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Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)
This documentary is absolutely fantastic. I was really astonished that you can make with so less money such amazing fx. Especially the scenes of the birth of the Diplodocus babies or the sad story of the big flying dinosaur were wonderful and breathtaking. Well the only flaw was: It was to short!!
Life on Earth (1979)
One of the most stunning documentary features in TV history.
I wish I would have the whole series on video because this breathtaking event is a must-see for everybody who is interested in nature. David Attenborough shows footage which was never seen before. "Life on Earth" belongs to the most important television series of all time because it shows that the life on our planet is in danger to disappear forever. We need more series like "Life on Earth". Maybe then the mankind will understand that we can't do with our earth what we want.
A wonderful ending for a cult classic
Farewell, Goodbye and Amen is still the most successful television movie of all time. 125 Million Americans (that are more than 70%) have seen that film. David Ogden Stiers has given his best performance here especially in the scene where the Korean musicians have died. I only could say "Farewell, Goodbye and Amen" belongs to the best television-movies I've ever seen.
Woodstock Diary (1994)
A great supplement to the original Woodstock movie
D. A. Pennebaker belongs really to the best documentary film makers of our time. Woodstock Diary is a great music film without extern comment. The only thing you can hear and see is the feeling and the music of that time. And there is surprisingly previously unreleased footage in it.
The best sketch of the world
Every evening on the new years eve is a very special television event in Germany. It's called "Dinner for One". It tells the very funny story of an old lady called Sophie who celebrates her 90th Birthday. Her butler James represents Sophie's friends which have died long years ago. During the meal with various courses the butler has always drink to the old lady and he has to play all the deceased persons. At the end of the sketch the butler is totally drunken. The sketch was founded in England at the beginning of the 60s. But it was surprisingly no success there. It runs since 35 years in Germany and it belongs to the most popular television shows here.
The honor belongs to the elephants
This is one the funniest adventure films I've ever seen. Russell Harlan's camera work is top notch and John Wayne gave one of his best performances. But that what this film makes so legendary are the little elephants and of course Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk".
First of all I must disappoint everyone who thought that Walt Disney made the first long animated movie. Long before him there were people who made animated masterpieces. The first was Windsor McKay, the man who brought us "Gertie the Dinosaur" and another important person was a woman from Germany. Her name was Lotte Reiniger. She is the inventor of the so called silhouette film and she has made with "The Adventures of Prince Ahmed" (1926) the first full length animated movie of the film history. Papageno is a 10 minute example of her extraordinary film art. It based on the "Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nothing against computer animation but the handmade silhouettes have more live than all computer animated figures of the modern cinema together. Watch the films of Lotte Reiniger and you will agree.
The first movie i've ever seen in the cinema
Pippi Longstocking was the heroine of my childhood. When i was a little girl I wanted to be so strong like her and I wanted to have such beautiful red plaits. Now I am a thirtysomething adult woman and it still fills my heart with joy when I watch the film. Astrid Lindgren has really written one of the most beautiful children's books in the literature history and all the Swedish Pippi Longstocking movies are absolutely awesome. Georg Riedel has also written a memorable and wonderful title song.
Die letzten Paradiese (1967)
This is a very thrilling and beautiful photographed animal film for everyone who is interested in nature conservancy. Seven years has it taken to make this film but the images are unique. Eugen Schumacher and his cinematographer Helmut Barth have photographed some of the most endangered animals of the world like the Kakapo (New Zealand) or the Javan Rhinoceros (Java). Unfortunately is this film out of print but i hope that the distributer will make a new release.
The most provocative film of the year.
Solondz is really a new direction wunderkind. His characters in "Happiness" where somewhat sick but you can see that the director has loved the losers in his film. I only could say the screenplay was better then the screenplays for "Shakespeare in Love" or "The Truman Show". The actors were top notch and the close scene with the dog belongs to the best scenes of the year. If you like the films of the Joel Coen or Quentin Tarantino you will like the films of Todd Solondz. Nevertheless I will try to get his first film "Welcome to the Dollhouse" on video.