Blast From The Past, a series of 10 short films, featuring notable artists and musicians throughout history. The shorts use quirky archival footage to help narrate a particular story from the artist's past.
Jul 17, 1999 – 1:59
Henry Hudson was the explorer after which Hudson Bay is named. During his last voyage he pushed his crew to such limits that they mutinied and threw him overboard.
Jul 17, 1999 – 1:53
Harry Houdini could escape his water torture cell, strait jackets, as well as all manner of handcuffs and shackles, but he couldn't escape death by appendicitis.
Jul 17, 1999 – 1:48
Vincent Van Gogh cut off his own ear, but why? Gangrene? Artist's Block? No. In fact, it was Vincent's enraged reaction when he saw a portrait of himself painted by his roommate, Paul Gauguin.
Jul 18, 1999 – 2:22
Earnest Hemingway loved to box. On one occasion he challenged Canadian writer, Morley Callaghan, to a boxing match.
Jul 18, 1999 – 2:02
Frederic Chopin ruined his relationship with girlfriend, George Sand when Sand's daughter married a drunk.
Jul 20, 1999 – 1:59
Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize twice. Her second win was almost cancelled due to her affair with a married man.
Jul 24, 1999 – 2:09
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist remembered for her self portraits and marriage to another famous painter, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.
Jul 24, 1999 – 2:04
Jul 25, 1999 – 1:50
Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream, was valued at $72 million, but kept in a Norwegian gallery with no guards and no alarm.
Jul 28, 1999 – 1:58
Nero tried to kill his mother in a manner more befitting a Saturday morning cartoon than a Roman emperor. He tried three elaborate schemes, but was outsmarted on each occasion.