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RIDING WITH THE KING

Music  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Captures the spirit and charm of the legacy of Elvis Presley by accompanying a fan through Elvis country, from Tupelo, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. The video visits his birthplace and other shrines of Presleydom, meets people who were associated with Elvis, plus his adoring fans and impersonators.

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CREATION OF THE WORLD: A SAMBA-OPERA

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

This music and dance spectacular, sung and danced by members of the award-winning Beija Flor Samba School and photographed during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, dramatizes the legend of genesis according to Yoruba mythology.

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WIZARD OF THE STRINGS

Short Films  Music  American Studies 

Profiles Roy Smeck, a former vaudeville star known as "The Wizard of the Strings" because of his virtuoso talents on the guitar, banjo, ukelele and Hawaiian guitar, and who is shown to be still active, in his mid-80s, teaching students and giving occasional public performances.

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SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Spanish Language  Sociology  Music  Latin-American Studies 

A colorful and entertaining survey of protest music in Central America, from Mexico City to Managua, where popular music has become a forum for social commentary and political protest.

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CATCHING UP WITH YESTERDAY

Music  American Studies  Short Films 

A documentary portrait of Andrew F. Boarman, a 78-year-old West Virginia instrument maker and musician, featuring a number of lively musical performances and an illustration of Boarman's skills as a master craftsman of banjos, guitars, fiddles, and dulcimers.


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DEBUT

Cultural Studies  New York City  Urban Studies  Political Science  Performing Arts  Narrative Films  Music  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This cinema-verite documentary explores the realities of life as a classical musician through the story of Hexagon, a newly-formed chamber ensemble. The documentary chronicles their challenging first year and a half, from the group's seemingly casual first rehearsal to its high-pressure launching into the mainstream of the classical music scene.

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CHEN AND CHINA'S SYMPHONY

Sociology  Performing Arts  Music  Asian Studies 

Chronicles the 1987 U.S. tour by the National Symphony Orchestra of the People's Republic of China, including interviews with conductor Zuohuang Chen, a survivor of the Cultural Revolution who studied music in the U.S., Chen's mentor, Seiji Ozawa, director of the Boston Symphony, plus stirring performances of both Western and Chinese music.

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THE SPIRIT TRAVELS: IMMIGRANT MUSIC IN AMERICA

Sociology  Music  American Studies  Immigration 

Hosted and narrated by singer Linda Ronstadt, this entertaining and informative look at ethnic music in America offers a rich sampling of the nation's culturally diverse musical styles, featuring performances of Irish, Greek, African-American, Jewish, Central Asian, Chinese and Puerto Rican music.

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THE MUSIC OF THE DEVIL, THE BEAR, AND THE CONDOR

Spanish Language  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology 

Takes us to the heart of the Andes to capture the atmosphere of the annual music festivals, showing ceremonies of the Aymara Indians who dress as devils, bears and sacred spirits that come to life at carnival time.

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CONCERTO AT WORK

Performing Arts  Music  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This behind-the-scenes documentary chronicles the collaborative efforts of young composer Peter Lieberson, pianist Peter Serkin, and conductor Seiji Ozawa as they shape Lieberson's first orchestral piece for debut by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

EVERYDAY ART
EVERYDAY ART

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

This contemporary portrait of folkloric traditions in Cuba, focusing on the everyday life of musicians and dancers.

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IRELAND, MOTHER IRELAND

Performing Arts  Music  Irish Studies 

This concert, performed at the elegant 18th-century Dublin residence of the American Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith, features tenor James W. Flannery, accompanied by pianist William Ransom and harpist Cormac DeBarra, who perform a wide range of Irish favorites, including traditional melodies.

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SINGING IN COLOR

Children & Young Adult  Women's Studies  Sociology  Performing Arts  Peace & Conflict  Music  Cultural Studies  African Studies  African-American Studies 

This video follows the world-famous Chicago Children's Choir on their 1996 tour of South Africa and shows how music can convey a message of peace.

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DESTINATION BARBADOS

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Short Films 

This video, which documents one of the oldest cultural festivals in the Western Hemisphere, celebrates the vitality of calypso music today on the island of Barbados.

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THE LAST OF THE ONE NIGHT STANDS

Short Films  Performing Arts  Music  American Studies 

This video portrays the big-band era in American entertainment, profiling the Lee Williams Band which, from 1938 to 1952, barnstormed throughout the Midwest, bringing Swing music to rural America.

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THE SPITBALL STORY

Short Films  Music  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This video features legendary musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Hinton and Jonah Jones, who clear up the mystery of a fabled incident in jazz history in the early Forties when the three were members of Cab Calloway's famous band.

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MARTIN KALMANOFF: AMERICAN COMPOSER

Music  American Studies 

Kalmanoff, who studied composition at Harvard with Walter Piston, has written over fifty-four works for the musical theater, including seventeen operas, all of which feature lyrical, witty and inventive music.

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LE PETOMANE: FIN-DE-SIÈCLE FARTISTE

Performing Arts  Music  Europe 

Under the stage name "Le Petomane," Joseph Pujol was the toast of turn-of-the-century Paris. Audiences at the Moulin Rouge where first shocked, then won over, by this tall, mustachioed man in a red velvet suit...a suite with a hole cut in the derriere to release his remarkable talent.

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RESPECT THE BEAT

Music  Cultural Studies 

This second video from the "Journey in Music" series chronicles the philosophy, history, and techniques of percussion instruments, focusing on drums and other musical instruments from West Africa, the Caribbean, Japan and India.

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JOURNEY OF STRINGS

Short Films  Music  Cultural Studies 

This first video from the "Journey in Music" series surveys the history and musical heritage of string instruments, from ancient times to the present day, including string instruments from China (Zheng), Iran (Santuri), Greece (Bouzuki) and Spain (Guitar), among others, and concludes with an unusual jam session featuring all of these classic instruments.

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