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|A Town Like Alice [VHS]
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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy jungles of Malaya to the dusty and desolate outback of Australia.
Based on Nevil Shute's international bestselling novel, A Town Like Alice follows the lives of Jean Paget and Joe Harman. Meeting in Malaya—she an attractive young English captive and he a cheerful Australian POW tortured for a simple act of kindness. Separated first by their captors then by the distance of passing years, the two are finally reunited in the rugged outback of Australia—to face a challenge every bit as demanding as their wartime trials.
|Night Games [VHS]
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A Californian housewife is terrified of having sex because of a past assault. When this phobia threatens to destroy her marriage, she takes refuge in a series of erotic fantasies about a masked man. But is it really all just a fantasy?
Director: Roger Vadim
|Martin (1978) Collector's Edition [VHS]
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George Romero's 1978 release starring John Amplas about a troubled young man who believes himself to be a vampire
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To write a review of a film such as Shoah seems an impossible task: how to sum up one of the most powerful discourses on film in such a way as to make people realize that this is a documentary of immense consequence, a documentary that is not easy to watch but important to watch, a documentary that not only records the facts, but bears witness. We are commanded "Never forget"; this film helps us to fulfill that mandate, reverberating with the viewer long after the movie has ended. Yes, Holocaust films are plentiful, both fictional and non-, with titles such as The Last Days, Schindler's List, and Life Is Beautiful entering the mainstream. But this is not a film about the Holocaust per se; this is a film about people. It's a meandering, nine-and-a-half-hour film that never shows graphic pictures or delves into the political aspects of what happened in Europe in the 1930s and '40s, but talks with survivors, with SS men, with those who witnessed the extermination of 6 million Jews.
Director Claude Lanzmann spent 11 years tracking people down, cajoling them to talk, asking them questions they didn't want to face. When soldiers refuse to appear on film, Lanzmann sneaks cameras in. When people are on the verge of breaking down and can't answer any more questions, Lanzmann asks anyway. He gives names to the victims--driving through a town that was predominantly Jewish before Hitler's time, a local points out which Jews owned what. Lanzmann travels the world, speaking to workers in Poland, survivors in Israel, officers in Germany. He is not a detached interviewer; his probings are deeply personal. One man farmed the land upon which Treblinka was built. "Didn't the screams bother you?" Lanzmann asks. When the farmer seems to brush the issues aside with a smile, Lanzmann's fury is noticeable. "Didn't all this bother you?" he demands angrily, only to be told, "When my neighbor cuts his thumb, I don't feel hurt." The responses, the details are difficult to hear, but critical nonetheless. Shoah tells the story of the most horrifying event of the 20th century, not chronologically and not with historical detail, but in an even more important way: person by person. --Jenny Brown
|Blind Faith [VHS]
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VHS CASSETTE THE COMPLETE 164 MINUTE MINISERIES ON ONE VIDEOCASSETTE-
|American Psycho (Unrated Edition) [VHS]
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
|What Dreams May Come [VHS]
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Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie, kills herself and goes to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.
|Moll Flanders (2pc) (Mobile Masterpiece Theatre) [VHS]
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Exclusive. Beginning with her birth in prison and her childhood with the gypsies, the gutsy, gorgeous Moll moves at a breakneck pace through 18th-century England, shattering hearts and making and losing fortunes along the way. Political dissenter Daniel Defoe ("Robinson Crusoe") penned the wildly popular novel upon which this rollicking series is based, and writer Andrew Davies ("Pride and Prejudice," "The Way We Live Now") once again has turned timeless literature into a contemporary classic. Alex Kingston ("Carrington") portrays Moll with wit and verve, and shares her exhilarating ups and disastrous downs with a supporting cast that includes Daniel Craig ("Our Friends in the North"). 3 hours 30 min. on 2 cassettes or 2 DVDs.
|The Scarlet Letter (WGBH Miniseries) [VHS]
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An epic version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's enduring novel of Puritan America in search of its soul. Hester Prynne overcomes the stigma of adultery to emerge as the first great heroine in American literature. Hawthorne's themes, the nature of sin, social hypocrisy, and community repression, still reverberate through American society. Stars Meg Foster, John Heard and Kevin Conway. Directed by Rick Hauser. "A completely faithful, totally fascinating dramatization of a masterpiece." - Los Angeles Times "An impeccable rendering... outstanding performances." - TV Guide "Four hours of overwhelmingly enjoyable literate entertainment... an 'A-plus.'" - The Christian Science Monitor "A first-rate production, easily one of PBS' finest." - Today Show An epic version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's enduring novel of Puritan America in search of its soul. Hester Prynne, condemned for a sin of passion, must wear forever the scarlet letter "A" on her chest. Proud, courageous and defiant, Hester chooses to assert her independence, motherhood and love despite the social values of her time. Enduring her public punishment with dignity, Hester grows stronger as the years of her isolation and ostracism pass. Her lover, however, lives undetected in the community, tormented and weakened by the burden of an unexposed sin. And Hester's husband, thought to be lost at sea, resurfaces and coldly plots his revenge.
In 1979, when most literary programs were being produced in the U.K., Boston public television station WGBH decided to produce a homegrown literary classic for its viewers. The result is this thoughtful four-episode adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter. Meg Foster brings a quiet strength to Hester Prynne, the adulteress condemned by 17th-century Puritan laws to wear a scarlet "A" for the rest of her life. As her partner in crime, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, John Heard writhes in private torment most convincingly. Kevin Conway completes this grim triangle as the mysterious, maleficent Roger Chillingworth. The costumes and scenery are simple, so as not to detract from the dialogue as each character grapples with the meaning of sin, forgiveness, and redemption. Students who struggle with the novel may find this video to be a more palatable version of the story--and a more faithful adaptation than the 1995 film starring Demi Moore. The video also includes three behind-the-scenes interludes: a discussion of the set design, the filming of a market scene, and an interview with Kevin Conway. --Larisa Lomacky Moore
|Dogs in Space [VHS]
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Dogs in Space is a 1986 Australian film set in the "little band scene" in Melbourne in 1978. It was directed by Richard Lowenstein and starred Michael Hutchence as Sam, the drug-addled frontman of the fictitious band from which the film takes its name.
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