Nobody is perfect' is the closing line from Some Like it Hot which many film buffs consider to be the best comedy of all time. Wilder with six Oscars to his credit once modestly remarked: 'Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.' Clara and Julia Kuperberg draw in their highly entertaining documentary on a wonderful interview Volker Schlondorff made with Wilder, whose films are always multi-layered and often full of caustic wit and irony, sometimes hidden behind very funny lines. Film critics Joseph McBride and Tony Maietta assess Wilder's career and Paul Diamond talks about Wilder's successful collaboration with his father 'Izzy' Diamond. Clips of most of his prize winning films and some lesser known ones round off an in depth profile of one of cinema's greats.
September 1950, and the war against Communism was being fought across Asia. While a beaten Truman considers the bomb, Stalin increases his influence.
Examine the tumultuous reign of King Herod, and the ascent of Roman control in Judea. This epic story is uniquely told through the words of controversial historian Flavius Josephus, and incorporates expert interviews, dramatic recreations, and evocative CGI. Exploring Herod's blood-soaked reign, the cultural and architectural development of the region, and his descent into madness, this story ultimately sets the stage for the destruction of the Jewish nation.
Richard Gere's career began in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and a starring role in Days of Heaven (1978). His breakout performance was in American Gigolo (1980), establishing him leading man sex symbol status. He went on to star in many films, including An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), The Cotton Club (1984), Pretty Woman (1990), Sommersby (1993), Primal Fear (1996), Runaway Bride (1999), I'm Not There (2007), Arbitrage (2012).
Filmmaker, Robert Wise, won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for his musicals West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). He was also nominated for Best Film Editing for Citizen Kane (1941). Wise achieved critical success as a director in other genres: horror, noir, western, war, and science fiction. Films include The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), The Haunting (1963), and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
The Netherlands is a fertile ground for innovation with an incredible influence on the modern world. From advances in agriculture, science, big business, the stock market, and the International court, the impact on our society is astounding. If the most important Dutch innovations were suddenly erased, the global community would be left in crisis.
Learn about the downfall of the Romanov dynasty and the evolution of Lenin's Ulyanov family, the Bolsheviks, communism, the notorious Rasputin, rumours of cannibalism and acute poverty during the Russian Revolution.
Engineering has built our modern world. Everything from skyscrapers to roads and air travel are here because of Engineering. But what happens when engineering goes horribly wrong? Go behind the headlines to uncover what really happened in the most notorious engineering accidents.
The rise of Marvel and fantastical worlds brought to life. These are the stories of the movies that defined the last two decades.
Bettany Hughes investigates Bacchus, god of wine and revelry, travelling to Georgia, Jordan and Greece to discover his origins, and to explore the role 'losing oneself' plays in the development of civilisation.
We follow a woman whose memory of a week spent with her younger brother 50 years ago is driving her to find him, and a man who cannot shake the question "how can a mother give up her child?"
Twenty five years after the death of the brilliant and charismatic Richard Feynman, this fascinating film explores the remarkable life of the Nobel Prize winner who was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. Drawing on the BBC's earlier iconic films about Feynman and new interviews with those who lived and worked alongside him, we discover what made this extraordinary man such a genius.
1947 and the world is at the mercy of its leaders with Truman, Ho Chi Minh, Stalin and Mao Zedong each preparing to go to battle for ultimate power.
Having crushed the Protestants and thwarted Leto, Louis feels invincible. But his family and France are divided and Fabien is on the loose. What of the future? What will be his legacy? Louis summons the Dauphin in order to show him how to be a king.
Louis persuades Philippe to kill their father together so they can both have a clean slate. Fabien knows Louis has killed the prisoner and deduces the truth about the Man in the Iron Mask. He's had enough of Louis' cruelty, refuses his orders, and leaves Versailles for good.
Chosen by emperor Domitian himself, whose enthusiasm for chariot racing was legendary, Scorpus is now a member of one of the big four stables, called factions, who controlled chariot racing. At the age of 27, Scorpus has logged more than 2,000 victories, but he is also struck by the fate that many charioteers shared before him, and the greatest idol of his time dies in the sand of the race course. One year after Scorpus dead, Domitian, his patron and admirer, falls victim to an assassination.
Julia Roberts established herself as a leading lady in Hollywood after headlining in Pretty Woman (1990). She has won three Golden Globe Awards, nominated for four Academy Awards, winning for Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich (2000). The most bankable actress in Hollywood, her films also include Mystic Pizza (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), The Pelican Brief (1993), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), Notting Hill (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Eat Pray Love (2010).
From ancient innovations to revolutionary advances in science and technology, South Korea is a global powerhouse. Its influence on the world is incredible. From massive scale engineering projects to micro electronics, South Korea is a global leader. To celebrate great South Korean innovations, we're going to strip them away and imagine a world left reeling with the loss.
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