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Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark

Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark

CB203 .C48 2006 DVD
4 discs containing 11 60 minute episodes released 1969.
Art historian Kenneth Clark examines the breadth of Western European culture, defining what he considers to be the crucial phases of its development.

The Greeks

The Greeks

DF78 .G747 2000 DVD
165 minutes; mini-series released 2001.
The story of ancient Greece's Golden Age as told through the lives of some of its most prominent figures, including Cleisthenes, Themistocles, Pericles, and Socrates. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

A History of Britain

A History of Britain

DA1 .H57 2002 DVD
5 discs containing fifteen 60 minute episodes; released 2000-2002.
Simon Schama introduces British history from its ancient beginnings to the 20th century, highlighting the epic themes and towering figures that transformed an island "at the edge of the world" into an empire.

Hockey: A People's History

Hockey: A People's History

GV846.5 .H635 2006 DVD
6 discs containing ten 44 minute episodes; released 2006.
With comments from such players as Wayne Gretzky, Hayley Wickenheiser and Ken Dryden, this series chronicles the story of a game and the soul of a nation. Born as a game of survival against the Canadian winter, hockey gave a new country its first heroes and champions. Narrated by Paul Gross and James Hyndman. Directed by Peter John Ingles.

Israel: A Nation is Born

Israel: A Nation is Born

DS 126.5 .I587 2003 DVD
3 discs containing six 60 minute episodes; released 1992.
Former Israeli amabassador to the United States Abba Eban chronicles the birth and development of the state of Israel. Featured in interviews and archival footage are Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Winston Churchill, Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin. English with optional Hebrew, Russian and Spanish subtitles.

Pillar of Fire: A Television History of Israel's Rebirth

Pillar of Fire: A Television History of Israel's Rebirth

DS149 .P49 2005 DVD
3 discs containing seven 60 minute episodes; released 1979.
Relates the drama of the Jewish people's return to Zion and the establishment of the State of Israel. Also portrays the Jewish-Arab struggle for Palestine, persecution of Jews in Europe, the war of 1948 and David Ben-Gurion's Declaration of Independence. Narrated by Ian McKellen.

Simon Schama's Power of Art

N5300 .S32 2007 DVD
3 discs containing eight 50 minute episodes.
Simon Schama introduces eight major artists: Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko.

Recreating Eden

BS1237 .R437 2006 DVD (Season 1)
BS1237 .R4372 2006 DVD (Season 2)
each season: 2 discs containing thirteen 23 minute episodes
A television series about spectacular gardens and the lives of those who tend them.

Shoah

Shoah

D804.3 .S563 2003 DVD
566-minute mini-series on 4 discs; released 1985.
Without dramatic re-enactment or archival footage, this documentary uses interviews with suriving camp inmates, SS commandants and eyewitnesses to unearth disturbing details--including timetables, finances, and logistics--about the step-by-step Nazi plan to carry out the Holocaust. Directed by Claude Lanzmann.