397 free documentaries and films to watch online
Jul 10
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"Secrets of Lost Empires," is a special five-part NOVA series originally aired in February of 2000. In the series, NOVA crews attempt to ferret out long-forgotten secrets of early architects and engineers. How did they design and erect the Egyptian obelisks? The Easter Island stone monoliths called moais? Roman baths? The rainbow bridges of ancient China?


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                                 Episode 1 - Pharaoh's Obelisk

                                 Episode 2 - Easter Island

                                 Episode 3 - Roman Bath

                                 Episode 4 - China Bridge

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Fev 10
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This excellent PBS documentary series consists of three parts of 1 hour each covering Japanese history from the arrival of the Portuguese in 1543 to the arrival of Perry and the Americans in 1854. Narrated by Richard Chamberlain, interspersed with interviews of Western and Japanese academics, this fascinating show is illustrated with re-enactments and period art work.


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                           Part 1 - The Way of the Samurai

                           Part 2 - The Will of the Shogun

                           Part 3 - The Return of the Barbarians

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Jan 10
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Acclaimed presenter of historic documentaries, Bettany Hughes, embarks on a journey across the eastern Mediterranean to discover the truth about HELEN OF TROY, the woman blamed for causing the Trojan War. Following weapons experts, the two-hour film shows how the conflict in Helen's name would have been fought, unraveling the reality from the myths and putting flesh on "the face that launched a thousand ships."


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Dez 09
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Excellent documentary discussing the art and history of Tibet, focusing on a massive art restoration project. The Thubchen monastery has long been a hallmark of Buddhist art, with its elaborate wall paintings.


This documentary of PBS Nova chronicles how the pictures came to be, and the battle over how to preserve them.


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The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind a riddle: an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on stone monuments and painted on pottery and bark books. Because the invading Spanish suppressed nearly all knowledge of how the script worked, unlocking its meaning posed one of archaeology's fiercest challenges, until now.


For the first time, NOVA presents the epic inside story of how the decoding was done, told by the experts at the center of one of archaeology's greatest detective stories. Cracking the Maya Code highlights the ingenious breakthroughs that opened the door to deciphering the elaborate and exotic script and finally cracked the code, unleashing a flood of dramatic new insights about the ancient civilization.


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The mystery of the sudden rise and equally sudden disappearance of the ancient Mayan civilization has become a bit clearer over time. Nova: Lost King of the Maya explores the work of archaeologists searching the ruins of the city of Copan in Honduras for hints from the past. Could the bones found therein be those of the legendary founder of the city and its ruling dynasty, Yax Kiuk Moi? The search is frustrated by our incomplete understanding of the complex Mayan hieroglyphic system, but high-tech tools and careful investigative work yield results to the patient scientists. Viewers will love the lush tropical rain forest, intricate carvings hidden deep underground, and the invitation to join the search for our shared past.


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Nov 09
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In this companion to a forthcoming PBS series, Wood journeys to some of the remotest places on earth in search of four of mankind's most powerful myths: Shangri-La, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and King Arthur.


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                           EPISODE 1 - The Queen of Sheba

                           EPISODE 2 - In Search of Shangri-La

                           EPISODE 3 - King Arthur: The Once and Future King

                           EPISODE 4 - Jason and the Golden Fleece

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Out 09
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In 1570 B.C., Rome was a marsh, the Acropolis an empty rock, but Egypt was 1,000 years old. The pyramid-builders were gone, yet Egypt still awaited its New Kingdom, an empire forged by conquest and remembered for eons. EGYPT'S GOLDEN EMPIRE comes to life through letters and records evoking the passion and riches of a time when Egypt was the center of the known world, its Pharaohs called gods, and great cities, temples and tombs built.


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                                     EPISODE 1 - The Warrior Pharaohs

                                     EPISODE 2 -  Pharaohs of the Sun

                                     EPISODE 3 - The Last Great Pharaoh

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Ago 09
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The compelling PBS Empires series explores the first hundred years of the Roman Empire in this fascinating documentary. The story begins with the ascent of Augustus, who almost single-handedly rescued Rome from the chaos of civil war and forged a collection of colonies into an empire. Augustus was a shrewd statesman, and his manipulation of the common people allowed him to begin a dynasty that would eventually endanger everything he had created. After the death of Augustus in A.D. 14 the Roman Empire continued to expand even as the imperial family fell into turmoil. Augustus's successor was Tiberius, who was then followed by the notorious Caligula, but it fell to Claudius, who came reluctantly to power after Caligula's murder, to further Augustus's imperial ambitions. Under Claudius Rome finally occupied the distant island of Britain, and letters from the period offer fascinating glimpses into everyday life at the edge of the world. Claudius was followed by Nero, who brought the empire to the point of collapse. His death, which ended the Augustan dynasty, was followed by years of infighting between rival factions. The final episode of this film shows how the empire survived political chaos and natural disasters like the destruction of Pompeii to end the first century in a position of strength.


The Roman Empire in the First Century is filled with information about everyday life in the Roman Empire, and interviews with historians are supported with eyewitness accounts by dozens of Romans, from the poet Ovid to unknown soldiers in the forests of Germania. This gives great depth to the story of imperial ambition, which forms the backbone of the documentary, to make this the most successful installment in the Empires series.


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                             EPISODE 1 - Order from Caos

                             EPISODE 2 - Years of Trial

                             EPISODE 3 - Winds of Change

                             EPISODE 4 - Years of Eruption

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Ago 09
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Part of the PBS 'Empires' Series, 'The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance' combines historical reenactment with expert interviews and commentary. The four-part series recounts a necessarily abbreviated version of the of rise of the famous (or infamous) Florentine banking family and the role they played in bringing about the Italian Renaissance though their patronage of artists, scientists, and philosophers (including Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Galileo).


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                        EPISODE 1 - Birth of a Dynasty

                        EPISODE 2 - The Magnificent Medici

                        EPISODE 3 - The Medici Popes

                        EPISODE 4 - Power vs Truth

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