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LITERARY STUDIES ON VIDEO CASSETTE.

AMERICAN LITERATURE ON VIDEO CASSETTE.

From James Agee to Ralph Ellison


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Agee, James
Anderson, Sherwood
Auchinclos, Louis
Angelou, Maya
Baldwin, James

Barth, John

1. End of the Road

Aram Avakian

1970

 Filmed before Easy Rider but released afterwards, End of the Road has 
largely been forgotten, but it is arguably the more potent examination of 
the erosion of '60s idealism. Based on a novel by John Barth and co-scripted 
by Terry Southern (who also helped write Easy Rider), this bizarre film stars 
Stacy Keach as a recent graduate who goes from a catatonic state to an 
experimental mental hospital to teaching English at a small college. At the 
school, he becomes involved with the wife of another teacher and his 
self-involved essence leads to a bleak outcome. This neglected gem also 
stars James Earl Jones, Harris Yulin, Dorothy Tristan and James Coco, 
and was Gordon Willis' first feature as a cinematographer.
#S53260

 

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Barthelmen, Donald
 

Bellow, Saul

1. Seize the Day

Fielder Cook

1986

Robin Williams plays Tommy Wilhelm in this faithful adaptation of the 
great Saul Bellow novel of the same title. Nearing 40, a failure, desperately 
alone and much abused by the society at large, Tommy befriends a shyster, 
who finds him ripe for the picking. A melancholy tale well told through a weave 
of past and present. With Robin Williams, Joseph Wiseman, Jerry Stiller, 
Glenne Headly and Tony Roberts.
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Bierce, Ambrose

1. Ambrose Bierce's Civil War Stories

 

 

This two-volume set features An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Robert 
Enrico, France, 1962, 27 mins.), one of the most widely seen and admired 
short films ever made. It atmospherically captures Bierce's tale of a man 
who is about to be hanged when the rope suddenly snaps and he is able to 
escape...for the moment. Also included is Parker Adderson, Philosopher  
(Arthur Barron, Canada, 1974, 39 mins.). Harris Yulin tops the cast of this 
television version of Bierce's story about a Yankee spy captured by Confederate 
forces. Part of The American Short Story Collection series, this PBS production 
includes an introduction from Henry Fonda.
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2. American Avant-Garde Films

 

 

A collection of five experimental American films spanning 1906-1933; Edwin S. 
Porter's landmark Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906, 6
mins., color tints); Salome
a bold and stylized version of the Oscar Wilde play starring the dancer 
Nazimova and based on drawings by Aubrey Beardsley; The Fall of the 
House of Usher
, James Watson and Melville Webber's version of Edgar 
Allan Poe's tale; Watson and Webber's Lot in Sodom, an experimental telling 
of the Old Testament story in terms of homosexuality and the subconscious; 
and finally Charles Vidor's The Bridge, an experimental telling of the Ambrose 
Bierce story, Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
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5. La Jetee/An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

 

 

One of the most challenging films ever made, Chris Marker's neo-science 
fiction film is set in a ruined France after World War III, in which a man's vivid 
childhood experience allows him to travel forward and backward in time. As 
a grown man, he meets the girl he had glimpsed as a child at the airport, 
falls in love with her, chooses to remain in the past, but is executed by those 
who hold power in the future. France, 1962, 29 mins. Also contains An 
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
, directed by Robert Enrico and based on 
a short story by Ambrose Bierce, which tells the tale of a man who is about 
to be hanged when the rope suddenly snaps and he is able to escape. 
Unfortunately, his newly found freedom is short-lived. France, 1962, 27 mins.
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6. The Man and the Snake/The Return

 

 

Two tales by Ambrose Bierce from the American Short Story collection which 
capture the mystery and mood of Bierce's writing. Oscar-winning cinematographer 
Sture Rydman shot both of the tales, which star John Fraser and Andre Morrell, 
and Peter Vaughan and Rosalie Crutchley. 60 mins.

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7. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Robert Enrico

1962

Award winning short film based on a story by Ambrose Bierce about the 
final moments of a man about to be hung for sabotage during the Civil War. 
Highly recommended.
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8. Parker Adderson, Philosopher

Arthur Barron

1974

Harris Yulin tops the cast of this television version of the Ambrose Bierce story 
about a Yankee spy captured by Confederate forces. Includes an introduction 
by Henry Fonda. Part of The American Short Story Collection series.
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Brautigan

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Capote, Truman

1. ABC Stage 67: Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory

 

 

Geraldine Page and Donnie Melvin star in this dramatic television 
adaptation of Capote's autobiographical account of his youth during 
the depression in the South. Living on severely limited means with his 
dottie cousin, the 10-year-old Capote was enriched by singular 
experiences. In this film, the baking of Christmas fruitcakes for 
relatives becomes the center of a warm and involved undertaking. 
51 mins.
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2. Beat the Devil

John Huston

1953

Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley and Peter Lorre top the cast of this audacious, offbeat comedy about a motley group of petty thieves and con artists hoping to grab some valuable uranium deposits. "The birthplace of camp, with John Huston parodying the kind of material that made him a star director (The Maltese Falcon) and Truman Capote providing a ragged, day-by-day screenplay that left the actors stranded (and in Humphrey Bogart's case, visibly annoyed)" (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader).
#S00107
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3. Breakfast at Tiffany's

Blake Edwards

1961

Audrey Hepburn is superb in this dazzling romantic comedy based on Truman Capote's novella. Audrey is the New York playgirl with a secret, determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire, who falls in love with her next-door neighbor, George Peppard.
#S03776 VHS
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4. Breakfast at Tiffany's: Collector's Edition

Blake Edwards

1961

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard star in this classic film based on a story 
by Truman Capote about love in Manhattan. Henry Mancini wrote the score 
that won an Oscar for this unforgettable comedy. Hepburn is magical as the 
young woman who achieves her wildest dreams. This version includes the 
original theatrical trailer.
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5. The Glass House

Tom Gries

1972

Vic Morrow, Alan Alda, Billy Dee Williams, Clu Galager and Dean Jagger star in this excellent adaptation of Truman Capote's story of the hard truths of prison life. Filmed on location, with real-life prisoners among the supporting cast, this stark drama is considered one of the best made-for-television films of its era. This edition includes all the original footage, some of which was cut for subsequent airings following its initial broadcast. 
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7. The Grass Harp

Charles Matthau

1996

Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Mary Steenburgen, 
Charles Durning and Edward Furlong star in this acclaimed
film from the novel by 
Truman Capote about a young boy who learns about life by watching the eccentric 
grown-ups in a small town. "A sweet, wise, funny film" (Lawrence Van Gelder, New 
York Times
).
#S30867

 

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8. Great Writers: Truman Capote

 

 

A fascinating series of informative and entertaining programs about the lives and works 
of some of the most celebrated authors of all
time. These revealing profiles contain insightful commentary as well as rare interviews, documents and other historical materials. Each 
volume is 45 minutes.
#S51764

 

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9. In Cold Blood

Richard Brooks

1967

Based on Truman Capote's novel, which in turn is based on an historical incident: the 
account of a real-life crime in which an entire
family was brutally murdered by 
wandering gunmen. With Robert Blake, Scott Wilson and John Forsythe.
#S00615

 

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10. In Cold Blood

Jonathan Kaplan

1996

ER's Anthony Edwards and Eric Roberts star as Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, whose senseless slaughter of a Holcomb, Kansas, family in 1959 was examined in Truman Capote's famous book. Sam Neill is Detective Alvin Dewey, who breaks the case as the killers flee to Mexico in this psychologically riveting, true story. Made for television.

 

 

 

 

  

13. Master Misery

Elizabeth Dimon

1989

Based on short story by Truman Capote, this film involves a young woman 
named Sylvia who encounters Mr. Revercomb, a mysterious man who buys 
dreams from people. As she gradually falls under his spell, Sylvia finds she is 
unable to break away. Public performance.
#S32129

 

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14. Murder by Death

Robert Moore

1976

Truman Capote is at the center of this film featuring a great comic cast. Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, David Niven, Dame Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Coco and Elsa Lanchester star as just a few of the detectives put in an untenable situation by an eccentric millionaire. He has invited the world's best sleuths to solve a murder for one million dollars. It's a great spoof of over-complicated murder mysteries. Written by Neil Simon.
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15. One Christmas

Tony Bill

1994

This touching holiday film, based on Truman Capote's bittersweet story, 
manages to stir the emotions without descending to familiar
cliches. Movie 
legend Katharine Hepburn tops a fine cast that includes Henry Winkler, Swoosie 
Kurtz and Julie Harris in the story of a young boy and the father he has never 
known. From the director of My Bodyguard and Five Corners. Made for television.
#DV66039 DVD

 

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Cather, Willa

2. My Antonia

Joseph Sargent

1994

Willa Cather's book has been adapted for the screen in this sensitive film 
starring Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint and Neil Patrick
Harris. An orphaned
 boy discovers the mysteries of life and love with a poor immigrant girl.
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3. O Pioneers!

Glenn Jordan

1991

The astonishing Jessica Lange stars in this handsome and impeccable 
adaptation of Willa Cather's turn-of-the-century novel about a
fiercely 
independent young woman who inherits her father's land, earns her family 
a fortune, though must confront her deep feelings for the visionary and 
dreamer who's returned with his own demands and ambitions. With John 
Sayles' regular David Strathairn, Tom Aldredge, Reed Diamond, Heather 
Graham, and Josh Hamilton.
#S17019

 

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4. O' Pioneers! (American Playhouse)

Kirk Browning

1990

Willa Cather's novel of immigrant life in turn-of-the-century Nebraska was brought 
to the stage in this 1990 production for PBS's
American Playhouse. Mary McDonnell 
stars as the courageous and compassionate Alexandra Bergson, who tries to save her 
family's failing homestead in an unforgiving land.
#S38171

 

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5. Paul's Case

Lamont Johnson

 

Based on the short story by Willa Cather, and starring Eric Roberts and Lindsay 
Crouse. From American Short Story series. 
#S01961

 

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Classic Literary Stories, Vols. 1-3

 

1. Classic Literary Stories, Vol. 1

 

 

All The Troubles of the World, from a story by Isaac Asimov, exploring the implications of a world served by an all-knowing, benevolent computer, and The Bear, from a story by William Faulkner, based on the second of his short story versions in which a boy confronts the legend and finds the truth of an old bear. 37 mins.  

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2. Classic Literary Stories, Vol. 2

 

 

The Cash of Amontillado, based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, one of the masterpieces of horror fiction, and The Necklace, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, in which the borrowed necklace is lost, and the couple must mortgage the last ten years of their life. 40 mins.

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3. Classic Literary Stories, Vol. 3

 

 

The Coup de Grace, based on a short story by Ambrose Bierce, as a Union soldier searches for his childhood friend amid the scattered dead and wounded, and Bierce's An Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge, the great brooding story of a man's life going before him shortly before his execution. 19 mins.

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Cooper, James Fenimore

1. Chingachgook, The Great Snake

Richard Groschopp

1967

James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer was the basis for this German western with more historical truth than the vast majority of Hollywood westerns made up to that point. As the Hurons fight alongside French colonists and the Delaware aid English troops, a young Delaware warrior comes to the realization that the white men intend to expel and exterminate the Indians in the region. In German with English subtitles.
#S43362 Institutional
#S43303 Home Use

 

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2. The Deerslayer

Arthur Wellin

1920

Bela Lugosi is featured as a Native American in this silent adaptation of James 
Fenimore Cooper's novel The Deerslayer.
It's an inspiring tale from a time when the 
promise of this continent seemed limitless.
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3. James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales: I & II:James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, Part I

 

 

"The true American myth"--D.H. Lawrence. PBS's authentic adaptation of Leatherstocking Tales (I & II): Deerslayer, Pathfinder, Last of the Mohicans, Pioneers, and Prairie. Natty Bumpo (Hawkeye) and Chingachgook, Delaware chief, bring alive the early 1700s, when Americans, French and Huron were fighting for the vast, uncharted wilderness.
 

 

 

 

 

 

4. James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales: I & II:James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, Part II

 

 

"The true American myth"--D.H. Lawrence. PBS's authentic adaptation of Leatherstocking Tales (I & II): Deerslayer, Pathfinder, Last of the Mohicans, Pioneers, and Prairie. Natty Bumpo (Hawkeye) and Chingachgook, Delaware chief, bring alive the early 1700s, when Americans, French and Huron were fighting for the vast, uncharted wilderness.

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Last Tomahawk

Harald Reinl

1965

This West German/Italian production is a colorful and action-packed 
reworking of James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans.
Uga 
(Dan Martin), the last of his tribe, vows vengeance on the 
murderous Irokese Indians. He and his blood brother, a 
white man called Strongheart (Anthony Steffens), save 
a white family threatened by the Irokese. Lots of pitched 
battles. With Karin Dor. Dubbed in English.
#S32594

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6. The Last of the Mohicans

Maurice Tourneur/Clarence Brown

1920

This silent adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel is set in colonial 
America during the French and Indian Wars, and pits the
fierce warrior 
Magua (Wallace Beery) against Hawkeye and his adopted 
brothers, Uncas and Chingachgook. With Barbara Bedford, 
Albert Roscoe, James Gordon and Boris Karloff.
#S06225

 

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7. The Last of the Mohicans

Ford Beebe/B. Reeves Eason

1932

All the excitement and memorable characters of James Fenimore Cooper's
classic novel come to life in this gripping adventure starring
Harry Carey. 
12 chapters.
#S15601

 

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8. The Last of the Mohicans

George B. Seitz

1936

In 1757, colonial America is being torn apart by the French and Indian War. When the daughter of a British General is captured, Hawkeye, played by Randolph Scott, is set in action by his desire to free the woman he loves. Based on James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel.

 

 

 

 

 

9. The Last of the Mohicans (1985)

James L. Conway

1985

James Fenimore Cooper's classic tale of friendship and adventure during the French and Indian War is given a sturdy re-telling in an above average made-for-tv version. It stars Steve Forrest as Hawkeye and features Andrew Prine, Ned Romero and Robert Tessier in this rousing tale of Colonial America.

 

 

 

 

 

10. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Michael Mann

1992

Michael Mann's impassioned adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel about the French-Indian War stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye, the adopted son of the Mohicans; Madeleine Stowe is the beautiful daughter of a British colonel.
#S18115

 

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Coover

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Dickey, James

3. Deliverance

John Boorman

1972

Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty spend a weekend in the wilds canoeing and trying to avoid inbred, hostile mountain folk in Georgia. Based on the novel by James Dickey, this wilderness nightmare chills to the bone. With Bill McKinney and Herbert Coward.
#S00320 VHS
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6. Whispers on the Wind

 

Focusing on the distinct voices of our poetic heritage, this is a 
collection of verse as read by LeVar Burton, Ruby Dee and 
Cameron Mitchell. Included are works by D.H. Lawrence, Alexander 
Pope, DeBose Heyward, Tennessee Williams and James Dickey. 45 mins. 
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Didion,

(none)

Dillard, Annie

(none)

 

Dreiser, Theodore

2. Carrie

William Wyler

1952

Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones star in this story of a middle-aged man who risks his marriage and wealth for the love of young beauty. Based on Theodore Dreiser's famous satirical novel, Sister Carrie. "Graced by one of Olivier's finest screen performances" (Pauline Kael).
#S13791

 

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4. Eminent Scholars Series, Introduction to Theodore Dreiser's Ficti

 

 

Distinguished educators and critics in an organized syllabus of documented lectures on modern American literature. Comes complete with study guide. Each tape is 45 minutes.

Warner Bertoff surveys Dreiser's six most important novels, from Sister Carrie to An American Tragedy, distinguishing between the realist and naturalist world views in the fiction.
#S08175

 

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5. Eminent Scholars Series, Understanding Dreiser's Sister Carrie

 

 

Distinguished educators and critics in an organized syllabus of documented lectures on modern American literature. Comes complete with study guide. Each tape is 45 minutes.

Critic Alfred Kazin calls Dreiser the most enduring of American naturalists, and explains the viewpoints that environment and heredity determined human conduct, as exemplified in Sister Carrie.
#S08192

 

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6. A Place in the Sun

George Stevens

1951

Based on Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, this drama features strong performances from Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. Clift is the poor boy driven by the lure of wealth, with his success threatened by complications from his simultaneous affairs with factory girl Winters and socialite Taylor. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Director, Screenplay, Music, and Cinematography. Selected for the National Film Registry in 1991.
#S04663
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Dos Passos, John

1. The Devil Is a Woman

Josef von Sternberg

1935

In turn-of-the-century Spain, carnival week becomes the setting for a deadly duel when two longtime friends fall under the spell of a beautiful, sly seductress (Marlene Dietrich), who ends up torturing them both. Dietrich is fabulous as a femme fatale in this tale of decadent romanticism in a film which is one of the high points of von Sternberg's career--an amazing integration of image into a stylized visual rhythm. With Cesar Romero and Lionel Atwill, based on a novel by Piere Louys, with a script by von Sternberg, John dos Passos and S.K. Winston, and cinematography by von Sternberg and Lucien Ballard.
#S35357

 

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2. Eminent Scholars Series, Introduction to John Dos Passos' Fiction

 

 

Distinguished educators and critics in an organized syllabus of documented lectures on modern American literature. Comes complete with study guide. Each tape is 45 minutes.

Prof. Townsend Luddington explores the cultural and personal causes for Dos Passos' literary and political radicalism, describes his decline as a writer from the 1940s onwards, and his concurrent move toward increasing political conservatism.
#S08174

 

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3. Eminent Scholars Series, Understanding Dos Passos' U.S.A.

 

 

Distinguished educators and critics in an organized syllabus of documented lectures on modern American literature. Comes complete with study guide. Each tape is 45 minutes.

Prof. Townsend Luddington explains the political thesis and technical innovations, the prophetic and satiric vision of American culture in Dos Passos' trilogy.
#S08193

 

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Ellison, Ralph

4. Ralph Ellison: The Self-Taught Writer

 

 

Ralph Ellison's struggle with poverty and segregation as a child shaped his character. Ultimately he rose to world fame with his most popular and insightful novel, The Invisible Man. 30 mins.
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