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81.

Film in the Television Age [electronic resource]

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Chronicles the development of television, and its impact on the motion picture industry. Examines how a new era of motion picture entertainment grew out of the arrival of television as well as how television was influenced by the movies. Includes interviews with directors Robert Altman and Sidney Lumet and actors Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk.
Online
1994
82.

The Combat Film [electronic resource]

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Explores how war films have both reflected and influenced America's ideas of war, form the anti-war films that followed World War I to the morale-boosting films of World War II. World War II veterans, Vietnam veterans and Marine officer candidates discuss war films and how these motion pictures have impacted their lives. Directors Sam Fuller and Oliver Stone share some of their experiences in war, and describe how they captured their perspectives of war in their films.
Online
1994
83.

The Western [electronic resource]

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Discusses the uniquely American genre of Western films. Identifies the elements of westerns, including the portrayal of the open frontier, the lawless edge of civilization, legendary outlaws, reluctant heroes, and idealistic storylines. Traces the development of westerns and looks at the role of the western in the future. Features interviews with directors John Sturges, Clint Eastwood, and others.
Online
1994
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Romantic Comedy [electronic resource]

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Explores how romantic comedies indirectly reveal truths about the nature of male-female relationships in each generation. Discusses the development of screwball comedies in the 1930s, which were largely shaped by the motion picture censorship code. Examines the empowered roles of women and the portrayal of sexuality in romantic comedies. Directors James L. Brooks, Amy Heckerling, and Nora Ephron take a close look at some of the best-loved romantic comedies and discuss how their own films keep the genre alive.
Online
1994
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The Star [electronic resource]

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Reveals how actors and actresses in the studio era achieved and maintained star status, often adjusting their own personalities to the largely fictitious images studio publicists contrived for them. Describes how the collapse of the studio system impacted the publicity generated about the stars and gave them the power to choose their roles. Identifies the characteristics that great movie stars possess, as well as the pressures of their lifestyles. Features interviews with Jack Lemmon, Eva Marie Saint, Julia Roberts, and Ray Liotta.
Online
1994
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Film Language [electronic resource]

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Part eleven demonstrates how a movie scene is orchestrated. A Columbia University professor directs a three-minute scene, providing an intimate view of the elements that go into directorial decision making, including camera positions, set design, tracking shots and zooms, script analysis, and editing.
Online
1994
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The Hollywood Style [electronic resource]

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Uses archival footage to trace the history of American cinema, the development of stylistic techniques and motion picture studios. With excerpts from both classic and modern films, the program reveals the filmmaking techniques used to draw viewers into the stories. Describes the process of film production in the Hollywood studios, including the roles of directors, cinematographers, writers, editors and production designers. Includes interviews with Hollywood directors Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Joseph Mankiewicz.
Online
1994
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The Edge of Hollywood [electronic resource]

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Profiles independent filmmakers Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Joel and Ethan Coen, Steven Soderbergh, Nancy Savoca, Quentin Tarantino, Carl Franklin, Julie Dash, Nick Gomez, Tom Kalin, and Greg Araki. They discuss the challenges of funding their films and the freedom of working without the constraint of film studios.
Online
1994
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Writing and Thinking About Film [electronic resource]

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Part twelve demonstrates practical film criticism in an analysis of "Scarlet Street" directed by Fritz Lang. It provides a formal and cultural analysis of a classical film sequence that can serve as a how-to-guide for those new to film critique.
Online
1994
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Classical Hollywood Today [electronic resource]

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Offers interviews with contemporary directors, European filmmakers, scholars, and critics, as well as studio-era veterans who probe Hollywood's influence on both American and world culture.
Online
1994
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Utopian Promise [electronic resource]

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Explores the utopian ideals of the Puritans and Quakers. Discusses John Winthrop's "Model of Christian Charity" and Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative, which reveal the Puritan view of themselves as God's chosen people. Explains how troubles in the New World and the Salem Witch Trials affected this utopian view. Introduces the Quakers and their commitment to nonviolence, tolerance, and inclusiveness. Discusses William Penn's "Letter to the Lenni Lenape Indians", and investigates the legacy of Penn's ideas. Explores how Puritan and Quaker ideals have affected modern American culture.
Online
2003
92.

Spirit of Nationalism [electronic resource]

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Examines how the writings of Benjamin Franklin and Ralph Waldo Emerson helped shape American identity. Discusses Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, in which he presented himself as the role-model for the self-made man. Reveals how Franklin's ideas about individualism, work, and virtue influenced American culture and literature. Explores Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental ideas about nature, the individual soul, and God, and the profound affect his ideas had on subsequent generations of American writers and thinkers.
Online
2003
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Southern Renaissance [electronic resource]

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Discusses the writers of the Southern renaissance that emerged after World War I. Explores how William Faulkner captured the complicated history of the South while exposing the racial and social conflicts of the region. Introduces Faulkner's modernist style and deviation from linear storytelling. Describes Zora Neale Hurston's life and examines her depictions of the lives of Southern African Americans.
Online
2003
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Social Realism [electronic resource]

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Explores the social class structure that resulted from the forces of urbanization, industrialization, and immigration in America during the Gilded Age. Discusses Edith Wharton's exploration of the social pressures put upon society women. Also examines her attention to the psychological and emotional motivations of the characters in her novels. Looks at Anzi Yezierska's depictions of the lives of Jewish immigrants in New York. Discusses her examination of the process of assimilation and acculturization in her novels.
Online
2003
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Slavery and Freedom [electronic resource]

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Discusses the institution of slavery and the powerful influence of abolitionist writers. Describes Frederick Douglass's life as presented in his autobiography, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass". Discusses Harriet Jacobs's life as written in her narrative, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl". Examines the emotional appeal of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
Online
2003
96.

Search for Identity [electronic resource]

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Introduces three writers who blurred literary genres to tell their stories and challenge views on ethnic identity, feminism, and transgendered identity. Discusses Maxine Hong Kingston's "Woman Warrior", which deals with the issues of feminine, ethnic, and American identity. Looks at how Sandra Cisneros addressed feminism and the roles of women in the Mexican American community through "House on Mango Street". Discusses Leslie Feinberg's treatment of transgendered identity in her novel, "Stone Butch Blues".
Online
2003
97.

Rhythms in Poetry [electronic resource]

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Investigates the modernist lyric poetry of th 1920s and 30s, which is characterized by common language. Discusses the historical, cultural, and economic events that shaped poetry of this period, including the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, World War I, and the Great Depression. Discusses the styles and influences of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Langston Hughes.
Online
2003
98.

Regional Realism [electronic resource]

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Discusses the regional realism literary style that emerged after the Civil War, which was characterized by the use of regional dialects and criticism of American society. Explores the issues of racial and social inequality in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Discusses the complex African American characters of Charles W.Chesnutt's stories. Explores the issues of race, gender, and sexuality in Kate Chopin's writings.
Online
2003
99.

Poetry of Liberation [electronic resource]

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Examines the poets of liberation of the 1950, 60s, and 70s. Discusses Allen Ginsberg's "Howl", which criticizes the American status quo. Explores the political statements of Amiri Baraka's poems and his play, "Dutchman". Discusses Adrienne Cecile Rich's poetry, which challenges society's beliefs about women's roles.
Online
2003
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Native Voices [electronic resource]

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Explores the Native American oral tradition through the work of three contemporary authors: Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), and Luci Tapahonso (Navajo). The authors read excerpts of their writings and discuss how their works are influenced by their culture, Native American storytelling traditions, and modern issues in the Native American community. Authors and scholars discuss the significance of words and land in Indian oral traditions, the bicultural world of Native Americans today, World War II in Native American literature, and the themes of tradition and change in Native American literature.
Online
2003