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A literary pilgrimage

This series offers an enchanting journey, a literary pilgrimage combining fascinating and unusual places with the intimate discovery of genius authors who have reinvented their time and who continue to influence today’s minds.

Are covered such illustrious writers as Ronsard, Corneille, Montaigne, Voltaire, Balzac, Sand, Hugo, Flaubert, Dumas, Zola, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Vigny, Madame de Staël, la Comtesse de Ségur, Daudet, Maupassant...

30x26mnHD
  • Format series
  • Available versions French
  • Rights All rights / Worldwide
List of episodes
  • 1. ALEXANDRE DUMAS
  • 2. FRANCOIS RENE DE CHATEAUBRIAND
  • 3. GEORGE SAND
  • 4. HONORE DE BALZAC
  • 5. MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
  • 6. VOLTAIRE
  • 7. ALFRED DE VIGNY
  • 8. LA COMTESSE DE SEGUR
  • 9. PIERRE CORNEILLE
  • 10. PIERRE DE RONSARD
  • 11. ALPHONSE DAUDET
  • 12. MADAME DE STAEL
  • 13. VICTOR HUGO (PART 1)
  • 14. VICTOR HUGO (PART 2)
  • 15. MAUPASSANT
  • 16. ARTHUR RIMBAUD
  • 17. PAUL VERLAINE
  • 18. EMILE ZOLA
  • 19. DIDEROT (PART 1)
  • 20. DIDEROT (PART 2)
  • 21. MONTESQUIEU (PART 1)
  • 22. MONTESQUIEU (PART 2)
  • 23. ROUSSEAU (PART 1)
  • 24. ROUSSEAU (PART 2)
  • 25. GUSTAVE FLAUBERT (PART 1)
  • 26. GUSTAVE FLAUBERT (PART 2)
  • 27. STENDHAL (PART 1)
  • 28. STENDHAL (PART 2)
  • 29. JEAN DE LA FONTAINE (PART 1)
  • 30. JEAN DE LA FONTAINE (PART 2)

MIYABORI

Carving Divinity
Miyabori is a traditional wood carving technique used in Japanese temples and shrines. It’s an obscure and underrated form of art which has been offered a new life thanks to long trained and skillful masters. Elizabeth Tinsley, a specialist in Buddhist culture and former fellow at...
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52mn4K

MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN JAPAN

Japan has a long and rich history covering many areas. The best way to approach these many facets is to visit the numerous museums scattered around the country This episode takes us back from the Edo period to more recent industrial episodes of Japan history and tradition.
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6x30mn4K

REBIBBIA PRISON: PRISONERS ON STAGE

Acting criminals
Rebibbia, Italy's largest high-security prison, houses convicts with long jail terms. Mafia members, criminals, traffickers, most of them never entered a theatre. However, a performance hall, quite unusual in a prison facility, welcomes them three times a week to introduce them to...
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52mn4K

SEARCH FOR MADE IN JAPAN

Japan is often associated with notion of excellence, durability, extreme attention to details, craftmanship and tradition. Every handcrafted product or design combines love and beauty. There’s love and beauty in every handcrafted product and design unveiled in this series, like the...
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12x30mn4K

ANGELA MERKEL, 3 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

The migrants crisis
On the first weekend of September 2015, Angela Merkel decided to let the refugees and asylum seekers who were stuck in Budapest enter Germany. Her aim was to prevent a humanitarian crisis that was looming due to the influx of migrants. Did Angela Merkel have a choice? What factors...
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52mnHD

ANGELA MERKEL, THE UNEXPECTED

The world's most powerful woman
Angela Merkel is often described as the new Iron Lady and referred to as “mother”. But who is this woman? What are the facts behind her story? Interviews with childhood friends, long time companions, business executives and global political leaders reveal how an East German...
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52mnHD

ARTHUR MILLER: A MAN OF HIS CENTURY

One of the greatest dramatists
Born in New York in the 1920s, Arthur Miller has created over the course of seven decades some of the most memorable stage plays in the world literature, becoming one of the greatest dramatists of the century. He never stopped to be curious and was always open to find new ways by pushing...
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60mnHD

BACK SHOT

The bonds of love test
A contestant is facing the back of 4 people. They all look alike but only one is that dear person close to him. With letters and clues given to him, every step of the game will bring them closer or farther away. A dramatic way to witness how strong is the bond between 2 persons. BACK SHOT...
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60mnHD

BELMONDO LE MAGNIFIQUE

Between arthouse films and popular movies
With 74 films and 160 million tickets sold, Jean-Paul Belmondo has been the greatest star of French cinema. If the word "bankable" had existed at the time, it would have applied to him. People under 30 don’t know that he played with all the Nouvelle Vague directors:...
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52mnHD

BOLLYWOOD ON THE ROAD

The silver screen escape
On May 21, 1913, India screened its first film: “Raja Harishchandra“. A hundred years later, the movie industry has grown into a colossal institution. Every day, 30 million people flock to the theaters which sell 5 billion tickets every year. For Indians, movies are more than...
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52mnHD

CANNES 1968: WHEN THE FESTIVAL WAS CANCELLED

Suspense, revolt and stars
"I'm talking to you about solidarity with students and workers and you're talking to me about travelling and close-ups! ». Jean-Luc Godard, May 1968. That year, the most interesting film in Cannes was the one that took place outside the theaters. Featuring numerous...
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55mnHD

CHHAU NACH, ON THE ROAD TO JHARKHAND

The modernizing of a tradition art
An Italian choregraph travels to the Indian tribal areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand, home of an exhausting tribal male dance using enormous masks. Like India, this spectacular art form is in mutation, opening to foreigners and female performers. CHHAU NACH is a colorful journey and a...
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52mnHD

CHRISTIAN DIOR DEL PARAISO PERDIDO A LA PERFECCION

The creator of the New Look
In 1947, an unknown becomes famous overnight in the fashion world. Christian Dior has just invented the "New Look", a clothing line that gives a new shape to women. Within a decade, the designer will not only revolutionize fashion but also defines it up to today: the...
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52mnHD

CHRISTIAN DIOR: THE REFINEMENT OF A LOST PARADISE

The creator of the New Look
In 1947, an unknown becomes famous overnight in the fashion world. Christian Dior has just invented the "New Look", a clothing line that gives a new shape to women. Within a decade, the designer will not only revolutionize fashion but also defines it up to today: the...
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52mnHD

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK

A self-portrait
Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank is notorious for having revolutionized photography and independent film. His portraits are snapshots that capture the moment whether they depict the lives of London bankers, Welsh miners or rock stars like the Stones. He opens up in front of the camera...
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52mnHD

DRIVE-IN STORIES

The return of the outdoor movie screen
The drive-in was the ultimate symbol of a carefree and newly motorized American youth in the 60’s and 70’s. Even though the changing culture made them disappear decades ago, they have been enjoying a recent revival thanks to many enthusiasts. With screens springing up all...
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52mnHD

EMILIO VEDOVA - DALLA PARTE DEL NAUFRAGIO

With the exclusive participation of Toni Servillo
On the centenary of Emilio Vodova's birth (Venice, 1919-2006), this documentary traces the extraordinary human and artistic vicissitude of the great painter, through the pages of his diaries, rare archives materials and precious contributions from artists, curators, collaborators and...
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68mnHD

FOR ART’S SAKE

Mixing the old with the new
From the jungles of Borneo and Papua, the cultural bylanes of Indonesia and Thailand, from the age-old Geisha tradition in Japan to bold experiments in Singapore, outstanding people are breaking new grounds and pushing the limits, just FOR ART’S SAKE.
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7x45mnHD

FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF AMERICA

The man behind the winning smile
This film takes us behind the scenes to tell the story of the man known as "the Voice". What kind of person was Francis Albert Sinatra and what were the keys to his success? We meet the man behind the winning smile and show why Sinatra became a big star, an icon and to many a...
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90mnHD

GERHARD SCHRÖDER – BEAT THE DRUM AND HAVE NO FEAR

Through hard work and discipline, Gerhard Schröder worked his way up from a humble background to one of the most powerful political positions in Germany. How his legacy as chancellor and chairman of the SPD still impacts Germany and Europe today is a relevant and much disputed...
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52mnHD

GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU, THE STORY OF AN ENFANT TERRIBLE

A shattered destiny
Guillaume Depardieu, who died at the age of 37, was famous French actor Géard Depardieu’s son. Through the testimony of those who met him, this film is a portrait of a complex personality. It is the story of a destiny that was shattered too soon, that of a wounded man,...
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52mnHD

HONG KONG PHILARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT THE MUSIKVEREIN

Beethoven and Prokofiev
This concert was filmed at the Vienna Musikverein during the European tour of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the most spectacular symphony orchestra in Asia. The programme includes two magnificent and popular works: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5. The...
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103mnHD

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGE CHINNERY

Painting China in the mid-19th century
George Chinnery was one of the first and most notable European artists to live in Southern China prior to the arrival of photography. His sketches, watercolours and oil paintings are held in private collections and museums worldwide. This film depicts the life and works of the English...
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52mnHD

IREZUMI, THE JAPANESE ART OF TATTOO

The body as a canvas
Because of its association with the obscure world of the yakusas – the Japanese mafias – the traditional art of tatoo, known as Irezumi, is a contreversial component of Japan’s cultural heritage. It is nevertheless a source of fascination and a striking illustration of...
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52mnHD

KARL LAGERFELD, A LONELY KING

Behind the dark glasses
Karl Lagerfeld is the most remarkable character in the fashion industry, the most creative and the most media exposed. But who is really hidding behind these dark glasses, the powdered ponytail, the stiff shirt collar and the ringed hands? In this film we meet the true Lagerfeld, starting...
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52mnHD

LA LA LA, A STORY OF MUSICALS

A playful panorama of an enchanting genre
More than a simple cinematographic genre, the musical is a state of mind, a kind of magic which can touch many things, our memories of course but also unexpected realms. This film offers a playful panorama of an enchanting genre.
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52mnHD

MAESTRO NAGANO

Music everywhere
As head of the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, Kent Nagano has conducted many original projects that demonstrate his marked interest in the culture of his new home country. Above all, he wants to understand the people around him and bring them the music wherever they are: a concert at the...
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52mnHD

MARCO POLO

A creation mixing classical and Asian dance
On the stage of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, more than 40 artists perform the ballet MARCO POLO. In telling the story of the famous explorer who discovered the splendour and power of the Chinese Empire, it provides intriguing insights into the source of the fascination China holds for...
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52mnHD

MARIANNE TRUDEL : A RISING STAR

The private concert
Marianne Trudel, who has already released six albums, is a pianist, composer, improviser and arranger. Her music, inspired by french songs, brazilian rythm and contemporary jazz, bears testimony to her openess to the world. Energetic and passionate, she has a busy career as a performer...
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61mnHD

MARILYN MONROE : UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE

Secrets from the old trunk
50 years after Marilyn Monroe's death, a new and unexpected element surface: secrets locked in an old trunk. UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE takes us from Tokyo to Paris, via New York and Los Angeles, in the footsteps of this mysterious trunk that would have belonged to Marilyn. Through this...
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60mnHD

MARION MARÉCHAL-LE PEN, THE NEW HEIR

She won’t be a lame duck
She embodies the third generation of a political dynasty. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen was immersed in the Front National environment since childhood. Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter did not get the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the last elections, but she...
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33mnHD

NIGHT AT THE WAX MUSEUM

The French "Madame Tussaud"
The Grévin Museum opened in 1882, in Paris. It showcases some 250 characters from across the world, ranging from actors, writers, sports athletes and other well known personalities. More than 800,000 people are visiting each year. Thomas, a 12 years old kid, decides to lock himself...
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52mnHD

NOWITZKI : THE PERFECT SHOT

His path to NBA glory
A documentary that follows the early career of basketball star Dirk Nowitzki, his relationship with coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner, and their path to NBA glory.
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105mnHD

ONLY IN BOLLYWOOD

It makes Hollywood look dull
Hollywood produces 500 films per year on average when Bollywood produces more than 1000. Its colourful industry is drawing Russian ballerinas, star look-alikes who become heroes of the masses, fans who go to ridiculous lengths for their idols, stuntmen who risk life and limb and scores of...
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8x26mnHD

RAMESSES II THE GREAT JOURNEY

The post-mortem adventures of the greatest Pharaoh
3200 years ago, Egypt is living the final hours of its golden age under the reign of Ramesses II. After ruling the country for 67 years, the great pharaoh dies at the ripe old age of 92. His mummy is burried in the heart of the Valley of the Kings. This is the beginning of his great...
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52mnHD

RAYMOND POULIDOR, THE CHAMPION

The eternal second
Raymond Poulidor was a famous French cyclist who drew his stardom from being viewed as the eternal second in the history of Tour de France. Today, Raymond Poulidor is a handsome, silver-haired gentleman peacefully growing old. He looks back on his career and talks about the glory, doping,...
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52mnHD

ROCK N’ ROLL... OF CORSICA!

Police, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Who, The Pretenders, R.E.M., Zucchero
Henry Padovani is a musician you’ve probably never heard of but who has been instrumental in many ways. He landed in London in 1976 as a 24-year old from Corsica right when a new alternative and revolutionary trend was erupting: the punk movement. A gifted musician and guitarist, he...
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90mnHD

SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS

Exceptional destinies
SECRETS OF HISTORY unveils the great mysteries of the past through the evocation of exceptional destinies, known or unknown. Each episode retraces the life of an emblematic historical character and highlights remarkable heritage sites.
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105x100mnHD

SHOWRUNNERS

The best american TV shows in 12 snapshots
Today many critics love to explain why American TV shows are such masterpieces of creativity and storytelling. However, rarely do we hear the showrunners themselves talk about their work, their creation. In this series, exclusive intense interviews have been conducted with 12 showrunners...
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12x30mnHD

SONG OF THE UNTOUCHABLE: A VIOLINIST IN INDIA

A musical journey
Gregory Walker is a concert violinist who feels trapped in the classical music culture and being forced to perform the big hits of classical music season after season. He sets out on a personal journey, in search of renewed inspiration. He’ll find it Kerala, the picturesque state of...
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52mnHD

THE EIGHT SEASONS

A dialogue between two masterpieces
Eight seasons: four from Vivaldi and four from Piazzolla. This concert takes us on a voyage spanning two centuries and two hemispheres. One of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons stands in sharp contrast to the urban, stilted atmosphere of...
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73mnHD

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND...

Some characters seem to have always belonged to the 7th art : the soldier, the psychopath, the alien, the robot... These heroic or mythical characters are strongly linked to cinema genres and obey unwritten rules followed by the directors. "The Good, the Bad and... " collection...
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4x52mnHD

THE GREAT MASTERS OF PAINTING

The greatest art geniuses
These masters of painting have been piercing observers of their times, leaving their works for posterity. Often misunderstood, even harassed by the critics, they were trailblazers of new artistic movements which transformed art forever and still fascinate scholars today. This collection...
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15x52mnHD

THE IMMORTAL SHADOWS

When entertainment becomes art
Animation is one of today’s most popular forms of entertainment which makes great use of ever evolving technologies. However its origin goes way back, in a long forgotten traditional art that a Japanese shadow master wants to bring to a new audience. His quest takes him to a remote...
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52mnHD

THE KINGS OF FRANCE

The challenges of ruling
This series explores the history of France through its Kings, from the 15th to the 19th centuries, by uncovering how each one reigned, his specificities, skills and failings. Is it possible to find stability between personal life and political governance? What are the biggest obstacles...
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40x52mnHD

THE LEGENDARY SIMONE VEIL

From Holocaust to the European Parliament, meet Simone Veil through her fights and motivations. Discover one of the most popular heroine of the recent history, a symbol of freedom and courage, a women’s rights icon, a legend.
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60mnHD

THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING

Rebel and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Human rights heroe and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for 9 years and released in 2017 only to die a few weeks later. However, his name stays little known as the Chinese regime has done everything possible to erase it from our collective memory. Alas for the...
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58mnHD

TOO YOUNG TO DIE

Behind the myth
In the age of mass media, the death of a star is always a public event that is exploited, serving a thirst for sensationalism. The TOO YOUNG TO DIE series shows the women and the men behind their myths, their reported success and early fame, before succumbing to despair and tragedy. It...
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13x52mnHD

WAYNE

An improbable and triumphant story
This is the incredible but true story of Wayne Gardner, a kid from Wollongong, a little town of less than 300,000 inhabitants, that no one believed in and who grew up to be the hero who would define an era for Australians. He practiced one of the most dangerous and visually arresting...
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95mnHD

WORKSHOPS’ SECRETS

Creativity, excellence and know-how
In the secret world of art workshops, creativity combines with excellence and know-how while still respecting traditions. Master craftsmen, working for the most famous French luxury companies such as Louis Vuitton, Chaumet in the Place Vendôme or the Manufacture de Sèvres,...
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52mnHD

FASHION VICTIM: THE KILLING OF GIANNI VERSACE

The rise and fall of a fashion icon
FASHION VICTIM: THE KILLING OF GIANNI VERSACE is the chilling and mesmerising story of a fashion giant set against the equally extraordinary tale of the life of his nemesis, 27 year old Andrew Cunanan. From the high-octane fashion circuits of Milan and Paris to the drug-ridden underworld...
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52mn

MASSOUD, THE LION OF PANJSHIR

An icon of resistance to the Soviet Union and Islamic fanaticism
Less than 48 hours before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated by two men disguised as journalists. He was an icon of resistance to the Soviet Union and, subsequently, to Islamic fanaticism. Today, the outlandish commander is as...
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52mn

PARAIBA MEU AMOR

The soul music of Northeast Brazil
Northeast Brazil moves to the beat of “forró”, a music that is an integral part of the life and culture of the region. PARAIBA MEU AMOR explores the history, presents interviews and covers live sessions to understand how this music came to represent the spirit of the...
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52mn

PARAIBA MEU AMOR (LONG VERSION)

The soul music of Northeast Brazil
Northeast Brazil moves to the beat of “forró”, a music that is an integral part of the life and culture of the region. PARAIBA MEU AMOR explores the history, presents interviews and covers live sessions to understand how this music came to represent the spirit of the...
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74mn