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Old 3rd March 2011, 12:39 PM   #1
thadman is offline thadman  United States
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Default Could anyone recommend any excellent documentaries?

I recently picked up the 34-part "World at War" documentary series. I've found it to be incredibly informative, especially with regards to socioeconomics and the politics involved. They have interviews from individuals on all sides (politicians, analysts, generals, officers, soldiers, civilians, etc), more video than I've ever seen and make significant references to the war's effect on culture. (the soviet poem "Wait for Me" was pretty sobering and most British War Propaganda shown was simply hilarious). Quite excellent imo.

The quality of this documentary has come as quite a shock to me, I'm used to watching History channel documentaries and they seem to have all rehashed footage and their insights aren't particularly enlightening.

Has anybody had a similar experience with other documentaries? Any particular ones you'd recommend?

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Old 3rd March 2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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Old 3rd March 2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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I recommend 'The Trap' by Adam Curtis for the BBC. In fact, anything by Adam Curtis. You will not be disappointed!

The Trap (television documentary series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You can see his stuff on Youtube:
YouTube - The Trap - We Will Force You To Be Free (1 of 6)

Also, from my UK-centric standpoint, anything by Jonathan Meades, such as this:
YouTube - Jonathan Meades :: Remember The Future (1/3)
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Old 6th March 2011, 01:18 AM   #4
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Yes "The Trap" incredible a must see.
"The question of who is right and who is wrong has seemed to me always too small to be worth a moment's thought, while the question of what is right and what is wrong has seemed all-important."
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Old 6th March 2011, 01:34 AM   #5
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David Attenborough's BBC documentaries, starting with 'Life on Earth' are beyond comparison. Just stunning, you can get them as a boxed set of DVDs. You might be able to get a taster online. Some of the later ones were shown on HD satellite.

The blurb describes them as among the greatest and most beautiful nature documentaries even made.

Life on Earth
The Living Planet
Trials of Life
Life in the Freezer
The Private Life of Plants
The Life of Birds
The Life of Mammals
Life in the Undergrowth

And this comes from a war documentary addict.

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Old 6th March 2011, 12:32 PM   #6
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Howard Goodall did an ace series on music.channel 4 I think.
Got me good.
regards Max Albin
ps on googling, he's done a few.

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Old 6th March 2011, 12:56 PM   #7
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One that I thought was amazing, and perhaps appropriate to this forum, is "making of a Steinway" or a title close to that. It is available on the PBS website I believe. Jaw dropping artisanship in making one of those. And a dying art.
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Old 6th March 2011, 02:28 PM   #8
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Howard Goodall's Big Bangs (All his programs are excellent)

Civilisation_Kenneth Clarke

The Ascent Of Man_Dr . Jacob Bronowski

The Day The Universe Changed_James Burke

The Private Life Of A Masterpiece

The Journey Of Man

Baroness Susan Greenfield_'Brain Story'

Apeman: Adventures In Human Evolution

The Corporation

HORIZON_series of BBC programs

A History Of Britain

A History Of Scotland

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

My Voyage To Italy

Anything by John Rommer

Greek Fire

On Youtube the site: Her Aeolian Harp

I'll post more essential documentaries when I've had time to mull it over.

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Old 6th March 2011, 02:37 PM   #9
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Not a film documentary but if you enjoyed "World at War" you might consider reading Winston Churchill's "History of the Second World War"...obviously a non-detached perspective but from an author with masterful prose who was as inside as you could get. If you like that move on to same author's "History of the English Speaking Peoples"
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Good luck finding a copy of it BUT superb.

Dancing In The Steet (1995) BBC

Dancing in the Street (TV Series 1995) - IMDb

Dodgy site and the quality is 'dogshit' BUT at least you can watch it

Dancing In The Street - A Rock And Roll History (1995) - Xvid Avi - QuickSilverScreen Forum

The narrator and production values are first rate!

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