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Novel reflections on the American dream

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2008], ©2007.
Series: Films on Demand.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This program draws on insightful commentary from literary scholars and authors to examine the characters, plots, and themes of seven American novels that deal with wealth, poverty, and the nature of success and failure in the U.S. In an exploration that moves from the turn of the 20th century into progressively more contemporary surroundings, passages from each book are dramatized through inventively animated still  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Educational films
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), 2008
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
OCLC Number: 709674322
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 08, 2008.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 12 & up.
Description: 1 streaming video file (116 min.) : sound, color, digital file.
Details: Mode of access: Internet.; System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Contents: What Is the American Dream? (1:59) --
Benjamin Franklin's Positive Stories of the American Dream (1:34) --
American Novelists: American Dream vs. American Reality (1:12) --
American Novelist Theodore Dreiser: Lure of the Big City (2:55) --
1900s: Money Is Symbol of America (2:49) --
Theodore Dreiser: False Hopes of the American Dream (5:39) --
New York High Society in Literature (4:06) --
Edith Wharton: Autobiographical Influence in "The House of Mirth" (1:59) --
Underbelly of the Gilded Age: Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth" (2:57) --
Theodore Dreiser's Protagonist (1:48) --
Public Reception of Novels by Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser (2:59) --
1920s: Decade of Possibilities (2:40) --
F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" (3:03) --
"The Great Gatsby": Narrative Element (4:32) --
Novels Evolve from Autobiography (2:49) --
1920s: Dark Side of Prosperity (4:01) --
Loss of the American Dream in "The Great Gatsby" (3:46) --
Critique of the American Dream: "The Grapes of Wrath" (3:26) --
Deprivation of California's Migrant Workers (4:41) --
"The Grapes of Wrath" (3:05) --
Human Suffering and Greed (4:09) --
Human Suffering and Self-Sacrifice (4:05) --
Public Reception of "The Grapes of Wrath" (2:26) --
Black, Female Protagonist in "The Street" (4:55) --
Black America: Limited Access to the American Dream (3:57) --
American Dream Not Available to Black, Single Mother (4:14) --
Authors Express Outrage in Their Novels (3:04) --
Immigrant's American Dream (3:06) --
Immigrant in America: What Is a Typical American? (3:14) --
American Dream: Personal Limitations (5:39) --
American Dream: Pressure to Succeed (3:07) --
Autobiographical Elements in Saul Bellow's Novels (3:41) --
American Dream Rooted in Spirit (4:00).
Series Title: Films on Demand.
Responsibility: WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.).

Abstract:

This program draws on insightful commentary from literary scholars and authors to examine the characters, plots, and themes of seven American novels that deal with wealth, poverty, and the nature of success and failure in the U.S. In an exploration that moves from the turn of the 20th century into progressively more contemporary surroundings, passages from each book are dramatized through inventively animated still photography intercut with original and archival footage. The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, The House of Mirth, Sister Carrie, Saul Bellow's Seize the Day, Gish Jen's Typical American, and Ann Petry's The Street are analyzed. From the public television American Masters series.

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