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Western & Northern European History & Politics

British Transport Films Collection: See Britain by Train

In 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking.

C'etait de Gaulle, 1958-1969 C'etait de Gaulle, 1958-1969

Looks at the life and political career of French President Charles de Gaulle from 1958-1969. Contents: Le temps des epreuves / de Rene-Jean Bouyer -- Le temps des defis / de Rene-Jean Bouyer. In French without English subtitles. 2008. 107 min.

Carnaval 2000: Dancas e Bailinhos da Ilha Terceira (Selecc~ao)

Presents three musical and dance presentations from Carnaval 2000 held on Terceira Island in the Azores. Danca de pandeiro: "O colch~ao das maravilhas" (47 min.) -- Bailinho: "Os Santos populares" (33 min.) -- Bailinho: "Baile das velhas" (35 min.) In Portuguese. 115 min. 2000.

Changing Berlin: Changing Europe.(Human Geography, People Places and Change; 9)

Many of the issues that Germany and eastern Europe now confront are seen in microcosm in Berlin. Film examines the history of the city of Berlin, including the social, economic and political changes which have resulted since the fall of the Berlin Wall. 27 min.

Children of Golzow.

Begun in August 1961, this longest running documentary in the history of film chronicles the lives of nine children growing up in the German Democratic Republic. It follows their lives for almost four decades beginning in the rural town of Golzow providing a social panorama of life in the GDR. Central themes in the documentary are the relationships between generations, trust and responsibility, daily work, as well as existential questions about war and peace. c1999. 2 tapes. 256 min.

Communicating through the Internet; Dual citizenship

Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 takes a look at how the Internet is affecting Germans and the uses they make of it forwork and pleasure. Part 2 examines proposed changes to take effect in 2000 in the citizenship laws of Germany, which would expand dual citizenship. 1998. 27 min.


A chronicle of the divided Germany's final days, this documentary shot over a ten-day period leading to the union of the East and the West on July 1, 1990, observes what is changing and what remains unchanged and unaffected by the unification process.

Crusades: Destruction.

This fourth segment presents the Third Crusade, which added the names of Richard "the Lionheart" and Philip of France to the roster of holy warriors and examines the reality behind the legends of their noble deeds. The Fourth and final crusade, launched as a commercial operation, sacked and looted Constantinople, the Christian city that originally inspired the holy movement. Series host: Terry Jones; History Channel host: Roger Mudd. 1995. 50 min.

Crusades: Jerusalem.

This segment follows the trail of the "holy slaughter" from the Bosphorus to the Holy City. Moving through Syrian towns such as Edessa and Antioch, Jones provides insights into the hardships experienced by the Crusaders and the atrocities they committed. His comments are coupled with written eyewitness accounts of the Crusades and expert commentary from historians. Series host: Terry Jones; History Channel host: Roger Mudd. 1995. 50 min.

Crusades: Jihad

This segment follows the Muslim's recapture of Jerusalem and the Second Crusade. Jerusalem's Arab leader, Nur ed-Din declares a Jihad, or holy war, against the invaders. A final battle commanded by his successor, the legendary Saladin, would determine the ultimate fate of this Crusade. Series host: Terry Jones; History Channel host: Roger Mudd. 1995. 50 min.