True Stories

True Stories

Star Trek - Scream - Die Hard 4.0 - The Da Vinci Code

Discover the real-life stories that inspired some of the world’s biggest blockbuster movies.

Using film clips, interviews with first hand witnesses, forensic science investigation and dramatic reconstruction, “True Stories” investigates the intriguing truths behind these famous movies. True Stories – Star Trek 1966 saw the emergence of one of the most successful franchises of all times: "Star Trek". The series drew on the political and social background of 1950s and 1960s America, being particularly inspired by three key factors: the conquest of outer space, the nuclear threat of the cold war and the racial inequalities. We explore the challenges faced by the creator and how these three social phenomena influenced the development of the series. Actors and producers share their memories of how it all began, including the scandal surrounding the multi ethnic crew. Scientists explain how the “fantasy –treknology” precedes future technologies and has made both the series and the films an unforgettable trademark. True Stories – Scream Wes Cravens 1996 “Scream“ revived the horror genre. What a lot of the public did not know: The horror movie was inspired by real life events – the Gainesville Murders: Five dead, a wrongly suspected man and an untraceable murderer, already imprisoned for other crimes. Sometimes reality can be even scarier than Hollywood movies. We dig deeper by comparing film clips and historical events. Via interviews with investigators, crime scene technicians and first hand witnesses, the original police investigation and the spine-chilling atmosphere in the little town are being recreated. True Stories – Die Hard 4.0 In blockbuster movie “Die Hard 4.0”, action hero Bruce Willis is threatened by terroristic attacks from the internet. We reveal the actual threat of cyber attacks in the present age, the actions taken by the national security forces worldwide to preempt these hostile attacks and at what points they become powerless. We even talk to former top criminal hackers about their past and the present security situation in the world wide web. Are we already witnessing the rise of a digital war whose potential implications are comparable to those in “Die Hard 4.0”? True Stories – The Da Vinci Code Even before its first screening, Ron Howard’s controversial blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” caused wild discussions. What of its content relies on facts, what is fiction? Is it actually possible to find coded messages in Da Vinci’s work, do freemasonry organizations that could harm the church exist and are there reports that could clear up the role of Mary Magdalene? Art historians and Leonardo Da Vinci-experts analyse new aspects about his paintings and inventions, brought up by Dan Brown. Theologians talk about the gnostic doctrine and the debate around the figure of Mary Magdalene. Accompanied by a conservator, we also explore the Rosslyn-Chapel in Scotland, one of the impressive and central settings in the movie. Is the controversy much ado about nothing or could there actually be a core of truth in the statements of “The Da Vinci Code”?