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1. Moby Dick, Chinese version   Publication: Taipei: King's International Multimedia Co., Ltd 2002 . 50 mins. ; color , Ishmael, a sailor, recounts the ill-fated voyage of a whaling ship led by the fanatical Captain Ahab in search of the white whale that had crippled him. The story of a dangerously obsessed man. Obsessed with seeking vengeance against a great white whale that pushes him and his reluctant crew in a quest across the seven seas. Obsessed with pitching his boat against a formidable beast against all odds and oblivious to the great risk to life and limb. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

2. Biography-John Steinbeck: an American writer   Publication: A & E Television Networks 2002 . 50 mins. color , This DVD takes a close look at the life and career of the legendary American writer whose name evokes dust bowl-era images of Salinas, Monterey, and migrant farm workers. John Steinbeck's life story is revealed in personal photos and interviews with friends, family, and contemporaries, along with footage of the locations that inspired him. Also surveyed are the writer's foray into filmmaking and his Hollywood experiences. Discover why he was motivated to write about the land and the people who belonged to it. Learn of the trials and persecution he endured for his unwillingness to compromise the truth and the rocky personal life that accompanied his artistic struggles. This film provides a truly comprehensive and sensitive depiction of this Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

3. The Great Gatsby   Publication: Silver Spring, MD: Discovery Communications, Inc. 2003 . 60 min.: col. , F. Scott Fizgerald's novel The Great Gatsby focuses on how the American dream may be unattainable, as seen through Jay Gatsby's desire for Daisy Buchanan. Fizgerald and his character Gatsby have similar family backgrounds and love lives. The extravagance and imagery portrayed in The Great Gatsby has been the basis for advertising campaigns, and the novel's popularity has inspired several film adaptations. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

4. Huckleberry Fin   Publication: Silver Spring, MD: Discovery Communications, Inc. 2003 . 60 min : col. , An Overview of the life and times of Mark Twain, as well as their influence on Huckleberry Finn. As controversial now as it was then, this important work of American fiction explores the sometimes contradictory nature of the American spirit. Explore why this story is as relevant now as when it was first published. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

5. The scarlet letter   Publication: Silver Spring, MD: Discovery Communications 2003 . 60 mins.:col. , Learn how the story of Hester Prynne's adulterous relationship with a young minister blows wide open the conflict between private truth and public appearances, the choice between sin and salvation, and the definition of moral versus good. In the Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne gives us a view of 17th-century Puritan society. Scholars and critics discuss the novel and the book’s lasting legacy. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

6. An evening with O.Henry   Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca: MMI monterey media 2001 . 85 mins. :color , This DVD contains three of William Sydney Porter's (O. Henry) literary classics. Includes THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, O. HENRY: A LIFE IN STORIES, and THE LAST LEAF. THE GIFT OF THE MAGI is a wonderful romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presetns, and its charming surprise ending. O. HENRY: A LIFE IN STORIES is about the William Sydney Porter, in his colorful lifetime, he would become a pharmacist, a bankteller, an illustrator, a colomnist. and finally hs is one of American's favorite writers. THE LAST LEAF is about the two young struggling artists only to have one stricken with deadly Penumonia. And yet against the howling wind, as the rain beats at the window, one small ray of hope bravely clings on against the storm. Date: 2001 Availability: No items available:

7. 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:

8. 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:

9. 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:

10. 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:

11. 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:

12. 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:

13. 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:

14. 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:

15. The tell-tale heart by Poe, Edgar Allan Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2004 . 25 min. ; color , “Madness, but will you say that I am mad”? Murder, perhaps you judge too soon. For when you hear my story, you will certainly understand why, very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man.” True to the words of master storyteller Edgar Allan Poe, this stunning adaptation brings to life what is perhaps Poe’s best known short story. Murder, madness and betrayal from within interweave in this fascinating study into the mind of one driven by his won demons to take the life of another. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

16. The jilting of Granny Weather by Porter, Katerine Ann Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 57 min.; color. , Granny Weatherall (Geraldine Fitzgerald) is a spunky old lady of eighty who bosses her doctor and her children. She seems so strong and in control. Yet she has never had the upper hand in her destiny. One morning, a flood of long-forgotten memories bring her to the realization that of all her accomplishments, she cannot console herself for the shame-filled day she was left standing at the altar. Still, her indomitable will to live and act independently infuses the last day of her life. Adapted from the short story by acclaimed writer Katherine Anne Porter (Ship of Fools), The Jilting of Granny Weatherall reminds us of the plight of many women who wait for life to claim them, rather than seek life out for themselves. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

17. The revolt of mother by Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins. Publication: monterey media 2005 . 60 min.; color. , Father is going to build a new barn. Mother wants the new house she's been promised. A simple story, yet one that reveals so much about love and respect and the often difficult times between those who strive and work to build a life together. Set against the beautiful rustic backdrop of farming life in 1890 New England, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's poignant story brings us two hard-working people of the land. Sometimes the most difficult thing to see may be the needs of those who are closest to you. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

18. The golden honeymoon by Lardner, Ring Wilmer Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 52 min. ; color. , Charley Tate is an old windbag, often a braggart, but somehow always lovable. Married over fifty years to his ever-patient wife Lucy Wright, the two of them are on their Golden Honeymoon in Florida. Everything goes perfectly until Lucy meets her former fiancée who's also vacationing with his wife. Suddenly there's a comic competition between Charley and the old boyfriend for Lucy's attention. After fifty years, cantankerous Charley has to win his girl all over again! Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

19. Ernest Hemingway: rivers to the sea   Publication: PBS 2005 . 90 min. ; color & b/w , More than 40 years after his death, Hemingway is one of the most widely read and written about American authors. Many of his works are still in print, some in as many as 20 languages, including A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls. It is the art of Hemingway's story telling that forms the heart of this film, the point of departure from which Hemingway's work is uniquely explored. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

20. Willa Cather: the road is all   Publication: PBS 2005 . 90 min. ; color & b/w , In 1883, the young Cather was plucked from her luxurious home in Virginia and dropped into the tall grass prairies of Nebraska, an experience that exhilarated her and became the force behind all of her great novels - O Pioneer, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop and the Pulitzer Prize winning One of Ours. She has been a great inspiration to women writers and women readers, rediscovered in every decade for the past 100 years. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available: