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Films set in the Middle Ages
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A3 A35 2003
Recounts the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest dedicated to fight against tyranny.
The Advocate (1993)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.D7 A36 1993
In medieval France, a young lawyer moves from Paris to a small town to pursue his career, only to find that beneath the seeming quiet of the village lies mystery and corruption.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 A683 2005
Christine Carpenter is a 14th century visionary girl in England, whose passions attract the village priest and an officer. The priest urges her to become an Anchoress (a virgin walled up in the church) and she accepts, attracting pilgrims seeking her advice and healing power.
The Beloved Rogue (1927)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 B35 2009
The swashbuckling poet, Francois Villon, battles to save his country from the devious Duke of Burgundy. (Silent Film) (Villon, François, b. 1431)
Brightness = Yeelen (1987)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.B25 Y33 2002
A film adaptation of one of the great oral epics of the Bambara people, set during the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century. (In Bambara with English subtitles)
The Court Jester (1955)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.C55 C7 1991
A 12th century England court jester becomes involved with outlaws trying to overthrow the king.
The Devil's Envoys = Les Visiteurs du Soir(1942)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.F7 V4 1980
Set in the Middle Ages, this is a romantic fantasy based on French legend. The Devil sends two envoys to a chateau to intervene in the betrothal between the count and Lady Anne. Since the count and Lady Anne were not truly in love their betrothal is destroyed, but the two emissaries succumb to the powers of love. (French with English subtitles)
The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 G657 2002
Story is set in medieval Prague. The Rabbi gives life to the Golem who falls in love with the Rabbi's daughter and brings fear to the emperor's court. He is destroyed by an innocent child. Based on the legend of the Golem, a popular figure in Jewish tradition. (Silent with musical score and English intertitles)
Häxan : Witchcraft through the Ages (1922)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 H18 2001
A series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that witches of the middle ages and turn-of-the century psychiatric patients suffer from the same type of hysteria. (Silent movie, Swedish intertitles, English subtitles)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.S5 H9 1990
The story of the grotesque hunchback, Quasimodo, and his devotion to the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in 15th century France.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A3 I89 2005
Adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's classic tale set in England in the Middle Ages.
Keita!: The Heritage of the Griot = Keïta! : l'héritage du griot (1995)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.J9 K3 1994
Based on one of the most important works of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djéliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keita, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire. (In Jula and French with English subtitles) (Keita, Soundiata, d. 1255)
King Arthur (2004)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 K462 2004
A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain will need a leader to fill the void.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A3 K464 2005
Balian, a young Frenchman in Medieval Jerusalem during the Crusades, having lost everything, finds redemption in a heroic fight against overwhelming forces to save his people and fulfill his destiny as a knight.
Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.N6 K7 1998
This epic love story set in 14th century Norway. Follows one woman's decision to break with tradition to marry the man she loves rather than the man her father has chosen for her. (Norwegian with English subtitles)
Lancelot du lac (1974)
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.91.F7 L18 1995
Set in the last days of the doomed quest by Lancelot and the rest of King Arthur's knights for the Holy Grail, this is a tale of the end of the age of chivalry and the death of a dream. (French with English subtitles)
The Mists of Avalon (2001)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 M557 2001
Follows the women of Avalon from their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies in the battle between Christianity and Paganism that threatens to bring down Arthur's kingdom.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.C55 M76 2001
The quest for the Holy Grail by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is retold in the inimitable Python fashion.
The Name of the Rose (1986)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D4 N35 2004
One monk has fallen from a tower, another is found head-first in a vat of pigs' blood. Visiting Brother Sean Connery, investigating the deaths, discovers a secret library containing rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith. He must find the connection between the hidden literature and the killings before innocent people are burned at the stake.
Pathfinder = Ofelas (1988)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.S2 O3 1991
After his family is murdered by a savage tribe, a young boy sets out on a journey of adventure and self-discovery. (In Saami (Lapp) with English subtitles)
Perceval le Gallois (1978)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.F7 P29 1999
A stylized film adaptation of Chrétien de Troyes' 12th century Arthurian romance featuring the knight Perceval. (French with English subtitles)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.C55 R635 2006
Robin Hood attempts to save England from Prince John and the Sheriff of Rottingham, while also winning the heart of Maid Marian.
The Seventh Seal = Det sjunde inseglit (1957)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S8 S44 1998
After a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess. (Swedish with English subtitles)
The Virgin Spring = Jungfrukällan (1960)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S8 J965 2006
A peasant girl is raped and murdered in 14th century Sweden. When her killers seek shelter in her father's house, he kills them to avenge her death. (Swedish with English subtitles)
Films set in the Renaissance
Aguirre, Wrath of God = Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes(1972)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.G4 A4 2000
A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Pizarro, go up the Amazon in search of gold. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (the self-styled "Wrath of God") is consumed by visions of conquering all of South America and leads a revolt, but Aguirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip. (German with English subtitles) (Aguirre, Lope de, d. 1561.)
Black-Adder II (1986, 1988)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.C55 B52 1995
Set in 16th century England, featuring the comic adventures of Lord Edmund Blackadder, member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Accompanied by a small rabble of riff-raff-- the black-hearted Baldrick, and the pea-brained Percy-- the dastardly Lord Blackadder tarnishes the reputation of England's Golden Age.
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.B55 C8 1987
17th century Britain is a hotbed of revolution, treachery, and court intrigue. And standing in the center of this tumultuous storm is Oliver Cromwell.
Ever After : A Cinderella Story (1998)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S26 E78 2002
A young woman of the 16th century stands up to her scheming stepmother and works miracles on the lives of everyone around her, including the crown prince of France.
How Tasty was My Little Frenchman = Como era gostoso o meu francês (1973)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.P65 C65 1995
A black comedy set in the coastal wilds of 16th-century Brazil, which tells the story of a French explorer who tries in vain to be accepted by the tribe of cannibals who has captured him. (In Portuguese, French, and Tupi with English subtitles)
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.M86 K48 2003
Two squabbling, 20th-century ex-marrieds are cast as squabbling Renaissance romantics in a musical version of The taming of the shrew. On stage they fight it out and backstage they continue to clash
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.S6 M23 1989
A surrealistic portrayal of poverty, hunger, and death in a 16th century Mexican village. (Spanish with English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S26 O75 2010
Orlando is an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative, he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations which humorously and hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes.
The Other Conquest = La otra conquista (1998)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 O775 2007
Mexico, 1521. The Spanish army of Cortés has swept through the New World forcing their religious beliefs on the Aztec people. An Aztec scribe, who survived the Massacre of the Temple in 1520, spends years trying to preserve the rites and customs of his people. (Spanish and Nahuatl with English subtitles)
Queen Margot = La Reine Margot (1994)
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.91.F7 R34 2005
Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power-hungry family, the beautiful Margot soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her. (French with English subtitles) (Marguerite, Queen, consort of Henry IV, King of France, 1553-1615)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 S52 1998
When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before!
The Tournament: A Historical Drama = Le tournoi (1928)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.S5 D3 1994
A medieval romance set in the court of Charles IX and Catherine de Medici, the tournament serves as a resolution of the conflict between the Protestants and Catholics. Shot in Carcassonne. (Silent film) (Charles IX, King of France, 1550-1574)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.D7 W57 1999
April 1, 1649. St. George's Hill, Surrey, England. A reformation-era religious sect called the Diggers sets out to form a commune and till the soil on "common land," which by law permits grazing-- but not settlement and cultivation. Led by Gerard Winstanley, theirs is a nonviolent action to reclaim land for the poor who have been dispossessed by Oliver Cromwell's recent Civil War. But the local villagers see the Diggers as a threat to their livelihood and, led by the Presbyterian parson, John Platt, take violent action to harass and burn them out.
Asia in the Middle Ages & Renaissance
The Bailiff = Sansho dayu (1954)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.J3 S25 1980
In feudal 11th century Japan, two noble children are sold into slavery to the tyrannical bailiff Sansho. Zushio grows up to accept the brutality of society, but his sister Anju adheres to humane principles, sacrificing herself so he can escape and find their mother, who had been sold into prostitution. (Japanese with English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.91.J3 K24 2005
Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle. (Japanese with English subtitles)
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 K25 1997
A seductive tale of love and betrayal set in 16th century India. A king's courtesan is forbidden to embrace her one true love. Trained in the art of pleasure, Maya, the beautiful servant girl, becomes defiant, rebelling against ancient tradition. As passion takes over, the conflict brings consequences that no one ever envisioned.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.M56 M66 2008
Delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the ruler who was born as Temudgin in 1162. (Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.J3 O6 1989
In war-ravaged medieval Japan, a peasant woman and her daughter eke out an existence by murdering soldiers. A crafty warrior seduces the girl and manages to save his life until her mother takes revenge. (Japanese with English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.J3 R2 2002
In 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons. They turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane. Based on Shakespeare's King Lear. (Japanese with English subtitles)
Call Number: PN1995.91.J3 R256 2002
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit. (Japanese or English; English subtitles)
Seven Samurai = Shichinin no samurai (1954)
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.91.J3 S4 1998
In 16th century Japan, desperate villagers, with a dirty little secret, hire seven warriors to defend their lives and homes against a band of merciless, roaming bandits. (Japanese with English subtitles)
Throne of Blood = Kumonosujo (1957)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.J3 K85 2003
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.J3 U4 1986
Two peasants in war-torn 16th-century Japan abandon their families to seek their fortunes. In attaining his goal, each man destroys his own life. (Japanese with English subtitles)
Biographical Films - Middle Ages
Alexander Nevsky = Aleksandr Nevskii (1938)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 A53 2001
Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade Russia in 1242. (Alexander, Grand Duke of Vladimir, 1220-1263)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 B826 2007
The dramatic story of William Wallace, who rallied medieval Scotland to fight for liberty. (Wallace, William, Sir, d. 1305)
Brother Sun, Sister Moon = François et le chemin du soleil (1973)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 B878 2004
A compelling, insightful look at the early years of Francis of Assisi, who abandoned a life of wealth and comfort to seek a spiritual union with the world. (English or French dialogue) (Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.B55 C37 1995
The life and times of Medieval Europe's most heroic and legendary figure are dramatized in Charlemagne. Intense passions, bloody betrayals and political intrigues surround an extraordinary leader who changes the course of history, and sets aside his own happiness for the greater good. (Charlemagne, Emperor, 742-814)
El Cid (1961)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.B55 C4 1989
The epic story of Spain's immortal warrior--liberator who drove back the invading Islamic hordes in the 11th century. (Cid, ca. 1043-1099)
The Crusades (1935)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 C334 2006 v.4
In the 12th century, King Richard the Lionhearted vows to reclaim Jerusalem for Christianity. He marries a princess in order to finance his enterprise, and she joins him in his battle to save the Holy City. (Richard I, King of England, 1157-1199)
Jeanne la Pucelle (1997)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.F7 J414 2001
Tells the story of Joan of Arc. Part one, Battles, describes her early life, hearing the voices, and the victory over the English. Part two, Prisons, describes her capture, imprisonment, trial, and execution. (French with English subtitles) (Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431)
La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc (1928)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 P25 1999
Dramatization of the life of Joan of Arc centering on her trial and execution. (Silent film with French intertitles, optional English subtitles and optional oratorio soundtrack sung in Latin and French) (Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431)
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 L45 2001
Historical drama of the conflict between King Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine over Henry's successor to the British throne. (Henry II, King of England, 1133-1189)
Sorceress = Le Moine et la sorcière (1987)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.F7 M574 2002
A drama set in the 13th century concerning a Dominican friar, sent by the Pope to seek out heretics, and a forest woman who performs ancient healing rituals. An historically accurate dramatization of the conflict between ancient customs and religious dogma. (French with English subtitles) (Stephanus, de Borbone, d. ca. 1261)
Biographical Films - Renaissance
Andrei Rubliov (1966)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 A63 1998
Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and creates works of art. (Rublev, Andrei, Saint, d. ca. 1430)
Anna Boleyn : A Historical Drama in Six Acts (1920)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 A65 2007
Tragic drama of the second wife of England's Henry VIII, made in Berlin by Lubitsch before he moved to Hollywood to make comedies. (Silent film with English intertitles translated from the German) (Anne Boleyn, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1507-1536)
Cabeza de Vaca (1990)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.S6 C22 1993
Account of the Spanish explorer's capture, escape, and journey from Texas to Mexico City (1527-1537). (Spanish with English subtitles) (Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar, c. 1490 - c. 1564)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 E48 2007
England, 1554. Henry VIII is dead. The country is divided, Catholic against Protestant. Henry's eldest daughter Mary, a fervent Catholic, is Queen. She is childless. The Catholics' greatest fear is the succession of Mary's Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth... (Cate Blanchett) (Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603)
Elizabeth I (2005)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 E482 2006
Explores the intersection of the private and public life of Elizabeth I in the latter half of her reign, offering a personal look at her allies, her enemies, and her suitors as she struggles to survive in a male-dominated world. (Helen Mirren) (Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603)
Elizabeth R (1971)
Call Number: Summit Only
v. 1. Lion's cub -- v. 2. Marriage game -- v. 3. Shadow in the sun -- v. 4. Horrible conspiracies -- v. 5. Enterprise of England -- v. 6. Sweet England's pride (Glenda Jackson) (Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603)
Ivan the Terrible = Ivan Groznyi (1944, 1946)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.R8 I93 2001
Part I starts with the coronation of Ivan the Terrible and concludes with his return to power after the death of his wife. Part II covers the attempt to assassinate him in 1564. (Ivan IV, Czar of Russia, 1530-1584)
Joan the Mad = Juana la Loca (2001)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 J835 2003
Joan of Castile (1479-1555, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella) has gone down in history as "Joan the Mad." (Spanish with English subtitles) (Juana, la Loca, Queen of Castile, 1479-1555)
The Virgin Queen (1955)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.B55 V47 1988
The story of the aging Queen Elizabeth I's attraction to handsome Sir Walter Raleigh and her bitter clash with a scheming, younger rival. (Bette Davis) (Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603)
Chaucer and Middle English Literature
Call Number: HAT AV Video PR1905 .C38 1988
An introduction to the forms, themes, and major works of medieval writing with special emphasis on the writing of Geoffrey Chaucer. (Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400)
Europe in the Middle Ages
Call Number: HAT AV Video D117 .E87 1989
v. 1. The birth of the Middle Ages (43:00) -- v. 3. Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire (31:00) -- v. 5. Christians, Jews, and Moslems in medieval Spain (33:00) -- v. 6. Byzantium, from splendor to ruin (43:00)
Faust : The Man and the Legend
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN57.F3 F38 2003
The historical Dr. Faust, and the legends that have arisen around him thanks to the writings of Marlowe, Lessing, and Goethe, are the subject of this fascinating program. (Faust, d. ca. 1540)
Fires of Faith: Dissidents and the Church (1995)
Call Number: HAT AV Video BX1210 .F47 1998
This program discusses papal reactions to church dissidents. Thirteenth-century fragmentation of religious orders into various sects is examined. Discussions include St. Francis of Assisi; the French Albigenses sect and the Albigensean Crusade; the fall of Albi; the Cathars and their extermination by the inquisition; Pope Innocent III; the founding of the Dominican order; and the Ecumenical Council of 1215.
Foot Soldier. The Medieval Soldier
Call Number: HAT AV Video U37 .F66 1998
A unique look at the lives of the common soldier in the countless and continual wars of the Middle Ages. Drawing on ancient accounts of battles, rare artworks, the latest discoveries and groundbreaking scholarship, a complete account of the lot of these overlooked soldiers emerges.
Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
Call Number: HAT AV Video QB36.G2 G55 2002
Through dramatizations which bring Galileo to life, and commentary by authorities, this film offers a vivid re-imagining of the man whose achievements forever changed the way we view our place in the universe. (Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) E184.M5 A38 2005
Examines the life and legacy of the 16th century Indian woman known as La Malinche, who by her role in the Spanish conquest of Mexico and in giving birth to Cortes's son is a symbol of both cultural destruction and creation. (In English and Spanish with English subtitles) (Marina, -- ca. 1505-ca. 1530)
Living in the Past
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) DA30 .L48 2006 pt.2
Life in Medieval times. Provides an atmospheric and realistic taste of life in Britain and shows how everyday people endured and enjoyed their often difficult lives. Features authentic reconstructions of everyday life, expert commentary and analysis, and many period engravings, paintings and drawings.
Call Number: HAT AV Video BR325 .M37 2003
Martin Luther nailed his treatise to the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral and forever changed the Christian world. This previously obscure German monk unleashed forces that would plunge Europe into war and chaos. He offered the Christian world a new vision of man's relationship with God and, in turn, redefined man's relationship with authority in general, bringing the collapse of the medieval world and the birth of the modern age. (Luther, Martin, 1483-1546)
The Medici, Godfathers of Renaissance
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) DG737.42 .M43 2003
A tale of one family's ambition and of Europe's struggle to emerge from the ravages of the Dark Ages. The Medici used charm, skill and ruthlessness to garner unparalleled wealth and power, ruling Europe for more than 300 years.
Michel de Montaigne: What Do I know?
Call Number: HAT AV Video PQ1643 .M43 1996
Examines the life and work of Michel de Montaigne, the man who firmly established the essay as a form of literary expression. Includes period and classical images, Renaissance music by the Baltimore Consort, and footage of France. (Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592)
The Silk Road
Call Number: HAT AV Video DS735 .S448 1990
A panoramic tour examining the world's most historic and inaccessible locations, Silk Road escorts the viewer on the ancient path travelled by Marco Polo, linking the riches of China with the European markets of the Middle Ages.
The Vikings (1996)
Call Number: HAT AV Video DL65 .V55 1999
Studies the effects of Viking aggressions on the history of Europe, their attacks upon the Church, their art and society and the activity of the Viking longboats in the development of European trade.
Wonders of the African World
Call Number: HAT AV Video DT14 .W65 1999
This documentary presents Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on a journey from Zanzibar to Timbuktu, the Nile River Valley to Great Zimbabwe, the slave coast of Guinea to the medieval monasteries of Ethiopia in search of the lost wonders of the African world.
Art in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
The Amiens Trilogy
Call Number: HAT AV Video NA5551.A45 A54 1995
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Amiens, located north of Paris and built in the 50 years after 1220, offers an extraordinary vision of Gothic space and structure, expressing the zenith of medieval technical prowess. Through film images, digital modeling and animation, these films reveal how the Cathedral is encoded as an image of heaven, the way it was built, and why it nearly collapsed.
Art of the Western World
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) N5300 .A78 2000
disc 1. 1. The classical ideal -- 2. A white garment of churches : Romanesque and Gothic -- 3. The early Renaissance -- disc 2. 4. The high Renaissance -- 5. Realms of light, The Baroque -- 6. An age of reason, an age of passion --
Chateaux of the Loire
Call Number: HAT AV Video DC611.L81 C42 1984
History and views of chateaux of the Loire Valley. The gardens and interiors of fourteen castles and manor houses show the evolution of the feudal chateau into the Renaissance country house. Includes Chinon, Angers, Loches, Saumur, Ussbe, Chambord, Blois, Chenonceaux, and others.
Call Number: Summit
Discusses the history of Western culture from the end of the Graeco-Roman world to the present day. Covers the great works of sculpture, painting, architecture, philosophy, poetry, literature and music from each century covered. Host, Sir Kenneth Clark.
Call Number: HAT AV Video ND813.T4 E45 1993
An examination of the life and works of Domenecus Theatocopolis, known as El Greco, which analyzes his style, subject matter, and treatment of specific works, particularly his religious works. (Greco, 1541?-1614)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 A427 2007
Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars. (Spanish with English subtitles)
Black Robe (1991)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.D7 B57 1992
In the 17th century, Father Laforgue, a young Jesuit priest, is assigned to go upriver into the Canadian wilderness to convert the Huron Indians.
Day of Wrath= Vredens Dag (1943)
Set in a Danish village in 1623, Anna, the young wife of a much older paster, falls inlove with her stepson. Also stars, Sigrid Neiiendan ; director of photography, Karl Andersson. (Danish with English subtitles)
I, The Worst of All = Yo, la peor de todas (1990)
This historical drama tells the story of Juana Inés de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. (Spanish with English subtitles)
The New World (2005)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 N33 2006
Set admidst the first encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Virginia settlement in 1607. Tells the classic tale of Pocahontas and her relationships with adventurer John Smith and aristocrat John Rolfe. This woman's journey of love lost and found again takes her from the untouched beauty of the Virginia wilderness to the upper crust of English society as we witness the dawn of a new America.
Queen Christina (1934)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.B55 Q3 1990
Screen portrayal of the 17th century Queen of Sweden who shocked all of Europe when she relinquished her throne for love.
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.91.P65 Q4 1995
A dramatization which chronicles the Palmares Quilombo, the most famous of the 17th century Brazilian groups of runaway black slaves. Shows how this self-governing community flourished for several decades under the reign of the legendary chieftan Ganga Zumba. (Portuguese with English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.91.J3 H25 2005
Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri. (Japanese with English subtitles)
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Literary Classics on Film
Arabian nights= Il fiore delle mille e una notte
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.I8 F4 1997
The tale follows the adventures of a slave girl as she rises to power over a great city. Around her revolve the stories of magic and lust, mystery and fantasy that derive from three cultures (Persia, Egypt and India) and range from the ninth century to the Renaissance. (In Italian with English subtitles)
The Canterbury Tales
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.L5 C2 1990
Pasolini's startling candor and ribald humor illuminate these classic tales of romance, deception, murder and lust. (Dubbed in English from the original Italian).
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.S6 C4 1993
Dramatization of the 16th century novel Celestina, attributed to Fernando de Rojas
Don Quixote = El Quijote
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 Q35 2002
An adaptation of Cervantes' epic about the adventures of the legendary Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza. (In Spanish)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.L5 E953 1999
Adapted from Malory's Le morte d'Arthur. The classic saga of King Arthur and those around him in the Court-- the knights, his Queen, and the wizard Merlin. Focuses on the rise of Christian civilization out of the Dark Ages.
Gargantua en Rabelaisie (1534) by
Call Number: HAT AV Video PQ1694 .G37 1998
An analysis of Rabelais' work, Gargantua, within the context of its time. (In French; no English subtitles)
The Illustrated Handscroll Tale of Genji
Call Number: http://HAT AV Video PL788.4.G43 I55 1993
Presents and describes the 12th century handscroll version of Genji monogartari (The tale of Genji), an 11th century Japanese novel by Murasaki Shikibu.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 I58 2004
The first Italian feature film ever made, L'Inferno was also the first international blockbuster, based loosely on Dante's journey through hell as influenced by the illustrative style of Gustave Doré. (Silent Film)
Call Number: Summit Only
In 1503, Lazaro is the young son of a widowed mother, who agrees to let a wandering blind beggar take him along on his travels and teach him the ways of the world while the boy guides him. Physically starved by one master after another, Lazaro learns enough to feel ready for the adventurous future sure to come. (Spanish with English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PR9366.7.C53 M98 2005
African version of the English medieval Chester mystery plays.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 N543 2002
Based on the 12th century epic poem Die Nibelungenlied. (Silent Film)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PR1580 .B24 2006
Benjamin Bagby performs lines 1-1062 of the epic poem, accompanying himself on an Anglo-Saxon harp. It is the story of King Hrothgar, the monster Grendal and the hero Beowulf.
Call Number: HAT AV Video M1500.M993 B623 1987
The Bolshoi Opera's production of Mussorgsky's epic 16th century tale of power struggles, usurped thrones and murder.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) M1530.O75 C4523 2001
The Carmina Burana were poems written by wandering monks in the 13th century and kept hidden in a Bavarian monastery for over 600 years. This complete performance is subtitled in English, affording the viewer the unique opportunity to experience the mighty choral work in all its poetic and musical splendor.
Death for Five Voices : The Composer Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) ML410.G29 D4 2001
"Werner Herzog's chilling and atmospheric chronicle of sixteenth century composer Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, whose life embraced sexual excess, ghastly murder and obsession. Filmed on location in Italy, the program explores both Gesualdo's musical legacy and the extraordinary influence his tormented life has continued to exert on those whose lives crossed his path."
Rumi: Poet of the Heart
Call Number: HAT AV Video PK6482 .R85 1998
A celebration of the earthy, joyous, and spiritual passion of the 13th century Persian Sufi poet, Rumi. Features Coleman Barks, the preeminent contemporary translator of Rumi's poetry, in live performance and intimate conversation.
Brother Cadfael Mysteries
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C23 1994
A wealthy landowner is poisoned while staying at the abbey, and when Brother Cadfael is called upon to identify the poison, he is shocked to discover the victim's wife is his own childhood sweetheart
One Corpse too Many
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C2 1994
Brother Cadfael finds himself caught in the crossfires of the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud, and when he's called upon to bury 94 rebel soldiers and finds one corpse too many, it sets him on a murder trail.
The Sanctuary Sparrow
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C21 1994
Suspected of robbing the town goldsmith, a young juggler seeks refuge at the abbey where Brother Cadfael is given the job of keeping an eye him while the authorities investigate. But things become more complicated when the goldsmith's neighbor is found floating dead in the river.
The Leper of St. Giles
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C22 1994
A great wedding is to take place at the Abbey of Shrewsbury between the powerful Baron Huon de Domville and the young, kind-hearted Iveta de Massard. On the eve of the wedding, the Baron mysteriously rides off alone into the night. Cadfael sets out to investigate his death.
The Virgin in the Ice
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C24 1995
Cadfael's novice and his three accidental travel companions, a brother and sister and a young nun, get separated in a snow storm. When the novice is found, he accuses himself of raping the nun, who is later found dead at the bottom of a frozen brook. Not believing that his novice is the murderer, Cadfael sets out to clear his name.
The Devil's Novice
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C25 1995
Cadfael suspects the motives of the young man wanting to join Shrewsbury Abbey as a novice to be not entirely selfless. A senior cleric sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a colleague forms the same impression. Suspicions increase when the half-burnt body of the cleric is found and a wild man from the woods is falsely accused.
St. Peter's Fair
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C26 1995
A visiting merchant is murdered at the Shrewsbury fair, and many of the locals may have had a motive. The search for the murderer intensifies after a second merchant is killed.
The Raven in the Foregate
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C28 1997
After refusing to baptize the illegitimate baby of a local prostitute, the new parish priest is found dead in the river.
A Morbid Taste for Bones
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C27 1997
When a party of monks treks to Wales to dig up the remains of St. Winifred, the main opponent to their excavation efforts is found dead.
The Rose Rent
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C29 1997
A young monk falls in love with a beautiful widow and is found cruelly bludgeoned to death.
The Holy Thief
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C291 1998
Cadfael unravels a mystery surrounding the disappearance of St. Winifred's holy relics.
The Potter's Field
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C292 1998
When a woman's skeleton is discovered in a local potter's field, Cadfael must find the culprit before he himself is found lynch by an angry mob.
The Pilgrim of Hate
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1992.8.D4 C293 1998
A body is found among a crowd of visitors to Shrewsbury, leaving Cadfael to uncover possible explanations for the death.