Category Archives: history

The Century of the Self

Adam Curtis’ superlative 4 part documentary series on the application of Freud’s theories to business and politics. If that doesn’t sound interesting, give it 5 minutes and you’ll be hooked. What makes this documentary different from most, and not sensationalist, as the title might imply, is the quality of the research. For example, to provide […]

The French Foreign Legion

You cannot join with a French passport and you relinquish your passport when you join. A long way from Beau Geste this documentary praises the contribution of the bizarre, official French mercenary force in the other war with Iraq. Running time: 50 mins. Link

The Shape of Things to Come

Alexander Korda’s public domain film version of H.G. Wells’ 1936 novel of the same title. A film about war made on the eve of World War II. Before one sides with Wells anti-war stance it may be worth noting that he favored eradication of inferior people, in his ‘New Republic’, something which makes this story […]

Ancient Rome, the Rise and Fall of an Empire. The Fall of Rome

Running time: 58 mins. Link

Malcolm X: Open Mind

Excerpts from a 1963 panel discussion with Malcolm X. Running time: 22 mins. Link

General Idi Amin

Behind the scenes documentary about the almost unbelievably insane dictator. Running time: 1 hour 30 mins. Link

Mr Death The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter Jr.

Errol Morris’ complex anti holocaust revisionist film that sometimes gets accused of being the opposite. Running time: 1 hour 31 mins. Link

Soviet Animated Propaganda

Running time: 27 mins. Link

Frontline: War in Europe

The excellent Frontline series’ look at Kosovo. Running time: 1 hour 52 mins. Link

Robert Newman. The History of Oil

Part stand up comedy, part lecture. A fascinating and entertaining look at the history of oil. Did you know, for example, that the first troops deployed in the First World War were to Iraq. Running time: 46 mins. Link