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The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Episode 1

Opium addict and choirmaster John Jasper has vivid dreams of killing his beloved nephew Edwin Drood and stealing his fiancée Rosa. When two exotic strangers arrive in town Jasper's dark desires take shape and his life will never be the same again.
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2017; 2012
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Sense and Sensibility: Episode 1

Mrs. Dashwood is devastated when her beloved husband dies. The late Mr. Dashwood’s estate and fortune are bequeathed by law to his son from a previous marriage, John Dashwood, to the delight of John’s rapacious wife, Fanny. Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are forced to move to a tiny cottage on a cousin’s estate in Devonshire, to start their lives again. It is perhaps Elinor, the eldest daughter, who is most upset to leave her childhood home. She has fallen in love with Fanny’s brother, the kind and unassuming Edward Ferrars. However, Mrs. Dashwood’s cousin, Sir John Middleton, ensures that the family settles into life in Devonshire. Before long, Elinor’s younger sister, Marianne, finds that she has an admirer in Sir John’s friend, Colonel Brandon. However, a rival soon emerges in th [...]
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2017; 2008
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A Doll's House

David Thacker directs this film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play that struck an early blow for feminism. Nora Helmer (Juliet Stevenson) secretly borrowed money from Nils Krogstad (David Calder) so that her husband Torvald (Trevor Eve) could recover from a serious illness without financial worry; she has been repaying the loan with money from her household allowance. Torvald becomes bank director and wants to fire Krogstad. Krogstad discovers that Nora forged a signature and threatens to reveal the truth unless she convinces Torvald not to fire him.
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2017; 1992
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The Later Years+B13

This video looks at Henrik Ibsen's plays The Masterbuilder and The Lady From the Sea, discussing how they provide glimpses of Ibsen's life and world, as well his his stage techniques.
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2017; 1984
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Youth and Exile

This video looks at Henrik Ibsen's play Ghosts and the stage techniques Ibsen used. It also discusses Ibsen's early life.
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2017; 1984
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Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Episode 3

Huntingdon has abducted young Arthur and Helen returns to him. In spite of his dissolute behaviour, she nurses him till his death. She agrees to marry faithful Gilbert Markham.
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2017; 1996
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Sense and Sensibility: Episode 3

Marianne learns the full extent of Willoughby’s betrayal and wrongdoing from Brandon, who reveals that Willoughby was disinherited by his aunt after getting a young girl (Brandon’s own ward) pregnant. Willoughby then ran off to London to – successfully - find himself a rich heiress to marry. The shock of this news is severe for Marianne and her health begins to deteriorate. When Elinor learns that Edward intends to honor his engagement to Lucy Steele, even though this means being disinherited by his mother, she and Marianne decide to leave London. They are both heartbroken. They stay with Mrs. Jennings’s daughter, CHARLOTTE PALMER, in Cleveland where Marianne falls gravely ill. Brandon helps Elinor to nurse Marianne back to health and they finally return, with great relief, to their [...]
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2017; 2008
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The Rivals

Sheridan’s first play draws on material from his own life—his scandalous marriage to a popular singer and the characters he knew in the town of Bath. His great satire turns the familiar world of arranged marriages, courtship, and rivalry on its head. One of the sharpest and funniest social comedies of the late eighteenth century is presented in the theatre built just nine years before the play was written in 1775.
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2017; 2004
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Episode 2

With Edwin Drood feared dead, Jasper tries desperately to remember events of the night before. He pursues Rosa with an intensity that pushes him to the edge of sanity, while a trail of evidence points ominously to the cathedral crypt.
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2017; 2012
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German Theater: Brecht and Schiller

This video presents scenes from The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht and Love and Intrigue by Friedrich Schiller, illustrating the different styles of the dramatists.
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2017; 1982
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Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Episode 1

A beautiful widow takes up residence in the near-derelict Wildfell Hall. Befriended by a young farmer, she will not tell him about her past, until malicious gossip spreads.
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2017; 1996
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Sense and Sensibility: Episode 2

Colonel Brandon is called away on urgent business and Marianne and Brandon’s rival, Willoughby, are left to fall blissfully in love. Elinor finally receives her visit from Edward, but his behavior is so odd and distant that she is far from reassured. Sir John’s nieces, the Miss Steeles, come to Devonshire and Elinor receives the shock of her life when Lucy Steele confides in her that she is secretly engaged to Edward. Elinor’s heart is broken but she’s true to her word and keeps Lucy’s secret, even from her sister, Marianne. Marianne receives a horrible shock of her own when Willoughby suddenly takes off for London, declaring that he’s unlikely to ever return. The girls however are invited to London themselves to stay with Sir John’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Jennings. Marianne sets off fo [...]
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2017; 2008
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Aspects of the Kabuki Theater of Japan

This video presents examples of Kabuki productions, showing typical styles of costumes and make up.
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2017; 1980
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Chekhov and the Moscow Art Theater

This video presents a brief history of the Moscow Art Theater with photographs and scenes from The Cherry Orchard, directed by Yuri Zavadski.
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2017; 1982
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The School for Scandal

This video looks at the balance and symmetry of Sheridan's age and the dress, manners, and musicas shown in the play The School for Scandal.
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2017; 1986
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Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Episode 2

Helen decides to reveal some of her life to Gilbert and gives him her diary to read. He learns about Helen's meeting, marriage and breakdown of marriage to Huntingdon. Later Gilbert sees Huntingdon's carriage come to fetch young Arthur.
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2017; 1996
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Cate Blanchett on Reviving Theater Classic Uncle Vanya for Modern Stage (8/15/11)

Australian actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh have brought the Anton Chekhov classic Uncle Vanya back to the stage, playing now at Washington's Kennedy Center. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the actors about the challenges of staging the play for a modern audience and why so many Australians seem to be acting these days.
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2017; 2011
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Uncle Vanya

A retired professor and his beautiful young wife return to the country estate left by his deceased first wife – in the process plunging the play's characters into a precarious state where, in Beckett's words, "the boredom of living is replaced by the suffering of being."
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2017; 1991
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Martial Arts of Peking Opera

This video presents and explains styles of martial arts and sword play of the traditional Peking opera.
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2017; 1900
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The Green Bird

This video presents scenes from Carlo Gozzi's The Green Bird to demonstrate the characteristic movements, and gestures of commedia dell'arte.
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2017; 1982