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41. 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:

42. 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:

43. 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:

44. 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:

45. 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:

46. 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:

47. 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:

48. 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:

49. 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:

50. 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:

51. 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:

52. Broadway: the American musical v. 1 with English/Chinese subtitles.   Publication: PBS Video 2004 . 120 min. ; color. , BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode one: Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927) Featured Musicals : "In Dahomey", "Little Johnny Jones", "Show Boat", "The Black Crook", "The Great Ziegfeld", "Ziegfeld Follies" When Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. first hit New York in 1893, the intersection of Broadway and 42nd was nobody's idea of "the crossroads of the world." But by 1913, "'The Ziegfeld Follies' really were an amalgamation of everything that was happening in America, in New York, at that time," says writer Philip Furia. "Flo Ziegfeld was like the Broadway equivalent of the melting pot itself." Ziegfeld's story introduces many of the era's key figures: Irving Berlin, a Russian immigrant who became the voice of assimilated America; entertainers like Jewish comedienne Fanny Brice and African American Bert Williams, who became America's first "crossover" artists; and the brash Irish American George M. Cohan, whose song-and-dance routines embodied the energy of Broadway. This is also the story of the onset of World War I and the Red Summer of 1919, when labor unrest swept the nation -- and Broadway. The episode culminates in Ziegfeld's 1927 production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's far-sighted masterpiece, "Show Boat." With the Great Depression, the Ziegfeld era became a memory. Episode two: Syncopated City (1919-1933) Featured Musicals "A connecticut Yankee", "George White Scandals" ,"Good News", "Lady Be, Good!", "Runnin' Wild", "Sally", "shuffle Along", "The Garrick Gaieties", "Tip-Toes" Gossip columnist Walter Winchell gave Broadway a nickname that becomes synonymous with all of New York: "It is the Big Apple, the goal of all ambitions, the pot of gold at the end of a drab and somewhat colorless rainbow." With the advent of Prohibition and the Jazz Age, America convulsed with energy and change, and nowhere was the riotous mix of classes and cultures more dramatically on display than Broadway. "There was this period in which everybody was leaping across borders and boundaries," says director/producer George C. Wolfe. "There was this incredible cross-fertilization, cultural appropriation." While brash American women flapped their way to newfound freedoms, heroines of Broadway like Marilyn Miller became a testament to pluck and luck. It was the age of "Whoopee" and the "Charleston," "Runnin' Wild" and the "George White Scandals." In 1921, a jazz show like no other arrived: "Shuffle Along," which featured a rich, rousing score by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, reopening Broadway's doors to black artists. Unique talents like the Marx Brothers and Al Jolson -- a Jewish immigrant and Prohibition's biggest star -- rocketed to stardom. The Gershwin brothers, the minstrels of the Jazz Age, brought a "Fascinating Rhythm" to an entire nation. Innovative songwriting teams like Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ignited a new age of bright melodies and clever lyrics with the massive hit "Manhattan." But as the Roaring Twenties came to a close, Broadway's Jazz Age suffered the one-two punch of the "talking picture" and the stock market crash, triggering a massive talent exodus to Hollywood and putting an end to Broadway's feverish expansion. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

53. Broadway: the American musical v. 2 with English/Chinese subtitles   Publication: PBS Video 2004 , BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode 3: I Got Plenty O'Nuttin' (1929-1942) Featured Musicals are "Americana", "anything Goes", "As Thousands Cheer", "Gay Divorce" "Girl Crazy", "Of Thee I sing", "Pal Joey", "Paris", "Porgy and Bess", "The Cradle Will Rock", "This is the Army" The Great Depression proved to be a dynamic period of creative growth on Broadway, and a dichotomy in the musical theater emerged. Productions like Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" offered glamour and high times as an escape, while others -- such as "Of Thee I Sing," which satirized the American political system, and the remarkable WPA production of "The Cradle Will Rock," about a steel strike -- dealt directly with the era's social and political concerns. When Bing Crosby recorded "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," the doleful Broadway ballad took the hit parade by surprise. "This song spoke to the hearts, and to the minds, and to the emotions and thoughts, of everybody who lived during that depression," says lyricist Yip Harburg's son, Ernie. Rodgers and Hart created a string of new shows, including the sexually frank "Pal Joey," a genuine departure that starred newcomer Gene Kelly. In the gloom of the depression, Porter offered Broadway audiences such unforgettable songs as "You're the Top," which served as an effervescent tonic to a weary nation. In 1935, George Gershwin created his epic masterpiece, "Porgy and Bess," bringing a hybrid style of folk opera to Broadway. The onset of World War II galvanized the country and America's troubadour, Irving Berlin, rallied the troops with "This Is the Army." Episode 4: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (1943-1960) Featured Musicals are "annie Get Your Gun", "Carousel", "Guys and Dolls", "Kiss Me, Kate", "My Fair Lady", "Oklahoma!","On the Town", "Sound of Music", "South Pacific" The new partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changed the face of Broadway forever, beginning with the record-breaking "Oklahoma!" in 1943, featuring a landmark ballet by Agnes de Mille. "Carousel" and "South Pacific" then set the standard for decades to come by pioneering a musical where story is all-important. For challenging the country to confront its deep-seated racial bigotry, "South Pacific" won the Pulitzer Prize. In "On the Town," an exuberant team of novices -- Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins -- captured the energy, humor, and pathos of New York City during World War II. Irving Berlin triumphed again with "Annie Get Your Gun," featuring Ethel Merman and the unofficial anthem of the American musical theater, "There's No Business Like Show Business." In shows like "Guys and Dolls," "My Fair Lady," and "Kiss Me, Kate," sophisticated adaptations of literary material prevailed. "Cole Porter led the way in writing adult songs about love and sex," says theater historian Robert Kimball. "He defied the censors. He, probably more than any other songwriter in this century, made it possible for the openness that we have in all popular music." In 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe triumphed with "My Fair Lady," featuring an 18-year-old Julie Andrews. TV's THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW became the most important showcase for Broadway musicals. Yet with the death of Oscar Hammerstein II soon after the premiere of "The Sound of Music" in 1959, the curtain began to lower on a golden age. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

54. Broadway: the American musical v. 3, with English/Chinese subtitles.   Publication: PBS Video 2004 , BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode 5: Tradition (1957-1979) Featured musicals are "A Chorus Line", "Cabaret", "Chicago","Company", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Hair", "Hello, Dolly!", ""Pacific Overtures","Sweeney Todd", "The Pajama Game", "West Side Story" West Side Story" not only brought untraditional subject matter to the musical stage, it ushered in a new breed of director/choreographer who insisted on performers who could dance, sing and act. But by the time Jerome Robbins' last original musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," closed after a record run of 3,242 performances in 1972, the world of Broadway had changed forever. Rock 'n' roll, civil rights, and the Vietnam War ushered in new talents, many trained by the retiring masters, taking musical theater in daring new directions with innovative productions like "Hair," the first Broadway musical with an entire score of rock music. The adult narrative of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" plunged the musical into a new era. Hal Prince's conceptual staging showcased John Kander and Fred Ebb's dynamic score for "Cabaret." Bob Fosse captured a sexuality and cynicism ahead of its time with "Chicago," but it was director/choreographer Michael Bennett who spearheaded the biggest blockbuster of all -- "A Chorus Line." "It totally changed the musical theater," says Shubert Organization chairman Gerald Schoenfeld. "It was a catalyst for the improvement of this area, and of course this area is now the most desirable area in New York." With Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," the Broadway musical reached unexpected new heights in style and material with a tale of slaughter and cannibalism set in 19th-century London. By the end of the 1970s, Broadway became the centerpiece of a remarkably successful public relations campaign that would lure tourists to New York for years to come. Episode 6: Putting it together Featured Musicals are "42nd Street", "Cats", "La Cage aux Folles", "Rent", "Sunday in the Park with George", "The Lion King", "The Producers", "Wicked" Legendary as the "Abominable Showman," notorious producer David Merrick reconquered Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical "42nd Street." But soon the biggest hits were arriving from an unexpected source -- London. Producer Cameron Mackintosh redefined the business of show business as "Cats," "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Miss Saigon" became international blockbusters. Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" defied categorization while Jerry Herman's crowd-pleasing "La Cage aux Folles" had two men sing a love song to each other for the first time on the stage -- a breakthrough soon overshadowed by the decimation of Broadway by AIDS. Yet with Julie Taymor's triumphant reimagining of "The Lion King," Disney led an astonishing resurrection of 42nd Street. Composer Jonathan Larson scored a bittersweet victory with the rock-flavored "Rent," and the old-style musical was reborn in Mel Brooks' "The Producers," which became the first must-see musical comedy in decades, despite a ticket price of $480 for each VIP seat. After 9/11, Broadway -- like the rest of America -- emerged from the darkness. Broadway's corporate dominance continues to grow, as evidenced by new shows such as "Wicked," the biggest hit of the 2003-04 season, with 10 Tony nods. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

55. The U: UNCUT - college tour - the Northeast   Publication: New York Big Picture Media 2005 . 129 min. ; color. , THE U is a new DVD series featuring uncensored video tours of the 50 most popular colleges, created by students, for students, and hosted by stars from The WB. THE U's college tours allow students and parents to get a true insider's perspective on colleges nationwide. Because THE U is not associated with (or endorsed by) any college or university, our DVDs show you everything official college tours can't (or won't). Each tour runs almost 20 minutes and mixes candid student interviews with footage of the campus (and areas surrounding campus), dorms, facilities, classrooms, cafeterias, dining areas, nightlife, and much more, featuring unbiased coverage of: Academics, The Setting, The Scene, The Food, The Shelter, and Getting In. THE NORTHEAST features full length tours of the following schools: Boston University, GWU, Georgetown, MIT, NYU, Northeastern University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, UMASS-Amherst, University of Delaware and University of Maryland. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

56. The U: UNCUT - college tour - the West   Publication: Big Picture Media 2005 . 108 min. ; color. , THE U is a new DVD series featuring uncensored video tours of the 50 most popular colleges, created by students, for students, and hosted by stars from The WB. THE U's college tours allow students and parents to get a true insider's perspective on colleges nationwide. Because THE U is not associated with (or endorsed by) any college or university, our DVDs show you everything official college tours can't (or won't). Each tour runs almost 20 minutes and mixes candid student interviews with footage of the campus (and areas surrounding campus), dorms, facilities, classrooms, cafeterias, dining areas, nightlife, and much more, featuring unbiased coverage of: Academics, The Setting, The Scene, The Food, The Shelter, and Getting In. THE WEST features full length tours of the following schools: Standford University, University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, UCSB, University of Colorado – Boulder, UCLA, UCSD, USC and University of Washington. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

57. The U: UNCUT - college tour - the South   Publication: Big Picture Media 2005 . 137 min. ; color. , THE U is a new DVD series featuring uncensored video tours of the 50 most popular colleges, created by students, for students, and hosted by stars from The WB. THE U’s college tours allow students and parents to get a true insider’s perspective on colleges nationwide. Because THE U is not associated with (or endorsed by) any college or university, our DVDs show you everything official college tours can’t (or won’t). Each tour runs almost 20 minutes and mixes candid student interviews with footage of the campus (and areas surrounding campus), dorms, facilities, classrooms, cafeterias, dining areas, nightlife, and much more, featuring unbiased coverage of: Academics, The Setting, The Scene, The Food, The Shelter, and Getting In. THE SOUTH features full length tours of the following schools: Duke University, Emory University, Texas A&M University, Tulance University, UNC, University of Georgia, University of Miamai, University of Virginia, UT-Austin, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

58. The U: UNCUT - college tour - the Ivy League   Publication: Big Picture Media 2005 . 106 min. ; color. , THE U is a new DVD series featuring uncensored video tours of the 50 most popular colleges, created by students, for students, and hosted by stars from The WB. THE U's college tours allow students and parents to get a true insider's perspective on colleges nationwide. Because THE U is not associated with (or endorsed by) any college or university, our DVDs show you everything official college tours can't (or won't). Each tour runs almost 20 minutes and mixes candid student interviews with footage of the campus (and areas surrounding campus), dorms, facilities, classrooms, cafeterias, dining areas, nightlife, and much more, featuring unbiased coverage of: Academics, The Setting, The Scene, The Food, The Shelter, and Getting In. IVY LEAGUE features full length tours of the following schools: Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, UPENN and Yale University. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

59. The U: UNCUT - college tour - the Midwest   Publication: Big Picture Media 2005 . 106 min. ; color. , THE U is a new DVD series featuring uncensored video tours of the 50 most popular colleges, created by students, for students, and hosted by stars from The WB. THE U's college tours allow students and parents to get a true insider's perspective on colleges nationwide. Because THE U is not associated with (or endorsed by) any college or university, our DVDs show you everything official college tours can't (or won't). Each tour runs almost 20 minutes and mixes candid student interviews with footage of the campus (and areas surrounding campus), dorms, facilities, classrooms, cafeterias, dining areas, nightlife, and much more, featuring unbiased coverage of: Academics, The Setting, The Scene, The Food, The Shelter, and Getting In. THE MIDWEST features full length tours of the following schools: University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Wash U. –St. Louis and Miami of Ohio. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

60. 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: