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Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer (May 27; 10 to 11 p.m.; Channel 13) is rescued from a perplexing obscurity by filmmaker Nancy Schiesari. A photojournalist every bit the equal of her celebrity colleagues at Life, she was drawn to injustice, from migrant workers in Salinas Valley to the Japanese-American internment camps. The archival footage is a revelation.

Berga: Soldiers of Another War (May 28; 8 to 9:30 p.m.; Channel 13) is the story, new to me, of the American soldiers captured by Nazis after the Battle of the Bulge who were designated Jewish because of their names or looks, transported by boxcars to a concentration camp near Buchenwald, and sentenced to slave labor and, as the Allies advanced, a death march. Charles Guggenheim’s last film.

Robert Capa: In Love and War (May 28; 9:30 to 11 p.m.; Channel 13) follows the Hungarian-born photographer, half Arthur Koestler, half Humphrey Bogart, from the Spanish Civil War to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria to North Africa, the London blitz, and Vietnam, where he stepped on a land mine.

Soldier’s Girl (May 31; 9 to 11 p.m.; Showtime) docudramatizes the true story of an Army private (Troy Garity) whose love for a transgendered nightclub performer (Lee Pace) so enrages a macho-psycho bunkmate (Shawn Hatosy) that he engineers a brutal beating and a bloody death. All three principal performances are superb.

Out of Order (June 1; 10 to 11:30 p.m.; Showtime) kicks off a limited series in which married Hollywood screenwriters Eric Stoltz and Felicity Huffman try different ways to be happier than they are. He tries Kim Dickens and fantasizing his life as a sort of Truman Show. She tries booze and William H. Macy. At least Felicity has a childhood trauma to explain her depression. The rest of them are not excused.

For Love or Money (June 2; 9 to 11 p.m.; NBC) launches a “reality” series in which fifteen young lovelies compete for the heart of a Dallas attorney. What the women have been told and the lawyer hasn’t is that the winner will have a choice: true love or $1 million. I’m sorry I know this.


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