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本月BBC纪录片概览[2011/10]

The Woodstock Watch:  A monthly independent view/review of BBC documentaries 

Volume 1, Issue 1 (October 2011)


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风物长宜放眼量。

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月度编辑推荐[The Editor’s Taste of the Month]

JFK: The Making of Modern Politics

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Britain's Park Story

时长:59’07”

首播:BBC Four, 9:00PM Mon, 2 Aug 2010

链接:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t9qv8

影片视角:第一人称。

官方介绍:The British invented them for the world, and they have been described as 'the lungs of the city’ - historian Dan Cruickshank reveals the history of our public parks.

Cruickshank travels the country to discover the evolution of the nation's urban public parks, a story of class, civic pride, changing fashions in sport and recreation which helps re-evaluate the amazing assets they are.

From their civic heyday in the 19th century to the neglect of the 1980s and their resurgence today, the documentary is a fascinating and entertaining history of an often-overlooked great British invention.

多余的话:艺术历史学家和电视节目主持人Dan Cruickshank探索了自海德公园以降英国公园的发展历史,以具有代表性的数个公园为例,介绍了英国公园发展演变的历史,以及这些公园在不同历史时间所承载的社会功能。作为一部纪录片,非常一般。


Faster Than the Speed of Light?

时长:59’15”

首播:BBC Two, 9:00PM Wed, 19 Oct 2011

链接:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016bys2

影片视角:第一人称。

官方介绍:In September 2011, an international group of scientists has made an astonishing claim - they have detected particles that seemed to travel faster than the speed of light. It was a claim that contradicted more than a hundred years of scientific orthodoxy. Suddenly there was talk of all kinds of bizarre concepts, from time travel to parallel universes.

So what is going on? Has Einstein's famous theory of relativity finally met its match? Will we one day be able to travel into the past or even into another universe?

In this film, Professor Marcus du Sautoy explores one of the most dramatic scientific announcements for a generation. In clear, simple language he tells the story of the science we thought we knew, how it is being challenged, and why it matters.

多余的话:围绕前些日子引起轰动的中微子测速试验展开,用比较通俗的语言说明了超越光速的运动意味着什么,介绍了一些有趣的物理学理论。典型的科教片。


JFK: The Making of Modern Politics

时长:59’00”

首播:BBC Two, 9:00PM Sun, 21 Nov 2010

链接:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w8cjq

影片视角:第一人称。

官方介绍:On both sides of the Atlantic, John F Kennedy continues to be invoked by today's politicians in the hope that some of his magic might rub off on them. But, 50 years since Kennedy's election, Andrew Marr asks whether JFK's legacy has tarnished politics ever since.

Andrew examines in detail exactly what Kennedy stood for, and how the candidate got that message across. He goes in search of the substance that has long been obscured by the fascination with the Kennedy style.

He also examines how Kennedy embodied the hopes of a nation, and asks whether modern politics demands inspirational leaders rather than politicians bogged down in the details. Kennedy's soaring rhetoric set a high standard that people today yearn for politicians to reach.

多余的话:美国第一个天主教总统肯尼迪给世界留下了什么?是处理猪湾事件和古巴导弹危机的经验和教训?是关于遇刺身亡原因的重重谜团?是如“不要问你的国家能给你什么,而要问你能给你的国家什么”这样被反复引用的名言?还是哈佛大学政府学院?BBC著名新闻节目主持人Andrew Marr告诉我们,除了以上这些拍脑袋就能想出来的答案之外,JFK还深刻地改变了西方世界政治家的生存法则。记者出身的肯尼迪用自己的行动和成就告诉西方政界,要想赢得选举,就要懂得推销自己;在现代政治中,与流行文化进行整合,可能比政策和意识形态更重要。可以说,肯尼迪以后,西方国家的选举与选秀再无根本差别。片子充满了Andrew Marr的冷幽默风格,非常值得一看。

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