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Showing posts with label Biography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Biography. Show all posts

Sep 21, 2019

Fidel (1971)


FIDEL provides a unique view of Cuba's controversial and most polarizing leader. In 1968, Castro took filmmaker and activist Saul Landau on a weeklong jeep ride through the eastern mountains. There, he plays baseball with a group of peasants, visits his pre-school and trades jokes with a 98-year old man. Fidel also listens to the people's concerns about food distribution, bad roads and transportation. Landau captures Cuba's revolutionary chief early in the morning in his tent. The camera zooms in on his dirty and delicate fingernails holding his trademark cigar while he tells a story of Símon Bolivar and offers tactical advice to guerrilla warriors throughout the Third World.The film contains rare and fascinating archive footage of the Bay of Pigs invasion and scenes of Che Guevara alongside interviews with political prisoners. Spectacular photography and editing with hot Cuban music provide the cinematic aesthetics that give this film beautiful form to accompany its exciting content.

Einstein's Universe (1979)


A documentary produced in 1979 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Albert Einstein. Narrated and hosted by Peter Ustinov and written by Nigel Calder, the film takes place at the University of Texas' McDonald Observatory where a staff of renowned physicists take both Ustinov and the viewer through a hands-on experience of the exciting facets of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017)


The life and work of music producer Clive Davis.

Sep 20, 2019

The Documentary of Dr G Yunupingu's Life (2017)


GURRUMUL is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.

King Georges (2015)


Documentary about Philadelphia restaurateur Georges Perrier and the closing of his iconic restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

Sep 19, 2019

Kim Swims (2017)


The inspiring true story of an accomplished open water swimmer's attempt to become the first woman to swim 30 miles through a stretch of cold, rough and shark-inhabited waters off of the San Francisco coast.

Dancer (2016)


Joining the Royal Ballet at the age of 13, Ukrainian Sergei Polunin became their youngest ever principal dancer when he was 19, but in January 2012 he took the dramatic decision to walk away from his classical ballet career.

Sep 17, 2019

George Best: All by Himself (2016)


Exploring the remarkable life of the footballer George Best, charting how a reserved young prodigy from Northern Ireland became a global superstar.

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America (2017)


When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the perilous journey across the desert in search of the American dream. After 23 years growing up in the rural south as an undocumented gay man, Serrano is forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home. He sees only one option-to fight for justice and demand equality.

Winnie (2017)


While Nelson Mandela is serving a life sentence, his wife experiences the raw violence of apartheid and fights on the front lines and underground. Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy.

Sep 16, 2019

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011)


Filmmaker Carl Colby delves into the life of his father, former CIA director William Colby, and the history of the organization involved in intelligence gathering.

My Winnipeg (2007)


Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin conducts a personal tour of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the town where he grew up and still lives, in a film he calls a "docu-fantasia." By combining archival footage and interviews, dreamlike camera work and recreated scenes -- including several with actress Ann Savage playing the part of Maddin's mother -- the filmmaker builds a portrait of Winnipeg that manages to be historical, intimate, surreal, entertaining and entirely his own.

Mostly Sunny (2016)


Mostly Sunny is a documentary that tells the remarkable story of Sunny Leone, the Canadian-born, American-bred adult film star who is pursuing her dreams of Bollywood stardom.

Maidentrip (2013)


Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old sailor, sets out on a two-year voyage to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Sep 15, 2019

Diana: 7 Days That Shook the World (2017)


Diana - Seven Days That Shook the World investigates the dramatic week leading up to Princess Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey, with exclusive interviews with Diana's staff, Downing Street advisors, journalists and members of the public.

Sep 13, 2019

Stevie (2002)


In 1995, director Steve James (of 'Hoop Dreams') returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had been an "Advocate Big Brother" ten years earlier.

American Experience: Edison (2015)


Amazing biography and introspective on the boy, the man, the husband, the father, the entrepreneur and the businessman as well as the inventor and his genius.

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)


Journey into the life and work of the weird fiction author who gave us the Cthulu mythos and inspired such notable horror authors as Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman. Though initially overshadowed by the masterfully morbid prose of author Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft's writings have proven very influential, and can be seen in everything from movies (Re-Animator, Hellboy) to music (Metallica's "Call of Cthulu) to video games Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth). Discover how an Old World xenophobe crafted one of literature's greatest mythologies, and why his works continue to fascinate readers long after his untimely death as John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Straub, and others reflect on Lovecraft's crucial role in the history of horror fiction.

Bloody Daughter (2012)


Filmmaker Stéphanie Argerich creates a portrait of her mother Martha Argerich, a world-renowned -- and intensely private -- pianist.

Sep 12, 2019

Uncle Yanco (1967)


While in San Francisco for the promotion of her last film in October 1967, Agnès Varda, tipped by her friend Tom Luddy, gets to know a relative she had never heard of before, Jean Varda, nicknamed "Yanco". This hitherto unknown uncle lives on a boat in Sausalito, is a painter, has adopted a hippie lifestyle and loves life. The meeting is a very happy one.


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