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A Bite to Eat (Czechoslovakia, 1963)

Directed by Jan Nemec. Nemec's diploma film from the Prague Film Academy. The film is a hallucinatory moment, virtually without dialogue and handles one man's feverish attempt to steal a loaf of bread from a Nazi-guarded train. 10 min. In Czech with German subtitles.

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A Bowl of Beings.

Deftly employing comedic styles from the Marx Brothers to Sam Kinison, Culture Clash, a group of Mexican American comedians, gives a powerful demonstration of Chicano wisdom, art and wit. 55 min. Online Access through LFLFC. [preservation copy]

A Brief History of Time. (1989)

Director, Errol Morris. In this film noted theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, explores his research into the farthest reaches of time and the universe against the backdrop of his life's story which includes his struggle with a progressive paralyzing disease. 1991.

A Brighter Moon.

Fictional film about the immigrant experiences of two students from Hong Kong living in Toronto. 25 min.

A Bronx Morning (1931)

A film by Jay Leyda. "A camera on an elevated train enters the Bronx. We look down at morning activity. Three title cards tell us, "The Bronx does business ... and the Bronx lives ... on the street." We look in store windows, at fruit and vegetables on display, and at a newsstand. We see shops and shoppers, carts and autos. A truck dumps coal; the iceman cometh. Drying clothes hang on lines strung between buildings. Women push prams; children look down from balconies, a woman leans out an open window. The streets are busy. Children play dice, stickball, and hopscotch. An ice-cream pushcart arrives. There are cats, dogs, and pigeons. The camera goes to a rooftop for a panorama." [IMDB] 11 min.

A Bullet in the Head (Diexie jietou) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Fennie Yeun, Yolinda Yan. This sprawling story centers around three childhood friends who, in their journey through wartorn Vietnam, encounter grueling emotional territory. Traveling through many levels of living hell, the three men must find their way through betrayal and greed in the midst of the war. 126 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth.

Celebrates the powerful stories behind quilt-making from three perspectives: records of history, symbols of family/community, and works of art. Features quilts from major American quilt shows in Paducah, Kentucky, and Houston. Produced, written and directed by Laurie A. Gorman. 2001. 77 min.

A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth.

Celebrates the powerful stories behind quilt-making from three perspectives: records of history, symbols of family/community, and works of art. Features quilts from major American quilt shows in Paducah, Kentucky, and Houston. Produced, written and directed by Laurie A. Gorman. Dist.: PBS. 2001. 77 min.

A Change in Perspective.

Profiles five people who lead productive lives because they stress ability over disability, including a community advocate for the disabled in Harlem and an Olympic wheelchair athlete. Examines the physical and social issues connected with spinal cord injury and disproves outdated attitudes about persons with disabilities. 1994. 30 min.

A Chapter in Her Life (1913)

Directed by Lois Weber. Cast: Jane Mercer, Claude Gillingwater, Eva Thatcher, Frankie Raymond, Jacqueline Gadsdon. A little girl's guileless faith warms the heart of her wealthy but misanthropic grandfather and helps a young man to give up drinking. 84 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Chef In Love (Mille et une recettes du cuisinier amoureux; Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) (France / Georgia / Ukraine / Belgium, 1997)

Director, Nana Djordjadze. Cast: Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Nino Kirtadze Jean-Yves Gautier, Temour Kamkhadze. French chef Pascal Ichac travels to pre-Soviet Georgia to collect recipes. What he finds is a movable feast of food, music and festivals, along with an adventuresome travel companion, the princess Cecilia. But their romantic idyll is soon threatened by the barbarism of the Russian revolution. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Keller, James R. "A Chef in Love: The Fable of a Communist and Culinary Re-Evolution." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)
Reviews and articles:Keller, James R. "A Chef in Love: The Fable of a Communist and Culinary Re-Evolution." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)

A Child of the Ghetto. (1910)

Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Kate Bruce, George Nichols, Henry B. Walthall, Dorothy West. After her mother's death, Ruth struggles to support herself as a seamstress. While Ruth delivers shirts to the factory owner, the owner's son steals some money and Ruth is accused of the crime. She flees the ghetto of New York's Lower East Side and hides in the country where a young farmer takes her in and they fall in love. Silent with English intertitles. 16 min. ; ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseSee also:
Friedman, Lester D. "Celluloid Assimilation: Jews in American Silent Movies." Journal of Popular Film and Television, Volume 15, Issue 3 July 1987 , pages 129 - 136 Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only
Merwin, Ted. "Jews in Silent Films." In: In their own image : New York Jews in Jazz Age popular culture New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2006. (MAIN: PN1590.J48 M47 2006)
Simmon, Scott. "New Heroines." In: American cinema of the 1910s : themes and variations / edited by Charlie Keil and Ben Singer. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85733 2009)
See also: Friedman, Lester D. "Celluloid Assimilation: Jews in American Silent Movies." Journal of Popular Film and Television, Volume 15, Issue 3 July 1987 , pages 129 - 136 Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only Merwin, Ted. "Jews in Silent Films." In: In their own image : New York Jews in Jazz Age popular culture New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2006. (MAIN: PN1590.J48 M47 2006) Simmon, Scott. "New Heroines." In: American cinema of the 1910s : themes and variations / edited by Charlie Keil and Ben Singer. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85733 2009)

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A Chinese Ghost Story (Sinnui Yauman) (Hong Kong, 1987)

Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Featuring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma. The story of Ning Tsai-chen, a Chinese scholar who befriends and falls in love with Nieh Hsiao-chien, a she-ghost captured and tyrannized by the Tree Ogre. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Cahill, Suzanne. "What to Fear and How to Protect Yourself Daoism and Hong Kong Horror Movies." Journal of Daoist Studies; 2011, Vol. 4, p202-218, 17p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Zou, John. A "Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man." In: Chinese films in focus : 25 new takes / edited by Chris Berry. London : BFI Publishing, 2003. (Chinese Stdy PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003; Main Stack PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003)
Reviews and articles: Cahill, Suzanne. "What to Fear and How to Protect Yourself Daoism and Hong Kong Horror Movies." Journal of Daoist Studies; 2011, Vol. 4, p202-218, 17p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only Zou, John. A "Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man." In: Chinese films in focus : 25 new takes / edited by Chris Berry. London : BFI Publishing, 2003. (Chinese Stdy PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003; Main Stack PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003)

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A Chinese Ghost Story II (Qian nu you hun II; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan II; Qian nu you hun II) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Wang Zuxian, Zhang Xueyou, Li Jiaxin. Lin meets a young and witty Taoist, Chi Chau, and they become good friends. They run into some people who pretend to be ghosts. These people are actually trying to save the innocent Fu from imprisonment. Fu has two daughters Ching Fung and Yet Chi who both fall in love with Lin. Fu tries to ask the emperor's right-hand man, Liu Suen, for help but Liu turns out to be a goblin. Lin, Chi Chau and the two sisters all team up to fight against the evil force in order to help Fu. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Cahill, Suzanne. "What to Fear and How to Protect Yourself Daoism and Hong Kong Horror Movies." Journal of Daoist Studies; 2011, Vol. 4, p202-218, 17p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Zou, John. A "Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man." In: Chinese films in focus : 25 new takes / edited by Chris Berry. London : BFI Publishing, 2003. (Chinese Stdy PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003; Main Stack PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003)

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A Chinese Ghost Story III (Qian nu you hun III; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan III; Qian nu you hun III) (Hong Kong, 1991)

Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Tony Leung, Joey Wang, Jacky Cheung, Nina Li.In the heart of a weird wood stands Orchid Temple, a haunted place that is the doom of men. Beautiful spirits lure travelers to their doom. When the lowly monk Fong ventures to the temple, intent on driving the ghosts away, he instead falls in love with the beautiful Lotus. This forbidden passion places the couple in danger from both the local ghostbusters, and the forest's hideous supernational beings. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Cahill, Suzanne. "What to Fear and How to Protect Yourself Daoism and Hong Kong Horror Movies." Journal of Daoist Studies; 2011, Vol. 4, p202-218, 17p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Zou, John. A "Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man." In: Chinese films in focus : 25 new takes / edited by Chris Berry. London : BFI Publishing, 2003. (Chinese Stdy PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003; Main Stack PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003)

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A Civil Action (1998)

Director, Steven Zallian. Cast: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, John Lithgow,William H. Macy, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, Zeljko Ivanek, Kathleen Quinlan, Tony Shalhoub. In this fact-based drama a high-priced personal injury attorney represents eight families whose children died of leukemia after large corporations let toxic waste leak into the water supply in the Boston area. The case becomes an epic legal battle in which he puts his career, reputation and all that he owns on the line for the rights of his clients. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Bruzzi, Stella "A Civil Action." Sight and Sound 9:4 (April 1999) p. 39-40Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Domagalski, Theresa A. "Contaminated Water and Leukemia in Woburn, MA: The Failings of Civil Action." Organization & Environment; Sep99, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p332, 7p
Jones, Kent. "A Civil Action." Film Comment 35:1 (January-February 1999) p. 76Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
McCann, Michael1; Haltom, William. "Ordinary Heroes vs. Failed Lawyers--Public Interest Litigation in Erin Brockovich and Other Contemporary Films." Law & Social Inquiry; Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p1043-1070, 28p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Roper, James E. "A Civil Action". Journal of Business Ethics, Feb2004 Part 1, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p307-309, 3pFull-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Waldman, Diane. "A Case for Corrective Criticism: A Civil Action." In: Law on the screen / edited by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Merrill Umphrey. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J8 L42 2005)

A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story

In the small town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, field hand Pete Hernandez killed a tenant farmer after exchanging words in a cantina. From this murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would change the lives and legal standing of ten of millions of Americans. Tells the story of an underdog band of Mexican American lawyers who took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans. Lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were "a class apart" from a legal system that recognized only blacks and whites. Directed by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller. Special features: "Making of" featurette with filmmaker, interviews, behind the scenes footage, and photos; a slideshow of photographer Russell Lee's iconic images of Mexican American life in the 1940's; bonus scenes; materials for educators. c2009. 60 min.
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Prince, Rob. "A Class Apart." Film & History ; Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p131-134, 4p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only

A Constitution Worth Fighting For.

A discussion of the need to draft a constitution for South Africa that will protect the rights of every citizen and provide the framework for good government. Sponsored as a public service by The Free Market Foundation with the support of The Center for International Private Enterprise. (M-PAL format) 1996. 16 min.

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A Continent Crucified, Brazil

Traces the role and influence of the Catholic Church in Brazil from its arrival with the Portuguese explorers to its present position of conflict with the government. Also shows the strong presence of African religions in Brazil and illustrates how they are integrated into Catholic ceremonies. 1985. 29 min.

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A Continent Crucified, Ecuador

In Ecuador, the Catholic Church has always been divided between those who sided with the poor and others who backed whatever regime was in power. Pizzey traces the dilemma through the Catholic Church's annual explosion of guilt in Ecuador's Holy Week. But in the Andes' missionaries, Pizzey sees a new threat to the Church which may overshadow its entire future. 1985. 29 min.

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