Always late to the party, I have just found the joy that is Netflix. While I'm not a huge movie fan I LOVE documentaries, but they're not the easiest things to find in Blockbuster and I'm too cheap to buy them (though now that I'm looking at Amazon they aren't that expensive). Netflix to the rescue! They are currently running a free month subscription offer and so I jumped on the site to see what they had in the way of documentaries and was extremely excited to see how many they have to offer! I filled my queue up in no time flat!
The first one I received the other day is Elizabeth: The Acclaimed Saga of England's Virgin Queen narrated by David Starkey. This is a 2 Disc DVD, so I'll be watching the first disc this weekend and then the second one whenever it comes to me.
Documentary reviews will also be a new feature on Passages to the Past, so stay tuned for that!
SYNOPSIS: One of the most important rulers in history, Elizabeth I came to the throne at a time when England was under threat of annexation from abroad and collapse from within. When she died after a reign of 45 years, she left behind a nation protected by the greatest navy on earth and in the midst of a cultural explosion she made possible. Hosted by the world-renowned historian David Starkey (author of Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne) ELIZABETH explores the life and rule of the woman who gave her name to an era. A compelling blend of dramatic re-creations and incisive commentary brings alive the courtly intrigues and epic conflicts that shaped her reign, opens a window into the Queen's private struggles and convictions, and examines her monumental legacy. The four volumes in this epic set are From the Prison to the Palace, The Virgin Queen, Heart of a King and Gloriana.
Here are a few of the others I will be watching soon:
SYNOPSIS: This gripping PBS-produced offering charts the course of this larger-than-life emperor, from his birth on the island of Corsica to his eventual exile on another island, St. Helena. In between, of course, are his military exploits and achievements, his undying love for his muse, Josephine, his marriage to an Austrian royal much younger than him and his impressive failure to conquer Russia in an ill-conceived invasion.
SYNOPSIS: MARIE ANTOINETTE Queen Of Versailles There are few women in history as renowned for glamour and decadence as Marie Antoinette, the French Queen who is alleged to have fueled a Revolution with the immortal line "Let them eat cake." Step back in time to 18th Century France and visit the beautiful Palace of Versailles, where Marie Antoinette was sent, hardly into her teens, to be the bride of the future King Louis XVI. Through the great Hall of Mirrors and the beautiful formal gardens of the Palace, to the lesser-known Petit Trianon and Peasant Village, discover for yourself what really happened to the Austrian Princess. It may be a story that sadly lacks a happy ending, but Marie Antoinette, Queen of Versailles, is still worthy of our attention, telling us of one woman's remarkable courage when an entire nation turned against her. 58 MIN.
SYNOPSIS: The lives of English sovereigns are exhaustively chronicled in this series, beginning with the rulers of Anglo-Saxon times and ending with Charles II's restoration of the crown in 1660. Featuring David Starkey's compelling narration and dramatizations of events such as the Norman Conquest in 1066 and Queen Elizabeth I's majestic reign, the absorbing documentary illustrates how the monarchs affected the course of British and world history.
If you've seen any of these documentaries or have some to recommend I'd love to hear it!!