DVD & Videocassettes
located in the Curriculum Lab
ABBOT: Ishtar Films, c1992.
Video portrait of one of America's greatest 20th century
interviews with Abbot before her death in 1991.
CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: Nelson Entertainment, c1985.
Musical movie loosely based upon the life of the famous storyteller.
Stars Danny Kaye as Hans Anderson.
(1 hour & 52 min.)
B. ANTHONY TELLS HER STORY : Society for Visual Education, 1993.
Introduces the life and thoughts of Susan B. Anthony, whose work led to
a Constitutional amendment granting women in the United States the right
CONVERSATION!: A TALK WITH AVI: Tim Podell Productions, [1993?]
Interview in which Avi talks about his life and writings.
THE DANCER AND THE DANCE: Kultur, 1983.
A profile of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Includes the complete ballet
"Configurations" choreographed by Choo San Goh.
(1 hour & 22 min.)
AUTHOR, JUDY BLUME: Films Incorporated. c1979.
Jack Perkins interviews author of best‑selling
books for juveniles Judy Blume, and explores why she is controversial
among parents and why young people feel she is filling a need not met by
parents or teachers.
CARSON'S SILENT SPRING: PBS,
Discusses Rachel Carson's book: Silent Spring.
Focusing on the chemical poisoning of the environment.
This is the story of how one scientist's courage changed the
way we think about our world.
CASSATT: IMPRESSIONIST FROM PHILADELPHIA: Home Vision, c1977.
Focuses on the life and work of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt.
CHRISTIE, HOW DID SHE DO IT?: Horne Vision, c1986.
This program seeks clues to the elusive character of the writer, Agatha
Christie, attempting to discover the secret of her appeal and the
motivation behind her prodigious output. Includes an archival film of
Christie and her family, plus excerpts from her books, plays, and films.
SPEECHES OF WINSTON CHURCHILL: MPI Home Video, c1988.
Program focuses on Winston Churchill as a public orator using excerpts
from his addresses to the public, to the House of Commons, and to the
United States Congress.
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GOOD CONVERSATION! TALK WITH CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS: Tim Podell, 2000.
Summary: Tim Podell interviews Christopher Paul Curtis, 2000 Newbery Award winning author, in his home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (22 min.)
Kulter, c1988, c1986.
Presents Dali's entire work -- painting, sculpting, writing,
fashion and film --
in the context of his extraordinary life
and career. Constructed through a combination of specially shot location
footage, archive film, feature film material and interviews with Dali's
friends and colleagues.
(1 hour & 15 min.)
A VISIT WITH TOMIE DE PAOLA: Whitebird, Inc. 1996.
Summary: Tomie de Paola opens his home and 200-year-old barn/studio for a tour and conversation about how he creates his books and artwork. (25 min.)
EARHART: PBS Video, 1993.
Chronicles the life of Amelia Earhart, as a pioneer in aviation and the
remarkable publicity machine that kept her constantly in the limelight.
This film does not focus especially on her mysterious death, but
on her life.
S. GRANT: Atlas Video,1989.
Video tells the extraordinary story of Ulysses S. Grant, the one time
shop clerk who became commander of the Civil War's victorious Union
ANN ILAN, 1945-: NO NEED TO REPENT: THE BALLAD OF REV. JAN
Asymmetry Productions, 1989.
A documentary using live footage, home movies, interviews, etc. to
present the life and life work of the Rev. Jan Griesinger: lesbian,
feminist, peace activist, and ordained minister.
FOX: THE RISE AND FALL OF ADOLF HITLER: White Star, c1962, [1990?].
Summary: Portrait of Adolph Hitler from boyhood, to soldier in WWI, to drive for power. Narrated by Marlene Dietrich, this story compares Hitler to a 12th century folktale, Reynard the Fox. (1 hour & 29 min.)
HUGHES: Schlessinger Video Productions, 1994.
Provides biographical information about his life, thoughts and
(ca. 30 min.)
L. JACKSON: Rudolph Video Productions, 1989.
Videocassette release of the 1988 speech by Jesse L. Jackson at the
Democratic National Convention.
JACKSON: Atlas Video, c1989.
Tells the remarkable story of the legendary Confederate general, Thomas
J. Jackson. From his orphaned youth in the Applachian Mountains to his
daring exploits on Civil War battlefields, this powerful documentary
presents the life and times of one of America's most brilliant and
eccentric military leaders.
JEFFERSON: PBS Home Video, c1997.
Ken Burns documents life of Thomas Jefferson in two videocassettes that
are narrated by Ossie Davis.
JOHNSON: Kultur, c1996.
Traces the life and literary career of Samuel Johnson, using
photographs and views of Samuel Johnson.
FITZGERALD KENNEDY: Films, Inc., 1971.
From the opening of the film, the landing approach at Love Field in
Dallas that fateful day in November, 1963, the film flashes back to the
significant points in the life of our thirty‑fifth president. It
shows his life and his relation to history, up to his assassination.
LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN F. KENNEDY: White Star, [19--].
Begins with JFK's childhood and tenure as a young Naval officer in
WWII, and then continues to his immersion into politics, marriage to
Jackie and an intimate look at his years in the White House.
SPEECHES OF: JOHN F. KENNEDY:
MPI Home Video, c1988.
John F. Kennedy's speeches beginning with the 1960 campaign through the
major addresses during his three years in office.
YOU, MR. PRESIDENT: Worldvision Home Video, Inc., 1984.
Selects best moments from the televised press conferences of President
Kennedy, the first President to hold such meetings. Included are topics
such as U.S.--Soviet relations, threat of nuclear war, women's
rights, Central America, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile
MARTIN LUTHER, JR., 1929-1968.: I HAVE A DREAM: MPI Home Video, 1986.
Recording of Martin Luther King's televised speech given on August 28,
1963, to the civil rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial, with
additional footage from other demonstrations and King's funeral.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: THE MAN AND THE DREAM: A & E Home Video, c1997.
Summary: A look at Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role in the civil rights movement. (50 min.)
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OUR FRIEND, MARTIN: Fox Home Entertainment, .
Summary: Blend of animation and authentic historical footage, this film uses a sixth-grade class project to present highlights in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1 hour)
E. LEE: Atlas Video, c1989.
From his birth in the Virginia aristocracy, to the Civil War, to his
presidency of an emerging southern university, this compelling
documentary chronicles the remarkable triumphs and dramatic defeats of
the legendary Confederate general.
LAST QUEEN: PBS Video, c1997.
Hosted by David McCullough, this video tells of Lili'oukalani's
life, her embattled reign as the queen of Hawaii, and the ultimate
betrayal that led to the loss of her kingdom.
LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS: Turner Home Entertainment, 1987.
Views Lincoln's life from his early days as a young woodsman to his
election to Presidency in 1860. Includes his first love, his marriage,
his early law practice, and his debates with Douglas. Stars Raymond
Massey as Lincoln.
(1 hour & 50 min.)
MCCLINTOCK: PIONEER OF MODERN GENETICS: Sunburst Communications, c1990.
An interview with Barbara McClintock and an overview of her life and
research in genetic coding.
CONVERSATION!: A TALK WITH THE MCKISSACKS: Tim Podell Productions, 1997.
Patricia and Fred McKissack share the inspirations for their writings,
anecdotes from their lives, and talk about what it was like growing up
in the segregated South and how it affected them.
VISIT WITH BILL MARTIN, JR.: Mannick
Bill Martin is a children's author and an authority on literacy
education. He tells of his
struggle to learn to read and other aspects of his life.
Then he reads some of his books.
FOUND THE MISSING LINK?: “A GIFT FROM HEAVEN”: Films for the
Tells the story of physicist Lise Meitner and her pioneering work that
led to the splitting of the atom. Explains
how her work was forgotten and credit was given to chemist Otto Hahn. In following the progress of the various experiments and
measurements, the program traces the paths that led to controlled
O'KEEFFE: Home Vision, c1977.
Explores the life and work of Georgia O'Keeffe.
PARKS: THE PATH TO FREEDOM: Filmmakers Library, [1996?]
Documentary contains an overview of the events that took place in
Mongomery, AL, Mrs. Parks' arrest, the bus boycott, and the
segregation laws that were finally overturned.
TALK WITH RICHARD PECK: Tim Podell Productions, 1997.
Richard Peck reads from his writings, talks about his life and shares
what he thinks makes a good writer.
THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MYTH: A&E Television Network, c1996.
Eva Duarte de Peron is one of the most controversial figures in history.
Through rare photographs and films, this documentary tells Evita's
story from her humble birth to her tragic death from cancer.
POLACCO, DREAM KEEPER: Searchlight Films, c1996.
Author-illustrator Patricia Polacco talks about her childhood, family
and sources of inspiration for her stories.
ROCKWELL'S WORLD ... AN AMERICAN DREAM: Home Vision, c1972.
A study of Norman Rockwell as man and artist. Shows how he documented
American life over six decades in the pictures of the children,
families, and friends from his world.
David Grubin Productions, PBS, c1994.
Tape 1: The Center Of The World and
Fear Itself cover Roosevelt's early years, early political
successes and election to the presidency. Tape 2: The
Grandest Job In The World and The
Juggler cover Roosevelt's responses to the Great Depression and
his Leadership in the face of a World War.
(2 videos--4 hours & 30 min.)
D. ROOSEVELT: Beacon Films, 1988?.
A documentary history of the life of
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the president of 1933-1945, who
served during the great depression and most of World War II.
RYLANT: American School Publishers, 1990.
In an interview from her home in Kent, Ohio, noted children's book
author Cynthia Rylant recalls her childhood experiences and describes
how they have become the subjects of her novels and picture books.
(ca. 20 min.)
SONG OF SACAJAWEA: Rabbit Ears Productions, 1993.
Tells the true story of a young American Indian woman who courageously
guides the Lewis and Clark expedition across the Rocky Mountains to the
AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES: Informed Democracy, 1990.
The story of a girl with leukemia, who races against time to fold 1000
paper cranes to verify the legend, that by doing so a sick person could
Weston Woods Studios, c1986.
Summary: Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of children's books, describes the significant events of his life and their impact on his life and work. He explores the fantasies, fears and familiar happenings of childhood that are roots of great literature for children. (27 min.)
TO KNOW WILLIAM STEIG: Weston Woods Studios, [1995?]
Depicts Steig drawing at his desk, in family photos, and reminiscing
about childhood where he reveals the importance of trips to the library.
He explains symbolism in his work and how he came to write some
of his favorites.
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STEINBECK: Films for the Humanities, c1996.
Portrayal of John Steinbeck's life and work.
Sets Steinbeck's writings and his life in perspective while
providing a new interpretation of his work.
TRUTH: AIN'T I A WOMAN: Coronet/ MTI, c1989.
In this dramatization, viewers learn about Sojourner Truth through her
own words and the reflections of those who knew her including Frederick
Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Abraham Lincoln.
DESMOND TUTU: APARTHEID IN SOUTH AFRICA: Sunburst Communications c1990.
Introduces students to Bishop Tutu and his visions of peace in South
HOUSE THAT MARK BUILT: Fenwick Productions, 1972.
Considers the history of the house built by Mark Twain in Hartford in
1873. Follows the rise and fall of the author's fortunes which ended in
the death of his daughter, Susy, and the closing of the house.
WALKER: Lannan Foundation, c1989.
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award winning writer,
reads poems and excerpts from her novels at the Los Angeles Theatre
Center on January 9, 1989.
WIESEL: WITNESS TO THE HOLOCAUST: Sunburst Communications, c1990.
Introduces Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel and acquaints students with
the facts of the Holocaust showing how Wiesel bears witness to its truth
through his writings.
ARCHITECTURE OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: Home Vision, c1983.
Summary: "Includes extensive views of his works, photographed from a human perspective to create the sense of a personal tour." (1 hour & 15 min.)
X, MAKE IT PLAIN: PBS, c1994.
This definitive biography weaves together interviews, archival
footage, photographs, and an original score to portray the fascinating
intellectual journey of a complex man whose ideas resonate today.
(2 hours & 30 min.)
MALCOLM X: El Hajj Malik El Shabazz
Media Basics Video, c1992?.
A documentary showing the life of Malcolm X, his leadership in the Black
Muslim movement, and his influence on black Americans and African
(ca. 1 hour)
WHO BELIEVED IN FREEDOM: THE HISTORICAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF ELLA BAKER,
SEPTIMA CLARK, FANNIE LOU HAMMER: Council on Interracial Books for
Biographical narrative, interviews, news and archival films focus on the
civil rights activities in the late 1950's.
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WOMEN WHO DARE: EXPLORING THE ENTREPENEURIAL ADVENTURE: Independent Means, Inc., c1998.
Summary: Co-hosted by two young women, this presentation offers the basics of starting a business. (17 min.)
OF HOPE: LATINAS ABRIENDO CAMINO: 12 GROUND BREAKING LATINA WOMEN: Films
for the Humanities, c1996.
Through interviews, news and archival film, music and literature depicts
prominent Hispanic American women who made a difference.
Includes Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Miriam Colon, Antonia
Amalia Mesa-Bains, Adriana Ocampo, Antonia Pantoja, Helen Rodriquez-Tiras,
Ana Sol Gutierrez, and Nydia Velazquez.
LADIES: Eastman Kodak, c1989.
Summary: An excellent survey of well known first ladies using the collection of their gowns at the Smithsonian Institution as a basis. (1 hour)
January Productions, 1987.
Biographies of Charles Dickinson, Jules Verne, and Robert Louis
January Productions, 1987.
Biographies of Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, and H.G. Wells.
January Productions, 1987.
Biographies of Edgar Allen Poe, James Fenimore Cooper, and Washington
January Productions, 1987.
Summary: Biographies of Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and Herman Melville. (58 min.)