Monday, July 28, 2014

Top Ten Favorite HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES

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Below is a list of my favorite history documentaries:



TOP TEN FAVORITE HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES

1 - Ken Burns The Civil War

1. "The Civil War" (1990) - Ken Burns produced this award-winning documentary about the U.S. Civil War. Narrated by David McCullough, the documentary was shown in eleven episodes.



2 - Supersizers Go-Eat

2. "The Supersizers Go/Eat" (2008-2009) - Food critic Giles Coren and comedian-broadcaster Sue Perkins co-hosted two entertaining series about the culinary history of Britain (with side trips to late 18th century France and Imperial Rome).



3 - MGM - When the Lion Roared

3. "MGM: When the Lion Roared" (1992) - Patrick Stewart narrated and hosted this three-part look into the history of one of the most famous Hollywood studios - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).



4 - Africans in America

4. "Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery" (1998) - Angela Bassett narrated this four-part documentary on the history of slavery in the United States, from the Colonial era to Reconstruction.



5 - Queen Victoria Empire

5. "Queen Victoria's Empire" (2001) - This PBS documentary is a two-part look at the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria. Donald Sutherland narrated.



6 - Motown 40 - The Music Is Forever

6. "Motown 40: The Music Is Forever" (1998) - Diana Ross hosted and narrated this look into the history of Motown, from its inception in 1958 to the 1990s.



7 - Ken Burns The War

7. "The War" (2007) - Ken Burns created another critically acclaimed documentary for PBS. Narrated by Keith David, this seven-part documentary focused upon the United States' participation in World War II.



8 - Manor House

8. "The Edwardian Manor House" (2002) - This five-episode documentary is also a reality television series in which a British family assume the identity of Edwardian aristocrats and live in an opulent Scottish manor with fifteen (15) people from all walks of life participating as their servants.



9 - Elegance and Decadence - The Age of Regency

9. "Elegance and Decadence: The Age of Regency" (2011) - Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley presented and hosted this three-part documentary about Britain's Regency era between 1810 and 1820.



10 - Ken Burns The West

10. "The West" (1996) - Directed by Steven Ives and produced by Ken Burns, this eight-part documentary chronicled the history of the trans-Appalachian West in the United States. Peter Coyote narrated.



HM - Fahrenheit 9-11

Honorable Mention: "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004) - Michael Moore co-produced and directed this Oscar winning documentary that took a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and its coverage in the news media.

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