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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) - biography / history / music
Portrait of an artist as a young man. Roughly chronological, using archival footage intercut with recent interviews, a story takes shape of Bob Dylan's (b. 1941) coming of age from 1961 to 1966 as a singer, songwriter, performer, and star. He takes from others: singing styles, chord changes, and rare records. He keeps moving: on stage, around New York City and on tour, from Suze Rotolo to Joan Baez and on, from songs of topical witness to songs of raucous independence, from folk to rock. He drops the past. He refuses, usually with humor and charm, to be simplified, classified, categorized, or finalized: always becoming, we see a shapeshifter on a journey with no direction home.
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) - biography
A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.
Outride the Devil: A Morning with Doc Holliday (2007) - biography
Outride the Devil was filmed at the Creative Arts Theatre in Arlington, Texas. The play presents highlights from the last fourteen years of Doc Holliday's life and culminates with a reenactment of the gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
Steve-O the Early Years (2004) - biography
The story of Steve-O's life before fame.
Aleister Crowley- The Other Loch Ness Monster (2000) - biography
An insight into the mystery and legends surrounding Aleister Crowley's time living in Boleskine house on the banks of Loch Ness. Once Described as "The Wickedest Man in the World", Crowley's fascination with Magick is explored in this half-hour documentary originally broadcast on BBC Scotland
Kurt Cobain: The Early Life of a Legend (2004) - biography / music
Kurt Cobain: The Early Life of a Legend documents the troubled childhood of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The film tracks his life until just before the release of Nevermind would make him one of the most famous rock stars in the world. In addition to archival footage, the film utilizes interviews with many of the people who knew Cobain and played music with him. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) - biography
In-depth documentary about martial arts legend Jackie Chan.
Featuring insights and revealing anecdotes from Jackie Chan himself about his early acting career, his subsequent success and his personal life.
Films discussed include "Snake In The Eagle's Shadow", "Drunken Master", "Project A", "Police Story" "Armour Of God" and "Miracles".
Ben Loke'ah Bat (1982) - biography
10-year-old Aya, the only daughter of two doctors from Tel Aviv who are leaving on a trip to help Thai refugees, is placed in a kibutz where she must deal with the challenges of living with dozens of other children in a dormitory-style setting, four children per room, and placed without regard to gender.
Kennedy (1983) - biography
Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy.
The Miracle Worker (1962) - biography
The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.
The Joe Louis Story (1953) - biography / sports
The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.
Public Enemy No. 1, Part 2 (2008) - biography
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. The follow-up film to "Public Enemy No. 1."
Shadowlands (1993) - biography
C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham.
Infamous (2006) - biography
While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
End of the Century (2003) - biography
In 1974, the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by the violently new and raw sound of a band of misfits from Queens, called The Ramones. Playing in a seedy Bowery bar to a small group of fellow struggling musicians, the band struck a chord of disharmony that rocked the foundation of the mid-'70s music scene. This quartet of unlikely rock stars traveled across the country and around the world connecting with the disenfranchised everywhere, while sparking a movement that would resonate with two generations of outcasts across the globe. Although the band never reached the top of the Billboard charts, it managed to endure by maintaining a rigorous touring schedule for 22 years.
Breaking the Code (1996) - biography
A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in World War II. Turing was also a homosexual in Britain at a time when this was illegal, besides being a security risk.
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