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Dante - The Life and Work of Dante Alighieri
Most notable for his vast poem, The Divine Comedy, Dante's work continues to resonate with audiences today. Filmmaker Malcolm Hossick uncovers the Italian poet's background and his influential work from the Renaissance period.
Anna Akhmatova: The Life of a Poet - Russia's Great and Beautiful Muse
"You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms..." -- Anna Akhmatova Fate granted Anna Akhmatova immense poetic talent, beauty, fame and a brilliant generation. Then came the executions of her loved ones, hunger, wars, revolutions, Soviet…
Finding Babel - The Story of Russian Author Isaac Babel
This film follows the grandson of famed Russian-Jewish author Isaac Babel as he searches for answers to better understand the enigmatic man he never met. Babel's writings, considered masterpieces of Russian literature, challenged the reality of life under rising Soviet…
The Romantic Age In English Literature
The period's literary themes and social currents are explored through extensive excerpts from Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley and Keats; biographical notes on each poet; and introductory analysis of their work. On-location photography is included with original illustrations and paintings from the…
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…
Elizabeth Bennet--A Proper Pride
Episode 12 of Heroes and Legends
Meet the charming heroine from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The story of her complicated relationship with Mr. Darcy is a realistic Cinderella story and has lent itself to numerous adaptations, including Bridget Jones's Diary. Consider the integral role that…
A Wish for Wings
Part of the Series: In Search of the Brontes
BBC
The early life of Charlotte, Anne and Emily.Their parents - Patrick and Maria (nee Branwell) - have six children: five girls and one boy, born between 1813 and 1820. Patrick, a clergyman, is appointed the curate at Howarth in Yorkshire,…
Heart of Darkness (Bookmark)
BBC
Africa seen through the eyes of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th Century, Joseph Conrad. His novel Heart of Darkness has always provoked admiration and controversy and was the inspiration for Coppola's film Apocalypse Now. This film takes…
Gone Like Dreams
Part of the Series: In Search of the Brontes
BBC
By 1844, the Brontes have lived through many trials and tribulations but they have no idea of the tragedy that is still to come. Charlotte, Emily and Anne retreat to Haworth parsonage following unsuccessful periods working as governesses. Threatened by…
Harry Potter--Whistle-Blower Hero
Episode 24 of Heroes and Legends
Finish your course with one of the most unexpected hits of our time--and a smash hit at that. What can the surprising success of Harry Potter teach us about successful heroes? And what do his battles against Lord Voldemort tell…
Fairy-Tale Heroines--New-Style Princesses
Episode 22 of Heroes and Legends
Cinderella. Snow White. Rapunzel. These fairy-tale heroines are imbued in our cultural consciousness. What lessons are they meant to teach? And do these lessons align with our current cultural values? Study the composite fairy-tale heroine, both in the classic fairy…
The Victorian Age
This program offers literary and historical insight into key Victorian themes. Charles Dickens is featured as the central Victorian novelist and his social themes are examined in depth. Students survey the range of Victorian thought and tradition in excerpts from…
The Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet
PBS
David Suchet, TV's Poirot, has spent more of his life acting out the plots and dramas created by Agatha Christie than anyone else in the world. Suchet is embarking on a journey to learn more about the woman who created…
Classicism And Romanticism - The Sober And The Sublime
This program explores Classicism and Romanticism as expressions of divergent human needs--one a leaning toward form, pattern and security; the other a desire for change, fantasy and feeling. It surveys these antithetical influences in architecture, painting, literature and music. Students…
Cervantes: The Search - Miguel De Cervantes: Inventor of the Modern Novel
It is the year 2015. Scientists and historians unravel the secrets that have been kept hidden in the tomb of Miguel de Cervantes, the greatest writer of the Spanish language. A thrilling and rigorous account containing the only images -…
Dangerous Edge - A Life of Graham Greene
PBS
British actor Sir Derek Jacobi narrates this portrait of author Graham Greene: a British spy, doubting Catholic, and manic-depressive who wrote critically acclaimed best-sellers including The Quiet American, Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair and The Third Man. Weaving…
Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin - A Look into Contemporary Russian Literature
PBS
Who is the new Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Gogol waiting to be discovered by the English-speaking world? Hosted by actor, author, and activist Stephen Fry, RUSSIA'S OPEN BOOK: WRITING IN THE AGE OF PUTIN focuses on six authors whose vibrant, idiosyncratic…
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story, the result of a remarkable pairing between fiction and non-fiction filmmakers, depicts an even more remarkable relationship. Erika and Klaus Mann, the brilliant eldest children of German author Thomas Mann, claimed…
Romanticism - The Revolt of the Spirit
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Nineteenth-century Romanticism--with its escape from an increasingly complex and industrialized world to the simplicity and purity of nature--is experienced through the literature of Hugo, Bronte, Shelley and Byron. In a scene from Les Miserables, Victor Hugo sees society as the…
Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
One man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing society's boundaries through his subversive art, Far Out Isn't Far Enough _: The Tomi Ungerer Story_ combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from the renegade…