Most widely held works by Cinquième (Firm)
Volcano above the clouds ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 395 libraries worldwide
"At 20,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and also the world's tallest volcano...A trek up its steep flanks takes climbers through five different worlds of climate and vegetation, ranging from rainforest near the bottom to arctic ramparts of ice surrounding a rocky crater at the peak. Kilimanjaro is not only a nature-lover's paradise, but also a tantalizing mystery for many scientists. The glacier atop the mountain has shrunk by over a third in the last decade due to global warming, and could disappear altogether by 2015. And although classified as dormant, Kilimanjaro has begun to stir, and evidence suggests that a massive landslide could rip open the side of the mountain causing a cataclysmic flow of hot gases and rock, similar to Mount St. Helens. NOVA takes an unusual expedition to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to investigate these two scientific mysteries." -- Container.
Descent into the ice ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 344 libraries worldwide
Follow a team of daring 'glacionauts' as they descend into a labyrinth of unexplored ice caves in Mont Blanc to find trapped flood water that menaces the populated valleys below.
A science odyssey ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 340 libraries worldwide
A chronicle of twentieth century scientific adventure.
Deadly ascent ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 330 libraries worldwide
"In an exploration of extreme medical science, NOVA ascends to the top of Denali to try to solve the mystery of high altitude deaths on one of the most dangerous mountains on Earth. [The film] chronicles daring mountain rescues, emergency medical evacuations, and cutting-edge science experiments as a team of researchers, doctors, and mountaineering experts employing the latest NASA technology investigate the lethal disease attacking climbers all over the world." -- Container.
In search of ourselves ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 275 libraries worldwide
Traces the history of scientific understanding of human behavior from the late 19th century. Examines the pendulum swings of psychological theory from nature to nurture and back again and looks at how scientific ideas about human nature have been twisted to fit political agendas. Explores what case studies, classic experiments, and research on the brain have taught us about ourselves and what still remains unknown. Covers topics such as Jean-Martin Charcot and hysteria, Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, shell shock and war trauma during the first World War, IQ tests, eugenics, John B. Watson and the behaviorist movement, B.F. Skinner and conditioning, Harry Harlow and the power of love and comfort, Frieda Fromm Reichmann and the treatment of schizophrenia, mental institutions, drug therapy, and Alzheimer's disease.
Secrets of lost empires. II ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 270 libraries worldwide
Unlock mysteries and uncover lost history with the experts as they use yesteryear's technology to recreate five ancient engineering marvels and to discover what daily life was really like in these communities. Travel around the globe from China to Egypt and take a fresh, "hands-on" look at mankind's greatest cultures and civilizations.
Medieval siege ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 254 libraries worldwide
As in other episodes of the series, archaelogists and engineers attempt to duplicate ancient solutions to engineering problems. In this case, the problem is building and learning to use a war machine called a trebuchet.
Mysteries of the universe ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 245 libraries worldwide
"At the beginning of the century, discoveries about the hidden workings of the everyday world suggest all is not as it seems. Quantum theory, relativity, nuclear power, and clues about the birth and death of the universe have rocked our deepest beliefs...[The program] journeys from the subatomic world of the atom to the farthest reaches of space and time, and into the laboratories of the men and women whose work has forever altered physics and astronomy." -- Container.
Insectia ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 242 libraries worldwide
"Insectia is a 13-part documentary series that puts an entertaining spin on the fascinating world of insects"--Container.
Mountain of ice ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
Mountaineers and scientists explore Antarctica and climb the continent's highest peak, the Vinson Massif. The present-day expedition is interwoven with a look back at the race between Scott and Amundsen to reach the South Pole in 1912.
Avalanche ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
See the extremes scientists are going to to protect us against avalanches, witness the power of avalanches and meet some survivors.
War and civilization ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 213 libraries worldwide
This 8-part series takes an in-depth look at the history of warfare. Shot on location around the world, each episode examines various developments in the evolution of armed conflict--from technological breakthroughs to tactical innovations--while simultaneously exploring how and why the major military campaigns of the past 3,000 years were fought.
Ancient Egypt unearthed ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 207 libraries worldwide
Take a journey down the mighty Nile, back through time, and uncover ancient Egypt's long-lost mysteries.
Egypt uncovered ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 168 libraries worldwide
"Using modern technology and the latest archaeological findings, world-renowned Egyptologists breathe life into one of history's most fascinating cultures."--Container.
Reformation Luther and the Protestant revolt ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 154 libraries worldwide
"Traces the history of the Protestant Reformation, the path of its founder, Martin Luther, and the subsequent rise of sects, including Calvinism, Anglicanism, and Methodism."-Container.
Secrets of lost empires. Roman bath ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 147 libraries worldwide
Examines the social, cultural and technological significance of Roman public baths, focussing on the heating, plumbing, and architectural technologies that made them possible. Documents the present-day construction of an "ancient" Roman bath in Turkey.
Sacred space art, architecture and the role of the state ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
Roman, Gothic, Baroque, and Rococo religious art, along with Christian iconograpy, are examined as reflections of the religious and political attitudes of the periods in which they were created. This program also examines the role of the Christian Orthodox Church and the schism of 1054 that permanently divided its members, the degree of reverence accorded to Mary as Christ's mother by Catholics and Protestants is compared, and relations between church and state.
China bridge ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
In this series, archaeologists and engineers attempt to duplicate ancient solutions to engineering problems. In this case, the problem, solved during the Sung dynasty, was creating an arched, single-span bridge from straight timbers. Contemporary archaeologists and engineers struggle to build an ancient style of wood-and-bamboo bridge over a river near Suzhou, China.
Saints & sinners ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 131 libraries worldwide
Explores the history of the Papacy, "revealing the crucial roles and human dimensions of the Popes, and unlocking the great stories of devotion, sacrifice and betrayal, politics and intrigue, and great artistic and cultural achievement"--Box.
The Andalusian epic ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 129 libraries worldwide
"This program addresses the expansion of the Arab empire into Spain, where Muslims ruled with tolerance for more than seven centuries. The introduction and consolidation of Islamic power in Spain, the creation of the Umayyad emirate by the sole survivor of the Umayyad dynasty, the rise of Cordoba as a cultural rival of Abbasid Baghdad, and the gradual ebb of Arab rule on the Iberian Peninsula are all discussed. Special attention is given to the prosperous reign of Abdel Rahman III and the flowering of a Muslim culture that respectfully welcomed the contributions of Christians and Jews alike"--Films for the Humanities & Sciences web site.
Antiquities Arch bridges Baths, Roman Biography Building, Stone China Civilization Civilization--Islamic influences Climatology Composers Documentary films Documentary television programs Easter Island Egypt Engines of war Europe--Mont Blanc Films for the hearing impaired France Glaciers Glaciers--Climatic factors Historical television programs History Insects Islamic civilization Islamic Empire Italy Manners and customs Military history Monuments--Design and construction Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations Nature television programs Nonfiction television programs Obelisks Philosophy, Arab Physical sciences Religion Religions Science Science television programs Scotland Structural engineering Tanzania Tanzania--Mount Kilimanjaro Technology Travel Video recordings--for people with visual disabilities Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Volcanoes War War and civilization
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