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    Bonnie & Clyde (2016)

    In the spring of 1934, throngs of onlookers flocked to two Dallas funeral homes hoping to catch a last glimpse of the famous outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. For over two years the country had been transfixed by their illicit romance and violent crime spree that left a trail of dead bodies in […]

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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (2014)

    Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West and then seemingly vanishing into thin air became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who […]

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    Geronimo and the Apache Resistance (1988)

    It was said that Geronimo, the legendary Apache, had magical powers-that he could see into the future, walk without creating footprints, even hold off the dawn to protect his own forces. In 1886, the United States government mobilised 5,000 men – nearly one-quarter of the entire US Army-to capture Geronimo and his band of […]

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    Jesse James (2006)

    The story of Jesse James is one of America’s most familiar myths — and one of its most wrong-headed. James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, but in reality, he never went west. He has been called America’s own Robin Hood, yet he robbed both rich and poor, and was never seen […]

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    Jonestown – The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

    On Nov. 18, 1978, more than 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide/murder in history. What drew so many people across racial and class lines to the Peoples Temple? How could a diverse group of 900 people be convinced to commit suicide? What was a California congregation doing in the […]

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    Klansville U.S.A. (2015)

    Having been dormant for decades, the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) reemerged in the U.S. after the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision, gaining momentum in the U.S. as the civil rights movement grew. That the Klan would rise once again wasn’t surprising, but where the reincarnation took place was. North Carolina […]

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    Monkey Trial (2002)

    Monkey Trial follows one of the most famous legal battles of the 20th century, the trial of John Scopes for violating a Tennessee law forbidding the teaching of evolution in public schools. But the account presented here sheds new light on this well-known event, rewriting popular history and biography in the process. The trial […]

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    Murder at Harvard (2003)

    Dr. George Parkman, a professor-turned-landlord and money-lender, mysteriously disappeared on November 23, 1849. The discovery of the remains was made by an unlikely person, janitor Ephraim Littlefield, who did much more than maintain a clean floor. In addition to keeping the Harvard Medical College building, Mr. Littlefield was involved in the ghoulish job of […]

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    Murder of a President (2016)

    The description of the 1880 Republican convention in “Murder of a President” sure sounds like a possible future for both major parties as they choose their 2016 presidential candidates. The delegates were about evenly divided between Senator James G. Blaine and the former president, Ulysses S. Grant. The two sides held significantly different visions […]

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    Oswald’s Ghost (2007)

    More than fifty years after his death, a majority of Americans continue to believe the the 46-year-old president’s murder was the result of a conspiracy. Did Lee Harvey Oswald, a twenty-four-year-old former marine and communist sympathizer, act alone? Was he influenced by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro or a rogue element of the CIA? Did […]

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    Radio Bikini (1988)

    Nominated for an Academy Award as well as the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Radio Bikini is a sensational, eye-opening film that gets to the bottom of one of the most terrifying tragedies of the nuclear age. Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “an outstanding achievement on all levels,” this classic documentary serves […]

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    The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (2009)

    On July 7, 1865, three men and one woman were hanged for the crime of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. After the surrender of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and the announcement that Lincoln would serve a second term as president, John Wilkes Booth, a young southern actor and patriot of the Confederacy, […]