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Freud - The Hidden Nature of Man
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
This highly original program uncovers Freud's ideas in exactly the way Freud himself uncovered them: through his own dream analysis. In this way, we learn about his theories on psychoanalysis, the Oedipus complex, the unconscious, infantile sexuality, and the ego…
The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Based on historical records, this program shows how the hysterical behavior of a few young girls set off the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. "Vividly recreated, yet with taste and restraint. Students will certainly favor this production. ... with a…
Marxism - The Theory That Split a World
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Documentary footage, visually interesting animation of its major tenets, and dramatized interviews are used to outline the history and significance of Marxism. The film explores the monumental changes and enduring conflicts that were born out of Karl Marx's ideology. An…
The Immigrant Experience: The Long, Long Journey
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
The hopes and conflicts of all immigrants are seen through the eyes of the boy Janek, and in a warm scene at the program's close, Janek the man looks at his dreams of a lifetime being realized through his grandchildren.…
Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party
For five years, feminist artist Judy Chicago worked with a community of four hundred other artists, craftspeople and researchers to create The Dinner Party , a monumental tribute to women of spirit and accomplishment throughout the ages -- women whose…
Napoleon - The Making of a Dictator
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
The first modern coup d'etat is explored in this study of the rise to power of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon plays on the strengths and weaknesses of the French people which, in the end, enable him to make himself their absolute…
Twyla Tharp: Making Television Dance
An exploration by one of America's most eminent choreographer/dancers, Twyla Tharp, of the relationship between the complex technology of television and the realm of dance. By utilizing the almost infinite creative genius and vitality of the dancer's art and the…
American Revolution: The Cause of Liberty
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Michael Douglas stars as John Laurens in a story based on actual correspondence between John and his father, Henry, who was president of the First Continental Congress. As a patriotic young American student studying law in London in the 1770's,…
Human Body Series
Explore the mechanics of the human body with this informative and detailed series. Excellent visual resource for students, parents, and teachers. Produced by Bill Walker Productions, Inc. A Coronet release. Clip #1: "The Human Body: Circulatory System (2nd Ed., Rev.)"…
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The Puritan Revolution - Cromwell and the Rise of Parliamentary Democracy
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Capturing all the color and turbulence of the period, this program portrays the zeal of Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans as they press their Civil War to its triumphant conclusions against proud King Charles of England in 1640. Specially edited…
The French Revolution - The Bastille
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
The setting is Paris, the date July 14, 1789. By dramatically re-creating the reality of that day and that year -- including mass hunger, crushing taxes, and resentment against France's rulers -- this program shows what leads the common people…
Elizabeth - The Queen Who Shaped an Age
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
"I am England now ... let that be my life." These words, spoken by the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn as she ascended the throne, ushered in England's era of glory. Filmed at beautiful Hever Castle (the…
The French Revolution - The Terror
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Focusing on both humanity's idealism and its capacity for violence, this program dramatizes the ways in which the noble motives and legitimate causes of the French Revolution managed to spiral into a reign of terror, as the revolutionaries' original goals…
Trifles
The scene is the bleak Midwest plains. Five people enter a farmhouse in an attempt to solve a crime that one of them discovered the day before. While the three men search upstairs for evidence, the two women sit in…
Women's Work - An African American Dance Company
Urban Bush Women is an extraordinary dance/theatre company acclaimed for creating works that celebrate the heritage of African Americans. The company interacts with communities through workshops and performances. Using historic perspectives on dance, music, song and folklore, the company affirms…
Spoon River Anthology
A new look at a classic of the American heartland, which unraveled the myths about people who lived and died in the supposedly idyllic days of rural America. Director Thomas G. Smith has digitally remastered his original 1976 production, which…
The Jackson Years: Toward Civil War
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
The forceful personality of Old Hickory (Andrew Jackson) dominates this investigation of the major events of his presidential administration -- South Carolina's threat of succession, Nat Turner's rebellion, and John Quincy Adams' struggle to debate the question of slavery --…
The Constitution: The Compromise That Made a Nation
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Distinguished actors re-create the tense exchanges between the Colonial leaders who meet in secret sessions in Philadelphia in May of 1789. We are plunged into the passionate arguments -- finally resolved by the "Great Compromise" between the big states and…
A Slave's Story - Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom
Part of the Series: Shaping of the American Nation Collection
Based on a slave narrative by William and Ellen Craft. This dramatization of the Crafts' escape from slavery in 1848 follows their perilous journey from the Deep South to Philadelphia--where, on free soil, they were still to experience racial discrimination.…
The Middle Ages - A Wanderer's Guide to Life and Letters
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Journey into the life and letters of the Middle Ages through the literature of Dante and Chaucer. With the help of an outstanding cast of British actors, part of the morality play Everyman is performed, romance is presented through quotations…