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TOO young TO DIE Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: He was perhaps the most ambitious and admired American actor of his generation. “He was the actor’s actor” says his friend Donovan Leitch. Regardless of the film he was in, or what stage he performed on, it was impossible to not be haunted by the characters he portrayed: the nurse in “Magnolia”, the tortured sound man in “Boogie Nights”, the rich snob in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. Philip Seymour Hoffman did not only act, he seemed to become one with his roles. When he died of a drug overdose in 2014, the world was left in shock.

TOO young TO DIE Bruce Lee

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Despite having acted in only a smattering of movies, Bruce Lee has become the universal personification of Martial Arts’ cinema. More than 40 years after his death his movies are still absolute bestsellers. His image can be found on posters and t-shirts. Actors as well as martial artists worship his work and name him as a role model. To date, techniques and choreographies are the benchmark for console and computer games. Bruce Lee: his name, his face, his legacy have become icons of pop culture.

TOO young TO DIE Natalie Wood

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She steps in front of Hollywood’s cameras for the first time at the tender of age of 4 and already as a teenager she is considered the female idol of the 50s. As a young criminal in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE she pays opposite James Dean in one of the films that bears a far-reaching impact on pop culture. As Maria in the famous adaptation of the musical WEST SIDE STORY she becomes a world star. But in November 1981 the actress and mother of two Natalie Wood drowns in a tragic incident. Drowning was her nightmare, how often she spoke of her terrifying fear of dark waters, says Richard Gregson, her second husband. But it’s true–Natalie Wood is dead, drowned at the age of 43.

TOO YOUNG TO DIE River Phoenix

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With only 14 River Phoenix celebrates his breakthrough in the Steven King adaption STAND BY ME. The film is a box office hit and, through his role as Chris Chambers, River becomes a teen heartthrob. River Phoenix plays the lead role–at the start of the 90s, the actor played in Hollywood’s top league. He was the idol of an entire generation. In the adventure epic INDIANA JONES, playing alongside Harrison Ford, he finally appealed to a mass audience. He received much critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his roles in the arthouse films RUNNING ON EMPTY and MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO. What exactly happened in the night of October 30, 1993 remains unclear to this day. River Phoenix is set to play with his band in Johnny Depp’s Viper room on Sunset Boulevard. River Phoenix dies of a speedball overdose, an often-lethal mix of cocaine and heroine, on the sidewalk outside the club–in vain. In the series TOO YOUNG TO DIE his family and friends talk about one of the most talented actors of his generation.

TOO young TO DIE Falco

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He was Austria’s greatest rock star, one of the most important European musicians of his time and the first white rapper: Falco was an absolute superstar and became world known with his hit ROCK ME AMADEUS, to date the only German song that became No. 1 in the US Billboard Charts. His cultural legacy is more influential than that of any other German-speaking singer on today’s artists. His intelligent and often sarcastic lyrics and his catchy hits live on in the cultural memory. His commercial success is unique in the German-speaking territory. But the fame came at a price: Cocaine and alcohol destroyed every single relation he had, and fewer people wanted to work with him. His career stagnates, comeback attempts fail. Falco is only 40 years old and completely drunk when he crashes into a bus in 1998.

Hitler's Mein Kampf A Dangerous Book

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A time bomb is ticking in Munich and politicans and historians likewise are agonised by the fact that from January 1st 2016 Hitler’s book Mein Kampf will lose its copyright protection and might soon be available in book stores all over Germany right next to titles like Harry Potter. The 52 minute documentary takes a close look at the Bible of the Nazi movement. Where does this book originate from and why was it written? What were Hitler’s intentions when writing it in Landsberg in the 1920s and what impact did it have on the Germans when published.

Gurlitt and The Secret of the Nazi Treasure

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A case as enthralling as a thriller: In 2010 while crossing the Swiss-German border an old man catches the attention of two German tollkeepers. In his luggage they find 9000 Euros in hard cash, an amount just under the tolerated declaration mark. The man is called Cornelius Gurlitt, 79 years old at that time. The tollkeepers decide to observe him. When in 2011 Gurlitt gives an extremely valuable expressionistic painting to an auction and sells it for nearly 1 million Euros a search order is obtained. What investigators found in his Munich apartment exceeds all expectations: a giant art collection consisting of more than 1000 pieces of art from different eras. One additional fact draws the attention of the investigators: The collection was passed on to Gurlitt by his father Hildebrand, an art dealer during the Nazi era. May these painting be looted art, taken from Jewish families by the Nazis? The collection gets confiscated. The documentary “Gurlitt and the Secret of the Nazi Treasure” is the deepest analysis of the case so far.

The German Kaiser`s Empire I Headhunting in East Africa

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The German Kaiser`s Empire Part 1: Head Hunting in East Africa | Part 2: Storm over the South-West | Part 3: The South Seas – A Place in the Sun Endless Savannah. Impenetrable jungle. Glorious South Seas beaches. That is the German Empire one hundred years ago. At the end of the 19th century the Reichskriegsflagge (Imperial War Flag) flew over the territories of the fourth largest colonial empire. The German protectorates became the goal of settlers, missionaries and soldiers of fortune between 1884 and 1918. But the First World War put an end to the German dream of a global empire. The focus of this three-part series lies on the stories and experiences of German settlers, the soldiers who protected them and the local population who experienced the events and who left reports behind of what happened.

The German Kaiser`s Empire II Storm over the South-West

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The German Kaiser`s Empire Part 1: Head Hunting in East Africa | Part 2: Storm over the South-West | Part 3: The South Seas – A Place in the Sun Endless Savannah. Impenetrable jungle. Glorious South Seas beaches. That is the German Empire one hundred years ago. At the end of the 19th century the Reichskriegsflagge (Imperial War Flag) flew over the territories of the fourth largest colonial empire. The German "protectorates" became the goal of settlers, missionaries and soldiers of fortune between 1884 and 1918. But the First World War put an end to the German dream of a global empire. The focus of this three-part series lies on the stories and experiences of German settlers, the soldiers who protected them and the local population who experienced the events and who left reports behind of what happened.

The German Kaiser`s Empire III The South Seas

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The German Kaiser`s Empire Part 1: Head Hunting in East Africa | Part 2: Storm over the South-West | Part 3: The South Seas – A Place in the Sun Endless Savannah. Impenetrable jungle. Glorious South Seas beaches. That is the German Empire one hundred years ago. At the end of the 19th century the Reichskriegsflagge (Imperial War Flag) flew over the territories of the fourth largest colonial empire. The German protectorates; became the goal of settlers, missionaries and soldiers of fortune between 1884 and 1918. But the First World War put an end to the German dream of a global empire. The focus of this three-part series lies on the stories and experiences of German settlers, the soldiers who protected them and the local population who experienced the events and who left reports behind of what happened.

Stalingrad

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24 December 1942: Trapped in the Stalingrad pocket, soldiers of the 6th Army celebrate Christmas. Of all places, in this freezing icy hell, this doomed army observes this celebration of faith and charity. For the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, BROADVIEW TV documents the downfall of the 6th Army and reconstructs the soldiers’ situation at Christmas with elaborate newly filmed cinematic reenactments.

too young to die Kurt Cobain

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"If he ever lived to be 30, I’d be surprised", his mother once predicted in an interview and she was right. On 5 April 1994, the 27-year-old rock star shot a bullet into his head at his house in Seattle. Cobain was the main voice of Grunge, a movement that was fed up with mainstream showbiz and the commercialization of music.

TOO YOUNG TO DIE Heath Ledger

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He only lived to be 28 years old. The news of Heath Ledger’s death spread like wildfire. The first major Hollywood star to have died so young in the age of the Internet, his death deeply touched all of Hollywood as well as fans around the world. But Heath Ledger was a reluctant celebrity, a star that didn’t really want to be one. By opting to play character roles in small films and declining major offers such as the leading role in “Spiderman”, he deliberately made “unwise” choices and risked his career on several occasions. He was far more interested in the serious art of acting than in becoming famous as a Hollywood superstar.

TOO YOUNG TO DIE Sharon Tate

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Quiet and secluded, far way from the loud hustle and bustle of Los Angeles in the middle of the Beverly Hills Canyons, lies the estate of the actress Sharon Tate. She’s expecting a child and this is where she wants to raise it with her husband Roman Polanski. Sharon is eight months pregnant and misses Roman, who is still in Europe finishing up a film. She will never see him again. On 9 August 1969, 26-year-old Sharon and her unborn child are killed by 16 stab wounds. The murderers: Satanists led by the self-appointed guru Charles Manson.

TOO YOUNG TO DIE Vladimir Vysotsky

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Vladimir Vysotsky played in sold-out halls and almost everyone knew at least a few of his more than 600 songs, even though they were never officially released in the Soviet Union. With his unique voice and his highly poetic lyrics casting a brutal and honest light on daily socialist life, this singer, songwriter and poet became for many the Voice of Russia and his marriage to French actress Marina Vlady finally gained him international cult status.

too young to die John Belushi

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They called him “Killer Belushi” when he was young. John was the star of the football team, drummer of the high school band and a brilliant actor. Many followed the meteoric rise of this young man, who had an explosive temperament and an extreme personality, with irresistible fascination. His breakthrough came in Chicago in an off-theater troupe, becoming a star in his mid-twenties in New York with “Saturday Night Live”. His “Blues Brothers” albums sold millions. It only took seven films to make John Belushi unforgettable.

Citizen Springer Verleger - Feindbild - Privatmann

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No other opinion maker before or since has divided Germans like the Hamburg publisher Axel Springer. To mark the 100th anniversary of his birth on 2nd May 2012 three award-winning writers - Sebastian Dehnhardt, Manfred Oldenburg and Jobst Knigge - look back at one of the most controversial and at the same time most influential figures in the Federal Republic of Germany. An opportunity to re-examine his life's work and his legacy from different perspectives.

The chancellor who fell to his knees The two lives of Willy Brandt

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Warsaw, 7 December 1970. Willy Brandt kneels in front of the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto uprising. The image makes front pages and television screens around the world and quickly becomes iconic. It was a symbolic gesture that earned the German chancellor not only huge respect at international level but also the Nobel Peace Prize. It was also a gesture that polarized Germany like never before and divided German society into two camps. For his supporters, Willy Brandt was a visionary, the beacon of hope for peace and reconciliation, a German Kennedy. His opponents proclaimed him a traitor to his country and launched numerous smear campaigns against both his public and private persona.

1913 Dance of the Century

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1913 is the last peaceful year before the outbreak of the First World War. But the artists of the time forecast the dark era. Authors write desperate stories, painters destroy perspectives and Igor Stravinsky conducts "Le Sacre du Printemps" - an aggressive soundtrack for the cultural revolution, which - on the premier night - causes an inevitable scandal: The Paris audience is disgusted by the brute melodies and the raw choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. The documentary "1913 - Dance of the Century" analyses "Le Sacre du Printemps" and year 1913. Six different filmmakers create an exciting mosaic consisting of eleven chapters: Stalin and Hitler both live in Vienna, long before they terrorize Europe. Meanwhile the aristocratic rulers of a declining society celebrate the marriage of princess Viktoria Luise, the daughter of the German emperor William II. The monarchs do not realize that they soon will lose all their power. The artists though seem to know: Picasso defines abstract painting, Coco Chanel invents a simple fashion-style, Kafka deals with his overwhelming father-complex, while everything happens to the rhythm of "Le Sacre du Printemps".

John Fitzgerald's Private Life

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John F. Kennedy brought an aura of glamour and sophistication to the White House in 1961. The 35th president and his wife Jacqueline were rich and good-looking, the heralds of a new era. Kennedy embodied the best of America. His charm and charisma won over voters. Negative aspects - electoral fraud, affairs with other women and connections with the Mafia – were glossed over. His early death ensured his enduring image as the eternally young president. And the still unresolved background to his murder made him a legend.