This beautiful production of what is generally regarded as the greatest of the classical ballets was filmed live at the Covent Garden, London, England. Prince Siegfried has just turned twenty-one and is advised by his mother that he should marry. By a lakeside he sees a swan turn into human form. She is an enchanted princess whose only salvation is true love. To complement this masterpiece is the exquisite Tchaikovsky score. (AB)
Tuskegee Airmen (DVD)
Warner Home Video, 2005
Fine Arts DVD 127
Fireballs of high-speed air action explode off the screen in this exciting story of the “Fighting 99th”—the first squadron of black American pilots to be allowed to fight for their country. It is 1943 and the Germans are winning the Second World War as the U.S. suffers huge losses on the ground and in the air. Four newly recruited pilots are united by a desire to serve their country, at a time when black flyers are not welcomed in the Air Force. Now, through the brutal demands of their training, to the perils of flying over nations at war, the men they call “The Tuskegee Airmen” must undertake the riskiest mission of their lives—to prove to America that courage knows no color. Their success could earn them respect, save lives and help win a terrible war. Their failure could destroy more hopes and dreams than their own.
Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars
Paramount Home Video, 2004
Fine Arts DVD 128
With Ossie Davis as narrator, Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars tells the story of the African American pilots who fought racism at home and fascism abroad in the years of World War II. Under the inspiring leadership of Lt. Col. Benjamin Davis (the second African American man to attend West Point), they forged themselves into a superb combat unit, the 332nd Fighter Group. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen—from their training through their experiences in post-war America—is covered in this sixty-minute film. The movie features the moving reminiscences of the pilots, vivid newsreel footage, photographs, and reenacted scenes.
Part of the Discovery Channel’s “Discovery School” series (or “Assignment Discovery”), this DVD presents information about Matisse and Picasso and their influences on Western art and culture. Each of the two sections begins with a few questions that are then answered by real students in a school setting, while presenting us with images of student art or students creating art. Each of the featured artists is then discussed along with excellent color images of many of their works of art and, in Picasso’s case, some video footage of the artist as well. This film is not rated.
Wu, Tian Ming
The King of Masks
Columbia Tristar 1996
Fine Arts Video Cassette 1208 2000
An elderly street performer, looking to pass on the secrets of his art to an heir, adopts a child from a starving family. Believing he can only train a boy to be his protégé, he is disappointed when he realizes the child is a girl. As the bond between them grows, however, his views begin to slowly change. Winner, Best Actor (Chu Yuk) and Best Director, Tokyo International Film Festival. In Mandarin with English subtitles. This film is not rated.