Factories of Death
Enigma Man
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Africa the Greatest Show on Earth
Liberation and Revenge
Frenzied Killing
Corruption
Ghosts of the Abyss
Orders and Initiatives

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Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams
Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams 2013

Professor Simon Schaffer presents the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life. The film brings the past to life in vivid detail as we see how and why these masterpieces were built. Travelling around Europe, Simon uncovers the history of these machines and shows us some of the most spectacular examples, from an entire working automaton city to a small boy who can be programmed to write and even a device that can play chess". All the machines Simon visits show a level of technical sophistication and ambition that still amazes today. As well as the automata, Simon explains in great detail the world in which they were made - the hardship of the workers who built them, their role in global trade and the industrial revolution and the eccentric designers who dreamt them up. Finally, Simon reveals that to us that these long-forgotten marriages of art and engineering are actually the ancestors of many of our most loved modern technologies, from recorded music to the cinema and much of the digital world.

Category:Technology  Duration:59:00   

Bobby Fischer Against the World
Bobby Fischer Against the World 2011

Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary feature film that explores the life of chess Grandmaster and 11th World Champion Bobby Fischer. It incorporates interviews with chess players Anthony Saidy, Larry Evans, Sam Sloan, Susan Polgar, Gary Kasparov, Asa Hoffmann, Friðrik Ólafsson, Lothar Schmid and others. It includes never-before-seen footage from the World Chess Championship 1972. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run.

Category:History  Duration:01:33:00   

Goya: Crazy Like A Genius
Goya: Crazy Like A Genius 2007

Written and presented by Robert Hughes, one of the world’s most prominent art commentators, this program explores the life and work of Francisco Goya—focusing on the painter’s subversive, often gruesome outlook. The video provides in-depth visual and intellectual analysis of dark Goya masterpieces, including The Dream of Reason, Witches in the Air, and The Third of May, as well as examples of his portraiture and early work—such as The Duchess of Alba, both Majas, and a gratuitously violent tapestry painting. Links between Goya’s work, deafness, and political stance are explored in detail, while observations from painter Leon Golub highlight Goya’s continuing relevance.

Category:Art  Duration:01:15:00   

Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine 2003

Garry Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player who has ever lived. In 1997 he played a chess match against IBM's computer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the match. This film shows the match and the events surrounding it from Kasparov's perspective. It delves into the psychological aspects of the game, paranoia surrounding it and suspicions that have arisen around IBM's true tactics. It consists of interviews with Kasparov, his manager, chess experts, and members of the IBM Deep Blue team, as well as original footage of the match itself.

Category:History  Duration:1:24:58   

 
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