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Eclipse - Herald of the Millennium

Science special.

Most that’s worth knowing about a total eclipse of the Sun. An entertaining blend of science and human interest recounting the Great Solar Eclipse of 1999 – the anticipation, the disappointments, the ecstasy, the awe and the cosmology.  

As it swept from the Atlantic, across the heart of Europe, to the Black Sea, the eclipse was the last of the 20th century – a celestial symbol of a new beginning, herald of our third millennium.  

Intelligent, fast-moving and visual, the documentary reflects this spirit right along the path of totality – from where the Titanic sank and the eclipse rose, through England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania.

Cameras catch the eclipse as never before. Crystal-clear graphics explain the mechanics of the eclipse.  Astronomers talk of the “once-in-a-lifetime” experience of totality. French mayors fight over who has the best view.

Fred Espenak, NASA’S eclipse supremo, flies the totality line through the Austrian Alps. Astro-physicist Hubert Reeves compares totality to a night of passion. A Romanian couple marry during the eclipse.  Nostradamus predicts doom.

Narrated by Brian Blessed.

Year of Production: 1999

Produced by York Films
In association with
France 2, ORF (Austria), DR-TV (Denmark),
NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden),
ProSieben TV (Germany), Duna TV (Hungary),
TVR (Romania), Westcountry TV (UK),
RTE (Ireland) and Discovery Channel (USA)

Available from York Films on VHS PAL only

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