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638 Ways to Kill Castro
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Call Number: DVD 2009-68
Description: Fidel Castro has evaded assassination attempts for over fifty years.
Keywords: Dollan Cannell; Cuba

A Sense of Wonder: Two Interviews with Rachel Carson
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Call Number: DVD 2010-15
Description: Rachel Carson in the final year of her life.
Keywords: Environmentalist

Absolute Wilson
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Call Number: DVD 2009-67
Description: Life of experimental theater's most influential figure. Featuring Robert Wilson, Susan Sontag, Philip, Glass, and David Byrne.
Keywords: Katharina Otto-Bernstein; Robert Wilson; Art; Experimental

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Call Number: VCR 2004-235
Description: Reviews the life and work of writer James Agee, using interviews, photographs, and readings
Keywords: James Agee

Aimee and Jaguar
Series Title: 1998
Call Number: DVD 2012-213
Description: During World War II in the Battle of Berlin, two women find each other. In war-torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish; it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian.
Keywords: Holocaust; Sexuality

Andrei Serban at Work
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Call Number: VCR 2000-259
Description: Profile of theater director Andrei Serban.
Keywords: Experimental Theater

Antony Tudor
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Call Number: DVD 2007-110
Description: Antony Tudor revolutionized ballet by replacing princes and princesses with ordinary people; includes interviews with Tudor and friends and excerpts from several of his works
Keywords: Antony Tudor; Choreographers; Dance: United States

Arnold Schoenberg
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Call Number: VCR 99- 18
Description: Includes Schoenberg's lecture at UCLA in 1949
Keywords: Music; Schoenberg

Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2006-224
Description: Includes the films "My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud," and "The True Story of Artaud the Momo," by Gerard Mordillat and Jerome Prieur.
Keywords: Antonin Artaud

Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2011-5
Description: Follows Al Pacino through his years as an actor and director.

Bachelorette, 34: A Film
Series Title: 2008
Call Number: DVD 2012-219
Description: A mother obsessed with getting her daughter married.
Keywords: Short Films

Balanchine: The Father of American Ballet
Series Title: Great Performances; Dance in America
Call Number: DVD 2007-104
Description: Traces the life and work of George Balanchine through archival audio and video footage, interviews, film, and photographs; features selections from many of his ballets
Keywords: George Balanchine; New York City Ballet; Choreogra

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Call Number: VCR 93- 12
Description: Profile of Baryshnikov & perf. of "Configurations"
Keywords: Dance

Before Night Falls
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Call Number: DVD 2008-34
Description: The life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States. Cast includes Javier Bardem; Olivier Martine; Andrea Di Stefano; Johnny Depp; Sean Penn.
Keywords: Cuba; Julian Schnabel

Benny Goodman
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Call Number: VCR 95-3
Description: Life of Benny Goodman.
Keywords: Music

Breath Made Visible
Series Title: 2009
Call Number: DVD 2012-5
Description: Life and career of the American dancer, Anna Halprin.

Brook by Brook/ Hamlet by Brook
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Call Number: DVD 2006-230
Description: Includes the full production of Peter Brook's "The Tragedy of Hamlet," as well as a film about Brook by his son, Simon.
Keywords: Peter Brook; Shakespeare

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog
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Call Number: DVD 2009-206
Description: Features jazz bassist, bandleader, and composer Charles Mingus with clips of performances in the 1960s and 1970s.
Keywords: Don McGlynn; Jazz; Music

Charles Weidman: On His Own
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Call Number: VCR 92- 32
Description: Life and career of dancer/choreographer Weidman
Keywords: Modern Dance

Claes Oldenburg
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Call Number: VCR 2004- 66
Description: Visit the artist's studio, the Guggenheim Museum, and discuss the man and his art
Keywords: Claes Oldenburg; Sculptors

Series Title: 2007
Call Number: DVD 2014-23
Description: An Aymara Indian coca leaf grower named Evo Morales travels through the Andes and Amazon in jeans and sneakers, leading a historic bid to become Bolivia's first indigenous president in 2006.

Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes
Series Title: John Cassavetes: Five Films
Call Number: DVD 2009-72 v6
Description: Cast includes John Marley Gena Rowlands Peter Falk Timothy Carey and Joan Blondell.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian
Series Title: 2010
Call Number: DVD 2012-262
Description: A collection of television programs, news segments, and films about Jack Kevorkian, a Michigan pathologist and euthanasia activist, including Jim Carey as Dr. Kevorkian.
Keywords: Suicide; Death

Edith Head: Designing Woman
Series Title: A & E Biography
Call Number: VCR 2004- 85
Description: A look at the life and work of famed costume designer Edith Head
Keywords: Edith Head

Eduardo the Healer
Series Title: Films in the Behavioral Sciences
Call Number: DVD 2009-128
Description: Life and philosophy of Eduardo Caldero, a Peruvian folk healer.
Keywords: Shamanism; Peru; Richard Cowan

Fallen Champ: the Untold Story of Mike Tyson
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Call Number: VCR 2000- 66
Description: Story of Tyson, from youth, to boxing hero, to convicted rapist
Keywords: Boxing; Mike Tyson

Fidel Castro
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Call Number: DVD 2010-50
Description: The Cuban dictator is profiled through interviews with relatives, loyalists, and enemies in Cuba and abroad.
Keywords: PBS; Cuba

Fighting on Both Sides of the Law: Mandela and His Early Crusade
Series Title: Mandela: The Living Legend
Call Number: DVD 2006-130
Description: Traces Mandela's life up to the point when he was convicted of treason and began serving a life sentence in a South African jail
Keywords: Nelson Mandela

Francis Clark: Her Life and Her Teachings
Series Title: Conversations with Francis Clark
Call Number: VCR 92-11
Description: Two volumes
Keywords: Music

Frederic Chopin, a Life to Remember
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Call Number: DVD 2006- 44
Description: A documentary on the life and music of Frederic Chopin.
Keywords: Frederic Chopin

Series Title: 2002
Call Number: DVD 2014-18
Description: Life of artist Frida Kahlo. Cast includes Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Ashley Judd, and Antonio Banderas. Directed by Julie Taymor
Keywords: Drama; Painter

George Eliot
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Call Number: VCR 93- 35
Description: Biography of 19th-c. novelist George Eliot
Keywords: George Eliot

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
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Call Number: DVD 2009-85
Description: For 18 months award-winning director Scott Hicks captured the legendary composer Philip Glass across three continents.
Keywords: Music

Grey Gardens
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Call Number: VCR 2000- 42
Description: Beale and daughter, aunt and cousin of Jackie Onassis
Keywords: Edith Bouvier Beale

Guerrilla y la Esperanza: Lucio Cabanas = Guerrilla and the Hope
Series Title: 2007
Call Number: DVD 2014-182
Description: Life of teacher-turned-guerrilla leader Lucio Cabanas.
Keywords: Revolutions; Autiobiography

Hanya: Portrait of a Pioneer
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Call Number: DVD 2007- 42
Description: Using archival footage from the 30s and 40s plus interviews with her students, this film traces the career of Hanya Holm, dancer-choreographer
Keywords: Choreography; Hanya Holm

Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre
Series Title: CRI American Masters
Call Number: VCR 2006- 3
Description: The life of the American theater director, producer, and critic who organized the Group Theatre and introduced method acting to the US
Keywords: Harold Clurman; Group Theatre

Helene Cixous
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Call Number: DVD 2006-110
Description: Interview with Cixous, who explores her childhood as a Jewish girl in Algiers and its impact on her work.
Keywords: Helene Cixous; Interview

Hoop Dreams
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Call Number: VCR 2000-40
Description: High-school basketball careers of two young men.
Keywords: Basketball

I am a Dancer
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Call Number: VCR 2000- 20
Description: Nureyev's artistic temperament and achievements
Keywords: Rudolf Nureyev

Ida B. Wells - Passion for Justice
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Call Number: VCR 91- 24
Description: The life of the early African-American activist
Keywords: Ida B. Wells

In Search of Lin Zhao's Soul
Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2013-39
Description: Lin Zhao, a Christian student of Beijing University, fought against the Communists. She wrote thousands of words in her own blood to expose the absurdity and cruelty of her eight year imprisonment before her execution.
Keywords: Hu Jie; China; Cultural Revolution

In the Footsteps of Jesus
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Call Number: VCR 2003- 67
Description: A look into the life and teachings of Jesus Christ; Oversize
Keywords: Jesus Christ; Christianity

In the Steps of Chopin
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Call Number: VCR 89-1
Description: Biography of Chopin.
Keywords: Music

International Sweethearts of Rhythm: America's Hottest All Girl Band
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Call Number: DVD 2009-161
Keywords: Music

Irving Berlin: an American song
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Call Number: DVD 2005-147
Description: Describes the life of the famous composer of popular musicals and songs, including "God Bless America"
Keywords: Irving Berlin

Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul
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Call Number: DVD 2007-163
Description: Traces the life and artistic development of Isadora Duncan, often called the mother of modern dance; includes excerpts from twelve of Duncan's dances with archival film and photos
Keywords: Isadora Duncan; Modern Dance

Ivan Groznyi; Skaz vtoroii; Boiarskii Zagovor = Ivan the Terrible: Part Two
Series Title: Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films (1946)
Call Number: DVD 2007-474
Description: Biographical story of Tsar Ivan IV of Russia. Part II covers the attempt to assassinate him in 1564.

Jackson Pollock
Series Title: A&E Biography
Call Number: DVD 2009-73
Description: Using interviews with friends and family and commentary from art historians the film documents the career and troubled life of Jackson Pollock.
Keywords: Art; Valerie Shepherd; Abstract Expressionism

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
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Call Number: DVD 2010-151
Description: Examines the life of the Broadway musical and ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins. Features excerpts from his work and interviews with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Stephen Sondheim, Joseph Stein, and others.
Keywords: Music; Dance

JM Caballero Bonald
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Call Number: DVD 2008-84
Description: Biograpy of and interviews with Spanish writer/poet Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald.
Keywords: Spanish Poet; Spain

Joe Chaikin & American Experimental Theater
Series Title: 2003
Call Number: DVD 2013-270
Description: Life of Joe Chaikin, actor/director, who was instrumental in the development of American experimental theater.
Keywords: Joe Chaikin's life in the Theatre

John Cage: Man and Myth
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Call Number: DVD 2007- 23
Description: Mitch Corber directed this tribute to John Cage; includes comments by some of today's foremost figures in the arts and an in-depth interview with Cage himself.
Keywords: John Cage

John Cage: Variations VII
Series Title: 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering
Call Number: DVD 2009-95
Description: Performance of Cage's Variations VII and interviews with the artists, engineers, and performers.
Keywords: Experimental Films; Dance

Laurie Anderson: On Performance
Series Title: Art/ New York
Call Number: VCR 2005- 6
Description: Profiles performance artist Laurie Anderson; with performance excerpts, interviews with Anderson and author RoseLee Goldberg
Keywords: Laurie Anderson; Performance Art

Life of Emile Zola
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Call Number: DVD 2008-75
Description: Explores the career of the novelist who championed the cause of France's oppressed.
Keywords: Novelists; French

Limon: A Life Beyond Words
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Call Number: DVD 2007-165
Description: A look at the life and work of modern dancer and choreographer Jose Limon, once described by the New York Times as the greatest male dancer.
Keywords: Limon, Jose; Choreographers; Modern Dance

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Call Number: DVD 2014-22
Description: Biographical drama about 16th century Spanish playwright Lope De Vega.
Keywords: Theater; Drama

Mahatma Gandhi: The Great Soul Lives
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Call Number: DVD 2006-132
Description: Traces the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi from his law school days in London, to his work for independence for India
Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi

Malcolm X - El Hajj Malike El Shabazz
Series Title: Black History Series
Call Number: VCR 2004-203
Description: The life of Malcolm X, his leadership in the Black Muslim movement, and his influence.
Keywords: Malcolm X: African-American Muslims

Margaret Sanger: A Public Niusance
Series Title: 1992
Call Number: DVD 2014-64
Description: Life of Margaret Sanger through reading from her interviews and writings. Directed by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull.
Keywords: Women's Rights; Birth Control

Maria Callas: Life and Art
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Call Number: VCR 2001- 3
Description: Life, talent, and career of soprano Maria Callas
Keywords: Maria Callas; Opera

Marian Anderson
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Call Number: VCR 2001-290
Description: Biography of the virtuosa Marian Anderson
Keywords: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson: A Portrait in Music
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Call Number: DVD 2009-96
Description: Marian Anderson's performances from the two 1956 Festival of Music telecasts as well as her previously unreleased appearance on the Ford 50th Anniversary Show are combined on this DVD with the previously released documentary Marian Anderson on stage and at home 950. Narrated Billy Kluver.

Martha Graham - The Dancer Revealed
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 96- 62
Description: Two copies
Keywords: Dance; Martha Graham

Mary Wigman, 1886--1973
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Call Number: VCR 96- 71
Description: Life & work of one of the founders of modern dance
Keywords: Modern Dance

Memorial for Herbert Huncke
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Call Number: DVD 2006-156
Description: An appreciation by the friends of author and poet, Herbert Huncke; includes his last reading on January 10, 1966 for the Poetry Project
Keywords: Herbert Huncke: Memorial; Modern Poetry

Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance
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Call Number: DVD 2007-183
Description: In-depth profile of Cunningham's prolific career; features new and archival performance footage and exclusive interviews with dancers, collaborators, and Cunningham himself
Keywords: Cunningham, Merce; Modern Dance; Choreographers

Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue
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Call Number: DVD 2009-203
Description: Discusses Miles Davis' music of the late 1960s-early 1970s with commentary from musicians Chick Corea, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell, and others; also includes Davis's complete Aug. 29 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight.
Keywords: Murray Lerner; Jazz; Trumpet; Music

Murray Louis in Concert
Series Title: 1989
Call Number: VCR 92-8
Description: Traces Louis's career with footage from 1953 to today.
Keywords: Dance

Muscle Shoals
Series Title: 2013
Call Number: DVD 2014-176
Description: A documentary featuring Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed.

Nobody's Business
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Call Number: VCR 2003-61
Description: Filmmaker Alan Berliner's portrait of his father, Oscar.
Keywords: Jewish Families

Once More Removed: A Journey Back to India
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Call Number: DVD 2007-65
Description: A young Guyanese-American chronicles her attempts to ascertain her family's removal from their native India to Guyana and her parent's subsequent migration from Guyana.
Keywords: India; South Asian Diaspora

Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius
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Call Number: DVD 2007-213
Description: Biography of Percy Julian's life and scientific breakthroughs, with period reenactments based on newly opened family archives and interviews with colleagues and relatives
Keywords: Jullian, Percy Lavon; Chemists; African-American s

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Call Number: DVD 2009-208
Description: Coming-of-age story of an outspoken young Iranian girl beginning during the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Keywords: Vincent Paronnaud; Marjane Satrapi; War; Drama; Iran; Islamic fundamentalists; Social Conditions

Proceed and be Bold!
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Call Number: DVD 2009-224
Description: documents the life of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. a letterpress artist who lives out the secret American Dream of rejecting the establishment and living his art as his life.
Keywords: Laura Zinger; African American; Artist

Queen of Versailles
Series Title: 2012
Call Number: DVD 2012-248
Description: Documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches-to-rags success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream.

Series Title: 2009
Call Number: DVD 2013-35
Description: A film by Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina. Life and works of Raymundo Gleyzer, Argentine filmmaker, kidnapped and murdered by the country's military dictatorship in 1976.
Keywords: Argentina

Rediscovering George Washington
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Call Number: DVD 2006-129
Description: Explores the character of Washington, as a warrior, politician, and charismatic leader, and traces his accomplishments
Keywords: George Washington

Series Title: 2012
Call Number: DVD 2012-217
Description: Sidney Rittenberg reflects on his remarkable life as an American member of the Chinese Communist Party.
Keywords: China; Historical

Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds
Series Title: CRI American Masters
Call Number: DVD 2006-7
Description: A film portrait of the legendary composer; includes interviews with Julie Andrews, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and others as well as archival performances.
Keywords: Richard Rodgers

Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2012-214
Description: Story of Carmelo, a car wash employee by day and mariachi musician by night, struggle to cope with his mother's mortality, his daughters' needs, and his own dreams.
Keywords: Immigration

Salvador Allende: A Film
Series Title: 2004
Call Number: DVD 2012-168
Description: Life and works of Chilean president Salvador Allende from his childhood to his suicide following the Pinochet military coup in 1973, focusing heavily on the three years following his election.

Sean O'Case: Under a Coloured Cap
Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2013-271
Description: Life & works.
Keywords: Documentary; Theater

Seven Years in Tibet
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Call Number: DVD 2008-172
Description: Based on the book by Heinrich Harrer. Harrer is an Austrian national and a Nazi sympathizer who leaves Austria in 1939 to climb a mountain in the Himalayas. Through a series of circumstances, including POW camp, he and fellow climber Peter Aufschnaiter become the only two foreigners in the Tibetan holy city of Lhasa. There, Heinrich's life changes forever as he becomes a close confidant to the Dalai Lama.
Keywords: Tibet; Jean-Jacques Annaud

She's a Boy I Knew
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Call Number: DVD 2009-53
Description: Filmmaker Gwen Haworth turns her camera on her family following her transition from male to female over the course of several years.
Keywords: Documentary; Transsexual

Spirit of Tibet
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Call Number: VCR 2001- 83
Description: Documentary on the life of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Keywords: Tibetan Buddhism

Strange Fruit
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Call Number: DVD 2009-205
Description: A history of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday.
Keywords: Joel Katz; Documentary; Music

Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2012-177
Description: Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother through a mixture of snapshots, answering machine messages, video diaries, and early short films from 19 years of his life.

The Noel Coward Trilogy: A Celebration of an Extraordinary Life
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Call Number: DVD 2010-159
Description: These three entertaining and informative programs celebrate the life, career and legacy of Noel Coward, Britain's beloved actor, playwright, and composer.
Keywords: BBC; NVC Arts; English Dramatists

Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor
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Call Number: DVD 2006-231
Description: Traces Tadeusz Kantor's roots as an artist in Poland and explores his methods of stagecraft; features extensive segments from some of his most famous plays
Keywords: Tadeusz Kantor; Experimental Theater

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey
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Call Number: DVD 2004- 44
Description: Leon Theremin, who pioneered the field of electronic music.
Keywords: Electronic Music; Leon Theremin

Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn Gould
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Call Number: VCR 2000- 5
Description: Impressonistic vignettes of Gould's life
Keywords: Glenn Gould

Trisha Brown: Early Works 1966-1979
Series Title: Artpix Notebooks
Call Number: DVD 2007- 40
Description: 2-disc set presents a conversation with American modern dancer and choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as some of her major performances
Keywords: Choreography; Trisha Brown

Two Hundred Years of Mozart
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Call Number: VCR 2004- 60
Description: Describes Mozart's life as a composer in Vienna; includes excerpts from his works
Keywords: Ludwig Amadeus Mozart

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Call Number: DVD 2010-156
Description: Dramatic retelling of the life of Giuseppe Verdi featuring works sung by opera artists such as Renata Tebaldi, Maria Callas, Luchiano Pavarotti, and Birgit Nilsson.
Keywords: Television mini-series

Verso Negro: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean
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Call Number: VCR 2006-1
Description: A profile of Ortiz, a Puerto Rican reciter of Verso Negro, an African-influenced style of poetry popular in Puerto Rico.
Keywords: Efrain Ortiz; Puerto Rican Poetry

Waltz with Bashir = Vals im Bashir
Series Title: 2008
Call Number: DVD 2012-78
Description: An animated motion picture based on events in the Israeli film director's own life and interviews with fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Leganon.
Keywords: Ari Folman; War

Women Called Moses
Series Title: 1978
Call Number: DVD 2013-216
Description: Drama of Harriet Ross Tubman, founder of the Underground Railroad.
Keywords: Slavery

Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home
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Call Number: DVD 2008-32
Description: Guthrie's life, music, and lesser known talents such as writing and painting.
Keywords: Folk Singers

World of Alwin Niklais
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Call Number: VCR 2007- 26
Description: This 5-volume series introduces Alwin Nikolais and his work in dance, music and abstrct theatre
Keywords: Nikolais, Alwin; Modern Dance: United States

Yo No Se Que Me han Hecho Tus Ojos = I Don't Know What Your Eyes...
Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2005-105
Description: Filmmakers Lorena Munoz and Sergio Wolf set out to examine the fascinating life of world-famous singer Ada Falcon.
Keywords: Ada Falcon

Yves Klein: La Revolution Bleue
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Call Number: DVD 2009-11
Keywords: Art; Francois Levy-Kuentz

Zizek!: The Documentary Campaign
Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2006-36
Description: Documentary follows the eccentric Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek as he travels around the world lecturing. English and Slovene dialogue.
Keywords: Philosophy; Slavoj Zizek

Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
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Call Number: DVD 2009-43
Description: A biography of African American author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston the first black woman to enter the American literary canon.
Keywords: Samuel Pollard