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A Night Out (aka. Champagne Charlie, Charlie's Drunken Daze, Charlie's Night out, His Night Out) (1915)

Directed by Charlie Chaplin. After a visit to a pub, Charlie and Ben cause a ruckus at a posh restaurant. Charlie later finds himself in a compromising position at a hotel with the head waiter's wife. 33 min.

A Night to Remember (UK, 1958)

Directed by Roy Baker. Cast: Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe, Kenneth Griffith, David McCallum, Tucker McGuire, John Merivale, Frank Lawton, Laurence Naismith, George Rose. This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from its launching celebration to that fateful night of April 14, 1912, when the "unsinkable" ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Special features: Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall; the making of "A Night to Remember" (1993), a 60 minute documentary featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage; includes original theatrical trailer. 123 min. ; also Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Geduld, Harry. "Nearer My Wreck to Thee." Humanist; Jul/Aug87, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p45-45, 1p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Howells, Richard. "Atlantic Crossings: Nation, Class and Identity in Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct99, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p421-438, 18p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Richards, Jeffrey. A night to remember: the definitive Titanic film / Jeffrey Richards. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : In the United States of America and Canada distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, c2003. (Full text online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.N5222 R53 2003)

A Nous la liberte (France, 1931)

Directed by Rene Clair. Cast: Henri Marchand, Raymond Cordy, Rolla France, Paul Olivier, Andre Michand, Germaine Aussey, Jacques Shelly, Leon Lorin, William Burke, Vincent Hyspa. A landmark film in early sound production this is a left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom works his way up from salesman to factory owner. He oversees a highly mechanised operation where the workers are reduced to mere automatons. Blackmailed over his past, he joins up with his old cellmate, and the pair take to the road as tramps. Frequently acknowledged as the inspiration for Chaplin's "Modern times." Special feature: Entr'acte (1924), the classic surrealist short by Clair and artist Francis Picabia. 83 min. Online Access through LFLFC; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Kramer, S.P. "Rene Clair: Situation and Sensibility in A Nous la Liberte." (Article). Literature/Film Quarterly XII/2, Apr 84; p.142-144.

See also:
Rene Clair bibliography

Reviews and articles: Kramer, S.P. "Rene Clair: Situation and Sensibility in A Nous la Liberte." (Article). Literature/Film Quarterly XII/2, Apr 84; p.142-144.See also: Rene Clair bibliography

A Page of Madness (Kurutta ippeiji) (1927)

Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. Cast: Ayako Iijima, Masuo Inoue, Yoshie Nakagawa, Hiroshi Nemoto. An eldery man works at odd jobs in the lunatic asylum in hopes of freeing his wife who is confined after having attempted to drown her baby son in a fit of madness many years ago. NOTE: This DVD is silent and without intertitles. 59 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:
Gerow, Aaron Andrew A page of madness : cinema and modernity in 1920s Japan Ann Arbor : Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.K895 G47 2008)
Goldberg, Ruth. "Demons in the family : tracking the Japanese "uncanny mother film" from A page of madness to Ringu." In: In: Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film / edited by Barry Keith Grant. pp: 307-320. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1984. (Main Stack; Moffitt PN1995.9.H6.P56 1984)
Komatsu, Hirosh. "The Foundation of Modernism: Japanese Cinema in the Year 1927." Film History; 2005, Vol. 17 Issue 2/3, p363-375, 13p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Petric, Vlada. "Page of Madness: Neglected Masterpiece of the Silent Cinema." Film Criticism, Fall83, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p86-107, 22p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only

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A Passage to India (1984)

Director, David Lean. Cast: Peggy Ashcroft, Judy Davis, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Victor Banerjee. While on a trip in 1928 to visit her son, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her son's fiancee, becomes appalled at the treatment of the Indians by the ruling British government. Later, they befriend a native Indian who, over-stepping the accepted norms of his culture, invites the two ladies on an excursion. In a strange turn of events, he is accused of attempting to rape the young woman. Based on the novel by E. M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau. Special DVD features: Reflections of David Lean ; bonus trailers; talent files; interactive menus ; production notes; scene selections. 164 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Awards Academy Award - Foreign Language Film Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film


A Patch of Blue (1965)

Directed by Guy Green. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford. Accidentally blinded as a child,18-year-old Selina D'Arcey falls in love with a gentle and charming man, Gordon Ralfe, whom she meets in a rare visit to a park. Her racist mother declares that because Gordon is black, their relationship cannot continue, forcing Selina to choose between her family and her heart. Based on "Be ready with bells and drums" by Elizabeth Kata. 105 min.
Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Academy Award - Best Supporting Actress (Shelley Winters)
Golden Globes - Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Elizabeth Hartman)
Reviews and articles:
Kelley, Samuel L. The evolution of character portrayals in the films of Sidney Poitier, 1950-1978(NEWS: MICROFICHE.6030.Unit 98)
Keyser, Lester J. The cinema of Sidney Poitier : the black man's changing role on the American screen. San Diego, [Calif. : A. S. Barnes, c1980 (MAIN:PN2287.P57 .K4)
Marill, Alvin H. The films of Sidney Poitier Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1978. (MAIN:PN2287 .P57M3)


A Paz e Que o Povo Chama (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 10)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Musicians from both sides of the Civil War in Angola meet to create a song for peace. We go behind the scenes to see the making of the Peace Song and . 26 min.

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A People's Temple Meeting with Jim Jones

Features Jim Jones presiding over a meeting, presumably in Berkeley. Members offer testimony and songs in praise of Jim Jones and the Lord. Rare black and white footage of unknown origin and date. 30 min.

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A Personal Matter: Gordon Hirabayashi vs. the United States

Documents the 43 year struggle to overturn the conviction of Gordon Hirabayashi which resulted when he defied internment in a Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II on the grounds that the order violated his Constitutional freedoms. Producer/editor, John de Graaf. 1992. 30 min.

Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

A Pest in the House (1947)

A sleepy man demands total quiet from hotel manager Elmer Fudd, but bellhop Daffy's noisy antics keep prompting the exasperated guest to sock Elmer in the face.

A Place Called Chiapas: A Film

In 1994 the Zapatista National Liberation Army, made up of impoverished Maya Indians, took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. Fighting for indigenous Mexicans to regain control over their lives and the land, the Zapatista Army, led by Subcommandante Marcos, started sending their message to the world via the Internet. The result was what the New York Times called "the world's first post-modern revolution." Here the filmmaker, who traveled to the jungle canyons of Southern Mexico to cover the uprising, effectively captures the human dimensions behind the war. A film by Nettie Wild. c1998. 93 min. Online Access through LFLFC. AwardsInternational Documentary Association

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A Place Called Home

An Iranian woman, after living and working in the United States, explores her controversial decision to move back to Iran, to return to the place she never stopped calling home. This very personal documentary presents interviews with her family -- with her mother and sister in the United States and with her father, who chose to remain in Iran. Examining the complex layers of expatriate and cultural identities, the film also features a rare glimpse of women's lives in contemporary Tehran. A film by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri. 1998. 30 min.

A Place of Rage

Features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan, and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society. Angela Davis talks about her involvement with the Black Panthers and the communist party. Also included insights from filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha . 1991. 52 min.

Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

A Plague on Our Children (Nova series)

Part 1 focuses on dioxin herbicides and their possible harmful effects on man and the environment. Shows sites in Oregon where residents suffer from an extremely high incidence of cancer, miscarriages, and disease. Also discusses claims made by veterans who blame their health problems on Agent Orange. Part 2 documents the problems of disposing PCB's. Examines the ecological crisis at Love Canal, N.Y., where a school was built directly over buried chemicals and where hundreds of families have been evacuated because of the disposed chemicals. 1980. 57 min.

A Plague Upon the Land (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, [1984]).

Discusses the source of river blindness or onchocerciasis in the Volta River Basin of West Africa. Describes symptoms, social and economic problems caused by the disease, and the measures being used to attempt to control it. 1984. 24 min.

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A Portrait Harry Bridges.

Biographical overview of the life and struggles of the union organizer, Harry Bridges.

A Portrait of Jason.

"Filmed in one wild night at New York's Chelsea Hotel, Shirley Clarke's explosive Portrait of Jason is a landmark of nonfiction film, the combination of a visionary director, a complex and enigmatic subject, and a moment of new cinematic and social possibilities. Jason Holliday is an unapologetically gay cabaret performer with charisma to spare, a knack for drama, and a life that's provided him with plenty of stories to tell about racism, homophobia, parental abuse, show business, drugs, sex, prostitution, the law, and whatever else he can think of while the cameras are rolling. Jason is endlessly entertaining; he sings, tells his stories, performs, breaks down, gets back up, keeps going. But he is as elusive as he is talented, and the more intimate the details he reveals, the less clear his "identity" becomes. As the night goes on he plays an increasingly intense game of cat-and-mouse with the filmmakers, who can be heard egging him on from behind the camera. The climax of the film is a shocking attempt by the crew to break through the layers of Jason's charisma to reveal the person underneath." A film by Shirley Clarke. 1967. 105 min.
Reviews and articles: Sutpen, Tom. "Dancing and Dirging with Jason." Bright Lights Film Journal, May 2005 | Issue 48 Full-text of this article / review is available:

A Portrait of Maya Angelou.

Thirty years later, Maya Angelou, poet, musician, and actress returns to Staryes, Arkansas, the rural southern town where she grew up. Hosted by Bill Moyers. 1981. 60 min.

A Portrait of Mr. Pink

Seventy-three year old Mr. Pink is a retired refuse collector who came to Britain from Jamaica in the fifties. He lives alone in an extraordinary Victorian mansion which he has adorned with his own unique designs in a South East London suburb. Inside and out,the house is decorated with the intense colors of the Caribbean, combined with other influences such as stained glass windows from churches and his colorful garden. Mr. Pink's self-expression includes recording his own music and songs, making spectacular hats of leaves and flowers, and a deep spirituality which he shares with the viewer. 1997. 15 min.

A Price Above Rubies (UK / USA, 1998)

Written and directed by Boaz Yakin. Featuring Renee Zellweger, Julianna Margules, Christopher Eccleston. Sonia is a young woman who always did just what was expected: she married the right man, moved to the right neighborhood and had a beautiful baby. And yet, when she discovers an exciting world beyond her tightly knit community, it sparks a growing desire for independence that threatens the security of the life she knows. 119 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database