Frank Remembered - Oscar®
winning 1995 film narrated by Kenneth Branagh exploring the short, tragic
life of perhaps the most famous victim of the Nazi Holocaust. Features excerpts
from Anne's diary read by actress Glenn Close, along with comments from
those who knew and loved this young girl. Also reveals what happened to
the family after their capture by the Gestapo. 117 minutes.
of Doom - An intimate
look at Hitler and the Third Reich examining the aesthetics of Nazi architecture,
art and culture, all of which resulted from the personal whims of the Fuehrer.
Contains some rare footage. 119 minutes.
Terminus: The Life And Times Of Klaus Barbie - Oscar®
winning film examining the life of Nazi SS Captain Klaus Barbie who earned
the nickname "Butcher of Lyon" deporting thousands of Jews from
France and conducting a murderous crackdown on French resistance. Among
Barbie's crimes - ordering a raid on a Jewish children's home at Izieu during
which 41 children aged 3-13 were arrested and sent to be gassed at Auschwitz.
Krieg (My Private War) - A recent German documentary
showing color and B&W film footage taken by six German soldiers who
were also amateur film makers. Includes present-day interviews interwoven
with their original films. Scenes include Wehrmacht training and front line
footage of the attack on Russia. In German with English subtitles. 90 minutes.
Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress - The
year is 1943 and you're going along for a ride with the 10 man crew of this
famous B-17 Flying Fortress on its 25th and final mission, flying from England
to Germany to bomb the naval base at Wilhelmshaven. Directed by William
Wyler, this film became one of the most widely distributed, morale boosting
propaganda efforts of the war. In color. 43 minutes.
and Fog - Award winning short film directed
by Alain Resnais about the Holocaust uses actual footage from inside Hitler's
concentration camps. 33 minutes.
History of the Third Reich - A
unique four-part series examining the strange and mysterious origins of
Nazi beliefs and rituals. Includes: The Enigma of the Swastika, SS: Blood
and Soil, Himmler: The Mystic, and Adolf Hitler. 3 disk DVD box set. 155
Castles of the Third Reich - A
recently made video providing a detailed examination of the Teutonic-style
architecture of the surviving buildings of Hitler's Ordensburgen, the elite
schools built for Nazi students who were to become the Reich's future leaders.
Also shows Himmler's SS castle and the SS training academy at Bad Tolz.
to Iwo Jima - Forty years after the Battle
of Iwo Jima, which lasted 36 days and cost 27,000 lives, a reunion was held
on the South Pacific island at which American and Japanese ex-soldiers,
who had not seen each other since the fighting, met and reflected on the
past. 58 minutes.
of Adolf Eichmann - When former SS Lt. Colonel
Eichmann went on trial in Israel in 1961, the entire proceedings were videotaped.
This is an unforgettable chronicle showing what happened as Holocaust survivors
and Israeli prosecutors confronted the man responsible for coordinating
the Final Solution throughout Europe. Contains recent interviews with the
prosecutors and survivors along with extensive original video footage from
the courtroom. 120 minutes.
of the Will - The remarkable German propaganda
film of the 1934 Nazi rallies at Nuremberg directed by Leni Riefenstahl.
One of the most important documentaries ever made, it chronicles a people
enthralled with their new Fuehrer-god. It also displays the precision and
religious-like pageantry of Nazi ceremonies and demonstrates Hitler's mastery
over his people and his enormously effective speech making abilities. B&W
in German with English subtitles. 120 minutes.
Wannsee Conference - A dramatic re-enactment
by German actors based on the events of January 20, 1942, when Reinhard
Heydrich, Himmler's second in command of the SS, convened the Wannsee Conference
in Berlin with 15 top Nazi bureaucrats to coordinate the Final Solution
in which the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population
of Europe. Based on the actual minutes of the meeting and meticulously researched.
In German with English subtitles. 85 minutes.
Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl - A recent
German produced film in which a now elderly but still feisty Leni Riefenstahl
discusses her early career, creating her masterpiece Triumph
of the Will for Hitler, and her subsequent life spent living down
that accomplishment and her past Nazi ties. 180 minutes.
at War - The excellent British-made documentary
series notable for the stirring narration by Sir Laurence Olivier, extensive
use of Allied and Nazi film footage, and comments from participants such
as Albert Speer, Doenitz and many others, who were still living when the
series was originally produced. 30th Anniversary Edition box set (11 DVDs)
includes the 26 original episodes plus over 12 hours of bonus material.
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13: To the Edge and Back - The true story
of NASA's race against time to bring home three astronauts stranded in space
during an aborted mission to the moon. 87 minutes.
Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns - The great
documentary series that became a national event in the U.S. when it first
aired several years ago as millions watched and collectively relived this
most tumultuous time in America's history. Much of the power is derived
from the simple words of those now long gone, brought to life by actors
who read from the diaries and letters of participants. Also features expert
commentary by historian Shelby Foote, current views of battlefields, maps,
and hundreds of important photographs. Box set of 5 DVDs 660 minutes.
War: A CNN Production - This
is the highly informative 24 part series exploring all aspects of the arms
race between the US and USSR from the end of World War II, the Marshall
Plan, building of the Berlin Wall, through the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam
War and more. Box set of 8 VHS Tapes 999 minutes.
DVD History of US Wars - From
1700 through the present day, America has been involved in a seemingly unending
series of conflicts. This nicely produced 8-part series provides a concise
overview of America's storied military tradition, arranged in chronological
order. Features informative narration, historical re-enactments, archive
footage and DVD extras including downloadable historical overviews, maps
and timelines. Recommended for students of American history and military
buffs of all ages. You'll want to watch these DVDs again and again to learn
more. Box set of 4 DVDs. 216 minutes.
America: Letters Home from Vietnam - An intimate
portrait of the Vietnam conflict from 1964 to 1973 told through soldiers'
actual letters to loved ones back home, combined with filmed footage of
the actual events and an effective rock music soundtrack. Letters are read
by top actors including Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen and Robin
Williams. 84 minutes.
Great Depression - Hosted by Mario Cuomo,
this four part series provides an in-depth look at America from 1929 until
World War II. Examines daily life, politics, entertainment, and crime, showing
how people survived and even thrived following the worldwide economic collapse
of 1929. Box set of 4 VHS Tapes 200 minutes.
In America: Long Journey Home - In the mid-1800s
famine caused one of the biggest migrations in history as over a million
Irish landed in the United States and forever changed the young nation.
The Irish were the first big group of poor refugees stepping onto the shores
of America. Famous and not so famous Irish-American descendants provide
personal insights into the obstacles faced by their forebears, their day-to-day
struggles and ultimate success. Box set of 4 VHS Tapes 360 minutes.
The American Revolution - The best video available
on this topic, this spectacular six-hour series combines dramatic readings
from letters and diaries with fascinating live-action re-enactments at the
actual locations. From the Boston Tea Party through final victory, you'll
see how ordinary Americans came together, forged a new nation, and defeated
Britain, the most powerful nation on earth. Box set of 3 VHS Tapes 360 minutes.
Luther King "I Have a Dream" Speech - One
of the greatest speeches in history, delivered before 200,000 persons at
the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, is presented here in its entirety,
along with scenes of the civil rights struggle in America throughout the
1960s. 60 minutes.
of Honor - A tribute to America's greatest
war heroes, the men who earned the highest honor during World War II. The
selfless courage and superhuman feats of ordinary men - At Pearl Harbor,
Navy officer John Finn drags a machine gun onto an open airfield and single-handedly
takes on attacking Japanese Zeroes; Wounded and trapped on the bridge of
the U.S.S. Growler, submarine Commander Howard Gilmore orders "take
her down," thus giving up his own life to save his crew. Plus many
more! 76 minutes.
York - A thoroughly engrossing and entertaining
documentary. Explores four centuries of turbulent growth and change, from
Manhattan's beginnings as a Dutch settlement in the 1600s, to its current
status as the center of the world's most influential city. The triumphs
and tragedies of countless immigrants, the rise of skyscrapers, and the
building of Central Park are just a few of the many topics explored in great
detail. Highly recommended. Box set of 8 DVDs 600 minutes.
& Me - Irreverent, controversial film
by Michael Moore about the human impact of corporate downsizing in Flint,
Michigan, after 30,000 auto workers lose their jobs in the 1980s. Moore
relieves the sadness of all this with a somewhat comical pursuit of the
man at the top of General Motors, at one point barging into corporate headquarters
and asking for a meeting, with predictable, but still amusing results. 91
War Room - A close-up look at the inner workings
of Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign for president, focusing on his top strategists
and their amazing ability to think fast on their feet and wage a successful
uphill battle against incumbent President George Bush. A truly fascinating
look at American politics. 96 minutes.
The Ten Thousand Day War - This highly informative
twelve episode series was produced just a few years after the war ended
and features comments from many of the chief participants spoken while the
events were still quite fresh in their minds. Kennedy-Johnson advisors who
either passed away or stopped giving interviews are seen in this series.
That, combined with extensive original American and Vietnamese film footage
and narration written by Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Arnett, sets this program
apart from later Vietnam War documentaries. Box set of 6 VHS Tapes (in
EP mode) 585 minutes.