Face to Face


Face to Face  is a series of comparative portraits featuring two well-known figures, seen through the prism of their rivalry. Adversaries, opponents, the best or worst of enemies… they have all been groundbreaking leaders in their fields : politics, science, technology, economy or the arts.

For each of them, their rivalry became a driving-force and a constant challenge. The scale and scope of their contention went far beyond mere personal antagonism, and the results of their confrontation have often changed society and deeply impacted our lives.

Face to Face is the story of a duel between two world-famous personalities. Through complementary and contrasting profiles, the complexity and ambiguity of their coexistence on the public stage is clearly highlighted and expounded through the battles for power and influence, the low blows and the moments of glory, the seduction and winning-over of an audience, the formation of clans, the claims and allegiances of their heirs, devotees and disciples.

This rivalry is extensively analysed : how did it start ? What were the causes ? Was it real or cunningly orchestrated ? To what extent did truces, treachery, jealousy or injury play a part ? What were the repercussions, either positive or negative?

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  • Genre: Art Economy History
  • Length: 16 x 52 min
  • Broadcaster: France 5, Avrotros, Sky Italia, ZDF, Spiegel TV, DR, TG4, MBC, NHK, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, Amazon, Netflix, Niconico...
  • Awards: Prix Export 2017