This documentary examines various conspiracy theories relating to September 11 and investigates the origins of such theories. The documentary also questions the anti-American and anti-Semitic sentiments behind them.
Romance is part of the attraction of the cinema, with its gorgeous stars and passionate on-screen (and off-screen) love affairs. This program looks not only at the famous romantic stars of classic Hollywood like Marilyn Monroe and later Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, but it also looks at Hollywood's reflection of social attitudes towards sex, love and marriage and how they have changed over time. A comparison between the suppressed feelings of Brief Encounter, the sexual freedom of A Bout de Souffle and the sexual domesticity of Annie Hall provides a new and intriguing angle on the genre of romantic films. Features Dino de Laurentiis, Raoul Coutard, Bigas Luna and Nora Ephron.
The heist has been the centre of many of the greatest and varied films in cinematic history. This episode examines this popular genre from Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, influenced by classic film noir but retold in documentary style, to Jules Dassin's Rififi, featuring a classic heist sequence, to 1960s stylish caper films such as The Italian Job and Topkapi. The more violent heists of Hong Kong cinema became a source for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and this episode looks at the recent re-invention of gangster films. Features Jules Dassin, Takeshi Kitano, Claudia Cardinale, Mario Monicelli and James Harris.
In this episode we delve into what defines Australian workers attitudes and those that pervade the various levels of management. It also challenges the concept of "cultural/business cringe", particularly in relation to America, highlighting the example of the Holden Motor Company.
Biblical and Classical stories have formed the basis of some of the grandest epic films in movie history, such as The Ten Commandments and Spartacus.
In the last episode of the series Francis focuses his attention on the Anglo-Saxon invasion. He argues that the huge political changes that took place in Britain at the time were caused by a shifting of allegiances within the country rather than a violent invasion from elsewhere.
A series exploring major movies through time and across the world that define a particular film genre focussing on The Western, Science Fiction, The Heist, Epics, World War II and Romance. One of the most popular widespread of movie genre, Westerns follow the classic story-line of individual fighting against lawlessness and evil played out to expansive backdrops and scenery in films such as Stagecoach and Shame. Global successes such as The Magnificent Seven, Fistful of Dollars and Butch Cassidy won worldwide acclaim and more recently Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven have defined Western movies as a formidable force in modern cinema. Features James Coburn, Eli Wallach, William Goldman, Yoshio Tsuchiya and Katharine Ross.
In the second episode of this series, Francis Pryor sheds light on the so-called 'Dark Ages'. He shows that far from a 'Dark Age', archaeologists have discovered evidence of a resurgence of native culture. The classic image of the Romans departing and 'turning out the lights' is shown to be completely false.
Examines the experiences of four women fighting for social justice. Fathima Burnad is fighting to change a social structure in India that has existed for 3,000 years.
One of history's most powerful women; she was fearless in war and passionately in love. Catherine The Great tells her compelling story.
The classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles stars Christopher Plummer as the psychologically tortured Oedipus. The successful monarch begins his downward slide after he discovers he has murdered his father and had children with his own mother.
Looks at the charismatic black intellectual, psychiatrist and revolutionary from Martinique.
Bill Peach tells the story of the last epic adventure, the conquest of the western desert. The overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin, built along Stuart's track, established frontier camps from which the explorers reached the west coast.
Bill Peach reports on the race to cross Australia from south to north. Both South Australia and Victoria wanted to capture this honour for themselves.
Bill Peach describes the first attempts to open an overland track from the eastern settlements to the coast of northern Australia.
Bill Peach tells the story of Edward John Eyre, the young explorer who set off with four companions to make a westward journey across the Nullarbor Plain.
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