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- Biography - Vincent Van Gogh: A Stroke of Genius
A&E DVD Archives
Biographers, artists and excerpts from Van Gogh's letters and journals help tell the remarkable tale of a genius whose brilliance went unrecognized in his lifetime.
- Bob Hope: America's Entertainer
A & E Home Video
His career started in the glory days of vaudeville. More than 70 years later, he is revered as the most popular and influential entertainer of the century, the show-biz giant all others are measured against. On stage and screen, on TV and radio, on Broadway and USO stages worldwide, Bob Hope has enjoyed a career of unmatched popularity. In this special, feature-length presentation, BIOGRAPHY traces his remarkable life, from his vaudeville debut he had third billing, behind a trained seal to entertaining the troops of Desert Storm. Extensive clips capture his greatest performances, while family photos and the recollections of friends, colleagues and family provide an intimate portrait of the private man. And Hope himself reflects on his life and legacy, from his groundbreaking work in TV and radio to his close friendships with U.S. presidents. BIOGRAPHY proudly presents the incredible life of an entertainer who has left his mark not just on his profession, but on the nation the unstoppable Bob Hope.
- Elizabeth I: Virgin Queen
Queen Elizabeth I was very particular about portraits of herself and authorized only a few to be painted during her 44-year reign. Whether she would have approved of this A&E Biography is uncertain, but it does show her to be an early master (or should we say mistress?) of spin control. The hour-long program examines how Elizabeth learned to juggle the conflicting roles of monarch and woman to her advantage, remaining unmarried in order to court diplomatic alliances, inspire the loyalty of men such as Sir Walter Raleigh, and promote the public's adoration of the Virgin Queen. While the program may not delve as deeply into the queen's character as do the fictional portrayals Elizabeth and the stunning six-part series Elizabeth R, it does provide clear, concise historical background, making it a solid framework on which to stretch one of these more colorful portraits. --Larisa Lomacky Moore
- Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Wright and Olgivanna began the Taliesin Fellowship, taking on apprentices. Fallingwater brought him new acclaim for its modern principles and materials integrated with the landscape. Usonian houses were high-quality, affordable housing for mass production. In 1937, the Fellowship began annual pilgrimage to Arizaona's Taliesin West. His provocative postwar gas stations, synagogues, and a spiral-ramped Guggenheim Museum, closed out his career.