From her brief life to her place in the literary canon BIOGRAPHY® draws on interviews with experts and Austen's own words to tell her unique tale.System
Amy Winehouse’s tremendous soulful vocal talent and songwriting ability established her as one of the most innovative artists of our time. She used the sound of her idols, Etta James & Billie Holiday, to reinvent jazz and blues for a new generation in her album Back To Black, which sold millions of copies worldwide and garnered her countless accolades, including 5 Grammy Awards. This is the story of how in just 27 short years, Amy Winehouse managed to influence the music community, fashion world and a legion of fans that understood her best through her musical genius.
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This cable-television biography about the life of Illinois senator Barack Obama was made before he began campaigning to be the Democratic party's candidate for the 2008 presidential race. Still, the program suggests Obama has one or another kind of profound, American destiny as a mixed-race activist who never comfortably fit into one or another group, and had to look deep into his own roots to understand his identity. The son of a white American mother and black Kenyan father, Obama was abandoned by the latter when he returned to his native country to work for its improvement. Interviews with childhood friends and his sister describe Obama's restlessness before attending Harvard law school and propelling himself into a life of public service and community activism. Often accused of lacking enough political experience to qualify him for the White House, Obama comes across in this show as a visionary and experienced consensus-builder who can reach across opposing points of view.
Drawing on interviews with scholars, rare paintings and artifacts and extensive location footage, this installment of A&E's popular "Biography" series traces the legendary love affair of Israel's King Solomon, who was said to have the gift of reading men's hearts but had trouble finding true love. There was one woman, however, who eventually captured the lonely king's heart -- the mysterious and beautiful Queen of Sheba.
This unauthorized biography offers an inside look at progressive metal band Tool, from their early days through their rise to multiplatinum status. Hailing from Los Angeles, the cutting-edge musicians garnered a loyal international following with their experimental rhythms and evocative, angst-ridden lyrics. Archival performance footage and interviews with family members, friends and other associates shed light on this esoteric group.
Born in Cairo in 1929, Yasser Arafat was named chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization 40 years later. From this post, he was at the forefront of years of violence, border disputes, and the Palestinian liberation movement, all centering on neighboring Israel. Arafat signed a self-governing pact with Israel in 1991, at the Madrid Conference, and together with Israeli leaders made several attempts at lasting peace soon after, notably through the Oslo Accords (1993) and the Camp David Summit of 2000. Stemming from the Oslo Accords, Arafat and Israel's Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize, but the terms were never implemented. Arafat ceded his PLO chairman post in 2003, and died in Paris in 2004.
In his lifetime, Thomas Merton was hailed as a prophet and censured for his outspoken social criticism. For nearly 27 years he was a monk of the austere Trappist order, where he became an eloquent spiritual writer and mystic as well as an anti-war advocate and witness to peace. Merton: A Film Biography provides the first comprehensive look at this remarkable 20th century religious philosopher who wrote, in addition to his immensely popular autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, over 60 books on some of the most pressing social issues of our time, some of which are excerpted here. Merton offers an engaging profile of a man whose presence in the world touched millions of people and whose words and thoughts continue to have a profound impact and relevance today.
Known for her prominent eyebrows and marriage to painter Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo lived a brief but remarkable life punctuated by tragedy and triumph. This program profiles the talented artist, who often did self-portraits yet remained an enigma.
In a lively mix of off-beat narrative, collage and memoir, A Biography of Lilith updates the creation myth by telling the story of the first woman and for some, the first feminist. Lilith’s betrayal by Adam in Eden and subsequent vow of revenge is recast as a modern tale with present-day Lilith (Cherie Wallace) musing on a life that has included giving up a baby for adoption and work as a bar dancer. Interweaving mystical texts from Jewish folklore with interviews, music and poetry, Sachs reclaims this cabalistic parable to frame her own role as a mother.
The story of Michael Jackson, spotlighting his final days; interviews include former bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.
Behind the headlines... Behind the laughter... there's an unforgettable story you've never heard before.
The prehistory of the cinema as we know it today, with its great inventors: Marey, Muybridge, Reynaud, Edison, the brothers Lumière and their great inventions: the kinetoscope, the praxinoscope, the chromophotograph, the film camera.
Mom and Dad live in a small house in Buôn Ma Thuột, in the central highlands of Vietnam. Dad goes to work as a guard in the forest. Mom stays home. Dad dies of liver cancer. Mom moves home. The future, 2048. The son is 13,000 km from home. Mom lives alone on a mountain. Vietnam is submerged in an everlasting rain.
Russian-born composer Sofia Gubaidulina entered the international spotlight at a relatively late age, when the 49-year-old came forward with her premier violin concerto, "Offertorium," in 1980. Gubaidulina authored that piece for Gideon Kremer. Curiously, it would be another 12 years before Gubaidulina received a commission (from Paul Sacher) to author her second violin concerto, and another 15 years after that until the notes fell on ears ripe with anticipation. For the debut of the "Second Violin Concerto," Gubaidulina insisted that no one other than German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter perform it. That Mutter performance from August 2007 appears, in its entirety, in this classical concert film. Jan Schmidt-Garre directs.
Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Devil...known by many names, he was the once-favorite angel who fell from grace. Cast out from Heaven, he became mankind's tormentor, vowing to destroy the creation of his former master. From the Biblical tale of his fall to the incredible stories of those who believe they have crossed his path, join BIOGRAPHY® for a chilling journey through the long and legendary history of Satan. Scholars, historical experts, and theologians examine classic paintings, academic texts, and modern movies for an unprecedented look at the many ways Satan has been portrayed throughout the centuries. The bonus documentary Hell: The Devil's Domain completes this sinister portrait, peering into the darkest depths of the devil's fiery realm. SATAN: PRINCE OF DARKNESS paints the ultimate portrait of the face of evil, and reveals how over millennia the Devil has come to personify mankind's greatest fears.
Dwight D. Eisenhower lived a life marked by extraordinary success. A West Point graduate whose military know-how catapulted him through the U.S. Army ranks Eisenhower's steadfast leadership helped turn the tide of World War II. His intellect and skillful diplomacy later paved the way to the White House where he served two productive terms as president. In his role as commander-in-chief Eisenhower became a well-respected and dedicated advocate for peace and human rights throughout the world. In this compelling profile friends family colleagues and noted historians shed light on one of the nation's greatest heroes. Rare footage reveals the defining moments of Eisenhower's life-from his military victories to his presidential inauguration. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER: COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF is the authoritative program about the life and legacy of this remarkable American icon. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection.
The story of prog rock band The Moody Blues, featuring interviews with producers Tony Clarke and Derek Varnals and music journalists Keith Altham and John Mendelssohn.
This installment of A&E's popular "Biography" series traces the personal history of Santa Claus, from his origins in fourth century Turkey to his immortalization in "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and modern appearances on the big screen. Despite the commercialization of Christmas celebrations, the "Jolly Old Elf" remains a symbol of what is worthwhile about the holiday season: generosity, kindness and goodwill toward men.
Biography is a documentary television series. It was originally a half-hour filmed series produced for CBS by David Wolper from 1961 to 1964 and hosted by Mike Wallace. The A&E Network later re-ran it and has produced new episodes since 1987. The older version featured historical figures such as Helen Keller and Mark Twain, or long-dead entertainment figures such as Will Rogers or John Barrymore. The A&E series has placed the emphasis on such people as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Plácido Domingo, Freddie Mercury, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Eric Clapton, Pope John Paul II, Gene Tierney, Selena, Diego Rivera, Mao Zedong and Queen Elizabeth II, and fictional characters like The Phantom, Superman, Hamlet, Betty Boop, and Santa Claus. The program ended up profiling enough figures that in 1999, A&E spun it off into an entire network, The Biography Channel. Initially, most of the episodes featured the life stories of historical figures or present political or social leaders. People such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Enrico Caruso, and Eva Peron were profiled. After a few years, however, the show began producing episodes on figures from pop culture, including Britney Spears, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson. This move away from purely intellectual subject matter has been criticized by some.
Situated at the periphery of ancient China, Beijing could have been an insignificant border town but for the ideas of a few visionary men.
The Story of Ming Lan, based on the novel written by Guan Xin Ze Luan, follows our heroine through her youth, into her adulthood, and well into her marriage life as well. She’s the 6th child of the Sheng household. Though she is an intelligent and beautiful child, she was not loved by her family (her dad, her sisters, her mom dies early.) She has to hide her intelligence and suffers through the years, hoping to avenge for her mom. During this process she will meet many friends and foes, one of which is our male lead, Gu’s second son, Gu Ting Ye. He has helped and mistreated her before, but also the one to witness her sharp wits and lonely soul. After they get married, they will work together as a power couple, managing the new King’s regime as well as harvesting a world of happiness on their own.
In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it shapes planet earth itself and influences life on it, often in conjunction with other natural forces, and sometimes with lifeforms, as in the 'apocalyptically' grave case of global warming.