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Philip Roth: Unmasked

Explore the life of Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novelist Philip Roth, often referred to as the greatest living American writer. Goodbye, Columbus, his collection of short stories published in 1959, put the 26-year-old Roth on the map, and 10 years later, Portnoy's Complaint propelled him into an international scandalous spotlight. Yet he steadily earned his reputation as a man of letters, commanding ownership of the Jewish-American novel and making Newark, New Jersey, a literary destination. Practically inventing the genre of factual-fictional autobiography, Roth's thinly veiled Zuckerman books follow the protagonist's path from aspiring young writer to compromised celebrity, and, lately, older man facing death. Roth's career was considered declining by 1990 and th [...]
2017; 2013

Whispers Through the Willows: The World of Kenneth Grahame

From his early childhood on the River Thames in London with his grandmother through his unhappy marriage and brief time as a father, the life of Kenneth Grahame is examined as we discover the real-life influences that helped shape his great literary works.
2017; 2007

North and South: Episode 1

The first in a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's feisty and passionate love story, set across the social divides in the changing world of Victorian industrial society. In this episode, 19-year-old Margaret Hale and her parents are forced to leave their idyllic life in the south when Mr. Hale resigns from the clergy and the family moves to the northern town of Milton. Starring Daniela Denby-Ashe, Lesley Manville, Tim Pigott-Smith, Richard Armitage, Brendon Coyle, and Rupert Evans.
2017; 2004

The Hound of the Baskervilles: Episode 2

Sherlock realizes that his client is being followed by a mysterious danger. Can Holmes and Watson get to Sir Henry's hotel in time?
2017; 1982

Under the Greenwood Tree

A delightful adaptation of Thomas Hardy's pastoral romance set in the 19th Century. Amidst the surrounding farms and woodlands of the idyllic village of Mellstock, southern England, a love story grows between local boy Dick Dewey and beautiful schoolteacher Fancy Day. But in seeking her hand in marriage penniless Dick finds himself in competition with other more likely suitors, including wealthy landowner Farmer Shiner and local vicar Reverend Maybold. Will true love win out or will the social traditions of Victorian England determine Fancy's future?
2017; 2005

The Old Curiosity Shop: Episode 3

In this episode, Daniel Quilp searches for Nell Trent and her grandfather, who have joined a group of puppeteers. Based upon the serial publication written by Charles Dickens for Master's Humphrey's Clock. This film adaptation stars Natalie Ogle, Trevor Peacock, and Sebastian Shaw.
2017; 1979

Little Women: Episode 4

This dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel is about the lives of the four March sisters. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth are at home with Aunt March and their mother, a very outspoken woman for her time. The story reveals how the sisters learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. In episode four, Beth contracts scarlet fever, Marmee returns from Washington DC, and drama occurs with Meg and Brooke.
2017; 1970

Much Ado About Nothing With Helen Hunt

William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is an exquisite comedy of comparison and contrast. Helen Hunt, who has played Beatrice twice, investigates this finely balanced play through the testimonies of other actors who have played its major roles.

The Power of the Actor: The Chubbuck Technique

Acting coach to some of Hollywood's biggest stars, Ivan Chubbuck explains her 12 step acting technique as outlined in the best-selling book, The Power of the Actor.

Alice in Wonderland

In this exciting animated adventure, viewers travel with Alice down the rabbit hole where she encounters the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and all of Wonderland’s strange residents. This unique presentation of Lewis Carroll's children’s classic utilizes audio portions of a rare 1948 radio recording starring Dinah Shore as Alice, Arthur Q. Bryan (the voice of Elmer Fudd) as the rabbit, and Ralph Moody. Featuring cutting-edge animation created in 2010, this video is an instant classic that will be remembered for many years to come. (57 minutes)
2017; 2010

Don't Be Nice

The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title?
2019; 2018

The Adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson

As this companion docudrama to Kidnapped reveals, the true-life adventures of author Robert Louis Stevenson often outdid the escapades of his famous fictional creations. A sickly provincial middle-class boy, destined to follow in his family's engineering dynasty, Stevenson somehow managed to break free to live a life of travel and unbridled imagination. Dramatizations of Stevenson's extraordinary life form the narrative backbone of the film, backed up by photographs, interviews with experts and, of course, his enduring literary legacy.
2019; 2005