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Mr. Bing and L'Art Nouveau
rating:3.0

Mr. Bing and L'Art Nouveau

2004Runtime:0 minutes
Françoise Levie's documentary examines the influential career of art patron, dealer and critic Siegfried Bing. Considered the father of the late 19th century art nouveau movement, Bing helped shape a new visual sensibility by exhibiting the works of artists such as Münch and Toulouse-Lautrec, promoting decorative arts and talented unknowns and exposing Europe to the beauty and refinement of Asian art. Also includes a slide show gallery.

Directed by:

  • Francoise Levie
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    I Am My Own Woman
    rating:3.0

    I Am My Own Woman

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    This docudrama tells the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdor -- born Lothar Berflede -- who, defining herself as a woman trapped in a man's body, survived World War II and the East German Stasis to become a founder of the German gay liberation movement. Melding documentary footage and interviews with dramatic reenactments, filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim paints a vivid portrait of a woman who defied convention to live according to her own rules.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
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    Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasens
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    Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasens

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    This amazingly candid, affectionate documentary chronicles the closing of legendary L.A. restaurant Chasen's, which shut its doors in 1995 after 60 years of serving its famous chili (among other entrees) to movie stars, presidents and other VIPs. During its two final weeks, Chasen regulars, management and staff (including waiter Tommy Gallagher, a longtime fixture) gave interviews where the anecdotes flowed as freely as the wine.

    Directed by:

  • Shari Springer Berman
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    The Real Las Vegas: The Complete Story of America's Neon Oasis
    rating:3.0

    The Real Las Vegas: The Complete Story of America's Neon Oasis

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary dishes up the story of Las Vegas, Entertainment Capital of the World, from its inauspicious origins as a desert watering hole to the hustling, bustling center of pleasure and excess it is today. Interviews with Vegas players such as Steve Wynn and Wayne Newton and archival footage give an insider's look at the role of the mob, the legacy of the Rat Pack, the neon development of the Strip, the rise of mega-resorts and much more.

    Directed by:

  • Jim Milio
  • Melissa Peltier
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    Forbidden Lie$
    rating:3.0

    Forbidden Lie$

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Australian filmmaker Anna Broinowski takes viewers on a fascinating journey through Jordan, Australia and Chicago with discredited author Norma Khouri, who's determined to prove her innocence in this riveting documentary. Khouri's best-selling 2003 book Forbidden Love (published as Honor Lost in the United States) tells the story of her best friend's honor killing by her own father -- but was outed as a hoax a year after publication.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Broinowski
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    The Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius
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    The Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    A close look into the psyche of prominent surrealist artist Salvador Dali, this documentary uses rare film clips and interviews to reveal his true nature. Special attention is paid to examining the inspirations that led to his incredible work. Known for creating strikingly bizarre images, the always-imaginative Dali regularly branched out beyond painting to create equally impressive works of art in film, sculpture and photography.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Ubeda
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    Soldiers of Conscience
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    Soldiers of Conscience

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In battle, American soldiers grapple with the split-second decision of whether to kill an enemy combatant. This documentary profiles four soldiers who are prepared to kill if they must, and four who refuse to kill, becoming conscientious objectors. Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film includes footage of basic training and combat in Iraq, illustrating the extreme circumstances under which soldiers face this very difficult moral quandary.

    Directed by:

  • Gary Weimberg
  • Catherine Ryan
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    Long Story Short
    rating:3.0

    Long Story Short

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Oscar-nominated filmmaker Christine Choy explores the lives of husband-and-wife performers Larry and Trudie Long, who rose from the Chinatown nightclub circuit in the 1940s and '50s to "The Ed Sullivan Show," battling racism along the way. Narrated by their daughter, actress Jodi Long, the documentary weaves together a glamorous showbiz tale with the touching story of the Long family's personal struggles.

    Directed by:

  • Christine Choy
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    Enemies of Happiness
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    Enemies of Happiness

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this potent award-winning documentary, Danish filmmaker Eva Mulvad profiles Malalai Joya, a gutsy, uncompromising Afghan as she runs for parliament in a war-ravaged nation struggling to form a democracy. Standing up to ruthless warlords, Joya continually faces danger on the campaign trail, such as death threats and assassination attempts. The film also offers an illuminating look at Afghanistan's culture, political climate and harsh living conditions.

    Directed by:

  • Anja Al-Erhayem
  • Eva Mulvad
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    Naked in Ashes
    rating:3.0

    Naked in Ashes

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    In this fascinating documentary, filmmaker Paula Fouce, a practicing Buddhist, explores India's yogis and holy men who lead lives of meditation and devotion in search of the divine. Footage captures rituals performed on the banks of the Ganges, sacred pilgrimages to the Himalayas and the indescribable Kumbh Mela celebration. Plus, watch an unbelievable feat in which a yogi pulls a car with his an unexpected body part.

    Directed by:

  • Paula Fouce
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    Internationally Speaking
    rating:3.0

    Internationally Speaking

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    In this documentary, voices from around the world address America and its foreign policy, sharing their opinion of the world's only "superpower," its government, its foreign policy and its people. In the midst of growing international anti-Americanism, real people tell Americans what they think and why in an attempt to further understanding and compassion. Features Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky and Michael Ratner. Christine Rose directs.

    Directed by:

  • Christine Rose
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    Shoot Down
    rating:3.0

    Shoot Down

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this compelling documentary, Cuban-American filmmaker Cristina Khuly tries to piece together the events of Feb. 24, 1996, when the Cuban military shot down two American airplanes, killing her uncle and three other civilians. Khuly uses archived radar tracks, intercepted radio transmissions and interviews with victims' families to re-create an event that's still in dispute and explain the complex relationship between the two countries.

    Directed by:

  • Cristina Khuly
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    American Mystic
    rating:3.0

    American Mystic

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Alex Mar immerses herself in her subject -- alternative religions -- by following three believers on divergent paths: a pagan priestess, a spiritualist and an American Indian sun dancer.

    Directed by:

  • Alex Mar
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    The Breast Cancer Diaries
    rating:3.0

    The Breast Cancer Diaries

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Television news reporter and young mother Anne Murray Paige chronicles her nine-month battle with breast cancer in this poignant, insightful and humorous documentary directed by news correspondent Linda Pattillo. Sharing her thoughts in a video diary, Murray Paige gives a raw view into the life-altering journey taken by one in seven women worldwide, and challenges an emphasis on physical appearance as she rules out breast reconstruction.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Murray Paige
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    Route 66
    rating:3.0

    Route 66

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Get your kicks on Route 66 -- the historic all-American highway stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles -- through this video that will show you all the hot spots, best-kept secrets and everywhere in between. Follow historian Michael Wallis (author of the award-winning &NFi;Route 66: The Mother Road&NFi_;) as he makes pit stops at the quaint towns and often kitschy attractions along the way.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Lewis
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    Visions of Eight
    rating:3.0

    Visions of Eight

    1973Runtime:0 minutes
    Eight shorts from eight directors make up this documentary anthology, which offers a multifaceted meditation on the spirit of sporting achievement at the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany.

    Directed by:

  • Jim Clark
  • Milos Forman
  • Kon Ichikawa
  • Claude Lelouch
  • Yuri Ozerov
  • Arthur Penn
  • Michael Pfleghar
  • John Schlesinger
  • Mai Zetterling
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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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