This Land is Our Land
Throughout history, as the concepts of empire and nation-states took hold, individual countries secured their borders and tried to keep unwanted migrants out. As we enter the 21st century Anwarul K. Chowdhury, an Under-Secretary of the United Nations, says, 'The first step towards examining the road to peace should start with an appreciation of the changing nature of conflicts. Gone are days of war between states for conquest, extension of spheres of influence in the name of ideology ... Today's
The concept of speed is introduced to the inertia-mass relationship. Concept: Force varies with mass and rate of change of speed. Eureka was a series of short cartoons on physics that ran on public television in the 1980's. The video explains the concept in simple and well illustrated way. Good for students of any elementary school level.
Should Parents Unplug the TV? Part I
The link between violent television and violent behavior in children.
Battle of the Bulge
The Battle of the Bulge was one of the most famous battles of World War II. Hitler's army planned a major offensive against the Allied forces on the western front to hopefully swing the momentum of the war towards a German victory. Pictures and vintage film used with narration.
Women at work WWII 1943
Edited from the 1943 US Government film "Manpower" to recruit women into factories for the war effort, issue of equal pay for similar work, ergonomics, and child care are highlighted.
The Fog of Games: Legacy, Land Grabs and Liberty. Reporting the London Olympics
The Olympics are brief and transitory television events that disguise and justify mega projects of vast urban restructuring that permanently distort our cities for the benefit of a few business interests. The common features of these mega projects are unprecedented land grabs, the peddling of myths of 'regeneration' and 'legacy' benefits, the sweeping away of democratic structures and planning restraints, the transfer of public money into private hands, and 'information management' to hide truth
How Walt Disney Cartoons are Made
This black and white educational film is probably from the 40's and shows the different steps towards producing a cartoon. It discusses how Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as well as other short cartoons were made. It begins with story creation, dialogue, composer, animators, as well as the other steps to draw cartoons are shown. (8:33)
Abraham Lincoln: President during the Civil War
A BBC film about Lincoln's life during the election of 1860 and during the first years of his presidency.
Abraham Lincoln: Saving the Union
A BBC film about the efforts of Lincoln to save the Union.
Charley Junior's School Days
'Charley Junior's School Days' is a public information film from the National Archives website about the Butler reforms in education as a result of the 1944 education act. These films were made available to the public to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Central Office of Information (COI) which was established in 1946.
A Pressure-Flow Technique for Measuring Velopharyngeal Orifice Area During Continuous Speech
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Ralph Baer, inventor of the video game
In 1967 the first video game on a television set was played by these two men, inventor Ralph Baer and his assistant Bill Harrison. This video was taken two years later, with their famous Ping-Pong game on the "brown box" console, which later became the basis of Atari's Pong. In this 2:44 minute video, Baer is explaining the operations of this new invention.
Charlton Heston: 1923-2008
Actual news clip of announcing the death of film star Charlton Heston who died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 84.
John Barrymore, 1926: Soliloguy in Richard III, by William Shakespeare
Black and white film footage of the famous soliloquy of Richard III. Students may be fascinated that this is the grandfather of Drew Barrymore and even more so by his holding the head of the Lord of Somerset. Dramatic. Volume is subdued. (5:42)
Multi-talented Chris Rock reflects on his influences, navigating his career and dealing with adulation; he also discusses his new film, "Death at a Funeral."
Women in Film: A Short History of Women's Faces in Film
A succession of women's faces morphing into each other, covering film styles from the Silent Film era to the 21st century. There is no text to explain who these women are. (2:26)
Actress Lisa Kudrow discusses what's surprised her about her new series, "Who Do You Think You Are?", and talks about her latest film project, "Paper Man."
Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943)
This is Stormy Weather from the 1943 film of the same name--the great Lena Horne delivers her iconic performance. (Length: 05:05)
Checkmate (silent film)
A silent film which shows the final moves in a chess game played by kids. This is a modern day silent film. (1:53)
Spoils of Love
Set in the 1920's, a man's fiancee is kidnapped by a jealous madman. A silent short. Directed by Dustin Frankel. This is a contemporty vrsion of a silent film demonstrating the style of silent films in the 1920s. (9:56)