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|Edward Albee: An American
Edward Albee in
interviewed by Barbara Kuoce on the topic about condition and the
theatre of the 20th Centry of the U.S.
American modern drama.
Edward Albee comments on
|A genius of
complex forms, Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was preoccupied with perception
and the boundaries of consciousness. Her poems were often fanciful and always
accessible. Exotic documentary footage heightens the magical realism of this
seasoned traveler's work. In her poetry the integrity of all life is felt.
Commentators include Mary McCarthy and Octavio Paz.
Poems include The Moose, Pink Dog, and One Art.
Cooper is imitated by an
actor who presents the writer's life story to write American
literature which is different from the Europeans by narration. The
program is focused on Cooper's
idea and belief.
|Voices and Visions - Hart Crane (4-1)
advancing technology and its human impact, Hart Crane (1899-1932)
sought to create a mystical synthesis. He created a new lyrical
language and produced a literature of ecstasy that was dense,
difficult and dazzling. He needed to bring on a frenzy of
illumination in order to produce his work. His debauchery led to
deterioration and to suicide at the age of 33. Commentary by Derek
Walcott, Malcolm Cowley and Richard Howard.
actor presents Crane's
life story by narration. His idea of novel and poetry writing are
the main issue as well in school and vocation of being a writer are
mentioned in program.
American Short Story Collection)
Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams
of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate
would have it Paul gets his chance by stealing some money and subsequently
running off to glamorous New York City.
Once there, Paul experiences everything he ever dreamed
of…from a luxurious hotel suite to his first taste of champagne. However, when
reality finally comes crashing down around him, Paul realizes the desperate
course he must now take.
a powerful and intense performance, Eric Roberts (Academy Award nominee
"Runaway Train", "Star 80") plays the title role in author
Willa Cather's PAUL'S CASE. As the
tortured and tragic young man, Roberts brings to life this classic American
story of a sensitive soul pitted against an uncaring materialistic society.
poets have looked deeper into the center of being than Emily
Dickinson(1830-1986). Expressing both doubt and joy, her compressed
and urgent poems swing from lucidity and wit to despair and
death-obsession. This film illuminates the passionate genius of this
unconventional recluse, recreating her environment, with commentary
by Adrienne Rich, Joyce Carol Oates and others.
|Emily Dickinson-"A Certain Slant
(1977 from the About the Authors
(Color, 30 mins; directed by Jean Mudge)
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|She embarked upon a
great journey, yet she seldom left her home. Her words were filled
with passion and descriptions of places and emotions
which she could not have experienced, yet, she must have. For Emily Dickinson
traveled upon a world of
words, of dreams, of ideas and from within her room came forth the
wonderfully poetic vision which has captivated
generation after generation. Academy Award Nominated actress Julie Harris takes us inside Emily's world, her
family home in Amherst,
Mt. Holyoke Seminary where
she studied, and the world outside her windows. Through her writings and a
look into her private world, emerges
a portrait of the woman Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature praised
as "Certainly America's greatest
woman author and possibly its greatest poet of either gender."
An Evening With Emily Dickinson
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|Enter the world of one of literature's
greatest poets. Contains EMILY DICKINSON: A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT and THE WORLD OF EMILY DICKINSON.
The Belle of Amherst
(Charles S. Dubin)
(VHS, Color, 90mins.,
1976, English no subtitles, Kino on Video)
|The brilliant Julie
Harris repeats her Tony Award winning role as the eccentric
nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson. Against a handsome set
Massachusetts home, Harris is in constant
motion recollecting the poet’s past from her work, her diaries and
letters and encountering the significant people in her life –
friends, relatives and acquaintances. The play, and this video
version of it, shrewdly balance the agony of the secluded poet as
she tells about the family and the bright moments when Dickinson can see the joy in life.
Julie Harris’ Emily Dickinson is “so perfect here that the film
assumes an authenticity and poignancy unmatched in similar films and
the poetry emerges as fresh and contemporary” (LIBRARY JOURNAL).
|Bob Dylan- No Direction Home
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Portrait of an artist as a young man. Roughly chronological, using
archival footage intercut with recent interviews, a story takes
shape of Bob Dylan's (b. 1941) coming of age from 1961 to 1966 as a
singer, songwriter, performer, and star. He takes from others:
singing styles, chord changes, and rare records. He keeps moving: on
stage, around New York City and on tour, from Suze Rotolo to Joan
Baez and on, from songs of topical witness to songs of raucous
independence, from folk to rock. He drops the past. He refuses,
usually with humor and charm, to be simplified, classified,
categorized, or finalized: always becoming, we see a shapeshifter on
a journey with no direction home. -- IMDb
|T.S.Eliot, the aristocratic poet-philosopher
(1885-1965) lived most of his life in London.
A dramatist and publisher, his poems voiced the anxiety and despair of an
uncertain generation confronting a world bereft of faith. Eliot himself reads
the works that have become classics in our time. With commentary by Stephen
Spender, Quentin Bell, Frank Kermode and others, this film reveals the man
who became a literary icon.
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William Faulkner created an immense gallery of vivid and
unforgettable characters in his portrayal of the southern social
aftermath of the Civil War. In most of his novels, he created a
complex social structure from which he explored the southern past,
race relations, and the alienation felt by his contemporaries in
that volatile society.
"Famous Authors" examines the men and women
behind the words that brought them literary kudos. In "William
Faulkner," viewers learn how the Mississippi author carried the
representative styles of his literary forebears to another level of
complexity. He experimented with discursive narrative structures and
explored shifts in points of view. All the while, he revealed the
ugly side of the post-Civil War American South. His prose
chronicling grotesqueries imparted insights into human frailties
and, surprisingly to some, elicited laughter from readers.
A intriguing glimpse into the life of the
American author of such works as "The Sound and the Fury" and
"Absalom, Absalom!" Includes rare documents, photographs, and film
|F.Scott Fitzgerald: The Great American Dreamer
(color, 50 min,
A&E Television Networks, 1997)
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is flamboyant lifestyle epitomized the madcap excess of the Roaring
Twenties. His classic stories made him one of the
most important American authors of the twentieth century. In books like Tender is the Night and The
Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the mood and manners
of his time. It was a subject
he knew well, as Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived a notoriously
hedonistic life marked by lavish celebrations and all-night revelry.
Through interviews with family members and confidantes, this
program presents an intimate portrait of a literary giant whose life
was touched by tragedy. Authors
such as Tobias Wolff and Joseph Heller reflect on Fitzgerald's legacy
and lasting influence.
F. Scott Fitzgerald & The Last of The Belles
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uneven attempt to dramatize a portion of Fitzgerald's life and his
short story, "The Last of the Belles." The action is intercut between two
dramas, with the short story, about a small-town flirt who keeps a steady
flow of WWI Army officers buzzing around her, coming off best. (from
|F.Scott Fitzgerald: winter dreams (Dewitt sage)
90 min, Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 2001)
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is one of the most writers of the 20th century, and his classic novel
The great Gatsby currently sells 350,000 copies per year. Yet in 1940,
the last year of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald earned just $13.13
in royalties, and only eleven people came to his funeral. From St.
Paul, Minnesota to the trip of Long Island to Paris-this riveting
documentary about the man who wrote This Side of Paradise, Tender
is the Night and The Last Tycoon takes viewers on a uniquely American
journey. In his writing about the "beautiful people" of
the early 20th century-flappers, tycoons, young cosmopolitans in love-Fitzgerald
explored the "wasteland" that lay behind the glitter of
the Jazz Age, describing in detail the tawdry values of the "lost
generation" between the World Wars. American Masters presents
an unparalleled portrait of the literary icon, providing an in-depth
look at the writer's life and work, his tortured marital relationship
and his troubled friendships with fellow colleagues such as Ernest
|Robert Frost: New England in Autumn (Marshall
(color, 29 min,
Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc., 2006)
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A selection of Frost's poems chosen to suit a perfect New England
autumn day. Performed by The First Poetry Quartet and filmed in the
beautiful farm country of Massachusetts.
"The Pasture" "October"(excerpt) "Going for
Water" "Birches" "Locked Out" "The Exposed
Nest" "A Nature Note" "The Last Word of a Bluebird"
"The Cow in Apple Time" "Mending Wall" "A
Time to Talk" "After Apple-Picking" "In Hardwood
Groves" "The Wood-Pile" "Tree at My Window"
"Acceptance" "The Road Not Taken"
|Voices&Visions-Robert Frost (5-4)
|One of the
most popular poets in America,
Robert Frost (1874-1963), was not merely the nature poet that he appeared to
be; his vision was of a harsh universe indifferent to man and his anxieties.
This revealing film interweaves interviews with the poet, dramatizations of
some of his work, and commentary by Seamus Heaney, Alfred Edwards and Richard
|William Gibson - No Maps for These Territories
Consider yourself lucky if you've ever had a traveling companion as
fascinating as William Gibson is in No Maps for These Territories.
British documentarian Mark Neale found a perfect conceptual approach
to this wide-ranging visit with the founding father of "cyberpunk"
science fiction: On a rainy day in 1999, and for several sessions
afterwards, Neale drove Gibson around various North American
locations in a limousine equipped with sound and video gear,
pointing his mini-cams at nothing but Gibson and the passing world
outside. Then Neale went a step further, incorporating a superb
soundtrack by Tomandandy with readings of Gibson's trend-setting
fiction (by U2's Bono, writer Jack Womack, and others), and
combining this with digital composites of changing imagery through
the limo's windows.
The result is a fitting context to reflect
upon the technology, ideas, and concepts that dominate Gibson's
fiction. Fellow cyberpunk pioneer Bruce Sterling is also
interviewed, and Gibson's reflections on Neuromancer are
essential, but Gibson also describes his need to distance himself
from that breakthrough novel, and his other topics--post-humanity,
the "mediated" world, drugs, the birth of cyberpunk, technology and
pornography, his method of writing, and much, much more--combine to
provide a definitive portrait of Gibson on the cusp of a new
millennium, as the real world evolves to resemble the world of his
fiction. Deleted scenes, additional readings, and behind-the-scenes
featurettes add extra dimension to this thoughtful and stimulating
DVD. -- Amazon
|Ernest Hemingway: wrestling with life
min; A&E Television Networks, 2005)
this feature-length portrait narrated by the author's granddaughter,
actress Mariel Hemingway, BIOGRAPHY examines the remarkable life story
of this legendary Nobel laureate. It is a fascinating trip through
his world-from the hospital in Milan where he first found love to
the resort community in the Midwest where he took his own life. Rare
footage of Hemingway at rest, excerpts from his letters and unpublished
works, and the recollections of those who knew him best shed light
on his extraordinary journey.
|David H. Huang: Statelite
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|Henry James/ Stephen Crane/ Herman Melville/ Emily
The four American writers' life stories are preformed by different
idea of writing are mentioned but works are not recited people's
presentation and collected as independent program.
|Voices&Visions-Langston Hughes (5-3)
|One of the
most influential and prolific black American writers of the century, langston Hughes (1902-1967) was fueled by love for his
race and culture. The blues, jazz and spirituals echo in his rhythmic lines.
Hughes became involved in the black artistic and political movements of his
time. The film includes Hughes reading from his works and scenes of his
travels. Commentary by James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Leopold Sedar Senghor, among others.
|Hughes' Dream Harlem
61 minutes, 2002
Producer: Darralynn Hutson,
Producer/Director: Jamal Joseph)
Hughes was one of the most prominent figures of the Harlem
Renaissance and is often referred to as Harlem's
poet laureate. This film shows how Hughes successfully fused jazz, blues and
common speech to celebrate the beauty of Black life. Hughes' Dream Harlem
presents a vision of the esteemed poet in present-day Harlem
and makes an important case for Hughes' impact on hip-hop and the spoken-word
This multi-layered documentary consists of , roundtable
discussions and a tour of Hughes' Harlem
hang-outs. The distinguished actor/activist Ossie
Davis offers the narration in his soulful baritone, while his wife and collaborator,
the renowned Ruby Dee, reflects on Hughes' life with such notable
personalities as poet Sonia Sanchez and music industry icon Damon Dash. The
artists testify to his continuing impact on their work and his steadfast
racial pride and artistic independence. Hughes' Dream Harlem will inspire
students to discover Hughes' work while encouraging them to pursue their own
American Gothic: Hawthorne and Melville
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biographical and thematic data concerning the lives and writings of
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Readings from and
commentary about their major works show their special use of the
Gothic genre, not simply to thrill but to express the viewpoint that
a balanced view of human nature must include a sense of evil.
Through the discussion with readers,
Irving expresses his
belief in and stresses human spirit is the main issue for writer to
concern creativity of literature. He comments the reasons of
D. H. Lawrence as Sons and Lover
essays, and autobiographical sketches provide our century, with the
artifacts and scenes of his life the soundtrack of this biography of
(1995 Lannan Foundation)
directed by Dan Griggs)
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|Li-Young Lee was born
in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese parents. In
his two collections, Rose and The City in Which I Love You, Li-Young Lee crafts with haunting grace poetry that weaves
cultural politics with personal desire and loss.
He has said, "I am the stories that I tell." Mr. Lee, who received a
Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, read from his two
books of poetry and from his memoir, The Winged Seed, on April 18,
1995, in Los Angels.
|Voices&Visions-Robert Lowell (5-2)
such concerns as cultural decline, racial injustice and nuclear war, Robert
Lowell (1917-1977) was rooted in the past but fully engaged with the present.
The film examines Lowell's
use of autobiography and historical events and spiritual anguish. The poet is
interviewed and reads from his work. Commentators include Robert Giroux,
Robert Hass, and Elizabeth Hardwick.
|Marianne Moore, Emily Dickenson, T.S.
poet's lives and the features of their age are introduced separately
as three. Some of their poems are recited. The program provides
comments from others poets, critics and scholars.
|Toni Morrison in
conversation with A S Byatt
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oneself as a writer - the visual as starting point of the novel -
Black American literature - comparing spoken with written language -
the political in writing -characterisation
& style Toni Morrison, whose grandmother was born a slave, was born
in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, a steel
town on lake Erie.
Her family were sharecroppers
who lost their land and , at the turn of the century, were forced to the
mines and mills of the industrialised north. In
1949, Morrison went to Howard
University, took a
graduate course at Cornell and then returned to Howard to teach. It was at
this time that she began The Bluest Eye. Other novels include Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby and Beloved.
televised interview from England.
Byatt interviews Morrison, mostly about Beloved.
Followed by questions from the audience (about 40 minutes total). I loved
this interview and thought it very useful. But because there are no
subtitles, the students weren't as enthusiastic. But it was worth it. I
showed it twice in one class when we were studying Morrison (Dr. Marguerite Connor).
Voices&Visions-Marianne Moore (4-2)
original, Marianne Moore (1887-1972), whose work was witty, subversive and
precise, showed remarkable clarity of observation. This film traces her life,
times and friendship. It shows her unusual poetic sources and methods, and
how her idiosyncratic work was pervaded by both natural science and vivid
imagination. Commentators include poets Grace Schulman and Charles Tomlinson,
and Kenneth Burkes.
|Norman Mailer ( Profile of a Writer-- Volume 3)
(Home Vision, Color, 57 mins)
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includes interviews with Mailer's attractive, articulate family and
clips from his films, but, chiefly, it allows this gifted writer the
chance to talk,,, about his generation, drugs and power, and his
favorite sport, boxing, to name but a few of the topics on
which he entertainingly expounds. Mailer also discusses his view of
immortality in the light of his book about the murderer Gary Gilmore, The
|Katherine Anne Porte
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|Voices&Visions-Sylvia Plath (4-4)
rage, grief and anger, the poems of Sylvia Plath (9132-1963), created a major
mode in American poetry. As a young mother, aged 30, she took her own life.
Plath is heard in a long interview and reading numerous poems conveying the emotional power of her
words. Critics and her mother discuss the young woman who became the
contemporary icon of the divide self. Archival footage chronicles Plath's
Edgar Allen Poe: Architect of
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within the depths of the mind and soul, lies the writer. Perhaps he writes of
a life of unfulfilled love, perhaps of a life often ensconced in poverty with
the demon alcohol. Perhaps he writes of pure beauty or macabre horror. Or
perhaps he is Edgar Allan Poe and he brilliantly writers, of all this and so
much more. Poet, short-story writer, critic. Poe was all of these. Successful
master of both the story form and the language of poetry, his diversity and
success in the written word belying a fascinating, yet often unhapy life search. His stories continue to thrill with
his penchant for the grotesque, the mysterious, often a journey into the
depths and horror of a dark inner self. And his poetry caresses the English
language as in his own words, "the chief aim of poetry is
beauty." What lay within this man whose same pen would put forth the
beautiful loving "Annabel Lee," the pessimistic and powerful
"The Conqueror Worm," the mysterious
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and the tortured soul of
"The Tell-Tale Heart"?
Voices and Visions-Ezra Pound (4-3)
|Indispensible driving force in the
creation of the Modernist movement, Ezra Pound (1885-1972), whose classical
poetic voice harks back to ancient sources, was vehemently anti-war and
disgusted with "botched civilization." His social and political
fervor led to charges of treason and confinement in a mental hospital. The
controversy is explored by scholars Hugh Kenner and Alfred Kazin. The poet himself reads from his prodigious work.
POWER OF THE WORD
(Color, each 60 mins, The Moyers
"Suppose you only knew 15 words. You could
still make great poetry out of that, if you really felt those
words." So said poet Robert Bly, at a recent poetry festival
featured in the first episode of this extraordinary series.
In interviews with Bill Moyers,
15 of today's most prominent poets from many backgrounds speak of the amazing
power that our language gives us. Native American, Chinese, Alaskan
and Japanese-American poets tell how they turn to their cultural
heritages to understand the present. Poets James Autry and Quincy Troupe work
with the oral tradition to lift poetry off the page and bring it into the
community. Stanley Kunitz, one of America's
leading poets, discusses his work and stresses the importance of reading
poetry aloud. The Power of the Word is an unforgettable expression of the
beauty of our living language.
Six Part Series:
| The Power of the Word: Voices of
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|This program features poets Li-Young Lee and Gerald Stern
in a poetry reading and in extensive interviews. A main subject of Stern's
poetry is memory. His Jewish heritage provides him with the inspiration and
direction to resurrect and reconstruct past experiences. Li Young Lee's
poetry reflects his struggles with his Chinese heritage: how to recognize a
culture to which he has been inextricably bound by ancestry, but in which he
has never lived.
The Power of the Word: Dancing on
the Edge of the Road
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|This program profiles Stanley Kunitz,
one of America's
leading poets. Kunitz reads his poetry and
discusses his work in extensive interviews. " You don't choose the subject
(of your poetry)," says Kunitz, "it
chooses you." He asserts that poets must aim simply to "be as true
as we can to the grain of life." Kunitz also
stresses the importance of reading poetry aloud: "It is important to
test your poems against the ear," he says. "The page is a cold
| The Power of the Word: Ancestral Voices
(Color, 60 mins, The Moyers Collection, 1994)
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This program features poets who turn to the past and to
their own cultural heritage to understand the present. They eloquently
reflect their own personal journeys through poetry. Barrett Kaoru Hongo's work reflects his Japanese-American heritage. Hongo began to write poetry because he wanted "more
than anything to belong to the history of Asians in America."
Joy Harjo's poetry is influenced by her Native
American heritage. Her poetry emphasizes the oral tradition and sacred
imagery of her Native American ancestors. Mary TallMountain's
work draws on her Native American and Anglo background. Her poetry recalls
her childhood memories of life in an Alaskan village and the life she left
behind when she was adopted by an Anglo family.
The Power of the Word: The Simple Acts of Life
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|This program was filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry
Festival, where poets gather every two years to read and discuss their work
with large audiences of students and fellow poets. In this program, poets
Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, and William Stafford read and discuss their
work. As Robert Bly observes: "Suppose you only knew 15 words. You could
still make great poetry out of that, if you really felt those words."
The Power of the Word: The Living
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|This program features poets James Autry and Quincy
Troupe, both of whom work with the oral tradition to lift poetry off the page
and bring it into the community. James Autry, a businessman and publisher,
writes poetry about the business world and the Southern culture of his youth.
His work includes such poems as "Thoughts on Firing a Salesman." In
this program, Autry reads his poetry at a business meeting and a church.
Quincy Troupe, a professor of American and Third World
literature, is equally exciting reading his poetry in a classroom, prison, or
bar. The positive response of a group of prisoners to Troupe's poetry classes
shows how poetry can speak to and for people in all conditions of life.
The Power of the Word: Where the
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|This program features the poets Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton,
and W.S. Merwin, reading their works and discussing
them. Robert Bly often uses music to emphasize the spiritual nature of
poetry. He believes that the aim of poetry is to "drop us into the
moist, nurturing under-world where the soul lives. " Lucille Clifton's
work often focuses on experiences specific to women, and is also influenced
by her black heritage. W. S. Merwin examines human
relationships, including our relationship with nature.
Through dialogues and questions from students encourages young
people to carry on literary activities.
shares her opinion on how to become a writer.
Stein: When This You See, Remember Me
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documentary on the renown American writer, personality and art
collector, "Gertrude Stein" combines photographs, interviews,
black-and-white film footage and paintings from Stein's collection
with a soundtrack of her words and the music from the opera (written
by Stein and Virgil Thomson) "Four Saints in Three Acts". In tracing
Stein's progress from her girlhood in Oackland,
California to her three decade-long reign
as the linchpin of Parisian intellectual life, the film features Picasso,
Eliot, Cocteau and Hemingway among the dozens of writers and artists who
frequented the salon of Stein and her companion Alice B.Toklas.
|Voices&Visions-Wallace Stevens (5-5)
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) pursued very separate
dual lives as an insurance executive and a poet. This melancholy
existentialist found meaning and solace in the landscapes he
visited; in the weather he saw the conditions of the soul. Secretive
and unhappily married, he transformed reality through his
imagination, producing both comic and meditative poems. Commentators
include Harold Bloom, Joan Richardson and James Merrill.
Twain’s America (Joanne
Shanachie Entertainment , 1960)
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|Known commonly as the creator of Huckleberry Finn
and Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's rich and varied life is eloquently revealed
in MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA . The story spans Twain's career as prolific
writer, Mississippi riverboat pilot , drama critic publisher, and
world traveler, while at the same time mirroring the rise of America
from frontier days t world power. The project Twenty camera scans
over 1,000 period photos, imparting a sense of action and vitality
as it illustrates Twain's life from his from his boyhood until his
death. Twain travels down the Mississippi to New Orleans, across the
prairies to the Mormon kingdom of Salt Lake City, to San Francisco
and HAWAII, and finally the Egyptian Pyramids. There are exceptionally
rich photos of the Gilded Age which evoke the corruption and bountiful
living from which Twain was so alienated. With the arrival of the
Twentieth Century and the commercialism he so despised, the author
is pictured in his seventieth year, writing in bed before his death
in 1910.The combination of compelling period images with the robust
narration of playwright Howard Lindsay (Life With Father) and the
masterful orchestral score by Robert Russell Bennett create a powerful
portrait of the America Twain knew and influenced.
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Twain is regarded as
having been revived by the imitation of
Twain's insight wit and
humour over the world a scholar in
the 20th century. He serves an ambassador.
Tennessee Williams Film Collection
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Product: [Streetcar Named Desire 2
Disc SE Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Deluxe Edition Sweet Bird of Youth
Night of the Iguana Baby Doll Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone]
A much-needed DVD tribute to one of the essential
American playwrights, The Tennessee Williams Collection gathers six
Williams titles and one vintage documentary. Taken together, it's a
potent introduction to the specific terrain (geographical and
emotional) of this brilliant writer. The set is anchored by Warner's
deluxe two-disc treatment of A Streetcar Named Desire, which has
copious extras (among them a fine 90-minute documentary about
director Elia Kazan). The multi-Oscar-winning Streetcar is one of
the better stage adaptations in film history, and it captures the
electrifying Marlon Brando, re-creating his stage role, in the part
that changed American acting: the brutish New Orleans sensualist
Stanley Kowalski. Vivien Leigh won an Oscar opposite him, as the
faded (except in her own mind) Southern belle Blanche DuBois, whose
arrival in the Kowalski home leads to disaster. -- From Amazon
|What Makes Rabbit Run? A Profile of
program proceeds in the way of dialogue through students and the
Vonnegut to give opinion about the vocation and how to be a writer
writers. James Dickey and William Price Fox's writing class.
Voices and Visions-Walt Whitman (4-2)
major poet to create a truly American vision and style, Walt Whitman
(1819-1892) was a key inspiration to the Beat generation, the idealists o fthe sixties and innumerable poets. Revealing
commentaries by Allan Ginsberg, Galway Kinnell, and
Donald Hall disclose the man: democratic, homosexual, lover of the
human voice, purveyor of liberation and believer in progress. This
film recreates the sights and sound Whitman fused into poetry
|Voices and Visions-William C. Williams(4-4)
make a poem out of anything that is felt," said William Carlos Williams
(1883-1963), who made more difference to American poetry than anyone other
than Walt Whitman. His penetrating work had a clean new style that focused on
concrete particulars and reflected the same compassion he brought to his
profession as a small-town pediatrician. Commentators include Allen Ginsberg,
Marjorie Perloff and Hugh Kenner.
|Beautiful Dreamers: Walt Whitman (John Kent Harrison)
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Rip Torn does an excellent job bringing
Walt Whitman to life in this fact-based story of his meeting with Dr. Bucke who ran a mental institution in
Whitman the poet breaks the Victorian boundaries and causes Dr. Bucke to deal with the patients in an unconventional way.
The real-life Dr. Bucke was
profoundly influenced by his encounter with Whitman. Dr. Bucke
later wrote a book called COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS in which he discussed the
great mystics throughout history -- and he thought Whitman was one of the
greatest. This film shows us why he was so impressed with the poet.
discussion with students, Tom
Wolfe comments on the
relationship between literature and mass media. He claims that the
skill and attitude of a writer is as important as the process of