Viva Zapata! (1952)

Introduction Viva Zapata! is a 1952 American Western film directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando. The screenplay was written by John Steinbeck, using Edgcomb Pinchon’s 1941 book Zapata the Unconquerable as a guide. The cast includes Jean Peters and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, Anthony Quinn. The film is a fictionalized account of… Read More

Persona Non Grata (2015)

Introduction Persona Non Grata (杉原千畝 スギハラチウネ, Sugihara Chiune) is a 2015 Japanese biographical drama film directed by Cellin Gluck. It depicts the life of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who was appointed a vice-consul and later a consul in Lithuania and served there from 1939 to 1940 and who saved lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees… Read More

Abandoned Engineering (2022): S10E01 – Raiders & Invaders

Introduction Documentary series focusing on ruined engineering projects that have been put to alternative use, including the site of the Chernobyl disaster, disused railway bridges and ship graveyards. Outline Exploring Oradour-sur-Glane, a French town drenched in infamy. Abandoned Engineering Series You can find a full index and overview of Abandoned Engineering here. Production & Filming… Read More

Abandoned Engineering (2022): S09E12 – Niagara’s Hidden Marvel

Introduction Documentary series focusing on ruined engineering projects that have been put to alternative use, including the site of the Chernobyl disaster, disused railway bridges and ship graveyards. Outline Research into why and how large projects were built, the financial and social costs of their failure, and the consequences for the environment. Experts present plans… Read More

Abandoned Engineering (2022): S09E10 – Tunnel of Terrors

Introduction Documentary series focusing on ruined engineering projects that have been put to alternative use, including the site of the Chernobyl disaster, disused railway bridges and ship graveyards. Outline Featuring the exploration of a military strong-hold in the Philippines, a facility that generated an American sporting great, and an English relic that hosted a cinematic… Read More

Abandoned Engineering (2022): S09E09 – Ancient Encounter

Introduction Documentary series focusing on ruined engineering projects that have been put to alternative use, including the site of the Chernobyl disaster, disused railway bridges and ship graveyards. Outline Exploring a picturesque French castle, the remaining ruins of a Kansas City hospital, an ancient Turkish city, and an island based in Ireland that brought its… Read More

Abandoned Engineering (2022): S09E08 – Experiments of War

Introduction Documentary series focusing on ruined engineering projects that have been put to alternative use, including the site of the Chernobyl disaster, disused railway bridges and ship graveyards. Outline Exploring a crumbling dam hidden in the Welsh valleys, a quaint outpost on a paradise island, and a mastery of ancient engineering that ended up bringing… Read More