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by Kenneth Clark
Available on:
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Year Released:
 1969

The eminent art historian Sir Kenneth Clark was commissioned to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development. Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark would be more than two years in the making, with filming in over 100 locations across 13 countries.

2.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1985

End of Empire chronicles the last days of British rule around the globe, through the remarkably candid reminiscences of both colonisers and the colonised. The series, a Granada Television production, uses old newsreel film and interviews with former British and colonial officials.

3.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

Documentary which tells the fascinating and poignant story of the closure of Britain's mental asylums. In the post-war period, 150,000 people were hidden away in 120 of these vast Victorian institutions all across the country.

4.
Available on:
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Year Released:
 1927

Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis is a 1927 German film directed by Walter Ruttmann, co-written by Carl Mayer and Karl Freund. The film is an example of the city symphony film genre. A musical score for an orchestra to accompany the silent film was written by Edmund Meisel.

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by Melvyn Bragg
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2002

The Adventure of English is a British television series (ITV) on the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg as well as a companion book, also written by Bragg. The series ran in 2003.

6.
Available on:
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Year Released:
 1942

Listen to Britain is a 1942 British propaganda short film by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister. The film was produced during World War II by the Crown Film Unit, an organisation within the British Government's Ministry of Information to support the Allied war effort.

7.
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Year Released:
 1968

A study of the events in Paris in May 1968. The film-makers have used film shot among the students demonstrating, footage from newsreel coverage of the disturbances as well as a few shots taken at a later date.

8.

by Julia Rooke
Available on:
Online Audio (Free)
Year Released:
 2002

In August 1944, five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw, armed with just a few guns and gasoline bombs, rose up against the German occupation of their city....

9.
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Year Released:
 1934

Man of Aran is a 1934 British fictional documentary (ethnofiction) film directed by Robert J. Flaherty about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland.

10.
Available on:
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Year Released:
 2004

Land on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 as rare color footage takes you back to that fateful historic day in vivid, living color. Experience this intimate, up close and personal account of the day's events which preface the end of World War II and were key to the Allied victory.

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