New two-part documentary series traces the history of American fashion. Premieres tonight on CNN.

New two-part documentary series traces the history of American fashion. Premieres tonight on CNN.

Source:  The Washington Post

A generic gray flannel suit epitomized the tradition-bound 1950s. The 1940s war effort was made personal by women’s stingily crafted dresses — cut so as to leave ample fabric for uniforms, parachutes, and everything else needed during World War II.

Fashion has always reflected social change. But over the last few years, its symbolism, its intellectual resonance, and its joyous verve have been enjoying newfound respect.

Now, fashion gets its own four-part docuseries on CNN. “American Style” begins tonight with two episodes and concludes Jan. 20. The cable news channel has turned its attention to fashion as a way of exploring the decades from the 1940s to now.

“American Style” zips through fashion history, pausing along the way to draw connections between zoot suits and racism, miniskirts and sex, Sunday bests, and the Civil Rights movement.

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Peter Jackson’s WWI doc “They Shall Not Grow Old” set for wider release after initial box office success

Peter Jackson’s WWI doc “They Shall Not Grow Old” set for wider release after initial box office success

Source:  Paste

Peter Jackson’s acclaimed new World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” has been lighting up the box office in limited release.

Released by Fathom Events, which specializes in one-day releases such as opera performances and live Rifftrax performances, the film has made a rather incredible $5.4 million in only two days of screenings.

Suffice to say, for a historical documentary these are pretty eye-popping figures, and they more than justify a wider release for the film.

As such, Warner Bros. will launch a limited theatrical release of “They Shall Not Grow Old” in NYC, L.A. and Washington D.C. beginning on January 11, with plans to expand into 25 more markets on Feb. 1.

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Upcoming Neil Armstrong documentary will feature rare home videos and NASA footage

Upcoming Neil Armstrong documentary will feature rare home videos and NASA footage

Source:  Variety

An upcoming documentary about Neil Armstrong will utlize rare home videos shot by Armstrong himself and footage from NASA to tell the celebrated astronaut’s life story.

“Armstrong” is in production and will launch next spring to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Armstrong, who died in 2012, remained largely out of the public eye and was in many respects a reluctant hero, but audio from his infrequent interviews will be used to provide a narrative thread to the film.

The film will cover Armstrong’s early days at the space agency, the drama and excitement of the Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 missions, his near-death experiences as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in Korea and as an experimental test pilot, and the challenges that eventually came with his extraordinary celebrity.

The producers of the documentary, Tin Goose Films, are well-versed in the subject of space exploration, having made feature documentaries, “The Last Man on the Moon” and “Mission Control: The Unseen Heroes of Apollo.”

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National Geographic acquires global rights to “Avenging Angel”

National Geographic acquires global rights to “Avenging Angel”

Source:  Realscreen

National Geographic has acquired the global rights, excluding the UK and Ireland, to “Avenging Evil.”

The documentary tells the story of a small group of Holocaust survivors who attempted in 1946 to carry out the indiscriminate murder of six million Germans as retribution for the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in World War II.

The film features the testimony of the last surviving members of the group, who are now in their 90s.

Also featured is Chaim Miller, a soldier in the British Army’s Jewish Brigade, who was part of a vigilante group that tried to assassinate alleged SS soldiers in hiding.

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Claude Lanzmann’s final Holocaust documentary “Shoah: Four Sisters” features improbable survivors

Claude Lanzmann’s final Holocaust documentary “Shoah: Four Sisters” features improbable survivors

Source:  TheWrap

They aren’t sisters in a familial sense. But Ruth Elias, Ada Lichtman, Hanna Marton, and Paula Biren share a terrible kinship: They are the only people from their respective families to survive the Nazi Holocaust.

In “Shoah: Four Sisters,” the latest and last film from director Claude Lanzmann — the filmmaker behind the 1985 landmark documentary “Shoah,” who died earlier this year at 92 — they speak directly and steadily, explaining the various, harrowing routes taken to escape with their lives.

Presented in four discrete, non-chronological sections, “Four Sisters” begins with its longest interview, “The Hippocratic Oath,” in which Ruth Elias describes in exacting detail the many ways she narrowly evaded death, from hiding among girls she suspected would be spared for their looks, to removing her yellow star and posing as a non-Jewish Czech with no papers, to a horrifying encounter with Josef Mengele himself that left her newborn child dead.

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Warner Bros acquires Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Warner Bros acquires Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Source:  Deadline

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired global distribution rights to “They Shall Not Grow Old,” the Peter Jackson-directed World War I documentary that premiered last month to rave reviews at the London Film Festival.

The film mixes previously unseen footage and audio recordings from Great Britain’s Imperial War Museums’ film archives with state-of-the-art technology that includes colorized and sharpened images converted to stereoscopic 3D.

The result is an immersive film that humanizes the experiences of the young British soldiers who fought in World War I 100 years ago, in sequences that are narrated by the soldiers themselves.

In a small sampling of 13 reviews, the film so far has achieved a 100% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.

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