Archive: Blast From the Past

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.


Air Date: July 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.
Air Date: July 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.
Air Date: July 24, 1999 - 2:04
Nikola Tesla
Air Date: July 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.
Air Date: July 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.
Air Date: July 18, 1999 - 2:02
Frederic Chopin ruined his relationship with girlfriend, George Sand when Sand's daughter married a drunk.
Air Date: July 18, 1999 - 2:22
Ernest Hemingway loved to box. On one occasion he challenged Canadian writer, Morley Callaghan, to a boxing match.
Air Date: July 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.
Air Date: July 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.
Air Date: July 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.