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Midnight In Savannah [VHS]

Midnight In Savannah [VHS] Lowest used price: $74.95
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" Three years ago, author John Berendt released Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The true story of a murder mystery which exposes the bizarre and sordid underbelly of the sleepy, genteel city of Savannah, Georgia, it exploded onto bestseller lists nationwide, and is now a major motion picture. MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH is a riveting journey into the world of Berendt's book, with the author himself as a guide. Meet many of the captivating, stranger-than-fiction characters from the book, including female impersonator The Lady Chablis, scam artist Joe Odom and piano player Emma Kelly. Along with their stories, MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH delves deep into the mysterious murder, revealing evidence never before made available to the public. And see how the spotlight of publicity has changed this once-quiet southern city forever. It's an intriguing journey into the soul of a city and the heart of mystery, a gripping look at the people and truth behind Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

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The Century-America's Time (Boxed Set) [VHS]

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Covering the entire 20th century in one video series is an ambitious project, but one that Peter Jennings and ABC News are up to. In The Century: America's Time, a 12-part documentary on six videotapes that is a companion to the book of the same name, Jennings guides us through a century of technology and advancement like no other. As he says in his introduction to episode 1, "Seeds of Change," "Unlike previous centuries where leadership was defined by royalty and other rulers, the 20th century more than any other was shaped by the will and actions of the common man." The series is a sweeping presentation of the United States of the 1900s and tries to encompass a mind-boggling amount of history. And while at moments the videos may leave you longing for more, Jennings does an excellent job of creating smooth segues between disparate pieces.

The first episode, for instance, begins with the influx of immigrants at the turn of the century and touches on Jim Crow laws, moving pictures, planes, Henry Ford, the sinking of the USS Maine, child labor, suffragettes, the Panama Canal, imperialism, and more, right up to the beginning of World War I. The archival footage is stunning and interviews with historians, veterans, journalists, POWs, politicians, authors, celebrities, and common people help bring the past to life again. Mickey Spillane discusses the speakeasies of the 1920s; Dennis Hopper talks about Easy Rider in the '60s; Tom Wolfe reads from The Bonfire of the Vanities for the episode on the '80s. Eudora Welty, E.L. Doctorow, Martin Scorsese, John Updike, Pat Buchanan, Oliver Stone, Stephen E. Ambrose, among many others, lend their voices to this documentary. Yet, despite the great names, at times the pictures and people are allowed to speak for themselves, without intrusive narration--the stark images of the Challenger explosion or the sad words of a political activist mourning the death of his partner to AIDS are more powerful because of it. This chronological tale (with the exception of the last episode, "Then and Now," which is arranged thematically) is an insightful and poignant reminder of all the marvels--and tragedies--of America in the 20th century. --Jenny Brown

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Cinema Europe - The Other Hollywood [VHS]

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British film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill have earned their spot in cinema heaven by painstakingly preserving the history of silent cinema in a series of expansive documentaries, most notably the 13-episode 1980 epic Hollywood: A Celebration of American Silent Film. Their partnership came to a close almost two decades later with the long-awaited companion piece Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, a six-hour survey of Europe's silent era. Episodes focus on the distinct development of specific countries--Sweden, Germany, France, and Britain--framed by a general introduction and conclusion. Brownlow and Gill were frustrated by a limited canvas--they had originally planned another 13-hour epic--and they only briefly touch on the rich work in Russia, Italy, and the Scandinavian countries. But the production brims with a wealth of rare films clips and interviews, and the thoughtful narration (by Kenneth Branagh) puts them in a rich historical and cultural context. Most importantly, it captures a vital period when films readily crossed borders and distinct national cinema styles flourished. It was a cinematic garden in full bloom and it cross-pollinated through ambitious and inspired filmmakers around the world. When the lure of Hollywood and the rise of fascism pulled much the talent from Europe and the coming of sound created new language barriers, the garden went into a frosty winter. David Gill died shortly after the production was completed. --Sean Axmaker

Wylie Avenue Days [VHS]

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The heyday of Pittsburgh’s Hill District lasted from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, and this eloquent documentary recaptures it all…the music clubs that attracted both black and white, the best Negro League baseball teams in America, the church picnics and family businesses that comprised the essence of life in this vibrant neighborhood.

The Prize - The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power [4 VHS]

The Prize -  The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power [4 VHS] Lowest new price: $199.00
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This exciting and entertaining eight-part series, based on Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, captures the panoramic history of the biggest industry in the world. Shot on location in Azerbaijan, Egypt, England, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Turkey, and the United States, the series features fascinating characters, archival footage, and interviews with the people who shaped the oil industry. Yergin appears on camera throughout the series to discuss oil's impact on politics, economics, and the environment.

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David Attenborough's The Trials of Life [VHS]

David Attenborough's The Trials of Life [VHS] Lowest new price: $79.95
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David Attenborough's Complete Set of 12 VHS Tapes "Trials of Life" Nature Series was first presented by BBC Television, later airing on Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) & then made available through Time Life Video in 1991. Each tape/episode is 50-60 minutes long. This is a wonderful nature/animal set that covers every aspect of an animals life from birth to survival & reproduction! David takes you all over the world to see these animals in their natural habitat and there is stunning photography capturing animals in the wild. This complete set, includes the outer box to hold the tapes, as pictured. Episodes include: Arriving, Growing Up, Finding Food, Hunting and Escaping, Finding the Way, Homemaking, Living Together, Fighting, Friends & Rivals, Talking to Strangers, Courting, Continuing the Line.

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Napoleon [VHS]

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Abel Gance's 1927 masterpiece is absolutely indispensable for silent-film buffs or anyone interested in classic world cinema. From the future emperor's first strategic victory, a schoolyard snowball fight, to the climactic invasion of Italy, Napoleon truly rules! This is no static, antiquated relic. Among Gance's innovations was to free the camera (for one battle scene, he had it mounted on horseback!). The film's justly celebrated climax features a triptych of synchronized images that anticipates by more than 30 years Cinerama and widescreen. But more than a triumph of filmmaking, Napoleon is a triumph of film restoration and was a boon to the vital cause of film preservation. Gance's movie was long thought lost. But historian Kevin Brownlow, with the cooperation of film archives from around the world, spent more than a decade painstakingly reassembling it. Francis Ford Coppola's name (not to mention a reported quarter of a million of his dollars) helped find Napoleon the audience this film so richly deserves. The rousing score was composed by Coppola's father, Carmine. Viva la Gance! --Donald Liebenson

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Cosmos Gift Set Episodes 1-14 [VHS]

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Georgia O'Keeffe [VHS]

Georgia O'Keeffe [VHS] Lowest new price: $48.94
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In this award-winning documentary (Peabody Award, Bronze Hugo Award), legendary painter Georgia O'Keeffe candidly reveals her warmth, humor, and practical wisdom. For the first time on camera, O'Keeffe openly discusses her work and inspirations taken from the haunting mountain deserts of New Mexico. Walk with one of the legends of the 21st century and see a rare glimpse into the mind of one of America's foremost painters.

This 1977 documentary was produced toward the end of O'Keefe's life, at a time when the artist was at one with her art and her life. The hour-long film plays mainly off of O'Keefe's own words; there is no narrator's voice, there is barely an interviewer's voice. O'Keefe speaks alone--with a soft, gentle eloquence that we can also hear in her paintings, a well-articulated firmness that is unintimidating, witty, provocative, and in the end, beautiful.

O'Keefe was born in Wisconsin where she learned to suppress her eccentric ideas and her drive to paint--a career goal she set at the age of 12--so that she and her mother wouldn't quarrel. A talented artist from the outset, she was trained classically in New York where she studied to be a teacher. She accepted a job in North Carolina, because she thought it would allow her the time and focus to produce the art she craved to produce. But after a year of painting, she threw away everything she had made--each piece had been to please someone else, and what O'Keefe deeply wanted was to find an art that pleased her.

A job in Texas brought her finally to the country that would shape her art and her renown: her paintings of desiccated animal bones, flowers, landscapes, and architectural close-ups, juxtaposed with the stunning blue of the Southwestern sky. She would send paintings to a friend in New York, writing that she wanted to know what her friend thought--and to make sure O'Keefe wasn't going mad. But her friend got photographer Alfred Stieglitz interested in O'Keefe's abstract work. O'Keefe's intense relationship with Stieglitz evolved over years into one of the best known relationships in the arts; they married. But, quite humorously, O'Keefe refers to Stieglitz never as "Alfred" or "my husband," just "Stieglitz."

Perry Miller Adato's documentary brings O'Keefe's paintings to life in the artist's own words. Her enthusiasm for form, for making the small and unnoticeable immense, for intense and vibrant color: This is a rewarding journey through the soul and the eye of a 20th-century great. --Erik Macki

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Mating Season [VHS]

Mating Season [VHS] Lowest new price: $99.00
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A forgotten romantic comedy from Paramount, 1951

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