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two documentaries, first one- the making of Sleeping Beauty (in 5 parts).  What a gorgeous film and amazing work of art.  Great look at the process!

second film - the making of 101 Dalmatians (in 4 parts).  This is the film that came after Sleeping Beauty for Disney studios, and it was totally different.  From the very old fashioned to the very modern!  It’s pretty interesting to watch after the SB one.  I have always loved the character designs and the Searle-inspired look of this film, so good.

The Story of Capital Punishment, from the BBC, in six parts on youtube.  Like Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, it begins in the 18th century, a sort of a height in public punishment as a crime deterrent/solution before the gradual birth of the modern prison system (I’m no expert, it just reminded me of that book for.. obvious reasons?).  I learned the morbid origin of the phrase, ‘pulling my leg.” Yikes! 

The documentary Paris 1919, based on the book by Margaret MacMillan of the same name and made by the NFB, is available to watch online here. 

If you’d like to see another trailer, there is one on the NFB site itself. 

The documentary covers the Paris Peace Conference at the end of WWI, and is very good.

From the NFB - I love the story of the Asahi baseball team.  And I love documentaries with cute old men.

This documentary is so good, it’s SO GOOD. I’ll let the description speak for itself:

Part one: “director Donald Brittain chronicles the early years of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and René Lévesque. From their university days in the 1950s to 1967 when Lévesque left the Liberal Party and Trudeau became the federal Minister of Justice, Brittain attempts to get at the heart of what makes these men so fascinating.”

Part two: “covers the years between 1967 and 1977, a colourful decade that saw Trudeau win three federal elections, the 1970 October Crisis and the sweeping rise to power of the Parti Québécois.”

Part three: “spans the decade between 1976 and 1986. The film reveals the turbulent, behind-the-scenes drama during the Quebec referendum and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. In doing so, it also traces both Trudeau’s and Lévesque’s fall from power.”

The film is from, of course, The National Film Board  

War of 1812 →

Speaking of battles, this PBS production from earlier this year is one of the best I’ve seen on 1812, it’s very fair to all viewpoints.

Peter Watkins' Culloden →

This film is (currently anyway) playing on Netflix.  For 1964, it’s pretty novel I think, being shot like a modern news documentary with interviews and commentary by the participants. This event has captured my interest since a long time ago.

I’ve been watching a load of Edwardian Farm so it was a treat to find a program that inspired it, The Victorian Kitchen Garden.  Old news to British folks no doubt, but new to me!  This sort of show reminds me of my dad.

I’ve been watching a load of Edwardian Farm so it was a treat to find a program that inspired it, The Victorian Kitchen Garden.  Old news to British folks no doubt, but new to me!  This sort of show reminds me of my dad.