English & Language Arts


Agatha Christie's England 46 min.

Retracing Agatha Christie’s footsteps across England, see how Agatha drew on her surroundings as a magpie would, as both the people, and the places she encountered, found themselves immortalized in her extraordinary canon of work.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

American Oz 114 min.

When L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, he was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of his American dream. He continued to reinvent himself, reflecting a uniquely American brand of confidence, imagination and innovation. American Oz tells the remarkable story of the man behind one of the most enduring and classic American tales.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

The Avatar (1929-1944) - Episode Two 106 min.

Hemingway, having achieved a level of fame rarely seen in the literary world, settles in Key West with Pauline Pfeiffer and spends his time seeking new conquests in the natural world – marlin fishing in the Gulf Stream and hunting in Africa. Inspired by the fight against Fascism, he reports on the Spanish Civil War and begins a tempestuous romance with Martha Gellhorn.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

The Blank Page (1944-1961) - Episode Three 104 min.

Hemingway, reeling from his split with Martha, attaches himself to the U.S. Army as it moves through Normandy and liberates Paris. After the war he tries to start a new life with Mary Welsh but is beset with personal tragedies and professional mishaps. He publishes The Old Man and the Sea and wins the Nobel Prize but eventually is overcome by addiction, physical trauma and depression.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 360 min.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s six-hour documentary series, HEMINGWAY, examines the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers – Ernest Hemingway. Intimate and insightful, the series weaves together Hemingway’s biography with excerpts from his work. The film penetrates the myth of Hemingway to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

A Writer (1899-1929) - Episode One 117 min.

Hemingway enjoys an idyllic childhood in Oak Park, Illinois but, yearning for adventure, volunteers for the Red Cross during World War I. He marries Hadley Richardson, moves to Paris and begins his life as a writer, publishing In Our Time and The Sun Also Rises. He finds critical and commercial success with his second novel, A Farewell to Arms.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Mark Nadler 117 min.

This series with cabaret performer and actor Mark Nadler explains the origins of the Weimar Republic and how it encouraged artistic freedom, considering how that freedom ended with the rise of the Nazi party. It also includes a production of Nadler's Off-Broadway cabaret performance I'm a Stranger Here Myself.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Mark Nadler: I'm a Stranger Here Myself 89 min.

This video features a production of Mark Nadler's Off-Broadway cabaret performance I'm a Stranger Here Myself. Nadler performs in front of a projected montage of imagery that includes historical photos from the 1920s and 30s as well as gently evocative film clips from the Iowa-born performer's early years in New York. The production evokes the works of Weimar cabaret starts Kurt Weil, Lotte Lenya,...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Mark Nadler: Musik From the Weimar and Beyond 30 min.

This video features a richly illustrated archive conversation in which cabaret performer and actor Mark Nadler delves into the mysteries of the Weimer era and its heroes and heroines, including Kurt Weil, Lotte Lenya, Frederich Hollaender, Bertolt Brecht, and Marlene Dietrich, all of whom escaped Hitler's Germany for the United States. Nadler discusses the origins of the Weimar Republic and how it...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Flannery 97 min.

Explore the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. Through never-before-seen archival footage, examine the legacy of an American literary icon.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020