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Description: The very first documentary about Jane Elliott's educational experiment about discrimination, which was originally produced for ABC News, in which she conducts an unforgettable lesson with her third-grade class in Riceville, Iowa.
Description: Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould enjoys a respite at his lakeside cottage. It is an aspect of Gould previously known only to the collie pacing beside him through the woods, the fishermen resting their oars to hear his piano, and fellow musicians like Franz Kraemer, with whom Gould talks of composition.
Description: In 2012, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel, gave a talk, making his field in astrophysics understandable for everyone interested. Specifically, he explained the history and newest developments in the understanding of galaxies and black holes.
Description: Beginning in the 1980s, musical pioneer Tom Waits underwent a constructive transformation, evolving into an even more experimental, provocative artist while remaining a famous figure. Chronicling the extraordinary two-decade period, this revealing documentary details an esteemed panel of commentators, rarely seen interviews and remarkable footage and photography of a real iconoclast at work. Songs contain "Clap Hands" and "Alice."
Description: "Diamond Joe" Esposito, who was Elvis's greatest mate and street manager for almost 20 years, takes us behind the scenes of the King's life in methods no one else can. With deeply private knowledge, Esposito presents this rare and intimate compilation of stories giving an insider's perspective on the life and untimely death of one of rock and roll's legendary stars.
Description: A profile of a preoperative transsexual, director Matthew Barbato's fascinating documentary follows Alexis Arquette as she prepares for her upcoming gender-reassignment surgery. Part of a popular Hollywood family that contains siblings Rosanna, Patricia and David, Alexis (nee Robert) is a well-known drag performer, underground cartoonist and actor who's appeared in variety of films, including the 1994 blockbuster Pulp Fiction.
Description: Choreographed by Frederick Ashton in honor of William Shakespeare's 400th birthday, this magical production -- based on the Bard's enjoy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- details Felix Mendelssohn's famed score and sublime sets that add to the charm. Ethan Stiefel delivers an impressive performance as the lordly Oberon, Alessandra Ferri shines as fairy queen Titania, and Herman Cornejo is pitch-perfect as the impish Puck.
Description: The life and work of Samuel Goldwyn, a Polish-born glove salesman who became one of Hollywood's best independent producers, is remembered in this classy documentary created for the PBS American Masters series. Based on A. Scott Berg's acclaimed biography, the movie contains fresh interviews with Goldwyn's surviving family members as well as vintage interviews with such luminaries as Bette Davis, John Huston, Laurence Olivier and others.
Description: In 1967, a young David Lynch grabbed his fresh Bolex 16mm camera, to movie his mate and mentor Bushnell Keeler and brother Dave Keeler sailing on the Chesapeake Bay in Bush's King's Cruiser. This was David Lynch's very first film, which he prefers to call a "home movie". It depicts a man, a painter, who changed David's life forever pursuing the artist's life, which he continues to this day.
Description: It was an epic war of brains vs brawn that determined the course of human history. Witness our prehistoric ancestors as they clash with a fully various species of humans, the Neanderthals, some 30,000 years ago in Ice Age Europe. Neanderthals, stocky, strong and able to tolerate intense pain vs their foes, the Cro-Magnons, weaker and more fragile but with a superior brain. Cutting-edge archaeological and anthropological research, including informations from the ongoing Neanderthal genome mapping project at Germany's Maximum Planck Institute, lends up-to-the-minute realism and precision to this cataclysmic war to the finish.
Description: The movie starts with a sun materializing out of the emptiness of space. In the first of three sequences we see different photos from nature vs music: the sky, trees, leaves, a bird, water, sand, a beach. A tiny man wanders along the beach observing the natural globe around him. He walks and presently comes to a house and peers inside. The second sequence has no music. The narrator speaks of sculptor Alexander Calder and his work, as we see Calder in his workshop, cutting and creating unusual shapes, and seeing the resultant artworks. The last sequence has melody as we view photos of Calder's work. However, actually they are intercut with photos from nature so that we understand that Calder's inspiration is the natural globe around him. The movie ends as it began, with an photo of the sun, actually fading into the sky.
Description: Prestigious guitarist Stanley Jordan is well-known for his exclusive test of the guitar: His 10 fingers run along the neck of the instrument, creating unique sound results related to those created by a keyboard. This video filmed at the XI Montreal International Jazz Festival presents Jordan's spectacular guitar solos, confirming his immense talent (as if any confirmation were necessary!).
Description: "20 Centavos" is a feature-length documentary that portrays the social and political unrest triggered by the war vs the raise in the rates of public move in Sao Paulo and follows all the developments, on a national scale, of these early protests. Its main characters are the streets, the public territories taken by the voice of the protesters. Its speech is constructed by billboard after billboard, from claim to claim. The effect is a portrait, with more than realistic textures, of zeitgeist, a spirit of an era unknown in Brazil, marking the emergence of a fresh form of political activism that comes from a deep crisis with the concept of representative democracy.
Description: MGM Studios, which was formed the effect of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company, was the premier Hollywood film studio from the mid 1920's to the end of the 1950's, when a court ruling dissolved the close association between film studios and film theaters leading to the end of the studio system that controlled what happened in Hollywood, and when tv became a rival form of available entertainment. Led by Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg but not with obstacles, MGM was the greatest of the studios at perpetuating the dream that anything was possible, both in front of the cameras and in the lives of Hollywood royalty, namely the film stars. Within a generation, films became the biggest cash making form of entertainment. The public went to see films in droves even during the depression, wanted to learn about and be close to the private lives of the Hollywood rich and famous, and aspired to be part of that Hollywood royalty.
Description: "Operation Spring" is a documentary thriller about a police investigation and court proceedings vs Africans suspected of belonging to a Nigerian drug ring. Fresh laws were implemented and fresh ways of investigation were place to the use for the first time. The movie poses the question of whether the defendants ever stood a possibility of receiving a fair trial.
Description: Among the pieces featured in Fragments are the final reel of John Ford's The Village Blacksmith (1922) and a glimpse at Emil Jannings in The Method of All Flesh (1927), the only Oscar®-winning performance in a lost film. Fragments also details clips from such lost movies as Cleopatra (1917), starring Theda Bara; The Miracle Boy (1919), with Lon Chaney; He Comes Up Smiling (1918), starring Douglas Fairbanks; an early lost sound film, Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929), filmed in early Technicolor, and the only color footage of silent star Clara Bow, Red Hair (1928). The tool is rounded out with interviews of movie preservationists involved in identifying and restoring these films. Also featured is a fresh interview with Diana Serra Cary, greatest known as "Baby Peggy," one of the major American kid stars of the silent era, who discusses one of the featured fragments, Darling of Fresh York (1923).
Description: She Makes Comics traces the fascinating history of girls in the comics industry. Despite famous assumptions about the comics world, girls have been writing, drawing, and reading comics since the medium’s beginnings in the late 19th century. And today, there are scores of girls involved in comics and its vibrant fanatic culture. Featuring variety of interviews with such vital figures as Ramona Fradon, Trina Robbins, Joyce Farmer, Karen Berger, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Becky Cloonan, She Makes Comics is the first movie to bring together the most influential girls of the comics world.
Description: We see the movie game card on screen and sound is coming from the cinema, but the screen is black. The filmmaker hands a cellphone with video to two sitting in front of the crowd. The photo of the movie plays on the smartphone for those who can see it in the crowd as the audio comes through the cinema speakers.
Description: Super8 post-punk movie by Davorin Marc. Paura in citta does not only display a bold and strong exploration of form and themes that seem to have occupied Marc throughout his oeuvre, the movie is also a straightforward document of the spirit of the times and surroundings of its making.
Description: Interviews with celebrities such as Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Dennis Hopper and Willie Nelson examine the remarkable career of actor-performer Kris Kristofferson, who successfully bridged the gap between Hollywood and Nashville. From his mastery of the "New Nashville" sound on his 1972 album "Jesus Was a Capricorn" to his role in the 1974 movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Kristofferson has shown an agility that's difficult to match.
Description: A woman's body communicates with its surroundings; it is a receptor of the macrocosm that bears traces of all another laws, including even the physiology with all its energetic zones. This is the energy that corresponds to spiritual experiences, which also depend on the body technique. The communicability can be understood, among another things, as one of the variations of the functioning of the body within the sequential regime of signs.
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The authors of this documentary could be applauded for bringing this sad history to light. Through active obstruction, hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees were denied visas by the US Dept. of State, making the US a silent partner in the Nazi's "final solution."The evidence presented here will shock you. The difficult won triumph of the activists who fought for the eventual Fight Refugee Council will uplift you. If you have faith in our country and humanity, you will feel ashamed of our leaders who allowed us to collaborate, indirectly, with the Nazi regime.By the end, there is a surprise that will transport you to tears -- tears of admiration for the love and courage of one boy who, despite the deceit of his government, risked his life for his adopted country to support conquer the Nazi's and liberate their victims.
Words cannot start to express how sad and depressed I am after watching this documentary. But, then, I am Jewish. I should not support but feel that most Gentiles even today might feel the actions by the State Department and many America first organizations in opposing the admission of Jewish refugees from the Nazi Holocaust were reasonable -- that is, if they should be bothered to watch this.Several necessary facts could be noted: American Jews and Jews around the globe were virtually powerless in pressuring governments to help the admission of Jewish refugees; America did tiny and Canada did next to nothing. This puts the lie to that fiction, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" (which was disseminated in America by Henry Ford). Yet in my travels I have found educated, middle class folks in Asia who trust the Protocols are an absolutely real description of how Jews secretly control the world. This is not just Muslims, but Hindus in India, as well as teachers in Korea, and elsewhere. Hitler is, I am told, presented as a role model of a nice globe leader in schools in China today.Although Jewish refugees were turned away during WWII, in the decades after, America established a generous privacy of admitting refugees from around the world. This provides true solace that those millions of deaths were not entirely in vane. There is a nice deal of notification in this documentary, backed up by strong imagery, such as the footage of American Nazi rallies. Eric Sevareid talked about seeing this, and visiting the living rooms of home- grown Nazis in the Midwest before Pearl Harbor. We see footage of Kristallnacht, and descriptions by Kurt Klein of his parents' home being destroyed by his classmates and neighbors. Without the complicity of the German people, the Nazi Holocaust should not have taken place. Yet I cannot hate the Nazis nor the Germans for this because I know that the same seeds of hate existed in America, in the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazis, the anti-semites, the racists, and this hate continues on in the contemporary American political scene. It is probable that this, and this documentary, are reasons that Republicans test repeatedly to eliminate all government help for public broadcasting in America. However, most Americans are decent people, and most would have supported the admission of Jewish refugees had it not been for pressure groups, politics, and WASP domination of the State Department. The America first attitude stated by a member of the Patriotic Order Son's of America sounds reasonable, except when you consider that America was settled and built by immigrants (who largely stole land from the Indians) and refugees, and that by refusing admission of Jewish refugees, they were complicit in their extermination. I recently watched and reviewed Hitler's Kids - 2011. That was hard to watch, but this was far, far more painful; I had difficulty finishing it. I doubt many Americans will watch it. America has done much in its history we can be proud of. But it is also necessary that we face our collective guilt and shame honestly.
Very tiny in this installment of "The American Experience" took me by surprise, as I am a retired history teacher and know a lot about WWII and the American government's reaction to the holocaust. However, most will probably not know that our president and many others in power KNEW about the German liquidation of the Jews and simply didn't care. Even when powerful evidence was brought to America (at nice risk to the carriers of the information), the country only did the bare minimum to save the lives of Jews--presumably because they were 'just Jews' and didn't serve any military purpose. Sad...very sad. And, there is more than ample evidence to help the show's claims. Because of this, I cannot imagine anyone watching this and not having a reaction--depression, anger or confusion. Because the present provokes such a reaction and because it's well-constructed, it's a must-see edition of this exceptional documentary series from PBS.By the way, to me the greatest part of the movie was the final storyline about the American soldier who came into the death camp and met a remarkable but seemingly dying inmate. Have some Kleenex handy for this one.
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