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The Seagull - From Moscow’s Satirikon Theatre
Anton Chekhov's first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Treplev. Yury…
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.
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…
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…
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…
An Introduction To Russian Literature
Excerpts from Russian fiction, theatre and biography augment historical background to create a portrait of Russian social and literary development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This discussion is illuminated by photography, Russian art and sculpture. The program traces early…
Eugene Onegin - From Moscow's Vakhtangov Theatre
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…
Introduction To French Literature
Using selections from French prose and poetry, this program develops an overview of French history from the coronation of Charlemagne to the present. Included are dramatized reading from contemporary sources, commentary by modern scholars, on-location photography and fine are from…
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…
Art With A Message - Protest And Propaganda, Satire & Social Comment
This program investigates the ways various art forms are used to sway minds and to argue political causes. Examples include Napoleon and Hitler; artist such as Daumier, Hogath and Shann; writers Dickens, Swift and Orwell; and pop artists who mock…
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 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…
The Brontes: Fantasy And Reality
Excerpts from journals, letters, poetry and prose enrich this narrative biography of Anne, Charlotte and Emily Bronte. The program introduces the sisters' major works and illuminates their basic, recurrent themes. Samples of their own art-work, on-location photography of northern England,…
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…
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…
The Changing World of Charles Dickens
Part of the Series: Shaping of the Western World Collection
Superb performances from some of the most memorable works of Charles Dickens, including David Copperfield , Dombey and Son , Great Expectations and Oliver Twist . A fascinating look at a major writer who not only reflected his times, but…
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…
J. K. Rowling
Part of the Series: ICONS: Big Star Profiles
The adventures of that certain boy wizard, Harry Potter, were enough to propel J.K Rowling into millionaire status, but by 2007 the story that began it all came to an end. Rowling said goodbye to the series with the launch…
Classroom Classics I
Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these popular classics: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank & A Separate Peace by John Knowles.