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1. Rappaccini's daughter   Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 57 min. ;color. , Set in 18th Century Italy, "Rappaccini's Daughter" is the tale of a young scholar named Giovanni who falls in love with a beautiful, yet forbidden, girl who tends her father's poison garden. However, the strange and unearthly beauty of Beatrice masks a terrifying curse which Giovanni must tragically discover. Her father, the mysterious Dr. Rappaccini, has made her the subject of a diabolical experiment. In Giovanni's attempt to free Beatrice from the control of her father and to escape the poisonous effect she begins to have on him, he unwittingly destroys her. From the short story of master American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, two quintessential Hawthorne themes are explored: the sins of interfering with another's soul and the futility of trying to tamper with nature. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

2. The blue hotel by Crane, Stephen Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 55 min. ; color. , Nebraska in the 1880's & bleak, lonely, and far from what you'd expect The Wild West to be. But for a naïve Swedish immigrant, the frontier parlor of "THE BLUE HOTEL" represent the quintessential western fantasy. No one can convince The Swede that his dime-store notions about The West are foolish. He sees murderous intentions all around him& and in his terror he turns everybody against him. Inevitably the Swede attracts tragedy. However, who is responsible? The negative Swede? Or the cliquish hotel guests? Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

3. Barn burning by Faulkner, William Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 40 min. ; color. , Abe Snopes is a Southern tenant farmer sets his employer's barn on fire when he thinks he's been treated unfairly. His son, Sarty, is horrified. Snope escapes justice for lack of proof, but he and his family are told to move on. No sooner do they move than Snopes is offended by his new rich employer. Torn between trying to win his father's acceptance and his aversion to what his father will do, Sarty must make a decision and act quickly. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

4. The man that corrupted Hadleyburg by Twain, Mark Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 40 min. ; color. , Hadleyburg has a reputation for unshakable honesty. The smug towns-people are proud of this virtue and keep themselves honest by simply avoiding temptation. That is until The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg arrives in town. The stranger who plots a revenge on the hypocritical residents by promising a fortune to the citizens who once showed him charity many years before. One by one the stranger tempts the leading citizens to scheme for the money- until Hadleyburg's honest reputation is mud before the world. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is a cynical, yet humorous view of life in America's small towns. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

5. Bernice bobs her hair by Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 49 min. ; color. , It's the hot summer of 1919. Visiting her cousin Marjorie, sweet-but-dull Bernice is transformed into a smooth-talking man-trap by her vampish kin. However, the “make-over” works too well, Bernice becomes the belle of the ball, captivating every boy's interest…even Marjorie's boyfriend Warren. The now worldly Bernice has the last laugh…a clever and ironic twist. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

6. Almos' a man by Wright, Richard Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 51 min. ; color. , Although Dave and his family are poor sharecroppers in the Deep South in the 1930's, this 15 year-olds problem is shared by teenagers today: he stands with one foot in adulthood and the other in childhood. “Almos' A Man”, yet still treated like a child, he struggles for an identity. There's one thing, one symbol of manhood, Dave thinks, that could guarantee him instant respect: a gun. Dave finds a way to buy a pistol and at last, is ready to pull the trigger for the first time, never again will they call him a boy…But, he trembles, the gun overpowers the boy's body and he loses control. His first shot is a fatal shot -- his young life forever changed. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

7. The greatest man in the world by Thurber, James Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 51 min. ; color , Only the off-beat humor of writing great, James Thurber could bring to life a “hero” like Jack Smurch, played by Brad Davis (“Midnight Express”). Fortified with only a gallon of gin and a salami, Smurch bests even Lindberg with the first non-stop, around the world flight. During the four days he's airborne, this unknown kid becomes a world hero. But, on the ground a young reporter, anxious to tell the world about their new idol, learns Smurch is bad news. An arrogant, illiterate lout with a police record, Smurch's only interests are “parties, broads and dough.” But, the reporter is silenced and Smurch is locked up until the press and politicos can make him into their kind of American hero at any cost. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

8. Paul's case by Cather, Willa Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 52 min. ; color. , Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate would have it Paul gets his chance by stealing some money and subsequently running off to glamorous New York City. Once there, Paul experiences everything he ever dreamed of…from a luxurious hotel suite to his first taste of champagne. However, when reality finally comes crashing down around him, Paul realizes the desperate course he must now take. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

9. Parker Adderson, philosopher   Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc. 1975 . 39 mins. ; color , PARKER ADDERSON, PHILOSOPHER is the story of a union Army Spy, Parker Adderson, who is captured being enemy lines at the end of the Civil War. He is sympathetic towards a young lieutenant, but is at odds with the Confederate general. In a struggle before his execution, the lieutenant is killed and the general is wounded. The general dies as the spy is shot. Date: 1975 Availability: No items available:

10. The blue hotel   Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc. 1975 . 55 mins. ; color , The time is the 1880's. A young Swede arrives at the hotel of a moody, frontier Nebraska town. He anticipates the wild west of the dime novels and parlays that anticipation into his own death. Unable to relate to his new environment, the Swede is antagonistic to his hotelkeeper and fellow guests. A fateful card game results in accusations of cheating, a fight, and a violent climax. Original story by Stephen Crane. (American Short Story Series) Date: 1975 Availability: No items available:

11. Rappaccini's daughter   Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc 1980 . 57 mins. ; color , Kristoffer Tabori and Kathleen Beller bring to life Nathaniel Hawthorne's haunting tale of 18th century Italy and a young man who risks everything to woo a beautiful, forbidden girl.(American Short Story Series) Date: 1980 Availability: No items available:

12. The jolly corner by Barron, Arthur Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc. 1976 . 43 mins. ; color , THE JOLLY CORNER is the story of Spencer Brydon, who has returned to the United States after an absence of 35 years, during which time he missed both the fighting in the Civil War and America's dynamic economic birth. Brydon wonders if he would have been different if he had remained in America. In an effort to find out, he painfully reconstructs the secrets of his past and the potentials of an alien yet appealing future. A Henry James short story forms the basis for this television play by Arthur Barron. (American Short Story Series) Date: 1976 Availability: No items available:

13. Golden Honeymoon   Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc. 1980 . 52 mins. ; color , Teresa Wright and James Whitmore star in Ring Lardner's comedy about an elderly couple who take a winter vacation in Florida in the 1920's and discover that 50 years of marriage do not preclude the stirring of old jealousies--and the chance to learn from them. (American Short Story Series) Date: 1980 Availability: No items available:

14. The displaced person   Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc. 1977 . 58 mins. ; color , A Polish family, displaced after World War II, comes to live and work on a Southern farm. The workers on the farm see their positions threatened, and personal frictions eventually end in the death of the Polish man, the displacement of the workers from the land and the loss of the farm by the owner. Original story by Flannery O'Connor. (American Short Story Series) Date: 1977 Availability: No items available:

15. The music school   Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc. 1974 . 30 mins. ; color , In this adaptation of the story by John Updike, the central character, a writer, dwells on the culture around him. The implications of religion and technology, contemporary violence and social change all emerge in vivid images while the writer struggles, during a 24-hour period, to find a focus in his life. (American Short Story Series) Date: 1974 Availability: No items available:

16. Almos' a man   Publication: Learning in Focus, Inc. 1975 . 39 mins. ; color , Features ROOTS Star, Le Var Burton, as David, a black teenager, searches for manhood in the Deep South farm country of the 1930's. He equates manhood with the owning of a gun. In the process of trying out his new possession, he shoots the mule which is in his care. He confesses his act, is demeaned by his father and is bondaged by the ladowner to pay for the mule. The young man rebels, takes his gun and escapes on a passing train--still hoping to find his manhood and a new life. Richard Wright's short story is the basis for Leslie Lee's play. (American Short Story Series) Date: 1975 Availability: No items available: