Donnie Brasco is one of the most critically acclaimed gangster films ever made. But the real story is even more remarkable than the film. Special agent Joe Pistone reveals the truth about his six years undercover in the New York Mafia.
This program balances the image of the blonde bombshell icon we thought we knew, with information about her revealed in newly declassified FBI and CIA files. Here is the proof that her troubles were not all the product of her upbringing in an orphanage, abuse of prescription drugs and failed marriages. Beginning with her wedding to Communist-leaning playwright Arthur Miller (when she converted to Judaism), she was tailed, targeted and tormented by the FBI, CIA and Mafia - and ultimately, through affairs with powerful men, she was unwittingly caught in the middle of a vendetta of lethal forces. Dead at age 36, just months after singing "Happy Birthday, Mr President" at JFK's extravagant party, she was officially listed as a "probable suicide." The film makes a powerful case that the official conclusion was wrong.
Celebrate the milestone moments in Australia's rural history, from Ned Kelly's last stand to Don Bradman's standing ovation; from the highs of the Gold Rush to the lows of the Great Depression; from the devastation of drought, flood and fire to the rural renaissance that has seen agribusiness and farming flourish into the 21st Century. Witnessed through the lens of the nation's longest-running rural newspaper, The Weekly Times, the program will take viewers on a journey through time, highlighting the key moments, characters, experiences and events that captivated, informed, and educated readers across three centuries. It will showcase how the paper with the iconic orange cover became - and remains - a window to the world for those in rural and regional Australia, especially those in far flung and isolated communities.
When news of horrifying crashes on September 11 crosses the world, panic hits the skies. But what can be done about the 4500 planes still in the air?
Hear the harrowing experiences of a trader who worked in the World Trade Center, a firefighter, a Port Authority officer, an ER doctor, an NYPD rescue worker, and a news reporter who were at Ground Zero, as well as a Pentagon contractor, an Airfone operator communicating with Flight 93, and the head of FAA operations as they experienced the tragic unfolding of a day none had dreamed possible.
Most tend to forget that the Tennis Court Oath was the key tipping point of the French Revolution, both from a symbolic and legal standpoint. What happened on that day in Versailles?
A detective story comes to life after a team of archaeologists discover the first new tomb to contain a body since the tomb of Tutankhamun.
An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalogue of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
The Cajun Navy are heroic volunteers who help rescue people after major storms in the southern American states. Who are these people, and why do they risk their lives?
The 6 million-tonne Great Pyramid of Giza is the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. How did the Egyptians engineer the mighty pharaoh Khufu's tomb so precisely, with none of today's surveying and power tools? Who were the thousands of labourers who raised the stones? Were they slaves or volunteers, and how were they housed, fed, and organised? Decoding the Great Pyramid presents the latest evidence from groundbreaking archaeological research that has transformed our understanding of the ancient world's most ambitious engineering project, revealing a 'lost city' and intimate details of the lives of the labourers and officials who toiled on the vast construction. Amazingly, French archaeologists recently found the logbook of a labour team leader that delivered limestone blocks to build the Great Pyramid, yielding crucial insights into the planning and logistics behind the operation. Beyond these construction secrets, Decoding the Great Pyramid traces how mobilising the colossal labour and resources invested in the monument transformed ancient Egypt, uniting a nation behind the common goal of ensuring eternity for the pharaoh and continuing prosperity for everyone in this life and the next.
Unprecedented access into the life of Camilla. Cameras follow HRH The Duchess of Cornwall through her 70th year, from royal duties to candid moments with Prince Charles, her grandchildren, family and dogs.
This program celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. From Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe or Frank Sinatra to Elizabeth Taylor, we uncover what drove them and why the world loved them.
The Americas were officially 'discovered' in 1492, marking the end of the Middle Ages. Yet it's possible that Christopher Columbus setting foot on a West Indian beach in October obscures a far more complex story.
They were the best the US had to offer and on June 6, 1944, their nation sent them through the gates of Hell in Normandy, France. They fought inland and on Utah Beach and faced murderous MG-42 machine gun fire, mortars and artillery on Omaha Beach. Day of Days: June 6, 1944, is an opportunity to eavesdrop as one of the most important days in the history of the world is recalled by those who were actually there, did the fighting and witnessed the devastation.
Princess Elizabeth grew up in the Piccadilly home of her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York. The abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, in 1936 appeared to be a catastrophe to her family, catapulting her nervous father onto the throne as King George VI. Elizabeth became heir to the throne aged 10, and seemed to be a shy girl with a limited education.
Revealing what actually happened during the Great Fire of London of 1666, hour by hour, and street by street. Dan Jones visits the exact location of the bakery where it started, Suzannah Lipscomb reveals how Londoners tried to save their belongings, and Rob Bell investigates 17th-century building materials and the prevailing weather conditions.
Part true-crime, part family mystery, this film is a real-life ghost story of one man unearthing his past in order to reclaim his future. It is an emotional, peculiar, and at times darkly humorous journey of catharsis through haunted lives, culminating in a confrontation with inner demons and the first steps on the road to healing.
Featuring unforgettable highlights and rare footage of Earnhardt's life off the track, this film is an up-close-and-personal look at the man behind the iconic moustache.
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