Category Archives: documentaries

I enjoy documentaries about current social issues. Does the History and Social Sciences department buy Oscar-nominated documentaries that fit into this category?

We are always on the lookout for outstanding documentaries, and make it a point each year to order the Oscar nominees in the fields of history and social sciences. Here are some of the films you’ll find in our collection … Continue reading

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Night Watch (Better Make That Two Nights)

What’s your reaction when I say “Peter Greenaway?” Do you extend your hand and say “Pleased to make your acquaintance, Peter?” Actually, he’s the British film writer/director responsible for the once-notorious The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, … Continue reading

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Two Media Pioneers – Good To Meet You!

Since long before Michael Moore turned his camera on gun control and labor relations, I have loved “documentary film,” especially biographies. Two recent additions to the Dallas Public Library’s DVD collection show the “life stories” genre is doing well: they … Continue reading

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DVD Review: Some Singular Humorists – The “Funny Women” Among Us

I’m about to show my age. I remember watching the great “comedienne” Totie Fields strut across the 1960s Ed Sullivan Show stage in her tent-sized ruffled chiffon. My memories also include Phyllis Diller, she of the manic cackle and flying cigarette holder; … Continue reading

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First Shipment of Gravel

This post started out as an ambitious project: I was going to review three DVDs in the pop/rock documentary category, and the common denominator would have been the gravel-voiced singer. I have come to the realization, though, that each deserves its own post.  … Continue reading

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