The second part, La Révolution française: les Années terribles (The French Revolution: The Years of Terror) directed by Richard T. Heffron. Audio French with English subtitles.

The second part focuses on the triumvirate of power centered around the main characters and how their ideologies distance them from one another. The second part has more action and suspense, for obvious reason.

Personal note: This movie wasn't a box office success. But as far as I'm concerned, this is absolutely the best film on French revolution, or any revolution for that matter. It is accurate and it is long, which for me is a plus given the complexities of the subject, the characters involved and their relationship dynamics.
Also, the script is really good and the cast is fantastic. In particular, Andrej Seweryn as Robespierre and Brandauer as Danton are superb. I also loved Jean-François Balmer as a helpless Louis XVI.

This is a very difficult movie to find with english subtitles. It is really worth watching and I strongly recommend to any history lover, in particular if interested in the French Revolution.

If it works better for you to watch it on YT, I uploaded them on my channel there as well.
The French Revolution Part 1: The Years of Light (1989)
(Note: For some bizzarre reason, the first part only, is blocked due to a copyright claim in the following countries: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland.)

The French Revolution Part 2: The Years of Terror (1989)

La Révolution française is a two-part 1989 film, co-produced by France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada for the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. Audio in French with English subtitles.

When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux, he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.

The first part, titled La Révolution française: les Années lumière (The French Revolution: The Years of Light) was directed by Robert Enrico. The second part, La Révolution française: les Années terribles (The French Revolution: The Years of Terror), was directed by Richard T. Heffron.

The first part "Les annees lumieres", focuses more on the privileged classes describing the political changes taking place in France as the revolution approaches. We also get acquainted with the three main revolutionaries, Desmoulins, Danton and Robespierre.

The film purports to tell a faithful and neutral story of the Revolution, from the calling of the Estates-General to the death of Maximilien de Robespierre. The film had a large budget and boasted an international cast. It was shot in French, German, and English.

Klaus Maria Brandauer as Georges Danton†
Andrzej Seweryn as Maximilien de Robespierre†
Jean-François Balmer as King Louis XVI of France†
Jane Seymour as Queen Marie-Antoinette†
Peter Ustinov as Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau†
François Cluzet as Camille Desmoulins†
Vittorio Mezzogiorno as Jean-Paul Marat†
Claudia Cardinale as Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac
Sam Neill as Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette
Christopher Thompson as Louis de Saint-Just†

Full credit list:

Note: There is no translation only for the first 20 seconds at the start. The rest is fine.

A 2005 PBS History Dcoumentary written, directed and produced by David Grubin, narrated by Blair Brown.

Her name has become synonymous with the French monarchy and all its excesses, but there is more to the story of Marie Antoinette than the simplistic tale of how a frivolous sovereign helped provoke the uprising that became the French Revolution. She was, in fact, a tender-hearted, complex woman, whose tragic awakening came too late to save her from the guillotine.

Without losing sight of the dire inequities in 18th century France, the film paints a surprising portrait in which Marie Antoinette emerges as a sympathetic and, in the end, courageous figure. The two-hour film traces her journey from the splendors of her childhood in the palaces of the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire to her final hours in a squalid French prison cell. To tell the story of Marie Antoinette is to relive the great revolution that unleashed the forces that shaped our modern world.

From her disastrous marriage which remained unconsummated for seven years to her tortured relationship with her iron-willed mother, Marie Antoinette’s life was a long list of humiliations. Sacrificed to 18th century power politics, she arrived in France when she was fourteen, a naive foreigner eager to please, hardly prepared for the intrigues of the court at Versailles. Light-hearted, charming, graceful, she threw her energies into an endless whirl of extravagant parties, never troubling to ask who was paying for the luxuries she took for granted.

The revolutionaries who stormed the Bastille found the Queen a ready target for all that was wrong with France. Torn from her 100-room palace when a mob of some 7,000 women marched on Versailles, thrust into a common jail, she was plunged into despair, only to be transformed by her suffering. “Tribulation,” she said, “first makes you realize who you are.” Her wealth and crown had made her heedless of the poor and the powerless. With new awareness and regal dignity, she mounted the steps of the scaffold, conscious of her failures, doomed by her own tragic flaws, a young woman trapped in a tumultuous moment of history.

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A 2019 PBS Technology/Nature Documentary narrated by Ronan Summers.

In the shadow of Italy's Vesuvius, a lesser-known volcano rumbles: Campi Flegrei. An eruption could endanger the millions of residents of the city of Naples. Scientists gain new insights into what happened in nearby Pompeii, and dig into the unique geology of Campi Flegrei.

How will they know if the ever-shifting ground is reaching a breaking point? And can an innovative eruption warning system prevent Naples becoming the next Pompeii?

A 2017 Gedeon/Arte History, Science Documentary narrated by Ben Crystal.

The town and Abbey of the Mont Saint-Michel built on a tiny rocky tidal island overlooking the Bay has captured the imagination of millions of visitors. The settlement on the island dates back to the 8th Century.

The maze like constructions overlapping one another unfold over centuries: Pagan temple, a haven for hermits, a Roman abbey, a Gothic marvel, a fortress and a cursed prison. Historians and archeologists have never ceased to study and restore the site to try and decipher the traces of its multiple functions.

Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes a number of streets and palaces in the center of Genoa, in Northwestern Italy.

- The Strade Nuove (Italian for "New Streets") are a group of streets built by the Genoese aristocracy during the expansion of the city at a time when the Republic of Genoa was at the height of its financial and seafaring power. These are Via Giuseppe Garibaldi (1558-1583, formerly Strada Maggiore or Strada Nuova) and Via Balbi (1602-1620, formerly Strada Balbi), later followed by Via Cairoli (1778-1786, formerly Strada Nuovissima).

- The Palazzi dei Rolli (Italian for "Palaces of the Lists") are a group of palaces - most of which also date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries - which were associated to a particular system of ‘public lodging’ in private residences, whereby notable guests on State visit to the Republic were hosted in one of these palaces on behalf of the State.

The Rolli di Genova - or, more precisely, the Rolli degli alloggiamenti pubblici di Genova (Italian for "Lists of the public lodgings of Genoa") were the official lists at the time of the Republic of Genoa of the private palaces and mansions, belonging to the most distinguished Genoese families, which - if chosen through a public lottery - were obliged to host on behalf of the Government the most notable visitors during their State visit to the Republic.

The site represents the first example in Europe of an urban development project parcelled out by a public authority within a unitary framework and associated to a particular system of ‘public lodging’ in private residences, as decreed by the Senate in 1576. The site includes an ensemble of Renaissance and Baroque palaces along the so-called ‘new streets’ (Strade Nuove).

On July 13, 2006, forty-two of the 163 palaces originally included in one the five public list called "Rolli" (Italian for "lists") were selected as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Some of the Palazzi dei Rolli are used today as public buildings, museums, offices and private residences. Among the palaces open to the public, Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi jointly constitute the Strada Nuova Museums located in via Garibaldi.

Footage: RAI
Music: J.S. Bach: Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 - 4. Presto

From 1995 on, UNESCO has included the historical centre of Ferrara in the list of World Cultural Heritage as a wonderful example of a town planned in the Renaissance and still keeping its historical centre intact. The town planning criteria expressed in Ferrara had a deep influence on the progress of town planning in the following centuries.

Ferrara, which grew up around a ford over the River Po, became an intellectual and artistic centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the House of Este.

The humanist concept of the 'ideal city' came to life here in the neighbourhoods built from 1492 onwards by Biagio Rossetti according to the new principles of perspective. The completion of this project marked the birth of modern town planning and influenced its subsequent development.

Music used: Da Vinci's Demons Main Title - Bear McCreary
Footage used: RAI

The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical period drama film based on the Broadway play of the same name by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey, written by James Goldman, music by John Barry, cinematography by Douglas Slocombe, produced by Joseph E. Levine, Jane C. Nusbaum and Martin Poll.

The film stars Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, John Castle, Anthony Hopkins (in his film debut in a major role), Jane Merrow, Timothy Dalton (in his film debut) and Nigel Terry. The film was a commercial success (the 12th highest-grossing film of 1968) and won three Academy Awards, including one for Hepburn as Best Actress.

I love everything about this movie. From the actors who are just brilliant, to the script, cinematography, setting, costumes, music. It has stood the test of time and it is one of the great classics.

Plot Summary:
The Lion in Winter is set during Christmas 1183, at King Henry II's château and primary residence in Chinon, Touraine, in the medieval Angevin Empire. Henry wants his youngest son, the future King John, to inherit his throne, while his estranged and imprisoned wife, Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine, temporarily released from prison for the holidays, favors their oldest surviving son, the future King Richard the Lionheart. Meanwhile, King Philip II of France, the son and successor of Louis VII of France, Eleanor's ex-husband, has given his half-sister Alais, who is currently Henry's mistress, to the future heir, and demands either a wedding or the return of her dowry.

Historical background:
Though the background and the eventual destinies of the characters are generally historically accurate, The Lion in Winter is fictional; none of the dialogue or action is historical. There was a Christmas court at Caen in 1182, but there was no Christmas court at Chinon in 1183. In reality, Henry had many mistresses and many illegitimate children; the "Rosamund" mentioned in the film was his mistress until she died.

The Revolt of 1173–1174 describes the historical events leading to the play's events.

There was also a second rebellion, when Young Henry and Geoffrey revolted in 1183, resulting in Young Henry's death. While some historians have theorized that Richard was homosexual, historians remain divided on the question. Geoffrey died in 1186 in a jousting tournament held in Paris (with some speculation that Geoffrey was involved in plotting against Henry with Philip at the time).

A third rebellion against Henry by Richard and Philip in 1189 was finally successful, and a decisively defeated Henry retreated to Chinon in Anjou, where he died. Richard the Lionheart succeeded Henry II, but spent very little time in England (perhaps 6 months), after which he became a central Christian commander during the Third Crusade, leading the campaign after the departure of Philip. Richard won some considerable victories, but he did not succeed in retaking Jerusalem.

John finally succeeded Richard in 1199 after Richard's death. During his unsuccessful reign he lost most of his father's holdings in Northern France and angered the English barons, who revolted and forced him to sign the Magna Carta. John is also known for being the villain in the Robin Hood legends. Lastly, Captain William Marshall, who during the film is harried about by Henry II, outlived the English royal family and eventually ruled England as regent for the young Henry III.

For an historical view on the Plantagenet, check out some various documentaries in the playlist here:

Academy Awards: The film received three awards out of seven nominations.
Best Actress — Win for Katharine Hepburn, tied with Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (the only time this has happened for actresses in Academy history)
Best Adapted Screenplay — Win for James Goldman
Best Music Score — Win for John Barry

BAFTA Awards: The film received two wins out of seven nominations.
Best Actress — Win for Katharine Hepburn, jointly awarded with Hepburn's performance in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music — Win for John Barry

Golden Globe Awards: The film received two wins out of seven nominations.
Best Motion Picture—Drama — Win (Martin Poll, Joseph E. Levine)
Best Actor — Win for Peter O'Toole

And many other awards:

Becket is a 1964 Anglo-American dramatic film adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh, directed by Peter Glenville and produced by Hal B. Wallis with Joseph H. Hazen as executive producer. The screenplay was written by Edward Anhalt based on Anouilh's play. The music score was by Laurence Rosenthal, the cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth and the editing by Anne V. Coates.

The film stars Richard Burton as Thomas Becket and Peter O'Toole as King Henry II, with John Gielgud as King Louis VII, Donald Wolfit as Gilbert Foliot, Paolo Stoppa as Pope Alexander III, Martita Hunt as Empress Matilda, Pamela Brown as Queen Eleanor, Siân Phillips, Felix Aylmer, Gino Cervi, David Weston and Wilfrid Lawson. Siân Phillips, who plays Gwendolen, was Peter O'Toole's wife at the time of filming.

Becket won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for eleven other awards, including for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and twice for Best Actor.

Historical inaccuracies:
- Most of the historical inaccuracies in the film are from the play. The major inaccuracy is the depiction of Becket as a Saxon who has risen to a perceived Norman social standing, when in fact the historical Thomas Becket was a Norman (while Henry was an Angevin). Anouilh did this because he had based the play on a 19th-century account that described Becket as a Saxon. He had been informed of this error before his play was produced, but decided against correcting it because it would undermine a key point of conflict, and because "history might eventually rediscover that Becket was a Saxon, after all." (Insert eye roll)

- Henry's mother, Empress Matilda, died in 1167, three years before the treaty of Fréteval allowed Becket to return in England. Henry appears to not have any respect for his mother and treats her as something of an annoyance, a rather drastic departure from what is generally held as historical fact. Empress Matilda was Henry's sole parent for much of his childhood, and she was instrumental in shaping Henry into the fierce warrior and skilled administrator he was. Far from seeing his mother as a burden, Henry seems to have adored Matilda and relied heavily on her advice and guidance until her death.

- Henry's wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is shown publicly rebuking Henry in a scene near the end of the film, when in fact Eleanor, whatever private reservations she may have had, is not known to have ever behaved in such a manner in public. During the same scene, she says she will go to her father to complain of Henry's treatment of her; however, her father had died decades before, when Eleanor was just 15 years old. It was her father's death that made Eleanor the Duchess of Aquitaine and the most eligible bride of the 12th century, and Henry would not have married her had she not come with Aquitaine. When combined with Henry's own duchies in France, the marriage gave the royal couple control over more land in France than the actual King of France possessed at the time. Also, the film shows Henry and Eleanor as having four children, all boys. In truth Henry and Eleanor had eight children, five sons and three daughters. While the eldest son, William, had died before the events of the film, the three daughters are neglected.

However, this is a great movie with a great cast. Especially Peter O'Toole, who is BRILLIANT in it, as he always was.

Alfred the Great is a 1969 epic film Directed by Clive Donner, which portrays Alfred the Great's struggle to defend the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex from a Danish Viking invasion in the 9th Century.

It stars David Hemmings as Alfred the Great, Michael York as Guthrum, Prunella Ransome as Aelhswith
Colin Blakely as Asser, Ian McKellen as Roger, Peter Vaughan as Burrud, Alan Dobie as Ethelred of Wessex, Julian Glover as Athelstan, Vivien Merchant as Freda, Julian Chagrin as Ivar the Boneless, Jim Norton as Thanet, Christopher Timothy as Cedric.

Plot Summary:
Moments before taking his priestly vows, Prince Alfred of Wessex is summoned to a new calling: leading his Saxon people to drive out invading Danes in an England that in the 870s was a loose collection of kingdoms. After he ascends the throne and wages his own personal battle between following his peace-craving intellect or his all-too-human passion, he will suffer defeat in the face of pagan savagery and the surrender of his wife as a hostage, before celebrating victory as the reluctant yet brilliant warrior hallowed across time as the unifying ruler Alfred the Great.

The film was shot in County Galway, Ireland, including locations such as Castlehackett in Tuam, Kilchreest, Ross Lake, and Knockma.

Produced by Bernard Smith
Written by James R. Webb and Ken Taylor
Music by Raymond Leppard
Cinematography by Alex Thomson

Personal notes:
This film is filled with many historical errors and other shortcomings, mainly the script. David Hemmings is not bad, but the script doesn't help him. However, I've never been his fan and I wish Peter O'Toole was picked for the role of Alfred instead (he was being championed as the lead, back in 1964).

The movie performed very poorly in the box office, which is a pity because I think Alfred the Great and Anglo-Saxons deserves a great movie. However, this is a very rare movie to find, and I thought it would be nice to upload it for anyone who hasn't had the chance to see it. Enjoy.

Julius Caesar is a 1953 epic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the uncredited screenplay, and produced by John Houseman.

The original music score is by Miklós Rózsa. The film stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Edmond O'Brien as Casca, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, and Deborah Kerr as Portia.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno, Edwin B. Willis, Hugh Hunt), and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Marlon Brando), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Best Picture. Brando's nomination was his third consecutive for Best Actor, following 1951's A Streetcar Named Desire and 1952's Viva Zapata!. He would win the following year for On the Waterfront.

Julius Caesar won BAFTA awards for Best British Actor (John Gielgud) and Best Foreign Actor (Marlon Brando), and was also nominated for Best Film. It was Brando's second of three consecutive BAFTA Best Actor awards, for Viva Zapata! (1952), Julius Caesar (1953), and On the Waterfront (1954).

The National Board of Review awarded Julius Caesar Best Film and Best Actor (James Mason), and it also won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.

A 2014 Channel 5 History Documentary hosted by Larry Lamb.

Episode 4: Larry Lamb concludes his exploration of the Roman Empire by looking at the life and career of Julius Caesar. The actor traces the story of the great man's extraordinary transformation from a bankrupt junior public official to the seemingly invincible general who conquered Gaul, through to his infamous assassination in a debating chamber. Along the way, Larry discovers that money was often at the heart of the decisions Caesar made.

A 2014 Channel 5 History Documentary hosted by Larry Lamb.

Episode 3: During the mid-second century BC, Rome was enjoying the spoils after defeating Carthage in the Third Punic War, with slaves, treasure and art pouring into the republic. Larry Lamb examines how not everyone was reaping the benefit and reveals that resentment was mounting as the gap widened between the poor and the privileged. The actor traces the journey of Tiberius Gracchus, a man from the elite ruling classes who eventually came to champion the cause of the common citizen farmer, and learns about the development of the hypocaust, Rome's famous central-heating system.

A 2014 Channel 5 History Documentary hosted by Larry Lamb.

Episode 2: Larry Lamb reveals how the Roman Empire became the dominant power in the Mediterranean. Beginning his quest at the Roma Termini train station in central Rome, he learns how the city was attacked by the Gauls in the Battle of the Allia, fought roughly 400 years BC. The city of Rome was sacked and razed to the ground by the Gauls who also killed many of its citizens, which led to the construction of a great wall to protect the city from future raids. This three-year conflict inflicted great losses and damage. The city survived, but only just and the leaders vowed to never come so close to destruction again. The Republic soon began a century of expansion

Note: However, the main focus of this episode are the Punic Wars and Carthage.

A 2014 Channel 5 History Documentary hosted by Larry Lamb.

On a once-in-a-lifetime journey visiting key locations, Larry sets out to discover what made the Romans so successful. He has spent years learning the Italian language while studying the history and culture of Rome, and now brings this ancient world alive with his passion, a wealth of fascinating detail and colourful CGI.

The history of Rome is a 1,000-year-long epic, filled with murder, ambition, betrayal and greed and encompassing such legendary characters as Rome’s Iron Age founders Romulus and Remus and its greatest general Julius Caesar. Larry is accompanied by some of Europe and America’s foremost classical experts who reveal the atmosphere of intrigue, conflict and violence at the places where the saga unfolded, including Rome, Pompeii, Sicily, France and Tunisia.

Episode 1: Actor Larry Lamb explores the 3,000-year-old story of the rise of the Roman Empire and how it shaped the way we live today, uncovering the intrigue, conflict, greed and violence that surrounded not only Rome, but Pompeii, Sicily, France and Tunisia as the Romans set out to conquer the world.
With the help of historians and CGI representations, Larry begins his journey by focusing on the Italian capital of Rome. He takes a look at the role of legendary characters including the city's mythical Iron Age founders Romulus and Remus, and learns how thousands of labourers turned mud huts into a city of stone.

Personal note: I love this series. Larry Lamb is very passionate and really good at this. There are no bullcrap agenda behind it. And I also liked the fact that this starts with the birth of Rome and it ends with Caesar. Many starts with Caesar, touching the pre-Caesar period very briefly. This one goes more in depth into Roman Kingdom period, and the early republic. Which is nice for a change, as much as I love the Empire period.

A 2002 Channel 4 History Documentary narrated by Stephen Nashbrook.

Cambyses II (Old Persian: Kambūjiya) was the second King of Kings of the Achaemenid Empire from 530 to 522 BC. He was the oldest son and successor of Cyrus the Great (r. 550 – 530 BC) and his mother was Cassandane.

According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cambyses II, King of Persia, sent his army to destroy the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis after the priests there refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt. The army of 50,000 men entered Egypt’s western desert near Luxor but halfway through, a massive sandstorm sprang up and reportedly buried them all.

"A wind arose from the south, strong and deadly, bringing with it vast columns of whirling sand, which entirely covered up the troops and caused them wholly to disappear," wrote Herodotus.

Yet, in the centuries since, no traces of their existence - or their brutal deaths - have been uncovered.
It was as though they simply vanished into thin air. Did this event actually took place, or is it merely an example of a myth made more grandiose over time?

For many years, countless archeologists, geologists and historians have attempted to uncover the mystery of the missing army. Most notably, desert explorer Laszlo Almasy - whose daring efforts formed the basis of the lead character in the Oscar winning film The English Patient - claimed to have discovered evidence of the army in the 1930s. Alas, the exact location of his supposed discoveries died with him.

Then in 1996, an explorer happened upon a series of bone fragments and ancient arrowheads in the desert by accident. He was later banned from returning to the site by Egyptian authorities, but a new team of explorers soon decided to pick up where he left off. The filmmakers follow this team as they make their journey through the barren wasteland in search of the most profound archeological find of all time.

Along the way, the team begins to question the probability that the Cambyses army could successfully make such a journey all those years ago. They estimate it would have taken over 3,000 tons of food, water and supplies to keep them nourished during their travels. Additional skepticisms focus on the route the army is reported to have taken given their unfamiliarity with the environment and lack of sophisticated maps.

Beyond the obvious suspense generated by what these modern-day explorers might at last uncover, The Lost Army of King Cambyses offers rich perspectives on ancient Egyptian history, and a tactile sense of what life in a desert oasis truly entails.

A 2000 History Channel Documentary, as part of "In Search of History" series, narrated by David Ackroyd.

Before the Roman Empire, Italy was host to another great civilization the Etruscans. In the remains of their cities, the secrets of an ancient society are slowly being uncovered, writing another chapter in human history.

Join the investigations that are helping cast light on this often overlooked civilization that was eventually engulfed by the Romans. Explore the conflicting nature of their society their taste for barbarism matched by extreme sensuality, incredible wealth supported by massive slavery, and a continual celebration of life balanced by widespread belief in a dark cult of death.

A 2011 BBC Science Documentary hosted by Gabrielle Walker.

Ice is one of the strangest, most beguiling and mesmerising substances in the world. Full of contradictions, it is transparent yet it can glow with colour, it is powerful enough to shatter rock but it can melt in the blink of an eye. It takes many shapes, from the fleeting beauty of a snowflake to the multi-million tonne vastness of a glacier and the eeriness of the ice fountains of far-flung moons.

Science writer Dr Gabrielle Walker has been obsessed with ice ever since she first set foot on Arctic sea ice. In this programme she searches out some of the secrets hidden deep within the ice crystal to try to discover how something so ephemeral has the power to sculpt landscapes, to preserve our past and inform our future.

A 2018 Nature Documentary narrated by Paul Bandey.

He has shared our lives for 20,000 years. Along the way, he has helped us find food, kept our livestock, protected us from our enemies, guided us in extreme conditions, and saved us from peril. Now, he comforts us, relieving loneliness and helping us cope with old age. How did dogs come about?

A 2018 PBS Nature Documentary narrated by Campbell Scott.

At the very northern edge of North America is Ellesmere Island, where the unforgiving Arctic winds tear through the tundra, dipping temperatures to 40 below zero. Running through this shifting sea of snow and ice is one of the most hardened predators on the planet, the White Wolf. But as the spring melt approaches, these roaming hunters must adapt to being tethered parents as new additions to the pack have just been born. With their herds of prey continuing to move, we witness a desperate race to keep up and bring back a kill to the hungry mothers and cubs. Traveling farther and farther away from their den each day puts these hunters and their children at risk in this fight for survival.

A 2015 BBC Nature Documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson.

In what turns out to be an explosive year, witness Iceland through the eyes of the animals and people that have made this wild island home. An arctic fox family must eke out a cliff-top living, an eider farmer has his hands full playing duck dad to hundreds of new arrivals and Viking horsemen prepare to saddle up for the autumn round up. But nature's clock is ticking, and the constant volcanic threat eventually boils over with one of Iceland's biggest eruptions in more than 200 years. This land of ice and fire will not be tamed.

A 2019 PBS History Documentary narrated by Jay O. Sanders.

Secrets of the Dead: Galileo's Moon. Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century; an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius” with the astronomer’s signature and seemingly original watercolor paintings that changed our understanding of the cosmos.

The Ducal Palace, Mantua (Italian: Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, or reggia dei Gonzaga) is a group of buildings in Mantua, Lombardy, northern Italy, built between the 14th and the 17th century mainly by the noble family of Gonzaga as their royal residence in the capital of their Duchy.

The buildings are connected by corridors and galleries and are enriched by inner courts and wide gardens. The complex includes some 500 rooms and occupies an area of c. 34,000 m². Although most famous for Mantegna's frescos in the Camera degli Sposi (Wedding Room), they have many other very significant architectural and painted elements.

La Camera Picta (Latin: "Painted Chamber") or Camera degli Sposi (Italian: "Bridal Chamber") is the most famous room of the palace, known for its frescoes executed by Andrea Mantegna, from 1465 to 1475. The painted scenes portrays members of the Gonzaga family.

The Gonzaga family lived in the palace from 1328 to 1707, when the dynasty died out. Subsequently, the buildings saw a sharp decline, which was halted in the 20th century with a continuing process of restoration and the designation of the area as museum.

Mantua and Sabbioneta were inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. The two cities are associated for the significant bequest left to them by the noble Gonzaga Family, that envisioned and realized their magnificent Renaissance downtowns.

Video footage used:
RAI Documentary "Wonders - The peninsula of treasures"

Music used:
Aria "Questa o quella per me pari sono"
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
(from Rigoletto, Italian opera film of 1982)

Aria "Parmi veder le lagrima"
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Tenor: Rolando Villazón
Conductor: Marcello Viotti
Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester

In questa puntata di "Ulisse, il piacere della scoperta", Alberto Angela ci racconta la storia di Caio Giulio Cesare Ottaviano, meglio conosciuto come Augusto, l'uomo che ha cambiato la storia, trasformando Roma da Repubblica in Impero.

"Augustus - How an Empire is born", a 2016 RAI documentary. In this episode of "Ulysses, the pleasure of discovery", Alberto Angela tells us the story of Caius Julius Caesar Octavian, better known as Augustus, the man who changed history, transforming Rome from the Republic into the Empire.

Note: Sorry, no English subtitles.

BBC Four partners with the Royal Shakespeare Company to introduce highlights from the Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses. Shakespeare's best lines reference these shape-shifting characters, but do today's audiences know why Niobe was "all tears", or of Phaethon and his "unruly jades"?

Featuring spellbinding contributions from Britain's leading actors including Fiona Shaw and Simon Russell Beale, this film delivers a series of dramatic monologues, interspersed with behind the scenes discussions chaired by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran on the significance of the original texts and their continuing influence on art and literature. By letting Ovid's original tales speak for themselves, we see exactly why the Roman poet is still regarded as one of the world's greatest storytellers, 2,000 years after his death.


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