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Trifles
The scene is the bleak Midwest plains. Five people enter a farmhouse in an attempt to solve a crime that one of them discovered the day before. While the three men search upstairs for evidence, the two women sit in…
Marxism - The Theory That Split a World
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Documentary footage, visually interesting animation of its major tenets, and dramatized interviews are used to outline the history and significance of Marxism. The film explores the monumental changes and enduring conflicts that were born out of Karl Marx's ideology. An…
Freud - The Hidden Nature of Man
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
This highly original program uncovers Freud's ideas in exactly the way Freud himself uncovered them: through his own dream analysis. In this way, we learn about his theories on psychoanalysis, the Oedipus complex, the unconscious, infantile sexuality, and the ego…
Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party
For five years, feminist artist Judy Chicago worked with a community of four hundred other artists, craftspeople and researchers to create The Dinner Party , a monumental tribute to women of spirit and accomplishment throughout the ages -- women whose…
The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Based on historical records, this program shows how the hysterical behavior of a few young girls set off the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. "Vividly recreated, yet with taste and restraint. Students will certainly favor this production. ... with a…
The Cows of Dolo Ken Paye - Resolving Conflict Among the Kpelle
In Fokwele, Liberia, conflicts often arise as a result of differing lifestyles. Cattle have divided the people into two classes: the rich cattle owners who can sell their stock for profit, and the poorer rice farmers whose crops are often…
Helen Keller: In Her Story
This is a simple, honest, tremendously moving saga, brought to the screen with the help of such notables as Katherine Cornell, Martha Graham and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Helen Keller, playing her own role, surpassed even the greatest actress, as she…
The Puritan Revolution - Cromwell and the Rise of Parliamentary Democracy
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Capturing all the color and turbulence of the period, this program portrays the zeal of Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans as they press their Civil War to its triumphant conclusions against proud King Charles of England in 1640. Specially edited…
The Changing World of Charles Dickens
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Superb performances from some of the most memorable works of Charles Dickens, including David Copperfield , Dombey and Son , Great Expectations and Oliver Twist . A fascinating look at a major writer who not only reflected his times, but…
Peege
"Your laugh would always make me happy," the young man whispers to his aged grandmother, Peege, who, now blind and helpless, seems almost to be awaiting death. This touching, poignant film portrays a family's Christmas visit to their grandmother, a…
The Crusades - Saints and Sinners
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
This full-scale dramatization, much of it filmed in actual locations, re-creates the events surrounding the First Crusade in the 11th century. Exploring the motivations of the people and their leaders, The Crusades climaxes in the taking of Jerusalem, a battle…
Elizabeth - The Queen Who Shaped an Age
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
"I am England now ... let that be my life." These words, spoken by the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn as she ascended the throne, ushered in England's era of glory. Filmed at beautiful Hever Castle (the…
Shakespeare - A Mirror to Man
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Shakespeare wrote of the depths of human passion and ambition -- eternal themes that continually prove their relevance to modern readers and citizens. Shakespeare: A Mirror to Man demonstrates that timelessness through performances of scenes from plays including The Taming…
The French Revolution - The Bastille
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
The setting is Paris, the date July 14, 1789. By dramatically re-creating the reality of that day and that year -- including mass hunger, crushing taxes, and resentment against France's rulers -- this program shows what leads the common people…
A Slave's Story - Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Based on a slave narrative by William and Ellen Craft. This dramatization of the Crafts' escape from slavery in 1848 follows their perilous journey from the Deep South to Philadelphia--where, on free soil, they were still to experience racial discrimination.…
Bismarck - Germany From Blood and Iron
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Powerfully acted, with rich production values and authentic settings, this exciting program focuses on the dynamic Otto von Bismarck--by turns Machiavellian, affectionate, ruthless, bullying, cajoling--as he engineers the events that will ultimately achieve the unification of Germany. An LCA release.…
Civil War: Promise of Reconstruction
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
What the future would hold for slaves after the Civil War was presaged by the Port Royal "experiment" re-created in this program. Gideonite missionaries set out to educate 7,000 slaves abandoned by plantation owners in South Carolina, and to teach…
Romanticism - The Revolt of the Spirit
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Nineteenth-century Romanticism--with its escape from an increasingly complex and industrialized world to the simplicity and purity of nature--is experienced through the literature of Hugo, Bronte, Shelley and Byron. In a scene from Les Miserables, Victor Hugo sees society as the…
Charlemagne - Holy Barbarian
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
This dramatic reenactment of a crucial turning point in medieval history -- when Charlemagne must decide to what lengths he will go to subdue the Saxons -- reveals both sides of his fascinating character: the great civilizer and the implacable…
Women's Work - An African American Dance Company
Urban Bush Women is an extraordinary dance/theatre company acclaimed for creating works that celebrate the heritage of African Americans. The company interacts with communities through workshops and performances. Using historic perspectives on dance, music, song and folklore, the company affirms…