Democracy on Film: The Immigrant Experience

Appropriate for a country of immigrants, Module 1 of Democracy on Film focuses on the immigrant experience. Immigrant stories are incredibly diverse, just as immigrant experiences are diverse. We also should make sure, as always, to take a close look at who is telling the immigrant’s story. Module 1: The Immigrant Experience Introductory Lesson: From … Continue reading “Democracy on Film: The Immigrant Experience”

Appropriate for a country of immigrants, Module 1 of Democracy on Film focuses on the immigrant experience. Immigrant stories are incredibly diverse, just as immigrant experiences are diverse. We also should make sure, as always, to take a close look at who is telling the immigrant’s story.

Module 1: The Immigrant Experience

Introductory Lesson: From Penny Claptrap to Movie Palaces—the First Three Decades

Chapter 1: “The Immigrant” (1917, d. Charlie Chaplin) — HU DVD 8502
Chapter 2: “The Godfather, Part II” (1974, d. Francis Ford Coppola) — HU DVD 2542
Chapter 3: “America, America” (1963, d. Elia Kazan) — HU DVD 7756
Chapter 4: “El Norte” (1983, d. Gregory Nava) — HU DVD 10144
Chapter 5: “The Namesake” (2006, d. Mira Nair) — HU DVD 3499

For additional films outside the American context, check out this list from BFI: 10 great films about immigration and migrant experience
Martin Scorsese’s own Gangs of New York (HU DVD 590) is definitely a film I’d add to this list. Dancer in the Dark (HU DVD 285) is an incredible movie that highlights the exploitation of immigrants. For an offbeat pick, I’m actually going to pick DVD 14853, The Last Command, which is the story of an exile working as a film extra. It highlights his relationship to his country using film/storytelling in a really interesting way.

Portraits of America: Democracy on Film

Martin Scorsese, as part of his efforts to bring visual literacy education to middle and high school students, recently put out the list of movies included in “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film.”As described in the announcement: Offered free of charge to elementary and high schools, “Democracy on Film” is made up of eight modules … Continue reading “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film”

Martin Scorsese, as part of his efforts to bring visual literacy education to middle and high school students, recently put out the list of movies included in “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film.”

As described in the announcement:

Offered free of charge to elementary and high schools, “Democracy on Film” is made up of eight modules addressing different aspects of the democratic experience, including immigration, labor, civil rights and the press. Within each module, scholars, educators and filmmakers examine movies that reflect American democratic ideals.

For any educators out there, each module of the film list looks like it includes additional curriculum materials. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting each module, and offering some supplementary resources from our collection.

We’re big fans of starting media literacy young, and this is a great program for kids. It’s also a wonderful resource for adults seeking guided/thematic viewing. We look forward to exploring these titles with you!

Movies At Random: The Iceman Interviews

Pulling this random DVD off the shelf turned into a Wikipedia rabbit hole for me. Today’s highlight is The Iceman Interviews (HU DVD 11721). If you don’t know who Richard Kuklinski is, you can read up on him on Wikipedia. Here’s HBO’s summary: An abused young man. A hair-trigger temper. A trail of dead bodies. […] Renowned … Continue reading “Movies At Random: The Iceman Interviews”

Pulling this random DVD off the shelf turned into a Wikipedia rabbit hole for me. Today’s highlight is The Iceman Interviews (HU DVD 11721). If you don’t know who Richard Kuklinski is, you can read up on him on Wikipedia.

Here’s HBO’s summary:

An abused young man. A hair-trigger temper. A trail of dead bodies. […] Renowned forensic psychologist Dr. Park Dietz gets up close, personal and even confrontational with psyche of one of the most dangerous men alive. Bringing together the earlier THE ICEMAN TAPES: CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER and THE ICEMAN: SECRETS OF A MAFIA HITMAN with the newly released Dietz interview, this new special edition, THE ICEMAN INTERVIEWS is the ultimate compendium of the mind of a murderer. Includes Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski’s riveting on-camera confession, exclusively for HBO, of the murder of police officer Peter Calabro. Making news in February 2003, Kuklinski accepted a plea bargain for a concurrent 30-year term to his 60-year prison sentence and implicated Sammy “The Bull” Gravano in the crime. THE ICEMAN INTERVIEWS – this new special edition is guaranteed to run chills up and down your spine all over again.

With minimal creativity you can find these interviews online, but for anyone who’d like to stay on the right side of the law, we have the DVD in media services. Here’s the ultra-chilling cover:

Not happy viewing. But still interesting, and important to understand.

New Acquisitions: March 2018

I feel like I say this every month, but we got so much good stuff in March. I mean, we got Stranger Things (HU DVD 15001) and Westworld (HU DVD 14987)! Not to mention Bladerunner 2049 (HU DVD 1065). I’d especially like to highlight Faces, Places (HU DVD 15052) which is this super cool French … Continue reading “New Acquisitions: March 2018”

I feel like I say this every month, but we got so much good stuff in March. I mean, we got Stranger Things (HU DVD 15001) and Westworld (HU DVD 14987)! Not to mention Bladerunner 2049 (HU DVD 1065). I’d especially like to highlight Faces, Places (HU DVD 15052) which is this super cool French documentary(-ish?) movie with JR and Agnes Varda. Trailer below.

Happy viewing!

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7 faces of Dr. Lao – HU DVD 15041
500 : the impact of the reformation today – HU DVD 15058
Architects of denial – HU DVD 15056
Bābā ʻAzīz : le prince qui contemplait son âme – HU DVD 15042
Battle of the sexes – HU DVD 15046
Blade runner 2049 – HU DVD 1065
Boulevard nights – HU DVD 15054
BPM (Beats per minute) – HU DVD 15059
Brawl in cell block 99 – HU DVD 15043
Brigsby Bear – HU DVD 15021
Dawson City : frozen time – HU DVD 15050
Dietro gli occhiali bianchi – HU DVD 15053
Extant. The first season – HU DVD 15008, Discs 1 – 4
Extant. The second season. – HU DVD 15009, Discs 1 – 4
Faces places – HU DVD 15052
Feel like going home – HU DVD 14979
Funeral in Berlin – HU DVD 15030
Godfathers and sons – HU DVD 14983
Good time – HU DVD 15048
Good work : masters of the building arts – HU DVD 15019
Harriet the spy – HU DVD 15000
In battle against the enemy of the world : German volunteers in Spain – HU DVD 15057
Julian Schnabel : a private portrait – HU DVD 15025
Junior Bonner – HU DVD 15029
Kilometre zero – HU DVD 15026
La tía Tula – HU DVD 14986
Lost in Paris – HU DVD 15040
Marjorie Prime – HU DVD 15023
Maudie – HU DVD 15047
Mother! – HU DVD 15022
Newman – HU DVD 15044
Omar Mukhtar, lion of the desert – HU DVD 15027
Only the brave – HU DVD 15024
Philips – HU DVD 15038
Piano blues – HU DVD 14985
Pour le mérite – HU DVD 15045
A quiet passion – HU DVD 15049
Red, White & Blues – HU DVD 14984
road to Memphis – HU DVD 14981
Roberto Clemente – HU DVD 15010
Roman J. Israel, Esq – HU DVD 15051
She – HU DVD 15028
The soul of a man – HU DVD 14980
A star is born – HU DVD 15055
Stranger things. Season 1 – HU BLU 15001, Discs 1 – 2
Stranger things. Season 1 – HU DVD 15001, Discs 1 – 2
Warming by the devil’s fire – HU DVD 14982
Westworld. Season one, The maze – HU DVD 14987, Discs 1 – 3