History's Mysteries: The Inquisition
1999, regia di SueAnn Fincke
Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: A&E Television Networks - Distribuzione: MPH Entertainment Productions, ZDF ( Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), Ventura Distribution - Sceneggiatura: SueAnn Fincke, Steve Muscarella, Melissa Jo Peltier - Fotografia: Bryan Duggan, Mark Gambol, Eric Marquis, Andrea Milani, Pat Prater, Peter Spect - Montaggio: Diana Friedberg - Musiche: Andrew Keresztes, Kevin Kiner - Effetti speciali: Mark R. Byers - Ricerche storiche: Trista Switzer - Formato: Color, documentario, film tv - Durata: 89' (50').
Cast:Arthur Kent, Edward Peters, Stephen Haliczer, James Given, Lu Ann Homza, David Ackroyd (voce).
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - entertainment.msn.com - movies.nytimes.com - amazon.com - tower.com - cduniverse.com - sendmemovies.com - dvdempire.com - allmovie.com: «This program is part of the popular series from the History Channel that investigates some of civilization's unsolved mysteries and controversies. This episode investigates the black chapter in world religious history known as the Inquisition. In search of truth, it told lies; preaching redemption, it brought torture and death. Recently opened archives of the Catholic Church are used to present new evidence about the church hierarchy's abuse of power. The documentary introduces the viewer to some of the Inquisition's most notorious characters, including Grand Inquisitor Tomas Torquemad, who was responsible for the death of thousands of people branded as heretics and witches. Galileo and the Knights Templar were among their number. Art work, journals, reenactments, and scholarly commentary tell the true story of the Inquisition» (Rose of Sharon Winter).
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History's Mysteries: The True Story of Braveheart
1999, regia di SueAnn Fincke
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - oldies.com - cduniverse.com - dvdempire.com: «His is as famous today as he was in the 14th century, compelling Scots to seek independence and rejuvenating pride. William Wallace is considered the savior of Scotland - but is his life more myth than history? Randall Wallace's Braveheart is central to the Scottish hero's modern popularity, yet experts agree that the film is rife with inaccuracy. The True Story of Braveheart reconstructs the life of William Wallace, a man who heroically rallied his people in the Scottish Wars of Independence. Wallace rose from a modest birth to "guardian" of Scotland at a meteoric rate. Even his gruesome execution in 1305 didn't quell his ascendance - instead, he became a martyr. Original documents, interviews with historians, and lively reenactments chronicle Wallace's emergence as a national hero. The History Channel proudly presents a comprehensive portrait of William Wallace, icon of freedom».
History's Mysteries: The True Story of Marco Polo
2000, regia di SueAnn Fincke
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - dvdempire.com: «Initially circulated in the 14th century, The Travels of Marco Polo once provided many Europeans with a fascinating glimpse into the secrets of the Far East. In this remarkable program, historians from varying schools of thought try to separate fact from fiction in the life of famed Venetian merchant Marco Polo and his alleged foray to China in the 13th century. Though colorful and captivating, many scholars agree that Polo's account remains riddled with holes. If he really was an emissary to Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, why isn't he mentioned anywhere in Khan's meticulous records? And why, throughout his entire account, is there no mention of any personal experiences? Did a man named Marco Polo even exist at all? Join The History Channel as it delves into the life and times of one of the world's first travel writers».
History's Mysteries: The True Story of Robin Hood
2000, regia di Emma Webster
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - dvdempire.com: «His story is one of the most familiar of all English folk tales - the leader of a band of merry renegades who corrected society's injustices by stealing from the rich to give to the poor. But is there any truth behind the tales of the famous Robin Hood? History's Mysteries journeys from Sherwood Forest to the office of the real-life Sheriff of Nottingham in search of the answer to this question. During this journey, interviews with scholars relates the words of medieval ballads that tell of a reckless villain interested only in lining his own pockets - a far cry from the portrait of a celebrated philanthropist that has made its way into storybooks. Interviews with experts including Richard Rutherford-Moore, author of The Legend of Robin Hood (1999), help separate fact from fiction in the story of a romantic hero whose exploits have enchanted us for centuries».
History's Mysteries: The Shroud of Turin
2000, regia di ?
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - dvdempire.com: «The Shroud of Turin has long mystified the world, pitting faith against science. Is the ghostly image impressed on a burial cloth truly the face of Jesus? While a 988 radiocarbon test dated the Shroud to the medieval era, recent studies question the test' svalidity. Many feel that the potency of the image and its function as an expression of faith transcends all else. History's Mysteries journeys deep into the debate surrounding this sacred relic. Witness unprecedented footage of radiocarbon testing - and the actual Shroud - while tracing its history and legacy. Learn about the various attempts to verify its authenticity throughout the years and meet the people who have dedicated their lives to uncovering the truth. The History Channel discloses the enigmatic history of unresolved possibilities of the relic of relic The Shroud of Turin, the most expressive icon of Christ in the world».
History's Mysteries: The True Story of Gladiators
2001, regia di Douglas Brooks West
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - dvdempire.com: «They were chosen from the unfortunate and outcast members of Roman society - former slaves, prisoners of war, and convicted criminals - to entertain their fellow citizens as they fought to the death. For many of the men selected to serve as gladiators in Ancient Rome, the only fate awaiting them was a cruel and ruthless death. Yet, out of the thousands of gladiators who fought on the blood soaked grounds of Rome's coliseums, a few managed to eventually gain fame and wealth as sports superstars of the ancient world. Now, History Mysteries journeys back in time to the days of the Roman Empire to examine the brutal and bloody world of gladiatorial combat, and provide detailed accounts of some of the most legendary fighters».
History's Mysteries: Vikings, Fury from the North
2001, regia di SueAnn Fincke
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com: «This program is part of the popular series from the History Channel that investigates some of civilization's unsolved mysteries and controversies. The Vikings were known as a seafaring race of pillagers and looters — indeed, they were that. But there was another side to their nature, and this episode investigates their more civilized accomplishments. The viewer goes on-site to archeological digs for clues to Viking society; scholars and scientists discuss their findings about these famous warriors of the North».
History's Mysteries: The Children's Crusade
2001, regia di Julia Silverton
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com: «This program is part of the popular series from the History Channel that investigates some of civilization's unsolved mysteries and controversies. One of the bloodiest chapters in history is that of the Crusades, which sought to bring Christianity by force if necessary to "barbarians." The ensuing carnage claimed the lives of millions of people. The most infamous of the Crusades involved the use of 20,000 children in the Children's Crusade. This documentary tells the story, using dramatic reenactments to relive those turbulent days through the eyes of two young boys. Period art and accounts relate the events and fate of the Crusade of the Innocents» (Rose of Sharon Winter).