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P&N's Film, Video & Documentary Thread

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Jellyfishlips, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Jellyfishlips Full Member

    Connections 2 (1994)

    James Burke: Connections 2 (1994)


    * Each video below is a playlist for a particular series.
    It includes all of the videos for that series and will play each video in sequence.

    Series 1: Revolutions & Sentimental Journeys – What do all these things have in common – 3 grandfathers’ lifetimes, 2 revolutions, 1750 Cornwall tin mines, water in mines, pumps, steam engines, Watt’s copier, carbon paper, matches, phosphorus fertilizer, trains and gene pool mixing, traveling salesmen, 24 hour production, educated women, telephone, high-rise buildings, Damascus’s swords, steel, diamond, carborundum, graphite, x-ray crystalography, DNA and gene therapy?
    Series 1: Revolutions & Sentimental Journeys

    Series 2: Getting it Together & Whodunit? – James Burke explains the relationship between hot air balloons and laughing gas, and goes on to surgery, hydraulic water gardens, hydraulic rams, tunneling through the Alps, the Orient Express, nitroglycerin, heart attacks & headaches, aspirin, carbolic acid, disinfectant, Mabach-Gottlieb Daimler-Mercedes, carburetors, and helicopters.
    Series 2: Getting it Together & Whodunit?

    Series 3: Something for Nothing & Echoes of the Past – How do shuttle landings start with the vacuum which was forbidden by the Church? Burke takes us on an adventure with barometers, weather forecasting, muddy and blacktop roads, rain runoff, sewage, a cholera epidemic, hygiene, plumbing, ceramics, vacuum pumps, compressed air drills, tunnels in the Alps, train air brakes, Tesla hydroelectric power, electric motor, Galvani’s muscle-electricity connection, Volta’s battery, and gyroscopes.
    Series 3: Something for Nothing & Echoes of the Past

    Series 4: Photo Finish & Separate Ways – Another series of discoveries examined by Burke which include Eastman’s film Kodak Brownie, the disappearing elephant scare of 1867, billiard balls, celluloid as a substitute for ivory, false teeth that explode, gun cotton, double shot sound of a bullet, Mach’s shock wave, aerodynamics, nuclear bombs, Einstein’s relativity, Einstein’s selenium, movie talkies, the vacuum tube amplifier, radio, railroad’s use of wood, coal tar, gas lights, creosote, rubber, the Zeplin, the automobile and finally how Adeline vulcanizes tires.
    Series 4: Photo Finish & Separate Ways

    Series 5: High Times & Deja Vu – The connection between polyethylene and Big Ben is a few degrees of separation, so let’s recount them: polyethylene, radar, soap, artificial dyes, color perception, tapestries, far East goods, fake lacquer furniture, search for shorter route to Japan, Hudson in Greenland, the discovery of plentiful whales, printing the Bible, Mercator map, Martin Luther’s protest, star tables, a flattened earth, George Graham’s clock which of course leads to Big Ben.

    Series 6: New Harmony & Hot Pickle – A dream of utopia is followed from microchips to Singapore, from the transistor to its most important element, germanium, to Ming Vases and cobalt fakes, which contribute to the blue in blue tiles used in special Islamic places, and Mosaics in Byzantium, the donation of Constantine, Portuguese navigation by stars, the “discovery” of Brazil, Holland’s tolerance, diamond merchants, optics, microscopes, beasts of science, Frankenstein’s monster, and finally New Harmony.

    Series 7: The Big Spin & Bright Ideas – is a California lottery which is basically gambling. From here Burke takes us through Alexander Flemming’s chance discovery of penicillin, to Vierschoft’s observation that contaminated water is related to health, to Schliemann’s search for City of Troy, the theft of discovered treasure, and to Vierschoft’s criminology.

    Series 7: The Big Spin & Bright Ideas

    Series 8: Making Waves & Routes – a permanent wave in ladies’ hair is aided by curlers, and this leads us to explore borax, taking us to Switzerland, Johan Sutter’s scam, and the saw mill, and that means the discovery of gold leading to the 1848 California gold rush.

    Series 9: One Word & Sign Here – The one word that changed everything was “filioque” but we must make a trip to Constantinople, visit the Renaissance, meet Aldus Manutius of Venice, explore abbreviations, learn about Italic print, which resulted in an overload of books, requiring the development of a cataloging system.

    Series 10: Better Than the Real Thing & Flexible Response – starts in the 1890′s with bicycles and bloomers and then takes a look at boots, zippers, sewing machines, and infinitesimal difference. Speaking of small, we look at microscopic germs, Polarized light, sugar, coal, iron, micro-bubbles, the spectroscope, night vision, beri-beri resulting from polished rice, chickens, war rationing, and finally, we arrive at vitamins in a pill.
    Series 10: Better Than the Real Thing & Flexible Response
  2. Jellyfishlips Full Member

    Connections 3 (1997)

    James Burke: Connections 3 (1997)


    * Each video below is a playlist for a particular series.
    It includes all of the videos for that series and will play each video in sequence.

    Series 1: Feedback – Electronic agents on the Internet and wartime guns use feedback techniques discovered in the first place by Claude Bernard, whose vivisection experiments kick off animal rights movements called humane societies that really start out as lifeboat crews rescuing people from all the shipwrecks happening because of all the extra ships out there.

    Series 1: Feedback Playlist

    Series 2: What’s in a Name? – Remember the cornflakes from last episode? Thanks to the fact that corncobs make adhesives to bond Carborundum, otherwise known as silicon carbide, to grinding wheels used to grind light-bulbs.

    Series 2: What’s in a Name? Playlist

    Series 3: Drop the Apple – At the Smithsonian, we learn of electric crystals that help Pierre and Marie Curie discover what they call radium, and then Langevin uses the piezo-electric crystal to develop sonar that helps save liberty ships (from German U-boats) put together with welding techniques using acetylene made with carbon arcs.

    Series 3: Drop the Apple Playlist

    Series 4: An Invisible Object – Black holes in space, seen by the Hubble Telescope, brought into space with hydrazine fuel, which was a by-product of fungicidal French vines, fueled by quarantine conventions and money orders, American Express and Buffalo Bill, Vaudeville and French battles, Joan of Arc and the Inquisition.

    Series 4: An Invisible Object Playlist

    Series 5: Life is No Picnic – Instant coffee gets off the ground in World War II and Jeeps lead to nylons and stocking machines smashed by Luddites, who were defended by Byron, who meets John Galt in Turkey, avoiding the same blockade that inspires the “Star-Spangled Banner,”.

    Series 5: Life is No Picnic Playlist

    Series 6: Elementary Stuff – Alfred Russel Wallace, who studied beetles, Oliver Joseph Lodge and telegraphy, a radio designed by Reginald Fessenden, which was used by banana growers, studied by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, who got the Swiss to use stamps on postcards with cartoons of Gothic Houses of parliament, which in turn had been inspired by Johann Gottfried Herder’s Romantic movement.

    Series 6: Elementary Stuff Playlist

    Series 7: A Special Place – Professor Sir Alec Jeffries of Leicester University in England develops DNA profiling and schlieren photography used by Theodore von Karman to study aerodynamics and Anthony Fokker’s airborne machine guns and the Red Baron and geography and Romantic ideas that start in Italy.

    Series 7: A Special Place Playlist

    Series 8: Fire from the Sky – Thanks to Continental Drift and Alfred Wegener’s passion for mirages, magic images from the sister of King Arthur, whose chivalry supposedly triggers the medieval courtly love answer to adultery, which were in turn inspired by the free love ideas of the mystical Cathars, who lived next to the mystical cabalists.

    Series 8: Fire from the Sky Playlist

    Series 9: Hit the Water – Thanks to napalm, made with palm oil, also used for margarine, stiffened with a process using kieselguhr that comes from plankton living in currents studied by Ballot bbefore observing the Doppler Effect that caused Fizeau to measure the speed of light speed. Fizeau’s father-in-law’s friend, Prosper Mérimée, who wrote “Carmen”.

    Series 9: Hit the Water Playlist

    Series 10: In Touch – Starting from an attempt for cheaper fusion power using superconductivity, which was discovered by Onnes, with liquid gas provided by Cailletet, who carried out experiments on a tower built by Eiffel, who also built the Statue of Liberty with its famous poem by the Jewish activist Emma Lazarus.

    Series 10:

  3. Jellyfishlips Full Member

    Emerson: the Ideal in America

    Emerson: the Ideal in America

    Watch the full length documentary here

    Synopsis: "Emerson: The Ideal in America" is the first video biography of the man who is still America's most quoted author. Spanning most of the turbulent 19th century, Emerson's life took him from a financially poor but intellectually rich childhood through an education at Harvard to early success.
  4. hawke Full Member

    Robert Wuhl gives a history lesson that shows how historical facts are sometimes overridden by legend. It is a interesting and humourous take on history.
  5. Jellyfishlips Full Member

    Wal Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price

    Wal Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price

    Wal-Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price is a feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant's assault on families and American values. The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a Goliath. A working mother is forced to turn to public assistance to provide health care for her two small children. A Missouri family loses its business after Wal-Mart is given over $2 million to open its doors down the road. A mayor struggles to equip his first responders after Wal-Mart pulls out and relocates just outside the city limits. A community in California unites, takes on the giant, and wins! Producer/Director Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films take you on an extraordinary journey that will change the way you think, feel -- and shop.

    Check out their website:
  6. dogcow Full Member

    adam curtis - all watched over by machines of loving grace

    this is the latest documentary from adam curtis, i am not sure if his other films are posted here its too long to check the whole thread.

    part 1 :

    sorry im not sure where the other parts are, bbc is aggressive at taking this content down, try bit torrent. part 3 is probably the best, part 1 is very good too
  7. dogcow Full Member

  8. nikkyo Full Member

  9. dogcow Full Member

    the full thing isnt online?
  10. Jellyfishlips Full Member


    Part 1 - The Men Who Crashed the World

    In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne.

    Part 2 - A Global Financial Tsunami

    In the second episode of Meltdown, we look at how the financial tsunami swept the world. We hear about a renegade executive who nearly destroyed the global financial system and the US treasury secretary who bailed out his friends.

    Part 3 - Paying the Price

    The third episode of Meltdown looks at how the victims of the 2008 financial crash fight back. A protesting singer in Iceland brings down the government; in France a union leader oversees the kidnapping of his bosses; and thousands of families are made homeless in California.

    Part 4 - After the Fall

    In the final episode of Meltdown, we hear about the sheikh who says the crash never happened; a Wall Street king charged with fraud; a congresswoman who wants to jail the bankers; and the world leaders who want a re-think of capitalism.

  11. Jellyfishlips Full Member

  12. dogcow Full Member

    wow all the embeded links are broken...good job mutt
  13. Jellyfishlips Full Member

    I fixed them all once before when the code changed. I'm not happy about the thought of doing it again. It would be great if the new video codes would include/enable the old one to work. I'll probably write to Mutt or T@H about it before I attempt to fix anything. If it can't be done, I'll slowly fix them over the winter.
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  14. Jellyfishlips Full Member

    That's sweet Hammy. :X3: Your "online sweetheart" in the lounge (Amanda) was a photographer too, wasn't she? Well, that was before she was proven to be a man. :Oops:
  15. dogcow Full Member

    just a note for other documentary addicts like myself, just noticed frontline is now on netflix instant
    while they have been available free on pbs website for some years i am enjoying watching
    them on my xbox and ipad
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  16. nikkyo Full Member

    This is an introductory clip for the documentary $29 Billion Reasons to Lie About Cholesterol. This feature length documentary will re-examine the role of cholesterol in heart disease. The film will also investigate if the benefits of cholesterol-lowering statin medications have been exaggerated by the pharmaceutical companies that make them.

    To find out more about this subject and the documentary, please visit
  17. Señor Pedro

    Señor Pedro
    SFN Staff

    Ok, ya comence a arreglar los videos en este thread. :)
  18. Señor Pedro

    Señor Pedro
    SFN Staff

    ummm, al parecer hay un limite de cinco videos por mensaje. Vere lo que puedo hacer sobre eso. :bigthink:
  19. mambojambo Full Member

  20. Señor Pedro

    Señor Pedro
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  21. Jellyfishlips Full Member

    Me olvidé el límite. Más de cinco debería quedar como un enlace?
  22. Señor Pedro

    Señor Pedro
    SFN Staff

    Esta es mi primera contribucion. Este es uno de los mejores documentales de la ultima decada. Disfrutenlo :)

    In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine Cowboys" is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States, told by the people who made it all happen.
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  23. Señor Pedro

    Señor Pedro
    SFN Staff

    Yo hable con Mutt y el subio el limite a diez videos :)

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