|Plot||Using dramatic voice-over narration and detailed period re-enactments, this short lived CBS historical pseudo-documentary series examined the events leading up to the deaths of famous historical figures. It was developed out of _Appointment with Destiny: The Last Days of John Dillinger (1971) (TV)_ (qv). Gripping but melodramatic, it used grainy film stock and chiaroscuro lighting to simulate the appearance of "actual documentary footage" from eras before such things existed (episodes included analysis of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Crucifixion of Jesus). Despite the difference in style, it can be considered a close cousin to its contemporary, the CBS revival series "You Are There" (1972), which was shot in ENG format with CBS news commentators appearing on camera amid the events depicted (often in period costume).... search for Appointment with Destiny on IMDb|
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|This newly-restored feature length biography traces the life of David Ben Gurion from is early childhood in Russia up until the death of his beloved wife, Paula. Melville Mark's production is structured in the form of memory flashbacks as Ben Gurion takes his daily walk in the desert. These flashbacks are made all the more exciting with the use of authentic newsreel footage interspersed between dramatic sequences. Highlights include pioneering days under the Ottoman Empire, the Declaration of the State of Israel, the War of Independence, the consolidation of private armies into the Israel Defense Forces, the controversial German Reparations Agreement and retirement to Kibbutz Sde Boker. This film is a monumental testimony to the spirit and vision of Israel's first Prime Minister. Directed by Israel Prize Winner David Perlov.|
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