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In addition to our many documentary series OVID is also now streaming our first TV sketch-comedy series, AT LAST THE 1948 SHOW. First broadcast in the UK in 1967 this is the rarely seen and wonderful precursor to MONTY PYTHON, starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Marty Feldman.

There are also three dramatic series here including the French series MAISON CLOSE, and (warning: zombies) THE RETURNED, and one brilliant "animated documentary" called THE ADVENTURERS OF MODERN ART. In June we will be adding at least two more series, so please do check back.

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  • A History of the European Working Class (series)

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    The working class has played an essential part of European countries’ history – through revolutions, wars and social progress. In four episodes of a spectacular tale, this show reminds us of what our societies owe to the workers’ movements and its struggles.

    The story begins in the 18th century,...

  • Maison Close (series)

    1 season

    Set in a lavish 19th Century Parisian bordello, the provocative and popular French erotic drama Maison Close invites American audiences into a sumptuous, stylized world where desire and power reign. Following the suppression of la Commune, a short-lived workers’ revolutionary movement in the 1870...

  • Penance (series)

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    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Kyoko Koizumi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi • 2014 • 300 minutes

    Japanese master of suspense Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s eerie, intense psychological thriller Penance (Shokuzai) unfolds on a sleepy small town playground, when a mysterious stranger approaches a group...

  • At Last the 1948 Show (2 seasons)

    2 seasons

    “Pre-Python comedy gold!” – The Daily Mail

    This ground-breaking, splendidly silly and surreal comedy sketch series, written and performed by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman, was a major milestone on the road to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Each surviving episode...

  • Do Not Adjust Your Set (series)

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    With Denise Coffey, Eric Idle, David Jason, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band • 1967

    Written by and starring the future members of Monty Python, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle, DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET was broadcast on British TV in 1967, envisaged as a children’...

  • The Hitler Chronicles

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    Mixing political fatigue with populist theses, post-factual arguments and lies, along with emotional appeals ridiculing democratic processes and defaming opponents is not new. Seeing signs repeat themselves is a disturbing experience with a clear political statement and society needs to act again...

  • Confounding Father: A Contrarian View of the U.S. Constitution

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    This documentary tells the story of the constitutional convention from the contrarian viewpoint of the opponents of the document. It serves as a timely reexamination of the U.S. political system and features Luther Martin, a Maryland delegate to the 1787 constitutional convention who opposed the ...

  • No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism

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    The Russian Revolution. The Spanish Republic. The Paris Commune. The Ukrainian revolution. The Mexican Revolution. From the late 19th century until World War II, anarchists played a key role in these events and in social movements that would shape the world we live in.

    Yet these contributions a...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art (series)

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    Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and ...

  • With God On Our Side (series)

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    WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE is a six-hour documentary series treating one of the most important political and cultural stories in contemporary America: the rise to power of the Religious Right.

    This in-depth investigation traces its roots from the anxious "Christian anti-Communism" of the 1950's to th...

  • Capitalism: A six-part series

    1 season

    Capitalism has been the engine of unprecedented economic growth and social transformation. With the fall of the communist states and the triumph of "neo- liberalism," capitalism is by far the world's dominant ideology. But how much do we understand about how it originated, and what makes it work?...

  • Artists and Love (2 Seasons)

    2 seasons

    From Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, ARTISTS & LOVE delves into the tumultuous romantic and creative partnerships that shaped some of the towering figures of modern art. Over the course of two seasons, directors Stéphanie Colaux and Delphine Deloget chronicl...

  • Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death

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    We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all.

    To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Do we go gently or raging against the dying light? Do we depart with equanimity or with anger? With clenched ...

  • The Owl's Legacy

    1 season

    Directed by enigmatic and brilliant documentary essayist Chris Marker, THE OWL’S LEGACY is an intellectually agile, engaging, and sometimes biting look at ancient Greece, its influences on Western culture—and how many eras have reinterpreted the Greek legacy to reflect their own needs.

    Each of t...

  • Communist Trilogy

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    "What happens when you take an independent American filmmaker, a fetish for Communist memorabilia, and subtract all irony? Pretty much the films of Jim Finn." —Filmmaker Magazine

    This trilogy of films is part of MoMA's permanent collection.

  • Thinking Existenz

    1 season

    A highbrow 10-part series on philosophy, politics and society. Ten personalities from diverse social and geographical backgrounds reflect on the world and its future. A portrait in multiple voices of contemporary reality, revealing the deep connections that exist between our mental models and the...

  • Faith Love Desire

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    Intimate beliefs as told by practicing Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists from six countries.

    Eros: divine gift or diabolical power? Throughout the ages all religions have striven to regiment people’s sex lives and to steer them into orderly channels, to avoid excesses and reign in ...

  • To Tell the Truth (series)

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    There are countless histories of narrative film, but the documentary has never received its due. TO TELL THE TRUTH presents two films that place familiar historical events in a startling new perspective and help viewers understand the choices behind, and consequences of, on-screen "reality."

    WOR...

  • Middletown

    1 season

    Inspired by the studies of Robert and Helen Lynd in 1929 and 1935, this classic six-part series by Academy Award and Emmy winner Peter Davis (HEARTS AND MINDS) explores both the continuity and the change embodied in the people and institutions of one Midwestern community: Muncie, Indiana.

    "MIDDL...

  • The Last Tycoons (series)

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    Exploring how a host of groundbreaking films were made, THE LAST TYCOONS is an eight-part series on the history of French cinema from the postwar era to New Wave and beyond – told from a unique angle.

    When film credits roll most people focus on the stars of the show. Not Florence Strauss. She...

  • The New Americans

    1 season

    The New Americans follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. We follow an Indian couple to Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom and bust. A Mexican meatpacker struggles to reunite his family in rural...

  • Standing on Sacred Ground

    1 season

    Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. resist threats to their sacred places--the original protected lands--in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

    In this four-part documentary series from the producer of IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE, native peopl...

  • Future Food

    1 season

    With 9 billion people on planet Earth in the year 2050, this 6-part series examines how we will feed ourselves in the 21st century. Tonight there will be 219,000 new mouths to feed at the world's dinner table -- that's 80 million more people over the next year. In the year 2050, there will be 9 ...

  • Mondovino the Series: The Human Drama (And Comedy) of Wine-Making

    1 season

    Epic in scope, this multi-generation, globe-trotting saga covers not only the entire gamut of wine making, but wine's place in a treacherously globalized and hyper-marketed world. From the billionaire power brokers of Napa Valley, to the aristocratic rivalries of competing Florentine dynasties, t...