Pecos Bill By Brian Gleeson- Read By Robin Williams
Animated Classic- Take a rollicking ride through the Wild West with the original cowboy, Pecos Bill. Raised by coyotes to brave the great frontier, Pecos rides his wild mustang Widow Maker and invents the first rough-and-tumble cattle drive. Then he mounts a runaway cyclone like a buckin' bronco to create the Great Salt Lake. Rich in language, imagery, and sheer nonsensical fun, Pecos Bill is a fast and furious fantasy your family is sure to enjoy. Visit www.rabbitears.com for more information a
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Thumbelina - Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
This video features the song of Thumbelina from the Hans Christian Andersen 1952 film featuring Danny Kaye.  Danny Kaye was very popular for his performances of Hans Christian Andersen's best loved stories. (2:44)
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The Selfish Giant, Part 2 of 3
Animated film adaptation of Wilde's story with illustrations.  A giant returns home after many years to discover that children have been playing in his garden. This upsets the giant, who erects a wall to keep them out. In the farthest corner of the garden, he notices a little boy who is crying because he cannot climb up into a tree. The giant helps the boy up and discovers that his life is much more pleasant this way. The children once again enjoy the garden and springtime fills the giant’s
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The Selfish Giant, Part 3 of 3
Animated film adaptation of Wilde's story with illustrations.  A giant returns home after many years to discover that children have been playing in his garden. This upsets the giant, who erects a wall to keep them out. In the farthest corner of the garden, he notices a little boy who is crying because he cannot climb up into a tree. The giant helps the boy up and discovers that his life is much more pleasant this way. The children once again enjoy the garden and springtime fills the giant’s
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"The BFG" based on the novel by Roald Dahl - Part 1 of 10
This is part 1 of 10 of an animated film based on Roald Dahl's novel, The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant).  Includes professional soundtrack (9:58)
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Roald Dahl's "The BFG" Part 2 of 10
This is part 2 of 10 of the animated film based o the novel by Roald Dahl.
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"I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died" Poem by Emily Dickinson
This film, created in 1960 by Lynn Tomlinson, artistically uses clay-on-glass animation to illustrate Emily Dickinson's poem "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died."  Melissa Miller artfully reads the poem, during which we hear the sound of a fly buzzing loudly.  The film is mostly in brown and white with splashes of color throughout.  (1:43)
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Film recitation of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" Poem by Robert Frost in "The Outsiders"
In the 1983 film production, The Outsiders, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Ponyboy recites Robert Frost's poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay," to Johnny as they stand beneath the golden sunset of a wide prairie sky.  (0:51)
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"Daddy" Poem by Sylvia Plath
This desperately angry and coldly bitter poem is read by the poet Sylvia Plath herself (1932 - 1963) in this video, accompanied by film and images, including family and personal photographs.  Powerful.  (3:56)
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"Skyscrapers" Poem by Carl Sandburg
"Skyscrapers" was written in 1916 by Carl Sandburg and is recited by Dr. Allen Dwight Callahan in this video, The Skyscrapers Of New York. The video shows film footage of New York from the time period when the poem was written, bringing it to life.  Saxophone, cymbals, light drumwork, interspersed throughout.  (9:55)
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What causes auroras? (continued)
Part 2 What causes auroras? Jean-Pierre St-Maurice – University of Saskatchewan compares the auroras to the same process of the old television cathode ray tubes. He describes the process of this beautiful light radiation of the high energy physics. “I’m in there for the puzzle solving.” Run time 02:59.
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Solar Eclipse

In a very special video, one of the scientists travels all the way to China to film a total solar eclipse. Video shows the solar eclipse and explains what is happening. Video is of good quality.  This video would be appropriate for middle elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It would be good for any student studying about eclipses.  Run time 08:53.


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Karajan - Beethoven Symphony No. 5 - Part 1
Karajan Conducting Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Part 1 (Movements 1 and 2). Very old and rare film, no longer in print, recorded in 1966. From http://www.musopen.com
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21F.011 Topics in Indian Popular Culture: Spectacle, Masala, and Genre (MIT)
This course aims to provide an overview of Indian popular culture over the last two decades, through a variety of material such as popular fiction, music, television and Bombay cinema. The class will explore major themes and their representations in relation to current social and political issues. In particular, students will examine the elements of the formulaic "masala movie", music and melodrama, the ideas of nostalgia and incumbent change in youth culture, as well as shifting questions of ge
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Content within individual OCW courses is (c) by the individual authors unless otherwise noted. MIT OpenCourseWare materials are licensed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under a Creative C

Inca, Part 1
This is the first of six (24:30) clips in this series about the Incas. Producer uses a variety of film reenactments, footage of modern-day Incan descendants, and primary source photos and video footage to give a comprehensive view of not just the Incan civilization but their predecessors (most notably the Nazca and Moche). Endings are abrupt (often ending mid-sentence!), but pick up on next clip in the series. This first one begins with a dramatic (violent) reenactment of the end of the Incan ci
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Buoyancy
Showing viewers that objects immersed in a liquid are buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the liquid displaced, this program explains the principle of buoyancy. 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. 
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Teaching Kids Media Literacy
Teens are one of the largest groups of media consumers. From television to movies, the Internet and mobile media, teens are watching, listening and reading more media than parents may realize. Amy James from Knowledge Essentials came to the CBS NEWS 9 studio to help parents guide their teens through the media maze. Find more media literacy tips for parents at the Knowledge Essentials blog
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Dyslexia, So What is it All About?
This is a short animated film explaining what dyslexia is.  It is used to describe difficulty with written language, organization and short term memory.  No one’s dyslexia is the same.  It is different depending on how the individual's brain works.  This can also have positive effects also, often dyslexics are good problem-solvers, communicators, and practice tasks.  About ten percent of the population is dyslexic.  Most dyslexics find a w
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Admiral Nelson: Death on the HMS Victory
This film is about the death of Lord Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar. It discusses the possibility of Lord Nelson being the target of a French assassin.

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A Christmas Carol
This is the first ten minutes of the 1984 film, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, featuring actors George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge and Frank Finlay as Jacob Marley.  Marley's ghost visits Scrooge to warn him to change his selfish ways before he dies, if he does not wish to become an old ghost in chains.
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