6 Documentaries You May Have Missed

This month public television is broadcasting some new documentaries that seem intriguing, including The Roosevelts and Enemy of the Reich. Here are 6 earlier documentaries that you might want to check out:

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1) Cosmos (2014). If you haven’t seen this new version of Cosmos, it’s worthwhile to make an effort to view it. The 13-part series, hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, puts the spotlight on little-known scientists who have made big contributions to our understanding of the universe.

2) The Gettysburg Story (2013). The director, who grew up in Gettysburg, provides a fresh perspective on this hallowed ground and the battle that took place there. He was able to use techniques such as aerial drone cinematography to provide unique shots of the landscape of the battlefield.

3) Alfred Stieglitz (2001). This film, subtitled The Eloquent Eye, takes a look at the fascinating life of the man called “The Father of Modern Photography.” Included in this documentary is an interview with the painter Georgia O’Keeffe, who was married to Stieglitz.

4) New York (1999). Directed by Ric Burns (brother of Ken Burns), this 7-episode series covers the history of New York City from the early 1600s to the late 1990s. The episode about NYC in the 1920s is the most memorable—it really gives a feeling for what the city was like during the Jazz Age.

5) Thomas Jefferson (1996). While Ken Burns has produced numerous documentaries that have garnered much attention, this is one that deserves to be better known. The film presents Jefferson in all of his complexity, and looks at various aspects of his remarkable life.

6) For All Mankind (1989). This documentary is all about the 24 astronauts who traveled to the moon. Instead of narration, the film uses the words and voices of the astronauts themselves, and it includes many marvelous images from their journeys.

See more features from the September 2014 issue