Re: Oral histories on film/video

jon aubrey (
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 15:29:23 -0700 (PDT)

The item listed below is a bit of a stretch, but
the book of Working is definitely an oral history. The
musical version of the book in the BTA*** recording
(see below) is at least one step removed from the
book, but Studs (a giant among oral historians) still
had a hand in it. Good luck finding other titles.
Perhaps if you defined "oral history" more clearly you
could narrow things down a bit. Are you looking more
for documentaries like Rosie The Riveter? I would
generally consider an oral history to be a record of
what people say (interviews, testimonials) about their
personal experiences in the historical period/event(s)
being reviewed, hence qualifying countless
documantaries as oral histories. Shoah, for instance.

--Working [videorecording] / adapted by Stephen
Schwartz and Nina Faso from the book by Studs Terkel
Imprint [New York] : ***Broadway Theatre Archive,
Description: 1 videocassette (88 min.) : sd. col., ;
1/2 in Series, Broadway Theatre Archive
Note Videocassette release of the 1982 production of
WNET and KCET for American Playhouse
Directed by Stephen Schwartz and Kirk Browning;
Produced by Phylis Geller and Lindsay Law
Barry Bostwick, Rita Moreno, James Taylor, Eileen
Brennan, Charles Durning, Barbara Hershey, Patti
LaBelle, Scatman Crothers
Summary This musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book
examines the average worker's viewpoint...showing that
he or she is anything but average.

> Hello all:
> One of our faculty members is looking for films that
> can be used as
> examples of oral history. One example she mentioned
> was "Rosie the
> Riviter".
> Any thoughts about other examples? All suggestions
> are welcome.
> Thanks,
> Kim

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