The history of France is rich and fascinating, with crucial events and leaders that have shaped not only France
herself, but the history of the entire world. Documentaries on the history of France allow us to dive into the past
and better understand the complex events and political figures who have irrevocably changed, challenged, and
invented French history.
1. The Kings of France: Louis XIV (part I & II)
This two-part documentary immerses us in the life of the Sun King, who reigned over France for more than 70 years.
The documentary allows us to discover the luxurious life at the court of Versailles, the influence of Louis XIV on
French culture and art, as well as his foreign policy which made France a world power. The directors were able to
capture the attention of viewers with stunning images and interviews with renowned historians.
2. The Kings of France: Napoleon (part I, II & III)
This three part documentary series depicts the life of one of the most infamous figures in western European history,
Napoleon Bonaparte! Through archival images and historical reconstructions, we can discover the life and illustrious
conquests of Napoleon Bonaparte. The directors managed to bring this exciting period of French history to life by
presenting us with hitherto little-known-facts, and the preceding political atmosphere that allowed for the rise of
3. Secrets of History: Joan of Arc
“Secrets of History: Joan of Arc,” transports us to the Middle Ages and the height of the 100 years war. The
documentary chronicles the life of Joan of Arc, a young woman who, upon hearing the voices of saints, was
impassioned to lead the French army to victory against the English.
4. Secrets of History: Marie-Antoinette
This documentary invites us to discover the private life of the last Queen of France. Through archives and expert
testimonies, we discover the life of Marie-Antoinette, her passions, her friendships, and her difficulties as Queen.
The directors succeeded in presenting a more human image of Marie Antoinette.
5. Secrets of History: July 14, 1789
This program recounts the events that antecedent sequence of socio economic issues and events that culminated in the
French Revolution, one of the most significant events in the history of France and the entirety of Western Europe.
Through expert interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, the directors give us insight into life in France at
the time, enormous inequalities that led to the revolution, as well as major events that marked this period of