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1492: Conquest of Paradise
Series Title: 2001
Call Number: DVD 2013-26
Description: Columbus's voyage. Cast includes Gerard Depardieu, Armand Assante, and Sigourney Weaver.

Aleksandr Nevskii = Alexander Nevsky
Series Title: Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films (1938)
Call Number: DVD 2007-458
Description: Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade Russia in 1242.

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Call Number: DVD 2010-107
Description: The story of Alexander the Great who in 4th century BC conquered ninety percent of the known world of the time by defeating Greece, Persia, Afghanistan, and India in eight years.
Keywords: Oliver Stone; War

Arrancame La Vida = Tear this Heart Out
Series Title: 2008
Call Number: DVD 2013-69
Description: A married woman rediscovers her love with a man who is the antithesis of her husband. Based on the novel by Angeles Mastretta.
Keywords: Romance

Baader Meinhof Complex
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2009-220
Description: During 1970s Germany, Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, and Gudrun Ensslin lead a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism.
Keywords: Uli Edel; Communist; Terrorism; War

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Call Number: DVD 2008-66
Description: Final period of Cuba's Ten Years War (1868-1878) of independence from Spain. Shows Antonio Maceo as the most distinguished revolutionary leader of the time, who in Baragua assured the continuity of the independence struggle.
Keywords: Cuba

Battle of Algiers
Series Title: Criterion Collection
Call Number: DVD 2009-240
Description: Focuses on the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France.
Keywords: Bataille d'Alger; French; Torture; War

Battlehip Potemkin: from the series "The Year 1905"
Series Title: 2007
Call Number: DVD 2013-98
Description: Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a movie commemorating the failed uprising of 1905, 20 years after the actual incident.

Berlin Alexanderplatz
Series Title: Criterion collection - 2007
Call Number: DVD 2014-52
Description: Film in 13 parts & an epilogue by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A man is released from prison, and struggles to make it an a post-war society.
Keywords: Ex-Convicts; Berlin

Black Robe
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2009-38
Description: In the 17th century, a Jesuit priest on a mission to convert the Huron Indians and his aide are escorted through the Canadian wilderness by Algonquin Indians. Based on the novel by Brian Moore.
Keywords: Bruce Beresford; Faith; Western; Romance

Born on the Fourth of July
Series Title: 2004
Call Number: DVD 2013-188
Description: Based on the true story of Ron Kovic, a young man who volunteered for the Vietnam War, became a major voice for the disenchantment of the war after being paralyzed from the mid-chest down.
Keywords: Olivier Stone; War

Series Title: 2003
Call Number: DVD 2014-57
Description: A dramatic retelling of the story of Dr. Drauzio Varella and the inmates he treated in the notorious São Paulo prison known as Carandiru during the 1990s.
Keywords: Prison

Carlota Joaquina: Princesa do Brazil
Series Title: 2000
Call Number: DVD 2015-43
Description: A tempestuous Brazilian princess plots to conquer her enemies and become queen of Portugal.

Casa das Sete Mulheres
Series Title: 2003
Call Number: DVD 2013-245
Description: Disc 1-5. Seven women living in rural Brazil during the Revolution of the Farrapos (1835-1845) undergo their own trials and tribulations as they wait for their men to return.
Keywords: Television Mini-Series; Civil War

Chibi = Red Cliff: Destiny Lies in the Wind
Series Title: 2010
Call Number: DVD 2011-230
Description: Based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty.
Keywords: Mandarin; China; War; Political and Social Conditions

Series Title: 2008
Call Number: DVD 2013-36
Description: Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar dubbed El Cid fights to drive the Moors from eleventh-century Christian Spain. Directed by Anthony Mann starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren.

Commune: (Paris 1871)
Series Title: 2000
Call Number: DVD 2011-44
Description: Two television news crews cover the period when the working-class Parisians riot against the "bourgeois" French national government, which fled the capital and re-established itself in Versailles.
Keywords: Revolution

Cradle Will Rock
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2013-246
Description: A kaleidoscopic look at the extraordinary events of 1930s America, from high society to street life in Depression-era New York City. Based on events surrounding Marc Blitzstein's controversial musical. Cast includes John and Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Bill Murray, and Susan Sarandon. Written and Directed by Tim Robbins.
Keywords: Theater Productions

Dangerous Liaisons
Series Title: 1988
Call Number: DVD 2010-181
Description: Set in 18th century France, two bored aristocrats wreak havoc when they play dangerous games with people's lives. Adapted from the novel by Choderlos De Laclos. Cast includes Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves, and Uma Thurman.
Keywords: Stephen Frears; Love; Seduction

Eroica: The Day that Music Changed Forever
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Call Number: DVD 2009-27
Description: Period-drama depiction of the private first performance of Beethoven's Eroica symphony at the Lobkowitz Palace in 1805 the momentous musical event that prompted composer Joseph Haydn to remark Everything is different from today.
Keywords: Beethoven; Music; Symphony; Biography

Est-Ouest = East/West
Series Title: 2000
Call Number: DVD 2002-19
Description: A film about life in post-war Soviet Union.
Keywords: Russian; Soviet Union; Romance

Fall of the Roman Empire
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 2007-103
Description: The Roman Empire is at the height of its glory in 180 A.D., but slowly crumbling under its own corruption and the barbarians from the north and east; starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd.
Keywords: Rome: History; Sophia Loren

Fellini Satyricon
Series Title: World Films
Call Number: VCR 2007- 46
Description: Fellini's adaptation of Petronius' "Satyricon," recreating the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome; an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern history.
Keywords: Petronius Arbiter; Fellini, Federico

Series Title: (1974)
Call Number: DVD 2014-97
Description: Screen version of Bertolt Brecht's play about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science.
Keywords: Astronomy

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Call Number: DVD 2008-78
Description: Story of a coal miner's town north of France in the mid 19th century who go on strike.
Keywords: Coal Mines; Claude Berri

Series Title: 1989
Call Number: DVD 2009-30
Description: Based on the true story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. Robert Gould Shaw and Cabot Forbes, two young Bostonians, lead the group; Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins unites the troops; and Pvt. Trip is a runaway slave who joins the regiment. Cast includes Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman.
Keywords: Edward Zwick; Civil War; Slavery

Heaven and Earth
Series Title: Oliver Stone Collection
Call Number: DVD 2009-117
Description: Based on the true story of a Vietnamese woman during and after the Vietnam war and her struggles as a rice farmer's daughter, freedom fighter, prostitute, and an American soldier's wife.
Keywords: War; Historical; Biographical; Tommy Lee Jones

Hidalgo: La Historia Jamas Contada
Series Title: 2011
Call Number: DVD 2014-83
Description: From his jail cell at a military hospital, Hidalgo recalls memories of his past particularly his time as a Parish Priest where he translated and produced the stage play "Tartuffe" by Moliere, and the time when he fell love briefly leaving the priesthood to raise a family of three.
Keywords: Biography

Huo Zhe = To Live
Series Title: World Films
Call Number: DVD 2007- 64
Description: The story of a prodigal son set against the backdrop of China in the tumultuous era of the 40s and beyond; starring Ge You and Gong Li.
Keywords: Mandarin; China: History, Civil War

Ivanovo Detstvo = Ivan's Childhood
Series Title: 1962
Call Number: DVD 2011-3
Description: A 12-year orphan boy works for the Soviet Union's Red Army during World War II, undertaking dangerous reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines.
Keywords: Children and War

Series Title: 1938
Call Number: DVD 2014-85
Description: Story of three men, Benito Juarez, Napoleon III, and Emperor Maximilian, driven by political passions, and a woman, Empress Carlota, driven to madness.
Keywords: Mexico History

Judgment at Nuremberg
Series Title: 1961
Call Number: DVD 2011-17
Description: American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of "legalizing" Nazi atrocities.
Keywords: Nuremberg War Crime Trials

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Call Number: DVD 2010-57
Description: Massacre of 20,000 Polish officers and citizens by the Soviet secret police at the Katyn forrest in 1940, and the cover-up which followed.
Keywords: Andrzej Wajda; World War; Prisoners of War; Russia

Series Title: 2004
Call Number: DVD 2011-220
Description: A group of European Jewish refugees arrive in Palestine in the critical year of 1948.
Keywords: Israel; Immigrants; War; Soldiers; Hebrew

L'Allee du Roi
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Call Number: DVD 2008-12
Description: The love affair between Fracoise d'Aubigne, widow Scarron, Marquise de Maintenon, and Louis XIV. Based on the book by Francoise Chandernagor.
Keywords: Versailles; 1700s; tv mini series

La Otra Conquista = The Other Conquest
Series Title: 2001
Call Number: DVD 2012-260
Description: In Mexico 1521, the Spanish of army of Hernando Cortes has swept through the New World forcing their religious beliefs on the Aztec people.
Keywords: Spanish Conquest

Lan Feng Cheng = The Blue Kite
Series Title: 1993
Call Number: DVD 2011-235
Description: Fate of a Beijing family and neighborhood during the political and social upheavals in 1950's and 60's China, told in the perspective of a young boy.
Keywords: Mandarin; China; Political and Social Conditions

Lawrence of Arabia
Series Title: 1962
Call Number: DVD 2011-181
Description: Cinematic account of the life of T.E. Lawrence who, as a World War I British Army officer, helped unite rival Arab tribes in their fight against the Turkish.
Keywords: David Lean

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
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Call Number: DVD 2010-184
Description: The latest adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' classic story of lust, deceit and revenge. Cast includes Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Leelee Sobieski, Nastassja Kinski, Danielle Darrieux.
Keywords: Josee Dayan; Romance; television mini-series

Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
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Call Number: DVD 2010-183
Description: The story of Juliette and Valmont, two charming and vindictive spouses who find sport in each other's extramarital conquests. But while staying at a ski resort, their games of passion come to a tragic end when Valmont falls in love with a pious socialite earmarked to be his next victim. Inspired by the novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Cast includes Jeanne Moreau, Gerard Philipe, and Annette Vadim.
Keywords: Roger Vadim; Romance

Let Joy Reign Supreme = Que la Fete Commence
Series Title: 1974
Call Number: DVD 2009-28
Description: Description of the court in 1719 France, four years after Louis 14th's death, where the French Revolution smolders.
Keywords: Bertrand Tavernier; Biographical; King Loius XIV

Letters from Iwo Jima
Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2012-188
Description: Hundreds of unearthed letters give faces and voices to Japanese men who fought at the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan.
Keywords: Clint Eastwood; World War I

Little Old New York
Series Title: 1940
Call Number: DVD 2013-214
Description: Robert Fulton and his invention of the steam engine.

Series Title: (2000)
Call Number: DVD 2004-19
Description: The life of the Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba.
Keywords: Congo; Civil War

Series Title: 2004
Call Number: DVD 2012-22
Description: Explores Chile's bloody 1973 coup through the coming-of-age story of a pair of 12-year-old boys.
Keywords: Chile

Mangal Pandey: The Rising
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Call Number: DVD 2010-17
Description: Based on the life of Mangal Pandey who is known for his role as a leader in the Indian rebellion of 1857.
Keywords: India; Ketan Mehta

Marie Antoinette
Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2007-445
Description: Story of the 14-year-old ill-fated Archduchess of Austria and later Queen of France. Starring Kirsten Dunst.

Masculin Feminin: 15 Faits Precis = Maculine Feminine: 15 Specific Items
Series Title: Criterion Collection
Call Number: DVD 2009-13
Description: Paul, a young idealistic would-be intellectual, struggles to forge a relationship with incipient pop star Madeleine in 1960s Paris.
Keywords: War; Romance; France; Jean-Luc Godard

Milarepa: Magician Murderer Saint
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Call Number: DVD 2009-22
Description: Dramatization of the life and teachings of the great yogi of 11th century Tibet.
Keywords: Neten Choklin; Buddhism

Miss Evers' Boys
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Call Number: DVD 2009-125
Description: A nurse must decide to tell the truth or remain silent about 'The Tuskegee Experiment', a study of the effects of syphilis on patients who believe they are receiving treatment but are actually being denied the medicine that could cure them.
Keywords: War; Macon County; Joseph Sargent

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Call Number: DVD 2009-37
Description: Historical events around Argentina, Paragua, and Brazin in the year 1750 when the 18th century Spanish Jesuits protect the Guarani South American Indian tribe in danger from subjugation by pro-slavery colonial empires. Cast includes Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, and Liam Neeson.
Keywords: War; Roland Joff

Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2007-449
Description: Dramatizes the life of Moliere, born in 1622 to working-class parents, and how he become such a well-known author.

Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2007-450
Description: Covering two distinct periods in Moliere's life, this film portrays him as a young man in trouble with creditors and thirteen years later when he is nearing success as a playwright.
Keywords: Laurent Tirard

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
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Call Number: DVD 2009-225
Description: Early life of the Khan, born as Temudgin in 1162, revealing the ruler not as the evil brute but as a visionary leader.
Keywords: Sergei Bodrov; War

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Call Number: DVD 2010-187
Description: Biographical story of the former U.S. president Richard Nixon (Anthony Hopkins).
Keywords: Watergate; Oliver Stone

Series Title: 2012
Call Number: DVD 2013-241
Description: A Film by Pablo Lorrain. An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

Nuit Noire: 17 octobre 1961
Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2013-135
Description: At the end of the Algerian war when French society resembles a police state, a peaceful demonstration on the evening of October 17, 1961 against the police and state repression is brutally broken up.

One Man's Hero
Series Title: 1998
Call Number: DVD 2014-84
Description: Based on the true story of the Saint Patrick Battalion, a group of soldiers enlisted from Ireland to fight in the Mexican War.
Keywords: Mexican War; Western

Padenie Berlina = Fall of Berlin
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Call Number: DVD 2010-3
Description: Heroic Joseph Stalin inspires the troops to defeat a cowering Hitler in this no-expense-spared dramatization of the fall of Berlin in 1945. Presented to Stalin as a 70th-birthday gift but pulled from circulation in 1953, the film was made on Agfacolor stock removed from Germany by the Red Army.
Keywords: Propoganda; War; Russia

Passion de Jeanne D'Arc
Series Title: (1998)
Call Number: DVD 2003-19
Description: Dramatization of life of Joan of Arc.
Keywords: French History

Prise de Pouvoir par Louis XIV = Taking of Power by Louis XIV
Series Title: Criterion Collection
Call Number: DVD 2009-253
Description: King Loius XIV's rise to power.
Keywords: Roberto Rossellini; France; Biographical; Politics;

Rafle = Roundup
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2013-258
Description: Written and directed by Rose Bosch.In French, German, and Yiddish. Experiences of individuals during the Vel' d'Hiv roundup of Jews in Paris by the French government in the summer of 1942.
Keywords: Holocaust

Series Title: 2008
Call Number: DVD 2015-24
Description: Explores a controversial event in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in the ability to stage a fair and open election.
Keywords: Presidents; Political Campaign; Florida

Series Title: 1996
Call Number: DVD 2015-35
Description: In a desperate quest to save the people on his estate by draining the mosquito infested wetlands, a young man quickly learns that a sharp wit is the key to open any door in the Versailles court of Louis XVI.
Keywords: Louis XVI

Rois Maudits
Series Title: 2005
Call Number: DVD 2007-456
Description: Originally broadcast as a mini-series in 2005. Based on the novel by Maurice Druon. Cast includes Jeanne Moreau, Philippe Torreton, Gerard Depardieu.

Series Title: (2005-2006)
Call Number: DVD 2014-95
Description: After eight years of war, soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome chronicling the death of a republic and the birth of an empire.
Keywords: Television Series

Rossellini's History Films: Renaissance and Enlightenment
Series Title: Eclipse: Criterion Collection
Call Number: DVD 2010-1
Description: In an effort to teach history by reliving not recounting, Roberto Rossellini presents "The Age of the Medici," "Cartesius," and "Blaise Pascal."
Keywords: Italy; Instruction

Series Title: (1986)
Call Number: DVD 2003-8
Description: A story of redemption and a search to restore peace set against the nuclear holocaust of World War III.
Keywords: Andre Tarkovsky; Nuclear Warfare; Offret

San Guo Yan Yi
Series Title: Xin Zhongguo wu tai ying shi yi shu jing pin xuan xi lie guang pan. Dian s
Call Number: DVD 2006-238
Description: Television adaptation of the classic Chinese epic about political rivalries during the Three Kingdoms period. The People's Republic of China Ministry of Education Gift Collection; two volumes totaling 84 discs.
Keywords: Mandarin; China: History

Series Title: (1999)
Call Number: DVD 2003-27
Description: Musicologist discovers the rich musical heritage of Appalachia.
Keywords: Appalachian Music

The Birth of a Nation
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Call Number: DVD 2010-48
Description: The relationship of two families in Civil War and Reconstruction-era America: the pro-Union Northern Stonemans and the pro-Confederacy Southern Camerons over the course of several years.
Keywords: D.W. Griffith; Civil War; Assassination of Abraham Lincoln; Ku Klux Klan; Silent Films

Utomlennye Solntsem 2 = Burnt by the Sun
Series Title: 2010
Call Number: DVD 2013-92
Description: This sequel also directed by and starring Nikita Mikhalkov but under the premise of a different ending from the previous movie where the general was sent to a labor camp, focuses on his survival as he is drafted to a penal military unit to fight against invading Germans.
Keywords: World War II; Soviet Union

Utomlennye Solntsem = Burnt by the Sun
Series Title: 1994
Call Number: DVD 2013-91
Description: Nikita Mikhalkov directs and stars as Colonel S. Kotov, hero of the Revolution, who is spending the summer in the country with his family.
Keywords: Political Persecution

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Call Number: DVD 2010-182
Description: Freely adapted from the novel Les liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos. The vindictive widow bets her friend that he cannot seduce the virtuous and married Madame de Tourvel. If he succeeds he may also bed her, but if he fails he must join a monastery. Set amongst the aristocracy in France in the 18th century. Cast includes Colin Firth, Annette Bening, and Meg Tilly.
Keywords: Milos Forman; Love; Seduction

Series Title: 2000
Call Number: DVD 2007-454
Description: The Duc de Conde's employee, Francois Vatel, is in charge of cooking, and preparing shows for the French King Louis XIV when he visits the castle of Chantilly, owned by de Conde. If Vatel can impress the King, de Conde will gain his favors, and the destiny of France will change. While the King is visiting and three days of banquets ensue, Vatel falls in love with the King's mistress. Cast includes Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall.
Keywords: Roland Joffee

Vieil Homme et L'enfant = The Two of Us
Series Title: 1967
Call Number: DVD 2015-48
Description: To avoid arrest after France is occupied by the Nazis, a young Jewish boy is sent to stay with an elderly couple in the country.
Keywords: Holocaust

Vita e Bella = Life is Beautiful
Series Title: 1997
Call Number: DVD 2014-203
Description: A waiter with a great sense of humor but use this optimism to protect his son in a Nazi concentration camp.
Keywords: World War II; Holocaust

Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2010-188
Description: A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush (Josh Brolin), the 43rd president of the United States, from an alcoholic to a revitalized Christian belief in religious destiny that helped move him to the top ranks of political power.
Keywords: Oliver Stone

Zoot Suit
Series Title: 1981
Call Number: DVD 2013-30
Description: Lawyers seek justice for a group of Mexican-Americans being sent to prison. Based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940's Los Angeles.