The Fall of the Eagles (1997)
A chronicle of the end of the great empires. A documentary series by Frédéric Mitterrand
From 1896 to 1918, from London to Ekaterinburg, via Copenhagen, Vienna, Berlin, Sarajevo and Verdun, Frédéric Mitterrand tells the story - part serial, part history lesson - of the last years of domination in Europe by the secular dynasties of Romanov, Habsbourg and Hohenzollern, who all had "Eagles" as their emblem. Over the course of 9 hours, he thrusts us into the close circle of Tsar Nicolas II, Kaiser William II, and of the Emperor Franz Joseph, so we can experience with them the upheavals in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. This series of seven episodes, each with 550 minutes of archive images, required two years of documentary research.
Details of the programme can be found on the French version of the web site