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A Case of Deadly Force

When an innocent black man is killed by the Boston police, attorney Lawrence O'Donnell takes on a "wrongful death" case against Boston's Tactical Patrol Force and police brutality.
1994; 1986
Ivy (By Request)

It's All True

A documentary featuring the story of Orson Welles' 3 part film project in Brazil for the United States' anti-Nazi "Good Neighbor Policy." It includes portions of "Story of Samba (Carnaval)", "My friend Bonito" and all of "Four men on a raft" which was the only part of the project completed.
1994; 1993
Ivy (By Request)

Measure for Measure

Cruel Angelo is left in charge of Vienna when the Duke pretends to leave town. Angelo revives an old law against fornication and sentences Claudio to death for seducing Juliet, Claudio's betrothed. Claudio's sister, Isabella, pleads for his life and Angelo offers to spare him in exchange for her virginity. Angelo's corruption and severity are punished when the Duke reveals that he has witnessed it all.
2000; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)

Measure for Measure

Presents a dramatization of William Shakespeare's play entitled Measure for measure.
Video U-Matic
Ivy (By Request)

Henry VI, Part III

Ruthlessness remains in the conclusion to the Henry VI chronicles.
Ivy (By Request)

Georgia O'Keeffe

A look at the life and work of Georgia O'keeffe through interviews with the artist and close acquaintances. Her paintings fiqure prominently also, showing her wide range in style and how nature inspired her work.


The story of four people whose lives are turned upside-down when they get involved in the drug culture.
Clemons (Stacks)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Lightsabers sparkle, the Millennium Falcon flashes through hyperspace and creatures from all over the galaxy defy the Imperial Empire, in this stunning third chapter of the "Star Wars" saga. As the rebels prepare to attack the Emperor's awesome new Death Star, Han Solo remains imprisioned by the loathsome outlaw Jabba the Hutt, who has also captured Princess Leia.
Clemons (Stacks)

Olivier's King Lear [electronic resource]

Without doubt the Lear of the century, this performance surpasses the skill of the critics to praise it; its all-star cast and crew have won every award that exists for performance and production. More important, the production makes a taut, compressed, and difficult play into a work that reaches out to modern audiences in its grip on the elemental human emotions-emotions common to ancient Celts and modern Americans, rowdy Elizabethan playgoers and today's Shakespearean scholars.
2009; 1983

Olivier's Henry V [electronic resource]

Is there a Shakespeare lover who does not know this superb film? Two entire generations were introduced to Shakespeare by this expansive production, which is as fresh and dramatic and deeply touching today as when first it ushered in the contemporary style of Shakespearean production and taught us to see the vast and rich panoply beyond the lines of Shakespeare's Henry V.
2006; 1986

Kenneth Branagh's Twelfth Night [electronic resource]

Kenneth Branagh takes on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with the Renaissance Theatre Company. The exemplary cast includes Richard Briers as Malvolio, Frances Barber as Viola, Caroline Langrishe as Olivia, Christopher Ravenscroft as Orsino, and James Saxon as Sir Toby Belch. The original music for this production is by Paul McCartney and Pat Doyle.
2005; 1988

Othello [electronic resource]

John Kani's Othello is a fine and masterful performance that should make every white actor think twice before blacking up for the Moor, wrote The Guardian of this raw and powerful interpretation of the play. The production marked the first time an African actor had been cast in the title role opposite a white Desdemona before a multiracial audience in Johannesburg, South Africa. With Tony Award winner John Kani as Othello, Joanna Weinberg as Desdemona, and a contextual introduction by director Janet Suzman.
2007; 1988

Macbeth [electronic resource]: Critical Guide

In this program, the major themes of Shakespeare's most popular tragedy are investigated by noted experts. Analyzing key scenes from an award-winning film production, Professor Robert Smallwood of the Shakespeare Centre and Professor Stanley Wells of the Shakespeare Institute examine how the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes during the course of the play; how Banquo's character serves as a counterpart to Macbeth's; whether Macbeth's character is at all admirable; and whether the play confirms that all tragedies are uniformly pessimistic. Host Graham MacTavish, an actor with the Stratford Shakespeare Company, establishes context and background for the play.
2005; 1997

Hamlet [electronic resource]: Critical Guide

Shakespeare's troubled character comes to life in this program in the capable hands of leading scholars, as they discuss the major themes of the play, its plot, and the actions of its main characters. Analyzing key scenes, scholars Russell Jackson and Stanley Wells of Stratford-upon-Avon offer insights into the underlying meaning of Hamlet's eloquent soliloquies, as well as the play's eight violent deaths, adultery, ghostly haunting, and ultimate tragic end. Death and revenge are explored as major themes of the work, as well as Shakespeare's playful inclusion of comedic relief. An analysis of Hamlet's relationships with his mother and Ophelia provides interesting insights into his multifaceted character.
2005; 1998

Julius Caesar [electronic resource]: Critical Guide

This work-the only Shakespeare tragedy considered to have its roots in the classics-is a study in contradiction. Though it is about the character of Brutus, it has Caesar as its dominant figure. This and other complexities and themes of the drama are investigated through the performance of key scenes by noted Shakespearean experts from the Shakespeare Centre and the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon Avon. Themes and topics include politics and the corruption of power; the play as drama, history, and art; the persona of Brutus as noble but self-deluded; Cassius as an opportunistic prime mover; the rhetorical skills of Brutus and Antony as pivotal to the action; and Shakespeare's use of dramatic effect in key scenes, such as the appearance of Caesar's ghost.
2005; 1997

Othello [electronic resource]: Critical Guide

Compelling dramatizations of key scenes from Shakespeare's tragedy are analyzed by two noted Shakespearean experts-Stanley Wells and Russell Jackson of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Themes and topics include the motives of Lago, and whether his evil is as complete as most commentators suggest; Victorian objections to the interracial relationship between Othello and Desdemona; evidence of racism within Shakespeare's characterization of Othello; the role of opposing forces (good and evil) in relationships and events; Desdemona as victim or manipulative conniver, responsible for her own downfall; Othello as victim, ruled by emotion rather than logic; the conflict between Othello's identity as a Christian commander of the Venetian force and as a social and racial outsid [...]
2006; 1997

Romeo and Juliet [electronic resource]

A brilliant video release and a particularly effective version for study of the play, with Laurence Harvey as Romeo and Susan Shentall as Juliet, with an unforgettable Flora Robson as the Nurse.
2008; 1987

King Lear [electronic resource]: Critical Guide

While King Lear has again and again been described as Shakespeare's greatest work-the tragedy in which he exhibits most fully his multitude of literary powers-it is the least read, and for many, the most difficult to analyze. In this program, key scenes are dramatized. Noted Shakespearean experts, Professors Robert Smallwood and Stanley Wells, take on the task of examining Lear's enigmatic character and the often obscure topics and themes that comprise the play. Topics include the passing of time and growing old; reconciliation; insensitivity of the characters; the meaning of tragedy; and trust and betrayal. This program represents an excellent starting point for students attempting to comprehend the essence of King Lear as Shakespeare's most challenging and esoteric work.
2008; 1998

Romeo and Juliet [electronic resource]: Critical Guide

Shakespeare's tragic story of love, family feud, and double suicide is a masterwork woven with conflict, crisis, and counterstroke. In this program, prime scenes are dramatized and Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespearean experts Russell Jackson and Robert Smallwood dissect them and their major topics and themes. Discussed are the play's popular appeal; the importance of the balcony scene as core to the work; how the lovers' youth plays with modern audiences; and whether the twin suicides of Romeo and Juliet secure the play's mythical status. Character analysis considers Juliet's nurse's role both as comedic and as contributing to conflicting notions about love that strengthen the play. Mercutio's role and the effect of his murder by Tybalt on the overall plot are examined. The Friar is dis [...]
2008; 1997

Shakespeare and His Theatre [electronic resource]: Globe

A fifth of London's population in the year 1600 were regular playgoers. Examination of the Globe Theatre shows where they stood, how the stage was constructed, and how the special effects so beloved by the audience were achieved, from thunder and lightning to fairies flying through the air and ghosts emerging from the earth. Rehearsals were minimal and there was no producer or director-just the play, the actors, and the audience of two to three thousand, which could be kept under control only by the interest of the play itself. The program points out that Shakespeare himself wrote the plays to be adaptable to different theaters when the company was on tour, and to different audiences.
2005; 1993