Some interesting docs for rainy afternoons.

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Movie: The Secret Life of Chaos ( 2010 )
Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia - how did we get here? In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science - how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder? It's a mindbending, counterintuitive and for many people a deeply troubling idea. But Professor Al-Khalili reveals the science behind much of beauty and structure in the natural world and discovers that far from it being magic or an act of God, it is in fact an intrinsic part of the laws of physics. Amazingly, it turns out that the mathematics of chaos can explain how and why the universe creates exquisite order and pattern. And the best thing is that one doesn't need to be a scientist to understand it. The natural world is full of awe-inspiring examples of the way nature transforms simplicity into complexity. From trees to clouds to humans - after watching this film you'll never be able to look at the world in the same way again.
TV Show: The Keepers ( 2017 )
This docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse.
Movie: The Kid Stays in the Picture ( 2002 )
Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).
Movie: Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal ( 2015 )
A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.
Movie: Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television ( 2004 )
Tells the story of EC Comics, the controversy that led to the end of mainstream horror comics, and the HBO anthology series "Tales from the Crypt".
Movie: Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' ( 2007 )
Details the making of Stephen King & George A. Romero's 1982 horror anthology classic, from conception through to completion.
Movie: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy ( 2010 )
Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!
Movie: An Open Secret ( 2015 )
An investigation into accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry.
TV Show: Leaving Neverland ( 2019 )
When allegations of abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that he could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. Leaving Neverland explores the experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age ten, and Wade Robson, at age seven, who were both befriended by Jackson. They and their families were entranced by the singer's fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak.
Movie: Deliver Us from Evil ( 2007 )
Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
Movie: The Bandit ( 2016 )
Burt Reynolds and other crew members from the 1977 classic "Smokey and the Bandit" share their experiences with the late director and stuntman Hal Needham.
Movie: Room 237 ( 2012 )
An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).
Movie: Abducted in Plain Sight ( 2019 )
The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.
Movie: The Atomic Cafe ( 1982 )
Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.
Movie: Terror in the Aisles ( 1984 )
A compilation of scenes from many science fiction, crime drama and horror films of the 1930s through 1980s.
Movie: The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter ( 2009 )
"The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" walks in the footsteps of the Manson Family, visiting over 40 locations related to the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders, and tying together the dozens of odd connections between Charles Manson and the Hollywood elite. Entertainingly led by famous Hollywood historian Scott Michaels (E!'s 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders, Dearly Departed: Vol. 1,, this epic documentary employs never-before-seen autopsy reports (analyzed with the help of the Los Angeles Department of the Coroner), dozens of rare photographs, original Manson Family music recordings, and modern-day visits to the locations where the action went down, in the most complete retelling of the Manson Murders ever put on film.
TV Show: Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle ( 2018 )
Jim Jones transforms from a charismatic preacher and champion of civil rights into an egomaniacal demagogue and leads the biggest mass suicide in American history; based on the book "The Road to Jonestown" by investigative journalist Jeff Guinn.
Movie: Sex at 24 Frames Per Second ( 2003 )
Documentary about the way sex was and is deliberately used in cinema to influence and manipulate human behaviour and development. This documentary uses real examples including the decline of Mae West's career; the introduction of a ratings system; and enforced creative controls, eventually leading to a billion dollar sub-culture of pornography and art-house movies.
Movie: O.J.: Made in America ( 2016 )
A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.
Movie: Cocaine Cowboys ( 2007 )
In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine Cowboys" is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States, told by the people who made it all happen.
Movie: Cocaine Cowboys 2 ( 2008 )
Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda Blanco, who is serving time at a nearby federal prison. Six months later, Cosby is a multi-millionaire, Blanco's lover, and the head of her $40 million a year cocaine business. Also known as "The Black Widow" for her propensity to permanently dispose of her men when she's done with them, Blanco will stop at nothing to ensure that Charles is faithful to her. Cosby soon learns that he's in way over his head.
Movie: Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded ( 2014 )
In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago. Cocaine Cowboys is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States. But it isn't the whole story - Pulling from hundreds of hours of additional interviews and recently uncovered archival news footage, Cocaine Cowboys has been RELOADED: packed with footage and stories that have never been told about Griselda Blanco, the Medellín Cartel, and Miami's Cocaine Wars, with firsthand accounts by hit man Jorge 'Rivi' Ayala, cocaine trafficker Jon Roberts, smuggler Mickey Munday, and others. Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded recreates Miami's Cocaine Wars like you've never experienced it.
Movie: Bettie Page Reveals All ( 2013 )
The world's greatest pinup model and cult icon, Bettie Page, recounts the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America's sexual revolution.
Movie: Becoming Bond ( 2017 )
The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down...
Movie: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse ( 1991 )
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
Movie: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau ( 2015 )
A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).
Movie: Capturing the Friedmans ( 2003 )
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Movie: Jodorowsky's Dune ( 2014 )
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
Movie: Witch Hunt ( 2008 )
The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation.
Movie: Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief ( 2015 )
A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.
Movie: Moonwalk One ( 2009 )
This documentary from 1970 explores all aspects of the Apollo 11 Moon mission.
Movie: Star Wars Begins: A Filmumentary ( 2011 )
Filmmaker Jamie Benning has finally finished his trilogy of documentary-commentaries. This final chapter concentrates on the first Star Wars film. Like his two previous documentaries, Building Empire (2006) and Returning to Jedi (2007), Star Wars Begins is an unofficial look at the creation of the classic movie and features deleted scenes, alternate takes and different angles, bloopers, original on set audio recordings and a huge amount of commentary from cast and crew, culled from every corner of the galaxy.
Movie: Building Empire ( 2006 )
Building Empire is an unofficial commentary on The Empire Strikes Back. Starting with the movie itself, it adds behind the scenes footage, audio interviews with the cast and crew, alternate angles, reconstructed scenes, text facts and more to give an in-depth look at the process which brought the film to the big screen.
Movie: Returning to Jedi ( 2007 )
Returning to Jedi is an in-depth look at the making of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It features rare alternate takes, production audio, on-screen facts, cast and crew commentary, storyboards, behind the scenes footage and reconstructed scenes.
Movie: That Guy Dick Miller ( 2014 )
Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors, co-stars, and contemporaries.
Movie: The Making of 'Thriller' ( 1983 )
From Michael Jackson we take a look behind the "Thrills" of Thriller
Movie: Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation ( 2011 )
A look at the rise of crack cocaine in urban America in the 1980s and it's influence on popular culture, especially in hip-hop music.
Movie: The Brothers Warner ( 2008 )
An intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience.
Movie: American Swing ( 2009 )
Chronicles the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat.
Movie: The Seven Five ( 2015 )
Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of 80s Brooklyn.
Movie: Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies ( 2008 )
"Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies" traces the life and work of the legendary silent film star, movie pioneer, and keen business woman who co-created United Artists Studios. Pickford's life (1892-1979)also parallels an even larger story, the telling of the "birth of the cinema" itself.
Movie: The Mystery of Chaco Canyon ( 1999 )
America's Stonehenge?
Movie: Friends of the Viper Room ( 2015 )
Getting inside Hollywood's elite little nightclub, the world famous Viper Room, on the Sunset Strip, was where it was at in the 1990's. Johnny Depp opened his monumental venue, just to have a place to hang out with his friends and play music. The nightclub witnessed a tragedy, early on, with the death of River Phoenix, just outside it's doors. A dark cloud replaced the good times and the local clientele was replaced by tourists toting cameras, snapping away at the young star's final resting place. Johnny Depp and Viper Room manager, Sal Jenco hired a friend as the club's promoter and V.I.P. Liaison, in the mid 1990's, to help restore the original feel and bring back the patrons who frequented the place, before the night that it all changed. With the help of some old friends, she will take you back to the Viper's good old days, finding the players who made up this playground of Hollywood Célébrité, in the heart of the Sunset Strip. We'll go back to the nightclub's first incarnation in the 1940's, when the Melody Room was a notorious hangout for mobsters, carrying you through to the birth and the heyday of The Viper Room, the intersection where rock 'n' roll and Hollywood converged under one roof! There was no other nightclub like it.
Movie: The Filth and the Fury ( 2000 )
A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.
Movie: The White Diamond ( 2005 )
About the daring adventure of exploring rain forest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops. But this logistic effort will not be without risk. Twelve years ago, a similar expedition into the unique habitat of the canopy ended in disaster when Dorrington's friend Dieter Plage fell to his death. With the expedition is Werner Herzog, setting out now with a new prototype of the airship into the Lost World of the pristine rain forest of this little explored area of the world, to record and tell this unique story.
Movie: Framing John DeLorean ( 2019 )
Who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man.
Movie: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel ( 2012 )
A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.
Movie: Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood ( 2003 )
A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.
Movie: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan ( 2012 )
The life and work of the renowned film visual effects artist and producer.
Movie: X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story ( 2007 )
A documentary about Traci Lords, one of the most popular American porn stars of the 1980s, who almost brought down the industry when it was discovered that she had been under 18 years old.
Movie: Microcosmos ( 1996 )
A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.
Movie: The Hellstrom Chronicle ( 1971 )
A scientist explains how the savagery and efficiency of the insect world could result in their taking over the world.
Movie: Inside Deep Throat ( 2005 )
An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.
Movie: Prophet's Prey ( 2015 )
When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, Warren managed to expand these practices and the power of his position in unprecedented ways. He bridged the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastically rape, befuddling the moral compass of his entire congregation. The film examines Warren Jeffs' life and shows how he became a worshipped and adored Prophet. Warren has a devout following numbering in the tens of thousands - many of whom would give their life at any moment with just one word from the Prophet. Despite a trail of abuse and ruined lives, Warren has maintained his grip on power.
TV Show: Manson: The Lost Tapes ( 2018 )
This series brings to life Charles Manson's world and how he assembled a group of young followers in a commune, four of whom would go on to commit the most infamous series of murders in US history, which came to be seen across the world as the dark side to the hippy movement.The footage was discovered after British producer Simon Andreae traced the whereabouts of filmmaker Robert Hendrickson, who had been given exclusive access to the Manson cult 50 years ago. His own documentary, Manson, was released in 1973 but banned by a judge shortly afterwards.A private investigator was hired, who discovered Hendrickson had died a few weeks earlier leaving a vast collection of footage, interviews and photos.Manson: The Lost Tapes draws on digitally restored and remastered versions of that material along with new interviews with Manson cult members and experts to present the inside story of how an apparently peace-loving commune was turned into America's most horrifying group of cold-blooded killers.
Movie: Bobby Fischer Against the World ( 2011 )
'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run. This film explores one of the most infamous and mysterious characters of the 20th century.
Movie: More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead ( 2011 )
Retrospective documentary about the making of the horror cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead."
Movie: Best Worst Movie ( 2009 )
A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.
Movie: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films ( 2015 )
The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..
Movie: Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project ( 2011 )
An uncensored look at the life and work of film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Movie: Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World ( 2015 )
A look at the life the dark surrealist Swiss artist, H.R.Giger shot a year before his death.
Movie: Cane Toads: The Conquest ( 2011 )
A documentary horror film about the environmental devastation left in the wake of the giant toads' unstoppable march across Australia.
Movie: The Class of 92 ( 2013 )
The Class of 92, a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville). The film covers the period 1992-1999, culminating in Manchester United's European Cup triumph, and will dramatically interweave and mirror the highs and lows of its football odyssey with the immense social and cultural changes taking place in Britain at the time.
Movie: Crazy Love ( 2007 )
The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach.
Movie: Clinton Cash ( 2016 )
An investigation into how the Clintons have amassed millions in personal wealth through foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation, a supposed charity, in exchange for political favors while Hillary Clinton was the US Secretary of State.
Movie: McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice ( 2011 )
Tennis players John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg have a fierce rivalry during their championship years.
Movie: Tabloid ( 2011 )
A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.
Movie: Killing for Love ( 2016 )
The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of their daughter Elizabeth and her German boyfriend Jens Soering sent shock waves through the rural community of Bedford County. Elizabeth and Jens had met in a university program for high achieving students. She was...
Movie: Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years ( 2018 )
The untold story of Hammer at Warner Bros, and the relationship that produced some of the British company's finest films.
Movie: Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror ( 1994 )
The history of Hammer Films and their legacy, narrated by the studio's most beloved stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Movie: Mr. Untouchable ( 2007 )
The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable". Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and facing a life sentence without parole, Barnes started naming names. With the first hand testimony from "the black Godfather" himself, this documentary tells an epic story of business, excess, greed and revenge.
Movie: The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of 'The Goonies' ( 2010 )
Most of the cast show you how they made "The Goonies".
Movie: You're So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night ( 2016 )
An extensive look at the making of Fright Night (1985) and Fright Night Part 2 (1988) featuring exclusive interviews with cast and crew members, rare photographs, behind-the-scenes footage and more.
Movie: The Shark Is Still Working ( 2007 )
After three decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. This documentary focuses on the many ways Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture.
Movie: Jaws: The Inside Story ( 2010 )
A fascinating program that goes behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's landmark 1975 film JAWS.
TV Show: The Vietnam War ( 2017 )
In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses.
Movie: Last Days in Vietnam ( 2014 )
During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only--or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.
Movie: Vietnam Requiem ( 1984 )
Movie: Vietnam: American Holocaust ( 2008 )
VIETNAM: AMERICAN HOLOCAUST exposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in history, carefully planned and executed by presidents of both parties. Our dedicated generals and foot soldiers, knowingly or unknowingly, killed nearly 5 million people, on an almost unimaginable scale, mostly using incendiary bombs. Vietnam has never left our national consciousness, and now, in this time, it has more relevance than ever. Claiborne documents the Whitehouse fabrication of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, and further, raises the question of whether JFK was assassinated to promote the Vietnam War. Martin Sheen, who played the leading role in Apocalypse Now almost 30 years ago, has generously lent his powerful voice to this actual history of the War in Vietnam.
Movie: Children of God ( 1994 )
A family describes their time within a religious cult, one that perpetuated pedophilia, sexual abuse, and prostitution.
TV Show: The Family ( 2019 )
An enigmatic conservative Christian group known as the Family wields enormous influence in Washington, D.C., in pursuit of its global ambitions.
Movie: The Source Family ( 2012 )
A charismatic leader founds a commune in Los Angeles in the early '70s based on natural food, spiritual practices and psychedelic rock. This short-lived era is recreated with archival material and the memories of participants.
Movie: I Think We're Alone Now ( 2008 )
Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany.
Movie: Behind the Ears: The True Story of Roger Rabbit ( 2003 )
The complete documentary on the production of the movie.
TV Show: Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood ( 2011 )
To mark Hollywood's 100th anniversary, Paul Merton travels to America in a series that explores how the early pioneers there laid down the blueprint for today's cinema industry.
Movie: Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD ( 2015 )
Documentary covering the highs and lows of 2000AD's history, from its inception after the demise of Action to the present day.
Movie: Cornered: A Life Caught in the Ring ( 2008 )
On June 16, 1983, in front of a capacity crowd of 25,000 at Madison Square Garden, the lives of two young men were forever changed during a controversial boxing match. A tough club fighter from Puerto Rico named Luis Resto fought Billy Collins Jr., an Irish golden boy, for ten grueling rounds. Resto was declared the winner, but within minutes, was accused of tampering with the padding in his gloves - in effect brutalizing Collins Jr. with his bare fists for thirty minutes. More than two decades later, Luis Resto is still a broken man shouldering the burden of his opponent's death; a prison sentence; and a lifetime ban from boxing. Resto relives that infamous night in New York City and exposes the sport's dark side - unfolding an emotional story which finally reveals the truth.
Movie: Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner ( 2007 )
The definitive three-and-a-half hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic Blade Runner (1982), culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage.
Movie: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden ( 2014 )
About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.
Movie: The Epic That Never Was ( 1965 )
The story of the aborted 1937 filming of "I, Claudius", starring Charles Laughton, with all of its surviving footage.
Movie: Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood ( 2008 )
Various film historians, film makers, and cultural commentators discuss the cultural, political, economic and religious reasons for what is known as the pre-code era of Hollywood movie making in the early 1930s, and those same factors which resulted in the drastic turn to working under the code for the twenty or so years starting in 1934. The "code" is the Hollywood Production Code of 1930 (also known as the Hays Code, so named for Will H. Hays, the first head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America), which was developed in order for movie making in Hollywood to run smoothly in the face of increased outside censors. The code was largely ignored until 1934, when its enforcement was overseen by Joseph I. Breen who took over from Hays and who had a different agenda of moral purity. During those four years, pre-code Hollywood movies are characterized by their rawness and pushing the envelope of sexuality and moral ambiguity (with the depraved side often winning), which were not allowed under the code. What happened to the distribution of pre-code movies during the years that the code was enforced, the reasons for the slow breakdown of the code in the early to mid 1950s, and the reasons for renewed interest in pre-code movies later in the century are also discussed.
Movie: They Shall Not Grow Old ( 2018 )
A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.
Movie: Just, Melvin: Just Evil ( 2000 )
An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.
Movie: Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston ( 2019 )
Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds that life threw his way, Liston became heavyweight champion of the world when he knocked out Floyd Patterson in 1962. Eight years later, he died but friends questioned the cause of his death.
TV Show: McMillion$ ( 2020 )
McMillion$ chronicling the stranger-than-fiction story of an ex-cop turned security auditor who rigged the McDonald's Monopoly game promotion for a decade, stealing millions of dollars and building a vast network of co-conspirators across the U.S.
Movie: Mary Pickford: A Life on Film ( 1997 )
A biography of the life and career of silent-film star Mary Pickford, known during her day as "America's Sweetheart". This documentary shows that she was not simply just the top actress of her time, but also a successful producer, a creative writer and director, a savvy businesswoman and a founding member of United Artists, one of the most important and innovative studios in Hollywood's history.
TV Show: The Clinton Affair ( 2018 )
The Clinton Affair weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with exclusive new interviews to examine the biggest political scandal of a generation and its lasting influence and reverberations on our country.Exploring broader topics including media, feminism, politics and power, the limited documentary event unfolds over three consecutive nights and traces the twisted, intertwined series of events that led to the impeachment trial that set the nation on the path towards a more staunchly partisan political system. The series features arresting archival footage as well as comprehensive interviews with the people closest to the events including a timely, in-depth reflection on the topic with Monica Lewinsky.
Movie: Crumb ( 1995 )
An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.
Movie: Miller's Tale ( 2011 )
Miller's Tale is a personal journey into the life of playwright and actor Jason Miller and his relationship with his hometown, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Best known for his performance as ...
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