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When Jews Were Funny
Insightful and hilarious, When Jews Were Funny surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.
For the Love of Spock - The Life of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy
A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK tells the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years. The film's focus began as a celebration…
Dying Laughing - What it Takes to be a Stand-Up Comedian
Featuring Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Bob Saget, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Lewis, Steve Coogan, Bobby Lee, & the late Garry Shandling, DYING LAUGHING is a candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people…
Can We Take a Joke?
In the age of social media, nearly every day brings a new eruption of outrage. While people have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to - and public censure of -…
Shepard & Dark
Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy Award-nominated actor (The Right…
Macbeth
"A harrowing and disturbingly funny parable for the dawn of the 21st century." - New York Times The Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth has been lauded as the finest production of Shakespeare's Scottish play for over a quarter of a century.…
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Raja Edepus
A theatre production. In the summer of 2006 an adaption of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex was performed at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, Indonesia. This film captures the full transformation of the classical drama into a Balinese-styled stage production.
An Inspector Calls
BBC
Emotionally powerful and sharply relevant, this is a stylish new adaptation of JB Priestley's timeless masterpiece. An Inspector Calls is both an enthralling mystery and a scathing critique of a hypocritical, class-obsessed society. Set in 1912, it vividly evokes a…
Lenny Bruce Without Tears
"There are no dirty words, only dirty minds." - Lenny Bruce The outrageous, groundbreaking comic whose iconoclastic material in a conservative era got him into tragic trouble is here profiled by a close friend who prefers to remember the laughs…
Women in Comedy
Part of the Series: Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS
Makers: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the "dangerous" comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today's multifaceted landscape.…
Julius Caesar
A fast-moving thriller about a struggle for democracy, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is also a love story between two men united by an explosive act of political violence. Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed stage production, Gregory Doran's film…
I Am Chris Farley - The Life and Times of A Great Comedian
Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud. This film tells his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever - from his early days in Wisconsin, through…
Taming of the Shrew
This comic confrontation between the sexes is one of the most frequently-staged plays. Its sparkling wit and rich characterization are matched with an outstanding cast. John Cleese of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers gives a portrayal of Petruchio that wins…
Hamlet
In this richly-costumed production, the greatest tragedy ever written maintains all the tension of a murder mystery as it examines the fundamental issues of justice, guilt and death. The director's innovative film technique creates an intimate performance that succeeds extremely…
Shakespeare Behind Bars - A Theater Troupe in Prison
Murderers, Fugitives, Thieves...Shakespeare would have loved these guys. Shakespeare Behind Bars is an unexpectedly delightful documentary that follows the casting, rehearsal, and presentation of Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, by convicted felons inside Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Winner of eight…
Anna Karenina
This multiple award-winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, Anna Karenina tells the story entirely in contemporary dance. In this way, Cholina succeeds in finding the equivalent of Tolstoy's words in harmony and movement, with every gesture holding meaning.…
Hamlet With David Tennant
Part of the Series: Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS
An acclaimed Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Company's hit production (also a recent Great Performances production), David Tennant meets fellow actors who've tackled this most iconic of roles, including superstar Jude Law, and compares notes on the role's titanic challenges.…
To Be Takei - Actor and Activist, George Takei
Oh my! This award winning documentary features Star Trek legend, marriage equality advocate, and spokesperson for racial justice; superstar George Takei. Best known for his groundbreaking role of Hikaru Sulu on a certain epic starship and its multi-ethnic crew, Takei…
The Year We Thought About Love - Behind the Scenes of Queer Youth Theater
What happens when LGBTQ youth decide to create a play about queer love to tour to area high schools? The Hollywood Reporter writes that the play "shocks, entertains, and awes!" Our award-winning film reveals how the "powers of art elicit…
Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin has often been referred to as an encyclopedia of 19th century Russian life. Rimas Tuminas' reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin's characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination.The scale…