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    Default I'm going to the library to get a DVD documentary

    Want a DVD documentary. History, nature, something like that.

    What should I get?

    So far on my list is When the Moors Ruled in Europe. I watched the DVD version of Guns, Germs, and Steel a while ago, it was ok. I've seen a lot of Attenborough.

    Any suggestions? Specific? General, topical? Something odd, like about the Falkland Island Wars?

    How about the Bronze Age?

    Throw me an idea.
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    Got suggestions for Elegant Universe and Cosmos.

    Cosmos is huge (7 parts), and isn't at the local library. Elegant is...on the list.

    I've also seen Baraka and liked it.
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    I will name but one specific film due to its 'importance' and leave it at that, because it would take too much time to compile a list of good documentaries and I see no point in telling someone what kind of topics he should be interested in.

    Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog), 1955, by Alain Resnais. It is not the best documentary, not even the best war documentary, I have seen, but it made me grasp the horror of the Holocaust more than any other film.

    However, if you have a topic, perhaps someone else has a recommendation.

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    I've been enjoying the BBC documentary 'Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World'. I've only watched the first two episodes, so I'm not sure if the Falklands War is covered by it, but it's thoroughly watchable.

    Do you have any specific interests?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    I see no point in telling someone what kind of topics he should be interested in.
    I don't mind. Might not go for it, but I don't mind.

    Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog), 1955, by Alain Resnais. It is not the best documentary, not even the best war documentary, I have seen, but it made me grasp the horror of the Holocaust more than any other film.

    However, if you have a topic, perhaps someone else has a recommendation.
    Not at the local library. Watched just now online.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Hatter View Post
    I've been enjoying the BBC documentary 'Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World'. I've only watched the first two episodes, so I'm not sure if the Falklands War is covered by it, but it's thoroughly watchable.

    Do you have any specific interests?
    Not in the library system. Sounds interesting though.

    Whatever, open forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    I don't mind. Might not go for it, but I don't mind.
    Very well then. The world is made up of two parts: the subject and the object. If one wants to learn about the world, there are two ways to go: first, one can learn about the human mind; second, one can learn about the physical reality. The former, of course, conditions the knowledge of the latter, and vice versa. But we get better every day. So if one is interested in the world, one should be watching documentaries on the human brain and on physics. Then everything else falls into place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    Not at the local library. Watched just now online.
    Did you enjoy it?

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    If you have an HDTV, I recommend Planet Earth, a BBC series of documentaries about the natural world that is utterly fascinating. It loses a lot of its appeal when not viewed in HD, which is why I included that caveat.
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