Best History Movies of 1969
Battle of Britain
In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.
The Bridge at Remagen
In March of 1945, as the War in Europe is coming to a close, fighting erupts between German and American troops at the last remaining bridgehead across the Rhine.
Anne of the Thousand Days
Henry VIII of England discards his wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.
The Eagle Has Landed: The Flight of Apollo 11
A 1969 documentary on the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon made by NASA, telling the story of the historic first landing of men on the Moon in July, 1969. It depicts the principal highlight events of the mission from launching through post-recovery activities of Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Through television, motion picture and still photography, the film provides an "eye-witness" perspective of the Apollo 11 mission.
Based on the adventures of Jack Sheppard, the thief and jail-breaker who became a folk hero in 1720s London.
During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans.
Kenneth Clarke's eloquent and deeply personal documentary mini-series explores the cultural heritage of the western world, from the collapse of the Roman Empire until the birth of modernism.
Alfred the Great
While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to take up arms against the invaders, leading the English Christians to fight for their country. Alfred soundly defeats the Danes and becomes a hero. But now, although Alfred still longs for the priesthood, he is torn between his passion for God and his lust for blood.
Arthur Rubinstein: The Love of Life
Documentary about Polish-American pianist, Arthur Rubinstein.
The Trouble with Girls
Chautauqua manager Walter Hale and his loyal business manager struggle to keep their traveling troupe together in small town America.
The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father must permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a pet Bushbaby. Fearing what the future holds she decides to set the pet free but while doing so misses the boat back to England. After meeting up with a friendly native they try to resolve the situation together. Things take a turn for the worse when it is falsely reported that the native has kidnapped her, thus putting a price on his head
A Walk with Love and Death
Attempting to evade the turmoil of France's Hundred Years' War, Parisian student Heron of Foix decides to journey to the sea. En route, he meets the pretty aristocrat Lady Claudia, and the couple begin a romance amid the intense conflict. As the struggle between peasants and noblemen rages on, Heron and Claudia take shelter at a monastery -- but even their newfound love can't completely keep the horrors of war at bay.
Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that government and Castro's taking over of Cuba. The film covers Guevara's life from when he first landed in Cuba in 1956 to his death in an ambush by government troops in the mountains of Bolivia in 1967.
An American Time Capsule
An iconographic film that uses over 1300 images to relate the history of the United States in just 3 minutes.
The 18th-century French marquis recalls his sadomasochistic experiments and goes to jail for lewd behavior.
The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Watch the Blackhorse squadron move their massive vehicles from the road into the trees. Part of "The Big Picture" series.
Gunsmith of Williamsburg
The gun was a vital part of life in colonial Williamsburg, and this docudrama demonstrates the expertise that went into the making of each weapon. The master gunsmith explains the principal parts of an early American rifle and demonstrates the gun's complex manufacturing process. The guns of the period were crude military weapons, but with revolution stirring, the colonists depended on their weapons to send a message to the British Crown.
Opera by Harry Somers portraying Metis leader Louis Riel and his Northwest Rebellion.
Against the background of the escalation of the war in Vietnam, AMERICA documents the development of the anti-war movement on the home front. Conversations with Vietnam veterans, young teenagers, and African American militants contextualizes footage that graphically depicts the heightened incidents of mass protest and police repression.