When Peter the Great came to power at the beginning of the 18th century, he westernized Russia, often using a brutal hand to bring about change. One of the transformations that occurred at this time was in the field of art, which moved from its primitive tribal and religious roots toward a more classic western style. This absorbing program explores how the combination of influences is reflected in the country's emergent art.
William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars", he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it.
In an ensemble film about easy money, greed, manipulation and bad driving, a Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers -- a group that will bet on anything -- by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million jammed into a locker hundreds of miles away.
The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea.
Have you watched Russian Painters: The Classic Years yet? What did you think about it?