Glorious Triumphs and Great Tragedies

2003, History  -   9 Comments
Ratings: 7.82/10 from 60 users.

This series of thirteen mini-documentaries, each clocking in at less than ten minutes, presents a plethora of information on topics ranging from archaeological discoveries to historical battles.

"The Treasures of Tutankhamen" takes viewers into the tomb of Egyptian royalty in what is considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, the unearthing of the corpse of Tutankhamen, more popularly known as King Tut.

"Mt. Everest: The First Climb to the Top of the World" covers the first successful expedition to the peak of Mount Everest, achieved in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. "Gettysburg: The Bloodiest Battle" recaps the strategies of Generals Robert E. Lee and George Meade during the three-day battle in 1863 in which the Civil War reached a turning point after two excruciating years of bloodshed.

"The Riddle of the Dead Seas Scrolls" takes viewers to Qumran, Jordan, and tracks the discovery of ancient fragmented scrolls dating back thousands of years to Biblical times. A treasure to archaeologists and Biblical scholars, the scrolls provide some insight into religious history while raising questions about their authors and content. "Mystery of the Lost Ark" continues on the Biblical theme by taking audiences to Jerusalem for a history of the Lost Ark of the Covenant, an artifact said to have been handed down to Moses by God Himself.

"The D-Day Invasion" explores Normandy, France, and the beachfronts that played an integral role in allowing Allied troops to invade Nazi-occupied territory, ultimately setting in motion the events that would bring about the end of World War II. "The Titanic: Disaster in the Atlantic" is a dramatic retelling of the final hours of the doomed ship Titanic and the warnings that failed to prevent one of sea travel's greatest tragedies.

"The Panama Canal: Against All Odds" features the construction of the Panama Canal, a task that was considered insurmountable by many but brought to fruition through the leadership of President Teddy Roosevelt. "Pearl Harbor: Day of Infamy" covers the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the instigating assault that drew the United States into World War II.

"Pompeii's Day of Destruction" reenacts the daily life of unsuspecting ancient Romans shortly before and during the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius. "The Taj Mahal: A Love Story" shares the romantic influence behind the construction of the monument, which was erected by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife.

"Tragedy of Anne Boleyn" recounts the life of a young woman pursued by King Henry VIII, their tumultuous relationship and her ultimate persecution and beheading at the hands of the men in her life. "The Last Days of the Romanov Dynasty" tells the story of the last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia before being overthrown in 1917.

Glorious Triumphs and Great Tragedies traverses the globe in these historical vignettes, providing viewers with short, information rich lessons that combine archival footage and creative re-enactments to paint effective micro-portraits of their given topic.

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Hoyel Hoyer

    Guys, the comment box says be cool. You're not being cool.

  2. death to oppressor

    White man is the grave robber. how come Tutankhamen ... be white in a black story. Everest was reached many a times by the nepal sherpa's for retualistic purpose... hillary first! why would he need a local guide!!!! fallacy

  3. bringmeredwine

    Why so grumpy? This had some amusing moments and allowed me to cackle to myself a few times.
    Learned some new things about the Panama Canal. Can you imagine dumping oil throughout the land and spraying the minions and locals in a cloud of pesticides? (Oh, never mind, that still goes on).
    Or marrying your sister? (Well, at least she was only a half sister).
    Never the less, this little compilation helped me to while away a rainy day.

  4. bionara

    I just can't watch/read anything in present simple form...

  5. tikibam

    Outdated propaganda. Roosevelt knew about the attack and allowed
    it to happen as a pretext to war. Panama Canal was a racist program
    involving slave labor from many countries. Nimoy is a paid slut for

    American lies.

    1. Nap Ii

      You must be fun at parties.

    2. Stoob

      Parties, hell he'd come to your house to entertain. He couldn't possibly have friends enough to have circle jerk let alone a party.

    3. tikibam

      Hahahahaha--Easy to tell the conditioned ignorance of people through their comments. It's well documented history "The Panama Canal Story" would inform you, but you will still have a knee-jerk syndrome that it can't help you with. Did you even do a google search on the content disputed? So much of history taught through high school here in the states got it all wrong. much of it repeated in encyclopedias. --Did you know Hitler escaped to Argentina and lived to 92? Declassified FBI documents from the LA Office...can be found online. Bin Laden died in 2001 from marfan's syndrome complications and was never wanted for any crimes. Look up "Steve Pieczenick" . I rarely come to these pages and leave commentary,

  6. Eric Lawson

    Love Leonard Nemoy!! Very interesting documentary !!!