People's Century [TV Documentary Series] (1998)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Politics & Government, Social History, World History  |   Run Time - 360 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This documentary series, a co-production of the BBC and WGBH (Boston), covers major international milestones throughout the 20th Century with historic archival footage and interviews edited into 13 episodes in 1998, followed by another 13 episodes in 1999. The series opens at the turn of the century, with the "Age of Hope" episode (including immigrants, electricity, Coney Island, baseball), followed by "Killing Fields" (WWI), "Red Flag" (Lenin), "People Power" (Solidarity, glasnost, end of Berlin Wall), "Great Escape" (Hollywood), "Sporting Fever" (Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Babe Ruth), "On the Line," "Breadline," "Lost Peace," "Master Race," "Total War," "Brave New World," and "Freedom Now." The theme music is by Zbigniew Preisner (who composed the "Concerto for Europe" for Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1993 Blue). Narrated by John Forsythe and Alfre Woodard, the series premiered April 19, 1998 on PBS.