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Alexander Hamilton (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) – DV-Disc E 302.6 H2 A44 2007 / 2007 120 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor, and arrogance. His life and career were marked by power, scandal, and tragedy.

America: The Story of US – DV-Disc E 178 A44 2010 / 2010 9 hrs. 12 min. color Languages: English (1. Rebels, Revolution, Westward, Division, Bonus 2. Civil War, Heartland, Cities, Boom, Bonus 3. Bust, World War II, Superpower, Millennium)
A riveting adventure of how America was invented. 'America the story of us' focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by History. Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, are a world-class group of individuals including Tom Brokaw, Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more.

Stream: Founding Mothers / 2005 45 min.
In this A&E Special, Emmy Award–winning journalist Cokie Roberts—author of Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation—sheds light on female contributions to the American Revolution. Women from a diverse range of backgrounds are spotlighted, including First Lady Abigail Adams; Deborah Sampson, who fought in the Continental Army under her dead brother's name; and Elizabeth Freeman, formerly a slave called Mum Bett who in suing for freedom set a precedent that led to the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts.

Liberty or Death – DV-Disc F 230 P44 2007 / 2007 57 min. color Languages: English
The story of the great patriot, Patrick Henry, before the American Revolution including his famous proposed resolution at the Second Virginia Convention, held at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, in March of 1775.

Stream: Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider / 39 min. color-b&w
A rousingly unique look at the famed patriot chronicling his service as a Continental Army colonel in the war--and beyond--to his prosperous life as an early American industrialist.

The Patriot – DV-Disc PN 1997 P367 2000 / 2000 165 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French
A hero of the French and Indian conflict, Benjamin Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. However, when British troops arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger his family, he takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel.

Brigham Young – DV-Disc PN 1997 B76235 2003 / 1940 112 min. b&w Languages: English Subtitles: English, Spanish
The story of the Mormon pioneers' long wagon train west to the Salt Lake Valley, led by Brigham Young.

Stream: Brigham Young: Architect of Faith / 44 min. color-b&w
This episode of Biography looks at Brigham Young, a settler in the American west and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Known as the "Mormon Moses", Young followed founder Joseph Smith as head of the Mormon church.

Stream: Through the Rockies / 26 min. color
This program follows the journey from Fort Laramie to Fort Hall, in modern-day Idaho, explaining the problems of trail overcrowding and the dangers of disease (particularly cholera), showing cutoffs and alternate routes, and detailing the great trek of the Mormon pioneers.

Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail – DV-Disc F 593 T67 1997 / 1997 173 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
The story of the trek of 70,000 Mormons across the plains to the Great Basin.

Blues & Swing (Wynton Marsalis) – DV-Disc M 1366 M37 B54 2002 / 2002 80 min. color Languages: English
Wynton is featured in an intimate concert performance with his quartet, recorded at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, and in workshops conducted with students at Harvard University and at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C

Stream: Joseph-Maurice Ravel: A Concise Biography / 37 min. color
Opening with pictures and a description of the composer's birthplace, the seaport of Ciboure in Basque country, the film characterizes Ravel's childhood and family as modest but pleasant. He entered the Conservatoire de Paris at 14, and while he was a piano major, he was also greatly influenced by literature. He struggled in the Conservatoire, and the conservative professors found him too radical. Along with one of his great influences, Debussy, Ravel became a leader of the French avant-garde. The film also discusses Ravel's involvement in WWI and how the experience and post-war world shaped his music.

Stream: Ladysmith Black Mambazo / 24 min. color
In the ancient hills and valleys of Natal, the haunting strains of Isicathamiya stir the blood and soul of the Zulu nation. In this program, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the ten-man choral a cappella group featured on Paul Simon's Graceland album, lends its full-throated harmonies to music that cuts to the core of the universal spirit.

The Little Prince: A Magical Opera – DV-Disc M 1500 P64 L5 2004 / 2004 90 min. color Languages: English
The beloved fable for all ages from Saint-Exupery is transformed into an enchanting operatic experience by Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman and librettist Nicholas Wright. Featured on PBS's "Great Performances" series, this mesmerizing production features Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the Pilot, Willard White as the King, and Joseph McManners in the title role.

The Music Instinct: Science & Song – DV-Disc ML 3820 M874 2009 / 2009 120 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
The music instinct provides a ground-breaking exploration into how and why the human organism is moved by the undeniable effect of music, and the deep connection between music and our bodies and brains. The program follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture in search of answers to music's deep mysteries.

Show Business: The Road to Broadway – DV-Disc ML 1711.8 N3 S46 2007 / 2007 104 min. color Languages: English
A behind-the-scenes look at four high profile musicals: Wicked, Taboo, Caroline or Change, and Avenue Q. Covers the entire 2003-2004 Broadway season, from casting to the Tony Awards.

The Story of Gospel Music – DV-Disc ML 3187 S76 1996 / 1996 90 min. color –b&w Languages: English
Looks at the origins of gospel music. Includes vintage recordings and modern performances.

Three Worlds, Three Voices, One Vision – DV-Disc M 1630.18 B34 T474 2005 / 1988 58 min. color Languages: English
America's Joan Baez, Argentina¹s Mercedes Sosa, and Germany¹s Konstantin Wecker combine their considerable talents to bring three musical worlds together at a concert in the Roman Amphitheatre in the German city of Xanten. One idea, one motivation binds them together.They are accompanied by well-known jazz and rock musicians such as Wolfgang Dauner, Charlie Mariano, Colin Hodgkinson and many others! The fantastic setting and a number of backstage shots contribute to the unique atmosphere of this special concert.

 

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