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Art of the Western World.  1989, 4 Video set, 513 Minutes, English.

            An introduction to and study of artistic masterpieces from the Western world.  Interpretation and commentary by art historians emphasize the significance of each work and its relationship to art movements, art theory, and the social environment.  Video release of 9 programs from the television series by WNET/New York in association with TV stations in Britain, Austria, and Spain.  Contents include: [Vol.1] 1)The classical ideal; 2)A white garment of churches, Romanesque and Gothic; [Vol.2] 3)The early Renaissance; 4)The high Renaissance; 5)Realms of light, the Baroque; [Vol.3] 6)An age of reason, an age of passion; 7)A fresh view, Impressionism and post-Impressionism; [Vol.4] 8)Into the 20th century; 9)In our own time.

            CALL NUMBER:  N5300 .A77 (v.1-4) 

Baroque Art and Music.  1986, 38 Minutes; Educational Audio Visual.

            Following an on-camera introduction by Rova Megnot, introduces the student to the art and music of the baroque period, 1600-1750.  Traces the advent of the baroque era through the paintings of Caravaggio and Carracci and through the music of Frescobaldi and Monteverdi.  Includes paintings by Rubens, sculpture by Bernini, and music of Corelli which represent the international style of the high baroque.  Also describes baroque in northern Europe.  Includes program notes and 5 worksheets.

            CALL NUMBER:  ML3849 .B37  (Music Library)

Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, The.  1992, 18 Video set, 540 Minutes, English.

            After a brief history of the founding of St. Petersburg and a biographical sketch of Peter the Great, the viewer is taken on a tour of the galleries of the Hermitage Museum housing masterpieces from ancient China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the 20th Century.  Contents include:  1)Russia in the Age of Peter the Great; 2)Highlights of the Masterpieces; 3)The Vast Sculpture Collection; 4)Art from Mesopotamia to Ancient China; 5)The Art of Ancient Egypt; 6)The Classical World of Greece and Rome; 7)Art of the Middle Ages; 8)Art of the Early Italian Renaissance; 9)Da Vinci, Raphael, and the High Italian Renaissance; 10)Velasquez, El Greco, Gova, and the Spanish Masters; 11)Modernism:  Matisse, Picasso, and more 20th Century Painters; 12)Art in the Netherlands:  15th and 16th Centuries; 13)French Classical Style of the 17th and 18th Centuries; 14)Rembrandt and the 17th Century Dutch Masters; 15)Rubens, Van Dyck, and the 17th Century Flemish Painters; 16)Decorative Arts of Italy, France, and England; 17)The Museum's Majestic Architecture; 18)The Road to Impressionism:  19th Century France.

            CALL NUMBER:  N3350 .G67 (v.1-18)

Medieval Art and Music.  1986, 35 Minutes; Educational Audio Visual.

            Following an on-camera introduction by Rova Megnot, shows how the art, architecture, and music of the medieval period were governed by the church and beginnings of illumination and Romanesque architecture.  Part two focuses on the Gothic period and includes the rise of Gothic architecture, the beginnings of secularism in art, and the development of polyphony in music.  Includes program notes and worksheets.

            CALL NUMBER:  ML3849 .M42 (Music Library)

Metropolitan Museum of Art Lecture Series, The (Rosamond Bernier).  6 Video Set, English.

            This collection of lectures brings Bernier's astounding learning and her unique insights to video.  Whether discussing modern masters or royal patrons, her lectures offer a fascinating glimpse into the wonder of art.  Contents include:  1) Taste at the Top:  François I/Charles I; 2) The French Impressionists:  The Cast of Characters; 3) The French Impressionists:  Modern Art and Modern Manners; 4) The French Impressionists:  Paris by Day and by Night; 5) The French Impressionists:  An Accessible Paradise; 6) The Modern Masters:  The Matisse I Knew/The Matisse Nobody Knew.

            CALL NUMBER:  N5245 .B4; ND548 .B4

Paris, une capitale des arts. 1995, 42 minutes, in French.

            Examines Paris as the undisputed center of the 19th-century European art world. Includes most of the famous architects, artists, musicians, and writers who inhabited the City of Light at the height of its cultural glory from 1830-1900.

            CALL NUMBER: NX549.P2 P37 1998

Power of the Past, The.  1990, 88 Minutes, English; With Bill Moyers.

            Guided by experts, art historians, and Florentine citizens, Bill Moyers tours Florence's rich Renaissance legacy, exploring the roots of the common artistic, architectural, and human heritage of modern Western civilization.

            CALL NUMBER:  DG734.23 .P6

Renaissance Art and Music.  1986, 55 Minutes; Educational Audio Visual.

            Following an on-camera introduction by Rova Megnot, provides a general introduction to Renaissance art and music and describes the early Renaissance in Florence, Italy.  Also deals with the Renaissance in Rome, Venice, and other parts of Europe.  Includes program notes and worksheets.

            CALL NUMBER:  ML3849 .R46  (Music Library)

Romantic France:  Paris and the Loire Valley.  1990, 42 Minutes, English, Color; Travelview International.

            Discover museums, palaces, and ancient cathedrals.  Cruise the Seine past historic landmarks--Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe.  Includes Paris (City of Lights) and Loire Valley (Château Country).  Discover the spirit and style of France!

            CALL NUMBER:  DC16 .R6

Romanticism in Art and Music.  1986, 38 Minutes; Educational Audio Visual.

            Following an on-camera introduction by Rova Megnot, introduces the main elements of romanticism as reflected in works of art and music of that period.  Shows the influence of literature on art.  Contains excerpts from romantic musical works.  Includes program notes and worksheets.  Includes program notes and worksheets.

            CALL NUMBER:  ML3849 .R65  (Music Library)

Twentieth-Century Artistic Revolutions.  1986, 32 Minutes; Educational Audio Visual.

            Following an introduction by Rova Megnot, examines the artistic revolution of the early twentieth century, including artists such as Stravinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Satie, Kandinsky, Klee, and Webern.

            CALL NUMBER:  N6490 .T83

Tour of the Louvre, A.  1983, 105 Minutes, English; The Grand Museum Series.

            A tour which reviews more than 100 paintints from Enguerrand Quarton to Gova.

            CALL NUMBER:  N2030 .T68


Brel, sa dernière tournée. 1966, 60 minutes, color.

            CALL NUMBER: PQ2662 .R437 B43 1966

Discovering the Music of the Middle Ages.  1987, 20 Minutes.

            Examines the religious and secular music of the Middle Ages, describes the musical instruments of the period, and surveys the social milieu.

            CALL NUMBER:  ML172 .D573 (Music Library)

Georges Delerue. 60 minutes.

            Georges Delerue's music shaped many of the films of the French New Wave from Resnais's "Hiroshima mon amour" to Truffaut's "Jules and Jim". Explores the intersection of French, British and Hollywood film culture through Delerue's collaborations with Truffaut, Oliver Stone and Ken Russell.

            CALL NUMBER: ML2075 .G4 1995

Piaf, Edith:  La Vie en Rose.  1987, English; Films for the Humanities, Inc.

            Here is a portrait of the Little Sparrow--in her songs, her words, in the reminiscences of her friends--that will make you smile or sigh or sing along with the truly inimitable, the once and forever Edith Piaf.

            CALL NUMBER:  ML420.P52 P5


Eclairage. 1993, 57 minutes.

             Photographers series: Klein, Doisneau, Moon, Boubat.

            CALL NUMBER: TR 654 .P46

Henri Cartier-Bresson. 37 minutes.

            Documentary about photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, including footage of him in his Paris and Provence homes and many stills of his works. He talks about his passion for drawing, offers his opinion on different types of photography and shares photos himself.

            CALL NUMBER: TR140 .C3 h4 1998


Gustave Caillebotte or the Adventures of the Gaze. 60 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND 553.C243 6873 1994

Cezanne:  The Man and the Mountain.  1985, 60 Minutes, English; Portrait of an Artist series.

            Focuses on the central theme of Cezanne's painting:  his fascination with nature and his love-hate relationship with his birthplace, Aix-en-Provence, most specifically the nearby mountain, Sainte Victoire, which he painted repeatedly throughout his life.  Recognizes Cezanne as the "father of modern painting."

            CALL NUMBER:  ND553.C33 C4

Da Vinci, Leonardo:  The Visionary Intellect.  1992, 26 Minutes, English.

            Provides a brief overview of Leonardo's life and of his work, from his early paintings in Florence to studies for flying machines and other memorable drawings and paintings.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND623.L5 L42

Delacroix, Eugène:  The Restless Eye.  1980, 65 Minutes, English; Portrait of an Artist series.

            Uses Delacroix's journal and paintings to tell the story of his life and work.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND553.D33 R4

Duchamp, Marcel: A Game of Chess.  1987, 56 Minutes, Interview in French dubbed in English, Black and white and color; Portrait of an Artist series.

            An interview at the Pasadena Art Museum, filmed in 1963 in black and white but partially reshot to highlight Duchamp's use of color.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND553.D774 G3

Gericault, Theodore:  Men and Wild Horses.  1982, 65 Minutes, English; Portrait of an artist series.

            Sets the work of Theodore Gericault, a French painter, against the background of his time.  Events of the early 19th century are presented "newsreel" style, including archival footage from silent movies of the period (1791-1824).

            CALL NUMBER:  ND553.G45 T53

Life of Leonardo Da Vinci, The.  1990, 3 Video Set, 270 Minutes, English; Written and Directed by Renato Castellani.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND623.L5 L53

Manet, Edouard:  Painter of Modern Life.  1983, 27 Minutes, English, Color.

            Discusses the works of the French impressionist painter Edouard Manet.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND553.M3 E36

Memories of Monet.  29 Minutes, English.

            This American Film Festival Blue Ribbon Winner blends superb views of Monet's gardens at Giverny with his paintings.  Narration from Claire Bloom is drawn from the memoirs of American Impressionist Lilla Cabot Perry who was a student and friend of the French Impressionist master.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND553 .M7 M4  1984

Mondrian.  1992, 30 Minutes, English; European Video Library.

            A study of de Stijl painter Piet Mondrian and his landscapes of the mind.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND653.M76 M66

Morisot, Berthe:  The Forgotten Impressionist.  1989, 32 Minutes, English, Color with black and white sequences.

            Discusses the art of the French Impressionist painter, Berthe Morisot, in conjunction with an exhibit of her works held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND553.M88 B47

New Ways of Seeing Picasso, Braque, and the Cubist Revolution.  1989, 58 Minutes, English.

            Documents the extraordinary exhibition mounted by the Museum of Modern Art and presents a rare and provocative view of Cubism and the inspired collaboration of Picasso and Braques.

            CALL NUMBER:  ND1265 .N4

Temps de voir. 75 minutes.

            Commentary on twelve modern French paintings by contemporary French artists.

            CALL NUMBER: VIDEO ND547 .T4 1991

Shock of Futurism, The.  1992, 23 Minutes; The European Video Library Art Series.

            Documentary examines the least known and most extreme of all the 20th century Avant-Gardes, the Futurists, who developed many concepts and artistic principles.

            CALL NUMBER:  N6494.F8 S36


Aimé Césaire: une voix pour l’hisoire – a voice for history. 3 videocassettes (54, 56, 50 minutes), French with English subtitles, color with black and white sequences.

            Part 1. The vigilant island, L’île veilleuse. Part 2. Where the edges of conquest meet, Au rendez-vous de la conquête. Part 3. The strength to face tomorrow, La force de regarder demain.

            CALL NUMBER: PQ3949 .C44 Z52 1994

Beauvoir, Simone de.  1989, 105 Minutes, French with English subtitles.

            A documentary portrait of Simone de Beauvoir's life.  She speaks candidly about her relationship with Jean Paul Sartre.  Video release of a 1978 production.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ2603.E362 Z56

Beauvoir, Simone de:  La Femme Rompue.  1993, 90 Minutes, Color, French; Films for the Humanities.

            A tour de force about today's woman seeking independence while locked in the hunger of her yearning.  This program shows what happens to the woman abandoned when the man breaks up the affair.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ2603.E362 .F4

Duras, Marguerite.  1985, 80 Minutes, French, no subtitles; Society for French American Cultural Services and Educational Aid.

            From the program Apostrophes, Bernard Pivot interviews one of France's most important literary figures:  Marguerite Duras, winner of the 1984 Goncourt Prize for her novel:  l'Amant.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ2607.U8245.A13

Eighteenth Century French Novel, The.  1990, 35 Minutes, English; University of Leeds.

            CALL NUMBER: PQ631 .E4

Frantz Fanon. 1995, 50 minutes. English

            CALL NUMBER: CT 2628 .F35 F726 1995

Marcel Proust. 1992, 60 minutes, color with b&w sequences, dialogue in English and French with English subtitles.

            Documentary about the life and work of Marcel Proust with emphasis on his struggle to realize the 3,000 page masterpiece "Remembrance of the past" (A la recherche du temps perdu). Includes archival film footage.

            CALL NUMBER: PQ2631 .R63 Z75 1993

Maupassant, Guy de.  1984, 35 Minutes, English, Color.  University of Leeds.

            Contains brief biographical details and an analysis of Maupassant's work.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ2353 .A13

Montaigne dans son labyrinthe.  1988, 29 minutes, French, no subtitles

            Written by well-known nouveau romancier Michel Butor to illustrate his essays on Montaigne's Essais.  An extremely well-produced film on the relation between Montaigne's work and the arts and events of his century.  Filmed in and around the country retreat from which Montaigne reevaluated his world.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ 1645 .M67

Molière.  1995, 2 Video Set (1h55 and 2h08), French, no subtitles. A film by Ariane Mnouchkine.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ1852 .A135

Molière.  1977, 2 Video Set, 280 Minutes, color, French, no subtitles. A film by Ariane Mnouchkine. Directed by C. Lelouch.

            Story of Moliere, born in 1622 France, son of a carpenter, gentle mother who died early.  Great actor, writer.  From infancy to his death...

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ1852 .A135

Paris in the Time of Zola. 26 minutes, color, English

            Zola, the greatest of the French naturalist writers, gave us detailed and convincing portraits of Paris and Parisian life in his time. This program uses rare period film footage of Paris during Zola's years to provide the documentary backdrop for his work -- the time when Haussmann imposed his reorganization on the city to create the Paris that we know today.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC733 .P37 1993

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Retreat to Romanticism. 25 minutes, English, color

            The life, personality, and thought of the 18th-century political philosopher and essayist are examined in this outstanding program. Emphasis is on Rousseau's critique of the inequities and shallowness of French society, and the new values system he developed which promoted individual rights and a return to nature. Rousseau's masterwork, The Social Contract, defined this philosophy and served as a major influence on French Revolutionary thought. Other aspects of Rousseau's philosophical development include his early association with Diderot and the Encyclopedits, and later friendship with David Hume.

            CALL NUMBER:  B2136 .J43 1997

Sartre par Lui Même.  1976, 190 minutes, color, in French with English subtitles.

            Very rarely do we have the opportunity to have an intimate encounter with one of the most influential writers of our century. Sartre By Himself provides an in-depth look at the existentialist philosopher and author of Being and Nothingness, Nausea, and numerous works of criticism, philosophy, and fiction. Interviewed by Alexandre Astruc, author of the celebrated essay on camera-style and Michel Contat, Sartre speaks eloquently about his life and writings, his efforts on behalf of the French Resistance, his public opposition to the Algerian and Vietnam Wars, and his views on feminism. The film offers a conversational feast for anyone with an interest in 20th century philosophy, the intellectual ferment of post-war Paris or the vibrant personalities of Sartre and his long-time companion Simone de Beauvoir.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ 2637 .A82 A212 pt. 1-2

Leopold Sedar Senghor. 1996, 50 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER: PQ 3989 .S47 Z7

Victor Hugo. 30 minutes, color with b&w sequences.

            This documentary film traces the life and writing career of the French writer and crusader for social justice Victor Hugo (1802-1885).

            CALL NUMBER: PQ2293 .V5 2000

Voltaire.  1983, 45 minutes, English, Black and white with color; University of Leeds.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ2099 .A13

Voltaire:  Candide. 1993, in French, no subtitles, 2 hrs, 15 minutes, color.

            A wonderful introduction to the brilliant mind and sharp tongue of voltaire, this program offers the principal adventures of the young man raised to believe that this is the best of all possible worlds.

            CALL NUMBER:  PQ2082 .C3 E35

Voltaire and Jefferson. The Sage of Ferney and the Man from Monticello. 2001, 23 minutes, color.

            This program explores the fascinating story of Thomas Jefferson’s admiration for Voltraire and how the French philosopher, steadfast advocate of political and religious freedom, influenced not only Jefferson but many of the other founding fathers. Striking parallels are observed between life at Voltaire’s rural retreat at Ferney near Geneva and Jefferson’s estate at Monticello. This visually stunning video combines beautiful on-site footage and other images with authentic music of the period to accentuate the dialogue of ideas between these two great minds.

            CALL NUMBER:  E 332 .V65

Yourcenar, Marguerite (Apostrophe).  1985, 80 Minutes, French, no subtitles, Color.

            From the series Apostrophe.  Bernard Pivot interviews the late Marguerite Yourcenar who, six days later, became the first woman to be elected to the Académie Française.

            CALL NUMBER: PQ2649 .O8 A6

Civilization and History

Anglaise et le duc, L’ (Lady and the Duke). 2001, 129 minutes, French with optional English subtitles, DVD. Based on “Ma vie sous la revolution” (Journal of my life during the French Revolution) by Grace Elliott. A film by Eric Rohmer.

            Beautiful aristocrat Grace Elliott enjoys her comfortable upper-middle class life and warm friendship with her former lover the Duke of Orleans, until the turbulent French Revolution of the 1790s frighteningly begins. Their friendship unravels as Grace risks her life taking in a fugitive against the Duke’s wishes. Soon, Grace urges the Duke not to make horrifying decision. But ultimately she’s unable to prevent several bloody fates—including the possibility of her own.

            CALL NUMBER: DC146.E57 A3 2002

Belle Epoque 1890-1914, La.  60 minutes.

            La Belle Epoque evokes “the beautiful era” 1890-1914, a time in which the wealthy upper classes of the western world gave themselves over to a life of elegance and pleasure, their eyes closed to the increasing social and political turmoil which fermented beneath the surface of society.

            CALL NUMBER:  CB425 .B44 1983

Civilisation.  1993, 7 Video Set, 13/50 Minute Programs, English.

            Discusses the history of Western culture from the end of the Greco-Roman world to the present day.  Covers the great works of sculpture, painting, architecture, philosophy, poetry, literature, and music from each century covered.

            CALL NUMBER:  CB68 .C54


            CALL NUMBER:  PN1997 .D3 1982

De Gaulle. 1990, 26 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER: DC 420 .D44

French Intellectuals in the 20th Century 1993, 52 minutes each, English, Color.

            Part 1:  Great Expectations: The birth of the intellectual: Zola and Proust; the Great War; pacifism and surrealism; the Bolshevik Revolution, the new religion of Communism, André Malraux; the growing signals of terror from Moscow, which go unheeded.

            CALL NUMBER:  VIDEO DC 33.7 .F84 1993 Pt. 1

            Part 2:  Days of Contempt: The rise of Fascism, which at first seemed like a local outgrowth of the October Revolution; the Nazi occupation of France and French collaboration; the Spanish Civil War; resistance to Fascism.

            CALL NUMBER:  VIDEO DC 33.7 .F84 1993 Pt. 2

            Part 3:  Lost Illusions: The French Communist Party and anti-Stalinism; the Algerian War; Jean Genet, Franz Fanon, Sartre, and the cause of the Third World Revolution.

            CALL NUMBER:  VIDEO DC 33.7 .F84 1993 Pt. 3

            Part 4:  The Demise of the Prophets: Intellectuals and the new models like Communist Cuba; birth of the Maoist intellectual with Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir distributing Maoist tracts in the streets; the latest revolutions: Iran and Cambodia, whose excesses lead the intellectual to a new cause-human rights; the death of Sartre-and the death of Chinese support for communism, as seen at Tiananmen Square.

            CALL NUMBER:  VIDEO DC 33.7 .84 1993 Pt. 4

Henry VIII (The Six Wives of).  1990, 6 video set, 90 Minutes each, English.

            The episodes are intended to portray the courtly and private lives of Henry and his wives, and are designed to present the papeantry, intrigue, and humor of the period.  Contents include:  1)Catherine of Aragon 1485-1536; 2)Anne Boleyn 1507-1536; 3)Jane Seymour 1509-1537; 4)Anne de Clèves 1515-1557; 5)Catherine Howard d.1542; 6)Catherine Parr 1512-1548.

            CALL NUMBER:  PN1997 .S59 (v.1-6)

Marie-Antoinette:  Les Jupons de la Révolution.  1989, 90 Minutes, French, no subtitles, color. A film by Caroline Huppert. With Emmanuelle Beart.

            A chronicle of the life of Marie-Antoinette from her adolescence to her death.  She becomes French by marriage, and is acquainted with the luxuries of life in the court.  All the while, the revolution grows and the people are hungry.  Thus begins the "prise de conscience" de Marie-Antoinette, and she faces her destiny calmly and boldly.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC137.1 .M37

Monsieur Vincent.  1947, 112 minutes, B & W, French with new English subtitles.

            The highly acclaimed MONSIEUR VINCENT presents a most compelling portrait of the remarkable 17th century priest who devoted himself to the poor, sick and abandoned in a France devastated by Wars of Religion and the Thirty Years War. Son of a poor farmer, Vincent went to school, graduated in theology and became a priest. Captured by Turkish pirates and sold into slavery he later escaped to France with his master whom he had converted! His most extraordinary life took him from the prison galley ships into the plague ridden villages, to the princely homes of the aristocrats whom he convinced to finance and participate in his charitable endeavors which included the establishment of local missions and the nations first hospitals.

            CALL NUMBER: BX 4700.V6 M66 1997

Napoleon Bonaparte. 1988, 12 minutes, English, color.

            This program presents the life of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) who combined military genius and an almost equally great ability for organization and administration in his roles as empire builder, champion of the people and their revolution, and codifier of French law. Through brilliance, determination, and political machination, Napoléon I saved the French Revolution from itself and then became the victim of his own success.

            CALL NUMBER: Video.  DC 203 .N2 1988

Napoléon: soldier, emperor, lover, statesman. 2000 (PBS), 2 videos, 240 minutes, English.

            For nearly two decades he strode the world stage like a colossus – loved and despised, venerated and feared. From his birth on the rugged island of Corsica to his final exile on the godforsaken island of St Helena, “Napoleon” brings this extraordinary figure to life.

            CALL NUMBER: DC203 .N27 2000

Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog).  1981, 32 Minutes, French with English Subtitles, by Alain Resnais.

            A devastating record of man’s inhumanity to man, Night and Fog is the definitive film on Nazi concentration camps. Resnais weaves contemporary images of the abandoned camp of Auschwitz, now overgrown with green grass and silence, with newsreel footage of the atrocities that occurred there. Short film contrasts black and white footage shot inside Hitler's death camps with comtemporary color scenes of the same camps.  Documentary.

            CALL NUMBER:  D805.G3 N84

Over there 1914-1918. See Films.

            CALL NUMBER: D.522.23 O93 1996

Paris in the Time of Zola. 26 minutes, color, English

            Zola, the greatest of the French naturalist writers, gave us detailed and convincing portraits of Paris and Parisian life in his time. This program uses rare period film footage of Paris during Zola's years to provide the documentary backdrop for his work -- the time when Haussmann imposed his reorganization on the city to create the Paris that we know today.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC733 .P37 1993

Paris, une capitale des arts. French, 1995, 3 videocassettes, 42 minutes.

            Paris, 1830; 1860; 1900. Examines Paris as the undisputed center of the 19th-century European art world. Includes most of the famous architects, artists, musicians, and writers who inhabited the City of Light at the height of its cultural glory from 1830-1900.

            CALL NUMBER: NX549.P2 P37 1998

Révolution Française, La. French, no subtitles, 1994. 6 videocassettes, 52 minutes each.

            CALL NUMBER:      VIDEO DC 161 .H57 1994 v.2

Sun King, The.  1984, 60 Minutes, English, Color; FACSEA.

            This magnificent documentary, filmed on location in France, paints a most detailed portrait of Louis XIV and a glorious, lavish, and often reckless universe which covered the longest reign in the history of France.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC125 .S7

Women in the Middle Ages.  1991, 22 Minutes, English; Written by Jacqueline Murray, Directed by Gail Singer.

            CALL NUMBER:  HQ1143 .W66

Women of Hull-House, The.  1992, 25 Minutes, English.

            Tells the story of Hull-House through vivid historical photographs, underlining the remarkable contributions of Jane Addams and the other Hull-House women to the history of social welfare, education, progressive reforming, women's rights, sociology, labor relations, international peace, and many other areas of American life.

            CALL NUMBER:  HV4196.C4 W6

World of the Goddess, The.  1993, 103 Minutes, English; Produced by Richard Sydel.

            Marija Gimbutas discusses culture, religious beliefs, symbolism, and mythology of Old Europe pertaining to goddesses of life, death, and regeneration.  Following her lecture are questions from the audience.

            CALL NUMBER:  BL473.5 .W67

Year in Provence, A. 1989. 360mns, English

            Adapted from Peter Mayle's international best seller, the video recounts the first year of Mayle's stay in rustic Provence. Peter and his wife Annie explore the charm of the region and meet a group of unconventional characters who complicate their lives with intrigue and misdaventures. Four cassette deluxe boxed set.

            CALL NUMBER: DC 611 .P961 M38 Parts 1-4 


A Propos de Nice.

Bretagne Aujourd'hui, La.  1986, 28 Minutes, no subtitles; Project for International Communication Studies.

            A fascinating view of Brittany today, in six vignettes.  Parts are perfect for first year use, others for second year or civilization courses.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC611.B848 B73

France (Central):  Dances of the World Vol.5.  1989, 50 Minutes, English, Color; Folk Dance Videos International, Performed by La Sabote Sancerroise, Les Enfants du Morvan, Group Folklorique de la Savotte.

            CALL NUMBER:  GV1649 .F73

French High Speed Train. 1990, 10 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER: TF1371 .F5 1990

Paris (1900). 1950, 76 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER: VIDEO DC 715 .P37

Région Rhône-Alpes, La.  1989, 23 Minutes, French, no subtitles; Project for International Communication Studies.

            A documentary providing social, economic, and cultural information about the Rhône-Alpes region in France.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC611.R48 R44

Versailles.  1989, 56 Minutes, English, Color; Treasures of France series.

            Presents a tour of the city, park, and châteaux of Versailles.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC801.V56 V47

Village se met a Table, Un.  1983, 25 minutes.

            A day in the life of a small Norman town, with its fascinating mixture of the traditional and the modern.  A voice-over announces the time before each sequence, making this an ideal aural review of temporal expressions.  From the doyenne du village to the local children, we watch the entire community eating its way through the day.  Gorgeous images.  Short sequences are ideal for classroom use at any level.

            CALL NUMBER:  DC 611 .N851 V54

Vive la mariée!  1991, 25 Minutes; University of Iowa (PICS).

            For better or for worse...this video investigates the return of the tradition of marriage among the young in France.  Why and how do they choose to wed in the 90s?  This special report portrays three couples as the approach "le plus beau jour de leur vie."


Afrique Francophone (Francophonie d'Afrique).  1992, 52 Minutes, French, Color.

            After a geographic and historic presentation of the African francophone countries, this program is divided in thematic sections, each being introduced by a local television commercial and a song by a popular singer.  These sections treat major issues of concern in Africa today, including the daily life of African children, health care, the fight against AIDS, as well as literacy programs.

            CALL NUMBER:  DT524 .F73

Afrique dominée, Afrique libérée.  1985, 30 Minutes, French; Project for International Communication Studies.

            This film not only traces the history of colonialism in Africa, it asks pertinent questions about the slow process of decolonialization: who decides? who benefits? does this spell freedom for native populations? or does it mean a new brand of dependence? Few programs are as successful as this one in asking these questions--and thus exhorting your students to do a new kind of thinking and suggest their own answers.

            CALL NUMBER:  DT31 .A37

Afrique, Je Te Plumerai. 88 minutes.

            This film provides a masterly overview of one hundred years of cultural imperialism in Africa. Director Jean-Marie Teno uses Cameroon, the only African country colonized by three European powers, for a case study of the devastation of traditional African societies by imposed colonial cultures. This film is essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand the cultural and intellectual conflicts of present-day Africa.

            CALL NUMBER:      Video DT572.A37     1992

Aime Cesaire:  Une Voix Pour L'Histoire. 3 videocassettes (54, 56, 50 minutes).

            In Part III, La force de regarder demain (The strength to Face Tomorrow) Césaire responds to the disappointments of the post-colonial world and expresses his hopes for the future. In the 1960s his plays, La tragedie du roi Christophe (about the Haitian revolution) and Une saison au Congo (about the assassination of Patrice Lumumba), were among the first to warn of the dangers of neo-colonialism. French anthropologist Edgar Morin, biographer Roger Toumson, Brazilian author Jorge Armado, Antillean novelist Maryse Condé and American writer Maya Angelou testify to Césaire's central role as a "founding ancestor" for the current flowering of African Diaspora literature.

            CALL NUMBER:      Video PQ3949.C44 Z52       1994 pt. 1-3

Algérie:  Paroles de Femmes.  1992, 30 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER:  VIDEO OVERSIZE HQ 1791.5 .P37 1992


Les Beurettes.  1993, 20 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER: VIDEO OVERSIZE DC 34.5 .N67 B48 1993


Camp de Thiaroye.  152min/color 1988

            Camp de Thiaroye - African novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembene retraces the breakdown of colonial rule in his historical drama, "Camp de Thiaroye."  Set near

the end of World War II, the film eulogizes a group of African veterans returning to Senegal who are martyred when they rebel, as they inevitably must, against the

injustices of the supremacist system.

            CALL NUMBER: PN1997.C356 1988

Cinema in Senegal. 1978, color, 27 mins.

            Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembene discusses filmmaking in Senegal, and by extension filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa with associates. Excerpts are shown from his film “Ceddo” and from “Et La Neige N’était Plus” by Ababacar Samb-Makharam, and “ReouhTakh” by Mahama Johnson Traore. The conversation is in French with voice over translation. The topics discussed with some passion on this program concern art in a post-colonial society, censorship and self-censorship, how Senegalese films track the underlying concerns of society (including the conflict between Christianity and Islam and both with old indigenous religions), and the role of educated Senegalese who return to a country in which they can no longer relate so comfortably to older traditions.

            CALL NUMBER: DN1993.5  .S38 C56

Dakar-Bamako. 1991, 58 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER: DT 547.27 .D35

Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts.  (Women's Studies). 52 minutes.

            We meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation. She explains why in Africa it is easier to oppose this practice as a health issue than as a women's rights issues. We also join a health worker demonstrating condom use in a marketplace and explaining how diseases are sexually transmitted. Women are the traditional market traders in Africa. Successful businesswomen describe how they have set up an association to share expertise and provide mutual assistance.

            CALL NUMBER: HQ 1810 .F45 1994

Frantz Fanon. 1995, 50 minutes. English

            CALL NUMBER: CT 2628 .F35 F726 1995

Hyenas. 1992, 113 minutes, English

            An old woman, Linguère Ramatou, returns to Colobane, the decaying village where she was born, now that she has become the richest woman in the world. She seeks revenge against Dramaan Drameh, the lover of her youth who betrayed her, forcing her out of the village and into a life of prositution. She offers the villagers a trillion dollars if they will execute Dramaan. At first outraged, they easily become addicted to the pleasures of the consumer society. In the end, they literally consume Dramaan, leaving behind only his tattered clothes, like hyenas.

            CALL NUMBER:  PT 2607 .U493 BY 1993

Keita!:  The Heritage of the Griot. 94 minutes. English.

            Keïta introduces Americans, young and old, to one of the most important works of African oral literature, The Sundjata Epic. The film frames its dramatization of this legend within the story of a contemporary young African's initiation into the history of his family. When a djéliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keïta to teach him "the meaning of his name," boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keïta, the 13th Century founder of the great Malian trading empire. It describes the events leading up to Sundjata's birth as the son of the ugly, hunchbacked second wife of a Mandé king. Sundjata is crippled at birth by his father's first wife who fears a prophecy that he will displace her son as king. The film tells the story of how, from these unpromising beginnings, Sundjata first walks and gradually acquires the strength, wisdom and occult powers he will need to fulfill his destiny as one of the great leaders of African legend.

            CALL NUMBER:      Video DT533.K45 K44  1994

Maryse Condé dévoile son Coeur.  50 minutes.

            Expressions ethniques de la mosaïque des Amériques.  Maryse Condé Speaks from the Heart: the master novelist from Guadeloupe who has written 14 new collections of essays and taught literature at Columbia University, gave this interview June, 2002, in New York childhood, her passions for honesty, her compassion for women, her love of family and her respect for the craft, her experiences with racism in France and the US, and the controversy her books have caused. She ends with a reading from her latest work, Le Coeur à rire et à pleurer.

Nuit du doute, La.  25 Minutes; University of Iowa, French, no subtitles.

            This timely film offers an inside view of a North African French family and its cross-cultural concerns.  We come to know the Beur daughter, Monica, and her French boyfriend Franck, and witness the conflict over their shared French identity and the Algerian identity Monica shares with her family.  As the story unfolds we see the conflict in both concrete terms, such as whether to speak French or Arabic at home, and more abstract terms of mutual respect vs. hypocrisy in their interpersonal relationship.

            CALL NUMBER:  DT295 .N8

Petite Vendeuse de Soleil, La. 44 minutes, in Wolof with English subtitles, color.

            Parable uses the struggles of a young cripped girl in Dakar trying to earn her living in the market place selling newspaper to mirror Africa’s role in the international marketplace.

            CALL NUMBER: PN1997 .P48 1999

Pièces d’Identités. 93 minutes, color and black and white.

            A Congolese king searches for his daughter in Brussels where for a time he loses his royal fetishes, his identity, but finds a friend, a local cabdriver with a secret identity. With his help and a chain of coincidence (it must be destined), Mani Kongo is reunited with his daughter and his regalia and returns to Africa with a circle of friends.

            CALL NUMBER: PN1997 .P54 1998

Leopold Sedar Senghor. 1996, 50 minutes.

            CALL NUMBER: PQ 3989 .S47 Z7

Vie est Belle, La. 87 minutes, French with English subtitles, color

            La Vie est Belle takes us inside the vibrant music scene of Kinshasha, Zaire’s exhilarating and exasperating capitol of four million. Its back alleys and nightclubs pulsate to the beat of some of the most influential musicians in the world, and the directors have brought it directly to the screen with their defiantly feel-good epic of charm and persistence.

            The film stars Papa Wemba, one of the legendary figures of world music and employs together such Zairian archetypes as the charming trickster, the impotent husband, the neglected wife, the ingénue and the diviner in a rags-to-riches story of a poor rural musician who finally gets his big break on television. This lively farce illustrates Zairians’ faith in Systeme-D or debrouillardise – the art of hustling to survive. In kinshasha, our hero uses his wit and talent to win a beautiful wife, trick his greedy boss and finally sing his theme song, LA VIE EST BELLE, on national television. The infectious spirit and affirmation of life in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles capture one of the most delightful aspects of contemporary African life.

            CALL NUMBER: 1987

Vie sur Terre, La (Life on Earth). 61 minutes, French and Bambara with English subtitles.

            “…a film about the significance of the start of the 21st century for people still struggling to enter the 20th. [Abderrahmane Sissako’s] solution was to improvise a ‘fictionnal documentary’ out of a daily life in Sokolo, his father’s village in Mali near the southeastern corner of Mauritania. He then overlaid these vignettes with readings from Aimé Césaire… Behind all of this, he weaves the melancholy tones [“Folon”] of the great Malian tenor, Salif Keita [and music by other artists]”

            CALL NUMBER: PN1997 .V533 1998

Visages de femmes (Faces of Women). 1987, 103 minutes, colore, in indigenous languages and French with English subtitles.

            Politically and stylistically adventurous film exploding the links between feminism, economics and tradition in modern-day Africa.

            CALL NUMBER: PN1997 .V565 1995


Antilles, Les:  Guadeloupe and Martinique.  60 Minutes, French, no subtitles.

            These Caribbean islands showcase the rich, atmospheric locales that speak to the social and political heritage of French culture.  This is indispensable for class discussion for the Francophone.

            CALL NUMBER:  F 2151 .A57

Maryse Condé dévoile son Coeur.  50 minutes.

            Expressions ethniques de la mosaïque des Amériques.  Maryse Condé Speaks from the Heart: the master novelist from Guadeloupe who has written 14 new collections of essays and taught literature at Columbia University, gave this interview June, 2002, in New York childhood, her passions for honesty, her compassion for women, her love of family and her respect for the craft, her experiences with racism in France and the US, and the controversy her books have caused. She ends with a reading from her latest work, Le Coeur à rire et à pleurer.

Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley).  1995, 107 minutes, French with English subtitles.

            A poor, hard-working sugar-cane-plantation worker makes many sacrifices to improve her 11 year-old orphaned grandson’s chances in life by giving him a good education.

            CALL NUMBER: VIDEO PQ3949 .Z6 R8 1995


Canadian Federation, The.  1997, 29 minutes, English, color

            This program provides a history of the evolution of Canada's federalist system of government, and an excellent overview of the workings of the system. Political power struggles between the government and the provinces are explained, with particular attention given to the political history of Quebec's independence movement as a French-speaking province. Canada's struggle to maintain national unity while preserving its cultural duality-English and French-is explored.

            CALL NUMBER:      Video JL27 .C3 1997

Jesus de Montreal.  1987, 119 Minutes, French, no subtitles, Color; Directed by Denys Arcand.

            Philosophical work questions the Big Bang, Cologne advertising, the Karamazov brothers, Coca-cola classic, Hamlet monologue, a Roman soldier, organ transplants, Paul Newman's Dressing.

            CALL NUMBER:  PN1997 .J48

Nationalisme Quebecois, Le.  Color documentary. 78 minutes.

            From 1750 to the Quiet Revolution.

            CALL NUMBER:  F1052.95.N38

Le Quebec.  1990, 55 Minutes, English narration.

            This documentary offers several views of Quebec, detailing the considerable contrast in daily life, from the frenetic pace of Montreal to the reflective and serene forest world of the rural settings.  The images and commentaries are meant to spur class discussions.

            CALL NUMBER:  F 1052 .Q42


 Nouvelle-Caledonie:  des identités pour un même destin?  1985, 29 Minutes, French, no subtitles; Project for International Communication Studies.

            Life, culture, and language in New Caledonia is shown and discussed.

            CALL NUMBER:  DU720 .N68

  Introduction to Feminist Spirituality, An.  1992, English; With Kathleen Fischer.

            Explores the six aspects of feminist spirituality:  healing, sexism, discipleship of equals, women's experience, women's heritage, images of God, and transforming the world.

            CALL NUMBER:  BV4527 .I57

Men, Women, and the Sex Difference.  1995, 50 Minutes, English.

            An ABC news special that looks at the differences between the sexes and whether they are the result of biology or environment.

            CALL NUMBER:  BF692.2 .M46