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From the Sea to the Land Beyond
From the Sea to the Land Beyond
2012-01-01 | 1h 13m 3s | History
From the Sea to the Land Beyond is a film about the British coast made from 100 years of our film heritage stored in the British Film Institute collection. Director Penny Woolcock stitches together the story of Britain's relationship with the sea and the coast using footage from the BFI National Archive, some going back to the very beginnings of film. The film examines industry, such as fishing and shipbuilding; war, with footage of soldiers on their way to the western front and Luftwaffe attacks; seaside leisure, Edwardian and current; nature and man'€™s relationship with it. British Sea Power'€™s acclaimed soundtrack runs the length of the film.
Good Morning Mr. Hitler
Good Morning Mr. Hitler
1993-01-01 | 51m 31s | History
Based on a German film club's lost colour footage of the 1939 Cultural Festival in Munich, Good Morning Mr Hitler uncovers the Nazi regime from the perspective of ‘ordinary’ Germans. Centring around a parade to celebrate ‘2,000 Years of German Culture’, it shows Nazi spectacle from the point of view of its participants, accompanied by a fascinating range of interviews with those once involved. Filmed just six weeks before the outbreak of WWII, it is a fascinating snapshot of daily life in Nazi Germany.
Hammer & Tickle
Hammer & Tickle
2006-01-01 | 1h 29m | Comedy
For citizens of the Eastern Bloc, jokes were one of the only ways to vent displeasure with the USSR and their regimes. Jokes were risky, though: at least 250,000 people were locked up under Stalin for telling jokes. Communist jokes poked fun at all aspects of life: shortages, the gulag, repression and communist language. Reagan had agents tasked with keeping him informed of soviet humour; he used them as a barometer of mood and as punchlines for speeches. Featuring animated and sketch-based visualisations of jokes, this film takes a chronological look at funny jokes and the serious efforts to contain them.
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
2004-01-01 | 1h 32m 11s | Historic
Few events in recent history have been as difficult to depict faithfully in film as the Holocaust. This film explores Hollywood's approach to the Nazis greatest atrocity, beginning with its initial pre-war reluctance to alienate the lucrative German market. Gene Hackman guides us through World War II and onto the reaction to Nazi horrors. Challenged with such immense tragedy, Hollywood grew from trying to keep it in the abstract to attempting to depict it head-on.
My Childhood in Hell
My Childhood in Hell
2011-1-01 | 45m 9s | Biographical
Lisbeth Zornig Andersen has a successful career and leads a comfortable life. Her childhood, however, was marked by a lack of care, violence and sexual abuse from her father and mother. She spent time in and out of the care system, made multiple attempts to run away, and was only saved by her relationships with her brothers. Here, she goes back over her life and confronts her parents about why they acted as they did, and investigates how it was allowed to continue. The film sparked national debate in Denmark and Zornig Andersen is now a leading campaigner for child protection in her home country.
One of Them is Brett
One of Them is Brett
1965-01-01 | 29m 53s | Biographic
Roger Graef and The Thaldomide Society’s groundbreaking film about Brett, a boy born without arms, introduced the plight of Thalidomide children to the world. We see touching and personal scenes from his home life - rough and tumble with his brothers, meal times and other practical activities, revealing Brett’s extraordinary dexterity with his feet and his determination. Brett’s mother’s deeply personal narration describes how family life has been affected and how hurtful people's comments can be - both to her, as a mother who took thalidomide, and in relation to Brett's physical appearance.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
1987-01-01 | 2h 1m 42s | History
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On examines memory and war guilt, a subject rarely discussed in modern Japan. In his controversial documentary, Kazuo Hara follows war veteran Kenzo Okuzaki in his struggle against the legacy of Emperor Hirohito. He proudly declares he has shot BBs at the Royal Palace, distributed pornographic images of the Emperor, and once killed a man for the sake of his strange campaign. As the film progresses, Okuzaki uncovers a gruesome mystery: why were some Japanese officers killing their own soldiers during WWII?
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
1 season | History
Best known for Nazi propaganda film, Triumph of the Will, and Olympia, her documentary about the 1936 Olympics, Leni Riefenstahl was an undeniably extraordinary filmmaker. In Ray Muller’s two-part exploration of her life and work, Riefenstahl claims to have prioritised art over politics, that her films’ fascist agenda is only incidental; their fetishisation of Aryan bodies and spectacles of Nazi power, however, suggest otherwise. In Mueller’s interviews with the elderly Riefenstahl, her steely perfectionism emerges, directing her directors to get precisely the right shot of the mountains behind her and resolutely denying her involvement with the Nazi leaders.
Tracing Che
Tracing Che
2009-01-01 | 50m 34s | Biopic
Che Guevara, the man with the beret, embodies one of the strongest myths of the 20th century. He was a combination of saint and adventurer, somewhere between Don Quixote and a latter-day Jesus Christ. In his relations with Fidel Castro, he is the hero of a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Che Guevara became a symbol of an entire generation. Some still draw inspiration from him - others condemn him bitterly. For all this, he remains a subject of controversy and passion. This film examines his legend, tracing his young voyages of discovery through Latin America, his meeting with Fidel Castro, his travels around the world, and footage of his tragic end in Bolivia at age 39.
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