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WETA Movie Night: June 28 & 29

This week’s two WETA Saturday Night Movies are vastly different in topic and style. The first is a classic Western that entertains with phenomenal acting. The second is a powerful documentary that sparks thought and discussion. Tune in the Saturday for two back-to-back movies on WETA TV26 & HD!

The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday at 9:30pm

A Yankee sailor and his fiancée arrive in the Old West at a family ranch to find themselves in the middle of a deadly feud between two powerful ranchers each looking for an easy supply of water and fighting over a piece of valuable land. This classic Western drama is full of excitement, you won’t want to miss your chance to see it commercial free on WETA TV26. This film stars Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives. Ives won the 1959 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Can’t watch it Saturday night? Set your DVR or tune in Sunday at 11:30am for a repeat!

The Big Country

Independent Lens: Love Free or Die airs Sunday at 12:30am

Gene Robinson became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian

denomination. Robinson has received threats of violence but with his beloved husband Mark at his side, Robinson continues to calmly make the case that who you love doesn’t determine whether God loves you. Robinson’s story parallels the conversation underway in many American churches about whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, and also the debate in legislatures and courthouses across the nation as to whether LGBT people are entitled to equal status under the law.

Independent Lens | Love Free or Die | Trailer | PBS


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies July 27

See the contrast between China’s past and its emerging future with back-to-back free movies without commercials this Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD.

The Last Emperor (1987)
The film tells the life story of China’s last emperor, Pu Yi.

From a lavish childhood to his capture by the Soviet Army, the ups and downs of his astonishing life story are told beautifully by director Bernardo Bertolucci. A portrait of China’s transition into a communist society, the film won 9 Academy Awards and was the first movie to be given access to use the Forbidden City as a location. Watch the trailer here!
Tune in for the WETA movie The Last Emperor  this Saturday at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

POV: High Tech, Low Life
See the impact of China’s economic boom in this compelling documentary. Two

citizen reporters, one a farmer and the other a retired businessman, investigate the corruption and poverty that are hidden from mainstream media sources by the nation’s strict censors. Watch as modern technology encourages a generation of Chinese people to protest the negative aspects of their society. Watch the trailer here!
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD this Sunday at 12:00am for POV: High Tech, Low Life.


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Travel to Europe for Free | Rick Steves' Europe Marathon

Take the European vacation you’ve always dreamt about with three-hours of Rick Steves' Europe Marathon!

Skip the international flights and go right to the cities and sites that make Europe unforgettable. Discover Italy’s diverse beauty, from the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Milan to the quaint hill towns of the countryside. Rick also makes his way to historic Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and more! See the major attractions that make Europe a tourist favorite and the lesser known sites that give the land its rustic character.

The three-hour marathon airs Saturday at 10:00am, Sunday at 11:30am, and Tuesday at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Watch a preview of Rick Steves' Europe Marathon here!


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 25

Call Northside 777 (1948)

Saturday, tune in to WETA and uncover the truth with Henry Hathaway’s 1948 classic film, Call Northside 777. Based on a true story, this film stars the always likeable Jimmy Stewart as skeptical reporter P.J. McNeal. A woman places an ad in the newspaper with a large reward looking for the truth about the closed murder of a police officer. McNeal investigates the 11 year old crime, and as he delves deeper and deeper into the case, he finds loose ends, a potentially innocent convict, and a system unwilling to admit error. Driven to exonerate a man who has been behind bars for over a decade, McNeal will stop at nothing. 

Watch the trailer!

Watch Call Northside 777 on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm!



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The Titanic Comes to DC | Inside the Sinking, Unsinkable Ship

It was the best of its kind: The grandest, the most luxurious, and the safest. Or so everyone thought. Go beyond the captivating love story from the Hollywood film, and discover the history behind The Titanic: from its three-year and multi-million dollar creation, to its devastation and lingering after-effects.  Join us Tuesday December 11 for two hours dedicated to the Titanic.  .

Although it sunk in the end, the Titanic didn’t go down without a fight. Transport yourself into the ship’s boilers, right after it hit the iceberg where a determined and unwavering group of engineers struggling to survive an unconquerable force. Saving the Titanic takes you below the ship, into the gripping scene that took place where nine selfless men worked tirelessly to delay the ship’s demise and keep the power systems running and the lights on. Watch Saving the Titanic Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

This program also airs Wednesday, December 12 at 3:00pm.

Saving the Titanic


Meet those on board the night the unsinkable ship sunk: musicians who played as the ship went down, hundreds of immigrants hoping for a new life in America, even the men who shed blood, sweat and tears to build the very ship that was disappearing into the depths of the ocean. Titanic with Len Goodman explores the different stories of those traveling aboard one ship: The Titanic. Watch Titanic with Len Goodman Tuesday, November 12 at 9:00pm.

This program also airs Wednesday, December 12 at 4:00pm.

Titanic with Len Goodman


The Titanic may have ended its voyage in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, nearly three days away by boat from New York, but oddly enough it does have a connection in the nation’s capital. In one of WETA’s local productions, WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions, explore a carved statue residing in Washington Channel Park that one cannot help but compare to a rather famous pose originating from The Titanic. Standing nobly with arms spread wide open, the statue resembles Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson and Rose, played by Kate Winslet as they stand at the bow of the ship proclaiming, “I’m on top of the world.” The statue was constructed as a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the tragedy and officially unveiled in 1931. Watch WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions Monday, December 24 at 10:00am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.