Arena Season 1990
S1990 E00Feb 9, 1990
Rossellini Feb 9, 1990 The great Italian film director, who died in 1977, was the founder of 'neo-realism'. Following the international success of his films dealing with the Second World War - Rome, Open City and Paisa - he turned in the 50s to psychological drama. His affair and subsequent marriage to Ingrid Bergman created a major scandal. Eventually he abandoned the cinema for a series of documentaries on historical figures as part of a great mission to educate the world. Bearing witness to his genius will be his daughter Isabella, son Gil, directors the Taviani brothers, Carlo Lizzani and Lindsay Anderson. There is also rare footage of Rossellini.
S1990 E00Feb 2, 1990
Jerry Lee Lewis Feb 2, 1990 This is the story of 'the Killer', the ultimate wild man of rock, from his phenomenal success at the age of 20 with Whole Lotta Shakin ' Going On to the present. After more than 30 years, Lewis remains unapologetic and unique. A product of the Bible belt, Lewis's life has been a strange, tormented conflict between his excesses and his religious fears. His cousin, Jimmy Lee Swaggart , devoted many a sermon to the recovery of Jerry Lee 's soul. Lewis has seen the deaths of two wives, two children and a brother, shot his bass player and been arrested for causing a disturbance outside Elvis Presley 's mansion in Memphis. Arena tells his story with help from Sam Phillips , the man who first recorded Lewis and Presley, Johnny Cash , Carl Perkins , Jimmy Lee Swaggart, Lewis's wife Myra, Paul Anka and Chuck Berry.
S1990 E00Jan 26, 1990
Oblomov Jan 26, 1990 Oblomov is a slob. Even Gorbachev is said to have denounced him from the podium: 'We must stamp out the Oblomovs from our society.' The lazy aristocrat of Goncharov's 19th-century masterpiece has become a Russian folk-hero. After 100 years asleep, Oblomov is re-awoken in modem-day Russia - this time as a lazy party bureaucrat. Perestroika, quite frankly, bores him. He was more at home in Brezhnev's 'Period of Stagnation'. Oblomov's foul-tempered chauffeur, Zachar, narrates this bizarre tragi-comedy: for the story of Oblomov's vain attempts to raise himself from his bed is the story of Russia. Filmed on location in the Soviet Union.
S1990 E00Jan 19, 1990
Numbers Jan 19, 1990 'I'm not saying 2+2 equals 3 and I'm not saying it equals 5 but....' So says Gregory Chaitin , one of the world's three leading mathematicians, addressing the camera from the deep recesses of the IBM building in Yorktown Heights, New York State. He cheerfully proposes that he has proved nothing is fixed in a shifting universe. However, for others numbers promise pattern and certainty - Rabbi Dr Tali Lowenthal believes everything has numerological significance up to and including the Name of God too holy to be written; to record producer Andy Richards all music comes down to the number 4; to Janet Street-Porter , numbers give a lift to the nomenclature of her TV output, and to Michael Gardner 666 is truly the Mark of the Beast. Most of us take numbers for granted - Arena takes a second look.
S1990 E10Feb 23, 1990
Next Time Dear God Please Choose Someone Else Feb 23, 1990 Traditional Jewish humour flourished in adversity. Religious persecution and life in the ghetto nurtured its own kind of bitter comedy which, in 20th-century America, has developed into a recognisable and acclaimed style of humour. Arena examines this rich heritage of comic genius and includes contributions from Milton Berle , Jackie Mason Joan Rivers and Billy Crystal.
The English Rose
The Ten Commandments Of Krzysztof Kieslowski
S1990 E10Apr 6, 1990
Paris Is Burning Apr 6, 1990 Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latin Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, this film offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion houses, from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world where house members face homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Paris is Burning celebrates the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.
S1990 E10Apr 15, 1990
Havana Apr 15, 1990 The citizens of Havana talk about their lives, their city and Cuba under Castro. Havana has a dilapidated ruined beauty - decaying grandeur alongside squalor with a string atmosphere of Africa and Old Spain. Despite the political turmoil of Cuba's last 30 years, its people remain among the most imaginative and fascinating in the world. Under the dictatorship of Castro, Cuba has become a highly regulated state, to say the least. Director Jana Bokova persuaded the citizens of Havana to talk about their lives, their city and Cuba, despite their anxieties and fears about opening up to a foreign film crew. The film goes beneath the skin of this legendary city, mainly through its extraordinarily rich music which enables the people to express their real attitudes and feelings. It also visits Little Havana in Miami, 90 miles away, home to some of the one million exiles to have left Cuba in the last 30 years.
Peggy And Her Playwrights
Spike And Company - Do It A Capella
Fred Zinnemann A Director's Life
S1990 E10Mar 2, 1990
Salif Keita Mar 2, 1990 Salif Keita - the golden voice of Mali - is one of the first African world superstars. He can trace his lineage directly back more than 700 years to its founder, the warrior king Sundiata Keita. SalifKeita's story is an exceptional one - not only for breaking away from these traditions, but for overcoming the stigma of being born albino. Arena returns with Salifto his village birthplace in Djoliba, through the insidiously beautiful surrounding plains and to the mystical cliffs of Bandiagara - all sources of his underlying deep spirituality and his haunting music.
Oooh Er, Missus! - The Frankie Howerd Story
The Last Supper
Agatha Christie - Unfinished Portrait
Le Paris Black
The Daily Worker Story
The Complete History Of The Potato
I Just Happen To Have One Here I Made Earlier
Lifepulse - A Natural Thriller