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From George Orwell to H.G. Wells

Orwell, George

1. 1984

Michael Anderson

1956

 Edmond O'Brien defies Big Brother in this effective adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel warning of the dangers of a totalitarian

 

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2. 1984

Michael Radford

1984

 

An extraordinary film version of George Orwell's masterpiece starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. A story of impossible love and tragi

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Animal Farm

John Halas/Joy Batchelor

1954

 George Orwell's dark view of the future is animated in this well-done feature directed by John Halas. The animals of Farm Manor revolt and name their new property "Animal Farm." For a while their socialist utopia thrives, but soon the pigs assume more power and the grand ideals evaporate into a totalitarian society. The first British feature-length animated film.  #S00054  VHS

 

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4. Animal Farm

John Stephenson

1999

 

George Orwell's classic novel is brought to the screen with the assistance of some amazing creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop and and the voices of Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Scofield, Patrick Stewart, Peter Ustinov and others. Orwell's satirical allegory of the Russian revolution also functions as a more general critique of the failures and hypocrisy of governments, and this production is true to that basic theme.  #S39811 VHS        #DV63274 DVD

 

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7. A Merry War, 1997
Based on George Orwell's novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying, this bright satire follows an ad agency copywriter who, deluded by his

 

Robert Bierman

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8. The Road to 1984--George Orwell: The Life That Shaped the Vision

 

 

 

USA, 1984, 88 mins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priestley, J.B.

3. The Good Companions

Victor Saville

1933

 British musical star Jessie Matthews (Evergreen) tops a terrific cast in this film based on J.B. Priestley's novel about a floundering theatrical troupe. John Gielgud, Edmund Gwenn and George Zucco also star. "Matthews is given full rein to display her considerable musical and comedic charms; Gielgud is equally humorous and surprising. He even sings!" (Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide).  #S50757 VHS

 

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5. Lost Empires

Alan Grint

1986

 

This television mini-series marked one of Sir Laurence Olivier's final screen appearances. Based on the novel by J.B. Priestley, the series is set during the last days of the great era of British music halls. A young man (Colin Firth) joins his uncle's touring magic act as World War I looms and a colorful tradition of theatrical variety prepares to take its final bow. Seven episodes.  #S42964  VHS             #DV69253  DVD

 

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Pritchett, V. S.

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Richardson, Samuel

1. Joseph Andrews

Tony Richardson

1977

 Director Tony Richardson (Hotel New Hampshire) adapts another of Henry Fielding's (Tom Jones) attacks on Victorian morals and their inherent hypocrisy. Peter Firth stars as a lowly functionary to Lady Booby (Ann-Margret), whose advances and seductions are rejected in favor of a simple peasant girl. Fielding's novel is purportedly based on Samuel Richardson's Pamela.   #S02538 VHS

 

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Sackville-West, Vita

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Scott, Walter

 

1. The Heroes of Scotland

 

 

Three programs that examine the truth and the legends surrounding three giants of Scottish history: Rob Roy: The True Story--Made famous through Sir Walter Scott's novel, as well as the 1995 feature film starring Liam Neeson, this program traces the story of Rob Roy in an historically accurate manner. A compelling look at the facts behind the legend of the heroic bandit and rebel. The Bruce of Bannockburn--Expert analysis and historical reconstructions bring to life the story of Scotland's great medieval king and the thunderous battle at Bannockburn. William Wallace: The Truce Story--Discover the true history of the man who inspired Mel Gibson's Braveheart, the great rebel warrior who spent his life fighting against English oppression. Three-volume set. 1996, 155 mins.
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2. Ivanhoe

Richard Thorpe

1952

 An elaborately staged costume drama based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott, with an all-star cast including Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Emlyn Williams and others. #S03858 VHS

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3. Ivanhoe

Stuart Orme

1996

 

Steven Waddington (The Last of the Mohicans), Susan Lynch (The Secret of Roan Inish) and James Cosmo (Braveheart) star in this A&E/BBC production of Sir Walter Scott's tale of magnificent pageantry of knightly tournaments and whispered meetings of courtly lovers. Filmed on location in England. #S31271 VHS              #DV61596 DVD

 

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4. King Richard and the Crusaders

David Butler

1954

 An ambitious, historical adaptation of Walter Scott's The Talisman, set during the Crusades. Richard Harrison is Saladin, a dreaded historical figure who arrives in England impersonating a nobleman and falls madly in love with Lady Edith (Virginia Mayo). With George Sanders, Laurence Harvey and Robert Douglas. #S19007 VHS

 

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5. La Donna del Lago

 

 

 

Rossini's romantic opera, based on Sir Walter Scott's poem The Lady of the Lake, is staged in a spectacular production at La Scala. June Anderson leads an all-star cast of top bel canto singers under the direction of Riccardo Muti with staging designed by famed German filmmaker Werner Herzog. 167 mins. #S21364 VHS          #DV65800 DVD

 

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6. The Lady of the Lake

James A. Fitzpatrick

1928

 This silent British feature captures the exciting adventures and freedom of a young girl (Benita Hume) in Scotland. Loosely based from the period that produced Sir Walter Scott's narrative poem, the story concerns the young girl's saving of the life of the King from outlaws.#S19531 VHS

 

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8. Rob Roy: The True Story

 

 

 Romanticized in Sir Walter Scott's novel and rediscovered by many after the 1995 feature film, Rob Roy Macgregor lived a violent life as an outlaw who targeted his British oppressors. This program details the real history of this Scottish Robin Hood. 50 mins. #S49245 VHS

 

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9. Three Faces of Scotland

 

 

 An unprecedented look at the history and beauty of Scotland in three riveting programs: Birth of a Nation shows how successive invasions and the spread of Christianity gradually united the warring tribes of the north and introduces the heroes who fought to make Scotland a free nation. Mountains of Majesty tells the epic story of the Stewarts, Mary Queen of Scots and the conflict between church and state that divided the nation for 300 years. Lastly, Taking the High Road looks at the romantic vision of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the poetic inspirations of Walter Scott and Robert Burns, the inventiveness of James Watt, and the establishment of the great cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Each episode is 60 mins. Three-volume set. #S37740 VHS

 

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Shakespeare

--See fileó

 

Sillitoe, Allan

1. Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Tony Richardson

1962

 

The engrossing story of a rebellious young man chosen to represent his reform school in a track race. A superbly acted film, it also confronts the rigidity of society's mores and institutions. This is a key British film from the 60s directed by Tony Richardson. Starring Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave.

 

 

 

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34. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Karel Reisz

1960

 

Albert Finney became a star and made this British New Wave film--Reisz' first feature--a box office hit with the defiant phrase, "Don't let the bastards grind you down." Finney's brooding performance as the young Nottingham factory worker lashing out at the working class and his "dead from the neck up" parents is still fresh today. With Shirley Anne Field, Bryan Pringle, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington, Colin Blakely and Rachel Roberts as his sad-sack mistress. #DV68722 DVD

 

 

 

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Snow, C.P.

146. Strangers & Brothers (Masterpiece Theatre)

Ronald Wilson/Jeremy Summers

1984

 

The personal and political philosophies of an ambitious young lawyer are shaped over 38 years of upheaval in his personal life and historic changes in England. This superbly acted BBC mini-series follows the twists and turns in the life of Lewis Eliot (Shaughan Seymour), from his days as a law student to his wartime activities to his years as a politician and writer. Anthony Hopkins contributes a charismatic supporting performance in this 13-hour drama, based on the novel by C.P. Snow. First broadcast in America on Masterpiece Theater. Also starring Nigel Havers.  
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Stern, Lawrence

(????)

 

Stevenson, Robert Louis

4. Black Arrow

Gordon Douglas

1948

 From the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The War of the Roses in England is refought by Louis Hayward and George MacReady with the lovely Janet Blair rooting for the heroic Mr. Hayward. Swashbuckling action and adventure set against an involved tale of revenge that produces a considerable number of bodies punctured by the title instrument of death. With Edgar Buchanan.  #S09111 VHS

 

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5. The Body Snatcher

Robert Wise

1945

 

A ghoulish tale of murder and mayhem. Val Lewton teamed the duo of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in this tale of an Edinburgh cab driver who supplies the city's medical inspectors with corpses. Based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. A Child's Garden of Verses

 

 

 

This animated interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's collection of poems for children is beautifully interpreted. 26 mins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Barrymore/Republic)

John S. Robertson

1920

 

John Barrymore delivers a thrilling performance as Dr. Jekyll in this silent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic. Digitally remastered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (March)

Rouben Mamoulian

1932

 The uncensored version of the 1932 interpretation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic that won Fredric March an Oscar. The ten minutes that were cut for its re-release have been restored in its home video debut. Wally Westmore created the transformation make-up for this taut and exciting story of the battle of good and evil in the single body of a man of science. With Miriam Hopkins as Ivy, the prostitute, and Holmes Herbert and Rose Hobart.
#S11217 VHS

 

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15. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tracy)

Victor Fleming

1941

 

The third screen version of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel is the most popular due to Spencer Tracy's performance as Dr. Harry Jekyll, whose experiments bring out the sexually frustrated Mr. Hyde. With Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde

Roy Ward Baker

1971

 Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale gets a gender-bending twist in this Hammer film. Dr. Jekyll's familiar experiments of the id in extreme result in a most deadly femme fatale. Stars Ralph Bates and Martine Beswick bear an uncanny resemblance to each other. "The queerest Hammer horror film ever...A surprisingly sophisticated film that raises moral dilemmas of Faustian proportions" (Susan Stryker, Planet Out). #DV67392 DVD

 

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17. Dracula/The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Dan Curtis/Charles Jarrott

1973/1968

 Dan Curtis, the titan of television terror behind Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker and Trilogy of Terror, brought these two intelligent versions of classic horror tales to the small screen. Curtis produced and directed the critically acclaimed 1973 Dracula (100 mins.), with Jack Palance as Bram Stoker's immortal blood-sucker. Celebrated fantasy writer Richard Matheson wrote the screenplay for this excellent adaptation. Five years earlier, Palance starred in the Curtis production of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (120 mins.), directed by Charles Jarrott. Palance tops a fine cast that includes Denholm Elliott and Billie Whitelaw in an atmospheric retelling of the dark fable of good and evil. This DVD double feature includes interviews with Curtis and Palance, as well as a theatrical trailer for Dracula (it played in cinemas in Europe).
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18. The Ebb-Tide

Nicholas Renton

1998

 Robbie Coltrane (Cracker) stars as the disgraced merchant seaman Captain Chisholm in this handsomely produced adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of adventure on the seas and on a Caribbean island. Stranded together, three men search for a lost shipmate and a way back to civilization. Made for television. 100 mins.  #S38846 VHS

 

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19. Edge of Sanity

Gerard Kikoine

1989

 

In one of his final roles, Anthony Perkins seems at ease with his creepy typecasting and chews the scenery with plenty of panache in an exploitation spin on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In a novel twist, the good doctor here experiments with cocaine and transforms into Jack the Ripper. This made-in-Hungary cheapie, directed by a pornography veteran, is certainly not what Robert Louis Stevenson had in mind, but fans of Perkins should get a kick out of it. #DV69308 DVD

 

 

 

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20. The Famous Authors Series:Famous Authors Series: Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

 Expert commentary, archival documents, and illustrations are used in these short video biographies of some of the greatest names in literature. 35 mins. #S51934  VHS

 

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25. The Game of Death

Rachel Samuels

2000

 

Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Carrington) and David Morrissey (Drowning by Numbers, Hillary and Jackie) star in this juicy drama based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson. The bereaved Captain Henry Joyce (Morrissey) joins the highly secretive "Suicide Club," run by the mysterious Mr. Bourne (Pryce). The members, all committed to ending their lives, play deadly games of chance, with each card determining the next to die. When Joyce falls in love with the club's only female member, he reconsiders his membership...but it may be too late. Produced by Roger Corman, making a rare departure from his usual exploitation fare. "Exceptionally cast from top to bottom" (Variety). Also known as The Suicide Club. #S42184 VHS
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36. Long John Silver

Byron Haskin

1954

 

Robert Newton (Disney's Treasure Island) once again stars as the swashbuckling pirate in this delightful color film based on the Robert Louis Stevenson children's classic. In this film, Long John Silver seeks hidden treasure, rescues the governor's daughter and battles his arch-enemy on Treasure Island. Featuring Rod Taylor as Israel Hand. #S27335 VHS

 

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39. The Master of Ballantrae

William Keighley

1953

 Two brothers toss to decide who will join the 1745 rebellion to make Bonnie Prince Charles king of England. "Declare your allegiance--or answer to his blade!" Supreme swashbuckler Errol Flynn stars in this adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, filmed on location in Scotland, England's Cornwall and Sicily. With Anthony Steel, Roger Livesey, Beatrice Campbell and Felix Aylmer. #S16732 VHS

 

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52. The Silent Horror of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"

Lucius Henderson/Charles Haydon/John Robertson

1912/1920

 Three early screen adaptations of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. James Cruze plays Jekyll and Hyde (with Harry Benham as Hyde in many scenes) in an historic, 1912 Thanhouser short, directed by Lucius Henderson. Sheldon Lewis plays the part in Charles J. Haydon's 1920 production, which was made as a rival to the famous John Barrymore version released the same year. This volume concludes with the Barrymore film, directed by John S. Robertson, and still considered one of the great film treatments of the story. Silent with music scores. #S42730 VHS

 

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53. St. Ives

Harry Hook

1998

 

Not to be confused with the 1976 Charles Bronson film, this is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, St. Ives: Being the Adventures of a French Prisoner in England. Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game), Jean Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I) and Anna Friel (The Land Girls) star in an irreverent tale of a prisoner who finds true love and trouble after he escapes. #S52148 VHS
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54. Suicide Club

James Bruce

1987

 

Mariel Hemingway is a beautiful and very bored heiress on the prowl for excitement. She finds exactly what she is looking for at the estate of Nancy and Cam's costume party where guests play a variety of deadly parlour games. With Robert Joy, Madeleine Potter and Lenny Hanry. Based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55. Thanhouser Classics, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1910-1912)

 

 

Forgotten or neglected by most film historians, the Thanhouser Company was a prominent film studio for nearly a decade, turning out hundreds of very successful films. Edwin Thanhouser was something of a maverick in the pioneering years of the film industry, refusing (as did Carl Laemmle, Adolph Zukor and others) to follow the regulations of the Motion Picture Patents Company trust, which was dominated by Edison, Biograph and other established studios. Although acquired by Mutual in 1912, Thanhouser continued to operate out of its own New York studio with its own stars and staff. Most of the company's vast output has been lost to time, but this invaluable collection provides the opportunity to see 26 historic early films--overlooked treasures of our movie heritage. All the films are accompanied by original organ scores composed and performed by Andrew Crow or Raymond A. Brubacher. Each volume also comes with a booklet with a brief history and notes on each film by Victor Graf.

Includes five short films. Only in the Way (1911) stars child actress Marie Eline in a heartwarming story of a little girl who runs away to live with her grandmother when she is placed in a nursing home. Eline is also featured in Get Rich Quick (1911), playing the daughter of a poor widow taken in by a scam investment operation. Marguerite Snow and Harry Benham also star. The Coffin Ship stars Snow and early matinee idol William Garwood in a tale of forbidden love on a disaster-bound cruise ship. Cinderella (George Nichols, 1911) is one of the earliest surviving versions of the oft-filmed fairy tale, starring Florence LaBadie in the title role. Finally, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Lucius Henderson, 1912) is a very early screen version of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel, starring LaBadie, James Cruze and Marie Eline. 65 mins.#S50036 VHS

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58. Treasure Island

Yevgeni Fridman

1971

 Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of youthful adventure and piracy comes alive in this rousing screen adaptation. Veteran Russian film star Boris Andreyev tops the cast of this film for all ages. In Russian with English subtitles. 
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59. Treasure Island

John Hough

1972

 Orson Welles and Walter Slezak lend their weight to this retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic tale of sailors, pirates and buried treasure. Welles is great as the gamey eccentric, Long John Silver. It's a great tale for the kid in everyone.#S23103 VHS

 

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60. Treasure Island

Fraser C. Heston

1990

 An all-new production of Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless classic, with Charlton Heston as the infamous pirate captain Long John Silver, Christian Bale as the cabin boy Jim Hawkins, Oliver Reed as Capt. Billy Bones and Christopher Lee as Blind Pew. #S12299 VHS

 

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61. Treasure Island

 

 

 Robert Louis Stevenson's classic epic of the high seas will delight children in this animated version. Charming animated characters (including a talking parrot and a wisecracking cat and mouse duo) make this cartoon even more appealing to kids. From the Enchanted Tales series. USA, 1996, 48 mins.#S26914 VHS

 

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62. Treasure Island (1997, Animated)

 

 

 An animated version of Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless adventure story. Cartoon animals stand in for Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver and the rest in this entertaining feature geared towards younger audiences. 1997, 85 mins. #DV61501 DVD

 

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63. Treasure Island

Hal Sutherland

1972

 Originally released as a theatrical feature, this film was also shown as a prime-time TV special in 1980. Young Jim Hawkins and his friend Hiccup Mouse take to the high seas in this musical version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. Voice talents include Richard Dawson, Larry Storch and Davy Jones.  #S29750 VHS

 

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64. Treasure Island (Scott King)

Scott King

1999

 Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this Treasure Island has nothing to do with Robert Louis Stevenson. Instead, it's a complex drama, loosely inspired by the 1956 thriller The Man Who Never Was, set in a secret San Francisco naval institution near the end of World War II. This darkly humorous tale of cryptography and a dead body has a serious political edge. Writer-director-cinematographer Scott King's debut is a "cerebral and uncompromising experimental narrative...An evocative, ambitious exploration of America on the precise and terrifying cusp of becoming a global superpower" (Ray Greene, Box Office). #DV62288 DVD

 

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67. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Terence Fisher

1960

 Hammer Films' version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story turns Mr. Hyde into a character as suave and handsome as he is evil. Paul Massie plays Jekyll and Hyde and the supporting cast includes Christopher Lee, Dawn Adams and, in a small role, a very young Oliver Reed. Hammer would take another stab at this tale a decade later with I, Monster. #S41026 VHS

 

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Trollope, Anthony

1. The Pallisers, Set 1

 

 

 

Anthony Trollope's novels of politics and passions in and around the House of Commons were brought to the screen in this popular BBC television series. The cast includes such prestigious British actors as John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Andrews and Roger Livesey. This volume includes the first eight episodes. Great Britain, 1974, 400 mins. #S40987 VHS
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2. The Pallisers, Set 2

 

 

 

Nine more episodes from the lavish BBC series based on the novels by Anthony Trollope. These installments continue the dramatic tale of two decades in the life of one aristocratic family in mid-Victorian England. Susan Hampshire and Philip Latham star, with a supporting cast featuring some of England's best actors. Great Britain, 1974, 450 mins. 
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5. The Way We Live Now

David Yates

2001

 

David Suchet (TV's Poirot) tops the cast of this BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novel about power, passion and corruption during the railway boom of the 1870s. Screenwriter Andrew Davies' previous credits include the much-admired 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and collaborations on Bridget Jones' Diary and The Tailor of Panama.  
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Thackeray, William

1. Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick

1975

 

Kubrick's tenth feature film is a lavish treatment of Thackeray's 18th century novel and features Ryan O'Neal as a conniving rogue and Marisa Berenson as the widowed Lady Lyndon. Kubrick used antique clothes instead of costumes, and all shooting was on authentic locations.
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2. Becky Sharp

Rouben Mamoulian

1935

 The first feature photographed in Technicolor, an adaptation of Thackeray's Vanity Fair, in which a hardened orphan wages war on English society as an ambitious social climber. Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Sir Cedric Hardwicke star. #S00111 VHS

 

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3. Vanity Fair

Chester M. Franklin

1932

 Myrna Loy stars as Becky Sharp in this modern dance version of the Thackeray novel. Billy Bevan and Montagu Love also star. #S07065 VHS

 

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4. Vanity Fair

David Giles

1967

 The classic BBC adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, a satire of the weaknesses and folly of human nature in early 19th-century England. The viewer is treated to the machinations of anti-heroine Becky Sharp (Susan Hampshire in an Emmy Award-winning performance), whom Alistair Cooke once called "one of the most accomplished bitches known to fact or fiction between the fall of Rome and the rise of Las Vegas." 
#S31357 VHS

 

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5. Vanity Fair

Marc Munden

1998

 Brilliantly adapted by literary mini-series regular Andrew Davies (1995's Pride 
and Prejudice
, 1996's Moll Flanders, 1997's Emma), this is a lavish BBC version 
of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic tale of status, love and fortune. With a 
stinging satirical edge, this epic story follows the beautiful and poor Becky Sharp 
as she sets out to win a place in the self-absorbed world of the British upper crust. 
Six-volume set.

 

 

Wain, John

(none)

 

Waugh, Evelyn

1. Brideshead Revisited

Michael Lindsay-Hogg/Charles Sturridge

1981

 

One of television's all-time best dramas, this British mini-series is based on Evelyn Waugh's classic novel and features a standout cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom and Laurence Olivier. An Oxford student (Irons) becomes friends with a wealthy classmate (Andrews) and his family, and pulled into their glittering, decadent, but fading world of British aristocracy. "There are so few pleasures in life, really. Sex, money, chocolate, and Brideshead Revisited" (Tom Shales, The Washington Post). This collection includes the complete and uncut series. #S53655 VHS    #DV69185 DVD

 

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3. A Handful of Dust

Charles Sturridge

1988

 Evelyn Waugh's satiric novel on the decline of the British empire has been filmed in a very civilized manner. When the decent but very dull James Wilby finds out that his beautiful but cool wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) is having a serious affair with the dashing but penniless Rupert Graves, he goes exploring in South America. With Anjelica Huston and Alec Guinness. #S08351 VHS

 

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5. Loved One

Tony Richardson

1965

 Welcome to the lighter side of death, American style. Based on the novel by 
Evelyn Waugh, Robert Morse plays a naive British writer who takes a crash course 
in the California funeral industry that includes both human and animal customers. 
The all-star cast includes Liberace, James Coburn, Milton Berle, Tab Hunter, Robert 
Morley, Rod Steiger and Jonathan Winters. Written by Christopher Isherwood and 
Terry Southern.

 

 

West, Morris

1. Shoes of the Fisherman

Michael Anderson

1968

 International cast in this adaptation of the Morris West novel about the election of the first Russian Pope includes Anthony Quinn as Pope Kiril I, plus John Gielgud, Vittorio De Sica, David Janssen and Oskar Werner.
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West, Rebecca

 

54. Return of the Soldier

Alan Bridges

1981

Glenda Jackson, Julie Christie and Ann-Margret head a stellar cast in the moving story of Chris, a shell-shocked veteran of 
World War I, who returns home with fifteen years of his life erased from his memory. With the help of his wife, his former love, 
and his devoted cousin, he is brought back to the present, but not without pain.

 

 

Woolf, Virginia

 

2. The Modern World: Ten Great Writers:Modern World: Ten Great Writers, Vol. 08: Virginia Woolf, The

A ground-breaking series of profiles of ten great 20th-century writers who helped shape literature. Each program examines the author's experiences and includes commentary by noted scholars as well as dramatized excerpts performed by actors from Great Britain's National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, including David Suchet, Eileen Atkins, Patrick Malahide, Tim McInnerny, Tim Roth, Brian Glover, Michael Gough and Edward Fox.
Vol. 8: Virginia Woolf. Woolf's innovative narrative method in Orlando, To the Lighthouse and The Waves established her as a leading 20th-century novelist. 58 mins.

 

 

3. Mrs. Dalloway

Marleen Gorris

1997

 

Vanessa Redgrave gives an exquisite performance in Marlene Gorris' (Antonia's Line) adaptation of Virginia Woolf's 1923 novel which follows a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a respectable, 60ish wife of a London cabinet official, as she prepares for and gives a party. During the course of the day she is visited by Peter, an old suitor, and Sally, with whom she had a flirtation as a young woman. Through flashbacks we learn about the choices Clarissa made during her life as she wonders about what might have been. With Natascha McElhone, Rupert Graves, Michael Kitchen, Lena Headey and Alan Cox. #S35020 VHS      #DV61856 DVD

 

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4. Orlando  

Sally Potter

1993

 

Virginia Woolf's ground-breaking novel about a transsexual from the time of Renaissance England has been transformed into a beautiful film. Tilda Swinton stars with Billy Zane as her romantic American lover while Quentin Crisp reigns as Queen Elizabeth the First. #S20829 VHS
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6. A Room of One's Own: Eileen Atkins as Virginia Woolf

 

 

 British actress and Virginia Woolf scholar Eileen Atkins portrays the author in this excellent performance based on Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Atkins' commanding performance perfectly conveys the writer's passionate beliefs about the role of women in the world. 1990, 50 mins. #S39882 VHS

 

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8. To the Lighthouse

Colin Gregg

1983

 

Kenneth Branagh and Rosemary Harris star in the BBC production of Virginia Woolf's most popular novel, about family life as friends settle in to enjoy a warm Edwardian summer at the beach, and romance and conflicting dreams simultaneously draw the family together and pull it apart. #S32021 VHS

 

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9. The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf

John Fuegi/Jo Francis

1995

 This exceptional documentary captures the spirit of one of the great figures of modern literature. This film visits the locations that shaped Woolf's life and work and includes interviews with the author's niece and nephew and notables such as as Stephen Spender and Frances Patridge. Archival photos, family photos and personal letters also lend an intimate, personal tone to this lovingly crafted feature. Anna Massey acts as the voice of Virginia Woolf and Ian Redford narrates. Winner of the Distinguished Documentary Feature Award of the International Documentary Association. #S39883 VHS

 

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Wells, H.G.

2. Alien Voices: The First Men in the Moon

 

 

 A Trekkies delight: Cast members from Star Trek (Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner), Star Trek: The Next Generation (John de Lancie and Dwight Schultz) and Star Trek: Voyager (Ethan Phillips) team up for a live performance of a radio play based on H.G. Wells' classic tale of alien life found on the moon. The camera captures the actors' obvious joy working in the tradition of radio past. 45 mins.  #S36491 VHS

 

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15. Empire of the Ants

Bert I. Gordon

1977

 For Bert I. Gordon, a.k.a. "Mr. Big," the premise of ordinary things becoming giant never grew old. Following The Amazing Colossal Man, War of the Colossal Beast, Earth Vs. The Giant Spider, Attack of the Puppet People, Village of the Giants, and Food of the Gods, Gordon super-sized things once again with this film based, like Food of the Gods, on a novel by H.G. Wells. As the title suggests, it's giant ants for this go-around, pursuing Joan Collins and other human morsels. #DV68190 DVD

 

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18. First Men in the Moon

Nathan Juran

1964

 A flamboyant adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel about the first settlers in space and their battles with giant warrior ants for control of the moon. Ray Harryhausen did the special visual effects. With Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, and Erik Chitty. #S16681 VHS

 

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20. H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon

Nathan Juran

1964

 

Academy-Award winner Ray Harryhausen created the special effects for this sci-fi adventure starring Edward Judd and Martha Hyer. The ter

 

 

 

 

21. Half a Sixpence

George Sidney

1967

 Musical based on an H.G. Wells story about a draper's assistant who suddenly inherits a fortune and attempts to move up in society. Starring Tommy Steele and Julia Foster. #S13785 VHS

 

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26. The Invisible Man

 

 

 

Based on H.G. Wells' novel, The Invisible Man, which aired in Britain 1958-60, was one of the most popular television series of its time. Peter Brady, a brilliant scientist, accidentally makes himself invisible and volunteers for British Intelligence, all the while working on an antidote. Six half-hour episodes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

27. The Invisible Man

James Whale

1933

 A super version of H.G. Wells' fantasy, with Claude Rains playing the scientist who experiments with a drug which, while it makes him invisible, also turns him into a megalomaniac murderer. Terrific special effects, with Gloria Stuart playing the sexy heroine. #S02943 VHS

 

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28. The Island of Dr. Moreau (Globalstage)

 

 

 H.G. Wells' science fiction novel about an exiled scientist whose experiments result in monstrous creations is presented in a theatrical adaptation by Seattle's Taproot Theatre. Aimed at ages 10 and up, this Globalstage presentation is perfect for home or classroom viewing. 1999, 113 mins. #S40882 VHS

 

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29. The Island of Dr. Moreau

Don Taylor

1977

 

Burt Lancaster stars in this screen version of the great H.G. Wells story about a mad scientist creating horrific man-beasts on a remote island. Lancaster is in fine form and the excellent supporting cast includes Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera and Richard Basehart. Wells' story was previously filmed in the 1933 classic Island of Lost Souls, and again in 1996 by John Frankenheimer. #S06109 VHS   
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30. Island of Lost Souls

Erle C. Kenton

1933

 A terrifying adaptation of H.G. Wells' story about a vivisectionist trapped on a desolate island who alters the biological genetics of jungle animals and changes them into pathological man/animal hybrids. With Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen and Stanley Fields. #S19013 VHS

 

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34. Kipps

Carol Reed

1941

 Based on H.G. Wells' satirical comedy about a shopkeeper who inherits a fortune and tries to enter high society. With Michael Redgrave, Diana Wynyard. #S00683 VHS

 

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36. Man Who Could Work Miracles

Lothar Mendes

1937

 An enjoyable and imaginative fantasy scripted by H.G. Wells, starring Roland Young as a recipient of a gift of great powers given by a bored group of aliens who decide to give the power to work miracles to an ordinary fellow to see what happens. #S00814 VHS

 

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37. The Marvelous Visit

Marcel Carne

1974

An inventive adaptation of H.G. Wells' story about a fallen angel who is discovered by a priest and his assistant. The two care for the angel's rehabilitation. The angel wanders into a sleepy village and his eccentric behavior transforms it. With Gilles Kohler, Deborah Berger and Jean-Pierre Castaldi. French with English subtitles. #S19499 VHS

 

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47. The Passionate Friends (One Woman's Story)

David Lean

1948

 

Claude Rains, Trevor Howard and Ann Todd are superbly cast in this adaptation of an H.G. Wells novel. It all concerns a spurned marriage proposal. After many years the woman who married for money and not for love begins to consider her choice all over again when she meets her old beau. #S23957 VHS

 

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54. Things to Come

William C. Menzies

1936

 

H.G. Wells adapted his own speculative book of the future for this landmark science fiction film--one of only two screenplays the great writer would actually pen himself. Some of the writing may be a bit overripe and some of the acting is a little dated, but the genius of William Cameron Menzies' production design remains a sight to behold. The film, about the dilemmas of our future civilization, was Wells' response to Metropolis. Raymond Massey, Cedric Hardwicke and Ralph Richardson star. #S01326 VHS                       #DV66286 DVD

 

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56. Time After Time

Nicholas Meyer

1979

 

In this fanciful blend of fantasy and history, author H.G. Wells actually invents the time machine of his famous book, then must use it to chase Jack the Ripper into the future (1979). This novel plot also makes room for a charming love story between Wells, played by Malcolm McDowell, and a feminist bank clerk played by Mary Steenburgen. The authentic chemistry between McDowell and Steenburgen (who were married for several years) is evident and first-time director Nicholas Meyer shows great assurance behind the camera in this fine entertainment. David Warner co-stars as the Ripper.  #S53436 VHS                            #DV69149 DVD

 

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57. The Time Machine (1960)

George Pal

1960

 

H.G. Wells' classic novel was adapted in this enduringly popular film directed by George Pal. Rod Taylor is the time traveler who guns his machine into the distant future only to find a civilization enslaved by subterranean mutants. The Oscar winning special effects and finely detailed set design make this film a joy to view. Also starring Yvette Mimieux and Alan Young. #S01346 VHS   #DV64906 DVD1    #DV66050 DVD2

 

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58. The Time Machine

Simon Wells

2002

 

Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) stars in this adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic, directed by the author's great-grandson, who previously worked mainly in animation (The Prince of Egypt, Balto). He brings an animator's eye to this live-action, special effects-driven film, which emphasizes the fantasy elements of the novel over its social critique and makes considerable changes to the original story. As eye candy, however, it's top-notch. With Jeremy Irons and Orlando Jones.
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60. Village of the Giants

Bert I. Gordon

1965

 

A cult classic loosely adapted from H.G. Wells' story about a group of teenagers who experiment with chemical substances. They develop a mysterious food which severely alters their appearance. The teenagers are transformed into walking giants, and proceed to terrorize their community. With Tommy Kirk, Johnny Crawford, Beau Bridges and Ron Howard. 
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61. War of the Worlds

Byron Haskin

1952

 

Based on the H.G. Wells novel, this film is everybody's SF classic. Winner of an Oscar for special effects, starring Gene Barry.   #S01430 VHS    #DV61249 DVD

 

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