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Frances

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This is the story of a small-town girl who tasted the glory in Hollywood and on Broadway, and then went on to lead a life in which everything went wrong. After winning a nationwide high school essay contest, Frances takes up acting, and escapes Seattle by winning a trip to Russia, ending up a contract player for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. Frances continually bucks the system, and her refusal to play the game gets her in trouble with studio bosses, publicity people, everyone. Her strong-willed mother steps in to help her, and that's when her troubles really begin--series of hospitalizations, brutally mistreatment, and finally, a lobotomy. Frances never really got a chance to be who she should have been, or to do what she could have done. She had every gift she needed in life exc [...]
DVD
2001; 1982
Clemons (Stacks)
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Themes

Money, relationships, love, choices, race, isolation... The tangled webs woven in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice pale into insignificance compared with the director's relationship with his brother Trevor, Bassanio's personal struggle with his dating profile, Antonio's ill-fitting wardrobe, and Portia's blunt assessments of proceedings at rehearsal. This entertaining program provides students with a comical yet pertinent portrayal of the play's themes.
Online
2018
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Offstage, Onstage: Inside the Stratford Festival

Filmed entirely on location, this kaleidoscopic program takes an intimate look at stagecraft at the Stratford Festival, Canada's preeminent drama venue. Rehearsal and acting workshop footage spotlight a variety of specialties including voice coaching, fight choreography, wardrobe, makeup, props, lighting, and music. In addition, clips from the Festival's 2001 season showcase esteemed veterans such as William Hutt as well as talented newcomers in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Twelfth Night, and Henry IV, Part I; Chekhov's The Seagull; Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; and Lawrence and Lee's Inherit the Wind.
Online
2019; 2002
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Dramatic Style

In this clip, we examine the devices and dramatic styles Priestley employs to influence the audience's response to the play's characters and events, such as genre, structure, suspense, speech, melodrama, and dramatic irony. Combining a presenter and re-enactments of various scenes, this is an excellent resource for middle and senior secondary-level students of English, literature, and drama.
Online
2018; 2017
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TEDTalks: Sarah Jones-a One-Woman Global Village

In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.
Online
2018; 2009
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Characters

Dubious casting? Methinks not. Portia, the witty chameleon; her suitor Bassanio, who's indebted to his besty, Antonio; the merchant and debtor of Shylock who is...well...played by the director who's out to upstage his brother Trevor-what could possibly go wrong? This program profiles Shakespeare's complex characters in The Merchant of Venice in a way that students will find quirky and engaging.
Online
2018
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Valley of the Dolls

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Three girls come to New York City and later, Hollywood, to chase their dreams of stardom: there's Anne, the innocent secretary type who becomes an assistant to a large theatrical agent; Neely, an aspiring chorus girl with pluck who dreams of being a singer; and the beautiful blonde Jennifer, who longs to be a real actress, but is destined to be regarded as a sex object. Life has a lot to give them, but there are prices for fame and fortune-- addictions to pills, booze, drowned careers, crumbling fortunes, dizzying highs and incredible lows. The three girls go for broke, eaten alive by show business, sex, and drugs, in this trashy, campy exposé of the dark side of stardom.
DVD
2006; 1967
Clemons (Stacks)
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Dramatic Techniques

Thanks to a winning scratch card, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice will open tomorrow night. The director (a.k.a. Shylock) bounces back, Portia's learned her lines, Antonio's new shirt is a hit, although Bassanio's battling with his dating psychometric test-oh, the suspense; oh, the dramatic irony...
Online
2018