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A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics looks at Hollywood’s biggest screen spectaculars from all sides, including the genre’s beginnings, literary adaptations, great epic directors and actors, the challenges of making big-budget movies, classic set-pieces and epic music scores. The special also looks at how the genre fell out of favor with audiences and filmmakers in the ‘70s and ‘80s, only to be reborn with more recent films like Gladiator, and Dances with Wolves trilogy. Throughout, the special is packed with classic scenes and behind-the-scenes images from such films as The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With the Wind (1939), Samson & Delilah (1949), The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), El Cid (1961), King of Kings (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).

  1. Laurent Bouzereau

    Director, Writer

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  1. Robert Osborne

    Robert Osborne


  2. Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg


  3. Kenneth Branagh

    Kenneth Branagh


  4. Martin Landau

    Martin Landau


  5. Omar Sharif

    Omar Sharif


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A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics


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  • December 20, 2009


Original Language English

Runtime 0h 58m

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