Film and Television History: Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley












Film Genres
Film Analysis / Film Elements
Sex and Censorship in the Movies
The Hollywood Blacklist of the 1950s
Women in the Movies
The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity
Queer Cinema/Representation of Gays and Lesbians in Film
General & Miscellaneous Works

National and Ethnic Cinemas

African Cinema
East Asian Cinema
Latin American Cinema
Middle Eastern/North African Cinema
Scandinavian Cinema
South/Southeast Asian, Oceanea Cinema
Western European Cinema
Eastern European Cinema
Yiddish Cinema

Early Film (Film to 1930)

Works About Individuals

Mass Communications/Journalism
Early Film Compilations
Pre-Code Movies

Film Genres

Film genre bibliographies
Film genre videographies
Individual filmmakers

American Cinema. 13 part series. 1994. 55 min. each segment.
An epic analysis of the American motion picture industry and the development of film genres that combines rare archival film, key scenes from immortal movies, interviews with leading filmmakers and commentary from noted film scholars and critics.

This series available for online viewing (Requires initial registration at site)[Requires Windows Media player]

The Studio System. DVD 371; Video/C 3710
The Star. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3711
The Western. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3712
Romantic Comedy. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3713
The Combat Film. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3714
Film Noir. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3715
Film in the Television Age. DVD 371 VHS Video/C 3716
The Film School Generation. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3717
The Edge of Hollywood. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3718
Classical Hollywood Today. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3719
Film Language: the Director's Choice. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3719
Thinking and Writing About Film. VHS Video/C 3719

Martin, James. "American Cinema." (television program reviews) America v172, n3 (Feb 4, 1995):19.
Gaydos, Steven. "American Cinema." (television program reviews) Variety v357, n12 (Jan 23, 1995):42 (2 pages).
Goldberg, Robert. "American Cinema." (television program reviews) Wall Street Journal (Mon, Jan 30, 1995):A18(W), A18(E), col 1, 21 col in.

American Nightmare
Knife-weilding murderers, buxom teens fleeing for theirlives, the undead limping across streets. These imagesare synonymous with horror movies. Gobehind-the-scenes with filmmaker greats as they revealtheir inspirations for some of the most disturbinglygruesome films that have emerged on screen. Includesexcerpts from classic horror films. Contents: Scene excerpts: Bride of Frankenstain (1935) -- Thebrood (1979) -- The crazies (1973) -- Dawn ofthe dead (1978) -- Dracula (1931) -- Frankenstein(1931) -- The fun house (1981) -- Halloween (1978) --Maniac (1980) -- It came from outter space (1953) --Last house on the left (1972) -- Night of the livingdead (1968) -- Rabid (1977) -- Scanners (1981) --Shivers (1975) -- The Texas chainsaw massacre (1974) --Videodrome (1983) -- White Zombie (1932) -- Thewolfman (1941). 2000. 71 min. DVD 2417

The Animated Century
In this first ever comprehensive history of animation worldwide, animated hosts Professor Elderberry and Horace introduce clips from 160 animated films from 26 countries as they discuss the most significant animated films of the past 100 years. They also demonstrate different animation techniques including pin screen, pixillation, rotoscope, and cutout and puppet animation. Filmakers: James Stuart Blackton, Vadislav Starevich, Willis O'Brien, Winsor McCay, Yuri Norstein, John Randolph Bray, Otto Messmer, Max Fleischer, Walter Ruttmann, Len Lye, Dziga Vertov, George Pal, Dave Fleischer, Walt Disney, Juan Padron, Paul Driessen, Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Friz Feleng, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Walter Lantz, Jan Svankmajer, Tex Avery, Hu Jinqing. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2003. 92 min. DVD 4697

The Bible According to Hollywood
Film excerpts. Vol. 1. Intolerance -- The wanderer --King of Kings (1927) -- Noah's ark -- Sign of the cross -- The crusades -- Susan and God -- Song ofBernadette -- Samson and Delilah -- Fabiola -- QuoVadis -- David and Bathsheba -- Miracle of Our Lady ofFatima. -- Vol. 2. The robe -- The Egyptian -- Theprodigal -- Ten Commandments -- Ben Hur -- Solomon and Sheba -- Story of Ruth -- Esther and the King-- Spartacus -- King of Kings (1961) -- Gospel according to St. Matthew -- The Bible.

In the beginning, there was Cecil B. DeMille -- thepioneer of epic film directors, and the man whos tarted Hollywood's long history of Biblical-themed extravaganzas. This documentary presents a complete look at the history of this motion picturegenre through the use of extensive film trailers andthe words of directors, producers and stars who comment on how the films were made, why they were sopopular, and how they launched the careers of some of Hollywood's biggest stars. c1994. 90 min. Video/C 9318

Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon
Commentary: Robert Silverberg, Paul Verhoeven, Arthur Clarke, Mark Kermode, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Brisn Aldiss, Dick Jude, J. G. Ballard, Kim Stanley Robinson, Karen Joy Fowler, Octavia Butler, Dan O'Bannon, Bob Burns, John Brosnan, Robert Wise, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson. This documentary looks at science fiction classic films and novels, pulp fiction, B movies, and the special-effects wizardry of science fiction adventure epics. Interviews with key writers and filmmakers of the genre map out the history of science fiction while clips from a selection of popular films visually demonstrate an "image of the future." Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 51 min. Video/C 7391

Brothers Warner
Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack, the Warner brothers, turned a storefront into a dream factory. Filmmaker (and Harry's granddaughter) Cass Warner Sperling tells a story of sibling rivalry, social conscience, and the silver screen. It's a story told from the inside by those who lived it and from the outside by film historians. Director, Cass Warner Sperling. 2008. 94 min.DVD X3156

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (L'art du réel: le cinéma documentaire
Thirty-three documentarians offer reflections on making documentary films in this informative primer on the genre. The "superstars" include cinema verité master Albert Maysles and Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Patricio Guzman. The issues confronted are such important ones as finding a topic, the effect the camera has on subjects and restaging sequences for one’s film. Arranged thematically to provide a chronological overview of the process-- from why filmmakers make documentaries, to how they find their ideas, to how they work in the editing suite. Includes a bonus disc with over four hours of additional filmmaker interviews. Interviewees: Jennifer Baichwal, Manfred Becker, Michel Brault, Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill, Eduardo Coutinho, Paul Cowan, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, Jennifer Fox, Patricio Guzman, Werner Herzog, Scott Hicks, Heddy Honigmann, Sylvain L'Espérance, Jean Pierre Lledo, Kim Longinotto, Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, Stan Neumann, Alanis Obomsawin, Laura Poitras, Velcrow Ripper, Hubert Sauper, Rakesh Sharma, Barry Stevens, Sabiha Sumar, Nettie Wild, Peter Wintonick, Jessica Yu. Director & writer, Pepita Ferrari. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2008. 97 min. DVD X2185

Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment
The cinema verite (or direct cinema) movement of the 1950's and 60's was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from verite classics with commentary by filmmakers, this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever, with its influences on everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams. Contents: Free cinema -- Leacock's lessons -- Working history -- Engineering art -- Camera as eye -- Active eye -- Absolute truth -- Verite direct -- Schmeering truth -- Art vs. truth -- Dramatic conflict -- Politics of truth -- Subjective objectivity -- Living words -- The gaze -- Cutting truth -- Legacy -- Truth and consequences -- Fiction or faction -- Verite goes Hollywood -- Verite soap -- Re/processed verite -- Chimera verite -- Witness to the world. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. 1999. 102 min. DVD 4365; also VHS Video/C 7004

Alkana, Linda. "Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment." Film & History, Sep2001, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p61-62, 2p UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment." Bright Lights, January 2001 | Issue 31 UC users only
Speller, Katherine. "Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment." Senses of Cinema, vol. 11, pp. (no pagination), Dec 2000 UC users only

Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light
A fascinating look at the film noir genre including clips from noir classics and little-known gems. Interviews with modern noir aficionados like directors Christopher Nolan and Frank Miller, writers James Ellroy and Brian Helgeland and others, shape this multifaceted exploration of the movie style that grew out of the hard realities of post-World War II life.Special features: 5 vintage "Crime does not pay" series shorts: Forbidden passage / director, Fred Zinnemann (1941, 21 min.) -- A gun in his hand / director, Joseph Losey (1945, 19 min.) -- The luckiest guy in the world / director, Joseph M. Newman (1947, 21 min.) -- Women in hiding / director, Joseph M. Newman (1940, 22 min.) -- You, the people / director, Roy Rowland (1940, 21 min.). 2006. 68 min. DVD 5833

Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
Explore the most legendary horror studio of all time with this fascinating journey hosted by terror titans Cushing and Lee. Includes in-depth interviews with actors, directors, producers and writers; shock scenes from over 40 classic films; behind-the-scene home movies; and more. Written and directed by Ted Newsom. 1994. 99 min. DVD X5311

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
Interviews with John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Rob Zombie, Tom Savini. Dissects the slasher film genre in this ultimate anthology that takes you on a horrifying journey through your favorite slasher films, including Halloween; Psycho; Friday the 13th; Prom Night; and many more. Guides you through a series of gruesome scenes from classic films and recent hits. Based on the book "Going to pieces: the rise and fall of the slasher film" by Adam Rockoff. 2006. 88 min. DVD 8056

Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs
This documentary traces the history of the B-Western from it's silent movie origins to its demise in the early 1950s, when television began to bring this genre into homes on a regular weekly basis. The film contains a large number of scenes from early silents and seldom seen films, as well as old photographs of the stars and one-sheet advertisements for lost films. Featuring: Rex Allen, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Gene Autry, Ward Bond, William Boyd, Walter Brennan, Johnny Mack Brown, Yakima Canutt, Harry Carey, Andy Devine, Dale Evans, John Ford, Clark Gable, Hoot Gibson, William S. Hart, Raymond Hatton, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Herb Jeffries, Ben Johnson, Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Jane Russell, Randolph Scott, John Wayne. 2003. 94 min. DVD 8574

Hanging Shadows: Perspectives on Italian Horror Cinema
With its roots in the pulpy crime novels of the 1920s and 30s, Giallo cinema or Italian horror cinema, as it's more commonly known, first emerged in the late 1960s. Following the neo-realists, the giallo films represented a radical break with Italy's cinematic past. This documentary presents an informative historical overview of the giallo genre, exploring its genesis and chronicling the films, directors, and personalities that made up its golden age. Includes interviews with a fascinating group of filmmakers who redefined the horror genre and forever changed the way we think of horror films. Written, produced and directed by Paolo Fazzini. Dist.: Cinema Guild. c2006. 60 min. DVD 8604

Hollywood Singing and Dancing
One of the most comprehensive films about the Hollywood musical ever produced. Shirley Jones hosts this entertaining and historical document illustrated by film clips and interviews. This celebration of song and dance begins with Busby Berkeley's exquisite black and white choreographed extravaganzas that lightened the dark days of the Depression, continues through the rousing wartime songfests into the heyday of the great MGM spectaculars, and on to the present day, exploring recent smash hits like Chicago and Dreamgirls. Bonus features (ca. 120 min.): Q&A with Shirley Jones and director Mark McLaughlin, unedited interviews and stories, rare archival behind-the-scenes footage from films like Dames, Can-Can, Oliver, Thoroughly modern Millie and Funny girl; plus the premieres of Camelot, The king and I and more. Commentary: Pat Boone, Leslie Caron, Bilol Condon, Walt Disney (archival), Joel Crey, Shirley Jones, Joan Leslie, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Eddie Murphy, Robert Osborne, John C. Reilly, Ann Reinking, Debbie Reynolds, Smokey Robinson, Mickey Rooney, Jane Russell, Gloria Stuart, John Travolta, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Contents: Disc 1. Something that musicals do -- The dawn of an era -- The 1940s, rallying the country -- The majestic MGM -- The 1950s, a golden age -- The end of an era -- Bob Fosse and the 1970s -- Musicals was a dirty word -- Musicals in the new millennium -- Epilogue. -- Disc 2. Bonus features. DVD X430

Horror Business
Presents a documentary about guerrilla horror filmmakers and the bizarre culture that drives them to pursue their dreams. In 2003, filmmaker Christopher Garetano began what would become a two-year journey to discover what possesses people to become horror filmmakers, traveling all over the U.S. to visit independent filmmakers on and off their sets. In Horror Business, you will witness that quest unfold and meet some truly independent filmmakers including Mark Borchardt (American Movie) and Dave Gebroe (Zombie Honeymoon), along with monster movie personalities like Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast), Joe Bob Briggs (cult film critic and author), and Sid Haig (Foxy Brown, The Devils Rejects) Directed, photographed & edited by Christopher P. Garetano. Special features: Director's introductions, "The escape of horror business" short documentary, Chris Garetano's student film: "365 ways to cook chicken", trailer reel, and art portfolio. 2005. 82 min. DVD X3169

Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
Series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. 2008. DVD X828

Would Ya Hit a Guy with Flasses?: Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs
Episode one focuses on the comedy type "The misfit" and includes clips by silent film legend Harold Lloyd, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Andy Kaufman, Robin Williams, Cheech & Chong, Woody Allen and Steve Martin.

Honey I'm Home!: Breadwinners and Homemakers
Episode two focusing on television sitcoms starts with George Burns and Gracie Allen, the married couple who moved their popular radio program to television, then continues with clips from The Goldbergs (the first American sit-com), I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Seinfeld and The Simpsons.

Slip on a Banana Peel: The Knockabouts
Episode three looks at physical comedy, with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, Martin and Lewis, Lucille Ball and Jim Carrey.

When I'm Bad, I'm Better: The Groundbreakers
Episode four looks a the work of controversial comedians. For the groundbreaks fo comedy getting a laugh and getting at the truth were the same. Looks at the comedy of not only Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and the Smothers Brothers, but also Mae West, Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor.

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: The Wiseguys
Episode five looks at the comedy of W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Joan Rivers, Paul Lynde, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Larry David.

Sock it to Me? Satire and Parody
Episode six includes clips and discussions of Will Rogers, Abbot and Costello, Sid Caesar, Johnny Carson, Tom Hehrer, Alan Sherman, song lyrics by Tom Lehrer and Allan Sherman, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Laugh In, Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Includes commentary on the current practice of politicians using appearances on talk shows to promote their political careers.

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
Between 1970 and 1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch movies: The allegorical freak-out "El topo," the graphic horror of "Night of the living dead," the outrageous filth fest "Pink flamingos," outlaw reggae's "The harder they come," the phenomenal "Rocky horror picture show," and the darkly disturbing "Eraserhead." In this acclaimed documentary, discover the surprising stories behind these movies that defied mainstream America to change the world of cinema forever. Features startling clips, rare archival footage and revealing interviews with the films' directors, distributors, exhibitors and supporters. 2007. 86 min. DVD 8825

The Movies Go West
Hal Angus, of the original Essanay Film Manufacturing Company western unit, revisits the studio and location sites and reminisces about the early days between 1909-1916 when Gilbert M. Anderson produced and starred in hundreds of westerns. He points out that in the role of Broncho Billy, Gilbert Anderson created the prototype of the movie cowboy hero and established the format of the classic American movie western. 14 min. Video/C MM892

Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM
Discusses the life and career of Arthur Freed, who produced many MGM musicals. Includes film clips from musicals and information on how certain scenes were filmed. 1996. 87 min. DVD 7266

Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film
As popular as the classic gangster movies were in their heyday, they still hold power over their audiences today. Explore the invention and development of the crime genre from the turn of the century to the silent era to the rise of the great Warner Bros. stars like James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson; directors like Michael Curtiz, Raoul Walsh and William Wellman; the films themselves and the influence they had on filmmakers all over the world; and the artistic merit these defining classic films still warrant. Learn about the effect of Prohibition, Censorship, the Depression and World War II on the rise of criminality in society, and its subsequent reflection seen on-screen. Special features: Mob of classic gangster-themed cartoons: "I like mountain music," "She was an acrobat's daughter," "Racketeer rabbit" and "Bugs and thugs." 2008. 106 min. DVD X515

[Price, Vincent]Disc of Horrors.
Three documentary films shed light on Vincent Price's acting career. Vincent Price, renaissance man ; The art of fear ; Working with Vincent Price (66 min.). DVD X4373

Pulp Cinema
Seduction! Betrayal! Murder! A compilation of forty five original coming attractions from the golden age of film noir. Contents: Crossfire -- Big sleep -- Lady in the lake -- Brasher doubloon -- Maltese falcon -- Citizen Kane -- Big clock -- Witness for the prosecution -- Anatomy of a murder -- Woman's face -- Girl in 313 -- Accused -- Deception -- Strange triangle -- Postman always rings twice -- Private hell 36 -- Big knife -- Sunset boulevard -- Double indemnity -- Bribe -- Big heat -- Fury -- Ministry of fear -- Berlin express -- Gaslight -- Hangover square -- Fingers at the window -- Cobrastrikes -- Grand central murder -- Detective story -- Glass key -- Sealed lips -- Circumstantial evidence -- I am a fugitive from a chain gang -- Kiss the blood off my hands -- Act of violence -- This gun for hire -- Ride the pink horse -- City of chance -- Killing -- Night of the hunter -- Conflict -- Blackmail -- Key Largo -- Kiss me deadly. Performer: Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Ida Lupino, Vincent Price, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Gloria Grahame, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Jack Palance. 99 min. DVD 767

Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies
The wild no-holds barred independent American filmmakers of the '50s and '60s tell their own story in this critically acclaimed survey of exploitation and sexploitation filmmaking. 2000. 89 min. DVD 2212

The Sci-Fi Files
For centuries, science fiction has predicted the future. This film series explores the history of this art form using clips from films and expert commentary. Parts 1-4, each preceded by 7 minutes of theatrical advertisements. 50 min. each.

Part 1. Children of Frankenstein. Part 1 traces one of the prevalent themes of science fiction, biological experimentation and its potentially dangerous repercussions. From Frankenstein to 2001, from The Outer Limits to The Fly, this segment highlights some of the dangers of society's relationship with science. Films reviewed: Frankenstein -- Outer limits -- Sleeper -- The Fly --Metropolis -- The Humanoids -- The Time Machine -- Futureworld -- Robocop -- Brazil -- Terminator 2 -- Blade runner -- Barbarella -- Dr. Who -- Time bandits -- Planet of the apes -- 2001: a space odyssey. Video/C 5987

Part 2. Spaceships and Aliens. Part 2 examines spaceships and aliens, some of the most enduring icons of science fiction. This episode describes space as the playground for both mystery and adventure. Clips from films such as Men in Black and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the quintessential space program, Star Trek are presented to illustrate the role science fiction has played in our quest for and conquest of the universe. Films reviewed: Alien -- Trip to the moon -- Star Trek -- Destination moon -- Flash Gordon -- 2001: a space odyssey -- Forbidden planet -- War of the worlds -- Men in black -- Village of the damned -- Day the earth stood still -- Invasion of the body snatchers -- Woman in the moon -- First men in the moon -- Dark star -- Close encounters of the third kind -- It: the monster from outer space. Video/C 5988

Part 3. March of the Machines Part 3 looks at robots, one of the great figures in science fiction. Using clips from classic films and comic strips this episode examines science fiction's obsession with technology, from robotics to computers, from cyberspace to the technological development of weapons. Films reviewed: Robocop -- Metropolis -- Dr. Who -- Johnny Mnemonic -- Sleeper -- 2001: a space odyssey -- Godzilla -- Them -- War game -- Terminator 2 -- Dr. Strangelove -- War games -- Mad Max 2 -- Destination moon -- Moonraker -- Forbidden planet. Video/C 5989

Part 4. Living in the Future Part 4 examines science fiction movies that project into the future of mankind. By tracing the evolution of the city, attitudes towards women, sex and relationships and the continuing fascination with building ourselves a Utopia--perhaps on Mars, the film examines the dream of what the future may bring. Films reviewed: 1984 -- Forbidden planet -- Rocketship X-M -- Stepford wives -- Barbarella-- Robot monster -- Flash Gordon -- Devil girl from Mars -- Queen of outer space -- Metropolis -- Woman in the moon -- Terminator 2 -- Blade runner -- Soylent green -- Johnny Mnemonic -- Total recall. Video/C 5990

The Spaghetti West
Celebrates the history of the Spaghetti Western - the wildly popular but brutal cinema classics of the 1960s created by Italy's finest filmmakers. Featuring narrations by Spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone and actor Robert Forster, plus interviews with legendary composer Ennio Morricone, director Alex Cox, and a host of others who pioneered this vibrant film movement. 2007. 56 min. DVD 8318

Wanderlust
From Grapes of wrath to Thelma and Louise the open road has long been a fixture of the American imagination. And of all mediums, none are more enduring than the classic road movie. This documentary traces America's love affair with the 'road movie' through interviews with Hollywood stars and clips from roadie classics. 2006. 70 min. DVD X484

Weltwunder der Kinematographie: film history auf DVD
Various film selections arranged by type presenting an overview of the development of motion pictures. Contents: Tonfilm/talkies -- Kino farbfilm/color pictures -- Kulturfilm/Kulturfilme -- Faction/fiction -- Röntgen/X-ray-films -- Berlin/music -- cinema trailer. Primarily in German with some segments in English. DVD X1986

Film Analysis / Film Elements

Basic Film Terms
Presents precise visual examples of important film terms. Shows different ways of preparing a film script, provides "visual definitions" of sound recordings and editing methods, and demonstrates the various kinds of camera movements, shots and lenses. 1970. DVD X1445 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2094

Film Graphic: Abstract Aspects of Editing
Uses pictures, animation, and quotations from classical cinema to present some of the basic structural principles of film editing. Analyzes structure in classical painting, in still photography, and in motion picture photography, demonstration that the same principles are inherent in all three. 1973. 14 min. 3/4 in. Video/C 57

The Hold Up: An Editing Exercise
Film critic Roger Ebert discusses some basic components of filmmaking and (using a bank robbbery scene) explains how various shots can be edited into a unified film. Two edited versions are shown: one strictly film; the other, film with sound and music added. 20 min. DVD 8575

How to Read a Film: Multimedia Edition
Contents: Four complete books: How to read a film. Dictionary of new media. Reading about film. Reading about new media -- 130+ film clips -- Audio author's notes -- Audio interviews -- Experimental labs for film and video technology -- Animated interactive diagrams -- Virtual reality tours of studios -- Library of 140+ referenced texts, diagrams, charts and databases -- Subject, person, theme index. DVD-ROM. Compu/D 531

A Movie Lover's Guide to Film Language: Understanding the Creative Components of Film.
This program consists of a general introduction to film language and five "lessons" covering the major elements of cinematic language: (lighting, camera, mise en scene, editing, and sound). For each of these lessons there is a short overview to introduce the lesson and its film clip, which consists of an "original clip" of a scene from a classic film. This is followed by an "instructional clip" that shows the same scene again but with synchronized voice-over commentary about the use of film language it illustrates. The program is interactive allowing students to go directly from the introduction, to any of the five lessons, to supplementary information about the classic films or to the glossary of film terms used in the program. Scenes from: Carol Reed's "The Third Man" (Lighting), Buster Keaton's "The General" (Camera), Fritz Lang's "M" (Mise en scene), Sergei Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky" (Sound), and Alfred Hitchcock's "Sabotage" (Editing). 45 min. DVD 8573

A Nickel for the Movies.
A documentary which illustrates key elements of feature-film narrative by examining various cinematic conventions, basic assumptions audiences make about how a movie is filmed, and the role of viewers during a screening. Pt. 1 is a movie scene entitled "Putting yourself in my place". Pt. 2 called "Five or six things about this movie" analyzes Pt.1, extracting from it the principles or protocols which underlie classic narrative construction. Directors, Wally Sumpter and James Naremore. 1984. 21 min. Video/C 2525

9 to 5
Presents a portrait of people who work in adult entertainment, a business bigger than the music industry. Filmed over a period of more than a year, ten different stories unfold, delivering insight into the personal lives of people in the adult movie business. It depicts each one, unadorned and authentic, without glorification or prejudice, delivering deep insight into their personal lives - from glamorous to the grotesque. Written, directed and filmed by Jens Hoffmann. 2008. 95 min. DVD X3936

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
Explores a number of films from a psychoanalytic theoretical perspective with close readings of some of the most intriguing and celebrated films in cinema history. Serving as guide is the charasmatic Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek, who delves into the hidden language of cinema uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves. Structured in three parts, the film offers an introduction to Zizek's ideas on fantasy, reality, sexuality, subjectivity, form and desire. In a striking visual leap, director Sophie Fiennes immerses Zizek into the scenes he discusses. Whether he is unravelling the films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Zizek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect and unfailing sense of humor. 2006. 150 min. DVD 9289

Understanding Movies: A Video Companion.
Analyses and demonstrates through excerpts from films techniques of cinematography and how movies communicate to audiences in various ways. Companion video to: "Understanding Movies," by Louis D. Giannetti (8th ed., 1999). Contents: 1. Photography/Realistic -- 2. Photography/Formalistic -- 3. Photography/Expressionistic -- 4. Photography/Classical cinema -- 5. The shots -- 6. The angles -- 7. Light and dark -- 8. Different types of coloring -- 9. Over exposure -- 10. Mise En Scene/Aspect Ratio -- 11. Territorial space -- 12. Movement -- 13. Mechanical distortions. -- 14. Realism. 1993. 80 min. Video/C 6918

Witness Basic Video Training Tips and Techniques
A training video produced by the human rights organization Witness presenting ideas for using A training video produced by the human rights organization Witness presenting basic skills of shooting video, including lighting, focus, sound, and framing an image. It also gives some safety tips for human rights documentation when using video cameras. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist. Witness Project. 1996. 33 min. DVD 3271

Sex and Censorship in the Movies

Censorship and the Movies bibliography

Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn
Using film clips and narration, Annie Sprinkle presents a 25 year retrospective of her career as a pornographic film star. Features rare '70s hippie porn, early fetish films, feminist porn, art porn, transsexual docu-porn, classic XXX and more. Linda Williams, film scholar at UC Berkeley, shares her wisdom on a separate track. This film includes over 75 other XXX stars. Directed by Annie Sprinkle and Scarlot Harlot. 69 min. DVD 8742

Bad Girl
Women filmmakes are directing and producing hard-corevideos to the female consumer. These women claim the right to pornography made by women for women and reject the censorship called for by feminists. Arethey simply business-women out for their share of oneof the most lucritive film markets, or avant-gardefeminists and advocates of new sexual relationships? This documentary features selected film clips and interviews with feminist authors, filmmakers,anthropologists, sexologists and porn producers,directors and activists. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2001. 58 min. Video/C 8928

British Thrillers
An interview with William K. Everson, film historian and professor of cinema at New York University. Includes excerpts from his personal film collection. Video/C 2228; in storage NRLF: B 4 452 426

Censorship - The Unseen Cinema; Sex in the Movies.(Hollywood Chronicles)
Contents: Censorship - The Unseen Cinema (25 min.): chronicles the struggle in Hollywood for artistic freedom. From sex to drugs to propaganda, Hollywood has always been under fire from those who wish to control the content of films. Sex in the Movies (25 min.): looks at the role of sex and sexual innuendo in film. Sex symbols Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Marilyn Monroe and others lured audiences to the theatre and continued the tradition of sex in the movies. 50 min. Video/C 8262

Glasnost and the Soviet Cinema
Russian film historian Naum Kleiman talks with UC Berkeley Prof. Albert Johnson on the effects of Glasnost on current film production in Russia. 1990. Video/C 2217

Hollywood Censored: Movies, Morality & the Production Code (Culture Shock; 1)
First of a four part series exploring why particular works of art became controversial. Part one addresses the mass appeal of movies, including their portrayals of sex and violence which have made them a target of censors since the early days. In the 1930s, Hollywood studios enforced the Production Code, a set of guidelines for movie content, to answer growing charges of immorality. The Code lasted 20 years and still influences moviemaking today. As feature films continue to cause controversy, the question remains: do movies reflect--or cause--social behavior? Dist.: PBS. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 6908

Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy
With nearly 25 years in the adult film industry and over 1,600 films to his name, Ron Jeremy is huge. He's made millions of dollars and slept with thousands of beautiful women and is undisputably the industry's biggest star. Classically unhandsome, big and harry, he is a pop icon to millions. 2001. 76 min. DVD 1662

Sex and Buttered Popcorn
Examines the exploitation film genre in the United States. Includes interviews with some of the producers and directors of these films (known as Roadshowmen), along with scenes from and trailers for some of these films. Includes scenes from: Forbidden daughters, The road to ruin, Hollywood script girl, Maniac, They wear no clothes!, and others. 1989. 70 min. DVD 2547

Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen.
Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007.

The Early Decades. While the earliest motion pictures were admired simply for their novelty, viewers soon demanded more. This program describes the discovery of sex as a surefire cinematic attraction and the outrages it provoked among religious and civic authorities during Hollywood's formative years. Documenting the rise of William Hays as the arbiter of movie morality--and the studio system's answer, after the Fatty Arbuckle fiasco, to the threat of government censorship--the program explores the artistic and cultural shock waves created by Theda Bara, Rudolph Valentino, Erich Von Stroheim, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Busby Berkeley, Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, and many other early film luminaries. 50 min. DVD 8851

From the Depression to WWII. In what many see as Hollywood's Golden Age, the offices of William Hays and Joseph Breen worked overtime to combat sexuality and subversion in American movies. This program examines the products of that era--films that danced around the standards of the Production Code and paved the way for increasingly daring storytelling and images. From the modesty of It Happened One Night to the shocking and nearly prohibited use of "damn" in Gone with the Wind to the ambiguous morality of Double Indemnity, the program surveys the achievements of Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Errol Flynn, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Jane Russell, Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, and other screen artists. The forces that led to Hays' dismissal and the weakening of the Code are discussed in depth. 72 min. DVD 8852

The 1950s and '60s. After World War II, the wholesomeness of American movies faced a tidal wave of change--from outside, as a growing number of provocative foreign films made their way to the U.S., and from within, as car culture flowered and drive-in theaters sprang up across the country. This program documents the period, from the birth of art house cinema to the ascent of boundary-busting American actresses such as Ingrid Bergman, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and directors like Marlon Brando and Stanley Kubrick. Studying the shifting moral standards that Hollywood, Italian cinema, and the French New Wave signaled--and which the Catholic Legion of Decency resisted tooth and nail. The 1952 Supreme Court decision granting First Amendment protection to motion pictures is also highlighted. 59 min. DVD 8853

The Late 1960s to the '90s In 1965, the Catholic Legion of Decency closed its doors; the following year, the Hays Code was scrapped. This program looks at the cinematic milestones which prompted these events and the age of freewheeling film artistry that ensued, despite attempts at censorship issuing from the highest political level. Shedding light on the release of The Pawnbroker and director Sidney Lumet's historic confrontation with the Legion, the program showcases the forging of the Motion Picture Association of America's rating system and the eventual association of the "X" classification with pornography. The impact of AIDS, the struggle against child pornography, and the creation of the NC-17 rating are also illuminated. 62 min. DVD 8854

Single Beds and Double Standards(Hollywood. 3)
Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from:" Coney Island (1917) -- The Ten Commandments (1923) -- A Woman of affairs (1928) -- Reformers (1913) -- Fatty and Mabel adrift (1916) -- Life of the party (1920) -- Isle of love (1918) -- Ella Cinders (1926) Hollywood had become a fairy-tale city of fabulous wealth and dizzying success, when a series of scandals shattered the dream. The Fatty Arbuckle case so shocked America that producers appointed Will Hays to clean up the industry before the public's moral outrage put them all out of work. Hays encouraged "human, heartwarming pictures" and issued a strictly enforced production code designed to keep films wholesome. Hollywood had found its savior. But his price was self-imposed censorship which would rule Hollywood for forty years. Video/C 6156

Some Nudity Required
A documentary about the inside workings of Hollywood's B-movie industry, featuring film clips and rare interviews with the industry's exploitation vets. Gets to the heart of a widely felt and complex attraction to an exploitive world of filmmaking that specializes in the erotic/slasher/action genre. Interviewees: Roger Corman, Jim Wynorski, Maria Ford, Julie Strain. Produced and directed by Odette Springer. c1999. 82 min. Video/C 8347

The Subject is Sex
Contents: Erotography (1970, 00:30) -- Love revolution (02:14) -- Nudism-a way of life? (1950s, 10:30) -- Jade East (1960s, 00:38) -- Dynamite (1972, 04:15) -- Ratman (1920s, 03:24) -- Hollywood blue (1970, 01:26) -- Love moods with Lili St. Cyr (1952, 05:28) -- Uncle Si and the sirens (1938, 08:00) -- Presidential physical fitness (1960s, 01:00) -- Toughie punches out big daddy (1950s, 03:00) -- Mondo erotica (1975, 05:20) -- Giving an enema (1944, 08:16) -- French tickler (1920s, 02:00) -- Women in revolt (1972, 01:48) -- 970-KATHY (1988, 00:30) -- Memories within Miss Aggie (1974, 03:00) -- Crossing the equator (1950s, 01:25) -- On the beach (1920s, 07:00) -- VD is for everybody (1960s, 01:00) -- Buried treasure (1930s, 06:00) -- Bubble dance with Sally Rand (1948, 02:40).

Presents an extraordinary romp through the seamy side of sex in cinema in this compendium ranging from the 1920s through the late 1980s. Includes "home movies, hillbilly porn, cartoon smut, commercials, trailers, educationals, hygiene films, burlesque bits, peepshow loops" and more. Special features: Beefcakes and cheesecakes (06:43), Cheap smut give-a-way!. DVD 3322

This Film Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick's provocative film investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films. Kirby looks at some of the controversial rating decisions of the past four decades, hires private eyes to find out who these anonymous raters are and puts his own film through the rating process. 2006. 98 min. DVD 6868

Taboo: The Beginning of Erotic Cinema
The great myth of erotic cinema is that its creation came about in the 1970s. As soon as movie cameras were invented, people began using them to make pornographic films -- the earliest of which can be traced back to the 1920s. Here is the definitive history of pornographic films -- from silent-era sex on the bumper of a Model T Ford to soft-core to hard-core and anything goes... Includes bonus shorts from the 1930s and 40s. 2004. 90 min. DVD 4296

Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema
Featuring archival interviews with such screen icons as Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, Why Be Good? traces the history and evolution of screen sexuality and censorship in early Hollywood from 1900 to 1935. It also examines the scandals (onscreen and off) that eventually led to strict enforcement of the notorious Hays Production Code starting in 1935. Directed by Elaina Archer 2008. 70 min. DVD X5099

The Hollywood Blacklist of the 1950s

Hollywood Blacklist bibliography
1950s videography
Hollywood Ten page (UCB)
The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s (Professor Al Filreis, University of Pennsylvania)

A Crime to Fit the Punishment
In 1956, during the height of the Cold War and despitesevere pressure from McCarthy ravaged Hollywood andthe U.S. government, blacklisted filmmakers joinedtogether to create the controversial pro-union semi-documentary Salt of the earth. This filminvestigates the background and political atmospheresurrounding the film's production through interviews with the film producer Paul Jarrico andactors, newsreels from the '50s, and clips from thefilm. 1992. 46 min. Video/C 9289

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Film History.
This program examines the history of film, from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the invention of VCRs. Filmmaking's roots as an entertainment and storytelling medium are examined, along with the emergence of Hollywood, the studio star system, and birth of the talkies. Film industry regulation, including censorship, is discussed along with the blacklist and competition from television. Contents: One reel stories -- Visual storytelling -- Attracting audiences -- Studio control -- Movie competition -- Video trailers. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 29 min. Video/C 5680

Hollywood on Trial
Details the hysteria and paranoia of the blacklist era through presentation of key events leading up to the Cold War, actual extensive footage of the Hollywood Ten and the 1947 House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings on Communist infiltration into the movie industry, and present day interviews with formerly blacklisted actors, writers, producers, directors and members of the Un-American Activities Committee.

Featuring: Herbert Biberman, Alvah Bessie, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner, Jr., Albert Maltz, Dalton Trumbo, Adrian Scott, John Howard Lawson, Samuel Ornitz. Other appearances: J. Parnell Thomas, J. Edgar Hoover, Walter Bernstein, Howard Da Silva, Larry Parks, Millard Lampell, Ben Margolis, Zero Mostel, Otto Preminger, Ronald Reagan, Martin Ritt, Gale Sondergaard, Leo Townsend, William Wheeler, Gary Cooper, Robert Montgomery, Eric Johnston, Walt Disney, Robert Taylor, Jack Warner, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Stripling, Joseph McCarthy. 1989. 90 min. Video/C 5751

Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist.
Examines the long-term effects of the investigation of alleged communists activities in Hollywood by the HUAC. Also includes interviews with women whose husbands were blacklisted actors, writers, producers and directors. 60 min. Video/C 2149

Ordinary Americans: The Red Scare
Examines the history of official and unofficial attempts to find and punish communists, both in and outside the U.S. government. Hear the personal accounts of key political figures leading the hunt for communists, as well as what it was like for ordinary citizens entangled in the early years of the Cold War. Includes newsreel footage of air raid drills in Times Square and of testimonies given before the House Un-American Activities Committee, the blacklisting of the "Hollywood Ten" and other authors and entertainers. 1999. 35 min. Video/C 6589

Red Hollywood.
Film fragments and interviews provide a survey of the filmwork created by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist. Includes Alfred Levitt, Paul Jarrico, John Berry, Joseph Losey, Dalton Trumbo, Cy Endfield and Abraham Polonsky who were involved as directors and/or writers. An effort has been made to separate the authors' ideology from their contributions to Hollywood cinema. This is not a film about their politics or their martyrdom. In the film, excerpts that follow credits are limited to screenwriters and directors who were Communists, ex-Communists, and occasional sympathizers. Written and directed by Thom Andersen & Noel Burch. 1995. 118 min. Video/C MM431

Women in the Movies/Movie Industry

Women in film bibliography

Bad Girl
Women filmmakes are directing and producing hard-corevideos to the female consumer. These women claim the right to pornography made by women for women and reject the censorship called for by feminists. Arethey simply business-women out for their share of oneof the most lucritive film markets, or avant-gardefeminists and advocates of new sexual relationships? This documentary features selected film clips and interviews with feminist authors, filmmakers,anthropologists, sexologists and porn producers,directors and activists. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2001. 58 min. Video/C 8928

Calling the Shots.
This documentary highlights the accomplishments of women in front of and behind the camera. Employing film clips, candid interviews with contemporary directors, producers, screenwriters and actresses, this film is an indepth look at contemporary women who are directing dramatic feature films throughout the world. A film by Holly Dale and Janis Cole. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1989. 118 min. Video/C 2875

HerStory
Ally Acker presents an archival journey from 1896 to the present of the pioneering female filmmakers who transformed the movies and challenged the industry. Using rare clips and interviews she recounts a ground-breaking herstory of Hollywood directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and executives left out of the history books. Featuring: Lillian Gish, Sherry Lansing, Ida Lupino, Euzhan Palcy, June Mathis, Lenore Coffee, Grace Cunard, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Nell Shipman, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, Mae West, Virginia Van Upp, Maya Deren, Germaine Dulac, Elaine May, Claudia Weill, Susan Seidelman, Sherry Lansing, Dede Allen. Based on the book: Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present by Ally Acker (Main Stack PN1998.2.A24 1991) 1993. 55 min. Video/C 9416

The Role of Women in the Movies.
A history of the treatment of women on the screen. Features sequence from the films of Lillian Gish, Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Pola Negri, Louis Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Mae West. DVD 4219 (preservation copy); Video/C 835

Shooting Women
This global documentary reveals camerawomen's struggles to survive the odds in Hollywood, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, France, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. and other countries and explores their individual visions. Contents: Disc 2: Special features (103 min.): Women's smaller budgets -- The first camerawomen in Afghanistan -- Camerawomen & democracy -- Ola Butler -- Power in numbers -- Teaching courage -- Shooting & directing "Paroodeh" ; Working with guys ; Worst shooting experiences -- Teaching her son to shoot -- Lack of chauvinism in France -- Why women can't -- "CameraPEOPLE" -- Trailed by wolves -- Filming the Korean "Comfort women" -- Censorship & objectification -- Leaving country for career -- Camera assisting on "Star Wars" -- Filming the Olympics ; Safety in Hollywood -- On sexual imagery -- Women in Japanese camera unions -- Big budget films -- Sabotage in TV ; In her daughter's eyes -- Number of years to advance -- Shooting as hunting & gathering ; Daughter's career goal -- Women's problems : a global perspective -- Marriage & cinematography ; A dangerous stunt -- Learning to be a camerawoman -- Interview with Alexis Krasilovsky, director. written, directed and produced by Alexis Krasilovsky. Based on the book: Women behind the camera, conversations with camerawomen / by Alexis Krasilovsky. 2009. DVD X1310

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The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors
Unbeknownst to many, women have been directing feature films since the silent era of the American film industry. Such directors as Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Dorothy Arzner, Kathlyn Williams and Alice Guy Blache were a significant presence in the early days of Hollywood. Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, this documentary pays fond tribute to these pioneers. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1993. 45 min. Video/C 8986

Sisters in Cinema
A documentary tracing the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Realizing that she wasn't going to find her sisters in cinema in Hollywood, the producer traveled the independent path to uncover a wide range of films directed by African American women outside of the Hollywood studio system. Early filmmakers include Tressie Souders, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame C. J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Madeline Anderson, Kathleen Collins Prettyman, Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash and Eloyce Gist. Produced and directed by Yvonne Welbon. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM408

Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video.
Profiles a variety of women active in independent-feminist film and video, including production, distribution and education, whose work expresses a variety of political and esthetic viewpoints. The three part video begins by profiling 6 women whose careers began in the Fifties and Sixties, then six women whose work coincided with the emergence of the women's movement in the Seventies; and six women whose careers began in the Eighties and Nineties. Contents: Part 1. Creating an Infrastructure: Carolee Schneemann, Pearl Bowser, Julia Reichert, Margaret Caples, Kate Horsfield, Constance Penley -- Part 2. Lovers, Mothers and Mentors: Barbara Hammer, Michelle Citron, Susan Mogul, Juanita Mohammed, Vanalyne Green, Victoria Vesna -- Part 3. Reassembly Required: Carol Leigh, Frances Negron, Yvonne Welbon, Megan Cunningham, Eve Oishi, Valerie Soe. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1998. 83 min. Video/C 6994

Women Producers in Hollywood
In this program respected female producers demonstrate the stages of the motion picture production process and discuss obstacles they have overcome along the road to success. A variety of actors and industry personalities also offer their views on women in filmmaking to round out this illuminating documentary. Performer: Commentary: Gale Anne Hurd, Lynda Obst, Lauren Shuler-Donner, Lucy Fischer. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 7384

The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity

Movies, Race, and Ethnicity bibliographies
Movies, Race, and Ethnicity videographies

Achievements in American Black History: Early Black Cinema.
Documentary about the beginnings of American Black cinema which flourished between 1916 and the early 30's. Video/C 83

African Americans in Cinema: The First Half Century
Contains a rich body of primary and secondary source material, critical essays by prominent film scholars, biographies, film reviews and clips, tracing the history of African Americans in film and black films from 1894 to 1950. Includes an interactive searchable database that contains more than 3,300 movies emphasizing the contributions of African Americans to cinema. Compu/D 564

BaadAssss Cinema: A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films
In this groundbreaking documentary from the Independent Film channel, filmmaker Isaac Julien takes us back tothe early 70s and the explosion of blaxploitation films, today one of American cinema's most belovedcult genres. Featuring a wealth of footage fromclassic films and interviews with key players the film thoroughly explores blaxploitation films from their breakout casting and unforgettable soundtracks to the outrageous fashions and over-the-top story lines. 2002. 56 min. DVD 1561

bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation.
Bell Hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative powers of cultural criticism. She demonstrates how learning to think critically was central to her own self-transformation and how it can play a role in students' quest for a sense of agency and identity. Includes footage from many films and music videos, and news coverage. 61 min. Video/C 4970

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Black Hollywood (America Beyond the Color Line)
Does the increasing success of African-Americans as film actors, directors, and producers signal a genuine shift in the role of race and the influence of people of color in the movie business? In this program, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys to the West Coast and asks whether Hollywood remains institutionally racist or whether it is becoming increasingly color-blind in pursuit of the box office dollar. Interviewees include Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson, Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Nia Long, Don Cheadle, and John Singleton. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003 56 min. DVD 2336

Black Hollywood: The Way It Was (Library of Black History)
An extensive exploration of the "Hollywood treatment" given to blacks by the film moguls since the beginning of the film industry. Through interviews with film historians and generous film clips examines how and why stereotypes were created and used by the movie industry. It also explains the economics of the film business and probes the impact of racism, the Depression, and World War II on film production and distribution. Contents: Film excerpts: Birth of a nation -- Scar of shame -- By right of birth -- Black king -- Emperor Jones -- So red the rose -- Broken strings -- Blood of Jesus -- Sports cavalcade -- Cabin in the sky. Originally shown on the television program: Tony Brown's journal. c1986. 104 min. Video/C 8261

Black Shadows on a Silver Screen.
History of the motion picture made by Black film makers between 1900 and 1950, including scenes from these films. Emphasizes the attempt by Black film makers to provide alternatives to the lack of sensitivity and racism of Hollywood films by portraying Blacks realistically. 52 min. DVD X1409; vhs Video/C 1063

The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity
Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies.

The Bronze Screen
This extensive documentary honors the past and looks at the future of Latinos in motion pictures. From silent movies to urban gang films, stereotypes of the Greaser, the Lazy Mexican, the Latin lover and the Dark lady are examined. Rare and extensive footage traces the progression of this distorted screen image to the increased prominence of today's Latino actors, writers and directors. Special features: Film trailers as tributes to three of the most influential and legendary Latino forces in Hollywood history: Anthony Quinn, Rita Hayworth, Rita Moreno. 1975. 120 min. DVD 1526

Casting Calls
Does Hollywood's portrayal of villains reinforce racial stereotypes or does the industry give the public what it wants? This program explores the history of film's ethnic "bad guy," looking at sociopolitical and economic forces that create, perpetuate and rehabilitate these characters. Special attention is paid to current depictions of Muslims onscreen. Originally produced in 2001 by Discovery Communications, Inc. "Discovery Channel University". Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 47 min. DVD 3746

Changing Voices
Host, Mina Shum; filmmakers, Marjorie Beaucage, PaulWong, Troy Suzuki, Yasmin Jiwani, David Odhiambo, Maria Campbell, Barb Cranmer, Karin Lee. Moving through film history from early images of ethnography to the present day, this documentary examines the issues of cultural identity,interpretation and the changes of images seen since minority voices have reclaimed the screen. Director, writer, narrator, Loretta Todd. 58 min. 1996. Video/C 8706

Classified X.
A film by Melvin Van Peebles. Examines the treatment of black characters throughout the history of American cinema, using examples from classic films beginning with footage by Thomas Edison in 1903 to the present, tracing how Hollywood has aided and abetted the public perception of the African-American. From its earliest days, Hollywood reflected society's fear of blacks and countered with wish-fulfilling images of African-Americans as servile, ignorant, superstitious, or untrustworthy. 1997. 50 min. Video/C 5588

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco
Featuring George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Sophia Coppola, Saul Zaentz, Brad Bird, Clint Eastwood, Caroll Ballard, Philip Kaufman, John Korty, Chris Columbus. Explores the history of San Francisco's fiercely independent filmmaking community featuring rare footage and revealing interviews with George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Sophia Coppola, and Saul Zaentz, as well as other film greats! Celebrate and honor their visionary films, including American Graffiti; the Indiana Jones series; the Star Wars series; and many more. 2007. 120 min. DVD 9859

Gregory Nava & Allison Anders.
Features film critic and journalist, Michael Fox in conversation with Mexican-American filmmaker Gregory Nava, who's films focus on cross-cultural issues and themes of struggles within immigrant life in the United States as portrayed in "Confessions of Amans, El Norte, Mi Familia, Selena, and American tapestry." In part two director and screenwriter Allison Anders chats about her commitment to telling women's stories in her films "Mi vida loca, Four rooms, Sugar town, Gas food lodging, Border radio." Video/C MM102

Hispanic Hollywood: Then and Now
Celebrates the silver screen legacy of Hispanic entertainers. From the early passions of the "Latin lover" through today's top celebrities, this film looks at the careers and contributions of some of film history's most legendary Hispanic performers. Directed by Stephanie Bianca. c2007. 85 min. DVD X5336

Hollywood Chinese: the Chinese in American Feature Films
Documents the representation and involvement of the Chinese in American cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. While celebrating their contributions to American filmmaking a haunting and telling undercurrent of racism and stereotypes weaves its way in, suggestive of the difficulties that Chinese men and women found working in Hollywood -- particularly in the early years. As a historical footnote, Dong also makes film history by rediscovering and editing in footage from what is alleged to be the first Asian-American film ever made: the 1916 "The Curse of Quon Gwon," directed by Marion Wong.

Contents: Disc 1. Movie magic -- Cinematic memories -- Early Chinese images -- Chinatowns -- Movie: "The Curse of Quon Gwon" / Marion Wong (1916) -- Lotus blossom & Grandview films -- The good earth -- Anna May Wong -- Dragon seed -- Charlie Chan -- Fu Manchu -- Actor's dilemma -- World War II -- James Wong Howe -- Suzie Wong -- The last emperor -- Flower drum song -- Career paths -- Kung Fu -- James Hong -- Chan is missing -- The Joy Luck Club -- M. Butterfly -- The virility card -- Xiu Xiu -- Chinese from Asia -- Better luck tomorrow -- Progress and prospects. Disc 2. Special features (3 hrs, 30 min.): Vingate trailers ; Flower Drum Song world premiere news footage ; Early silents: Scene in a Chinese restaurant (1903, 0:17) -- Scene in San Francisco Chinatown (1900, 00:33) -- "That Chink at Golden Gulch" / director, D.W. Griffith (1910, 14 min.) -- "The heathen Chinese and the Sunday school teachers (1904, 2:46) ; Soundies: "Chinatown, my Chinatown" (2:43) -- "Where's the chicken in the Chicken chow mein" (2:47) -- "Wise man say" (2:55) ; Gallery of movie memorabilia from pre-1950s films ; interview outtakes with the stars of Hollywood Chinese. Director, writer, Arthur Dong. 2007. 89 min. DVD X5860

Hollywood Harems.
This documentary examines Hollywood stereotypes of the East, with particular attention paid to the Middle East and the depiction of women of the East. Juxtaposing film clips from the 20s through the 80s, the filmmaker argues these fantasies have worked both to shape and reinforce often derogative assumptions about the peoples of the East while at the same time reinscribing the moral, spiritual, and cultural supremacy of the Anglo-European West. 1999. 25 min. DVD X6708; Video/C 7079

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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
This documentary examines how American filmmakers reacted to German scapegoating of Jews before, during, and after the war, ranging from the boldness of Confessions of a Nazi Spy and The Mortal Storm (both of which were produced before America entered the war) to more oblique statements during the war itself, and then finally leading to an honest portrayal of the full consequences of the Holocaust beginning in the '50s. This film interweaves clips from Holocaust movies and interviews with film producers and directors and survivors who work in the film industry. Directed by Daniel Anker. 2004. 90 min. DVD 5041

In Black & White
Using archival newsreels, feature film footage and interviews with Afro-American actors and directors, this film explores the inception, struggle, suppression, and survival of the Black Cinema from the 1920s through the 1950s. This detailed documentary, a stinging indictment of racism in the arts and in American culture, examines the lives and influence of Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Oscar Micheaux, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Marcus Garvey and many others on Afro-American cinema. Dist.: Films Media Group.1992. 92 min. Video/C 5501

Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way
Explores the fascinating life of the tap dancer, Jeni LeGon who overcame barriers to become the first Black woman to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio. She subsequently appeared in over a dozen films, yet despite her talent, there were many hard lessons to be learned in a segregated Hollywood. This film showcases the path that Jeni forged for herself and the gift of inspiration that she gave a generation of dance students. The film includes interviews with the tap dancer Fayard Nicholas and archival footage of the Nicholas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fats Waller, Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway. Director, Grant Greschuk. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1999. 49 min. Video/C 7464

Jews, Movies, Hollywoodism and the American Dream
Using archival footage this film examines the lasting influence on the American motion picture industry of the Eastern European Jewish immigrants who founded and ran the major motion picture companies and studios that gave Hollywood its worldwide fame and produced many of the all-time motion picture classics of this century. Profiles in particular the work of Adolph Zukor, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer, the Warner brothers, Harry Cohn, and Irving Thalberg. 1998. 100 min. Video/C 5609

Gabler, Neal. An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. 1st ed. New York: Crown Publishers, c1988. (Main Stack PN1993.5.U65.G28 1988; Moffitt PN1993.5.U65.G28 1988; Bancroft PN1993.5.U65.G28 1988)

Last Movie(1971)
Directed by Dennis Hopper. Cast: Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Dean Stockwell, Michelle Phillips, Samuel Fuller. With a barrage of cinematic distancing devices at hand (flashbacks and flash-forwards, super-imposed titles, missing frames, projectionist cue-marks placed in the wrong locations in a film reel), Dennis Hopper concocts a hallucinatory acid-trip concerning an American movie company making a western in Peru. In the film an American wrangler remains in Peru after the filming is done and finds himself cast as the star of a bizarre cult's mock film. 106 min. DVD X6621
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Latino Hollywood. Part I
Latinos have contributed to the American film industry since its earliest days. During the silent and early talkie era, Latinos were almost always stereotyped as tempestuous lovers, bandidos, or cantina girls. This program remembers many of the early Latino actors and actresses and examines some of the stereotypical roles they portrayed. Mexican American Studies and Research Center, University of Arizona, 1994. 31 min. Video/C 4628

Latino Hollywood. Part II
1940's-1950s: All American stereotype and social realism -- 1960's-1970's: Criminality or invisibility -- 1980's: Chicano films, updated stereotyping and tokenism -- 1990's: Cross over dreams, new Latino filmmakers. Program looks at the history and image of the Latino and Latina in Hollywoood films from the 1940s through the mid-1990s. Also reviews the roles Latino actors and actresses were given to play in popular films during this period and examines the few social realist films of the period. It then charts the gradual shift in the 70's and 80's from the Latino stereotypical image to the growth of independent Latino filmmaking and the "crossover" films of the 80's and 90's. 1996. 18 min. Video/C 5109

Lip
It is Hollywood's favorite role for black women: the maid. Sassy or sweet, snickeringly attentive or flippantly dismissive, the performers who play them steal every scene they are in, and this entertaining video collage reveals the narrow margin Hollywood has allowed black actresses to shine in. But shine they do. Giving lip is proven an art form in these scenes from 1930's cinema to present-day movies featuring a remarkable roster of undervalued actresses and their more celebrated white costars. A video collaboration between Tracey Moffat and Gary Hillberg. 1999. 11 min. DVD 4791

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Mamadrama: the Jewish Mother in Cinema
A unique exploration of the maligned mother figure in Jewish twentieth century culture. In movies, television and books, she has been either revered or caricatured, often being the butte of humor and variously identified as emasculating, overbearing, oversexed, undersexed, long-suffering or overly materialist. Film excerpts: Mirele Efros (1939) -- Mothers of today (1939) -- Come blow your horn (1963) -- Where's Poppa? (1970) -- Portnoy's complaint (1972) -- My favorite year (1982) -- Jazz singer (1927) -- Noa at 17 (1981) -- Summer of Aviya (1988). 52 min. Video/C 9255

Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies.
Recounts the story of race movies produced for Afro-Americans from the 1920s through 1950 and the role played by Oscar Micheaux, the leading Afro-American producer and director. These movies were designed for Afro-Americans and were frequently shown at midnight. They presented Afro-Americans in a positive light. Featuring interviews with Afro-American actors and actresses, and historians. 58 min. DVD X1111; vhs Video/C 3614

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Midnight Ramble: The Negro in Early Hollwood
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No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee: What Do You Do When None of Your Heroes Look Like You?
Various Asian Americans relate how they had to assimilate and adapt to a dominant white society in America. Asian American actors discuss ethnic identity, mass media stereotyping and their subservient roles in the mass media. Film excerpts and actor interviews: Danger Island, Peter Lorre -- Year of living dangerously, Linda Hunt -- Auntie Mame, Yuki Shimoda -- Pink Panther strikes again, Herbert Lom -- Seinfeld, Dom Magwili -- Sixteen candles, Gedde Watanabe -- Bonanza, Victor Sen -- Green Hornet, Bruce Lee -- Flash Gordon, Max von Sydow -- Hook, Dante Basco -- Big trouble in Little China, Dennis Dun, James Hong -- Kung Fu, David Carradine -- American ninja, Guich Koock -- Fiendish plot of Fu Manchu, Peter Sellers -- Under the rainbow -- Seven faces of Dr. Lao, Tony Randall -- Marlow, Bruce Lee -- Terror of the Tong, Christopher Lee -- Karate Kid, Pat Morita -- Teahouse of the August Moon, Marlon Brando. c1998. 28 min. Video/C 7022

Race Movies: The Popular Art of the Black Renaissance
Explores the involvement of black filmmakers in filmmaking, from its earliest days through the 1920s with particular emphasis on the work of James Weldon Johnson, Oscar Micheaux, and Richard D. Maurice. Focus is on the movies that were made and the production companies that produced them. Writer, Thomas Cripps. 1985. 20 min. Video/C 8293

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Throughout its history Hollywood has portrayed Arabs as buffoons or bandits. This documentary seeks to rectify this sterotyping by comparing it to other forms of racist imagery in motion pictures and mass media by suggesting alternative narratives that treat the Arabs as human beings, not demons. Based on the book of the same title by Jack Shaheen (MAIN: PN1995.9.A68 S54 2001; PFA : PN1995.9.A68 S54 2001). Directed by Sut Jhally. 2006. 50 min. DVD 6553

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Reel Injuns
Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie "Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Natives. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, Charlie Hill and Russell Means, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to the present day. Directed by Neil Diamond. 2009. 88 min. DVD X2974

Renee Tajima Reads Asian Images in American Film.
Discussion of the stereotyping of Asians and Asian-Americans in American films, particularly the passive Asian woman and the monolithic Asian masses who do not seem to have individual identity. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1984. Video/C 2579

The Slanted Screen
From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The slanted screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century. Special features: A tribute to Mako (8 min.) ; "Influencing the image makers" : Oct. 5, 2006 panel discussion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (45 min.) 2006. 61 min. DVD 6998

Slaying the Dragon Reloaded.
Updates the documentary Slaying the Dragon by noting the effects of globalization and a changing population within the past 25 years. Includes interviews with actresses and other Asian American women who describe their experiences of such stereotyping. Directed/Produced by Elaine H. Kim. 2011. 30 min. DVD X6053

Slaying the Dragon.
This film analyzes the roles and images of Asian women promulgated by the Hollywood film industry and network television over the past fifty years. Also interviews Asian American women and their responses to the impact these stereotypes have on their relationships, their work, and themselves. Produced/directed by Deborah Gee. 60 min. DVD 8550; DVD X6053; vhs Video/C 1496
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Some Questions for 28 Kisses.
Confronts the viewer with images of Asian female/non-Asian male pairings in American movies and mass media. Examines topics such as interracial dating, ethnic fetishes, and race identity. 16 min. Video/C 4178

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Small Steps, Big Strides
This tribute celebrates African American silver screen legends. Included are interviews and rare footage documenting the kinds of roles black actors were first given, the challenges these performers met, and the real behind-the-scenes story of their acceptance and triumphs in Hollywood. Includes special mention of Darryl Zanuck who was the first to open major roles to African American actors. Performers: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Nicholas Brothers, Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, James Earl Jones, Gregory Hines, Hatti McDaniel, Duke Ellington, Ink Spots, Sidney Poitier, Stepin' Fetchit, Harry Belafonte, Ethel Waters, Darryl Zanuck. c1997. 60 min. DVD X2961; Video/C 8208

Stereotypes and Minorities; Familiar Faces, Unknown Names.
Stereotypes & minorities: an overview of the treatment of black actors in Hollywood. Actors Della Reese and Nick Stewart offer their insights and reflect on the changing roles of blacks in films. Familiar faces, unknown names: features the character actors -- those supporting players that we recognize but never know who they are. c1991. 45 min. Video/C 8304
That's Black Entertainment, Part I: Celebrating Legendary Black Actors.
Showcases the groundbreaking work of African American talent during the early years of Black cinema. Footage is from the 1920s through the 1950s. Dedicated to those performers whose talents have transcended the ages; Paul Robeson, one of the first stars of independent Black cinema; Oscar Micheaux, who made nearly 50 independent movies; Black film director Spencer Williams Jr. is also highlighted. 2002. 217 min. DVD X6585

That's Black Entertainment, Part II: Celebrating Legendary Black Westerns
Explores the Black underground film industry featuring footage from the 1920s through the 1950s. Features respected western actor Bill Pickett, who starred in the firest Black western, "The bull dogger" in 1921. Also represented is Herbert Jeffries, also know as The Bronze Buckaroo and the first cinematic Black cowboy star. 2002. 144 min. DVD X6585

That's Black Entertainment, Part III: Celebrating Legendary Black Comedians
Intriguing view of the underground Black film industry in the early 1900s. Featuring footage from the 1920s through the 1950s. Offers a priceless collection of unique performances by Black legends. 2002. 189 min. DVD X6585

That's Black Entertainment, Part I: Race Movies: The Early History of Black Cinema with Three Original Short Films
The first film, Race movies, explores the involvement of black filmmakers in filmmaking from its earliest days through the 1920s, with particular emphasis on the work of James Weldon Johnson, Oscar Micheaux, and Richard D. Maurice. Focus is on the movies that were made and production companies that produced them, including the Lincoln Motion Picture Company of Los Angeles, Micheaux Pictures Corporation and the Norman Film Manufacturing Company. Concludes with three shorts that were shown in movie houses prior to feature presentations. Contents: Race movies: the popular art of the Black Renaissance (1985, 20 min.) -- "St Louis blues" starring Bessie Smith (1929, ca. 15 min.) -- "Hi-de-ho" starring Cab Calloway (1935, ca. 10 min.) -- "Boogie-woogie Dream" starring Lena Horne (1941, ca. 13 min.). 59 min. Video/C 4837

That's Black Entertainment, Part II: The Soundies Era: Black music videos from the 1940's
A vintage collection of sixteen three-minute music videos called "Soundies" which were originally screened on a visual jukebox called Panorams during the 1940s. Includes many of the biggest names in Afro-American music and film. Contents: Hey Lawdy Mama / June Richmond, Roy Milton -- Take me back, baby / Count Basie -- Some of These Days / Maxine Sullivan -- Beat Me, Daddy / Maurice Rocco -- Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby? / King Cole Trio, Ida James -- Baby Won't You Please Come Home / Herb Jeffries -- Keep Waitin' / George Washington Brown, Deep River Boys -- Toot that trumpet / Deep River Boys -- Keep Smiling / The Four Ginger Snaps -- Babbling Bess / the Chanticleers -- Dispossessed Blues / Lynn Albritton, The Four Knobs -- Lovin' up a Solid breeze / Lynn Albritton, The Six Knobs, Harlem Cuties -- Block Party Revels / Harlem Cuties -- Minnie the Moocher / Cab Calloway -- I Call It Love / King Cole trio -- Lionel Hampton: King of the Vibes / L. Hampton. 47 min. Video/C 4838

Trailers Schmailers (1997)
Curated by Jenni Olson. From the Marx Brothers to Schindler's list and everything in between, this film offers a compact glimpse of the history of Jews in mainstream American cinema. Original coming attraction trailers provide unique insight into the relationship between the marketing departments of Hollywood studios and the growing visibility of Jews in American life. With spotlights on Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand, an overview of films about New York Jewish life, a look at the evolution of films about the holocaust, and much, much more, Trailers schmailers mixes humor and powerful drama with acute social commentary. 82 min. DVD 7253

Valentino's Ghost
Valentino's Ghost takes viewers on a chronological journey through more than a century of images of Muslims, Arabs and Islam in the U.S. media, from the early 20th-century fantasies of romantic sheiks to today's damaging stereotypes as evil fanatics. The film shows the way in which the changing image of Arabs and Muslims has mirrored America's political agenda in the Middle East. Valentino's Ghost enables viewers to put stereotypical representations of muslims and Arabs in historical context to sharpen their media literacy and increase their skills in questioning media representations, especially those of minority groups and people with whom our government is in conflict. The film ends with a report of a few Hollywood films that have provided complex images and avoided ethnic stereotyping. Written and directed by Michael Singh. Extras include "22 minutes of extended interviews with Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson, John Mearsheimer, Melani McAlister, Alan Sharp plus 5 clips [2:32] from comics Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani." 93 min. DVD DVD X6815

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When East Meets East
When an aspiring Chinese actress is told in an audition "You should be more Chinese," she is confused. What exactly does it mean to be "more Chinese" for people of Asian descent who have relocated to or were born in North America? This genre-breaking documentary explores the issues of ethnic and cultural identity through interviews with some of today's most prominent Asian and Chinese American filmmakers, actors and actresses in the United States, Canada, Taiwan and China: Wayne Wang, Clara Law, William Ging Wee Dere, Yan Cui, Sandra Oh, Ning Ying, Peggy Chiao, Chen Kuo-Fu, Ho Ping, Teddy Robin, Keith Lock, Janet Yang. Excerpts from films: Double happiness -- Joy Luck Club -- Chinese chocolate -- Temptation of a monk -- Moving the mountain -- Dim Sum -- Small pleasures -- For fun -- Treasure Island -- "18". (199-?). Dist.: Films Media Group. 53 min. Video/C 6924

Queer Cinema/Representation of Gays and Lesbians in Film

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered People in Film and TV bibliography
Queer Cinema/Representation of Gays and Lesbians in Film and TV videography

The Celluloid Closet.
Footage from over 120 films shows the changing face of homosexuality (both male and female) in the movies from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many noted actors, writers and commentators provide funny and insightful anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians in the movies. Based on: Celluloid closet / Vito Russo (UCB Main PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987) 102 min. DVD 706; Video/C 4717

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
An overview of the history of gay and lesbian cinema, from Kenneth Anger's pioneering Fireworks (1947) to Ang Lee's Brokeback mountain (2005). Packed with interviews and an array of film clips from the genre, this documentary celebrates more than half a century of queer independent filmmaking. Special features: bonus interviews (Say your name and who you are, First gay film memories, Sex, Christine Vachon, Coming out). Produced and directed by Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg. c2005. 82 min. DVD 6633

Ladies or Gentlemen
A revealing look at Hollywood's greatest gender-benders, exploring the history of cinematic cross-dressing, from Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in the comedy classic Some Like It Hot to John Travolta's take on Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Other gender-bending films examined include Mrs. Doubtfire, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tootsie, Ed Wood, Psycho, White Chicks, Big Momma's House and more. Discover the playful history of the most daring cross-sexual performances ever. Director, Kevin Burns. 2008. 53 min. DVD X2967

Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.
Featuring: Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche, Jennie Livingston, Monika Treut, Maria Maggenti, Su Friedrich, Heather MacDonald. Intimate conversations with lesbian film directors, including clips from their works, in which they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay, inspirations and techniques of filmaking, Hollywood vs. Indie and love and sex, on screen and off. 57 min. Video/C 5431

Making the Boys
This documentary "explores the drama, struggle, and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. The boys in the band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Features anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers." Directed and produced by Crayton Robey. 2011. 93 min. DVD X6719

The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
An exploration of the way Hollywood dealt with or ignored issues of homosexuality during its so-called Golden Age, when the studio system reigned supreme. This funny and occasionally rude re-examination of the subterfuges by which Hollywood has alluded to and at the same time avoided an issue that it could not even name, much less identify, it is at the same time a serious survey of gender issues and how they were perceived and perpetuated by the Hollywood dream factory from the 1930s up to the 1960s. A film by Mark Rappaport. 1997. 101 min. DVD X3967; Video/C 6071

National Cinemas

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
A documentary of the wild and wonderful untold story of 'Ozploitation' films as you take a journey through the Australian genre cinema of the late '70s and '80s - the years when Australia got into gear and blew the world away with what they had to offer. Includes anecdotes, lessons in maverick filmmaking and a genuine love of Australian movies. Special features: Commentary with director Mark Hartley and Ozploitation auteurs, deleted & extended scenes, Quentin Tarantino interviews Brian Trenchard-Smith, audio interview with director Richard Franklin, funding pitches from Quentin D. Tarantino and John D. Lamond, image gallery, original theatrical trailer. Includes 3 previews of other motion pictures. Written & directed by Mark Hartley. 2008 103 min. DVD X2906

Latin American Cinema

Latin American cinema bibliography
Latin American cinema videography

Chircales: Mas Alla de la Tragedia del Silencio.
A documentary made in commemoration of 50 years of filmmaking in Colombia presenting the work of two film pioneers, Hermanos Acevedo and Carlos Schroeder who produced feature films, documentaries and newsreels. 1987. 25 min. Video/C 9332

Film Caribbean. (Caribbean Eye)
Until recently, there has been very limited film production in the Caribbean except in Cuba. This program looks at some of the factors which influence regional production, reviews some of the best of what has been done, and what the future holds for Caribbean filmmaking. Includes excerpts from films. 1991. 26 min. Video/C 9817

El Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano = New Cinema of Latin America.
Contents: I. Cine humilde = Cinema of the humble -- II. El largo camino = The long road. Credits: Written, produced, and directed by Michael Chanan ; photography by Peter Chappell. Part I traces the origins and development of the new cinema movement in the countries of Latin American from the early 1950s to the present and examines its political and social themes. In part II the political and cultural dimensions of the new cinema since the 1960s are explored in greater detail. Examines the new cinema's political concerns, its desire to give expression to the traditional cultures, national identities, and everyday experiences of Latin Americans, and the growing prominence of feminist cinema. Both parts include commentary by directors and others active in the new cinema movement and excerpts from numerous films. Spanish with English subtitles. Narration in English. Video/C 4231 Pt. 1-2

Panorama do Cinema Brasileiro
An anthology and overview of the history of Brazilian cinema from its inception to recent releases. Includes filmclips from early films, documentaries and Brazil's most films successful and influential films. 1968. 134 min. Video/C 5176

Selling Hollywood, Stealing Hollywood
A documentary about film distribution in Mexico looking at the reasons behind the pirating of content. Directed by Tim Parsa and Ozcar Ramírez. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2008. 27 min. DVD X5942

Si me comprendieras
A well-known Cuban film director embarks upon the search for a black woman dancer and singer to play the central dramatic role in his next film project- a musical comedy. Rather than opting for an experienced actress, he feels he needs the freshness and spontaneity of inexperience- someone young with an urge for success. He sets about searching the Cuban Film Institute's (ICAIC's) extras files and, with the enthusiastic support of friends and the aid of a small video camera, he scours the streets of Havana in search of his actress. A film by Rolando Díaz. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 1998. 87 min. Video/C MM1268

African Cinema

African cinema bibliography
African cinema videography

Camera Afrique; Camera Arabe.
Two documentary films by the Tunisian director and critic Ferid Boughedir which constitute an indispensable introduction to film making in Africa and the Arab world. Camera Afrique (Tunisia, 1983, 95 min.), a documentary celebrating 20 years of African film production, presents early film pioneers with film clips and production histories. Camera Arabe (Tunisia, 1987, 62 min.) looks at the new Arab cinema of the post-colonial era. It includes interviews with filmmakers from North Africa and the wider Arab worlds and clips from a wide range of key Arab films. PAL format. Video/C 6326; also included as DVD special feature on DVD 3555 (Halfaouine).

The Cinema of Senegal
Performer: Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Ousmane Sembene. Interviewer: Larry Kardish. Following a five week program at the Museum of Modern Art on film makers in Senegal, Larry Kardish interviews Senegalese film directors Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Ousmane Sembene on the growth of the number of films from Senegal, the production of these films, and cultural influences. Includes clips from their films to illustrate points. Produced in 1978 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 27 min. Video/C 4610

In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid.
Turns the lens on filmmakers and the South African society they so often misrepresented. Films generally supported the ethos of racial domination that led to apartheid and it was only after Africans insisted on being heard that they began to be portrayed on-screen as more than mere adjuncts of whites. Includes newsreel footage of violence in South Africa and interviews with producers, directors, screenwriters, authors and actors who expound upon films they have been instrumental in producing which explored the conditions of black South Africans. 2 videocassettes. 108 min. DVD X1331 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4010

Matamata and Pilipili
In the 1950s a Belgian missionary and a film fanatic in the Congo, Albert Van Haelst, made twenty films featuring the African Laurel and Hardy -- Matamata and Pilipili. This documentary presents several of these first colonial films to come from the Congo, reclaiming an important episode in the history of Congolese popular culture while exploring the complex terrain of colonial relationships and media representations. 55 min. Video/C 9292

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Nollywood Babylon
Chronicles the wild world of "Nollywood," a term coined in the early '90s to describe the world's fastest-growing national cinema, the Nigerian film industry. The film delves first-hand into Nigeria's explosive homegrown movie industry, producing 2500 films a year, most for under $10,000. Peppered with interviews with producers, directors and actors, film clips and buoyed by a rousing score fusing Afropop and traditional sounds, Nollywood Babylon celebrates the distinctive power of Nigerian cinema now bursting beyond the borders of Africa. Featuring: Lancelot Imasuen, Odia Ofeimun, Onookome Okome, Eddie Ugbomah, Kingsley Ogoro, Helen Ukpabio, Isang Ubong-Awah, Omotola Ekeinde, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Kenneth Okonkwo. Directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal. 2008. 74 min. DVD X1894

This is Nollywood
Examines the burgeoning motion picture industry in Nigeria, most of which is shot on relatively small budgets with digital cameras. Also follows the shoot of an action-adventure movie (Check Point), whose cast and crew explain the movie-making process in Nigeria. This documentary reveals a revolution enabling Africans with few resources to tell African stories to African audiences. Despite all odds, Nigerian directors produce between 500 and 1,000 movies a year. The disks sell wildly all over the continent -- Nollywood actors have become stars from Ghana to Zambia. This Is Nollywood shows how the egalitarian promise of digital technology has found realization in Lagos, one of the world's largest and poorest cities. Directed and edited by Franco Sacchi. 2007. 56 min.

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Sisters in Cinema
A documentary tracing the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Realizing that she wasn't going to find her sisters in cinema in Hollywood, the producer traveled the independent path to uncover a wide range of films directed by African American women outside of the Hollywood studio system. Early filmmakers include Tressie Souders, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame C. J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Madeline Anderson, Kathleen Collins Prettyman, Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash and Eloyce Gist. Produced and directed by Yvonne Welbon. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM408

Welcome to Nollywood
After the U.S. and India, the world's third largest producer of feature films is Nigeria. Barely a decade old and already generating over $286 million for the Nigerian economy, this documentary explores this burgeoning industry, from its unique challenges to its diverse array of films that both mirror and comment upon the social issues of the continent. Directed by Jaimie Meltzer. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2007. 57 min. DVD 8681

Ebewo, Patrick J. "The Emerging Video Film Industry in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects." Journal of Film and Video. Fall 2007. Vol. 59, Iss. 3; p. 46 (12 pages) UC users only
Haynes, Jonathan. "Nollywood in Lagos, Lagos in Nollywood Films." Africa Today. Winter 2007. Vol. 54, Iss. 2; pg. 130, 21 pgs UC users only
Marston, Sallie A.; Woodward, Keith; Jones III, John Paul. "Flattening Ontologies of Globalization: The Nollywood Case." Globalizations, Mar2007, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p45-63, 19pUC users only

East Asian Cinema

East Asian cinema bibliography
East Asian cinema videography

The Carriers of Electric Shadows (Porteurs d'Ombres Electriques)
In the heart of the Chinese province of Sichuan, a team of itinerant projectionists - a woman and two men - travel through the countryside showing films to peasants. This documentary accompanies these missionaries of popular cinema from village to village as it explores their devotion to a profession threatened by the arrival of television and Chinese economic reforms. 27 min. Video/C 6777

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Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong
Offers an in-depth look at Hong Kong's wu xia film legacy and its influence on global cinema, from its roots in Beijing Opera to Quentin Tarantino's tribute to Hong Kong martial arts action in Kill Bill, Vol. 2. All of the bases are covered, from Hong Kong cinema's first martial-arts hero, Wong Fei Hung, to the balletic choreography of Chang Che, including the "one-punch" impact of Bruce Lee and the evolution of kung-fu comedy as epitomized by Jackie Chan. The Hong Kong technique of editing-in-camera is demonstrated in a multi-screen sequence. Film clips provide samples of the genre's classic films. Interviews with: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Jet Li, Ng Ho, John Woo, Lau Ka Fai, Cheng Pei Pei, Chor Yeuen, Sir Run Run Shaw, Tong Kay-Ming, David Chiang, Lau Ka Leung, Tsu Sung Hok, Sek Kin, Siu Sung, Wai Ying Hung. Written & directed by Ian Taylor. 2003. 55 min. DVD 3776

Cinema Asia: China
With the abyss of the Cultural Revolution far behind it, cinema in the People's Republic of China is as vital and complex as any in the world. This program examines the so-called Fifth and Sixth generations of Chinese filmmakers, exploring their thematic and stylistic differences and their varying approaches to deomestic and interational markets. It also looks at underground auteurs who use 'movie cafes' to reach viewers and evade censors. China on Screen coauthor Dr. Chris Berry, director Feng Xiaogang, and others provide commentary, while tours of Hengdian World Studios and the Beijing Film Studio offer additional glimpses inside the industry. The careers of Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou are also discussed. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 51 min. DVD X3135

Cinema Asia: South Korea
While often dealing with pointedly Korean issues, South Korean movies and television shows have pushed beyond their domestic market and are now highly respected by audiences across Asia and the world. This program studies ways in which South Korean films have changed over the decades, profiling a new generation of Korean filmmakers and their industry's tightrope walk between a blockbuster mind-set and more introspective storytelling. Interviews with several South Korean directors and University of London film professor Dr. Chris Berry, along with numerous film excerpts, illustrate political, historical, and feminist insights emerging from Seoul's cinematic community. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 51 min. DVD X3136

Cinema Korea
The Korean film industry, which once struggled to attract domestic audiences, has been successfully exporting its products and expanding its influence throughout Asia, Europe and North America in the past decade. Casual observers may associate Korean cinema with the broader cultural phenomenon of hallyu ("Korean Wave"). But contemporary Korean cinema's roots run deep and hallyu is only the latest chapter in a rich history. Features interviews with actors and directors, archival footage of classic Korean films and accounts of defining historical events to give a fully rounded view of Korean film culture. Written and directed by Christine Choy. Dist.: Filmakers Library. 2008. 50 min. DVD X2180

Cinema on the Road
Focuses chiefly on the little known recently emerging South Korean film industry. (Special feature on disc Nagisa Oshima's 100 years of Japanese cinema) 1997. 52 min. Video/C MM440

Devotion: A Story About Ogawa Productions
This documentary deals with the historical investigation of a post-war Japanese documentary filmmaking collective led by Ogawa Shinsuke, that made significant films of social struggle and village life. This documentary situates the revolutionary lifestyle and films of Ogawa Productions within the framework of the global student movement of the New Left in the mid 60s and the emerging documentary movement in Japan. Features interviews with members of the collective as well as directors Oshima Nagisa, Hara Kazuo, and Haneda Sumiko. In Japanese with English subtitles. Producer and director, Barbara Hammer.c2000. 82 min. Video/C 7724

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Grilled Rice (Gao Rang)
A study on the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese and Vietnam Wars and founded Vietnamese cinema. Mai Loc and Khoung Me, two veterans from the French war, tell of acquiring their first cameras and instruction manuals. Mr. Xuong, a traveling projectionist during both wars, recalls projecting films along the 17th Parallel and public reaction to the films. Tran Van Thuy and Le Man Thich screen some of the material that they shot and describe the hardship and fear they faced in combat and during American bombings. For all of them, "to make propaganda was obvious." But they also discuss their regrets. Thuy says "If we had had a more critical historical awareness, we could have left much better images." They didn't film enough of the hard daily life, and regret the many "heroic deaths that were not filmed, "but it would have been "useless," as the footage would not have been used. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 8806

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[Hou, Hsiao-Hsien] HHH: Portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-Hsein examines questions of identity and "native land," as he returns to the places of his youth to talk to childhood friends and discuss his films. His work is inseparably linked with the recent history of Taiwan and the emergence of the Taiwanese "Nouvelle Vague," an intellectual movement that united Taiwanese writers, journalists and filmmakers at the end of the 1970s; a movement that only became possible with the end of censorship and the advent of free discussions, through film and literature, about Taiwan's society. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 9081

Hou Hsiao-Hsien bibliography

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Nagisa Oshima's 100 Years of Japanese Cinema
The forces and themes that have shaped Japan's motion pictures are presented entirely through film clips and stills with narration. 1997. 52 min. Video/C MM440

The Taiwan New Cinema
A documentary focusing on the two stages of motion pictures produced in Taiwan: beginnings and foundation building of the 1980s and the pluralistic creativity of the 1990s. Includes interviews with directors and film critics, extensive clips from films and commentary on the relationship between Taiwanese cinema and social development of the society. Commentary: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Stan Lai, Ang Lee, Wang Toon, Peggy Chiao, Edmond K. Y. Wong, Lee Tain-dow, Hsu Hsiao-ming, Ho Ping , Wu Nien-Jen, Chen Yun-hou, Edward Yang, Chang Yi, Ko T-cheng. Written and directed by Deyung Zhou. 1998. 71 min. Video/C 9597

South/Southeast Asia and Oceanea

South/Southeast Asian cinema bibliography
South/Southeast Asian cinema videography

40,000 Years of Dreaming, A Century of Australian Cinema
George Miller's vivid study of Australian cinema forges a link between the high-tech narratives of filmmaking and the ancient Aboriginal creation myth of "The dreaming." The film explores an extraordinary national cinema, born at the outset of the century, but barely noticed internationally until the 1970s. 1997. Video/C MM443

Bollywood Bound: Finding Fame and Identity in India's Filmmaking Capital
For some children of Canadian East-Indian immigrants, the land of milk and honey that their parents sought is not North America, it is Bombay, home to the Hindi film and television industry known as Bollywood. This fascinating program follows four aspiring stars as they return to their parents' country to encounter not only the challenges of casting calls and rehearsals but the feeling of being an outsider in their own native culture. Questions of religious, linguistic, and moral identity are frankly addressed, providing a compelling study of what it means to feel like a foreigner in two countries. Dist: Films Media Group. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 9432

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Cinema Asia: India
While northern India's 100-year-old film industry is best known for flamboyant dance sequences and romantic plot lines, its directors have begun to step outside established formulas and explore grittier subject matter. This program surveys the world of Bollywood filmmaking, examining the personalities as well as the commercial and thematic concerns that drive central Asia's answer to Tinseltown. Interviews with directors Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker, and Yash Chopra are included, along with commentary from choreographers, musical directors, and Cinemaya Magazine editor Aruna Vasudev. The industry's newfound attention to poverty, homelessness, and other social concerns is examined. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 51 min. DVD X3134

Cinema of Unease
A personal journey by Sam Neill to the landscape of his native New Zealand where he examines the emerging national film culture and pays tribute to film pioneers Rudall Hayward and John O'Shea, while focusing on the extraordinary growth of New Zealand cinema in the last two decades. 1997. Video/C MM443

Larger Than Life: India's Bollywood film Culture
This program travels through the landscape of Indian cinema, providing contrasts and comparisons with its counterpart in the West. Interviews with Shahrukh Kahn and Manisha Koirala examine the pressures of Indian film acting. Shot in Bombay, Andhra Pradesh, and other locations in India, winter 2000-winter 2002. Dist: Films Media Group. 57 min. DVD 3745

Pelikula: A Video Documentary on Philippine Film.
Traces the history of movie making in the Philippines. Features film clips from movies produced since the 1930's that are representative of the major film genres. c1989. 40 min. Video/C 8061

Pelikula: A Video Documentary on Philippine Film.
Identifies and analyzes outstanding classic cinemas produced by the Filipino film industry in the past century. Includes commentary on the notable direction, story, screenplay, editing, musical scoring, cinematography and performances of these films. It also discusses the challenges and difficulties encountered in the development of cinema in the Philippine movie industry. Accompanied by a book entitled: Pelikula: an essay on Philippine film: touchstones of excellence. c1989. 60 min. Video/C 8048

Pelikula: A Video Documentary on Philippine Film.
Traces the history of movie making in the Philippines from 1961 to 1992. The film explores the independent producers who rose after the decline of the studio system, the movie personalities and the various film genres -- action, melodrama, the "bomba," musical comedy and horror movies of the era. Accompanied by a book entitled: Pelikula, an essay on the Philippine film, 1961-1992 / by Bienvenido L. Lumbera. c1989. 38 min. Video/C 8049

Reel Paradise
The extraordinary story of one American family's unique adventure running a cinema in an isolated village in the Fiji Islands. John's Meridian Cinema becomes the island's focal point of entertainment after he makes admission to the movies free. Meanwhile, his wife and their two kids immerse themselves in Fijian culture, discovering in very personal ways what it is like to be the outsider. Directed by Steve James. 2005. 110 min. DVD 5432

Satyajit Ray: Introspections.
An interview with the renowned Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He discusses his childhood, the influence of Bengal renaissance, his interest in design and typography, his approach to political films and violence in cinema, his interest in period films and children's films, his response to Western films and critics and thoughts on life and death. 1983. 55 min. Video/C 5874

Shot in Bombay
The title represents a triple-entendre: it refers to both the actual shooting of a film (in this case, a Bollywood gangster movie), the simulated gunfire in the film-within-the-film, and some of the shady activity that belies the creation of Indian populist cinema (with more than passing ties to the Bombay underworld). Liz Mermin plunges into the world of the said production, and intercuts several real-life narratives involving the cast and crew, which include: the efforts of the tyro director to launch his first production; the narration of a real life ex-cop slapped with the moniker "Bombay's Dirty Harry," who details the rise of the Bollywood criminal underground for the audience; and the complicated life of Indian screen idol Sanjay Dutt, enmeshed in a criminal trial for allegedly participating in a massive and deadly terrorist attack. Directed by Liz Mermin. 2007. 100 min. DVD X1227

Taking Pictures.
Australian documentary filmmakers explore the issues and pitfalls of filming across cultural boundaries through interviews and samples of their films of Papua New Guinea including Trobriand Cricket, First Contact, The Shark Callers of Kontu, Joe Leah's Neighbors, Black Harvest, Cannibal tours, and others. It also covers the work of indigenous Papua New Guinea filmmakers and their own experience making sense of film and culture. Featuring: Gary Kildea, Dennis O'Rourke, Chris Owen, Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson, Steve McMillan, Martin Maden, Ian Dunlop, Kuman Kolain. A Video by Les McLaren and Annie Stiven. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 4933

The Year of Living Vicariously
This split-screen documentary chronicles the shooting of the Indonesian film Gie (2005) in the middle of 2004, which is also when the country is undergoing its first direct presidential elections. Opinions from the cast, crew and extras of the film are sought on politics, filmmaking and the national myths of the past and present. They also speak about their memories of the Suharto years, their feelings about upcoming elections and their hopes for the future of Indonesia. Producer, director, Amir Muhammad. 2005. 63 min. DVD 7204

Middle Eastern/North African Cinema

Middle Eastern cinema bibliography
Middle Eastern cinema videography

Camera Arabe; Camera Afrique.
Two documentary films by the Tunisian director and critic Ferid Boughedir which constitute an indispensable introduction to film making in Africa and the Arab world. Camera Afrique (Tunisia, 1983, 95 min.), a documentary celebrating 20 years of African film production, presents early film pioneers with film clips and production histories. Camera Arabe (Tunisia, 1987, 62 min.) looks at the new Arab cinema of the post-colonial era. It includes interviews with filmmakers from North Africa and the wider Arab worlds and clips from a wide range of key Arab films. PAL format. Video/C 6326; also included as DVD special feature on DVD 3555 (Halfaouine).

Cinema Asia: Iran
Forbidden to depict sex, obscenity, or violence, Iranian filmmakers carefully choose their subjects and practice skillfully indirect, allegorical storytelling. Movies featuring children--filled with intimacy and social commentary that would be harder to realize using adults--have become common. This program examines the evolution and enduring individuality of Iran's film industry while envisioning its future both at home and abroad. Interviews with directors Majid Majidi and Abbas Kiarostami, and with film scholar Dr. Hamid Naficy, provide an inside look at the past and potential of the Iranian cinema. Kanun, a cultural organization central to the development of Iranian film, is also studied. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 51 min. DVD X3137

A History of Israeli Cinema
Weaves together clips from more than 70 years of Israeli film to give audiences a kaleidoscopic history of Israeli cinema, and by extension a history of the Jewish state. Part One spans 1933 to 1978, covering the early Zionist films that celebrated the struggle for nationhood. Part Two is devoted to 1978 to 2005, as filmmakers embrace the political and emotional reality of a country torn by ethnic and religious conflict. Includes interviews with noted film critics, actors and directors who talk about the role of cinema in a nation whose story is still being written. Commentary: Amos Gitai, Joseph Cedar, Yehuda Ne'eman, Moshe Ivgy, Zeev Revach, Avi Mograbi, Menachem Golan, Ronit Elkabetz. 2009. 208 min. DVD X2595

Hollywood in Tehran.
This segment of Nightline looks at how Tehran's spirited filmmakers express themselves and create world-class cinema despite restrictions imposed by Iran's Islamic regime. Segment of the ABC News program Nightline originally broadcast May 26, 1997. 23 min. Video/C MM415

Iran, a Cinematographic Revolution (Iran, une revolution cinematographique)
Traces the development of the Iranian film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country's tumultuous political history, chronicling how Iranian films reflected contemporaneous society and often presaged social change. It shows how mainstream commercial cinema served as a propaganda tool for both the monarchy and the fundamentalist religious regime, recounts the sporadic efforts of some filmmakers to reveal grimmer social realties, and the struggles against censorship and traditional cinematic formulas by such pioneers as Bahram Beyzai and Sohrab Shahid Saless and pre- and post-Islamic revolutionary 'new wave' filmmakers. A film by Nader T. Homayoun. 2006. 98 min. DVD 7189

Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness
While visiting Iraq in 2007 for the premiere of his first feature film, Ah.la-m (Dreams), director Mohamed al-Daradji summons the courage to look back over the turbulent past three years of his life and the making of his film in a volatile war zone. Ah.la-m became the first narrative feature film to come out of Iraq in over thirteen years. Written and directed by Mohamed al-Daradji. 2008. 83 min. DVD X5645

Awards

American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Handman, Gary. "Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness." Educational Media Reviews Online; Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p91-93, 3p

Panorama du cinema tunisien, 1966-2006
This panorama of Tunisian cinema is the first of its kind from Tunisia. It recalls 50 years of Tunisian cinema, with film clips from all genres, highlighting its history by careful selection of principal film sequences constitutive of its history and its genesis. A film by Hedi Khelil. In French without subtitles. 2007. 120 min. DVD 7799

Stardust Stricken, Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait
A documentary on the life of the controversial Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In this portrait, the filmmaker speaks about his life, childhood, political and cultural activities, his filmmaking style, and his beliefs about art, cinema, violence, religion and death. 1996. 70 min. Video/C 7973

Makhmalbaf bliography

Yaacov Ben Dov: Father of the Hebrew Film
Discusses Ya?ak?ov Ben-Dov's film career and the circumstances surrounding many of his films depicting Jewish life in Palestine from 1917-1933. 30 min. DVD X1925

Western European Cinema

National cinema bibliographies
National cinema videography
Individual filmmakers

French Cinema

2 x 50 Years of French Cinema.
Directed by Anne-Marie Mieville and Jean-Luc Goddard. Rather than exulting the achievements of the last hundred years this entry laments the ways that cinema has been forgotten. It is a work of sadness, but also of mischievous and quirky humour. 1998. Video/C MM444

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinemathèque
For forty years, Langlois presided over the Cinemath`eque Francaise with absolute commitment and unwavering passion. He preserved the priceless treasures of an art form by any means necessary. Includes rare footage and interviews to capture Langlois' life, triumphs and tragedies with candor and enduring affection. Special features: "Langlois monumental" (1991, 10 min., French w/English subtitles) A film of the dedication ceremony for the Langlois Monument. Featuring Sam Fuller and Marcel Carne. "Le Musee du Cinema Henri Langlouis" (1997, 3 min., French w/English subtitles) Featurette about the Henri Langlois Museum of Cinema. Narrated by Alain Delon. Stills gallery. Claude Berri, Claude Chabrol, Lotte Eisner, Philippe Garrel, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Mary Meerson, Eric Rohmer, Jean Rouch, Francois Truffaut, Jack Valenti. 128 min. 2005. DVD 5986

New Wave By Itself. (La Nouvelle Vague par elle-meme)
Eight notable French film directors discuss how the post-war film movement in France revitalized cinema. With clips from many of their most important films, they discuss how they made their first films, as well as the motivations behind their filmmaking. Varda talks about wanting to make films that were not pleasant, but were thought provoking, and Godard talks of wanting to destroy the cliches of commercial French cinema. By 1964 the movement was struggling and Truffaut, Rivette and Godard all discuss the "failure" of the New Wave. Introduction, Henri Langlois ; commentary by François Maistre ; directors interviewed, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Démy, Georges Franju, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Jean Rouch, François Truffaut and Agnès Varda. Originally produced in 1964. 58 min. DVD X3856; Video/C 9304

Description from Icarus Films catalog

German/Austrian Cinema

The Brothers Skladanowsky (Die Gebruder Skladanowsky)(aka A Trick of Light) (2002)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Udo Kier, Otto Kuhnle, Christoph Merg, Nadine Buttner, Lucie Hurtgen-Skladanowsky. A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema. The film tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers, the German-born duo who invented the "bioskop", an early version of the film projector at the same time as the Lumières and Edison were working on their inventions. The footage is shot with a 1920s handcranking camera, in the style of silent films. 76 min. DVD 6951; also on DVD X6346
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The Haunted Screen: German Film After World War One
Film critic Peter Buchka explores the German cinema of the 1920s through film clips from these mostly silent films with commentary grouped by film themes such as "Evil and how it entered the world; Dream figures from the real world; Toying with fate" and "Power leads to doom." Film excerpts from: Destiny (1921) -- The Golem: how he came into the world (1920) -- Castle Vogeloed (1921) --Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) -- Faust (1925/26) -- Metropolis (1926) -- Nosferatu: a symphony of horror (1922) -- Hands of Orlac (1924) -- Secrets of a soul (1926) -- Eyes of the Mummy Ma (1918) -- Dr. Mabuse, the gambler (1921/22) -- Madame Dubarry (1919) -- Danton (1921) -- A way to the night (1920) -- Variety (1925) -- Tartuffe (1925) -- Spies (1928) -- Last laugh (1924) -- Nibelungen (1922/24). Dist: Films Media Group. 1998. 60 min. DVD X6006 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6904

Night of the Filmmakers
A stellar assembly of filmmakers are brought together to discuss German cinema, including Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Volker Schlondorff and Leni Riefenstahl, with film clips to illustrate their points. Directed by Edgar Reitz. 1998. Video/C MM444

Sex Business Made in Pasing: ein Beitrag zur Filmsoziologie in Deutschland, 1969
An exploration of the German pornographic film industry. In German without English subtitles. A film by Hans Jurgen Syberberg. DVD X282

Unwanted Cinema (Unerwunschtes Kino)
For many Jewish filmmakers, actors, actresses, writers, directors and other creative talents, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party first threatened their livelihoods and soon their lives. In 1934 the exclusion of Jewish filmmakers in Germany led to independent productions in Budapest and Vienna, the so-called "Unwanted Cinema" banned by the Nazis. This documentary profiles a number of Jewish artists who contributed to independent films produced in Vienna and Budapest between 1934 and 1937. The film follows them in subsequent years, as they sought refuge from the Nazi terror, both in Europe and the U.S. The film focuses on Henry Koster, Ernst Verebes, Otto Wallburg, Felix Joachimson (Jackson), Hans Jaray, Franziska Gaal, Rosy Barsony, Hortense Raky, Oskar Pilzer, and Zoltan Vidor. Featuring scenes from many films of the period, Unwanted Cinema also recounts the efforts of Hollywood producer Joseph Pasternak, who offered many of these men and women their best chance of survival. Based on the book: Unerwunschtes Kino : der deutschsprachige Emigrantenfilm 1934-1937 (MAIN: PN1993.5.E83 U54 2000) 90 min. DVD 9910

Weinfilm, 1896-1976 (Austria)
An anthology of film clips from Austrian directors and producers from the invention of film until the mid 1970s, illustrating how Vienese filmmaking advanced with the most important works produced in the mid-1960s. Commentary: Ernst Schmidt, Jr., Kurt Kren, Peter Kubelka, Friedrich Achleitner, Moucle Blackout, Valie Export, Friedrike Mayrocker, Otto Muehl, Peter Weibel. In German without subtitles. 117 min. DVD 7737

Italian Cinema

Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano
This informative documentary chronicles the lives and careers of the Italian comics Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia who formed a memorable duo in over 130 films in the 1970s and '80s. 2005. 97 min. DVD 9577

Hanging Shadows: Perspectives on Italian Horror Cinema
With its roots in the pulpy crime novels of the 1920s and 30s, Giallo cinema or Italian horror cinema, as it's more commonly known, first emerged in the late 1960s. Following the neo-realists, the giallo films represented a radical break with Italy's cinematic past. This documentary presents an informative historical overview of the giallo genre, exploring its genesis and chronicling the films, directors, and personalities that made up its golden age. Includes interviews with a fascinating group of filmmakers who redefined the horror genre and forever changed the way we think of horror films. Written, produced and directed by Paolo Fazzini. Dist.: Cinema Guild. c2006. 60 min. DVD 8604

Hollywood on the Tiber (Hollywood sul Tevere)
Twenty years of history of world cinema told through images from the archives of Cinecitta Luce: two very important and unforgettable decades that brought to the screen films such films as Roman Holiday, Ben Hur and Cleopatra. Centered in Rome, the epicenter of Hollywood production in Europe includes archival footage of parties, premieres, awards, and scandals, depicting some of the biggest stars of the past. 2009. 60 min. DVD X4110

Il mio viaggio in Italia
One of the most acclaimed directors of our time, Martin Scorsese, directs and narrates this remarkable in-depth look at the careers of great Italian filmmakers and their profound influence on him. Scorsese highlights the classics of Italian cinema, from the neorealism of postwar Italy through its transition into opulent period drama and surrealist fantasy. Illuminated by insightful movie clips and his own impassioned commentary, he looks at the work of Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. 1999. 246 min. DVD X3007

Neorealismo
Director Carlo Lizzani discusses the origin and development of the Neorealism movement in Italian cinema between 1943 and 1945, with particular reference to the films Ossessione, Roma Citta Aperta, Paisa, and Sciuscia. 1989. 55 min. Video/C 5878

Neorealismo fino al 1950
Carlo Lizzani explores the development of Italian Neorealism in post-World War II cinema, when films such as La Terra Trema and Ladri di Biciclette brought prestige to the industry even as it struggled with financial problems.1989. 60 min. Video/C 5879

Neorealismo fino al 1954
Carlo Lizzani discusses the crisis and decadence of Neorealism in Italian cinema. In the fifties Rossellini seeks new ways to depict social change taking place in Italy, while upcoming talents such as Fellini, Antonioni and Lizzani use neorealism as a starting point for their personal probings. Meanwhile Neorealism spreads, giving rise to new schools of filmmaking in England, South America and France. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 5880

The Spaghetti West
Celebrates the history of the Spaghetti Western - the wildly popular but brutal cinema classics of the 1960s created by Italy's finest filmmakers. Featuring narrations by Spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone and actor Robert Forster, plus interviews with legendary composer Ennio Morricone, director Alex Cox, and a host of others who pioneered this vibrant film movement. 2007. 56 min. DVD 8318

Scandinavian Cinema

See also Ingmar Bergman

Spanish Cinema

Blood Cinema.
(CD-ROM/Mac). CD-ROM reviews the breadth of Spanish films and culture over the last 60 years. Includes excerpts from 15 films, with detailed analytical commentaries and hundreds of illustrations--including movie stills, publicity photos, paintings, drawings, and maps. COMPU/D 316

UK Cinema

The Best of British Cinema: Five Decades of Classic British Films
Explores the richness and diversity of the British cinema, featuring a spectrum of renowned historical dramas, adventurous tales around the world, romantic sagas and the amusing films that reflect the unique British sense of humor. The final episode looks at twelve actors important to British film. Contents: Private lives / writers-creators, Maurice Sellar, Lou Jones -- The Gentle touch / writers-creators, Ashley & Robert Sidaway -- World of Adventure / writers-creators, Robert and Ashley Sidaway -- The Romantics / writers-creators, Maurice Sellar, Lou Jones -- A Class of their own / writers-creators, Lou Jones, Ashley Sidaway ; actors, Marlene Dietrich, Merle Oberon, Robert Donat, Rex Harrison, Valerie Hobson, Ralph Richardson, Charles Laughton, Leslie Howard, Conrad Veidt, Sabu, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh.1999. 120 min. DVD X5337

Irish Cinema: Ourselves alone?
Produced and directed by Donald Taylor Black; editor, Maurice Healy. Donald Taylor Black presents a history of the Irish film industry, complete with film clips and interviews with directors, writers and producers. Video/C MM442

Typically British
Directed by Mike Dibb and Stephen Frears. Stephen Frears leads a discussion with other British filmmakers, and explores the wealth of images created by the British film industry over the last century. Video/C MM442

Other Western European Cinema

Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood
Dist. Cinema Guild. 59 min. each installment. 1995.

Where It All Began. The first of a six part series presenting the early days of the movie industry in Europe and the contributions of European filmmakers from the 1890's to the introduction of sound in the 1930's. Pt. 1, focuses on the earliest beginnings of film in France, Denmark, Italy, Great Britain and Germany and how the advent of World War I changed the direction of the burgeoning film industry. DVD 603; Video/C 5590

Art's Promised Land. Examines Swedish cinema's "Golden Age" which spanned nearly a decade. Swedish films were distinct in their ability to relate their heroes' struggle to the harshness and beauty of the landscape. The "Golden Age" ended in the mid 1920's with the exodus of filmmakers and stars to Hollywood. DVD 603; Video/C 5590

The Unchained Camera. Examines the German filmmaking technique which flourished after World War I, providing an escape from the harsh conditions suffered by the German people directly after the war. DVD 603; Video/C 5591

The Music of Light. Focuses on the French film industry in the 1920's as they worked to develop a European cinema which would surpass Hollywood and in the process developed the first miniseries and docu-drama genre films. DVD 603; Video/C 5592

Opportunity Lost. Examines the British film industry which lagged behind Germany and France for lack of funds. American directors came over to train apprentices and technicians, but soon gave up and withdrew even as Alfred Hitchcock was embarking on his stellar career. DVD 603; Video/C 5592

The Other Hollywood. End of an Era. Examines the impact of the advent of sound in motion pictures on the silent film industries of Britain, France and Germany and the first sound motion pictures produced in these countries. It concludes with the new Nazi regime of Germany in 1933 and the mass exodus of Jews from Germany which enriched the film industries of France, the U.S. and England. DVD 603; Video/C 5592

Film Montage: The Projection of Modernity
In this program, art historian Briony Fer analyzes the techniques and applications of film montage as they developed in the 1920s in the Soviet Union and Germany. By comparing and contrasting clips from October and Strike; Man with a Movie Camera; and Berlin - Symphony of a Great City, she illustrates how Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, and Walter Ruttmann employed montage to address the concept of the crowd as a heroic protagonist, the collective experience of going to the cinema, and other topics. Dr. Fer also juxtaposes the ideologies of Soviet Moscow and Weimar Berlin as presented in these films. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2005. 24 min. DVD 4486

Surrealist Film: The Stuff of Dreams.
Surrealist cinema sought to break with the conventional linear narrative style in favor of chance events and a world of the subconscious. This program analyzes the origin, evolution and legacy of this cinematic movement whose stylistic artifacts can still be found in today's mass culture. Key figures of Dadaism and Surrealism are highlighted including Germaine Dulac, Luis Bunuel and Man Ray with excerpts from their works and other films of the genre. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 39 min. DVD 4145

Eastern European Cinema

Eastern European cinema bibliographies
Eastern European cinema videography

[Eisenstein, Sergei]
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100 Years of Polish Cinema
Pawel Lozinski's film focuses not on the filmmakers, but on those for whom movies are made -- the audience. Through interviews with children and the elderly, Lozinski attempts to evoke the magic and power of Polish cinema through collective memory. 61 min. Video/C MM445

Film Montage: The Projection of Modernity
In this program, art historian Briony Fer analyzes the techniques and applications of film montage as they developed in the 1920s in the Soviet Union and Germany. By comparing and contrasting clips from October and Strike; Man with a Movie Camera; and Berlin - Symphony of a Great City, she illustrates how Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, and Walter Ruttmann employed montage to address the concept of the crowd as a heroic protagonist, the collective experience of going to the cinema, and other topics. Dr. Fer also juxtaposes the ideologies of Soviet Moscow and Weimar Berlin as presented in these films. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2005. 24 min. DVD 4486

Russian Idea.
The term "The Russian Idea" is used to describe a desire for revolution, to create a utopia. In this film director Sergei Selyanov attempts to prove that 'our national films' that have become part of the world culture are connected with 'The Russian Idea' in one way or the other, using clips from the films of Eisenstein, Pudovkin and Vertov. Directed by Sergei Selyanov. 53 min. 1999. Video/C MM445

[Tarkovsky, Andrei]
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Velvet Hangover: The End of the Czech Film Miracle
Various Czech producers, directors, film editors and writers discuss the struggles they faced as they tried to realize their artistic visions in a constantly shifting political landscape from the heady days of the mid-Sixties, through the repressive period of "Normalization," and up to the present-day, ten years after the Velvet Revolution. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2000. 144 min. Video/C 9799

Yiddish Cinema

MRC holdings of Yiddish cinema

Almonds and Raisins: A History of the Yiddish Cinema
A documentary on the Yiddish cinema in America, primarily in New York City from 1927 to the 1940's. Features extensive excerpts from Yiddish films (most subtitled in English) including The cantor's son, Overture to glory with Moishe Oysher, Yidl mitn fidl with Molly Picon and Tevye with Maurice Schwartz. Has contemporary footage of New York City and Eastern European village life. Includes interviews with those who have participated in the Yiddish cinema. 90 min. Video/C 1881

The Yiddish Cinema.
Beginning with a brief history of Yiddish language and culture, the history of Yiddish cinema is recounted, using excerpts from Yiddish films: A Letter to Mother (1939), Tevye (1939, Jewish luck (1925), The Dybbuk (1937), Yiddle with his fiddle (1936), The Jester (1937), The Light ahead (1939), Uncle Moses (1932), Greenfields (1937), American matchmaker (1940). 60 min. Video/C 3198

Scandinavia Cinema

Ingmar Bergman bibliographies
Lars von Trier bibliographies
Scandinavia cinema videography

[Bergman, Ingmar]
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Carl Theodor Dreyer - My Metier
This exhaustive documentary surveys the career of one of the great motion picture directors, following Dreyer's life through interviews with the director and his colleagues, film clips and archival materials. 2001. 94 min. DVD 830

I Am Curious
Film actress Lena Nyman is Bjorkman's guide on a journey through Nordic cinema history, attempting to discover the special elements of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic cinema. Includes film clips and conversations with filmmakers such as Lars von Trier, Stefan Jarl, Liv Ullman and Aki Kaurismaki. 1998. Video/C MM444

[Von Trier, Lars]
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General & Miscellaneous

Acting: Michael Caine on Acting in Film
Academy Award winning actor Michael Caine shares his personal insights into the art and science of film acting. Witty and entertaining, he takes the nuts and bolts of film acting to pieces and gives away many trade secrets in the process in this serious but entertaining insight into the mechanics of acting. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 6857

Alias Nick & Nora
Presents two documentary tributes saluting William Powell and Myrna Loy, who featured together in the "Thin Man," radio and television series. William Powell was originally a silent film star and cast as a loveable villian. Myrna Loy's career is traced from her passage as a screen exotic to a delightful sleuth-socialite to the reigning queen of Hollywood. Myrna Loy: originally released in 1990, William Powell in 2005. 77 min. DVD 4153

American Cinema. 13 part series. 1994. 55 min. each segment.
An epic analysis of the American motion picture industry and the development of film genres that combines rare archival film, key scenes from immortal movies, interviews with leading filmmakers and commentary from noted film scholars and critics.

This series available for online viewing (Requires initial registration at site)[Requires Windows Media player]

The Studio System. DVD 371; Video/C 3710
The Star. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3711
The Western. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3712
Romantic Comedy. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3713
The Combat Film. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3714
Film Noir. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3715
Film in the Television Age. DVD 371 VHS Video/C 3716
The Film School Generation. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3717
The Edge of Hollywood. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3718
Classical Hollywood Today. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3719
Film Language: the Director's Choice. DVD 371; VHS Video/C 3719
Thinking and Writing About Film. VHS Video/C 3719

Martin, James. "American Cinema." (television program reviews) America v172, n3 (Feb 4, 1995):19.
Gaydos, Steven. "American Cinema." (television program reviews) Variety v357, n12 (Jan 23, 1995):42 (2 pages).
Goldberg, Robert. "American Cinema." (television program reviews) Wall Street Journal (Mon, Jan 30, 1995):A18(W), A18(E), col 1, 21 col in.

And Nothing But the Truth
Discussion of document and fiction in filmmaking. How does fiction affect our perception of reality and understanding of truth? And how much of a so-called documentary is really document? These blurry lines are explored in a variety of documentary, fiction and hybrid films while filmmakers are questioned about their chosen tactics. Directed by Fumiko Kiyooka & Gretchen Jordan Bastow. 1996. 52 min. Video/C MM403

Artist
A fast-paced journey through Hollywood's depiction of the artist. Using a wealth of clips from classic cinema bio pics and popular television sitcoms, the voyage spans centuries of art and art-making to reveal how five decades of mainstream media have perceived the creative process and creators themselves. A video collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg. 1999. 10 min. Video/C MM978

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Behind the Screens: Hollywood Goes Hypercommercial
This program examines the invasion of mainstream big-budget movies by advertising and marketing. Five leading scholars and a screenwriter discuss the consequences of an ever-accelerated concentration of media ownership and suggest that this continues to have profound effects on contemporary American cultural life. c2000. 37 min. Video/C 7535

Media Education Foundation catalog description

bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation.
Bell Hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative powers of cultural criticism. She demonstrates how learning to think critically was central to her own self-transformation and how it can play a role in students' quest for a sense of agency and identity. Includes footage from many films and music videos, and news coverage. 61 min. Video/C 4970

Media Education Foundation catalog description

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
This documentary juxtaposes newsreel footage, film clips and period music in an eye-opening look at the Great Depression. Many of the movies created in the 1930s featured strong social commentary, while others offered pure escapism and fed a fascination with a dazzling world out of reach to the everyday American. Through a contrast between the fantasy of film and the reality of everyday life, a fascinating perspective on the Great Depression and Hollywood's golden age is presented. Also includes political speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt and others. 1975. 112 min. DVD 450

Burden of Dreams
Goes behind the scenes in the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Filmmaker Les Blank captured the production, made perilous by Herzog's determination not to use models or special effects. Dist.: Flower Films. 1982. 95 min. DVD 3803

Chambre 666
In 1982 Wim Wenders asks a number of film directors from around the world to, in a room alone with camera and sound recorder, answer a simple question: "What is the future of cinema?" Featuring Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Ana Carolina, Mike De Leon, Jonathan Demme, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Romain Goupil, Yilmaz Guney, Monte Hellman, Werner Herzog, Robert Kramer, Paul Morrissey, Susan Seidelman, Noel Simsolo, Steven Spielberg, Wim Wenders. 2006. 46 min. DVD 6938

Cine Manifest
Award-winning cinematographer Judy Irola revisits her 1970's San Francisco Marxist film collective, Cine Manifest, whose members sought a place to live, learn, and change the world. She and her comrades puzzle out in hindsight whether their social experiment, which produced two acclaimed independent feature films, was ultimately an artistic success or an idealistic disaster. Director, Judy Irola ; producers, Judy Irola and Nels Bangerter. Special features: 4 short films from the Birthday Movies: Hamming, This is your life?, Vanishing joint, and Streaking. 2006. 75 min. DVD X1710

Cinematographer Style
Pays homage to the artists who transform ideas into images. A visually striking film that creates a collective narrative about the process and progress of filmmaking. Includes interviews with award-winning filmmakers Vittorio Storaro, Roger Deakins and Gordon Willis. Directed by Jon Fauer. 2006. 86 min. DVD X2689

Coming Attractions: The History of the Movie Trailer
Based on interviews with trailer makers, film editors, copywriters, directors, marketing executives and scholars of the industry, this documentary examines the historical development, cultural resonance and economic importance of motion picture trailer making. Divided into two parts, the first deals with the development of movie advertising from the days of Edison through the late '50s. The second half deals with the reinvention of the trailer along with the introduction of nonlinear digital editing, then concludes with a brief primer on how trailers are made. Includes a vast array of coming attractions dating back to the silent era. 2005. 128 min. DVD 5473

Dawn of the Eye.
Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 48 min. each installment. For complete listing of installments in this series, See MRC Journalism videography

History Through a Lens, 1894-1919. Traces the history of the filmed-news industry from the development of the movie camera in 1895 which quickly led to newsreels shown in vaudeville and then in movie theaters twice a week. In reality, much of what was shown was staged by pre-Hollywood film studios. Film shows the competitiveness and tricks used as news reporting got its start and includes rare footage of very early newreel films. DVD 4527; Video/C 5942

Eyes of the World, 1919-1945. Hollywood's version of the news was sanitized until a program called March of Time, a theater newsreel program, established the standards still used in the industry today. As World War II progressed it provided a forum for competition between numerous news agencies. Includes newsreel footage of World War II and of D-Day, with commentary by war correspondents. DVD 4528; Video/C 5943

A Decade Under the Influence
The 1970s was an extraordinary time of rebellion as political activism, the sexual revolution, the women's movement and the music revolution contributed to social unrest. A new generation of filmmakers,galvanized by a new freedom of expression began targeting their films toward a new audience, withstories that reflected the reality of the era. Here a cast of pioneering writers, directors, producers and actors talk about the 70's, their films and their colleagues. Includes commentary from Robert Altman, John Avildsen, Peter Bogdanovich, Ellen Burstyn, John Calley, John Cassavetes, Julie Christie,Francis Ford Coppola, Roger Corman, Bruce Dern, Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, William Friedkin, Pam Grier,Dennis Hopper, Sidney Lumet, Paul Mazursky, Mike Medavoy, Polly Platt, Sydney Pollack, Jerry Schatzberg,Roy Scheider, Martin Scorsese, Sissy Spacek, Robert Towne, Jon Voight. 180 min. DVD 2129

The Depression Years; The Silent Witness. (Hollywood Chronicles)
The Depression Years: Centers on the role of film during the Depression years and the development of musicals, gangster films, travelogues and theatrical advertisements. The Silent Witness: Presents the newsreels and their role in bringing news to the public, particularly during the war years. Beyond the hard news, they also brought sports and entertainment news to the public. 1990. 50 min. Video/C 8306

The Director (The Art of Film; v. 6).
Selections from the careers of four masters of the cinema: Alfred Hitchcock (The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps); Francois Truffaut (Two English Girls Jules and Jim, and Shoot the Piano Player); Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, and Dodes'ka-den); Ingmar Bergman (Winterlight, The Seventh Seal, The Magician, and All These Women). 1975. Video/C 851

Director: Life Behind the Camera
Features 33 legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking, and their own careers in the movies. Includes film clips, interviews, biographies, and interesting facts about each director. Topics include: Everyone has to start somewhere; The art of writing and choosing scripts; The care and feeding of actors; and more. Featuring: Robert Altman, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Wes Craven, Jonathan Demme, Clint Eastwood, Nora Ephron, William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, George Lucas, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Zemeckis and more. 2006. 240 min. DVD X4664

Documentary Filmmaking: Tips From the Trenches
Interviews with seasoned filmmakers about the technical, legal, ethical and business issues of documentary film. Contents: Introduction -- Story -- Shooting and editing -- Legal issues -- Ethics -- Financial and distribution. 2008. 83 min. DVD DVD X6319

Drive-in Movie Memories
Presents the history, development, and decline of drive-in movie theaters. Features interviews and commentaries with actors, producers, critics, and others involved in the drive-in movie industry. Based on the books The American drive-in movie theatre and Drive-in movie memories by Don and Susan Sanders. c2006. 58 min. DVD 5488

Ducktators (1998)
A unique look at the use of cartoons during World War II which proved to be an excellent way to deliver propagandistic ideas in a seemingly innocuous manner. The film blends documentary war footage with animated material and music from the period to reveal insights about the psyche of the public at that time. Also includes interviews with Sody and Bob Clampett, the wife and son of animator Bob Clampett, and animator Chuck Jones. Directors, Guus Van Waveren, Wolter Braamhorst, 1997. 46 min.DVD X3441; vhs Video/C 5278
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Shull, Michael S. Doing their bit : wartime American animated short films, 1939-1945 / by Michael S. Shull and David E. Wilt. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1987. (Main Stack D743.23.S541 1987)

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
A documentary of Peter Biskind's controversial, best-selling book, which chronicles edgy, impressionistic pictures made by maverick, now-legendary directors such as Scorsese, Coppola, Lucas, Altman, Polanski and Peckinpah. Includes interviews with many directors, writers, actors, etc. Based on the book by Peter Biskind (Main Stack PN1998.2.B56 1998; Moffitt PN1998.2.B56 1998). 2004. 118 min. DVD 2763

Ennio Morricone
One of the most celebrated composers in international cinema, Ennio Morricone has written scores for more than 400 classic and contemporary films. In this program Morricone explains how he got his start in show business, the challenges of composing for film and his experiences working with big-name directors and musicians. Interviews with directors, producers, and others offer insight into Morricone's genius for composition. Includes scenes from numerous films. Originally produced in 1995. Dist.: Films Media Group. 54 min. DVD 6091

Ennio Morricone, Arena Concerto
A concert for symphony orchestra and polyphonic choir conducted by Ennio Morricone. Special features include a rare 17 minute interview with the famed composer speaking about his career and his method of working. Special features: Documentary "Microgrooves : Ennio Morricone's musical paths" (16:52) ; Sala prove = Chamber concert (27:10) ; Biography. Contents: Cinema Paradiso (6:40) -- Once upon a time in America (7:17) -- The legend of 1900 (13:52) -- The good, the bad, and the ugly. Titles (3:17) -- Once upon a time in the West (3:05) -- A fistful of dynamite (3:35) -- The good, the bad, and the ugly. The ecstasy of gold (4:13) -- The Battle of Algiers (2:26) -- Investigation of a citizen above suspicion (2:58) -- The working class goes to heaven (3:54) -- Casualties of war (8:41) -- The desert of the Tartars (3:57) -- Richard III (3:27) -- The desert of the Tartars (reprise) (3:27) -- The mission (21:17). Recorded at the Arena of Verona, Sept. 28, 2002. 146 min. DVD 7264

Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-up EFX
The magic of special effects makeup makes us believe in aliens, monsters, and the possessed. Takes an inside look at the creation and execution of some of Hollywood's most unique special effects. Includes interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriguez, George A. Romero, Eli Roth, Frank Darabont, John Carpenter, Mick Garris plus clips from Frankenstein, The Exorcist, Planet of the Apes and more. Directed by Kevin Vanhook. 2008. 58 min. DVD X3770

Fashion in Film
From the catwalks of Paris to the red carpets and silver screens of Hollywood, fashion and film have always co-starred in their very own rags-to-riches story of style. In this documentary, discover the history of the costumes, couture, and glamour icons that have transformed the look of movies forever. Features revealing interviews with designers, stylists and stars. c2008. 56 min. DVD X3009

Film as a Subversive Art (Amos Vogel and Cinema 16)
Filmed profile of Amos Vogel, 82-year old New York resident and Austrian emigre, founder of the New York Film Festival and America's most important film society, Cinema 16. The audiences of Cinema 16 were presented with a wide range of film forms including works of the avant-garde, documentaries of all kinds, experimental animation, and foreign or independent features and shorts not in distribution in the United States. Produced and directed by Paul Cronin. 2003. 57 min. DVD 6297

Film History.
This program examines the history of film, from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the invention of VCRs. Filmmaking's roots as an entertainment and storytelling medium are examined, along with the emergence of Hollywood, the studio star system, and birth of the talkies. Film industry regulation, including censorship, is discussed along with the blacklist and competition from television. Contents: One reel stories -- Visual storytelling -- Attracting audiences -- Studio control -- Movie competition -- Video trailers. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 29 min. Video/C 5680

Film Montage: The Projection of Modernity
In this program, art historian Briony Fer analyzes the techniques and applications of film montage as they developed in the 1920s in the Soviet Union and Germany. By comparing and contrasting clips from October and Strike; Man with a Movie Camera; and Berlin - Symphony of a Great City, she illustrates how Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, and Walter Ruttmann employed montage to address the concept of the crowd as a heroic protagonist, the collective experience of going to the cinema, and other topics. Dr. Fer also juxtaposes the ideologies of Soviet Moscow and Weimar Berlin as presented in these films. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2005. 24 min. DVD 4486

Fishing with John
The fact that John Lurie knows nothing about fishing doesn't stop him from taking his celebrity guests to exotic fishing locales. Contents: Montauk with Jim Jarmusch / producers, Taku Nishimae, Ruth Lounsbury, Deborah Brown -- Jamaica with Tom Waits / producer, Taku Nishimae -- Costa Rica with Matt Dillon / producer, Taku Nishimae -- Maine with Willem Dafoe / producer, Taku Nishimae -- Thailand with Dennis Hopper, Part one / producer, Taku Nishimae -- Thailand with Dennis Hopper, Part two / producer, Taku Nishimae. Special features: audio commentary; The Lounge Lizards perform "Big heart". 147 min. 1999. DVD X4085

For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism
From the raw beginnings of criticism before D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation' to the incendiary Pauline Kael-Andrew Sarris debates of the 1960s and 70s, to the battle today between youthful on-liners and the print establishment, this documentary tells all through the insights and expertise of a diverse group of passionate film critics. Those who hear them may gain new respect for the profession of film criticism. Narrator, Patricia Clarkson; interviewees, Harry Knowles, Elvis Mitchell, Roger Ebert, Stanley Kauffman, Michael Wilmington, B. Ruby Rich, Wesley Morris, Stewart Klawans, Richard Schickel, A.O. Scott, Kenneth Turan, Pauline Kael, Rex Reed, Penelope Spheeris, Leonard Maltin, John Waters, Liz Smith, Richard Linklater.Special features: "Gerald Perry on his movie" interview (10 min.); "John Waters on Parker Taylor" interview (4 min.); "Elvis Mitchell on his early movie-going (5 min.); "Women critics on their profession" (4 min.); "Roger Ebert on 'thumbs up' etc." (5 min.); "Wesley Morris talks to his audience" (3 min.); "Future of film criticism" (4 min.); "Stanley Kauffman, dean of film critics" interview (9 min.). Written and directed by Gerald Peary. 2009. 80 min. DVD X2698

Four Hours a Year: The Making of "The March of Time"
The "March of Time" newsreel series covered the news for motion picture audiences before television from 1935 to 1951. This documentary features interviews with its creative team who cover topics including reporting styles, logistical difficulties with big 35mm cameras and huge lights, the use of re-enactments, technical details for a "natural look", lack of zooms or panning, flat lighting, wide angle lens and distortion, the difference between "the truth of yesterday and the truth of today" and the influence of this newsreel series on today's television journalism.

Contents: Newsreel excerpts: Tour of the White House in Roosevelt-Landon election race -- Father Coughlin, formation of a National Union for Political Justice -- First nationwide radio broadcasts by a religious preacher -- New York City's Mayor LaGuardia -- Huey Long in Louisiana -- French Maginot Line before WWII -- How a speakeasy works -- Dictator Trujillo of the Dominican Republic -- New England in 1940. Produced and directed by John Musilli ; written by Stephan Chodorov. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 5965

The Futurists; Wizards of the EFX.
Commentary: Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Gene Roddenberry, Dennis Muren, Jim Danforth. The futurists: Takes a look at the history of the development of science fiction films which present a tantalizing peek into what the future might be. Wizards of the EFX: Explains the mechanics and history of special effects including the development of such techniques as stop motion, double exposure, dissolves, miniature models and mirror shots. c1991. 45 min. Video/C 8305

The Godfathers of Mondo
Discusses the films of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, from their lives as journalists and careers as filmmakers, through success and scandal, from the "tragic misunderstanding" that made them international criminals to the reasons behind their bitter break-up. Forty years later, Jacopetti and Prosperi, still passionate and proud, expose the bizarre truths behind the Mondo productions, explore the frenzy surrounding the Mondo rumors and the incredible legacy of the Mondo phenomenon. Includes interviews with the two filmmakers and others who worked with them, behind-the-scenes footage, home movies, and scenes from their films. Interviews with: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi, Riz Ortolani, Benito Frattari, Giampaolo Lomi, David Kerekes, David Flint, Jeffrey Sconce. 90 min. DVD 5108

Great Directors
Features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film documents the creative personalities behind the camera, exploring the filmmakers' artistic evolution and personal identity, the role of politics and history on their work, and the agony and dilemmas in the creative process. It also examines the challenges of being an artist in an age of commercialism and globalization. Directed by Angela Ismailos. 2010. 87 min. DVD X6019

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Morgan Spurlock is biting the hand that feeds him by exposing Hollywood's dirtiest little secret; the games they play to get advertisers' products strategically placed in movies and on television. Spurlock, uses his irreverent comedic style to infiltrate corporate boardrooms and ad agency pitch meetings to show how far they will go without our even knowing it. Director, Morgan Spurlock. 2011. 87 min. DVD X6400

Here's Looking At You, Warner Bros: The History of the Warner Bros. Studio
Presents the history of the motion picture empire Warner Brothers from its inception in 1904 to 1993. Includes film clips and commentary about modern and classic Warner Bros. films with bloopers, screen tests and behind-the-scenes footage and glimpses of Hollywood at work and play. Hosted and narrated by Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Goldie Hawn, Steven Spielberg, & Chevy Chase. 2003. 108 min. DVD 2037

Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults
Features a dazzling array of "lost" cinematic treasures from the vaults of 20th Century Fox ... singing, dancing and comedy routines cut from classic Hollywood films. Rescued from the cutting room floor, these sequences have been restored to their original, pristine condition and are now presented in their entirety -- for the first time ever. Highlights include: "Hop, Skip and Jump", performed by Shirley Temple and Jimmy Durante deleted from Little Miss Broadway ; Delightful Betty Grable musical numbers deleted from Tin Pan Alley, Hot Spot and Pin Up Girl ; Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in two spectacular dance sequences cut from Cafe Metropole (1937) ; Al Jolson performing a medley of his greatest hits from Rose of Washington Square ; Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey singing "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" deleted from Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business ; "Some Sunny Day," performed by Don Ameche ; Joan Collins and Robert Wagner in makeup and wardrobe test for Lord Vanity ; "The Woof song" performed by Bert Lahr ; Katherine Hepburn's first appearance on film in an early screen test (1932) ... and more." Bill "Bojangles" Robinson -- Alice Faye -- Irving Berlin's Alexander's ragtime band -- Rose of Washington Square -- Bert Lahr -- Betty Grable -- Pin up girl -- The Gang's all here --Irving Berlin's There's no business like show business -- We're not married! -- Joan Collins in Lord Vanity -- That's showbiz! DVD 6852

Histoire(s) du Cinema: Introduction a Une Veritable Histoire du Cinema la Seule la Vraie
Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du cinema - as TV series/video essay - was made for Canal+, ARTE and Gaumont, from 1988 to 1998. The work subdivides into four chapters of two parts each. A combination of music and images creates Jean-Luc Godard's interpretation of the history of cinema. Disc 1. Toutes les histoires (1988, 51 min.) -- Une histoire seule (1989, 42 min.) -- Disc 2. Seul le cinema (1997, 26 min.) -- Fatale beaute (1997, 28 min.) -- Disc 3. La monnaie de l'absolu ( 1998, 27 min.) -- Une vague nouvelle (1998, 27 min.) -- Disc 4. Le controle de l'univers (1998, 27 min.) -- Les signes parmi nous (1998, 38 min.) Special features: two press conferences with Jean-Luc Godard at Cannes, one in 1988 and one in 1997; 2 x 50 ans de cinema français by Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville (1995, 50 min.) DVD 8220

Histoire(s) du Cinema: Introduction a Une Veritable Histoire du Cinema la Seule la Vraie [Sound Recording]
By Jean-Luc Godard. Contents: 1. Toutes les histoires, une histoire seule -- 2. Seul le cinema, fatale beaute -- 3. La monnaie de l'absolu, une vague nouvelle -- 4. Le controle de l'univers, les signes parmi nous. Videographic film history essays consumed with nostalgia for old movies and unusual image-mixing techniques. This provacative, wildly multiple video-poem is about an old man, his editing suite and his cultural lamentations. Text in French, with English and German translations. Sound/D 84

Hollywood.
1980. 52 min. each installment

Hollywood. 1, The Pioneers. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Wings (1927) -- Jazz singer (1927) -- The Wind (1928) -- Noah's ark (1928) -- Ben Hur (1907) -- The Black Pirate (1926)

What started as a flickering curiousity in penny arcades soon grew into an art form. In just a few short years, Hollywood began turning out spectacular silent films, with original musical scores. In 1903, The Great Train Robbery drew wildly enthusiastic audiences. Twelve Years later D.W. Griffith produced The Birth of A Nation, which provoked riots and demonstrations, brought audiences flocking and gave birth to the financial fortunes of Hollywood. DVD X1778 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6154

Hollywood. 2, In the Beginning Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": The Squaw man (1914 -- Intolerance (1916) -- Joan the woman (1916) -- Silent heroes (1913) -- Robin Hood (1922) -- Flaming Youth (1923) -- Teddy at the throttle (1916) -- Thief of Bagdad (1924)

In 1900, Hollywood was a peaceful village with sheep, goats and pigs wandering along its dusty streets. Then filmmakers arrived in search of permanent sunshine, and changed the town forever. The silent films produced by Hollywood transcended national boundaries and languages to become the most powerful medium of mass entertainment the world had ever known. DVD X1779 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6155

Hollywood. 3, Single Beds and Double Standards Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from:" Coney Island (1917) -- The Ten Commandments (1923) -- A Woman of affairs (1928) -- Reformers (1913) -- Fatty and Mabel adrift (1916) -- Life of the party (1920) -- Isle of love (1918) -- Ella Cinders (1926)

Hollywood had become a fairy-tale city of fabulous wealth and dizzying success, when a series of scandals shattered the dream. The Fatty Arbuckle case so shocked America that producers appointed Will Hays to clean up the industry before the public's moral outrage put them all out of work. Hays encouraged "human, heartwarming pictures" and issued a strictly enforced production code designed to keep films wholesome. Hollywood had found its savior. But his price was self-imposed censorship which would rule Hollywood for forty years. DVD X1780 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6156

Hollywood. 4, Hollywood Goes to War. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Hearts of the world (1918) -- The Big parade (1925) -- What price glory (1926) -- Wings (1927) -- Battle cry of peace (1915) -- Civilization (1916) -- Intolerance (1916) -- Heart of humanity (1919) -- My four years in Germany (1918) -- All quiet on the Western Front (1930)

The outbreak of World War I provided Hollywood with one of its greatest sources of plots - and profits. As the American mood shifted away from neutrality, Hollywood followed, abandoning films with pacifist themes for stories of war at the front. With the arrival of peace, war films vanished until King Vidor made The Pig Parade in 1925, followed by What Price Glory and All quiet on the Western Front. DVD X1781 [preservation copy]; vhsVideo/C 6157

Hollywood. 5, Hazard of the Game. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Play safe (1923) -- The Black pirate (1926) -- Lilac time (1928)

Silent films are often remembered for their physical gags--always good for a laugh. But behind these gags lay planning, courage and skill. With the notable exception of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Harold Lloyd, stuntmen took the risks while the stars took the credit--and it was a firm rule that no stuntman could reveal the tricks of his trade. Here at last, legendary stuntmen Yakima Canutt, Harvey Parry, Bob Rose and Paul Malvern tell the hair-raising stories behind their greatest stunts. DVD X1782 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6158

Hollywood. 6, Swanson & Valentino. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Sadie Thompson (1928) -- Queen Kelly (1928) -- The Sheik (1921) -- The Eagle (1925) -- Pullman bride (1917) -- Male and female (1919) -- Zaza (1923) -- Manhandled (1924) -- Stage struck (1925) -- Loves of Sunya (1927) -- Sunset Boulevard (1950) -- Four horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) -- Blood and sand (1922) -- Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) -- Son of the shiek (1926)

Two great stars personified Hollywood: Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. She sacrificed everything for stardom. He did nothing to seek the adoration which ultimately engulfed him. Swanson recalls her meteoric rise--and fall--with remarkable candor. Valentino's brother, Alberto, helps tell the story of the young Italian who became the silver screen's Great Lover--but whose private life failed to match his public image. DVD X1783 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6159

Hollywood. 7, The Autocrats. Contents:"Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Male and female (1919) -- The Ten Commandments (1923) -- Foolish wives (1922) -- Greed (1925) -- Queen Kelly (1928) -- The cheat (1915) -- Forbidden fruit (1921) -- Manslaughter (1922) -- King of Kings (1927) -- Wedding march (1928) -- Heart of humanity (1919) -- Blind husbands (1919) -- Mery-go-round (1923) -- Merry widow (1925) -- Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Two of Hollywood's greatest directors were Cecil B. DeMille and Erich von Stroheim. But what they shared in achievement, they never shared in success. DeMille worked within the studio system; von Stroheim, against it. And while DeMille's lavish productions reaped huge profits for the studios despite the millions they cost, von Stroheim's films were doomed to be hatcheted by the studio, if even released. DVD X1764 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6180

Hollywood. 8, Comedy-- A Serious Business Contents:"Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Making a living (1913) -- The Pawnshop (1916) -- Luke's movie muddle (1916) -- The General (1926) -- Curtain pole (1909) -- The rink (1916) -- The floorwalker (1916) -- The kid (1921) -- Never weaken (1921) -- Hot water (1924) -- Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) -- One week (1920) -- Strong man (1926)

One of the first things filmmakers learned in Hollywood was how to make people laugh. Comedy was king, and battling for the throne were four box office rivals--Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon and Charlie Chaplin. In an era brimming with the visual, their comedy was the work of genius. DVD X1785[preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6161

Hollywood. 9, Out West Contents: The Massacre (1912) -- The Return of Draw Egan (1916) -- Hell's hinges (1916) -- Tom's strategy (1916) -- Lady of the dugout (1918) -- Great K&A train robbery (1926) -- Straight shooting (1917) -- Covered wagon (1923) -- Iron horse (1924) -- Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

The Old West was still there when the movies arrived. Cowboys and outlaws saw a heaven-sent chance to relive their youth--and get paid for it--by working in films. The man who really started the "Western Craze" was the Wild West showman William Cody, who made the film The life of Buffalo Bill in 1913. Tom Mix was the next western screen hero, followed by William S. Hart, who dignified the genre with films like Narrow Trail and Tumbleweeds. These films were a celebration of the West, establishing a tradition that continues to this day. DVD X1786 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6162

Hollywood. 10, The Man with the Megaphone Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Mare Nostrum (1926) -- Sunrise (1927) -- The Crowd (1928) -- Snow people (1928) -- Blue jeans (1917) -- Daddy long legs (1919)

Silent film directors were a flamboyant breed--pioneers who invented the art of film direction as they went along. Working conditions were chaotic. Open sets were built side by side and back to back, and live "mood" music was provided according to each star's taste. Despite deafening noise and constant distraction, directors talked their cast through every move and emotion, and from this confusion came great films. DVD X1787 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6163

Hollywood. 11, Trick of Light. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Way down East (1920) -- Intolerance (1916) -- Birth of a Nation (1915) -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1926) -- The beast at bay (1912 ) -- Liquid electricity (1907) -- Children in the house (1916) -- Down to the sea in ships (1922) -- Viking (1931) -- Man that might have been (1914) -- Cheat (1915) -- Four horsemen of the apocalypse (1921) -- Enchanted cottage (1924) -- Mysterious lady (1928) -- Ella Cinders (1925) -- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) -- Juggernaut ( 1915) -- Robin Hood (1922) -- Ben Hur (1926)

In the early days of Hollywood, directors relied heavily on their cameramen. While their cameras may have looked primitive, when handled by a skilled craftsman, a pretty girl was transformed into a "screen goddess." Individual cameramen were invaluable to both studios and stars. With the help of art directors, they achieved some of the most amazing and dangerous sequences ever filmed. DVD X1788 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6164

Hollywood. 12, Star Treatment. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": The Merry Widow (1925) -- The Big parade (1925) -- Flesh and the devil (1926) -- Love (1927) -- Down to the sea in ships (1922) -- Plastic age (1925) -- Dancing mothers (1926) -- Mantrap (1926) -- Children of divorce (1927) -- Hoop-la (1933) -- Temptress (1926) -- Man, woman and sin (1927) -- Hollywood review of 1929 -- His glorious night (1929) -- Redemption (1930)

Producers discovered that if they didn't have a star, they didn't have a hit. Creating stars became a business in itself, and soon, the Hollywood Star System was born. From it came such greats as Clara Bow, Lillian Gish and John Gilbert, who inherited the title "Great Lover" from Valentino. The ruining of John Gilbert's career vividly illustrates how producers could make or break a star. When Gilbert fell in love with Greta Garbo he punched Louis B. Mayer after Mayer passed a remark about her. Mayer vowed to ruin Gilbert's career--and made good on his threat. DVD X1789 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6165

Hollywood. 13, End or an Era. Contents: The Jazz singer (1927) -- Lilac time (1928) -- Lights of New York (1928) -- Anna Christie (1930) -- So this is Paris (1926) -- A movie star (1916) -- De forest phonofilm (1922) -- King on Main Street (1925) -- Theodore Case test (1925) -- Stage struck (1925) -- Old ironsides (1926) -- Witt & Berg (1926) -- Don Juan (1926) -- Singing fool (1928) -- Peacock Alley (1929) -- Sky hawk (1929) -- Black watch (1929) -- Iron mask (1929) -- Four sons (1928) -- Showgirl in Hollywood (1930)

Throughout the early to mid-twenties, more and more films were made with synchronized sound and music, but it wasn't until 1927 that Warner Brothers gambled on talking pictures with "The Jazz singer". From that moment on, all that had shaped and created Hollywood was utterly transformed. Talking pictures were here to stay, and the art of silent filmmaking--along with many of the stars, directors and producers devoted to it--were sacrificed to technology. DVD X1790 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6166

Hollywood Chronicles. c1991. Each feature 25 min.

Censorship - The Unseen Cinema; Sex in the Movies. Contents: Censorship - The Unseen Cinema (25 min.): chronicles the struggle in Hollywood for artistic freedom. From sex to drugs to propaganda, Hollywood has always been under fire from those who wish to control the content of films. Sex in the Movies (25 min.): looks at the role of sex and sexual innuendo in film. Sex symbols Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Marilyn Monroe and others lured audiences to the theatre and continued the tradition of sex in the movies. 50 min. Video/C 8262

Poverty Row; The New Rebels. Contents: Poverty Row (25 min.): the story of the "B" movies, the low budget films and serials of yesteryear. These low budget pictures were the vehicles that launched many actors to stardom and the studios they worked have a rich history that is unfolded here. The New Rebels (25 min.): looks at the maverick directors and producers of Hollywood. D. W. Griffith, Orson Welles are the focus and some of today's "rebels" including David Lynch, Stanley Kramer and Paul Bartel. 50 min. Video/C 8263

Hollywood D. C: A Tale of Two Cities
A compelling documentary exploring the sometimes cozy, often contentious relationship between the U.S. federal government and the Hollywood entertainment industry. Through exclusive interviews, archival footage and clips from feature films, tells the history of both Hollywood and Washington and their shared conviction that the right combination of words and images could win over hearts and minds. 2000. 97 min. Video/C 8505

Hollywood Undressed: Looking for the Golden Age Costume Designers
French actress Moon Dailly goes looking for the costume designers behind Hollywood's legendary clothes, such as Marilyn Monroe's white dress from "The Seven Year Itch", or Humphrey Bogart's trench coat from "Casablanca". A film by Pacal Mourier & Xavier Blanot. Dist.: Ciné Fête. c2010. 88 min. DVD X7275

In the Shadow of Hollywood
The world of cinema is undergoing a massive transformation as huge entertainment complexes overwhelm the viewer with sensory bombardment, accompanied by the demise of national cinemas at the expense of American films. This assault is examined through interviews with directors, writers, producers and others in the film industry, addressing the dominance and motivations of the American film industry. c2000. 112 min. Video/C 9313

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Independent View
TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. c2001. 26 min. each installment

Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. In this segment actor, producer and crusader for American independent filmmaking, Robert Redford is interviewed by critic B. Ruby Rich. Redford is the founder and director of the Sundance Film Institute where aspiring independent filmmakers work with seasoned professionals in an atmosphere that encourages creativity and experimentation. Includes segments from films and views of participants at the workshop. Video/C MM89

Ken Burns & Marc Singer. A segment from a In this episode PBS's acclaimed documentary producer Ken Burns discusses his inspirations with the film critic and journalist Michael Fox. Later in the program Marc Singer, producer of the documentary "Dark days," talks about living among homeless people for two years in the underground tunnels of Manhattan, to make a film that changed lives. Video/C MM90

Penelope Spheeris & Jem Cohen.This episode presents interviews with two filmmakers who produce music-themed documentaries. Director, producer Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's world) talks with Ruben Martinez about her latest documentary on Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest called "we sold our souls for rock 'n roll." In the second segment Jem Cohen discusses his documentaries "Benjamin Smoke," about a drug addicted drag queen who led a blues-punk band, and "Instrument," chronicling 10 years in the life of Fugazi, a punk band that is outspoken against racism, sexism and homophobia. Video/C MM91

Spike Lee & Roger Guenveur Smith. This episode presents interviews with two influential African-American artists: the filmmaker Spike Lee and a frequent actor in Lee's films, Roger Guenveur Smith. They are interviewed on the set during a break in the production of the film version of A Huey P. Newton story, written by Roger Guenveur Smith and directed by Spike Lee. Video/C MM92

Mike Figgis & Darren Aronofsky. In this episode director Mike Figgis spoke with film critic and journalist Michael Fox about his passionate convictions regarding the art of filmmaking, including the primary importance of character over craft. In part two, B. Ruby Rich sits down with Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a dream), who has earned a reputation in indie film circles as a brash and brilliant filmmaker. Video/C MM93

Joan Chen & Ruby Yang. In this episode two Chinese-American artists are spotlighted. The first part of the program presents an interview with actress and director, Joan Chen, who is one of a very few to attain a viable career in both Hollywood and Hong Kong. Part two features Chen-collaborator and director Ruby Yang. In addition to editing Chen's Autumn in New York and Xiu Xiu, Yang directed Citizen Hong Kong, a documentary about five Hong Kong residents and their views on Hong Kong's transition from British to Chinese rule. Video/C MM94

Tilda Swinton & Brenda Blethyn. Two leading ladies of independent filmmaking, Tilda Swinton and Brenda Blethyn talk shop with B. Ruby Rich for this episode. Swinton is known for her idiosyncratic performances in such films as Conceiving Ada, Love is the devil and The war zone. Fellow British actress Brenda Blethyn, has won international acclaim for her roles, most notably in Secrets and Lies, Little voice and Saving Grace. Video/C MM95

Albert Maysles & Lisanne Sklyer. Erika Muhammad and director/cinematographer Albert Maysles discusses his and his brother David's role in the development of cinema verite documentary-making, including their films Salesman, Gimme shelter and Grey gardens. Next, filmmaker Lisanne Skyler talks about her recent feature film Getting to know you and the preparation for feature-filmmaking that her documentaries afforded her, with No loans today and Dreamland. Video/C MM96

Danny Glover & Charles Burnett. B. Ruby Rich interviews Danny Glover, who is popularly recognized for his roles in the Lethal Weapon series, but he has acted in over 50 films including independent works such as A rage in harlem, Bopha!, Places in the heart, and the Color purple. Glover discusses his choice of roles throughout his long career, including his collaboration with the next guest, Charles Burnett. In Part 2 Ruben Martinez speaks with Charles Burnett, one of the most esteemed African-American voices in cinema, about his ersistence of vision. Video/C MM97

Barbara Kopple & Susan Seidelman. In the first part of the program Erika Muhammad interviews director Barbara Kopple about the motivations behind many of the films of her career, which include the Academy-Award winning documentaries Harlan County, USA and American Dream. Kopple also talks about her latest project; a study of the Woodstock festivals called My Generation. Next up is director and producer Susan Seidelman, one of the first filmmakers to be lauded by Hollywood as a "bankable" female director. After making Desperately Seeking Susan and some subsequently critically panned films, she moved on to television's Sex and the City on HBO. Here she also discusses her new film, Gaudi afternoon. Video/C MM98

Ang Lee & Laszlo Kovacs. Director Ang Lee talks with B. Ruby Rich about the making of his recent critical success, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Lee's career is studiously diverse, with a filmography that includes The Wedding banquet, Eat drink man woman, The Ice storm and Ride with the devil. In Part 2 acclaimed Hungarian cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, talks about his legendary career and some of his trade secrets with film critic and journalist, Michael Fox. Video/C MM99

Julian Schnabel & Cauleen Smith. In part one, painter/sculptor-turned-director/screenwriter Julian Schnabel, discusses his direction of the film Basquiat (tells the story of African-American street artist Basquiat) and Before night falls (tells the story of Cuban writer Reynoldo Arenas). In the second episode, Cauleen Smith, discusses her emerging career and Drylongso, a film set in Oakland about a young African-American woman who takes on a photography project to explore the rash of deaths among young black men. Smith also talks about her experience going through the Sundance Writer's Lab with her work in progress, I am furious black. Video/C MM100

John Waters & Miguel Arteta. In this episode B. Ruby Rich interviews "The Sultan of sleeze," John Waters as he talks about his latest film, an anti-Hollywood comedy "Cecil B. Demented." His cult following of fans has expanded through such instant classics as "Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspary," and "Serial Mom." In Part two Puerto Rican writer and director Miguel Arteta discusses "Star maps," a film about a Mexican-American street hustler. His recent digital video release "Chuck and Buck," is a dark comedy about two distanced childhood friends, one of whom obsessively and romantically stalks the other until they are forced to confront their past. Video/C MM101

Gregory Nava & Allison Anders. The first episode features film critic and journalist, Michael Fox in conversation with Mexican-American filmmaker Gregory Nava, who's films focus on cross-cultural issues and themes of struggles within immigrant life in the United States as portrayed in "Confessions of Amans, El Norte, Mi Familia, Selena, and American tapestry." In part two director and screenwriter Allison Anders chats about her commitment to telling women's stories in her films "Mi vida loca, Four rooms, Sugar town, Gas food lodging, Border radio." Video/C MM102

Roger Ebert & Mary Harron. look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. The first episode features a conversation with Roger Ebert, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun Times, best know for his long-term partnership with Gene Siskel on the series "At the movies." He also penned the notorious Russ Meyer cult favorite "Beyond the valley of the dolls." Then, director and screenwriter Mary Harron (I shot Andy Warhol) in an interview with B. Ruby Rich, shares her different experiences with independent and studio filmmaking. Video/C MM103

Christine Vachon & Dan Minahan. In the 1st episode B. Ruby Rich chats with Christine Vachon, producer of many groundbreaking independently produced films of the 1990s, including "Poison, Swoon, Go fish, I shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine" and "Boys don't cry." Vachon has built a reputation on launching the careers of directors who push the envelope of filmmaking and socially acceptable norms. The second episode features an interview with one of these first time directors, Daniel Minahan, who co-wrote I Shot Andy Warhol with Harron and whose new film, Series 7, is a satire on reality television programs. Video/C MM104

Tim Robbins & Barry Gifford. In this episode B. Ruby Rich sits down with actor, director, producer and screenwriter Tim Robbins, who ranks as one of contemporary cinema's most acclaimed and provocative voices. In addition to his many films he discusses his acclaimed gut-wrenching examination of the death penalty "Dead man walking." In the second part of the episode, film critic and journalist, Michael Fox visits with screenwriter and author, Barry Gifford, who talks about collaborating with David Lynch on Lost Highway and Wild at Heart as well as his screenplay, Perdita Durango. Video/C MM105

Independent's Day
Goes behind the scenes at the Sundance Film Festival to talk with filmmakers, screenwriters and actors about the realities of independent filmmaking. Often irreverent but always engaging this candid view presents the darker realities of independent filmmaking including the stories of the filmmakers, the motives, the money and the dream of the rise from rags to riches. Commentary: Robert Redford, Parker Posey, Neil Labute, Steve Soderbergh, Greg Mottola, Tom DiCillo, Sidney Pollack, Geoffrey Gilmore, Roger Ebert. Produced & directed by Marina Zenovich. c1997. 54 min. Video/C 8348

Invasion of the B-Trailers (1940s-1950s)
A compilation 14 amazing and entertaining theatrical trailers from 1940's and 50's low budget films. Contents: Things to come -- House of darkness -- Flying serpent -- Run for the hills -- Cuban rebel girls -- Saturday night out -- The young sinner -- Violent women -- Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn gorilla -- Phantom from space -- Snow creature -- Bride of the gorilla -- Terror of the bloodhunters. 25 min. 999:3644

Kafka geht ins Kino
A documentary dealing with the impact of films on the literary works of Kafka. A film by Hanns Zischler. In German with some French. 54 min. DVD 9225

Keepers of the Frame
Examines the history, science and struggles of film preservation with interviews with those who are dedicated to saving this precious art form. With the loss of over 90% of silent films and 50% of sound films ever made the emphasis is on the need to preserve as much film as possible of every kind, from newsreels to home movies, as a record of life in the 20th century. Director/co-producer, Mark McLaughlin.2000. 70 min. Video/C 8592

The Light Fantastick
A detailed retrospective of animation and animation techniques at the National Film Board of Canada. Shows the techniques used and, in some cases, invented by its animators. Features examples of cameraless animation, pixillation, moving cutouts, the pinscreen, shadow puppets, and cell animation. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. 1974. 58 min. Video/C MM190

Los Angeles Plays Itself
A video essay about how movies have portrayed the city of Los Angeles. The film looks at Los Angeles from three perspectives: first, as a background for movies, second, as a character in movies, and third, as a subject for a movie. Research/text/production, Thom Andersen. 2003. 169 min. DVD 7495

Lumière et Compagnie.
Filmmakers: Gabriel Axel, Theo Angelopoulos, Vicente Aranda, Merzak Allouache,John Boorman, Bigas Luna, Youssef Chahine, Alain Corneau, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Francis Girod, Peter Greenaway, Michael Haneke, Lasse Hallstrom, Hugh Hudson, Idrissa Ouedraogo, James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, Gaston Kabore, Abbas Kiarostami, Cedric Klapisch, Andrei Konchalovsky, David Lynch, Patrice Leconte, Louis Lumière, Claude Lelouch, Claude Miller, Lucian Pintilie, Arthur Penn, Jacques Rivette, Jerry Schatzberg, Spike Lee, Helma Sanders, Fernando Trueba, Nadine Trintignant, Liv Ullmann, Jaco van Dormael, Regis Wargnier, Wim Wenders, Zhang Yimou, Kiju Yoshida.

To commemorate the Centennial of the Lumière Brothers' first motion picture, 40 of the world's leading international filmmakers created their own one minute Lumiere film. Using the restored original camera, each director offered his own signature style to the film. These exciting eclectic shorts are combined with intriguing interviews with the filmmakers. 88 min. DVD X4059; Video/C 999:1611

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The Magical Eye
Produced during the National Film Board of Canada's fiftieth anniversary year, this film features clips from feature films and documentaries, experimental and animated film classics, with interviews with NFB filmmakers past and present, and incisive commentary from film critics and historians on the role and influence of the NFB during its first half-century of existence. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. c1989. 47 min. Video/C MM189

The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind
History of the problems, obstacles, process and peopleinvolved in the making of the motion picture Gone with the wind from 1936 to 1939. Examines thefinancial difficulties, the problems of collecting therights to the novel, "borrowing" the proper stars, andfinding an appropriate Scarlett. Looks at the chaosthat was the script and the director and technicalpeople who quit or were fired during the filming.Finally it is a tribute to David O. Selznik, theproducer who is seen as most responsible for itscompletion. Includes commentary by George Cukor, BenHecht, Hal Kern and others along with coverage of theworld premier in Atlanta. Written by David Thomson; directed by David Hinton. 124 min. Video/C 8566

The Making of Everest
A documentary showing how the IMAX production of "Everest" was filmed. "Photographing the world's largest mountain in the world's largest film format demanded more than just strength and courage; it required dedication and purpose. During shooting, our filming schedule took an unexpected turn when eight climbers from other expedition teams died in a sudden storm high on the mountain." 1999. 38 min. Video/C 9377 (see also: Everest Video/C 9376)

The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters.
Examines the Hollywood-to-Nebraska career of Reynold Brown, the man who created the realistic to surrealistic movie posters that enticed a generation of movie-goers. Dist. Cinema Guild. c1994. 59 min. Video/C 4461

Mel Gibson's Passion: an Interview with Mel Gibson
"In this special edition of "Primetime", ABC News' Diane Sawyer interviews filmmaker Mel Gibson about his highly controversial movie, "The Passion of the Christ." Gibson discusses his own religious beliefs with Sawyer and explains how his faith helped him overcome struggles with addiction and other personal problems at a spiritual low point in his life. He responds to charges that the movie's portrayal of the Jewish role in the death of Christ will encourage anti-Semitism. In addition, he explains why he felt it necessary to exhibit such a graphic depiction of Christ's crucifixion on film and discusses his decision to tell the story in both Aramaic and Latin. Sawyer also interviews Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Religious scholars, members of the clergy and others assess the film's potential impact." 2004. 40 min. DVD 2679

The Military in the Movies
A discussion of the role of the military in the media age. Hollywood and the military have cooperated in the movie-making business for over 90 years. The Pentagon uses the movies as part of a larger public relations effort aimed at selling the armed forces to the American public. Is it appropriate for the military to rewrite film scripts in exchange for its cooperation? What does it cost the taxpayer? And should the military be involved in the entertainment business at all? Includes illustrative film clips. Washington, D.C.: Center for Defense Information, c1997. 29 min. Video/C 7534

Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood
The American movie business started as peepshows and grew into a near-mythical art form that used an exciting new technology to create drama, laughter and adventure literally bigger than life. Here is the whole story -- the glamour and the sweat, the collaborations and the conflicts, the careers that skyrocketed and the dreams that crashed. Seven enthralling hours of movie clips, rare footage, interviews and keen insight from Hollywood insiders and historians trace moviemaking from its humble beginnings through the Golden Age to the New Hollywood of the '60s. It's a saga as exciting as any that ever appeared on the silver screen.

Contents: Disc 1. Episode 1. Peepshow pioneers (1889-1907) ; Episode 2. The Birth of Hollywood (1907-1920) -- Disc 2. Episode 3. The Dream merchants (1920-1928) ; Episode 4. Brother, can you spare a dream? (1929-1941) ; Episode 5. Warriors and peacemakers (1941-1950) -- Disc 3. Episode 6. The Attack of the small screens (1950-1960) ; Episode 7. Fade out, fade in (1960-1969) ; Special features : More reflections on Hollywood history by producer/writer Jon Wilkman and historians in conjunction with each episode (ca. 1 hr.) Videodisc release of the 2010 documentary shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel. 419 min. DVD X5726

My Father's Camera
Looks at home movies and their unique place in popular culture. Director Karen Shopsowitz traces the history of home movies from the 1920s to the amateur explosion of the '30s and '40s and beyond. She interviews members of the Toronto Film Club, a Japanese-American archivist who sees home movies as an expression of cultural diversity and a collector who hosts popular Webcasts that highlight new acquisitions. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 9351

The New Cinema. Part 1
The process of making a film, from original conception to actualization of the final film, is explored in interviews with thirteen of the world's most adventurous and prolific independent filmmakers. Examines the pain and practicalities of independent filmmaking, how these filmmakers view their work and their place in the world, and how their ideas and thematics give meaning to the term, new cinema. Includes excerpts from their films. Featuring: Wim Wenders, Robert Young, Robert Frank, Les Blank, Mary Ellen Bute, Charlie Ahearn, Chantal Akerman, Michael Snow, Johan van der Keuken, Werner Schroeter, Paul Morrissey, Curt McDowell, Ron Mann. Narrator: Belva Webb. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1984. 51 min. Video/C 5106

The New Cinema. Part 2.
The post-production process and problems of distribution of independent films are explored in interviews with ten of the world's most adventurous and prolific independent filmmakers. Examines the pain and practicalities of independent filmmaking, how these filmmakers view their work and their place in the world, and how their ideas and thematics give meaning to the term, new cinema. Includes excerpts from their films. Featuring: Emile de Antonio, Chris Sieverich, Alexandre Rockwell, Doris Chase, Michael Oblowitz, Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet, Robert Young, Wim Wenders, Robert Frank. Narrator: Belva Webb. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1984. 50 min. Video/C 5107

Operation Filmmaker
In the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom, American actor Liev Schreiber had an idealistic notion: to rescue an Iraqi film student from the rubble of his country and bring him to the West to intern on a Hollywood movie ('Everything Is illuminated"). It promised to be a heartwarming tale, a small victory out of the troubled mission of the U.S. war in Iraq. But as in the war itself, good intentions yielded unintended consequences, and even this operation doesn't go according to plan. Director Nina Davenport becomes personally involved in Schreiber's charitable effort, and soon finds herself embroiled in a complex moral quagmire and all-consuming power struggle between filmmaker and subject. Directed and filmed by Nina Davenport. 2007. 92 min. DVD X2304

Orson Welles' Filming Othello
A 1978 documentary film directed by and starring Orson Welles about the making of his award-winning 1952 production Othello. The film, which was produced for West German television, was the last completed feature film directed by Welles. Welles initially conducts a monologue where he recalls the events that lead up to the creation of Othello and some of the problems that plagued the production. As the film progresses, he switches to a conversation in a restaurant between himself and two of the film's co-stars, Micheal MacLiammoir (who played Iago) and Hilton Edwards (who played Brabantio). Directed by Orson Welles. 83 min. DVD X4996

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies
Featuring a wealth of extracts from famous and infamous American movies, Scorsese offers a provocative multifaceted portrait of Hollywood film directors as he charts a comprehensive course through the rich history of the American cinema. Contents: Director's dilemma: mastering the creative process -- Director as storyteller: the Western, the Gangster film, the musical -- Director as illusionist: controlling and mastering the technical process -- Director as smuggler: the metaphor behind the vision -- Director as iconoclast: asserting personal expression. Originally broadcast on Channel Four Television in 1995. 226 min. DVD 354

Photo Finish (Connections2).
Part of a series exploring the origins and effects of inventions that shaped the modern world. This episode uses the photographs to be taken of the Le Mans race winner as a backdrop to explore the interconnections between the development of photography, aerodynamics, celluloid, relativity, sound motion pictures, the timber industry, gaslight, creosote, the rubber industry, zeplins,and gasoline engines. Dist. Ambrose Video. 25 min. Video/C 3324

Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
A documentary that looks at how early filmmaking influenced the Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Featuring interviews with art scholars and artists, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and cinema’s continuing influence on the art of our time. Narrator, Martin Scorsese. Directed and produced by Arne Glimcher. 2008. 60 min. DVD X6096

Playback: Preserving Analog Video
Segment 1: Analog Video Basics: Shows video preservation techniques as they are practiced, and presents critical discussions on the topic by artists, conservators, and video engineers. Includes discussions of technical information about videotape composition, causes of tape deterioration, analog formats and hardware from the early years. Segment 2: Preservation case study: A real-life video documentation of videotape preservation and reconstruction. Included are the technical steps employed in the preservation of 1975 source materials used in producing the renowned artwork, The Eternal Frame (1976), by Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco. Also portrayed is the complex decision-making process that informed the reconstruction of the art piece. Segment 3: The Eternal Frame: Provides the viewer with the complete versions of The Eternal Frame, as it was produced in 1976 and as a newly reconstructed piece. The voices of artists Doug Hall and Chip Lord are included in an artists' commentary voiceover, as are statements by three influential media arts curators. Extras: Selected audio excerpts from recent key preservation events including Video Capsule, TechArcheology, Reformatted and Looking Back/Looking Forward. San Francisco, CA : Bay Area Video Coalition, 2003. DVD 7257

Poliwood
Explores the influence Hollywood has over today's political process, giving the viewer a front row seat and backroom access to the 2008 presidential campaigns. Features interviews with high-profile celebrities and powerful political figures. Bonus features: interviews with Mos Def, Steve Earle, Ani Di Franco & Arianna Huffington ; special event: the Courage Show readings. Directed by Barry Levinson. 2010. 91 min. DVD X3468

Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood
A slyly provocative and revelatory expose on the myths behind 'liberal Hollywood' and the stigmas attached with being in its conservative contingent. Explores how Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful campaign for governor of California, the rise of evangelical Christianity, and recent debates about patriotism and the War in Iraq are changing the political landscape in Hollywood. Panelists: Drew Carey, Vincent Gallo, Pat Sajak, Ben Stein, Patricia Heaton, John Milius. Directed by Jesse Moss. 2005. 73 min. DVD 4638

Reel Talent: First Films by Legendary Directors
Discover the first films of famous directors plucked from the vault of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. First film based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe; 10th film based on the original screenplay "Somebody" by Michael Allen Rish. Side A. 9 short films: The oval portrait / produced by Department of Cinematography, University of Southern California ; directed and photographed by Richard L. Bare ; story adapted by Richard L. Bare -- 1:42.08 : [a man and his car] / written and directed by George Lucas ; produced at the University of Southern California Department of Cinema by undergraduate students in the senior production workshop -- Electronic labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967) / [presented by] the University of Southern California ; written & directed by George Lucas ; produced by Navy students in the Navy production workshop, U.S.C. -- Freiheit / a film by Lucas -- The lift (1972) / written and directed by Robert Zemeckis ; student produced at the University of Southern California Division of Cinema -- A field of honor (1973) / [presented by] the University of Southern California ; written and directed by Robert Zemeckis ; student produced at the University of Southern California Division of Cinema -- Silent night / [presented by] the University of Southern California ; written and directed by James Foley, Jr. ; student produced at the University of Southern California -- Proof / writer and director, Kevin Reynolds -- Perfect alibi (1987) / [presented by] the University of Southern California ; written & directed by Steve Sommers ; student produced at University of Southern California -- Side B. 3 short films and special features: Whatever it takes (1988) / directed by Jon Turteltaub ; written by Randy Runkle and Jon Turteltaub ; student produced at the University of Southern California -- Broken record (1994) / written by Mark Friedman ; produced by Shawn Levy, David Lipper, Serena Krouse ; directed by Shawn Levy -- The goodbye place / written and directed by Richard Kelly ; producers, Paola Cresti, Richard Kelly. Camera, Emmett Alston and Bob Steadman (2nd film) ; photography, F.E. Zip Zimmerman (3rd film) ; director of photography, Bill Mauger (5th film), Robert C. Hughes (7th film), Eyal Gordin (11th film) ; cinematography, Horace Jordan (6th film), Paola Cresti (12th film) ; editing, George Lucas ... [et al.] (2nd film), Dan Natchsheim (3rd film), Mustafa R. Gursel (5th, 6th films), Albert Magnoli (7th film), David Fechtor (8th film), Monty Ban and Wayne Gee (9th film), Randy Runkle and Patricia Tobin (10th film), Shawn Levy (11th film), Paola Cresti (12th film) ; music, A.J. Lygu[?] (1st film), Bill Manov, Mark Nelson, and Warren Wolfe (4th film), Elmer Bernstein (6th film), Steven Bramson (9th film), Kory Wollons and Maissa De Barros (11th film), Gregory Zymet (12th film). Randal Kleiser, Christopher Roland, Jason Dohring, Michael Bryan French, Peter Dennis. Special features: Conversations with legendary directors George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis and Richard Bare. DVD 8296

Rise of the Moguls: The Men Who Built the Hollywood Studio System
Looks at the history of the major film studios and their founders who promulgated the Hollywood studio system that dominated production and distribution of films in the "Golden Age of Hollywood" from the early 1920s through the 1950s. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and film historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 26 min. DVD X235

Shakespeare on the Silver Screen
Making the leap from stage to cinema, the plays of William Shakespeare have enjoyed decades of popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. This program combines clips from significant movie productions with an eclectic group of interviews to demonstrate the Bard's uncanny ability to fire the modern imagination -- especially through the medium of film. Film excerpts: Julie Taymor's Titus ; Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost; Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet; Laurence Olivier's Hamlet; Peter Brook's A Midsummer night's dream; Laurence Fishburn in Othello. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 8473

Special Effects
Examines the wide variety of techniques used to create special visual and sound effects for motion pictures, including stop-frame animation, back screen projection, computerized cameras, Steadicam, and digital sound synthesis. Scenes from such films as King Kong, Blade Runner, and Return of the Jedi are shown to illustrate specific techniques. 1984. 58 min. Video/C MM780

Star Wars Trilogy: Supplementary Materials
Documentary: "Empire of dreams: the story of the Star Wars trilogy" -- 3 featurettes: "Characters of Star Wars," "Birth of the light saber," "Force is with them: the legacy of Star Wars." -- Trailers and TV spots -- Video game and still galleries -- Episode III preview: the return of Darth Vader. Go behind the scenes, and experience the journey from the earliest versions of the script to the blockbuster debut of the films that changed the face of cinema. Explore the creation of the Star Wars films, the development of the classic characters, and the birth of the lightsaber, through documentaries, featurettes, interviews, rare footage, theatrical trailers, stills collections and poster art. 236 min. DVD 2996

Stranger with a Camera.
During the 1960s, filmmakers came to Appalachia to document the dire conditions of the region's poorest residents. The use of the striking images of poverty raised questions about whether media-makers with otherwise good intentions exploited and perpetuated long-held stereotypes of Appalachia. In 1967 this tension between media and community led Kentuckian Hobart Ison to kill filmmaker Hugh O'Connor. This film revisits this tragedy to explore the reason for the killing. Producer and director Elizabeth Barret. Dist.: Appalshop. 2000. 60 min. Video/C 7192

Surrealist Film: The Stuff of Dreams.
Surrealist cinema sought to break with the conventional linear narrative style in favor of chance events and a world of the subconscious. This program analyzes the origin, evolution and legacy of this cinematic movement whose stylistic artifacts can still be found in today's mass culture. Key figures of Dadaism and Surrealism are highlighted including Germaine Dulac, Luis Bunuel and Man Ray with excerpts from their works and other films of the genre. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 39 min. DVD 4145

Talk Fast.
What if an aspiring screenwriter could get just two minutes of face time with a major Hollywood exec to make a pitch? Welcome to Pitchmart. In this reality-based program, five people with five big ideas express their passions and frustrations as they spend a week with Ken Rotcop to polish their presentations, and then two precious minutes with the decision-makers who could transform their scripts into box office bonanzas. Rotcop, Pitchmart's founder, is an award-winning screenwriter and author of the bestselling The Perfect Pitch. An honest and insightful scrutiny of parlaying a script into a movie deal. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 53 min. DVD 6098

Tarzan, Silver Screen King of the Jungle
A documentary about the character of Tarzan from his creation by Edgar Rice Burroughs, through the production of Tarzan's New York Adventure, the final of the six Metro Goldwyn Mayer Tarzan films that starred Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O'Sullivan. 2004. 80 min. DVD 2724

These Amazing Shadows
What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles and West Side Story have in common? They have all been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and listed on The National Film Registry. This documentary tells the story of the importance of the Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. The current list of 550 films includes selections from every genre - documentaries, home movies, Hollywood classics, avant-garde, newsreels and silent films collectively revealing how "American movies tell us so much about ourselves... not just what we did, but what we thought, what we felt, what we aspired to, and the lies we told ourselves." Special features: Lost forever : a look a film preservation, restoration and more; Live from Prague : recording the score; These amazing shadows at Sundance; Outtakes; Alternate and deleted scenes. Directed by Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton c2011. 88 min. DDVD X6814

Twentieth Century Legacy
Traces the development of the American film industry ca. 1890-1920, focusing on film as an art form. The pioneering work of Edwin Porter and D. W. Griffith is examined. c1978. 30 min. Video/C MM834

Value-added Cinema
Drawing on 70 films, presents a finely tuned montage of egregrious product placement shots -- removing the gratuitous and unnecessary plots and leaving behind just the exhilarating core of consumerism. Highlights how product placements are insinuated into dialogue, even engulfing entire features until films become little more than product promotions. film by Steve Seid and Peter Conheim. 2003. 47 min. DVD X651

Visions of Light.
The story of cinematography as seen through the lenses of the world's greatest filmmakers and captured in classic scenes from over 125 immortal movies. From black and white to Technicolor, silent to talkie, glittering hollywood musical to film nor and art film to blockbuster, this film presents moviemaking in a new light. Featured cinematographers: Gordon Willis, Greg Toland, William Fraker, Vittorio Storaro. 95 min. DVD 526; Video/C 2725

Waking Sleeping Beauty
By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. The following is the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and others. Told by the people who were actually there-- Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Lasseter , Roy E. Disney, Tim Burton and many more. Bonus features: Why wake Sleeping Beauty?; deleted scenes; the sailor, the mountain climber, the artist and the poet; studio tours; a reunion; Walt; audio commentary by director Don Hahn and producer Peter Schneider. 2009. 85 min. DVD X5011

Walt & El Grupo: The Untold Adventures
For ten weeks in 1941, Walt Disney, his wife, and sixteen colleagues from his studio visited nations in South America to gather story material for a series of films with South American themes. This documentary uses this framing device to explore inter-American relations as Nazi influence was growing in South America, provide a rare glimpse into the artists who were part of the magic of Disney's 'golden age,' and give an unprecedented look at the 39-year-old Walt Disney during one of the most challenging times of his entire life. Directed by Theodore Thomas. 2010. 107 min. DVD X5014

The Warner Brothers Cartoon Studio (The Boys from Termite Terrace).
Performer: Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Mel Blanc, Chuck Jones. Commentator: John Canemaker. A two part presentation examining the work of Warner Brothers animators. Part 1 examines how the animators conceptualized and developed their cartoon characters and the plots of their animated films. Part 2 examines how they refined the characters and gags and why some animated characters were successful and became stars while others did not. Cartoons from Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes created between 1924 and 1964 are show throughout to illustrate their points. Produced in 1975 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 56 min. Video/C 4608

When Video Came
A fascinating look at the history of video art from the critical perspective of seminal media artists in the U.S. Visually stimulating, this documentary portraits the development of the technological image and its influence in our culture as well as the complex relationship that exists between the independent producer and the established mass-media. Directed and produced by Andres Tapia-Urzua and Ralph Vituccio. c2003. 40 min. DVD 4933

Witness: Video for Change.
A training video produced by the human rights organization Witness presenting ideas for using camcorders to create documentaries or public service announcements to show human rights abuses which can be brought as evidence before courts, governments, the media and the world. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist. Witness Project. 2000. 25 min. DVD 3270

Writing for Television: The Legal Genre.
University Satellite Seminar Series. Television, the Creative Process; Fall, 1996. New York, NY: Museum of Television and Radio. Panel: Jackson Gills (Perry Mason), Dean Hargrove (Matlock), Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg), David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, The Practice), William Finkelstein (L.A. Law), Judith Paige Mitchell (The Client), Dick Wolf (Law & Order). One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. In this seminar a panel of screenwriters who have used the legal genre to create first-rate entertainment and explore complex philosophical issues discuss the creative challenges and opportunities of both approaches. Also investigates how television has reflected society's changing image of the lawyer over the past thirty-five years. 93 min. Video/C 4517

Workers Leaving the Factory (Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik)
Analyzes the relationship between the Lumière brothers 45 second film 'Workers leaving the factory', and workers leaving the factory throughout the history of cinema. Originally released as a motion picture in 1995. Director, Harun Farocki; editor, Max Reimann. Dubbed in English; with some sections subtitled in German. Dist.: Video Data Bank. Video/C MM1039

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[Akerman, Chantal] Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman
Part one opens with Akerman in her apartment describing the problems she encountered making this film. What emerges is a thoughful confession from this extremely perceptive filmmaker. Part two lets Akerman's films speak for her, taking clips from her extensive filmography including forays into experimental film, comedic shorts, musicals, narrative features -- including an early short that stars a very young Chantal. 1996. 64 min. Video/C 8314

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[Allen, Woody] Woody Allen: A Documentary
Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Exploring the ultimate "independent filmmaker's" writing habits, casting, directing, and relationship with his actors, Weide traveled with Allen from the London set of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger - to the Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris this May. He also filmed Allen at home, in the editing room and touring his childhood haunts in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. New interviews with colleagues provide insight and backstory. Commentary: actors Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Seth Green, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, and Owen Wilson; writing collaborators Marshall Brickman, Mickey Rose and Doug McGrath; cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond; Allen's sister and producing partner Letty Aronson; producers Robert Greenhut and Stephen Tenenbaum; longtime managers Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe; casting director Juliet Taylor; pal Dick Cavett; and Martin Scorsese. Special features: "12 questions" with Woody Allen ; deleted scenes and interviews ; interview with director, Robert B. Weide. Directed, and produced by Robert Weide. 195 min. DVD X7063

[Almodovar, Pedro] Otras Miradas
In this program the Spanish motion picture producer, Pedro Almodovar, traces his colorful career from obscure independent filmmaker to his 1988 Oscar-nomination. He explores his unique creative perspective, particularly his frequent use of characters living on the fringes of traditional Spanish society. In Spanish (without subtitles). 58 min. Video/C 5094

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[Altman, Robert] The Films of Robert Altman (The Directors)
After six decades in the motion picture industry, Robert Altman remains one of Hollywood's most prolific directors. Famous for using large ensemble casts, Altman practices an improvisational style of filmmaking that gives his actors the rare luxury to freely interpret their roles. Includes interviews with the director and reminiscences by actors and actresses who have worked with Altman. 1999. 60 min. Video/C 7214

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[Anders, Allison] Gregory Nava & Allison Anders.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. The first episode features film critic and journalist, Michael Fox in conversation with Mexican-American filmmaker Gregory Nava, who's films focus on cross-cultural issues and themes of struggles within immigrant life in the United States as portrayed in "Confessions of Amans, El Norte, Mi Familia, Selena, and American tapestry." In part two director and screenwriter Allison Anders chats about her commitment to telling women's stories in her films "Mi vida loca, Four rooms, Sugar town, Gas food lodging, Border radio." Video/C MM102

[Ang Lee] Independent View: Ang Lee & Laszlo Kovacs
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. Director Ang Lee talks with B. Ruby Rich about the making of his recent critical success, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Lee's career is studiously diverse, with a filmography that includes The Wedding banquet, Eat drink man woman, The Ice storm and Ride with the devil. In Part 2 acclaimed Hungarian cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, talks about his legendary career and some of his trade secrets with film critic and journalist, Michael Fox. Video/C MM99

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[Apted, Michael] Interview with Michael Apted DVD 1238

[Argento, Dario] Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror
Dubbed the "Italian Hitchcock", director Dario Argento's mix of gore, vivid colour and over-the-top production values have created such horror classics as Deep Red, Suspiria and Tenebrae. Examines Argento's use of rock music, special effects and visual imagery, documenting his early career through to his latest work I Can't Sleep. 2000. 57 min. DVD X5329

[Arrabal, Fernando] Arrabal, Panic Cineast
Features interview clips with Arrabal alongside some of his contemporaries, including former Panik Movement aficionado, Alejandro Jodorowsky as well as a few other filmmakers and artists who claim him as an influence. Arrabal is always an amusing subject and this documentary captures him in fine form as he happily talks about his films and and his surreal artistic creations. 2007. 59 min. DVD X2900

[Bardem, Juan Antonio] Calle Bardem
Shortly after his death, friends, colleagues, and an historian speak about film director Juan Antonio Bardem. They describe his personality, working style, his studies and his becoming a director, early success and later difficulties finding work, and his work with film trade unions in the Franco era. They discuss his Communist Party membership and his ideological and didactic approach to filmmaking. He is described as charming, brusque, difficult to work with, demanding, and courtly. His importance as a director and his seminal contribution to New Spanish Cinema are givens for the participants. 2005 45 min. DVD 9690

[Bergman, Ingmar] Bergman Island
Just four years before his death, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman sat down with Swedish documentarian Marie Nyreröd at his home on Fårö Island to discuss his work, his fears, his regrets, and his ongoing artistic passion. This resulted in the most breathtakingly candid series of interviews that the famously reclusive director ever took part in ... an unforgettable final glimpse of a man who transformed cinema. Features archival material and film excerpts. A film by Marie Nyreröd. Special features: Bergman 101, a filmography narrated by Peter Cowie and essay by Marie Nyreröd. 2004. 83 min. DVD X2041

[Bergman, Ingmar] Dokument Fanny och Alexander (The Making of "Fanny and Alexander")
Ingmar Bergman wrote and directed this fascinating documentary on the making of his 1983 feature film, Fanny and Alexander. Clips are taken not only from the theatrical version of the film but also the five hour version never shown in the United States. The documentary chronicles Bergman's unique style of filmmaking and artistic interactions with such life-long collaborators as cinematographers Sven Nykvist and Gunnar Bjornstrand. 1989? 110 min. DVD 3191; also on VHS Video/C 7884

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[Bergman, Ingmar] The Ingmar Bergman Collection. Supplemental Materials
This behind-the-scenes view of the life and work of Ingmar Bergman looks at the creation of five movies he directed (Hour of the wolf, Shame, The serpent's egg, Persona, The passion of Anna) and includes extra materials and featurettes. Special features: "Intermezzo (2002)"; an interview with Ingmar Bergman (1970); "Sven Nykvist: with one eye he cries" ; "Faro Island mystique"; American Cinematographer, April 1972: "Filmmaking in Sweden"; and photo galleries. 2004. DVD 2592

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[Bergman, Ingmar] Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (Ingmar Bergman gor en film)
The year is 1961 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie - Winter Light. This documentary film presents views on set construction and lighting, rehearsals and editing, as well as intimate conversations with Bergman and members of his cast and crew. 2003. 146 min. DVD 1856

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[Bergman, Ingmar] Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work
Documentary from Swedish television accompanying the DVD of Wild strawberries. 90 min. DVD 1065

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[Bergman, Ingmar] Reflections on Life, Death and Love
Special feature accompanying DVD of Cries and Whispers. 52 min. DVD 1166

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[Bertini, Francesca] The Last Diva: Italy's Most Famous Silent Film Star
A documentary portrait of the Italian silent screen actress Francesca Bertini, with scenes from many of her classic films and interviews with notables of the Italian cinema such as the late Sergio Leone. 1982. 85 min. DVD 4575

[Blank, Les] Burden of Dreams.
Directed by Les Blank. Documents German film director Werner Herzog's struggle to complete his film Fitzcarraldo in the face of plane crashes, torrential rains, attacks by armed, hostile Indians, and the loss of several sets of leading actors. 1982. 94 min. DVD 3803; also VHS Video/C 1352

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[Blank, Les] Interview with Les Blank and Maureen Gosling.
First film is an interview with two Bay Area independent filmakers with commentary and clips from their works. 58 min. Video/C 4217

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[Boetticher, Budd] Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That
Traces the life and filmmaking career of Hollywood director Budd Boetticher, who directed three classic bullfighting films, several crime thrillers and a series of Westerns that earned him a cult critical reputation. Several interviews with Boetticher are interspersed with clips from many of his films and commentary by his contemporaries. 2005. 84 min. DVD X572

[Borzage, Frank] Murnau, Borzage and Fox
"Think of three men... an obsessed Jewish businessman (William Fox), a visionary German artist (F.W. Murnau), and an idealistic American Catholic (Frank Borzage). For a few short years their fates were intertwinded and together these three men, the mogul, the artist, and the romantic would change the face of cinema." Includes commentary by film critics and historians with extensive archival film footage. Special features: Murnau, Borgaze and Fox: a book of photography from their films (128 p.) ; 4 Devils: the lost film of F.W. Murnau: a book remembering the legendary movie (128 p.) ; still galleries. 2008. 105 min. DVD X710

[Bozzetto, Bruno] I mondi di Bruno Bozzetto (The World of Bruno Bozzetto)
An interview with Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto who discusses his inspiration for his colourful and witty fantasies. Includes a generous selection of his short animated films presented to illustrate the points in his commentary. 2002. 42 min. DVD X2438

[Brakhage, Stan] Brakhage
Stan Brakhage, possibly the most important filmmaker of the avant-garde, has consistantly redefined the shape of film art. Using excerpts from Brakhage's films, interviews with Brakhage, his friends, family, colleagues and critics, and archival footage of Brakhage spanning the past thirty-five years, this film explores the depth and breadth of the filmmaker's genuis and the influence his work has had on generations of other creators. 75 min. Video/C 6124

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[Breer, Robert] Robert Breer
Interview of Robert Breer, an American avant-garde animator whose films explore shape, color, perspective and motion with wit and humor. During the interview six of Breer's films are screened and discussed including Recreation; A man and his dog out for air; 69, Gulls and buoys; Fuji; Rubber cement. Broadcast on the television program Screening room on Nov. 29, 1976 with an original running time of 90 minutes. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 75 min. DVD 4492

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[Bresson, Robert] Bresson, Without a Trace(Bresson ni vu ni connu)
Director Francois Weyergans discusses Robert Bresson and his works in this documentary incorporating clips from his films. Usually a man of few words having never before granted an interview on camera, Bression agreed to the 1965 interview at his country home by the then-unknown writer Weyergans. Ranging over topics from the inspiration behind his films, his ideas on the use of sound, actors, editing and music, Bression describes his approach to filmmaking. 1994. 65 min. Video/C 9291

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[Brooks, Louise] Lulu in Berlin.
Filmed interview with actress Louise Brooks. Contains clips of several of her films. 50 min. Video/C 1849

Diary of a Lost Girl Video/C.999:127; Pandora's Box Video/C 999:31; Prix de Beaute Video/C 999:370

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[Buñuel, Luis] Luis Buñuel
Biographical account of Spanish born film director, Luis Bunuel, and a critique of his work through interviews with family, friends and collaborators. Clips of Bunuel at work and from some of his movies provide an additional dimension to the commentary. In Spanish. 75 min. Video/C 4219

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[Buñuel, Luis] Regarding Buñuel
A thorough, entertaining documentary on the life and work of Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel. Using archival photographs, footage, and clips from his films this is a complex portrait of one of the century's most notable filmmakers. Includes footage from an interview with Bunuel before his death, as well as interviews with various actors, friends and family members. 2000. 105 min. DVD X2181; DVD 445; also on VHS Video/C 8741

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[Burns, Ken] Ken Burns
Ken Burns has revolutionized the art of making documentaries, bringing American history to life in a very personal way. In this program, he discusses the painstaking research, hands-on techniques and limitless energy that have won him fame. Biographical details such as how he got his start, who influenced him, and where he finds inspiration offer an illuminating glimpse of this remarkable artist. Film clips from his documentaries underscore the power of his methods and the passion of his vision. Originally aired on CBS Eye on People on September 3, 1998. 45 min. Video/C 7386

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[Burns, Ken] Independent View: Ken Burns & Marc Singer.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In this episode PBS's acclaimed documentary producer Ken Burns discusses his inspirations with the film critic and journalist Michael Fox. Later in the program Marc Singer, producer of the documentary "Dark days," talks about living among homeless people for two years in the underground tunnels of Manhattan, to make a film that changed lives. Video/C MM90

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[Campbell, Eric] Chaplin's Goliath: In Search of Scotland's Forgotten Star
Presents the life of silent film star Eric Campbell, who was most famous for playing the quintessential villian for Charles Chaplin's Tramp character. Follows the life of the Scottish actor from Dunoon in Scotland, through his years in the music halls, to his short but intense film career and the bizarre final six months of his life before he was killed in an automobile accident in December 1917. Director, Kevin Macdonald. 1996. 52 min. DVD X3983

[Campion, Jane] Portrait: Jane Campion and the Portrait of a Lady: An Unusually Extensive and Intimate Study of a Filmmaker at Work. DVD 1237

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[Capra, Frank] Frank Capra (Men Who Made Movies)
DVD X2385 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2033

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[Capra, Frank] Frank Capra's American Dream
Go behind the scenes into Hollywood legend Frank Capra's professional and family life with rare footage, stills and sequences from many of his films and an exclusive look into his personal home movie collection. 1997. DVD 7188; also on DVD 3000

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[Cardiff Jack] Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
A star-studded documentary about one of the greatest Oscar-winning cinematographers, who captured the beauty of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Sophia Loren in such memorable classics as The African Queen; The Red Shoes; Barefoot Contessa; and Black Narcissus. With a career spanning more than 80 years, the passionate documentary reveals the craft of one of cinema's most indelible image-makers, Jack Cardiff. A film by Craig McCall. 2011. 90 min. DVD X6292

[Castle, William] Spine Tingler: the William Castle Story
An extensive biography of the American film producer and director William Castle, with a focus on his classic horror films. Castle was famous for directing films with many gimmicks which were ambitiously promoted, despite being reasonably low budget B-movies. Includes extensive film clips and commentary by his family, friends and actors, producers, directors and film historians. Commentary: Terry Castle, Paul Sammon, Hawk Koch, Budd Boetticher, Michael Schlesinger, Leonard Maltin, David Del Valle, John Waters, Donald F. Glut, Fred Olen Ray, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, John Badham. 2007. 81 min. DVD X2206

[Cassavetes, John] A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes
A look at the life and work of John Cassavetes assembled from candid interviews with Cassavetes' collaborators and friends, rare photos, archival footage, and the director's own words. The film paints a revealing portrait of a man whose fierce courage and dedication changed the face of cinema forever. 2000. 202 min. DVD 2979

[Cassavetes, John] John Cassavetes
The subject of this protrait is John Cassavetes, the father of American independent film. We first meet Cassavetes just after the completion of his independent film "Shadows," as he drives a convertible through Hollywood discussing the film. Three years later, with his film "Faces" completed Cassavetes is in Paris, rather more mature and introspective. Here he discusses American society, and contrasts Shadows, a film about adolescence and hope, with Faces, a film about middle age and disenchantment. 1965-68. 50 min. Video/C 8499

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[Cassavetes, John] Cineastes de notre temps: John Cassavetes
An episode from the French television series dedicated to Cassavetes, featuring rare interviews and behind the scenes footage. 1968. 48 min. DVD 2991

[Chaplin, Charlie] Charlie Chaplin: Film's First Icon.
Despite his start as a purely slapstick character, Charlie Chaplin swiftly rewrote the rules of comedy to include sentiment and pathos. This program depicts the early career of the cinematic genius known to millions as "The Little Tramp." Clips from his pictures filmed between 1914 and 1917 display the characterization and artistic vision he used to transform the popular knockabout farces of his day into a true and often eloquent art form. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 27 min. DVD 6082

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[Chaplin, Charlie] Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years /.
Charlie Chaplin was forced to leave the U.S. in 1952, and lived with his family in Switzerland until his death in 1977. For the first time, a documentary film focuses on Chaplin's later years and his work as a prolific musical composer. Interviews with family, friends and colleagues offer insight into these forgotten years through intimate memories and entertaining anecdotes. Includes newly-found footage from private archives. Directed by Felice Zenoni. 2003. 55 min. DVD 4553

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[Chaplin, Charlie] Unknown Chaplin.
Three-part documentary television series which observes film director Charlie Chaplin's creative processes, using outtakes of filmed rehearsals, and close scrutiny by film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. DVD includes three feature-length programs: "My happiest years"; "The great director", and "Hidden treasures." Special features: "Making of" featurette; two rare bonus Chaplin shorts; never-before-seen clips; extra footage; interviews. 3 parts, 52 min. each. DVD 4852; also vhs Video/C 1414; Video/C 999:562

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[Chaplin, Charlie] Making of the Chaplin Mutuals.
Essay on the making of the Mutuals by Sam Gill Special feature accompanying the DVD The Chaplin mutuals. DVD 10

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[Chen, Joan] Independent View: Joan Chen & Ruby Yang.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In this episode two Chinese-American artists are spotlighted. The first part of the program presents an interview with actress and director, Joan Chen, who is one of a very few to attain a viable career in both Hollywood and Hong Kong. Part two features Chen-collaborator and director Ruby Yang. In addition to editing Chen's Autumn in New York and Xiu Xiu, Yang directed Citizen Hong Kong, a documentary about five Hong Kong residents and their views on Hong Kong's transition from British to Chinese rule. Video/C MM94

[Clarke, Alan] Director Alan Clarke
Posthumous documentary which explores the legacy of British motion picture director and writer Alan Clarke, through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. 96 min. 2004. 54 min. DVD 5546

[Cocteau, Jean] Jean Cocteau: Autoportrait d'un Inconnu (Autobiography of an unknown)
Edgardo Cozarinsky's renowned 66 minute 1984 documentary on Cocteau. (Supplementary material accompanying "Blood of a Poet") DVD 208

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[Coppola, Francis] Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Documentary about the filming of the Vietnam War based motion picture, Apocalypse Now (MRC Video/D 167; Video/C 999:429), made by the director's wife, Eleanor Coppola. It's the history of a film beset by physical and personal troubles, such as the destruction of the sets by a hurricane and the heart attack that almost cost the life of one of the stars, Martin Sheen. Includes recent interviews with cast and crew. 96 min. DVD 9570; vhs Video/C 4751

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[Coppola, Francis] CODA: Thirty Years Later
Eleanor Coppola joins her husband as he directs his first new feature film in ten years, Youth Without Youth. CODA reveals an older Francis Ford Coppola as he approaches independent "guerilla filmmaking" in a youthful way, with his small crew shooting in Romania making a self-financed personal film completely outside of studio control. Written, produced and directed by Eleanor Coppola. 2007. 62 min. DVD 9570

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[Corman, Roger] Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel [videorecording]
Roger Corman is perhaps the most prolific and influential Hollywood filmmaker mainstream America has never heard of. This documentary attempts to rectify that injustice by not only examining Corman and his filmography, but also by attempting to explain why the writer-director-producer is more than just a low-budget schlockmeister. Featuring interviews with heavy hitters of Hollywood. Written and directed by Alex Stapleton. 2011. 90 min. DVD X7250

[Costa, Pedro] Tout refleurit: Pedro Costa, cinéaste
Intriguing and personal portrait of Pedro Costa revealing a supremely confident yet humble filmmaker who long ago abandoned conventional industrial film production for an artisanal approach that keeps his crews extremely tiny and his relationships with his actors on a distinctly personal basis. Special features: Entrevista con Pedro Costa / interviewer, Carles Marqués (2006, 45 min., French with Spanish subtitles) 2006. 78 min. DVD X2487

[Costa-Gavras] The Political films of Costa-Gavras, with Marcel Ophuls
Two internationally known directors who have made a specialty of films with an outspoken political edge discuss the values and methods in the genre, and the problems they have faced. Costa-Gavras' films, though based on facts, are scripted and professionally acted while Ophul's work is documentary in style. They address such themes as the difference between "objective" and "subjective" truth, and their personal motives for choosing this form of film art. 1976. 27 min. Video/C 6410

[Cukor, George] On Cukor
The films of George Cukor define the intelligence, sophistication and wit of Hollywood's golden age. Despite magnificent achievements, he still faced tremendous professional setbacks in a career that spanned five decades. This documentary presents a compelling look at the cinematic legend, director George Cukor and includes interviews with colleagues, archival interviews with Cukor himself as well as extensive clips from over 25 of his classic films. [2000]. 90 min. DVD 631

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[Cukor, George] George Cukor (Men Who Made Movies)
Supplementary feature on DVD DVD 3635; also on vhs Video/C 2036

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[Cukor, George] George Cukor (Men Who Made Movies)
Video/C 2036

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[Dash, Julie] The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash.
Afro-American filmmaker, producer, writer and director Julie Dash talks about her life and work and the difficulties she has had getting her films distributed and accepted. Interspersed with her comments are clips from three of her films, Daughters of the Dust, Illusions, and Diary of an African Nun, and she talks about the making of a fourth film, Four Women. One of her principal aims, she says, is "to redefine images of black women on the screen." 1992. 27 min. DVD X6678; Video/C 7081

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[De Sica, Vittorio] That's Life: Vittorio De Sica
Documentary made for Italian television in 2001. 55 min. DVD 1800 (supplement to DVD of Umberto D)

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[Demy, Jacques] The World of Jacques Demy (L'univers de Jacques Demy)
In an homage to her late husband acclaimed French filmmaker Jacques Demy, Agnes Varda presents a loving look at his brilliant vision, his techniques, and his influences. Includes clips from his films, interviews with colleagues, and rare home video footage of the director with Francois Truffaut and Jim Morrison. 1995. 90 min. DVD 2225

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[Deren, Maya] In the Mirror of Maya Deren
A documentary which combines excerpts from Maya Deren's films Meshes of the afternoon, At land, and Ritual in transfigured time with archival footage and observances from acolytes and contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Katherine Dunn and Judith Malina. c2001. 101 min. Video/C 9818

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[Deren, Maya] Invocation: Maya Deren.
Profile of the life and work of Maya Deren, a pioneer producer of avant-garde films. Includes film clips of examples of her work. 53 min. Video/C 3350

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[Dietrich, Marlene]Marlene
Using hours of audio-only taped interviews, presents the life story of this normally reclusive star, from her childhood to her marriage, collaborators, life, death, and the Holocaust. Directed by Maximilian Schell. 1984. 91 min. DVD X2845

[Disney, Walt] Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio
Contents: Disc 1. A trip through the Walt Disney Studios -- The Reluctant dragon -- How Walt Disney cartoons are made -- Disc 2. The story of the animated drawing -- The Plausible impossible -- Tricks of our trade.

Presents behind-the-scenes films and television shows highlighting the work of Walt Disney Studios. The centerpiece is the 1941 feature film "The reluctant dragon," in which humorist Robert Benchley introduces the major steps in cartoon production. Walt himself hosts three installments of the Disneyland television show from the 1950s: "The story of the animated drawing, The plausible impossible, and Tricks of our trade," which together constitute a primer of the art of animation and a summation of the work accomplished by Walt and his gifted team of artists. Includes footage of Walt's original Hyperion plant filmed in 1937 and a newly created virtual tour of the Walt Disney Studio, including visionary architect Kem Weber's original plans. Videodisc release of films and television shows originally released between 1937 and 1957. Special features (Disc 1): Commentary by Leonard Maltin; "Leonard Maltin's studio tour"; Behind the boards on Baby Weems; The reluctant dragon gallery; Walt Disney Studios gallery. (Disc 2): "Tour of the Disney Studio" radio program; Kem Weber gallery. 2002. 240 min. DVD 1477

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[Disney, Walt] Walt: The Man Behind the Myth
In this revealing portrait, you'll discover the man behind the myth. Through good times and bad, including a brush with bankruptcy during WWII, Walt Disney remained a driven innovator and perfectionist behind studio gates and a devoted family man at home. Features all-new interviews with friends, family, collaborators and experts, plus never-before-seen home movies. 2001. 119 min. DVD 4660

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[Disney, Walt] Alice in Cartoonland
It has been said that the Disney Studio was built on a mouse, but it all really began with a little girl named Alice. The basic concept of the "Alice films" by Walt Disney was to place a real girl in a cartoon world. This program represents Disney's earliest experiences as a young cartoon producer when he was 20 years old and reveals his development as a director and storyteller. Contents: Alice, the toreador (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice's egg plant (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice in the jungle (1925, 8 min.) -- Alice on the farm (1926, 9 min.) -- Alice rattled by rats (1925, 7 min.) -- Alice's orphan (1926, 7 min.) -- Alice the whaler (1927, 7 min.). Video/C 7168

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[Disney, Walt] Mickey Mouse Monopoly
Takes a close and critical look at the animated films produced by the Disney Company and the cultural values and assumptions propagated in terms of race, gender and class. Includes contributions from cultural critics, media scholars, child psychologists, educators and children. Contents: Disney's media dominance -- Disney's gender representations -- Disney's race representations -- Disney's commercialization of children's culture. c2001. 52 min. DVD 9673; vhs Video/C 7751

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[Drew, Robert] Raw Footage: Episode 4, Robert Drew
The journey of the independent filmmaker is explored through interviews with documentary filmmaker, Robert Drew. Examines the filmmakers' work from inspiration to realization asking such questions as: What drew the filmmaker to the material? How was the money raised? Did the director rehearse, storyboard or plan his shots? How was the film marketed? c2001. 58 min. Video/C MM365

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[Dreyer, Carl Theodor] Carl Theodor Dreyer - My Metier
This exhaustive documentary surveys the career of one of the great motion picture directors, following Dreyer's life through interviews with the director and his colleagues, film clips and archival materials. 2001. 94 min. DVD 830

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[Dreyer, Carl Theodor] Carl Th. Dreyer
An account of the career of filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer with critical commentary by Henri Langlois, Francois Truffaut, Henri-Georges Clouzot and others. Includes segments from Dreyer's films. Special features: Visual essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influences in creating Vampyr ; Radio broadcast (23 min.) from 1958 episode of Gideon Bachmaan's WBAI radio program "The Film Art" with Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking. A booklet featuring new essays by Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and star Nicolas de Gunzburg, as well as a book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu 1872 story "Carmilla," a source for the film. 1966. 29 min. DVD 9984

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[Duras, Marguerite] Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself
A personal portrait of the great extremely prolific French writer Marguerite Duras. Between 1943 and 1995, Duras directed 19 films and wrote more than 70 novels, plays, movies and adaptations. Presented through home movies, archival footage, film extracts, readings, and television interviews filmed over many years. 2001. 61 min. Video/C 9786

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[Duras, Marguerite] Marguerite Duras
In this vintage interview of the 20th century French author, Marguerite Duras, she talks openly about the hardship and the romance of her childhood in French Indochina, sharing how this period haunted her life and shaped her work. Excerpts from her films and readings from her books by actress Elizabeth Rider and Duras herself bring to life those formative years in Vietnam. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1985. 52 min. Video/C 6901

[Eastwood, Clint] Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
From bit roles to Oscar gold, from 16-year-old barroom pianist to jazz emissary, from Dirty Harry controversy to Western classics to Space Cowboys, Clint Eastwood's career is explored via a captivationg array of film clips, interviews and more. 2008. 87 min. DVD 9858

[Egoyan, Atom] Formulas for Seduction: The Cinema of Atom Egoyan
The gifted Canadian director and screenwriter, Atom Egoyan talks about his films and filmmakers that have influenced him, the state of contemporary filmmaking, the price of critical and commercial success, his love of opera, the themes that populate his work and his Armenian heritage. Clips from his films illustrate the unique development of character, content and structure that characterize Egoyan's work. 1999. 53 min. Video/C 7387

[Eisenstein, Sergei] The Master's House
A biographical look at the renowned Soviet director and filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein, which reveals the intellectual, political and social currents running through his life and work. Structured as a series of chapters, or "houses", each portrays a particular time and place of his life. The film vividly recreates the Riga of his youth, the St. Petersburg of his teens, and the Moscow of his artistic coming of age, all captured through extensive rare documentary footage, photographs and films by other filmmakers and Eisenstein's own filmic creations. 102 min. Video/C 6072

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[Eisenstein, Sergei] Sergei Eisenstein in Alma-Ata, 1941-1944.
This film documents, with contemporary interviews, production stills, and archival footage the period that famed director Eisenstein spent away from Moscow during World War II. Alma-Ata is the place where Stalin evacuated the star artists of the Russian State Cinema Institute to avoid the war and to produce Ivan the Terrible. Excerpts from Eisenstein's diary and interviews with still-living colleagues establish historical context and provide insights into the filmmaker's loneliness and alienation in Alma-Ata. 72 min. Video/C 7466

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[Eisenstein, Sergei] Sergei Eisenstein, Autobiography.
Based on Eisenstein's memoirs, this autobiographical film reflects the inner world of the great Russian film director during the tragic years of two Russian revolutions and the Stalin terror. The film follows Eisenstein on a long voyage abroad which he started in 1929, and presents transformed episodes from Eisenstein's films and his contemporaries, as well as rare archival shots of Eisenstein himself presented with a soundtrack of his reminiscences, which are sometimes very personal. 1996. 92 min. Video/C 7059

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[Evans, Robert] The Kid Stays in the Picture
Legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans, the man behind such films as Rosemary's baby, Love story, Chinatown, and The Godfather - tells it like it is and was in Hollywood. Includes his appeal to the Board of Directors short film that saved Paramount Pictures in 1970. Also, includes archival interviews about Evans with stars and filmmakers and an Evans gag reel. Special features (60 min.): Director commentary; interviews with and speeches by Robert Evans; David Susskind show clip; gag reel; theatrical trailer. A film by Brett Morgen & Nanette Burstein. 2002. 94 min. DVD 1871

[Fassbinder, Rainer Werner] Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977 (1977)
Documentary by Florian Hopf and Maximiliane Mainka. Interviews with Rainer Werner Fassbinder conducted in 1977 by the film journalist Florian Hopf during filming of Despair-eine reise ins licht. The interviews have been combined with excerpts from Volker Schlondorff's adaptation of Brecht's Baal in which Fassbinder played the title role and with scenes from Fassbinder's Warnung von einer heiligen nutte, and observations on the production of Despair. 30 min. Video/C 7048

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[Fassbinder, Rainer Werner] A Man Like Eva (1983)
Directed by Radu Gabrea. Loosely based on the colorful, combustible life and career of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this film stars actress Eva Mattes in male drag as an obsessive, sadomasochistic movie director. Eva is currently working on a filmization of Dumas' Lady of the Camelias, and in so doing mercilessly uses and abuses everyone in "his" cast and crew and succeeds in driving everyone crazy -- and at least one person to suicide. 92 min. 999:2988
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[Fassbinder, Rainer Werner] The BRD Trilogy
Contents: Juliane Lorenz with Laurence Kardish (2003, 32 min.) -- I don't just want you to love me = Ich will nicht nur dass ihr mich liebt (1993, 96 min.) -- Life stories: a conversation with R.W. Fassbinder (1978, 49 min.) -- Xaver Schwarzenberger interview (2003, 25 min.). Four documentary films presenting a comprehensive picture of the career of international film director Rainer Fassbinder. I don't just want you to love me: A thorough overview of Fassbinder's prolific career. Life Stories, a conversation with R. W. Fassbinder: The longest interview ever filmed with Fassbinder. Two other films include interviews with Fassbinder Foundation director Juliane Lorenz, Laurence Kardish of the Film and Media Dept of the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., and cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger. 202 min. DVD 1947

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[Fellini, Federico] Ciao Federico!
study of the style and techniques of Federico Fellini, a creative international director of motion pictures. Filmed during the shooting of Fellini's Satyricon. 62 min. Video/C 2989

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[Fellini, Federico] Federico Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (sono un gran bugiardo)
Laced with interviews and classic clips, the film explores Fellini's artistic and philosophical vision, as well as his boyhood and great creative marriage with actress Giulietta Masina. Authors, lifelong friends, cameramen, screenwriters and actors contribute valuable insight into the Maestro's working methods, and madness.

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[Fellini, Federico] Intervista (1987)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Featuring Fellini, Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni. A dramatization of the life of the Italian motion picture director Federico Fellini, framed in the form of an interview conducted by a Japanese film crew. As the interview progresses Fellini's mind wanders to his earliest days. With the co-operation of Fellini's loyal co-workers, the viewer is permitted to see tantalizingly brief excerpts (some self-mocking) of Fellini's modus operandi. 108 min. DVD 5947; vhs 999:2578
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[Fellini, Federico] The Magic of Fellini
This documentary in honor of Federico Fellini, one of the most important maestros of Italian cinema, features a collage of rare interviews with actors and directors who worked with Fellini. The interviews are intercut with clips from films, behind-the-scenes footage, his drawings, photographs and personal memorabilia. 2003. 55 min. DVD 2278

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[Fellini, Federico] L'ultima sequenza (1952)
A documentary examining thousands of previously unseen photographs taken by an American journalist, Gideon Bachmann, on the set of Fellini's Otto e mezzo. 2003. 50 min. DVD 8844

[Figgis, Mike] Independent View: Mike Figgis & Darren Aronofsky
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In this episode director Mike Figgis spoke with film critic and journalist Michael Fox about his passionate convictions regarding the art of filmmaking, including the primary importance of character over craft. In part two, B. Ruby Rich sits down with Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a dream), who has earned a reputation in indie film circles as a brash and brilliant filmmaker. Video/C MM93

[Flaherty, Robert]A Boatload of Wild Irishmen
Examines Robert Flaherty's career as "the father of the modern documentary film" and the dispute about his staged scenes. Includes excerpts from his films as well as telling interviews with the people whose parents and grandparents Flaherty put onto the cinema screens of the world: Inuit, Samoans and the 'wild men' of Aran. Interviews and contributions from Richard Leacock (cameraman on "Louisiana Story", 1948), Martha Flaherty ( Flaherty's Inuit granddaughter), George Stoney (documentary filmmaker and professor at New York University), Seán Crosson (film scholar at the Huston School of Film), Jay Ruby (anthropologist and film scholar at Temple University), Deirdre Ní Chonghaile (musician and folklorist from Árainn). Directed by Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín 2010. 84 min. DVD X6724

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[Flaherty, Robert]Nanook Revisited
Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North created the very genre of film documentary, with its documentation of the Inuit and Eskimo traditions. This film revisits Inukjiak, the site of Flaherty's filming, and learns that he staged much of what he filmed. The documentary critically rexamines the realities behind the documentary and the changes in the Inuit culture since the film was made almost 70 years ago. Director, Claude Massot. 1994. 55 min. DVD 2917; vhs Video/C 5824

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[Flaherty, Robert] The Year of the Hunter
This documentary tells the story of the making of Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North and the Inuit who starred in the film. Clips from the original motion picture are interspersed with dramatizations in which Adamie Inukpuk, Nanook's great-grandson, plays the famed hunter. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 51 min. DVD 3734

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[Fleischer, Max and Dave]Max and Dave Fleischer: The Fathers of Movie Animation
This program illustrates the Fleischers' pioneering role in the development of movie animation, providing a concise history of the art form during the early decades of the 20th century. Clips from Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons reveal the caustic vitality of the Fleischers, while numerous excerpts from the feature-length Gulliver's Travels clearly demonstrate the lifelike quality associated with their productions. Dist: Films Media Group. 1997. 27 min. DVD 6084

[Flynn, Errol] The Adventures of Errol Flynn
Lights, camera, Flynn -- the sound era's first action hero! Through interviews, film cliips and home movies traces the life of actor Errol Flynn from his Tasmanian childhood to the heights of Hollywood celebrity. Along the way, he goldmines in New Guinea, sails the world, reports on wars, stands trial, goes broke and chases and catches many beautiful women. 2005. 87 min. DVD 4022

[Ford, John] The American West of John Ford .
John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda offer personal anecdotes from their experiences working with director John Ford. Includes interviews with Ford, as well as lengthy clips from his classic westerns and a discussion of his various works. Features Andy Devine in a special cameo role. 1971. 60 min. Video/C MM532

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[Ford, John] Becoming John Ford .
Becoming John Ford takes a look at the enduring impression Ford made on film and filmmaking. His career spanned seven decades. He directed over 100 films, often with patriotic and mythological Americana-themes. Filmmakers and historians discuss Ford's influence on moviemaking with personal and historical accounts of his life including his relationship with Fox's studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck, his time spent serving in World War II and the impact his service had on his post-war western films. Special features: John Ford's WWII documentaries (The battle of Midway, 1942, 19 min.), December 7th (1943, 34 min. version), Torpedo squadron(1942, 8 min.), interactive pressbook galleries, vintage program galleries, and The Ford on Fox archives. 93 min. DVD 9371

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[Ford, John] The World of John Ford
A biography of legendary American film director John Ford. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed 140 films, received four best director Academy Awards and is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation. Features archival film footage with commentary by film directors, authors, film critics and Ford's grandson. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 34 min. DVD X235

[Foreman, Milos] Interview with Milos Foreman.
Sepcial feature accompanying the DVD of The Firemen's Ball (DVD 1063) and Loves of a Blonde (DVD 1064)

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[Fox, William] Murnau, Borzage and Fox
"Think of three men... an obsessed Jewish businessman (William Fox), a visionary German artist (F.W. Murnau), and an idealistic American Catholic (Frank Borzage). For a few short years their fates were intertwinded and together these three men, the mogul, the artist, and the romantic would change the face of cinema." Includes commentary by film critics and historians with extensive archival film footage. Special features: Murnau, Borgaze and Fox: a book of photography from their films (128 p.) ; 4 Devils: the lost film of F.W. Murnau: a book remembering the legendary movie (128 p.) ; still galleries. 2008. 105 min. DVD X710

[Frank, Robert] Fire in East.
Presents an intimate view of four decades of the Swiss-born artist Robert Frank who has had an extraordinary influence on contemporary photography and filmmaking. This documentary which examines his life through his films and photographs, includes interviews with many of his collaborators and contemporaries. 1986. 28 min. Video/C 6937

[Freleng, Friz] Friz on Film
Sepcial feature accompanying the DVD of Looney Tunes Golden Collection. DVD 7359

[Gance, Abel] Behind-the-scenes Look at the Making of Napoleon.
Sepcial feature accompanying the DVD of Napoleon. DVD 1127

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[Garbo, Gretta] Garbo.
Takes a look at the life and career of the movies' most luminous, reclusive and mystifying star. A portrait of Garbo the woman is drawn through interviews with biographers and admirers. Those offering analysis and reminiscences are biographers Barry Paris, Mark Vieira and Karen Swanson; actor/playwright/fan Charles Busch; Garbo's niece and greatnephews and acquaintances Gore Vidal, Gavin Lambert, Jack Larson and Sam Green, who was Garbo's confidante and walking companion for 20 years. 2005. 86 min. DVD 4287

[Garland, Judy] Judy Garland: By Myself
For the first time on film, Judy Garland tells her own story, in her own words. Using recordings Garland made in preparation for writing her autobiography - a book that was never published - AMERICAN MASTERS is in a unique position to reveal Garland as she saw herself. Supplementary feature on DVD 3560

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[Gilliam, Terry] The Films of Terry Gilliam.(The Directors)
Writer, actor and director Terry Gilliam is a filmmaker who insists on following his own instincts. His movies are not for everyone, nor does he want them to be. Here actors and collaborators reminisce about working with Gilliam who has produced such innovative films as Monty Python and the Holy Grain, Brazil, The Fisher King, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other cult classics. 1997. 60 min. Video/C 7285

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[Gilliam, Terry] Lost in La Mancha.
This documentary tracks maverick filmmaker Terry Gilliam's madcap mission to film "The man who killed Don Quixote". He struggles to complete his masterpiece, all the while beset by obstacles of such epic proportions that not even Hollywood could have concocted them. Capturing the mayhem on camera, filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe are granted unlimited, behind-the-scenes access to Gilliam's frantic but inspired creation.

Special features: Exclusive interviews with cast and crew including Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, and producer Lucy Darwin; deleted scenes; video sndbites; costume design, storyboards, and production stills from "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"; rare Terry Gilliam interviews with author Salman Rusdie and Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times; exclusive: "Lost in La Mancha" at the Toronto film festival; IFC "making Of" featurette; original theatrical trailer; filmmaker biographies. 2003. 91 min. DVD 1639

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[Godard, Jean-luc] Jean-Luc Godard: A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma.
Supplementary feature on DVD 9296

[Gosling, Maureen] Interview with Les Blank and Maureen Gosling.
First film is an interview with two Bay Area independent filmakers with commentary and clips from their works. 58 min. Video/C 4217

[Grant, Carry] Cary Grant: A Class Apart
DVD 3636 (disc 2)

[Grierson, John] John Grierson
Reviews the life and work of documentary filmmaker John Grierson through interviews with the filmmaker, his family, friends, and professional associates. Founder of the National Film Board of Canada in 1938, Grierson was convinced that the filmmaker had a social responsibility and set a pattern for filmmaking in the public service that is still a model for the world. 1973. 59 min. Video/C 9412

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[Griffith, D. W.] D.W. Griffith. Father of Film
An in depth look at the accomplishments of this outstanding U.S. filmmaker who transformed a carnival novelty into a new art form; presented here through silent film clips, newsreel clips and photographs, and interviews with his stars and colleagues. PAL format. British Film Institute, 1993. 153 min. total DVD X623; vhs Video/C MM439

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[Griffith, D. W.] D.W. Griffith
Contents: D.W. Griffith: the Biograph years (29 min.) - D.W. Griffith: the feature film years (27 min.) Two films which are biographical accounts of the life and work of the early motion picture producer and director, D.W. Griffith. Both films include extensive film clips from his motion pictures. The first film focuses on the films Griffith directed while working for the Biograph Company from 1908 through 1913 and includes an interview with actress Blanche Sweet. The second film reviews Griffith's work after he matured and includes an interview with Lillian Gish who comments upon her experiences acting in his films. Originally produced in 1975 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 56 min. total Video/C 4604

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[Guy-Blache, Alice] The Lost Garden: The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blache.
Explores the life of pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache, who in 1910, while married and with her first child, founded her own production company, Solax. Includes television interviews from the sixties, interviews with her relatives and film historians as well as photographs and excerpts from her films. Directed by Marquise Lepage. 1995. 53 min. DVD X4590; Video/C 4743

[Hammer, Barbara] Tender Fictions.
A film by Barbara Hammer. Autobiographical film tracing the life of Barbara Hammer, lesbian filmmaker and activist, presented through numerous stills from her early life, home movies, experimental films, news footage and personal photographs. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 7625

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[Haneke, Michael] 24 Realities Per Second
Follows German motion picture director and author Michael Haneke for a period of two and a half years. The filmmakers accompanied him to film premieres and public appearances, radio interviews and photo shoots; they observed him as he scouted locations, directed actors on the set, and made final cuts in the editing room. In between, Haneke spoke candidly about his childhood, his transition to filmmaking and his views on cinema. What emerges is a portrait of a dedicated filmmaker, a charming yet elusive figure in thrall to cinema and the constant perfection of his craft. 2004. 58 min. DVD 5397

[Harlan, Thomas] Thomas Harlan --Wandersplitter (Thomas Harlan: Moving Schrapnel)
Thomas Harlan, author and filmmaker, was born in 1929 as the only son of the infamous German propaganda filmmaker Veit Harlan. During his childhood, as a result of his father's closeness to the Nazi Party, little Thomas came face to face with Hitler and Goebbels. Now he lives in a respiratory clinic in Berchtesgaden, and it is from this clinic in southern Germany that he examines fragments of his past. Special features: Contents: Disc 1: Über Wandersplitter = About Moving shrapnel (6 min.) -- Der Film Souvenance = The film Souvenance (24 min.) -- Disc 2. Thomas Harlan--Extrasplitter = Additional fragments: Der Film Torre Bela = The film Torre Bela (37 min.) -- Reise nach Kilmhof/Rosa = Trip to Chelmo/Rosa (27 min.) -- Der Film Wundkanal = The film Wundkanal (33 min.) -- Anmerkungen zum Roman Heldenfriedhof = Commentary on the novel Heroes' cemetery (19 min.) -- Die Organigramme = The organigrams (4 min.) -- Am Ararat = On Mount Ararat (16 min.) 2007. 96 min. DVD X780

[Harlan, Veit] Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Sü
A documentary film about Veit Harlan, maker of the Nazi propaganda film Jud Süss, and the attitudes of his family members to their father's and grandfather's legacy. Directed by Felix Moeller. 2008. 99 min. DVD X3713

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[Hawks, Howard] Howard Hawks (Men Who Made Movies)
Supplementary feature on DVD 3636 (disc 2); also vhs Video/C 2037

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[Hecht, Ben] Ben Hecht: The Shakespeare of Hollywood
A biography of Ben Hecht, one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures. Of the eighty to ninety screenplays he wrote, many were written anonymously due to the British boycott of his work, a response to Hecht's active support of the Zionist movement in Palestine. His well-plotted, and witty screenplays included virtually every movie genre, but ultimately, he was best known for crime thrillers and screwball comedies. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 33 min. DVD X235

Hepburn, Katharine] Katharine Hepburn: All About Me, A Self-portrait
Supplement on DVD 3635

[Herrmann, Bernard] Bernard Herrmann
Explores the life and work of Bernard Herrmann who created music for over 50 films. Features interviews with, among others, directors Martin Scorsese and Claude Chabrol, composers David Raksin and Elmer Bernstein, as well as home movies, archival photos and interviews with Herrmann himself. Contents: Introduction -- Beginnings in radio -- Citizen Kane -- Sisters -- Cape Fear -- North by northwest -- Herrmann's personality -- The ghost and Mrs. Muir -- Family and work -- Composing a film score -- On dangerous ground -- The man who knew too much -- Psycho -- Torn curtain -- The bride wore black -- Taxi driver. Directed and edited by Joshua Waletzky. 1992. DVD X3116

[Herzog, Werner] Ecstatic World of the Filmmaker Werner Herzog (Bis ans Ende-und dann noch Weiter: die ekstatische welt des flimemachers Werner Herzog)
A film essay by Peter Buchka analyzing Herzog's work through extracts from his films and statements by the filmmaker himself. From the very outset of Herzog's film career, his intellectual quest has taken him to marginal groups. In their ecstatic isolation he has sought to regain a measure of humanity and human dignity. Herzog's heroes generally fail, however, in a measure proportional to the effort they expend -- which is precisely what makes them heroes in Herzog's eyes, because it elevates their stories to the level of myths. 60 min. Video/C 7049

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[Herzog, Werner] I Am My Films (Was ich bin, sind meine Filme )
A portrait of Werner Herzog that doesn't resort to formal tricks or glitzy effects, giving insight into Herzog's drive, his vivid imagination and his death-defying spirit. It documents how this spirit has influenced what he calls his "trade", his films. Includes segments from his major works. A film by Christian Weisenborn and Erwin Keusch. 1978. 92 min. DVD 6504

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[Herzog, Werner] My Best Fiend
Documentary about the stormy relationship between frequent artistic partners, director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski. With many excerpts from the films in which they collaborated, this personal documentary traces the ups and downs of their often violent relationship. Perhaps they were both a little mad, but together they created some of the most magical and astonishing films ever seen. A film by Werner Herzog, 1999. 100 min. DVD 2892; also on VHS Video/C 7301

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[Herzog, Werner] Portrait Werner Herzog.
This self-portrait documentary by Werner Herzog presents a description of his artistic development and work. Written and directed by Werner Herzog. 1986. DVD 6506

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[Herzog, Werner] Werner Herzog in Conversation with Karen Beckman, October 25, 2007
A conversation with Werner Herzog, about aliens as a fixture of our imagination, the fundamental achievement of the human race, and the ecstasy of ski-flying. Herzog has become one of the most influential filmmakers in the world producing, writing, and directing more than fifty films, publishing more than a dozen books of prose, and directing as many operas. Werner Herzog has created some of the most fantastic narratives in the history of cinema, pushing himself and his crew to unprecedented lengths to achieve the effects he demanded. Includes a booklet with selected writings by Werner Herzog, and photographs from Fitzcarraldo and Cobra Verde by Beat Presser. 63 min. DVD 9957

[Hitchcock, Alfred] Alfred Hitchcock.
Contents; The Illustrated Hitchcock, Pt. 1 (29 min.) -- The Illustrated Hitchcock, Pt. 2 (29 min.)

Alfred Hitchcock talks with Pia Lindstrom about actors and actresses he has directed and with film historian William Everson about the development of his film-making style, his artistic point of view and imaginative techniques. Produced in 1972 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 58 min. total Video/C 4605

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Alfred Hitchcock (Men Who Made Movies)
Video/C 2032

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] All About The Birds
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's The Birds. Includes Special features: "All about 'The Birds'", deleted scene, the original ending, "the Birds is coming" (2 newsreels), storyboard sequences, Tippi Hedren's screen test, production photographs and notes, theatrical trailer. DVD 199

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Beyond Doubt; The Making of Hitchcock's Favorite Film
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt; "Beyond doubt; the making of Hitchcock's favorite film;" an original documentary on the making of the film; production drawings, photographs and notes; cast and filmmakers bios; theatrical trailer. DVD 638

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Hitch
A two-part examination of the life and works of Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, whose career spanned over 60 years. Dist: Films Media Group.

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Part I: Alfred the Great. This first program traces the early years of Hitchcock's life and career, looking at his upbringing, education, and rise as a director. Details his apprenticeship with Fritz Lang, his production of the first British "talkie," his move to Hollywood and his tumultuous collaboration with David O. Selznick and the formation of his own short-lived studio. Features extensive film clips, interviews, commentary, and previously unavailable materials, including outtakes, filmed auditions, and Hitchcock's own home movies. 1999. 52 min. DVD 2337

Part II: Alfred the Auteur A two-part examination of the life and works of Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, whose career spanned over 60 years.This second program traces the second half of his career. Commentary from Hitchcock, actors, and production specialists help chronicle the making of such classics as The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo and Psycho. Also looks at Hitchcock's ambivalence toward the popular TV show that brought him into millions of living rooms. Features extensive film clips, interviews, and previously unavailable materials, including outtakes, filmed auditions, and Hitchcock's own home movies.1999. 52 min. DVD 2338

[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Making of Family Plot
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Family Plot. Includes "Plotting Family plot;" an original documentary on the making of Family Plot; storyboards; the chase scene, the director's guide in production planning; production photographs and notes; cast and filmmakers bios; theatrical trailers. DVD 637

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much; "The making of The man who knew too much," an original documentary on the making of the film featuring interviews with assoc. producer Herbert Coleman, screenwriter John Michael Hayes, production designer Henry Bumstead and Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, daughter of Alfred Hitchcock; production photographs; a photo and poster gallery from the film; production notes; cast and filmmakers; theatrical trainers. DVD 1036

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Making of North By Northwest
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's North By Northwest. Includes Special features: behind-the-scenes documentary "Destination Hitchcock; the making of North by northwest," audio commentary by Ernest Lehman, production stills gallery, interactive menus, Hitchcock theatrical trailers, tv spot, scene access. DVD 296

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Making of Psycho
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Psycho. Original documentary feature "The making of Psycho," featuring new interviews with Hitchcock's daughter Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, Janet Leigh, screenwriter Joseph Stefano and others; censored scenes; theatrical trailers; production drawings; the shower scene with and without music; additional newsreel footage; and production photographs. DVD 1035

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Notorious
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Notorious. Special features: Feature length commentaries by Hitchcock film scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer; 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation; production, publicity and rear projection photos; promotional posters and lobby cards; production correspondence; collection of trailers and teasers; script excerpts of deleted scenes; Excerpts from the short story "The Song of the Dragon," source material for Notorious; rare newsreel footage of Bergman and Hitchcock; isolated music and effects track. DVD 1032

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Rear Window Ethics; Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Rear Window. Special features: Rear window ethics; remembering and restoring a Hitchcock classic (55 min.); interviews with cast and crew; conversation with screenwriter John Michael Hayes; production photographs; theatrical trailer; re-released trailer narrated by James Stewart; production notes; cast and filmmakers; DVD-ROM feature providing access to the original script. DVD 633

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Rebecca
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Rebecca. Special features: Commmentary by film scholar Leonard J. Leff; isolated music and effects track; rare screen, hair, makeup and costume tests; Hitchcock on Rebecca (excerpts from his conversations with Francois Truffaut); phone interviews with stars Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson from 1986; hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, ads, posters and promotional memorabilia; production correspondence and casting notes; deleted scene script excerpts; 1939 test screening questionnaire; essay on Rebecca by author Daphne de Maurier; footage from the 1940 Academy Awards ceremony; re-issue trailer; three hours of complete radio show adaptations; 1938 Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre broadcast, 1941 and 1950 Lux Radio theater broadcasts. DVD 1033

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Rebecca Project.
(CD-ROM/Mac). A multimedia CD-ROM about Daphne du Maurier's novel, Rebecca and Alfred Hitchcock's movie (MRC DVD 181; DVD 1033; Video 999;562, 999;2373) based on the novel. Contains QuickTime movie clips, photographs, critical essays (with hypertext), and rarely seen primary documents. Designed for interactive, flexible use in developing and improving skills in cinema analysis, history, and criticism through the examination of a single movie. Provides information on the film industry, women's studies, American cultural history, and of how Alfred Hitchcock and Selznick addressed American female audiences on the eve of World War II. Compu/D 355

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Rope Unleashed
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Rear Window. Special features: "Rope unleashed;" an original documentary on the making of the Rope; production photographs and notes; cast and filmmakers bios.; theatrical trailer. DVD 639

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Saboteur; A Closer Look
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Saboteur. Special features: "Saboteur; a closer look;" an original documentary on the making of Saboteur; storyboards; the director's guide in production planning; Alfred Hitchock's sketches; production photographs and notes; cast and filmmakers bios.; theatrical trailer. DVD 635

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Marnie. Special features: "The trouble with Harry isn't over;" an original documentary on the making of the film; production photographs and notes; cast and filmmakers bios; theatrical trailer. DVD 640

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Story of Frenzy
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Frenzy. Includes Special features: Special features: Documentary "The story of Frenzy," featuring interviews with cast memebers, screenwriter Anthony Shaffer, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Pat Hitchcock, the daughter of Alfred Hitchcock; production photographs; photo and poster gallery; production notes; cast and filmmakers bios.; theatrical trailer. DVD 1029

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] A Talk with Hitchcock
An interview with Alfred Hitchcock reproduced from the television series Telescope in which he discusses some techniques of storytelling in film such as juxtaposition of images in various sizes, orchestration of sounds, and cinematic effects used to create shock. The interview includes discussion of playwrights and actors, his experiences as host and impresario of a long-running television show, and his opinions on the social impact of film. Film clips from several well known works illustrate his ideas.Originally produced in 1964 in two segments for the CBC series Telescope. 52 min. DVD 449

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] Torn Curtain Rising
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Torn Curtain. Special features: "Torn curtain rising;" an original documentary on the making of Torn curtain; scenes scored by composer Bernard Herrmann; production photographs and notes; cast and filmmakers biographies and film highlights; theatrical trailer. DVD 636

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Marnie. Special features: "The trouble with Harry isn't over;" an original documentary on the making of the film; production photographs and notes; cast and filmmakers bios; theatrical trailer. DVD 640

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[Hitchcock, Alfred] The Trouble with Marnie
Special supplementary material included on DVD of Hitchcock's Marnie. Special features: "The trouble with Marnie," an original documentary, the Marnie archives, theatrical trailer, production notes, cast and filmmakers. DVD 220

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[Hou, Hsiao-Hsien] HHH: Portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-Hsein examines questions of identity and "native land," as he returns to the places of his youth to talk to childhood friends and discuss his films. His work is inseparably linked with the recent history of Taiwan and the emergence of the Taiwanese "Nouvelle Vague," an intellectual movement that united Taiwanese writers, journalists and filmmakers at the end of the 1970s; a movement that only became possible with the end of censorship and the advent of free discussions, through film and literature, about Taiwan's society. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 9081

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[Hughes, John] Don't You Forget About Me
In 1991, filmmaker John Hughes disappeared from Hollywood. In 2008, four filmmakers went to find him, possibly to discover the reasons behind his voluntary exile. This film documents their search through interviews with the actors who appeared in his iconic films, and with film critics and fans. Directed by Matt Austin Sadowski. 2009. 45 min. DVD X4026

[Huillet, Danièle] ¿ Donde yace tu sonrisa escondida?
A film about the relationship between the filmmaking team Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub as they edit the film "Sicilia." As Huillet repeatedly runs the film back-and-forth, searching for precise editing moments, Straub muses on film theories. While Straub provides the bulk of the film's philosophical flair, Costa's film is infused with Huillet's creative energies as it emphasizes the nuances of her constant searching, playing, marking, and replaying moments of film. Directed by Pedro Costa. Special features: 6 bagatelas (2003, 18 min.) ; El caminante = Il viandante / directed by Daniele Huillet y Jean-Marie Straub (1999, 5 min.) ; El afilador = L'arrotino / Daniele Huillet y Jean-Marie Straub (1999, 7 min.) 102 min. DVD X2487

[Jarman, Derek] Derek Jarman: Life as Art.
Explores the life and art of filmmaker, painter and writer Derek Jarman through the recollections of some of his closest friends, family and colleagues. Includes clips and stills from his films and previously unseen footage of Jarman directing his film Wittgenstein. 2004. 60 min. DVD 6291

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[Jones, Chuck]Chuck Jones: Extremes & Inbetweens, A Life in Animation
Chuck Jones offers a personal introduction to his timeless cartoon creations, with clips from classic works like "What's Opera, Doc?" and highlights from cartoon shorts. Presents a fascinating look at the life and times of the pioneering artist whose contributions have influenced some of today's leading animators and filmmakers. Includes critiques from fans including Ron Howard, Ken Burns, Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, Robin Williams, Whoopie Goldberg, Lorne Michaels and Leonard Maltin. DVD special features: Special features: A Chuck Jones tutorial: Tricks of the cartoon trade ; bonus Jones Cartoons: Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th century and Feed the kitty ; the Grinch pencil test ; Mississippi hare pencil test. c2000. 85 min. DVD 3564; also on VHS Video/C MM161

[Kazan, Elia]Letter to Elia
Martin Scorsese directs and narrates this documentary look at film director Elia Kazan. Utilizing precisely chosen clips from Kazan's signature films and interview footage of the director himself, he recounts the director's tumultuous journey from the Group Theatre to the Hollywood A-list to his controversial naming of names during the HUAC hearings. 60 min. DVD X5364

[Keaton, Buster] Buster Keaton, A Hard Act to Follow.
A three part series spanning 60 years, following the astonishing career of Buster Keaton. Written and produced by Kevin Brownlow, David Gill and Raymond Rohauer. Originally produced in Great Britain by Thames Television. 1987.

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Part 1: From Vaudeville to Movies. Buster Keaton made his screen debut in 1917. With his deadpan expression and incredible stuntwork, he quickly became an audience favorite, moving from co-starring roles in two-reelers to feature-length comedies. In 1924, he released his brilliant film The Navigator, and claimed his place with Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin as one of the three masters of screen comedy. Includes extensive scenes from his films with commentary by Keaton and his associates. 52 min. Video/C 9280

Part 2: Star Without a Studio. Successful, wealthy and world renowned, Buster Keaton was one of the top stars of the twenties. He released his comic masterpiece The General in 1926. But when his contract was sold to MGM and he lost creative control of his films, his fortunes began to slip. Fights with his producers and marital problems pushed him over the edge into alcoholism and unemployment. Includes extensive scenes from his films with commentary by Keaton and his associates. 52 min. Video/C 9281

Part 3: A Genius Recognized In the 1930s Keaton returned to MGM as a gag writer, but rediscovery of his work in 1949 by film critic James Agee transformed his life, sparking a revival of his films and a series of guest shots and television appearances. Includes footage of the movie, The Buster Keaton story, and his appearances at the Cirque Medrano in Paris, on the television programs the Ken Murray Show, This is your life, Candid Camera and The Buster Keaton Show. Includes extensive scenes from his films and television appearances with commentary by Keaton and his associates. 52 min. Video/C 9282

[Keaton, Buster] Buster Keaton Rides Again
Buster Keaton rides again: A documentary about the life and film career of Buster Keaton with emphasis on the making of "The railrodder." An absorbing portrait of one of the world's comic greats, it shows Keaton relaxing, telling yarns and plotting the next day's action with considerable flair despite his 70 years. When he recalls gags he employed in the past, the old scenes are replayed on the film. 1965. 80 min. DVD 1401

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[Keaton, Buster] Keaton Plus
Lesser known short films of Buster Keaton. Includes: Interview with Keaton -- Silent echoes: Interactive maps, Case study: The General, Case study: Cops, Tour of Keaton's L.A. -- Tributes: This is your life, Orson Welles introduces The General, Lillian Gish introduces College, Gloria Swanson introduces The General -- Photo gallery: Family photos, Vaudeville, portraits, production stills, special effects, the later years. DVD 2209

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[Keaton, Buster] The Metaphysics of Buster Keaton
Film critic Andrew Sarris explores the artistry of Buster Keaton, both as an actor and as a film-maker, and discusses the preservation of Keaton's work with film historian Raymond Rohauer. Includes actual footage of Keaton's best to explore the dynamics that made slapstick film a universal art form. Produced in 1970 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 28 min. Video/C 4607<p>

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[Kopple, Barbara ] Barbara Kopple & Susan Seidelman.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In the first part of the program Erika Muhammad interviews director Barbara Kopple about the motivations behind many of the films of her career, which include the Academy-Award winning documentaries Harlan County, USA and American Dream. Kopple also talks about her latest project; a study of the Woodstock festivals called My Generation. Next up is director and producer Susan Seidelman, one of the first filmmakers to be lauded by Hollywood as a "bankable" female director. After making Desperately Seeking Susan and some subsequently critically panned films, she moved on to television's Sex and the City on HBO. Here she also discusses her new film, Gaudi afternoon. Video/C MM98

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[Kubrick, Stanley] Dark Side of the Moon
The progress of film and television technology has made it possible to manipulate images without it being obvious. This documentary begins with the revelation that director Stanley Kubrick contributed to the success of the US space program with his film "2001: A space odyssey." With the support of NASA, Kubrick invented an astonishing scenario for the images of the moon landing, validating it with "hijacked" archival footage, false documents, and authenic interviews out of context. As the documentary progresses it forces the viewer to realize how difficult it is to separate truth from manipulation in the media. 2002. 52 min. Video/C MM393

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[Kubrick, Stanley] An Examination of Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange'
Novelist Anthony Burgess, actor Malcolm McDowell, and film historian William Everson discuss Stanley Kubrick's award winning film "A clockwork orange." Released in 1971 it is a film that pushed out the limits for a major studio release: a future-oriented story mixing brutality and humor which left many members of the audience angry, that featured a partially made-up language of Russian and English and a classical music score performed on the synthesizer. 1972. 30 min. Video/C 5968

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[Kubrick, Stanley] A Primer for "2001: A Space Odyssey.
A critique and critical commentary on the science fiction film 2001: a Space Odyssey (MRC Video/D 160; Video/C 999:187), which spans four million years of human development. 28 min. Video/C 4653

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[Kuchar, George] George Kuchar: The Comedy of the Underground
A documentary portrait of filmmaker George Kuchar, one of underground filmmaking's most offbeat, eccentric, and fiercely independent directors. Includes clips from Kuchar classic films, interviews with family and associates and Kuchar conducting a tour of his apartment where he displays memorabilia and toys which were used for props. Directed by Gustavo Vasquez O. and David Hallinger. 66 min. DVD 8666

[Kuchar, George and Mike] It Came From Kuchar
Long before YouTube, there were the brilliantly insane, no-budget movies of underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. Creating stars out of their friends and family with just consumer-grade cameras, the teenage Kuchar brothers went from the 1960s New York City underground film scene of Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger to become the twin maestros of B-movie glamour and sleaze. Contents: The fury of George Kuchar -- The underground film scene -- George and Mike -- Starring: The Leibowitzes -- Growing up Kuchar -- The school of commercial art -- The Mozarts of 8MM cinema -- A family enterprise -- Sins of the fleshapoids -- Hold me while I'm naked -- Religious overtones -- Pushing the boundaries -- San Francisco -- Artistry -- Curt McDowell -- Thundercrack -- The devil's cleavage -- Curt's death -- The influence of weather -- Ahead of the curve -- Linda Martinez -- Introspective journeys -- It came from Kuchar -- The fury of Frau Frankenstein. Special features: Contains over 45 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage with interviews, video clips and secrets of the fascinating and bizarre world of the Kuchar Brothers. A film by Jennifer M. Kroot. 2010. 86 min. DVD X4058

[Kurosawa, Akira] Kurosawa
A documentary of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa featuring his family, colleagues and critics from Japan and America commenting on the man and his films. Includes excerpts from many of his famous works. 2000. 215 min. DVD 1212

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[Kurosawa, Akira] Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon
Excerpt from Kurosawa's book Something like an Autobiography. Supplementary material on the DVD of Rashomon. DVD 1143

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[Kurosawa, Akira] Kurosawa: Special Features accompanying Seventh Samurai (Criterion)
Disc 1: Two audio commentaries --one by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie, and one by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck; theatrical trailers and teaser; gallery of rare posters and behind-the-scenes and production stills ; Disc 2: A 50-minute documentary on the making of 'Seven samurai', created as part of the "Toho masterworks" series "Akira Kurosawa : it is wonderful to create" ; Disc 3: "My life in cinema", a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima from 1993, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan; "'Seven samurai': origins and influences", a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece. Booklet features essays by Kenneth Turan, Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, and Stuart Galbraith IV; tributes from Arthur Penn and Signey Lumet; and a reminiscence by Toshiro Mifune. DVD 8410

[Kwan, Stanley] Yang Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema.
An exploration of film director Stanley Kwan's own history. Being an eldest son, a gay man and a film director, he wonders how the images of sexual identity and gender confusion in Chinese cinema may have helped to shape him and his understanding of himself. The film essay demonstrates that Chinese cinema, made in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, has dealt with questions of gender and sexuality more frankly and more provocatively than any other national cinema. 1996. 80 min. Video/C MM441

[Lang, Fritz] The Eyes of Fritz Lang
35 min. DVD 1 [supplementary feature on The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse]

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[Lamarr, Hedy] Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star /
Tells the story of the beautiful Hedy Lamarr, a movie actress and the inventor of a telecommunication signal device which changes frequencies to avoid jamming. Born in 1914 in Austria, she moved to Hollywood to be a star. Special features: Featurette "Hollywood hairdresser Erich Root" (13 min.) ; 3 theatrical trailers. Directed by Fosco Dubini, Donatello Dubini, Barbara Obermaier 2005. 85 min. DVD X781

[Lang, Fritz] Fritz Lang: Circle of Destiny.
From M to Rancho Notorious, from Metropolis to Moonfleet, the films of Fritz Lang are part of the history of cinema. The first phase of his career was set in Germany, where he returned twenty-five years later to shoot his last three films. It was during this early German period that the director developed his inimitable directorial style. Now those who know the man and his work best reveal the secrets behind his craft. 1998. 54 min. DVD 839

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[Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy] Hollywood Hall of fame: Laurel & Hardy
A documentary celebrating the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, capturing through both silent and sound film clips, highlights of the comedy team's long career. Covers their early development, their friendship with Charlie Chaplin, the evolution of their comedic style, and their experiences at Hal Roach Studios and later years in the film industry. 1998. 30 min. Video/C MM1098

[Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy] This is Your Life: Laurel & Hardy
This is your life [Laurel & Hardy]: One of the most remembered television series of the 1950's was "This is Your Life" which was hosted by the legendary Ralph Edwards. In this exciting episode, Edwards profiles the careers of comedy's most famous duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Enjoy the surprise, laughter, and joy as these kings of comedy are given a live retrospect of their most hilarious comedy skits and their most intimate memories. Laurel and Hardy at the movies: This exciting journey down memory lane is the perfect companion in bringing together a brief history of some of the funniest moments from many of the films of this wisecracking team. Includes theatrical trainers and scenes from some of their films. This is your life segment originally broadcast in 1954. 60 min. DVD 6017

[Leacock, Ricky] Ricky Leacock.
From his first film Ricky Leacock has been obsessed with capturing on film the feeling of "being there," which has led him to technological innovations and breakthrough films that fueled the emerging "direct cinema" movement. In this interview Leacock demonstrated super-8 sync technology and screened excerpts from his films Republicans: the new breed, Queen of Apollo, and rare footage of Indira Ghandi. Broadcast on the television program Screening room on June 15, 1973. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 64 min. DVD 4493

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[Lee, Bruce] Bruce Lee, A Warrior's Journey
Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's last (unfinished) film, Game of Death, Little paints a textured, complex portrait of the world's most famous action hero. Also features a meticulous reconstruction of Lee's intended cut of "The game of Death" with fighting in the tower scenes. Produced, written and directed by John Little. 2000. 100 min. DVD 9944

[Lee, Bruce] The Curse of the Dragon
Documentary about Bruce Lee, the martial arts champion, who turned his skill into a movie career. Includes the reminiscences of his son, Brandon Lee, his friends, James Coburn, Chuck Norris, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Wall, plus footage of Lee sparring with his students and preparing for movie fight scenes. Produced and directed by Fred Weintraub and Tom Kuhn. 1993. 88 min. DVD 9944

[Lee, Spike] The Films of Spike Lee.(The Directors)
Through in-depth interviews, behind the scenes footage and clips from his films, Spike Lee talks about the ideas, influences, motivations, struggles and successes behind his work. "I have been blessed with the opportunity to express the views of black people who otherwise don't have access to power and the media. I have to take advantage of that while I am still bankable." 1997. 60 min. Video/C 7090

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[Lee, Spike] Independent View: Spike Lee & Roger Guenveur Smith.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. This episode presents interviews with two influential African-American artists: the filmmaker Spike Lee and a frequent actor in Lee's films, Roger Guenveur Smith. They are interviewed on the set during a break in the production of the film version of A Huey P. Newton story, written by Roger Guenveur Smith and directed by Spike Lee. Video/C MM92

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[Leone, Sergio] Once Upon a Time Sergio Leone
With A fistful of dollars in 1964, the Italian film director, Sergio Leone, inaugurated the classic movie genre that came to be known as the spaghetti western. This program explores Leone's directorial career while underscoring his personal approach and commenting on the influences upon his art. Footage from the celebrated filmmaker's final interview, previously unpublished letters and photographs and interviews with actors and family members projects a colorful image of both the man and his methods. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2000. 58 min. Video/C 7385

[Lewton, Val] Shadows in the Dark: the Val Lewton Legacy
FA documentary of the life and films of the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton with commentary by his colleagues. 2005. DVD 4481

[Lewton, Val] Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
A look at the life and career of Val Lewton, an American filmmaker best known for the 9 horror films he produced for RKO Pictures in the 1940s. Includes extensive interviews with Lewton's collaborators and clips from his films. Narrated by Martin Scorsese ; voice of Val Lewton, Elias Koteas ; interviewees: Roger Corman, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Val E. Lewton, Alexander Nemerov, Ann Carter Newton, Geoffrey O'Brien ; archival interviewees: Jacques Tourneur, Robert Wise. 2007. 87 min. DVD X1428

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[Lloyd, Harold] Harold Lloyd.
Presents a guided tour through the life and work of Harold Lloyd by Leonard Maltin; interviews with celebrities and friends; vintage Harold Lloyd interviews and home movies; video biographies of Lloyd's collaborators; photo and publicity galleries; Lloyd's Academy Award speech; USC's Delta Kappa Alpha tribute; audio clips from radio segments. 180 min. DVD 6210

[Lubitsch, Ernst] Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin: From Schonhauser Allee to Hollywood
Documents the life of the filmmaker from his birth in 1892 to his departure for Hollywood in 1923. Includes interviews and excerpts from Lubitsch's rarely-seen early work (both as actor and director) and offers fascinating insights into the German film industry in the silent era. Written and directed by Robert Fischer. 2006 109 min. DVD 8874

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[Lubitsch, Ernst] Ernst Lubitsch: Lady Windermere's Fan
Widely imitated but never surpassed, Ernst Lubitsch created sophisticated romantic comedies of enduring merit. This program focuses on the early works of the director whose finesse behind the camera became known as "the Lubitsch touch." Clips from his screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play "Lady Windermere's fan" showcase his incisive pictorial detail, which enabled performers to reveal in a single brief shot the psychology of the characters they were playing. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 27 min. DVD 6083

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[Lucas, George] A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Star Wars movies have sold more tickets and made more money than any other films in history. This documentary goes deep into what drives this phenomenon through interviews with fans, movie executives, producers and other celebrities to shed new light on the film trilogy that has captivated generations of moviegoers, offering new insight into why these fast-paced science fiction films struck such a powerful chord that crossed race, gender and age lines. 2000. 62 min. Video/C 8491

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[Lye, Len] Len Lye
Len Lye, a New Zealand filmmaker was one of the first artists to paint and draw directly on film. His interest in the relationship between light and rhythm led to experiments with moving sculptures he called "tangible motion sculptures." In this program Lye speaks of his work and ideas, demonstrates some "tangibles" and shows clips from his films. 1957. 27 min. Video/C 5962

[Lynch, David] Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch
An exploration of David Lynch's many creative endeavors, ncluding his roles as a film director, musical composer, writer, photographer, and painter. ncludes interviews with actors who have appeared in is films, collaborators, family, and friends. Directed and produced by Toby Keeler. 1998. 91 min. DVD 2155

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[McLaren, Norman] Norman Mclaren
Disc 2 presents a documentary exploring the creative process and techniques of McLaren, artist, cinematographer and animator. Includes excerpts from McLaren's film vaults and interviews. 2003. 117 min. DVD 1911

[Makhmalbaf, Mohsen] Stardust Stricken, Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait
A documentary on the life of the controversial Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In this portrait, the filmmaker speaks about his life, childhood, political and cultural activities, his filmmaking style, and his beliefs about art, cinema, violence, religion and death. 1996. 70 min. Video/C 7973

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[McQueen, Steve] My McQueen
Producer/director, Lourdes Portillo; director of photograpy, Kyle Kibbe; editor, Vivian Hillgrove. A film essay by the filmmakers in the process of conceptualizing their film "My McQueen," about the influence of actor Steve McQueen and his movie "Bullitt," McQueen's classic 1968 detective film set in San Francisco. The filmmakers investigate issues of masculinity, his impact on the city of San Francisco and ethnicity with reflections on filmmaking itself. Includes a compilation of automobile chase scenes from Hollywood films. 2003. 20 min. Video/C MM1020

[Malle, Louis] 3 Films by Louis Malle: The Supplements.
Special features accompanying the 3 films "Murmur of the heart," "Lacombe, Lucien," and "Au revoir les enfants," written and directed by Louis Malle. New interviews with actor Candice Bergen and biographer Pierre Billard ; excerpts from a French TV program featuring the director on the sets of "Murmur of the heart" and "Lacome, Lucien" ; audio interviews with Louis Malle from 1974, 1988, and 1990 ; "The Immigrant," Charlie Chaplin's 1917 short comedy featured in "Au revoir les enfants" ; a profile of the provocative character of Joseph from "Au revoir les enfants," created by filmmaker Guy Magen in 2005 ; Louis Malle filmography. 254 min. DVD 5382

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[Marion, Frances] Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood
This insightful documentary gives voice to Frances Marion's words taken from her letters, diaries and memoirs. Footage from more than twenty of Marion's movies align with commentary by pre-eminent silent film historian Kevin Brownlow, critic Leonard Maltin and Marion's celebrated biographer, Cari Beauchamp. Special features: "A little princess" (1917, si., b&w, 62 min.) a film by Marshall Neilan ; assistant director, Howard Hawks. c2001. 56 min. DVD 1578

[Marker, Chris] Portrait of Chris Marker
A portrait of Chris Marker by Chris Darke for Channel Four (UK) c2001. Supplementary material on DVD 1917

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[Maysles, David and Albert] Direct Cinema
Writer-editor Jack Kroll interviews filmmakers Albert and David Maysles in 1969 about what they called at that time a "new technique of natural movie making, direct cinema." Conversation topics include how the Maysles actually filmed, how they got the subjects to agree to being filmed, and their reaction to being innovators. Program includes excerpts from their feature length film "The Salesman" in which they followed the salesmen around in an early example of "cinema verite." 52 min. Video/C 5966

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[Maysles, Albert] Independent View: Albert Maysles & Lisanne Sklyer.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. Erika Muhammad and director/cinematographer Albert Maysles discusses his and his brother David's role in the development of cinema verite documentary-making, including their films Salesman, Gimme shelter and Grey gardens. Next, filmmaker Lisanne Skyler talks about her recent feature film Getting to know you and the preparation for feature-filmmaking that her documentaries afforded her, with No loans today and Dreamland. Video/C MM96

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[Medvedkin, Alexander] The Last Bolshevik (Le tombeau d'Alexandre)
Part 1. Kingdom of shadows -- Part 2. Shadows of a kingdom Examines the life and work of Russian film director, Alexander Medvedkin, while also giving a broad picture of life in the Soviet Union. Discusses the relation between art and politics in the Soviet Union. Special feature: Deleted scene: Medvedkin and Dziga Vertov, by Nikolai Izvolov. A film by Chris Marker. 1993. 120 mins. DVD 9426

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[Mekas, Jonas] Interview and Reading, Jonas Mekas: With Segments From the Films of Mekas
In interviews intercut with segments of his films, filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas discusses his work in film and also the founding of Anthology Film Archives; he reads (and sings) from his poetry in English and Lithuanian and plays the concertina a little. 50 min. Video/C 6580

[Melies , Georges] Melies the Magician (Melies le cinemagicien)
La magie Melies = The magic of Melies (130 min.) -- Une seance Melies = Melies' magic show (55 min): Four troublesome heads (1898); Trip to the moon (1902); Infernal cakewalk (1903); Scheming gambler's paradise (1905); Music lover (1903); Infernal boiling pot (1903); Man with the rubber head (1901); Living (cont'd) playing cards (1904); Hilarious posters (1905); Devilish tenant (1909); Untameable whiskers (1904); Imperceptible transmutations (1904); Bluebeard (1901); Fat and lean wrestling match (1900); One-man band (1900). Magic of Melies: Documentary film about the life and work of film pioneer Georges Melies including interviews with historians and witnesses. Uses archival footage, film excerpts and reconstructions to reveal the life, art, and unique techniques of the legendary film pioneer. Melies' innovations, including special effects, hand-tinting, backdrops, and costumes, profoundly shaped the course of film history. Melies magic show: 15 short films of George Melies, introduced by his grandaughter in front of an audience. 185 min. DVD 1044

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[Micheaux, Oscar] Oscar Micheaux, Film Pioneer.
Oscar Micheaux is remembered for his work as a pioneer producer-director whose films offered a positive image and an alternative for African Americans in the 1920s and 1930s. The program is built around the on-camera reminiscences of two performers who appeared in Micheaux films: Bee Freeman, and Lorenzo Tucker. Also included are dramatic reenactments of Micheaux directing and touring the country to sell his films. Dramatic sequences: Danny Glover (as Micheaux). c1981. 28 min. Video/C 8264

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[Micheaux, Oscar] Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies.
Recounts the story of race movies produced for Afro-Americans from the 1920s through 1950 and the role played by Oscar Micheaux, the leading Afro-American producer and director. These movies were designed for Afro-Americans and were frequently shown at midnight. They presented Afro-Americans in a positive light. Featuring interviews with Afro-American actors and actresses, and historians. 58 min. Video/C 3614

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Listing of Micheaux websites
Information on Micheaux from the Internet Movie Database
Midnight Ramble: The Negro in Early Hollwood
Black Folks Make Movies website

[Minahan, Dan] Independent View: Christine Vachon & Dan Minahan
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In the 1st episode B. Ruby Rich chats with Christine Vachon, producer of many groundbreaking independently produced films of the 1990s, including "Poison, Swoon, Go fish, I shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine" and "Boys don't cry." Vachon has built a reputation on launching the careers of directors who push the envelope of filmmaking and socially acceptable norms. The second episode features an interview with one of these first time directors, Daniel Minahan, who co-wrote I Shot Andy Warhol with Harron and whose new film, Series 7, is a satire on reality television programs. Originally broadcast as a segment on the television program Independent View in 2001. 26 min. Video/C MM104

[Mineo, Sal] Sal Mineo: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel
Describes the life and career of actor Sal Mineo. Born in The Bronx, the son of a Sicilian coffin maker, he is best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance opposite James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause. Mineo played a Mexican boy in Giant (1956), but many of his subsequent roles were variations of his role in Rebel Without a Cause, and he often played juvenile delinquents. His acting ability and exotic good looks earned him not only roles as a Native American boy in Tonka, but also as a Jewish emigrant in Otto Preminger's Exodus. Mineo identified himself as bisexual in a 1972 interview, published after his untimely death. DVD 9383

[Minnelli, Vincente] Vincente Minnelli (Men Who Made Movies)
Video/C 2035; also supplementary feature on DVD 3558

[Morricone, Ennio ] Ennio Morricone
One of the most celebrated composers in international cinema, Ennio Morricone has written scores for more than 400 classic and contemporary films. In this program Morricone explains how he got his start in show business, the challenges of composing for film and his experiences working with big-name directors and musicians. Interviews with directors, producers, and others offer insight into Morricone's genius for composition. Includes scenes from numerous films. Originally produced in 1995. Dist.: Films Media Group. 54 min. DVD 6091

[Murneau, F.W.] The Way to Murnau
Special feature accompanying DVD of Murnau's Tartuffe. 35 min. DVD 2458

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[Murneau, F.W.] Murnau, Borzage and Fox
"Think of three men... an obsessed Jewish businessman (William Fox), a visionary German artist (F.W. Murnau), and an idealistic American Catholic (Frank Borzage). For a few short years their fates were intertwinded and together these three men, the mogul, the artist, and the romantic would change the face of cinema." Includes commentary by film critics and historians with extensive archival film footage. Special features: Murnau, Borgaze and Fox: a book of photography from their films (128 p.) ; 4 Devils: the lost film of F.W. Murnau: a book remembering the legendary movie (128 p.) ; still galleries. 2008. 105 min. DVD X710

[Nava, Gregory] Gregory Nava & Allison Anders.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. The first episode features film critic and journalist, Michael Fox in conversation with Mexican-American filmmaker Gregory Nava, who's films focus on cross-cultural issues and themes of struggles within immigrant life in the United States as portrayed in "Confessions of Amans, El Norte, Mi Familia, Selena, and American tapestry." In part two director and screenwriter Allison Anders chats about her commitment to telling women's stories in her films "Mi vida loca, Four rooms, Sugar town, Gas food lodging, Border radio." Video/C MM102

[Oliveira, Manuel de] Manoel de Oliveira /
Three documentaries on the Portuguese movie director Manoel de Oliveira and his films, and interviews by several actors and authors who worked with him. Also includes the short film Rencontre unique, directed by Oliveira, where Pope John XXII meets Nikita Khrushchev. Contents: Manoel de Oliveira, o casa dele / Sérgio C. Andrade (56 min. ; in Portuguese) -- Un Jour dans la vie de Manoel = Um Dia na vida de Manoel de Oliveira / de Gilles Jacob (9 min. ; in French with optional Portuguese subtitles) -- Rencontre unique / scénario, dialogues et réalisation, Manoel de Oliveira (3 min. ; in French with optional Portuguese subtitles) -- Prémios em Cannes (27 min.) -- Entrevistas (86 min.). 74 min. DVD X2159

[Ozu, Yasujiro] Five: 5 Long Takes Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu /
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami pays homage to Yasujiro Ozu, the brilliant Japanese filmmaker whose spare but evocative style has been a major influence on Kiarostami's work. Canny and sublime, the film is comprised of five long, apparently single takes of a beach on the Caspian Sea, all focusing on the ocean, comprised of virtually no camera movement and enveloped in rapturous natural sound. Richly poetic and shot on a hand-held DV camera, the film features five extended, apparently single-take sequences. One: The camera accompanies a piece of wood with which the waves are toying at the beach. Two: People are walking along by the seaside. Older people stop, look at the waves, then walk away. Three: Indistinct shapes on a beach in winter. A group of dogs. A love story. Four: Ducks noisily cross the frame in one direction, then the other. Five: A pond; nighttime; frogs; a chorus of sounds, then a storm, and finally dawn. Special features: 2 films: Around five: Abbas Kiarostami's reflections on film and The making of Five. In Iranian with English subtitles. 74 min. DVD 8221

[Ozu, Yasujiro] Tokyo-ga
On the streets of Tokyo, through film clips and interviews with some of Yasujiro Ozu's legendary collaborators, Wim Wenders explores the world of Ozu and ponders the nature of images in this "film diary." A film by Wim Wenders. 1985. 92 min. DVD 6913; also included on disc of Ozu's "Late Spring" DVD 5882

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[Pacino, Al] Babbleonia: A Documentary
A unique retrospective of Al Pacino's remarkable, lengthy, and well-rounded career in his own words. The film consists primarily of a conversation between Pacino and New York University film professor Richard Brown, and takes place at the Actors Studio in New York City, the celebrated workshop for young actors where Pacino and other famous stars got their start. Pacino freely speaks about his own career ups and downs and his foray into directing, as well as the differences between stage and film acting, such as having to "project to the third balcony" rather than the camera. Directed by David F. Wheeler. c2005. 54 min. DVD 9096

[Pal, George] The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
Among the legends of Hollywood George Pal takes his place as a true visionary, innovator and showman who profoundly shaped the art of motion pictures. A pioneer in stop motion animation he went on to invent the modern science fiction and fantasy film genres. This documentary explores Pal's life and work with rare interviews with Pal and reminiscences from his contemporaries. Also included are extensive film highlights. Film excerpts: Puppetoons -- Time Machine -- War of the Worlds -- Destination Moon -- When worlds collide -- Houdini -- Conquest of space -- Tom Thumb -- Wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm -- 7 Faces of Dr. Lao -- Atlantis -- Lost continent. 2000. 93 min. DVD 370

[Paradjanov, Sergei] Paradjanov, A Requiem
An absorbing portrait of one of the most colorful and revered figures in world cinema. Paradjanov: a requiem offers an affectionate and insightful look at the tumultuous career of the late Sergei Paradjanov - director, artist, dissident, romantic and iconoclast. Written and directed by Ron Holloway. 1994. 57 min. DVD 6262

[Pasolini, Pier Paolo] Pier Paolo Pasolini Poeta
A biographical journey through the life of the Italian motion picture director, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini, who was noted for his sociallycritical, stylistically unorthodox films. Includes interviews with Pasolini and excerpts from his films. In Italian. PAL format 2001. Video/C 8843

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[Pasolini, Pier Paolo] Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood)
Explores the controversial life of film director-poet-aesthetician Pier Paolo Pasolini who was murdered in 1975, supposedly by a homosexual contact. Raises the possibility of his death actually being an assassination ordered by a group of right-wing fascists who objected to his non-conformism and Marxism, even though he had been previously expelled from the Communist Party. Directed by Philo Bregstein. 1981. 58 min. DVD 6525

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[Pasolini, Pier Paolo] La voce di Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini has a sacred, religious and arcane love towards the masses and, opposite this, a deep hate for the bourgeois. Thirty years has passed since his death, but his words, those he left in the form of verses, songs, stories, tales, films and interviews, even today contain authentic and sacred truths. It is through these words, still annoying, scandalous, atrocious, and sublime, that the authors of this documentary have decided to rediscover the historical value of this poet, of his message and life. Directed by Matteo Cerami e Mario Sesti. In Italian without English subtitles. c2006. 53 min. DVD 9454

[Peckinpah , Sam] Sam Peckinpah, Man of Iron
This film explores the life and work of enigmatic and controversial film director Sam Peckinpah, whose violent films had a telling effect on the cinema of the 1970s and 80s. Actors, screenwriters, editors and producers who worked with him examine his life in an attempt to separate the man from the persona. Clips from key films reinforce this detailed discussion of Peckinpah's art and a fixation on violence that still permeates Hollywood today. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 92 min. DVD 6100

[Penn , Arthur] The Moviemaker: A Profile of Arthur Penn.
BBC and CBC present "The Moviemaker" a profile of Arthur Penn who made "Bonnie & Clyde", "The miracle worker", "Alice's Restaurant", "Little Big Man", "Missour Breaks" and others. 1970. 60 min. Video/C 2311; in storage

[Pickford, Mary] Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford created a totally new way of acting that entranced audiences and left them spell-bound. She was also a creative producer and shrewd businessperson who played a pivotal role in shaping the first new media of the twentieth century. This powerful and moving production uses footage, stills, original audio interviews with Pickford and clips from her movies to tell a story that is full of joy and power, of loneliness and despair. Written and directed by Sue Williams Originally broadcast on the television program, the American Experience. 2005. 90 min. DVD 3785

[Pickford, Mary] Mary Pickford: A Life on Film.
By the age of seventeen, Mary Pickford had become the first actress to achieve international superstardom. By the time she was thirty, she was the first and only woman ever to own a major movie studio. With comedic and tragic talents and business acumen, Mary Pickford was the consummate movie star of the 20th century. This definitive documentary combines an abundance of previously unseen footage from Pickford's own archive with exceptional research to demonstrate why she and her films remain touchstones of film history. 2000. 99 min. Video/C 7224

[Poitier, Sidney] Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light
Explores the life and career of accomplished actor, writer, director, humanitarian and diplomat, Sidney Poitier through his body of work and through the words of his colleagues and admirers. Still the only black American to receive an Academy Award for "Best Actor," he forever altered the racial perceptions held by motion picture audiences and Hollywood executives. Directed and narrated by Lee Grant. 2000. 60 min. DVD 5570

[Polanski, Roman] Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired /
This startling indictment of the American legal system and its paradoxical relationship with celebrity culture intensely examines the conviction of Roman Polanski in a California court for having sexual intercourse with a minor, and the chaos that followed. Based on unprecedented access to the lawyers representing the case, the media covering it and the victim herself. Directed by Marina Zenovich. 2008. 100 min. DVD X967

[Pontecorvo, Gillo] Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth
Examines the life and uncompromising cinema of the Italian film director Gillo Pontecorvo. Includes a view of his life and political activities before and during WWII, interviews with Pontecorvo and associates, and excerpts from his films which center around political unrest and the self destructive nature of colonialism. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1992. 42 min. DVD 3050 (Disc 2 of Battle of Algiers DVD); also vhs Video/C 7465

[Porter, Edwin S.] Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
Between the years 1894 to 1908, Edwin S. Porter was the leading American filmmaker. Follows his movie career, from his first job installing Thomas Edison's Vitascope machines in New York, through his business as a film exhibitor, to his job as head of Edison's movie studio. There he created story films: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Life of an American Fireman, and The Great Train Robbery. By 1909, his film technique was old fashioned. Fired by Edison, he continued making films until 1915, but he had been left behind by new directors with new techniques. Includes hand-tinted stills and segments from Porter's movies and those of other filmmakers. 1982. 60 min. DVD 8229 (DVD region 2); vhs Video/C 3637

[Preminger, Otto] Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker
He was a maverick in a business that encourages conformity; the first filmmaker to declare independence from the Hollywood studio system and in that spirit, he made films that broke down barriers -- films that dealt with subjects that had been for years virtually taboo. Includes reminiscences of Hollywood "insiders", actors who starred in his films and clips from his works. 1991. 119 min. DVD X833

[Rainer, Yvonne] Yvonne Rainer
Relentless exploration of the nature of performance, the construction of meaning, and the relations of the sexes has guided Yvonne Rainer's long career, first in avant-garde choreography and dance and then in filmmaking. Here she is interviewed, accompanied by film scholar and author Deac Rossell, as they discuss excerpts from her film Kristina Talking Pictures. 91 min. Originally broadcast on the television program Screening room in March, 1977. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 74 min. DVD 4494

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[Ray, Nicholas] Lightning Over Water.
Directed by Wim Wenders, 1980. A record of the last months of Nicholas Ray's life, when he was hoping to revive his career while visibly dying from cancer. Originally produced in 1972 as two episodes in the television program Camera Three. 91 min. DVD 1555; also on DVD X6346; also VHS Video/C 999:324

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[Ray, Satyajit] Satyajit Ray: Introspections.
An interview with the renowned Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He discusses his childhood, the influence of Bengal renaissance, his interest in design and typography, his approach to political films and violence in cinema, his interest in period films and children's films, his response to Western films and critics and thoughts on life and death. 1983. 55 min. Video/C 5874

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[Ray, Satyajit] Satyajit Ray
The legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray suffered a heart attack in 1984, and shortly after, renowned director Shyam Benegal shot this documentary on the Academy-award winning maestro. Benegal's film features other giants of Indian cinema like acclaimed editor Bhanudas Divkar and fellow film-maker Govind Nihalani in in-depth and intimate interviews with Satyajit Ray who reminisces about how he established his own way of film-making, composing shots and scenes, handled the camera and so on. Clips from the maestro's films are sensitively played throughout the documentary providing glimpses of the genius of Satyajit Ray. Directed by Shyam Benegal. 1984. 132 min. DVD X6111

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[Renoir, Jean] Jean Renoir: An Artist Whose Canvas was Film
This program documents the achievements of director and screenwriter Jean Renoir, one of the first great auteurs, whose distinctive style always contained a concern for human issues and a reverence for natural beauty. Film clips and an analysis of The Rules of the Game underscore the sense of visual realism and the poetic representation of the physical environment that lie at the core of his artistic vision. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 27 min. DVD 6081

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[Richter, Hans] Give Chance a Chance: Portrait of Hans Richter
Documentary and interview with artist-sculptor-filmmaker-surrealist Hans Richter. Richter talks about his career and early experiments with the movie camera, association with the world of surrealists, conflict with the National Socialists in Germany, the origins of Dada, and the evolution of his own style in painting, drawing and collage. Includes many film clips and examples of his graphic work and reminiscences of relationships with contemporary artists such as Jean Arp, Tristan Tzara, Marcel Duchamp, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Eisenstein, and Man Ray. Film excerpts: Ghosts before breakfast, Inflation, Rythmus 21, Dreams that money can buy, Dadascope, 8 by 8. 1975. 27 min. Video/C 5964

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[Richter, Hans] I Live in the Present: Investigation into the Work of Filmmaker Hans Richter. (Ich lebe in der gegenwart: versuch uber Hans Richter).
A documentary examining the life and work of artist and filmmaker Hans Richter in which he talks about his style in painting, drawing, collage annd filmmaking. Includes many film clips and examples of his work. Excerpts from: Jean Arp, Poupoupoup -- Rhythm 21 (1921) -- Filmstudie (1926) -- Inflation (1928) -- Ghosts before breakfast -- Dreams that money can buy (1947) -- La Chanson Dada / Tristan Tzara. c1985. 46 min. Video/C 6792

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[Richter, Hans] Hans Richter: Maler und Filmpionier.
Hans Richter was involved with film production all his life. He experimented with abstract forms on film starting with his 1921 work Rythm 21. The Nazis counted him among the degenerate artists and in 1941 he emigrated to the United States and became an American citizen several years later. [198-?] 40 min. Video/C 8111

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[Riefenstahl, Leni] Leni Riefenstahl.
Leni Riefenstahl explains her life and work, from her start as a German actress in the 1920's, through her career as a film director producing such films as Triumph of the will and Olympia. Includes film clips from her work. 56 min. Video/C 4613

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[Riefenstahl, Leni] The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl.
Interviews with Leni Riefenstahl, now in her nineties, flash-backs and modern film sequences tell the story of the most famous woman film director of all time. Known for her films made during the Third Reich, Riefenstahl's story is a controversial one. Best known for her "Triumph of the Will," the film made of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress, it proved to be her undoing. 1993. 181 min. DVD 176; Video/C 3411 Pt. 1-2

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Clark, Katerina. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) American Historical Review v100, n4 (Oct, 1995):1227 (2 pages).
Frascella, Lawrence. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) Advocate, n652 (April 5, 1994):75 (2 pages).
Goldberg, Robert. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (television program reviews) Wall Street Journal (Mon, July 3, 1995):A6(W), A16(E), col 1, 23 col in.
Goodman, Walter. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (television program reviews) New York Times v144 (Wed, July 5, 1995):B3(N), C20(L), col 1, 15 col in.
Grenier, Richard. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) Commentary v98, n2 (August, 1994):48 (4 pages).
Kauffmann, Stanley. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) New Republic v210, n11 (March 14, 1994):30 (2 pages).
Maslin, Janet. "Just What Did Leni Riefenstahl's Lens See?" (filmmaker distances her artistry from politics in Ray Muller's documentary, 'The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Rienfenstahl') New York Times v143, sec2 (Sun, March 13, 1994):H15(N), H15(L), col 1, 33 col in.

[Riggs, Marlon] I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs.
A film biography of Marlon Riggs, the gifted, gay, black filmmaker who produced documentary films addressing issues of identity among Afro-Americans and gays. Clips from his films show how he evolved a unique experimental documentary style, mixing poetry, criticism, the personal and the political. It also documents his long battle against AIDS until his death in 1994 and includes interviews with family, friends, and co-workers. 58 min. DVD X1410; vhs Video/C 4463

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Marlon Riggs bibliography
Interview with Marlon Riggs from JumpCut Magazine
Independent Television Service's "Black Is...Black Ain't web page

[Rivette, Jacques] Jacques Rivette and the French New Wave
Special feature accompanying DVD of Jeanne la Pucelle. DVD 1171

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[Robeson, Paul] Paul Robeson.
A biography of the black man who became both a famous singer and actor who used his international acclaim to focus world attention on racial injustices suffered by Afro-Americans. His efforts world-wide for working class people in the 1930s, 40s and 50s are highlighted in this documentary. By 1950, Robeson's battle for freedom had cost him his rising career. Includes film clips from his performances, including Black spirituals and folk songs of other nations, interviews and archival photographs. 1994. 36 min. Video/C 5417

[Rocha, Glauber] Labirinto Glauber o filme do Brasil (Laberinto Glauber, la película del Brasil)
Glauber Rocha is considered one of the most important directors in Brazilian cinema, and a pillar of the "cinema novo" movement in the 1960s. At a time when it was possible to change the word through cinema, Glauber was provocative, irreverent, and a noncomformist. This documentary attempts to explore Rocha's artistic sensiblities, as well as the contradictions between his films and his life. Includes interviews with Rocha. Written and directed by Silvio Tendler Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2001. 98 min. Video/C MM1276

[Rohmer, Eric] Rohmer, with Supporting Evidence (Eric Rohmer, preuves a l'appui)
A rare and insightful portrait of Eric Rohmer, one of cinema's most enduring filmmakers and patriarch of the French New Wave. Supplemented by film clips, screen tests and snippets of audio dialogue from his films, Rohmer elaborates on the technical, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of film and filmmaking. 1994. 116 min. Video/C 9290

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[Rouch, Jean] Jean Rouch
Interview of Jean Rouch by Robert Gardner. As a filmmaker, Rouch left a legacy of more than 120 films. His half century of ethnographic filmmaking in Africa distinguished him as a master of the documentary form. Jean Rouch appeared on Screening Room in July 1980 and screened Les Maitres Fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of Work and Death of a Priest. Originally broadcast in 1980. 64 min. DVD 4491

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[Rossellini, Roberto Once Upon a Time ... Rome, Open City
Examines the political and cinematic history of Roberto Rossellini's landmark film "Roma, Città aperta," which so memorably dramatized the WWII Italian resistance to the German occupation. In addition to archival footage, which sketches in the relevant historical background, the documentary includes scenes from this classic film, revisits some of its key locations today, and features interviews with many of its participants. A film by Marie Genin & Serge July. 2006. 52 min. DVD 8276

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[Rouch, Jean] Jean Rouch and His Camera in the Heart of Africa
This program provides an in-depth look at the film work of Jean Rouch and his associates from Niger who participated in production of many of Rouch's Niger-based films. Rouch, Philo Bregstein and Niger cameramen discuss filmmaking and filmmakers who have had historical influence in the field. Segments from several of Rouch's earlier film works are interspersed with the filming in Niger and interviews. 1978. 74 min. Video/C 9202
A rare and insightful portrait of Eric Rohmer, one of cinema's most enduring filmmakers and patriarch of the French New Wave. Supplemented by film clips, screen tests and snippets of audio dialogue from his films, Rohmer elaborates on the technical, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of film and filmmaking. 1994. 116 min. Video/C 9290

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[Rouch, Jean] Rouch in Reverse.
A film by Manthia Diawara. French ethnologist/filmmaker, Jean Rouch discusses his work with Manthia Diawara. InRouch cludes a cross-section of Rouch's work with clips from his documentary Les Maitres Fous, his cinema verite classic, Chronique D'ete, and his pioneering masterpiece Moi, Un Noir(Treichville). Throughout the interview Diawara places Rouch's films in the context of the on-going struggle of Africans to construct their own vision of modernity. c1995. 51 min. Video/C 4484

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[Rouch, Jean] Rouch's Gang (De bende van Rouch)
Follows the film crew of "Madame l'Eau" and provides a glimpse behind the scenes as director Jean Rouch and his four friends from Niger make their film. This outsider's view of "Madame l'Eau" provides insight into how Rouch approaches his films. In most of his films, Jean Rouch has used his four African friends; Damoure Zika, Lam Ibrahim Dia and Tallou Mouzourane as actors and Moussa Hamidou as sound man. Rouch has been their friend for more than forty years and this complex bond of friendship serves as the theme for this documentary. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 1998. 70 min. Video/C 6566

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[Saura, Carlos] Carlos Saura: Relations and Portraits
In this television interview on his filmmaking career which began under the repressive Franco regime, Saura discusses his filmmaking techniques and how, by incorporating a mixture of incisiveness, humor, action, and romance, he conveys the gist of Spanish and Latin culture to world audiences. An episode of the television program Tratos y Retratos. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1998. 52 min. Video/C 5825

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[Schneider, Romy] Romy: Portrait eines Gesichts
A documentary film about the glamorous Austrian actress Romy Schneider. A film by Hans-Jurgen Syberberg. In German without Enlish subtitles. 1965. DVD X283

[Scorsese, Martin] The Films of Martin Scorsese (The Directors)
Born in New York City, Martin Scorsese is a director whose films resonate with his own personal ideology and vision. A consummate storyteller and visual stylist, Scorsese has directed some of the most popular motion pictures of the past three decades and has become one of the most renowned filmmakers of his era. 2000. 60 min. Video/C 7284

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[Seberg, Jean]From the Journals of Jean Seberg
This bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format. Mark Rappaport seamlessly interweaves cinema, politics, American society and culture, and film theory to inform, entertain, and move the viewer. Seberg's many marriages, as well as her film roles, are discussed extensively. Her involvement with the Black Panther Movement and subsequent investigation by the FBI is covered. Notably, details of French New Wave cinema, Russian Expressionist films, and the careers of Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood are also examined. Much of the film is based on conjecture, but it encourages viewers to re-examine their ideas about women in film. 1995. 97 min. Video/C MM226

[Sembene, Ousmane] The Cinema of Senegal
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Ousmane Sembene. Interviewer: Larry Kardish. Following a five week program at the Museum of Modern Art on film makers in Senegal, Larry Kardish interviews Senegalese film directors Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Ousmane Sembene on the growth of the number of films from Senegal, the production of these films, and cultural influences. Includes clips from their films to illustrate points. Produced in 1978 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 1978. 61 min. Video/C 4610

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[Sembene, Ousmane] Sembene: The Making of African Cinema
Follows the Senegalese filmmaker Sembene Ousmane from the Pan African Film Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso back to Senegal, and finally visits several locations of his films where he reminisces about his career and discusses his craft. 1994? 27 min. Video/C 9820

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[Serling, Rod]Rod Serling, Submitted for your Approval
Documents the life and work of Rod Serling, focusing primarily on his creation of the popular television series The twilight zone. Features interviews with friends and colleagues such as John Frankenheimer, Jack Klugman, Kim Hunter an Buck Houghton.Originally produced as a segment of the television program American masters in 1995. 86 min. DVD 2567

[Sirk, Douglas] Profile of Douglas Sirk
Supplementary material contained on the DVD for All That Heaven Allows. An hour of excerpts from "Behind the mirror: a profile of Douglas Sirk," a 1979 BBC documentary; "Imitation of life: on the films of Douglas Sirk," an illustrated essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder. DVD 1344

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[Sjostrom, Victor] Victor Sjostrom.
Documentary about the life and career of Swedish actor and director Victor Sjostrom. He entered the film world in 1912 and by 1923, when he came to America, was hailed as the greatest director in the world. In the states he directed Chaney, Gish and Garbo, but with the advent of talking pictures, returned to Sweden spending the rest of his life as an actor and later as artistic director of Svensk Filmindustri. Includes commentary by Ingmar Bergman, Sjostrom's most famous pupil. Directed by Gosta Werner. 1981. 65 min. DVD 9805; vhs Video/C MM23

[Spielberg, Steven ] The Directors. The Films of Steven Spielberg.
Film director, Steven Spielberg, talks about his films and the making of them, provides a brief autobiographical introduction of how he got started in his career, and follows with film reminiscences giving insights about the production, the casting process, studios, the industry and experiences with collaborators. 2000. 59 min. Video/C MM200

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[Stevens, George] George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
A tribute to George Stevens, one of the great filmmaker's of Hollywood's golden age. Features excerpts from many of the films he directed including Gunga Din, Woman of the year, A Place in the sun, Shane and Giant, as well as recently discovered color footage he and his unit of Army cameramen shot of the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II. Also includes interviews with fellow directors and with executives and actors who worked with him. Written and directed by George Stevens, Jr. 1984. 111 min. DVD X2648

[Straub, Jean-Marie] ¿ Donde yace tu sonrisa escondida?
A film about the relationship between the filmmaking team Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub as they edit the film "Sicilia." As Huillet repeatedly runs the film back-and-forth, searching for precise editing moments, Straub muses on film theories. While Straub provides the bulk of the film's philosophical flair, Costa's film is infused with Huillet's creative energies as it emphasizes the nuances of her constant searching, playing, marking, and replaying moments of film. Directed by Pedro Costa. Special features: 6 bagatelas (2003, 18 min.) ; El caminante = Il viandante / directed by Daniele Huillet y Jean-Marie Straub (1999, 5 min.) ; El afilador = L'arrotino / Daniele Huillet y Jean-Marie Straub (1999, 7 min.) 102 min. DVD X2487

[Stone, Oliver] Oliver Stone: A Dialogue on Classic Filmmaking
Film director Oliver Stone discusses his recent major motion picture "Alexander," with UC Berkeley dean and professor of classics Ralph Hexter. This epic film is based on one of history's most influential leaders -- Alexander the Great. Stone speaks to the lure, the responsiblity and the challenges inherent in his role as filmmaker and the challenges of representing ancient history in film. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on March 13, 2005. 79 min. Video/C MM488

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[Stone, Oliver] Oliver Stone. U.C.B. Commencement Convocation, Spring 1994.
75 min. Video/C 2728

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[Stone, Oliver] Oliver Stone, Inside Out.
Intersperses interviews, still photos and home movies of Stone's earlier years and scenes from his major motion pictures to show how Stone's fascination and personal involvement in the major events of the 1960s (including combat experience in Vietnam, experimentation with drugs, rock music, and political activism) provided the passion and material for his films. 1992. 72 min. Video/C 8021

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[Stone, Oliver] Oliver Stone's America: A Dialogue with Oliver Stone
An intriguing one-on-one with the director behind the movies, an insightful interview augmented with clips and photos from his films and personal life. Includes Stone's New York University student film "Last Year in Vietnam". 64 min. DVD 777

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[Sturges, Preston] Preston Sturges: : The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer
Looks at the meteoric rise and fall of Preston Sturges in his short career as writer, film producer and director. His films are characterised by a blend of satirical humour and human pathos, with stylish, literate and ironic dialogue. 1989. 73 min. Video/C MM230

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[Tarkovsky, Andrei] Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
This film shows the director Andre Tarkovskij in action as he makes his own picture 'The Sacrifice'. The program explains the motivation behind the film and contains illumination of Tarkovskij's working methods and style and how he overcame various technical problems during the film-making. Includes interviews with members of the cast and crew. Originally produced as motion picture in 1988. 107 min. Video/C 7170

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[Tarkovsky, Andrei] Travelling Time (Travelling time)
Filmed in 1982, when celebrated Russian Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky was at a crossroads in his life. Unable to work in his homeland because of censorship, and separated from his family he came to Italy. This film chronicles Tarkovsky as he faces an uncertain future, searching locations and exploring ideas for his next feature film traveling through the Italian countryside with Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra. 2004. 63 min. DVD 3522

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[Tarkovsky, Andrei] One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich
Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, this is a homage to post-War Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky by his friend and colleague renowned French filmmaker Chris Marker. Marker draws parallels between Tarkovsky's life and films, offering an original insight into the usually reclusive director. Incorporating extensive film clips, journal entries, personal musings, and behind-the-scenes footage of Tarkovsky obsessively commanding his entire crew and of candid moments with his friends and family, this is a personal and loving portrait of the monumental filmmaker. 1999. 55 min. Video/C 7646

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[Tati, Jacques] Tati, In the Footsteps of M. Hulot (Tati, sur les pas de Mr. Hulot)
Directed by Jacques Tati's daughter Sophie Tatischeff, this extensive two-part documentary chronicles the evolution of the noted French comedic filmmaker and the evolution of his alter ego, Monsieur Hulot, through archival interviews, footage and photos, as well as clips from many of his films. Special features: interview from 1971 with the cast of Trafic, from the French television program Le journal du cinema ; The comedy of Jacques Tati, a 1973 episode of the French television program Morceaux de bravoure ; theatrical trailer ; new essay by film critic Jonathan Romney. 1989. 104 min. DVD 9902

[Teshigahara, Hiroshi ] Teshigahara and Abe: A Collaboration
A documentary short about the collaboration between director Hiroshi Teshigahara and author/screenwriter Kobo Abe, which includes exclusive video interviews with film programmer and professor Richard Pena, Japanese-film scholars Donald Richie and Tadao Sato, set designer Arata Isozaki, screenwriter John Nathan, and producer Noriko Nomura. 2007. 35 min. DVD 9082

[Thalberg, Irving] Irving Thalberg: Hollywood's Boy Wonder
A biography of American film producer Irving Thalberg during the early years of motion pictures. He was called "The Boy Wonder" for his youth and his extraordinary ability to select the right scripts, choose the right actors, gather the best production staff, and make very profitable films. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors and film critics. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min. DVD X235

[Thomas, Olive ] Olive Thomas, Everybody's Sweetheart
Olive Thomas was one of Hollywood's first true movie stars, the wife of Jack Pickford and a former Ziegfeld showgirl. Hailed in her time as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Thomas' rising film career was cut short by her tragic, and controversial, death at age 25. 2004. 57 min. DVD X2016

[Trier, Lars von] Lars von Trier: Finding Truth in Film
The cinematic movement known as Dogme 95 espouses minimalist, reality-based productions. Although he helped found the movement, Lars von Trier has set aside its original guidelines, employing more elaborate filmmaking techniques and higher budgets -- while still creating subtle and challenging motion pictures. This entertaining and enlightening interview illuminates von Trier's childhood, his tenuous relationship with his parents, his views on religion and agnosticism, and other personal concerns. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 43 min. DVD 5620

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[Trier, Lars von] The Humiliated
Presents the creative process of one of Europe's greatest directors, Lars Von Trier, and the emergence of his work "The Idiots." In particular, looks at the man behind the film, his artistic integrity and persistence, but more especially his frankness, insecurity and vulnerability as he risks even humiliation in courageously laying himself open to any possibility. 1998. 80 min. Video/C MM303

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[Trier, Lars von] Lars from 1-10 10 min. DVD 1236

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[Trier, Lars von] Tranceformer
A documentary on the life and work of von Trier offering rare insights into an erratic, genius director full of ideas, eccentricities, phobias and a warm sense of humor. Includes cuts from his childhood experimental films made with his mother's Super-8 camera and his earliest features. Includes interviews with leads, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson. Director, Stig Bjorkman 1997. 51 min. DVD X4096

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[Truffaut, François] François Truffaut
Richard Roud interviews the french film producer, Francois Truffaut on both his film career and his films. Includes clips from some films to illustrate his techniques. Originally produced for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 28 min. Video/C 4612

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[Truffaut, Francois] Francois Truffaut: Portraits Voles
Delivers deep insight into the celebrated French director through accounts by friends, colleagues, actors and actresses, filmmakers and relatives commenting on the man and his work. Featured are extracts from his films, rare and unpublished photos, and archive material that will present a new look at an extraordinary man. 1993. 93 min. Video/C 8114

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[Truffaut, François] Working with François Truffaut
a documentary on Truffaut's life and work featuring interviews with co-writers Claude de Givray and Bernard Revon. DVD 1727

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[Ulmer, Edgar G.] Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-screen
A fascinating homage to the filmmaking genius behind The Black Cat, Detour, and The Man from Planet X. Featuring testimonials from colleagues and stars, this documentary paints a vividly impressionistic portait of a no-budget auteur stylistically able to 'take a rat and make Thanksgiving dinner out of it.' From Berlin's legendary UFA Studios to Hollywood, Ulmer created a unique and heady blend of old world culture and twentieth century pulp pizzazz. 2004. 77 min. min. DVD 6455

[Vachon, Christine] Independent View: Christine Vachon & Dan Minahan
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In the 1st episode B. Ruby Rich chats with Christine Vachon, producer of many groundbreaking independently produced films of the 1990s, including "Poison, Swoon, Go fish, I shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine" and "Boys don't cry." Vachon has built a reputation on launching the careers of directors who push the envelope of filmmaking and socially acceptable norms. The second episode features an interview with one of these first time directors, Daniel Minahan, who co-wrote I Shot Andy Warhol with Harron and whose new film, Series 7, is a satire on reality television programs. Originally broadcast as a segment on the television program Independent View in 2001. 26 min. Video/C MM104

[Valentino, Rudolph] Valentino
Various publicity shorts. DVD X1929

[Varda, Agnès] The Beaches of Agnès (Les plages d'Agnès)
An autobiographical reflection on art, life and the movies from director Agnès Varda. "Varda takes beaches as her point of departure, and weaves photographs, vintage footage, film clips, and present-day sequences into a memorable voyage through her life, played out against the exciting context of the postwar explosion of cultural expression in France. She knew everyone: her colleagues in the French New Wave, the Black Panthers in California and even Jim Morrison, who would visit when in Paris." 2008. 107 min. DVD X3029

[Varda, Agnès] Susan Sontag, Agnes Varda
Jack Kroll interviews two prominent women from the film industry, Susan Sontag and director Agnes Varda. They discuss their work and modern films in general. Produced in 1969 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 27 min. Video/C 4609

Varda bibliography

[Van Peebles, Melvin] Baadasssss!
Produced and directed by Mario Van Peebles Cast: Joy Bryant, T.K. Carter, Terry Crews, Ossie Davis, David Alan Grier, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez, Saul Rubinek, Vincent Schiavelli, Khleo Thomas, Mario Van Peebles, Karimah Westbrook, Rainn Wilson. A candid portrait of Melvin Van Peeble's struggles as a young, black director during the society-shifting 70's. Determined to make a film that matters, Melvin deals with two-faced backers, a rag-tag crew, threatening creditors, and various shades of Hollywood hypocrisy. With everything on the line, his only choice is to stick to his guns and do whatever it takes to get his neo-blaxploitation epic to the audience for which it was envisioned. 2004. 109 min. DVD 3540
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[Van Peebles, Melvin ] How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)
This documentary (full of rare archival footage and unforgettable backstage stories) tells the tale of how a young black kid from Chicago, Melvin Van Peebles, ended up making one of the most controversial movies in American history, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, the film that sparked the Blaxploitation era in Hollywood. 2007. 85 min. DVD 8162

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[Vanderbeek, Stan] Stan Vanderbeekiana
A documentary on the pioneering film experimenter, Stan Vanderbeek at home as he reflects on "film as an experience, not an artifact." Here he discusses his work, jokes, found images, toys, inventions, the importance of his family and friends, and tours his moviedrome' for seeing films against a hemisphere. 1968. 27 min. Video/C 9224

[Vidor, King] King Vidor (Men Who Made Movies)
Video/C 2038

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[Von Sternberg, Josef] Josef Von Sternberg
An interview with the motion picture producer and director, Josef Von Sternberg, concerning his style and techniques of film production. Includes excerpts from his film "Blue Angel" and others to illustrate his commentary and analysis. Produced in 1965 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 28 min. Video/C 4611

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[Von Sternberg, Josef] The World of Josef von Sternberg
20-minute BBC documentary The world of Josef von Sternberg. DVD 694

[von Stroheim, Erich] Erich von Stroheim: "Lone Genius"
Admired as an outstanding actor, Erich von Stroheim is also notorious for his brief and stormy career as a director. This program presents the life of "the Hollywood scapegoat," a true nonconformist. Includes clips of films in which he acted ranging from "The Birth of a Nation" and "The Heart of Humanity" to "The Grand Illusion" and "Sunset Boulevard." 27 min. 1997 DVD 6085

[von Stroheim, Erich] Erich von Stroheim: The Profligate Genius
A biography of actor, screenwriter and director Erich von Stroheim, considered one of the greatest directors of the silent era, representing on film by turns cynical and romantic views of human nature. As a director, Stroheim was known to be dictatorial and demanding, as an actor he played villainous German roles during the Great War, becoming known as "The Man You Love to Hate." Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and film critics. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min. DVD X235

[von Trier, Lars] See Trier, Lars von 10 min. DVD 1236

[Waters, John] John Waters & Miguel Arteta.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In this episode B. Ruby Rich interviews "The Sultan of sleeze," John Waters as he talks about his latest film, an anti-Hollywood comedy "Cecil B. Demented." His cult following of fans has expanded through such instant classics as "Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspary," and "Serial Mom." In Part two Puerto Rican writer and director Miguel Arteta discusses "Star maps," a film about a Mexican-American street hustler. His recent digital video release "Chuck and Buck," is a dark comedy about two distanced childhood friends, one of whom obsessively and romantically stalks the other until they are forced to confront their past. Video/C MM101

[Walsh, Raoul] Raoul Walsh (Men Who Made Movies)
Video/C 2034

[Wasserman, Lew] The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman.
A biography of the Hollywood power broker who spent over 60 years at MCA and as head of Universal Studios. Wasserman rewrote the behind the scenes Hollywood rulebook as out of the ashes of the studio system, his MCA became the first-ever entertainment conglomerate, gobbling up artists and contracts and pioneering the modern blockbuster. Featuring frank interviews with his contemporaries, the film reveals show business's ultimate kingmaker through the voices of those who knew him and feared him the most. A film by Barry Avrich. 2006. 103 min. DVD 6024

[Waters, John] John Waters: This Filthy World
Philosopher of filth and reigning king of bad taste, writer-director of offensive cult classic films, John Waters presents an outstanding live one-man show that celebrates his origins of trash with his signature brand of irreverent humor. Directed by Jeff Garlin/ 2006. 86 min. DVD X859

[Welles, Orson] The Battle Over Citizen Kane (American Experience; 807).
William Randolph Hearst, the powerful newspaper magnate, was portrayed in Citizen Kane (MRC Citizen Kane Video/D 123; Video/C 999:85) , an Orson Welles film. Hearst's reaction upon learning about the film was to work to supress it and destroy Welles. Major movie theater chains refused to show Citizen Kane, and Welles' masterpiece virtually disappeared for almost 25 years. Never again would Orson Welles gain control of a major Hollywood production theater chains refused to show Citizen Kane, and Welles' masterpiece virtually disappeared for almost 25 years. Never again would Orson Welles gain control of a major Hollywood production. 114 min. DVD 555; also as a second disc with DVD 852 (Citizen Kane; VHS Video/C 4210

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[Welles, Orson] Orson Welles: The Paris Interview /
Filmed in a hotel room in Paris in 1960, this vintage interview captures the artist reflecting on Citizen Kane and expounding on directing, acting and writing and his desire to bestow a valuable legacy upon his profession. Interviewer, Bernard Braden. Director, Allen King. 53 min. DVD X3630

[Welles, Orson] The Magnificent Welles
Citizen Kane rocketed Orson Welles into Hollywood stardom and only in his mid-20s, he was given complete artistic control over his next film, The Magnificent Ambersons, but the film ruined Welles, who waged and lost a power struggle with the studio. This presentation, shot before a live audience, features an impersonation of Welles that investigates the making of The Magnificent Ambersons, as alone in a hotel room Welles gradually realizes his masterpiece is slipping away. From the stageplay "Lost Eden: an evening with Orson Welles," produced by Straight-Edge Theatrics in 2001 ; directed by David-Edward Hughes. "Shot on digital video before a live audience on location at The Odd Duck Studio Seattle, WA. 2002. 93 min. DVD 1601

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[Welles, Orson] Orson Welles
Citizen Welles, Pt. 1 (27 min.) -- Citizen Welles, Pt. 2 (28 min.). A two part indepth examination of the radio, stage and film career of Orson Welles. Part 1 includes the famous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds and the events surrounding the release of the motion picture, Citizen Cane. Part 2 continues the review of the cinematic triumphs of Orson Welles. Produced in 1967 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 55 min. total Video/C 4606

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[Welles, Orson] Orson Welles: One-man Band
Disc 2. An 88-minute documentary about Welles's unfinished projects. 1995. DVD 3777 (disc 2)

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[Welles, Orson] RKO 281
Directed by Benjamin Ross, 1999; featuring Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, Brenda Blethyn, Roy Scheider and John Malkovich. Based in part on the PBS documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane," this is a dramatization of the battle between Orson Welles and newspaper publisher William Randolf Hearst over the production of the motion picture Citizen Kane. Rich with tales of sexual blackmail, money and threats behind closed doors, this tells the story of Hearst's attempts to shut the movie down and ruin Welles' career. 87 min. DVD 290

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[Welles, Orson] Working with Orson Welles.
An insightful look into the true genius of the motion picture writer, producer and director, Orson Welles related through his old friends: the technicians, actors, producers and directors who were eager to be in any project that was attached to Welles. Originally produced as a documentary in 1993. Performer: Orson Welles, John Huston, Gary Graver, Peter Bogdanovich, Curtis Harrington, Peter Jason, Stacy Keach, Oja Kodar, Frank Marshall, Cameron Mitchell, Susan Strasberg. 95 min. DVD 515; Video/C 4601

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[Wellman, William] Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick
This film explores the life and times of the prolific American filmmaker, William A. "Wild Bill" Wellman, as well as examining the social fabric of an emerging popular culture that he was helping to construct. A fighter pilot seriously wounded in WWI, he was not easily cowed by the brutality of the Hollywood studio system, and fought his way to carve out 76 films in a career spanning 35 years. 1997. 93 min. DVD X1427; vhs Video/C MM227

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[Wellman, William] William Wellman
(Men Who Made Movies) Video/C 2031

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[Wenders, Wim] One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders' Early Years
Explores the background of Wim Wender's early films now regarded as landmarks of European film: Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move and Kings of the Road. Through personal recollection and rare home movie footage, it documents the director's early life from experiments with his first camera, through to international recognition for the Road Trilogy films that became foundations of the German New Wave and cemented the reputation of their director. Directed by Marcel Wehn. c2007. 96 min. DVD X1217

[Wertmuller, Lina] The Lina Wertmuller Collection: The Extras
Contains information and theatrical trailers on films by the Italian film director Lina Wertmuller. Features an interview of the director by Italian film critic Carlo Lizzani. 2001. 78 min. DVD 4420

[Wilder, Billy] Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man [
Billy Wilder's acerbic wit and indomitable talent shine through in this documentary. Michel Ciment, the French critic, interviews Wilder about his life and movie-making, and Tresgot also brings in discussions with Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and I.A.L. Diamond. Few directors have been as consistently successful as Wilder who made movies as varied as Ninotchka in 1939, Witness for the Prosecution in 1957, and Casino Royale in 1963. At the time of this interview the director was 74 years old, and emphasizes the fact that his life is not just about movies. Born in Austria, he came to the U.S. to escape Nazi persecution and eventually, to find his own expression in the growing film industry. 1980. 60 min. DVD 8311

[Wilder, Billy] The Making of Sunset Boulevard
Supplementary material accompanying the DVD of Set Boulevard. DVD 1476

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[Wood, Ed] The Ed Wood Story
Hear the story of "Hollywood's best incompetent director" from the people who know him best and who starred in the film about him. Johnny Depp, Johnny Legend and Martin Landau talk about Mr. Wood and his legendary style -- or lack thereof. Dolores Fuller, Wood's wife and a star of several of his classics, talks about the man and his methods. Maila Nurmi, Vapira herself, talks about the creation of her persona. Bela Lugosi, Jr. clues you into some of the mysteries about his father. Includes original trailers from Wood classics. c2003. 40 min. DVD 8245

[Wyler, William] Directed by William Wyler
A tribute to the great Hollywood director William Wyler, including film clips from some of his films intercut with anecdotes and reminiscences from Bette Davis, Billy Wilder, Lillian Hellman, John Huston and Wyler himself. Director, Aviva Slesin. 1986. 58 min. DVD X3481

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[Zhelyazkova, Binka] Binka: To Tell a Story About Silence
A film about Binka Zhelyazkova, (b.1923) the first woman film director in Bulgaria and her extraordinary life in cinema. In the span of 40 years in film, Binka Zhelyazkova, labeled "the bad girl of Bulgarian cinema" endured communism, censorship, stopped films and long periods of silence. Her films reached audiences far beyond Bulgaria at renowned film festivals at Cannes, Moscow, Brussels and Berlin. Much admired abroad she was intensely disliked at home for her bold personality and uncompromising attitudes. Her allegorical and urban dramas examined human rights, artistic freedom and the legitimacy of the political system itself. Intercut with scenes from her films and interviews with former Bulgarian film professionals, this provocative portrait reveals the pressures and complexities that arise when art is made under totalitarianism. Written and directed by Elka Nikolova. 2007. 48 min. DVD 9257

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