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Videos on Literature and Philosophy: Classical Literature, Theater and Fictions

SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes in the Rutgers Libraries

Classical Literature, Theater and Fictions DVDs

Alexander : director's cut 2005

Oliver Stone, Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer,  Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ), Intermedia Films, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

The story of Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, who conquers much of the known world. 1 DVD video (167 min.)

MEDIA 10-1590

 

Cleopatra c2005

Joseph L Mankiewicz, Walter Wanger, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Alex North, and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc

Taylor stars as the ambitious queen of Egypt whose involvement with Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar led to her eventual downfall and suicide. 2 videodiscs (248 min.)

MEDIA 10-1601

 

Infinite secrets the genius of Archimedes 2003

Liz Tucker, British Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service, and WGBH (Radio station : Boston, Mass.)

In 1991 an extraordinary item was put up for auction. To the untrained eye, it was nothing more than a small Byzantine prayer book, yet it sold for over $2 million. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-337

 

Oedipus the king 2004

Michael Pennington, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Sophocles, British Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

The beginning of the Oedipus saga tells of Oedipus the king & the working out of the curse on the royal house of Thebes. 1 videodisc (120 min.)

MEDIA         MUSIC 10-1531           206

 

Rome: The complete series 2009

Robert A Papazian, James G Hirsch, Lyndsey Marshal, Simon Woods, Tobias Menzies, John Milius, William J MacDonald , Bruno Heller, Marco Valerio Pugini, Michael Apted, Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds, Kenneth Cranham, James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Lindsay Duncan, HBO Entertainment (Firm), British Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service, Home Box Office (Firm), and HBO Video (Firm)

Season One: Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. After eight years of war, soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A serialized drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, Rome chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of a republic and the birth of an empire.
Season Two: In the year 44 B.C., Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar's demise, egos clash and numerous players jockey for position. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power, aligning himself with Atia, but coming to blows with her cunning son Octavian, who has been anointed in Caesar's will as his only son and heir. The conspirator Brutus ponders how to curry favor with the masses that have condemned him as a murderer, while his mother Servilia concocts a deadly plot of her own. Meanwhile, Titus Pullo attempts to pull his friend Lucius Vorenus out of the darkness that has engulfed his soul in the wake of personal tragedy. For once again, the fates of these two mismatched soldiers seem inexorably tied to the fate of Rome itself. 11 videodiscs (1320 min.)

MEDIA. MEDIA 10-1594 Container Season One with Discs 1-6       10-1594 Container Season two with Discs 1-5

 

Spartacus 1960 -- c1991

Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Tony Curtis, Peter Ustinov, Stanley Kubrick, Edward Lewis, Howard Fast, MCA Universal Home Video (Firm), Universal Pictures Company, Universal City Studios, and Bryna Productions, Inc

Epic tale of the bold gladiator slave Spartacus, the woman who believed in his cause, and the power-hungry Roman general who challenged his convictions. Set against the background of Imperial Rome at the height of its glory, Spartacus is an inspirational true account of the eternal struggle for freedom that combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment. 2 videocassettes (196 min.)

MEDIA               DANA 2-7409-2-7410      10-593

 

Three hundred --300 c2007

Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, Jeffrey Silver, Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael B Gordon, Tyler Bates, Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew Tiernan, Rodrigo Santoro, Peter Mensah, Stephen McHattie, Lynn Varley, Frank Miller, Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ), Legendary Pictures, Virtual Studios, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead an Army of well over 100,000 men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other Slave soldiers. Xerxes waited many days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw. When the Greeks did not leave, Xerxes was left with no option and he moved forward. The battle lasted for about 3 days after which all 300 Spartans were killed. The Spartan defeat would not have happened if not for a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, who defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes of a separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks. 2 videodiscs (116 min.)

MEDIA 10-1583

 

Troy 2004

Brad Pitt, Wolfgang Petersen, Colin Wilson , Diana Rathbun, David Benioff, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson, Peter O'Toole, Homer, Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ), Radiant Production, Plan B (Firm), and Warner Home Video (Firm)

In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris, the son of the King of Troy falls in love with Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta, and convinces her to follow him away from her husband, Menelaus, the result is an epic war. The Greeks sail to Troy and lay siege. Achilles, the greatest warrior in all the world, is called in to fight against Troy and give Greece the upper hand. Hector, the eldest son of Priam, King of Troy, and the greatest Trojan warrior embodies the hopes of the people of his city. 2 videodiscs (ca. 162 min.)

MEDIA 10-1600

Classical Literature

Agamemnon 1985

Aeschylus, Aeschylus, and Peter Hall

The play opens as the Watchman at King Agamemnon's palace sees the beacon that annunces the fall of Troy. The chorus of Old Men tell the background to the story of the Trojan War. When Agamemnon returns home after a 10-year absence, his Queen Clytemnestra welcomes him, but Cassandra (daughter of the vanquished Trojan King Priam and now Agamemnon's captive mistress) foretells his murder. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

MEDIA 2-560

 

Alexander : director's cut 2005

Oliver Stone, Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer,  Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ), Intermedia Films, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

The story of Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, who conquers much of the known world. 1 DVD video (167 min.)

MEDIA 10-1590

 

Antigone 1989

Sophocles, Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, Maro Kontou, Nikos Kazis, George Tzavellas , and James Paris

Written by Sophocles in 440 B.C., the classic Greek tragedy of "Antigone" found its most faithful adaptation in this film, starring the internationally acclaimed Irene Papas. 1 videocassette (86 min.)

MEDIA  DANA 2-1335   57

 

Antigone 1992

Sophocles, Juliet Stevenson, Gwen Taylor, Don Taylor, John Shrapnel, and John Gielgud

An adaptation of Sophocles' play. 1 videocassette (112 min.)

MEDIA 2-2309

 

Aristophanes the gods are laughing 1996

April De Angelis, Tariq Ali, Coky Giedroyc , Robert Glenister, Eddie Izzard, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Frances Barber, and Patrick Barlow

This pseudo-biography juxtaposes elements of Aristophanic plays with the activities of contemporaneous people to show how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theatre. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

MEDIA 2-3030

 

Ben-Hur 1988

Charlton Heston, William Wyler, and Lew Wallace

The story of a Jewish nobleman, set in the time of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity. 2 videocassettes

MEDIA. MEDIA 2-537 cassette 1 2-538 cassette 2

 

Choephori 1985

Aeschylus, Aeschylus, and Peter Hall

Orestes, Agamemnon's son, returns from exile with his friend Pylades and dedicates a lock of his hair on his father's grave. His sister Electra and the Chorus of Trojan Women come to offer libations at the tomb and in a deeply moving scene brother and sister recognize one another. They swear to avenge their father's death as directed by Apollo. 1 videocassette (70 min.)

MEDIA 2-561

 

Classical comedy 1988

Philip Hedley, Harold Mantell, George Rose , Aristophanes, and Titus Maccius Plautus

"The first part of this film, devoted to a substantial section of Aristophanes' Ecclesiasuzae (Women in power), shows what happens when women, fed up with the stupidity and incompetence of men, organize to take over the government.  The second part introduces Roman comedy, with its stock character types of the Vainglorious Soldier and the Clever Servant in Miles Gloriosus.  The two plays demonstrate the different concepts of 'funny' and the different functions of comedy in democratic Greece and autocratic Rome"--Container. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-2084

 

Cleopatra c2005

Joseph L Mankiewicz, Walter Wanger, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Alex North, and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc

Taylor stars as the ambitious queen of Egypt whose involvement with Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar led to her eventual downfall and suicide. 2 videodiscs (248 min.)

MEDIA 10-1601

 

The drama of ancient Greece from ritual to theater c2001

Aeschylus, Paul Iacono, Joe Barrett, Douglas Anderson, Helene P Foley, Jeffrey Henderson, Robert Fagles, Peter Meineck, and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Traces Greek theater from ancient harvest rites to the golden age of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. Key scenes from 'Antigone', 'Oedipus Tyrranus', 'Medea', and 'Lysistrata' show how these works remain relevant by exploring the timeless themes of honor, class, gender, sexuality, and politics. Essential concepts such as catharsis, hamartia, and the use of masks and a chorus are discussed. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MUSIC 111


A Dream of passion 1987

Jules Dassin, Melina Mercouri, Ellen Burstyn, Andreas Voutsinas, Despo, Dimitris Papamichael, Euripides, Bren Films, and Charter Entertainment (Firm)

"A woman who, Medea-like, has killed her children is drawn into an eccentric relationship with an actress playing Medea on the stage."--Halliwell's Film and video guide, 5th ed. 1 videocassette (106 min.)

MEDIA 2-7858

 

Eumenides 1985

Aeschylus, Aeschylus, and Peter Hall

Having avenged his father's murder by killing his mother, Orestes takes refuge at the shrine of Apollo, who promises protection and sends him to seek justice from Athens. The ghost of Clytemnestra rouses the Chorus of Furies to bring her murderer to justice. 1 videocassette (70 min.)

MEDIA 2-562

 

Euripides' life and times the Trojan women 1986

Euripides and John D Mitchell

A brief description of the life of Euripides and the development of the Greek theatre preceds the tragedy, The Trojan women, an indictment against the horror and futility of war. 1 videocassette (38 min.)

DANA 215

 

Fellini satyricon 1988

Federico Fellini, Petronius Arbiter, Alberto Grimaldi, Bernardino Zapponi, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone, and Martin Potter

Fellini recreates the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome, a universe unconcerned with human dignity and obsessed with perverse sex. 1 videocassette (130 min.)

DANA 469

 

A Funny thing happened on the way to the Forum 1991

Richard Lester, Stephen Sondheim, Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, Phil Silvers, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, and Melvin Frank

A farce set in ancient Rome where a conniving slave sees a way to gain his freedom. 1 videocassette (100 min.)

DANA 472

 

Gladiator c2003

Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, Branko Lustig, John Logan,  William Nicholas, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris, John Mathieson, Pietro Scalia, Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard, Dreamworks Pictures, Universal Pictures (Firm), Scott Free Productions, and DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm)

The war against the Germans won, Emperor Aurelius chooses the victorious General Maximus as his successor to the Roman empire. Commodus, Aurelius' heir, is jealous of this and enslaves Maximus to the gladiatorial arenas. 1 videodisc (155 min.)

DANA 419

 

Greek myths 1971

Gilbert Highet and John Barnes

Uses dramatizations and animation to present Greek myths as primitive fiction, primitive history, comic history, and as ritual. 2 videocassettes (54 min.)

MEDIA D-260

 

Infinite secrets the genius of Archimedes 2003

Liz Tucker, British Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service, and WGBH (Radio station : Boston, Mass.)

In 1991 an extraordinary item was put up for auction. To the untrained eye, it was nothing more than a small Byzantine prayer book, yet it sold for over $2 million. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-337

 

Iphigenia 1986

Irene Papas, Costa Kazakos, Tatiana Papamousko, Michael Cacoyannis, and Euripides

Story of a young girl cought in the midst of political intrigue and corruption. Under the leadership of Agamemnon, the Greek army is about to set sail to engage in a great battle, but the winds refuse to blow. When the army grows restless, Agamemnon seeks to improve morale by providing better food, but accidentally slays a sacred deer. His punishment, say the gods, is the sacrifice of his daughter, Iphigenia. Agamemnon sends for Iphigenia with a message that she will marry the great soldier Achilles. Iphigenia arrives for the wedding, accompanied by her mother, Clytemnestra--and the tragic story begins to unfold. 1 videocassette (ca. 82 min.)

MEDIA 2-1567

 

Italy evolution of the theatre to Pirandello 198-?

John Dietrich Mitchell

Traces the evolution of the physical theatre from ancient Greece to the Italian Renaissance. 1 videocassette (20 min.)

DANA 1362

 

Man and the state the trial of Socrates 1982

Bernard Wilets

A dramatization of the trial and execution of Socrates. Shows ancient Athenian judicial procedures and poses questions about the right of the state to suppress "disruptive" individuals. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

MEDIA 2-3134

 

Medea 1970

Euripides, Franco Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Maria Callas, Gisueppi Gentile, Laurent Terzieff, Massimo Girotti, and Margareth Clementi

Medea, high priestess of the Golden Fleece, falls in love with Jason, and, stealing the prized article, flees with him to Corinth. Jason eventually betrays her, however, when he falls in love with the daughter of Creon.  In a white heat of anger, Medea murders Creon, his daughter, and finally her two sons by Jason, then flees, leaving him to face a wifeless, childless future. 1 videocassette (100 min.)

DANA. MEDIA 21 2-1453

 

Medea 1991

Euripides, Robinson Jeffers, José Quintero, H. Wesley Kenney, David Susskind, Judith Anderson, Colleen Dewhurst, and Henry Brandon

A modern-language production of the classic tragedy of a proud woman betrayed by the man she loves. 1 videocassette (107 min.)

DANA      MEDIA 1602              2-85

 

Medea 2001

Robinson Jeffers, Robert Whitehead, Mark Cullingham, Mary Rawson, Zoe Caldwell, Judith Anderson, Mitchell Ryan, and Euripides

Euripides' classic tragedy about a proud woman betrayed by the man she loves. 1 videocassette (87 min.)

DANA 1649

 

The Odyssey 1997

Andrei Sergeevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovskii, Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, Dyson Lovell, Chris Solimine, Vanessa Williams, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeroen Krabbé, Christopher Lee, Irene Papas, Bernadette Peters, Eric Roberts, and Homer

In this spectacular presentation of Homer's Odyssey the warrior-king Odysseus, aided by the goddess Athena, braves the terrors and temptations of a fantastic array of creatures as his return from the Trojan War becomes a decade-long quest to reach his homeland and his faithful wife, Penelope. 1 videocassette (ca. 165 min.)

DANA 1015

 

Oedipus at Colonus  1987

Anthony Quayle, Juliet Stevenson, Don Taylor, Louis Marks, and Sophocles

This adaptation of Sophocles' play recounts the blind, exiled Oedipus' final days. 2 videocassettes (240 min.)

MEDIA. MEDIA 2-2304 cassette 1 2-2305 cassette 2

 

Oedipus Rex 1988

Sophocles, W. B Yeats, Tyrone Guthrie, Douglas Campbell, Eleanor Stuart, and Douglas Rain

Sophocles' tragedy as it might have been enacted in ancient Athens, with actors wearing stylized costumes and masks. 1 videocassette (88 min.)

DANA. DANA. MEDIA 56 56 2-1341

 

Oedipus Rex 1997?

Hans Hulscher, Neil Rosenshein, Felicity Palmer, Claudio Desderi, Anton Scharinger, Justin Lavender, Jean Rochefort, Jean Cocteau, Laurence Harvey, Sebastian Cabot, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Tripp, John Reardon, Robert Oliver, Richard Robinson, Robert Craft, Bernard Haitink, Jaap Drupsteen, Igor Stravinsky, Concertgebouworkest, NOS Television, London Weekend Television, ltd, Stichting Muzt, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Kultur International Films, and RM Arts (Firm)

Oedipus Rex: An "opera-oratorio" based on the Oedipus legend. The flood: Based on the book of Genesis and the York and Chester Miracle Plays (1430-1500). 1 videocassette (ca. 90 min.)

DANA 2075

 

Oedipus rex the age of Sophocles 199-?

Sophocles and Bernard MacGregor Walker Knox

This classic program begins by contrasting the ideals and philosophies of the "new" Greece in the age of Sophocles with the beliefs of the "old" Greece in order to set Oedipus Rex in the context of the time in which it was written. Bernard Knox of Yale University explains the function of drama within Greek society and describes how it was presented in Sophocles' time. The program concludes with a review of the story of Oedipus. 1 videocassette (29 min.)

MEDIA 2-1772

 

Oedipus the king 2004

Michael Pennington, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Sophocles, British Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

The beginning of the Oedipus saga tells of Oedipus the king & the working out of the curse on the royal house of Thebes. 1 videodisc (120 min.)

MEDIA         MUSIC 10-1531           206

 

Phedre 1990

Marie Bell, Pierre Jourdan, Jean Racine, Jean Chevrier, Jacques Dacqmine, and Claude Giraud

According to Greek legend, Theseus returned from war with the Minoans on Crete to become king of Athens and took Phedre, the daughter of the vanguished King Minos, to be his wife. Phedre fell in love with the King's son, Itippolyte, but he didn't return the love, preferring one his own age. Phedre caused her husband to be wrongly jealous of his son and prayed to Neptune to destroy him. When Hippolyte was in fact killed after fighting a sea monster, Phedre killed herself in remorse. 1 videocassette (93 min.)

MEDIA 2-1459

 

Phčdre 2003

Pierre Cardinal, Michel Pontonnier, Mustapha Ziraoui, Said Saydaoui, Maud Rayer, Alice Sapritch, Christian Brendel, Martine Montgermont, Claude Giraud, Denis Manuel, Jean Racine, Société nationale de télévision en couleur "Antenne 2.", Société française de photographie, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

According to Greek legend, Theseus returned from war on Crete to become a king of Athens and took Phčdre, the daughter of the vanquished King Minos, to be his wife. Phčdre fell in love with the king's son Hippolyte, but he did not return her love. Phčdre caused the king to be wrongly jealous of his son and prayed to Neptune to destroy him. Hippolyte was killed by a sea monster and Phčdre killed herself in remorse. 1 videodisc (110 min.)

MUSIC 118

 

The Rise of Greek tragedy Sophocles, Oedipus the King 1975

Sophocles, Harold Mantell, Anthony Quayle, James Mason, Claire Bloom, and Ian Richardson

A presentation of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, performed in the authentic setting of a fifth-century Greek theater, with the use of masks made after ancient models. Shows how this drama developed from primeval sacrificial ceremonies to Dionysius. 1 videocassette (45 min.)

MEDIA 2-2079

 

The role of theatre in ancient Greece 2005

M Spiratou, Robert Lanchester, and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Explanation of aspects of theatre in ancient Greece, including theatre design and the use of the surrounding landscape, the origins of tragedy and the comparative roles of the writer/director and actors . 1 videodisc (23 min.)

MUSIC 110

 

Roma 1991

Federico Fellini, Turi Vasile, Bernardino Zapponi, Peter Gonzales, Fiona Florence, and Britta Barnes

The filmmaker's memories of the past and predictions for the future are combined to produce this fantasy-ladened journey through Rome. 1 videocassette (129 min.)

DANA 330

 

Rome: The complete series 2009

Robert A Papazian, James G Hirsch, Lyndsey Marshal, Simon Woods, Tobias Menzies, John Milius, William J MacDonald , Bruno Heller, Marco Valerio Pugini, Michael Apted, Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds, Kenneth Cranham, James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Lindsay Duncan, HBO Entertainment (Firm), British Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service, Home Box Office (Firm), and HBO Video (Firm)

Season One: Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. After eight years of war, soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A serialized drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, Rome chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of a republic and the birth of an empire. Season Two: In the year 44 B.C., Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar's demise, egos clash and numerous players jockey for position. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power, aligning himself with Atia, but coming to blows with her cunning son Octavian, who has been anointed in Caesar's will as his only son and heir. The conspirator Brutus ponders how to curry favor with the masses that have condemned him as a murderer, while his mother Servilia concocts a deadly plot of her own. Meanwhile, Titus Pullo attempts to pull his friend Lucius Vorenus out of the darkness that has engulfed his soul in the wake of personal tragedy. For once again, the fates of these two mismatched soldiers seem inexorably tied to the fate of Rome itself. 11 videodiscs (1320 min.)

MEDIA. MEDIA 10-1594  10-1594

 

Spartacus 1960 -- c1991

Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Tony Curtis, Peter Ustinov, Stanley Kubrick, Edward Lewis, Howard Fast, MCA Universal Home Video (Firm), Universal Pictures Company, Universal City Studios, and Bryna Productions, Inc

Epic tale of the bold gladiator slave Spartacus, the woman who believed in his cause, and the power-hungry Roman general who challenged his convictions. Set against the background of Imperial Rome at the height of its glory, Spartacus is an inspirational true account of the eternal struggle for freedom that combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment. 2 videocassettes (196 min.)

MEDIA               DANA 2-7409-2-7410      10-593

 

Stages of theatre Greece & Rome c2005

Richard C Beacham, King's College (University of London), and Films for the Humanities (Firm)

Professor Richard Beacham of King's College London guides viewers through the Theatre of Epidaurus and the Lycurgian, Hellenistic, and Roman manifestations of the Theatre of Dionysus. Also featured are the odea of Pericles and Agrippa and Rome's Theatre of Pompey. 1 videodisc (22 min.)

MUSIC 109

 

Theatrical devices in classical theatre c2003

M Spiratou, Robert Lanchester, Films for the Humanities (Firm), and Hellenike Radiophonia-Teleorase

Presentation of some of the devices used in classical theatre, including deus ex machina, the crane that suspended the gods above the stage; the ladder of Charos, for ghosts from the underworld; and the physical requirements of New Comedy. 1 videodisc (20 min.)

MUSIC 108

 

Three hundred --300 c2007

Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, Jeffrey Silver, Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael B Gordon, Tyler Bates, Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew Tiernan, Rodrigo Santoro, Peter Mensah, Stephen McHattie, Lynn Varley, Frank Miller, Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ), Legendary Pictures, Virtual Studios, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead an Army of well over 100,000 men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other Slave soldiers. Xerxes waited many days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw. When the Greeks did not leave, Xerxes was left with no option and he moved forward. The battle lasted for about 3 days after which all 300 Spartans were killed. The Spartan defeat would not have happened if not for a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, who defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes of a separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks. 2 videodiscs (116 min.)

MEDIA 10-1583

 

The Trojan women 1988, 1971

Euripides, Michael Cacoyannis, Edith Hamilton, Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Genevičve Bujold, and Irene Papas

In 416 B.C., the Athenian army, engaged in a long and hopeless war, massacred the civilian population of the island of Melos in senseless reprisal. This incident drove Euripides to write "The Trojan women." Against the background of the sacking of Troy by the Greeks, he created a timeless indictment of the horror and futility of all wars. The story consists of three major episodes, each centering on the fate of one of the captive women: Cassandra, Andromache, and Helen. The three are linked by the central character, Hecuba, queen of Troy, who heroically withstands the tragic events. 1 videocassette (VHS) (105 min.)

DOUGLASS      DANA 64                          45

 

Troy 2004

Brad Pitt, Wolfgang Petersen, Colin Wilson , Diana Rathbun, David Benioff, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson, Peter O'Toole, Homer, Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ), Radiant Production, Plan B (Firm), and Warner Home Video (Firm)

In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris, the son of the King of Troy falls in love with Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta, and convinces her to follow him away from her husband, Menelaus, the result is an epic war. The Greeks sail to Troy and lay siege. Achilles, the greatest warrior in all the world, is called in to fight against Troy and give Greece the upper hand. Hector, the eldest son of Priam, King of Troy, and the greatest Trojan warrior embodies the hopes of the people of his city. 2 videodiscs (ca. 162 min.)

MEDIA 10-1600

Classical Literature, Theater, and Fictions - New This Year

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