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1.

La Law

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Exciting litigators wrestle with cases of rape, murder, discrimination as well as problems of drug abuse, illness, and romance.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Ubu Roi

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In this expressionistic drama man is depicted in a distorted and exaggerated fashion in order to make fun of ambition, nobility, idealism and government. This was a major influence on the theatre of the absurd.
VHS
1978
Ivy (By Request)
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The Emperor Jones

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An ambitious Black man deposes the ruler of a Caribbean island and declares himself emperor.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Staging Classical Comedy

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Plautus' comedy Miles gloriosus is used to illustrate the authentic staging of a classical comedy. The film presents the ancient text on a reconstruction of the lost Roman stage.
VHS
2002; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
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Hunchback: The Noble Beast

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"The tortured life of Quasimodo is explored through film clips, interviews and a historical look at the turbulent times in which he came to life. From the moment the great novelist Victor Hugo created him in 1831, Quasimodo's story has been retold numerous times in plays, on television, in operas, and in an animated Disney musical."--Container.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Bontoc Eulogy

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A personal and poignant docudrama that examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's fair. The film focuses on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological 'specimens' in the Philippine village exhibit. A unique fusion of rare archival images, verite, and carefully orchestrated visual sequences shot in the present, the film is an innovative investigation of history, memory and the spectacle of the "other" in the turn-of-the-century America.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Commedia Dell'arte

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Antonio Fava explains the history of commedia dell'arte and shows examples through his classes in this art form.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
8.

Hamlet

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First-ever full-text film of Shakespeare's greatest work. Branagh sets this tragic story of the Danish prince tortured by his duty to his murdered father and by the guilt and fear he feels at the prospect of revenge in an opulent 19th-century world.
VHS
2000
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The Trial of the Moke

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Based on the real life story of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, who was wrongly accused of embezzling government funds.
VHS
2000; 1978
Ivy (By Request)
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Roman Comedy: Part 1 Plautus and Shakespeare

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Scenes from Plautus' Amphitryon and Shakespeare's A comedy of Errors are compared to show how Roman comedy inspired Shakespeare and later playwrights.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Roman Comedy: Part 2 Terence and MoliereI

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Scenes from Terence's Phormio, juxtaposed with scenes from Molière's Scapin, to show Terence's influence on later playwrights and to show how each play reflects the society in which it was written.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
12.

The Venetian Twins

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In this physical/situation comedy the stock character types of the servant, buffoon, young lover, meddling father, and pompous peasant are all maintained in their traditional costume (as is done in the Commedia dell'arte) but their masks have been eliminated. The plot's basic theme of "mistaken identity" takes on an aura of gaiety so that the viewer is advised to forget reality and surrender to the comic spirit of the play. José Ferrer provides a critical introduction and afterword.
VHS
1990; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
13.

Commedia Dell'arte

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Antonio Fava explains the history of commedia dell'arte and shows examples through his classes in this art form.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
14.

Three Plays

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Gertrude Stein once asserted that her plays can be staged in any way a director wishes, as long as the appropriate mood is created. This classic production gathers together three of Stein's plays from 1943, the grotesque and vaguely sinister trio of In a Garden, Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, and Look and Long, into a mélange of moody, pantomimed vignettes. Each play is directed by Jaap Drupsteen, known for his award-winning videographic special effects, with the voices of all characters set to music and sung-spoken by avant-garde singer/songwriter Fay Lovsky. Almost comic and outright nightmarish, these plays reveal a seldom-seen aspect of Gertrude Stein's oeuvre.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
15.

Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight

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Story of the friendship between the bohemian, boisterous Falstaff and the young Prince Hal, the future King of England. It dramatizes the betrayal of that friendship, and Falstaff'S disillusionment when the prince does become king.
VHS
1987; 1967
Ivy (By Request)
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Hippolytus

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VHS
1995
Ivy (By Request)
17.

Aristophanes' Frogs

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The god Dionysus decides that all the great tragedians are dead, so he goes with his servant to Hades to bring back Aeschylus. Europides objects, so a trial is held to determine which is the greater playwright.
VHS
1991
Ivy (By Request)
18.

Only When I Laugh

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In this hilarious comedy set in a National Health Service hospital, confused staff resist the temptation to have nervous breakdowns, while neurotic, hypochondriac patients panic over bogus rumours and ridiculous speculations.
VHS
1979
Ivy (By Request)
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The Emperor Jones: And, Paul Robeson, Tribute to an Artist

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1. Brutus Jones, a fugitive Pullman porter, who jumps ship and becomes the cruel, despotic emperor of a Caribbean island. -- 2. Tribute to an artist celebrates the warmth, dignity, courage, and talent of one of the greatest American artists of all time.
VHS
1993; 1933
Ivy (By Request)
20.

Julie Taymor: Setting a Scene

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A visit with theater director Julie Taymor who gives children a glimpse of her at work staging scenes from The Tempest. The children are also given a taste of the kind of visual theater created by using puppets, masks and music.
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)