Philosopher George Santayana is quoted as having said: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
It’s said he also called history: “A pack of lies about events that never happened, told by people who weren't there".
Both concepts are worth thinking about.
The Turn of This Century is a revolutionary modern entertainment journey through events that shaped the world over the 20th and 21st Centuries. The film is made entirely with still photographs featuring iconic images of LIFE Magazine delivered like never before by San Francisco based editor David Murray and original music by internationally acclaimed composer/producer Robert Miles.
Familiar names and faces like Mohandas Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon and Nelson Mandela are there alongside the suffragettes, civil rights and anti-war activists. Advocates for the environment, nuclear disarmament and human rights stand with Booker T. Washington, Coco Chanel and the lone man facing the tanks at Tiananmen Square. Also there, are the pioneers and explorers who gave us new ways to connect with each other and provided new views of the world; the Wright Brothers, Albert Einstein, Louis Bleriot, Roald Amundsen, Charles Lindberg and Amelia Earhart; the first men in space and on the moon - Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong – the Space Shuttle astronauts; and the inventions that continued to make it easier for people to learn and share information; photography, radio, television, the Internet. Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without going through the big conflicts as well, some of them almost unimaginable except for the photographic record.
As the world speeds towards another crossroads, The Turn Of This Century gives viewers a new opportunity to look back at some of how we got to this place in time with some of the most compelling photographs ever taken and the stories they tell.
*Life Magazine did not participate in the production of this film and does not endorse or authorize its editorial content. The producers of The Turn Of This Century are independent of Life Magazine and its affiliates and are proud to present the film free of editorial influence from anyone or any organization.