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Sundance 2013: Showtime Buys Doc 'History of the Eagles'

"Part One" of the film premieres Saturday night at the festival.

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"History of the Eagles"

PARK CITY -- Showtime has acquired broadcast rights to the two-part documentary History of the Eagles.

Granting unprecedented access, the iconic rock band partnered with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) to produce the inside look into the history of the band and the legacy of its music.

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Part One premieres Saturday at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will make its TV debut on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. Part Two will premiere the following night at 8 p.m

Directed by Alison Ellwood, the film weaves in rare archival material, concert footage and never-before-seen home movies that explore the evolution and enduring popularity of one of America’s defining bands. The first part explores the band’s creation and rise to fame in the 1970s through its breakup in 1980.

More than 25 new interviews were conducted with all current and former band members as well as contemporaries including Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt. The documentary also includes a rare 1977 concert film from the Hotel California Tour.

The second installment picks up in the 1980s, when band members faced both personal and professional struggles while apart. The documentary also covers the band's reunion tour in the early 1990s.

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The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.

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