You searched for:No Keywords Format Video x Format DVD x Language English x Genre Documentary x Start over
- Starred Items
Location & Availability
National Gallery "Frederick Wiseman's National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The film includes shots of 255 of the Gallery's paintings and portrays the day-to-day work of curators, conservators, art handlers ... National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings"--Container.
American denial "In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. His resulting study, An American dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, the film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives"--From container.
D.W. Griffith In this acclaimed three-part documentary, celebrated film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill tell the proud, sad story of D.W. Griffith. The man who first brought artistry and ambition to the movies, and then, having dragged a reluctant American film industry to international prominence, found it had no more use for him. Includes interviews with people who worked with him, his family and extracts of his work.
Beyond clueless "On one level, High School movies all share the same themes: fitting in, making the grade and getting laid. But buried deeper in these guilty pleasures are certain truths we choose to ignore. Join director Charlie Lyne as he scours through our most beloved teen films, shedding new light on the treacherous terrain that is High School." -- The Film Sales Company website.
Foolish wives 1st film: A rich woman and an adventurer posing as a nobleman meet & have an affair in the South of France., 2nd film: Gives an exciting look at the bizarre career of Erich Von Stroheim. Director Patrick Montgomery gives life to the legend and excerpts for Blind Husbands, Foolish Wives and many others give a better understanding to von Stroheim's career. In addition, the program gives a detailed study of a creative genius whose perverse aberrations regarding women, art, and finances made him a Hollywood outcast.
The Topdog diaries Looks behind the scenes at the development of the Tony-nominated play Topdog/Underdog about the sibling rivalry between two orphaned brothers who choose radically different lives. Includes behind the scenes footage of rehearsals and coverage of Topdog/Underdog in performance. Also examines the career of Suzan-Lori Parks, and provides an inside look at the creative process and the challenges, opportunities and personal milestones that Parks encounters over the two years leading up to the play's production.
Margaret Mead Margaret Mead became a world-renowned anthropologist through her studies of children and families. This comprehensive documentary chronicles Mead's life and career as a humanist, scholar and scientist, and her qualities as a researcher, thinker, teacher, friend, wife and mother.
Black, bold & beautiful Explores the importance of various hairstyles of African American women and how these styles define the personal identity of each woman., "Afros, braids or corn rows--hairstyles have always carried a social message, and few issues cause as many battles between black parents and their daughters. To 'relax' one's hair into straight tresses or to leave it 'natural' inevitably raises questions of conformity and rebellion, pride and identity. Today, trend-setting teens happily reinvent themselves on a daily basis, while career women strive for the right 'professional' image, and other women go 'natural' as a symbol of comfort in their Blackness. Filmmaker Nadine Valcin meets a diverse group of black women who reveal how their hairstyles relate to their lives and life choices"--Publisher's [...]
Finding Fela Fela Anikulapo-Kuti created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, a combination of jazz, funk, and Nigerian percussion styles. It was also a political force, a propulsive delivery system of Fela's revolutionary ideas, pitched against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a tilt towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan-Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela's music and message endure today.
The day the Mesozoic died "The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. ... Representing a rare instance with which many different scientific disciplines--geology, physics, biology, chemistry, paleontology--contributed to a revolutionary theory, the film is intended for students in all science classes"--Container excerpt.
Amazing Earth collection Amazing Earth is a collection of four episodes that will take the viewer on a spectacular journey to places no one has ever seen, and offer experiences that can only be imagined. See the violent upheavals of the Earth's geography, and travel from the highest peaks to the red-hot center of the planet. Crawl into spectacular caves, including terrain on which no human has ever tread. Face the extremes the future could hold, from a vanishing rainforest to the eye of a hurricane.
In the path of a killer volcano Program waits with a group of geologists as they monitor the signs from Mount Pinatubo and examines the methods volcanologists use to make their predictions. Then, stick around with the scientists who remain behind when the Philippines' Mount Pinatubo erupts and see astonishing footage of the world's largest volcanic eruption in 80 years.
Franz Boas, 1858-1942 Profile of the German physicist who was responsible for shaping the course of American anthropology, by bringing discipline and order to a field that had previously dealt in subjective "race classification." Includes reflections and anecdotes by scholars and students, excerpts from journals and letters, and archival photographs. Discusses the Kwakiutl Indians, the principal subjects of Boas' field work.
She's beautiful when she's angry "An essential documentary about the birth of the women's liberation movement. Beginning in the late 1960s, featuring never-seen before archival footage and new interviews She's beautiful when she's angry tells the story of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century, bringing to light the efforts of lesser-known activists, including the Boston authors of Our bodies, ourselves, the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, and grassroots organizations across the country who played a pivotal role in the struggle"--Container.
Paternal instinct For Mark and Erik, a gay couple, and Wen, a prospective surrogate mother, the decision to have a child together starts them on a three-year journey that will transform their lives. Wen is a married computer programmer and a practicing Wiccan who wants to give the gift of parenthood and is willing to be impregnated by both Mark and Erik to give them two children ... but Mark turns out to be "sub-fertile." Their dramatic quest -- through surrogacy negotiations, insemination attempts, fertility challenges and other upheavals -- is rendered with an unusual degree of intimacy and immediacy.