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Hagia Sophia - Istanbul's Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Whether serving as Christian church, Islamic mosque, or secular museum, Hagia Sophia and its soaring dome have inspired reverence and awe. For 800 years, it was the largest enclosed building in the world--the Statue of Liberty can fit beneath its…
Monteverdi's L'orfeo
BBC
Jordi Savall brings this production to life on the stage of Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Monteverdi's favola in musica, based on a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, is considered to be the first opera in history. In this exceptional performance,…
10 Buildings That Changed America
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10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. From American architectural stalwarts like Louis Sullivan and…
Secrets of the Parthenon
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
For 25 centuries the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, almost destroyed by explosion, and disfigured by well-meaning renovations. It has gone from temple, to church, to mosque, to munitions dump.…
Frederick Law Olmsted - Designing America
PBS
Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art - in fact, with Calvert Vaux he virtually created that profession. Olmsted was also, far and away, the most eminent and successful…
Great Cathedral Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the Duomo--is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller…
Rome's Invisible City
BBC
With the help of a team of experts and the latest in 3-D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong, along with Dr Michael Scott, explores the hidden underground treasures that made Rome the powerhouse of the ancient world. In his favourite city,…
I'll Be Your Mirror
BBC
A portrait of photographer Nan Goldin and her work.
The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United…
Paris - 1928
Part of the Series: Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds
BBC
Dr James Fox tells the story of Paris in 1928. It was a city that attracted people dreaming of a better world after World War I. This was the year when the surrealists Magritte, Dali and Bunuel brought their bizarre…
Killing Me Softly - The Roberta Flack Story
BBC
In the 1970s Roberta Flack became a global sensation with hits such as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Feel Like Making Love and Killing Me Softly. Her style of soulful pop transcended the US East Coast jazz…
The First Silent Night
PBS
Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of the song Silent Night that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances ends with the world's most popular carol. Simon…
William Kentridge: Anything is Possible - A South African Artist
PBS
Rich in visual imagery and music, this program gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and process of William Kentridge, the South African artist whose acclaimed charcoal drawings, animations, video installations, shadow plays, mechanical puppets, tapestries, sculptures, live performance…
New York - 1951
Part of the Series: Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds
BBC
Dr James Fox tells the story of New York in 1951, where the world we know today was born. This was the year when Jackson Pollock brought a new dynamism to American painting, when the dazzling jazz style known as…
10 Parks that Changed America
PBS
10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the…
Vienna - 1908
Part of the Series: Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds
BBC
Dr James Fox tells the story of Vienna in 1908, a city of amazing creativity and dangerous tension. This was the year Gustav Klimt painted his masterpiece The Kiss, Sigmund Freud revealed the Oedipus complex, Egon Schiele produced startling pictures…
Colosseum - Roman Death Trap
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical…
Images of Conflict - War Photography
BBC
We are bombarded on a daily basis by images of war, but there is a fine line between embedded coverage and propaganda. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the life of the war photographer worth? On…
The Ghost Army
PBS
During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable…
Da Vinci - The Lost Treasure
BBC
A life, a legend - and a missing masterpiece? Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Yet his reputation rests on only a handful of pictures - including the world's…