History Through Women’s Eyes

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Anna Karenina
DRA DVD A / R

At the twilight of an empire, Anna Karenina, the beautiful high-ranking wife of one of imperial Russia’s most esteemed men, has it all. But when she meets the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot be ignored. She’s immediately swept up in a passionate affair that will shock a nation and change the lives of everyone around her.


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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
FOR DVD BAL / NOT RATED

Set during China’s Cultural Revolution, this acclaimed film is about two young university students, who are sent to a remote mountain village for a Maoist re-education, to purge them of their decadent Western education. Amid the back-breaking work, the local beauties are the only respite from their miserable life. But none compare to the granddaughter of the region’s tailor. With a secret cache of forbidden books, they set about to woo her.


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The Beaches Of Agnes
BIOGRAPHY DVD VARDA / NOT RATED

Provides a reflection on art, life, and the movies through a rich cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of Agnes Varda’s husband, Jacques Demy, and the birth of the French New Wave.


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The Beauty Academy of Kabul
SOCSCI DVD BEA / NOT RATED

In this utterly unique film, a quirky gaggle of Western hairstylists, including Afghan-American women, armed with blow driers and designer scissors, improbably opens a school to teach eager Afghan women the high art of fixing hair. Torn by decades of war and oppression, the women of Kabul embrace perm rods and mascara with unbridled hope even as they candidly recall the horrors of burkas and bombs.


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Bel Ami
DRA DVD BEL / R

Based on Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel, this tale of temptation and obsession chronicles Georges Duroy’s rise to power from his meager beginnings as a penniless ex soldier by using the city’s most influential and wealthy women.


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Bhutto
BIOGRAPHY DVD BHUTTO / UNRATED

A favored daughter of the family often called the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed. Her time in power saw acts of courage and controversy as she broke the Islamic glass ceiling, fought for the rights of women, and tried to quell the fires of religious extremism, while battling accusations of corruption; she became the first female in history to lead a Muslim nation.


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Bramwell - The Complete First Season
TV DVD BRA / NOT RATED

Bramwell follows the fortunes of Dr. Eleanor Bramwell in her pursuit of public health and private amours in Victorian-era London. Feisty and unconventional, her sights are set on becoming a leading surgeon, an ambition unheard of for women in Victorian society. Eleanor’s father Robert would like his daughter to join him in his respectable private practice, but his daughter has plans of her own.


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Call the Midwife: Season One
TV DVD CALL / NOT RATED

Based on the best selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth and set in the 1950s, it is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in London’s East End.


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The Conspirator (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
DRA DVD CON / PG-13

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth, 26, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.


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Hysteria
COM DVD H / R

What do women want? Well, science may debate that for years, but Hysteria provides a very entertaining answer in the form of a historical romp through early psychology. Based on the story of a young British doctor who essentially invented the first vibrator, Hysteria handles its offbeat subject matter lightly and amusingly.


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Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes
HISTORY DVD IN / NOT RATED

In search of the truth behind four famous legends—the mythic past and archetypal stories behind them including: the Biblical myth of the Queen of Sheba, an exotic and mysterious woman of power who, with King Solomon, plays a key role in the founding myths of the modern states of Israel and Ethiopia.


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Iron Jawed Angels
DRA DVD IRO / NOT RATED

A fresh and contemporary look at a pivotal event in American history, telling the true story of how a pair of defiant and brilliant young activists took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.


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The Nazi Officer's Wife : How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust - Complete Uncut Version
HISTORY MILITARY WW2 DVD NAZ / NOT RATED

Edith Hahn, was an Austrian Jew who eluded Nazi oppression by going underground as an Aryan woman in the heart of Germany. When a Nazi factory manager named Vetter proposes to her, she confesses her true identity—and he marries her anyway. Things becomes an even more complicated when Vetter is drafted into the Nazi army and becomes an officer.


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Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
HISTORY US 19TH DVD NOT / NOT RATED

Two women, one allegiance. Together Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony fought for women everywhere, and their strong willpower and sheer determination still ripple through contemporary society. Ken Burns’ Emmy Award-winning documentary recounts the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of two pioneers striving to give birth to the women’s movement.


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A Passage to India
DRA DVD PAS / PG

Subtle and grand at the same time, rendering its blend of the mystical and the all-too human with exquisite precision. A young British woman is traveling in India with her fiancé’s mother. While visiting a tourist attraction, she has a frightening moment in a cave—one that she eventually spins from an instant of mental meltdown into a tale of a physical attack that ruins several lives.


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Persepolis
FOR DVD PER / PG-13

A fascinating and wholly unexpected take on Iran’s Islamic revolution beginning in the 1970s, Persepolis is an enthralling, animated feature about a spirited young woman who spends her life trying to deal with the consequences of her nation’s history.


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Masterpiece Theatre - Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton
DRA DVD SEC / NOT RATED

Based on the life of Isabella Beeton, author of Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management and the most famous cookbook author in British history. Isabella was an accomplished business woman who died when she was only 28. Traces Isabella’s transformation from young wife, to magazine journalist, to publishing phenomenon. Find out how a woman who couldn’t cook ended up producing the world’s most famous recipe book.


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W.E.
DRA DVD WE / R

It was a love story that amazed and scandalized the world: because royal protocol barred him marrying a divorced commoner (and an American, to boot!), Edward VIII abdicated the British throne in 1936 in order to be with “the woman I love.” That story is brought to the screen in W./E., along with a parallel 1990s tale of a woman fascinated by the saga as she moons about the halls of Sotheby’s in anticipation of an auction of the royals’ stuff.


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Women & Spirituality
SPIRIT DVD WOM / NOT RATED

Exploration of the history, repression and resurgence of the women’s spirituality movement.


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The Young Victoria
DRA DVD YOU / PG

Resolved to establish her authority over those who rule in her stead, a young and inexperienced Queen Victoria draws strength from the love of Albert, the handsome prince who’s stolen her heart. Based on the courtship and early reign of England’s longest-serving monarch, THE YOUNG VICTORIA is a majestic tale of romance, intrigue and power.


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