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1.

After the Storm: The American Exile of Béla Bartók

When Béla Bartók fled to New York in 1940, he carried his love of folk melodies to Columbia University, where he became a research fellow studying Serbo-Croatian music. In this timeless program, friends and associates—including Yehudi Menuhin and the late Sir Georg Solti—join Bartók’s sons Peter and Béla, Jr., to reflect on the Hungarian composer’s last five years, in which he wrote the Concerto for Orchestra, one of his greatest compositions. In the words of the English newspaper The Guardian, this documentary is "an oddly affecting portrait of a composer who, they say, rarely smiled and spoke little, but—in the words of Georg Solti—had the aura of a holy man." (76 minutes)
Online
2017; 1989
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American Experience: Cold War Roadshow

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The story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history: the unprecedented trip across America in 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America's arch nemesis. The visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media story of the year.
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Americans: The Complete Fourth Season

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Two undercover KGB agents pose as a married American couple in order to spy on the United States government during the Cold War.
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Americans: The Complete Third Season

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In this thrilling third season, Philip and Elizabeth must deal with the revelation of their true identities as Russian spies, while their assignments grow more dangerous and corrupt. Meanwhile, Stan's past association with a double agent causes some trouble in the bureau.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Battlefield Detectives: Stalingrad

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Analyzes the battle of Stalingrad.
Online
2008
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 14 Up

Brokenhearted, twins Stas and Dennis have lost their father. Following a modest funeral, which their mother could only arrange by borrowing money, they allow their feelings to seep out tearfully for the camera. Rita's village has become a tourist attraction and her father runs a pleasure boat for out-of-town visitors. She is also hospitalized for an illness that no one seems willing to discuss. And Andrei has moved to the United States, having been adopted by an American family. Somewhat mischievously, he shows off his toy bird cage - a possible metaphor for his new situation, although his homesickness isn't immediately apparent. Such are the post-Soviet-era stories running through this installment in the Russian version of the Up chronicles. Thanks to interwoven archival footage, vi [...]
Online
1998
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 21 Up

I will always be Russian, says Andrei, showing the camera a handful of cherished photographs from his homeland. Even so, he has adjusted commendably to the strange new world of America, its unwieldy political culture, and the quandary of pursuing college or jumping into the business world. Back in the former Soviet Union, twins Stas and Dennis have begun to take separate paths in life, with one prospering as a sailor and the other waiting tables for a pittance. Meanwhile Rita has supposedly recovered from a bout with mental illness, but, perched on the shore of her beloved lake, she insists on making secretive predictions about "something big" in the offing. Such are the narratives running through this episode in the Russian version of the Up chronicles. Thanks to generous portions o [...]
Online
2005
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 7 Up

Shot two years prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, this program emulates the 7 Up documentary model in which a group of children reveal their thoughts and feelings on camera. The Russian participants introduced here include Anton, a Moscow boy who precociously foreshadows a coup in his nation's political future; twins Stas and Dennis who live in an industrial suburb of Leningrad, now St Petersburg; Asya, also a Leningrad citizen, who shares a small apartment with her mother and grandparents; Tanya, who laments the lack of retail choices in her country and whose mouth waters, almost literally, over a Western mail-order catalog; Almaz, who lives in a factory workers' hostel in the capital of Kyrgyzstan; Rita, who dwells on the shore of the largest freshwater lake in the world; a [...]
Online
1991
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Chaĭkovskiĭ: Tchaikovsky

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A dramatization of the life and music of Tchaikovsky, told through interconnected vignettes.
DVD
2001; 1971
Clemons (Stacks)
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Challenge of Ideas

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; Analyzes the basic ideological differences between "the American way" and the Communist State; describes the objectives and techniques used by the USSR to influence the peoples of the world; and emphasizes the importance of keeping the United States strong spiritually and morally.
Online
1960
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Le Chat du Rabbin =: The Rabbi's Cat

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A cat belonging to a widowed Rabbi and his beautiful daughter eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat spares no group or individual as he skewers faith, tradition and authority. The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa.
DVD
2013; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Dauri͡ia: Dauria

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The film is a historical epic set between the years immediately before the First World War and the October Revolution. The central character is a young Cossack who at first tries to remain outside of political events, but gradually joins the revolutionary struggle.
DVD
2000; 1971
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Death of Stalin

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When the tyrannical ruler Stalin dies, his hapless inner circle scrambles to come up with the next evolution of the revolution, but it's clear everyone is really out for themselves. Proof that comedy, like politics, is all in the execution.
DVD
2018
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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The End of Innocence [electronic resource]

This episode focuses on a more detailed investigation of Russia's nuclear coming of age. It traces the atom bomb back to its infancy, to a time when state-sponsored Russian physicists were sent to Cambridge to learn about this obscure new technology. Despite knowledge gleaned from this research, the Bolshevik government was slow to catch onto the strategic importance of atomic energy, continually dismissing it in favor of good old traditional weapons. As time passed, however, the government came to see the importance of the atom. While the U.S. poured the equivalent of 20 to 30 billion rubles into creating its bomb, the USSR achieved the same result at much less expense, largely thanks to its intelligence network that spanned the world's research hotspots.
Online
2012
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First Circle

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Inside a special prison, the first circle of penal hell is in Stalin's Russia. Dissident scientists are forced to work on behalf of Stalin's police state.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

Happiness =: Le Bonheur

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"This two-disc set includes Chris Marker's tribute to Russian film director Alexander Medvedkin, Medvedkin's silent classic 'Happiness' (1934), and loads of extras." ; "Based on the life and work of the Russian film director Alexander Medvedkin (1900-1989), 'The last bolshevik' is a tribute from one filmmaker to another. An archeological expedition into film history that reveals new cinematic treasures, the film prompts a reflection on the relation between art and politics in the former Soviet Union. The film captures the commitment, energy, struggles, illusions and disillusions of a believing but never naïve bolshevik. From Medvedkin's classic 1934 satire 'Happiness', and the 'film train' which he directed in the 1930s, to his sardonic comedies and bitter war newsreels, Chris Marker [...]
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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In the Name of Peace [electronic resource]

By the time the Stalinist regime gave way to the era of Khrushchev, Russia and its rival the U.S. were almost neck and neck in military prowess. One war may have been over, but, as this documentary unveils, another, the Cold War, was just beginning. As rivalry deepened into outright hostility, can the quest to produce the ultimate atomic weapon ever be associated with the phrase "in the name of peace"? In fact, both countries became stocked with atomic weaponry, including bombs, intercontinental missiles, and submarines able to cruise the oceans in secrecy with a devastating array of atomic missiles. As this episode shows, either nation had enough nuclear strength at its disposal to threaten the other's survival.
Online
2012
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K Evrei͡am Vsego Mira: An Appeal to the Jews of the World

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This Soviet newsreel from Aug. 30, 1941 shows the participants in a radio broadcast in which leading Russian Jewish intellectuals and artists spoke to Jews, exhorting them to support the Soviet Union in its fight against fascism. This meeting of Jewish leaders and the broadcast led to the formation of the Jewish Antifascist Committee in 1942.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Legendary Dancer Baryshnikov Opens New York Arts Center July 17, 2007 [electronic resource]

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This 2007 video from MacNeil-Lehrer Productions is an interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Online
2007
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Il Maestro e Margherita: The Master and Margherite

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Based on the novel by Mikhail Bulghakov, "Master and Margaret" is not only a story of devils visiting soviet and antireligious Moscow, of true and victorious love, of Jesus meeting Pontius Pilate. Above all it is existing proof of a great and praiseworthy belief that the world after all, is not so bad, and the people, if only given a chance are simply good.
DVD
2003; 1972
Clemons (Stacks)