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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 1:52 p.m. PST

Companion for the dramatic poll.


This is the poll for naming any and all documentaries, from the dry to the intriguing to the needlessly hysterical. This is the poll that's about education more than entertainment.

Now, have at it again, my friends!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 4:11 p.m. PST

I'll pass. Moving pictures are about emotion. When you want facts, get a book with footnoting and bibliography.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Nov 2022 5:38 p.m. PST

Realtime History (Youtube) has several. There is another channel that did all of the Marshals as well

olicana25 Nov 2022 2:27 a.m. PST

Not film but BBC audio: Napoleon:The Man and the Myths


and: The Essays

and exploring Toloy's War and Peace and other things: On Napoleon


Deucey Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2022 6:44 a.m. PST

The Movie Waterloo is pretty accurate AND entertaining.

Also, I agree with the "pick up a book" comment.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2022 7:15 a.m. PST

Well, books, yes. But this is a companion poll to the dramatic film poll, so whether or not books are superior to documentaries isn't really relevant.
SO, excepting the fact that books are generally superior for detailed study and education on a given topic, are there any "good" documentaries on the subject?

Martin Rapier25 Nov 2022 9:26 a.m. PST

tbh, I can't think of a single Napoleonic documentary I've seen, or none memorable enough to suggest as option anyway.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2022 1:55 p.m. PST

Polls go on a buddy system these days?

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2022 5:16 p.m. PST

It was actually my attempt NOT to have documentaries included in the dramatic film poll by creating an appropriate "sister" poll to capture those responses. Basically, I was trying to cut off the "I didn't read the original post through, or didn't care" responses with a bit of shiny to the side.

But instead, this poll has been hijacked by snark about books.


I should know better by now that TMP will always be TMP.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2022 3:02 a.m. PST

Yes, Parzival. Start a poll asking "which source of rumor gets you the most accurate information?" And people question your premise.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2022 8:20 a.m. PST

Sean Bean did a great one. No really, this is a documentary!
Sean Bean on Waterloo:
YouTube link

Epic History TV channel on YouTube has good potted histories, not quite documentaries though.

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