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Marxism - The Theory That Split a World
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Documentary footage, visually interesting animation of its major tenets, and dramatized interviews are used to outline the history and significance of Marxism. The film explores the monumental changes and enduring conflicts that were born out of Karl Marx's ideology. An…
Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party
For five years, feminist artist Judy Chicago worked with a community of four hundred other artists, craftspeople and researchers to create The Dinner Party , a monumental tribute to women of spirit and accomplishment throughout the ages -- women whose…
Trifles
The scene is the bleak Midwest plains. Five people enter a farmhouse in an attempt to solve a crime that one of them discovered the day before. While the three men search upstairs for evidence, the two women sit in…
Freud - The Hidden Nature of Man
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
This highly original program uncovers Freud's ideas in exactly the way Freud himself uncovered them: through his own dream analysis. In this way, we learn about his theories on psychoanalysis, the Oedipus complex, the unconscious, infantile sexuality, and the ego…
The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Based on historical records, this program shows how the hysterical behavior of a few young girls set off the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. "Vividly recreated, yet with taste and restraint. Students will certainly favor this production. ... with a…
Helen Keller: In Her Story
This is a simple, honest, tremendously moving saga, brought to the screen with the help of such notables as Katherine Cornell, Martha Graham and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Helen Keller, playing her own role, surpassed even the greatest actress, as she…
The Cows of Dolo Ken Paye - Resolving Conflict Among the Kpelle
In Fokwele, Liberia, conflicts often arise as a result of differing lifestyles. Cattle have divided the people into two classes: the rich cattle owners who can sell their stock for profit, and the poorer rice farmers whose crops are often…
Medieval England - The Peasants' Revolt
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
The men and women of the Middle Ages existed in a condition of virtual slavery under an oppressive system until at last they could not -- and would not -- endure suffering any longer. Although their rebellion of 1381 climaxed…
Human Body Series
Explore the mechanics of the human body with this informative and detailed series. Excellent visual resource for students, parents, and teachers. Produced by Bill Walker Productions, Inc. A Coronet release. Clip #1: "The Human Body: Circulatory System (2nd Ed., Rev.)"…
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Women's Work - An African American Dance Company
Urban Bush Women is an extraordinary dance/theatre company acclaimed for creating works that celebrate the heritage of African Americans. The company interacts with communities through workshops and performances. Using historic perspectives on dance, music, song and folklore, the company affirms…
The Puritan Experience: Forsaking England
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Here's a "beautifully photographed, well-edited program which uses the experience of the Higgins family to represent the lives of approximately 20,000 Puritans who, in the 1630s, were so thoroughly harassed by the Church of England that they decided to migrate…
The French Revolution - The Bastille
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
The setting is Paris, the date July 14, 1789. By dramatically re-creating the reality of that day and that year -- including mass hunger, crushing taxes, and resentment against France's rulers -- this program shows what leads the common people…
Greeks - In Search of Meaning
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
The magnificent age of Greece is recreated through the words and deeds of her citizens -- great and small. The eternal truths are dramatized in scenes from Antigone and Lysistrata; Socrates discusses familiar principles with his disciples; and the great…
The Changing World of Charles Dickens
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Superb performances from some of the most memorable works of Charles Dickens, including David Copperfield , Dombey and Son , Great Expectations and Oliver Twist . A fascinating look at a major writer who not only reflected his times, but…
The Jackson Years: Toward Civil War
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
The forceful personality of Old Hickory (Andrew Jackson) dominates this investigation of the major events of his presidential administration -- South Carolina's threat of succession, Nat Turner's rebellion, and John Quincy Adams' struggle to debate the question of slavery --…
Romanticism - The Revolt of the Spirit
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Nineteenth-century Romanticism--with its escape from an increasingly complex and industrialized world to the simplicity and purity of nature--is experienced through the literature of Hugo, Bronte, Shelley and Byron. In a scene from Les Miserables, Victor Hugo sees society as the…
Elizabeth - The Queen Who Shaped an Age
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
"I am England now ... let that be my life." These words, spoken by the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn as she ascended the throne, ushered in England's era of glory. Filmed at beautiful Hever Castle (the…
The Puritan Revolution - Cromwell and the Rise of Parliamentary Democracy
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Capturing all the color and turbulence of the period, this program portrays the zeal of Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans as they press their Civil War to its triumphant conclusions against proud King Charles of England in 1640. Specially edited…
The Crusades - Saints and Sinners
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
This full-scale dramatization, much of it filmed in actual locations, re-creates the events surrounding the First Crusade in the 11th century. Exploring the motivations of the people and their leaders, The Crusades climaxes in the taking of Jerusalem, a battle…
The French Revolution - The Terror
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Focusing on both humanity's idealism and its capacity for violence, this program dramatizes the ways in which the noble motives and legitimate causes of the French Revolution managed to spiral into a reign of terror, as the revolutionaries' original goals…