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The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

The art of public speaking :|blessons from the greatest speeches in history /|cJohn R. Hale.

|gdisc 1. Lectures 1-6.|tOvercome obstacles :|rDemosthenes of Athens --|tPractice your delivery : Patrick Henry --|tBe yourself : Elizabeth I to her army --|tFind your humorous voice : Will Rogers --|tMake it a story : Marie Curie on discovery --|tUse the power of three : Paul to his people --|gdisc 2. Lectures 7-12.|tBuild a logical case : Susan B. Anthony --|tPaint pictures in words : Tecumseh on unity --|tFocus on your audience : Gandhi on trial --|tShare a vision : Martin Luther King's dream --|tChange minds and hearts : Mark Antony --|tCall for positive action : Lincoln at Gettysburg.

Woman in the Window  & The Stranger

Woman in the Window & The Stranger

The woman in the window /|cUnited Artists ; International Pictures, Inc. presents a Nunnally Johnson production ; produced and written for the screen by Nunnally Johnson ; directed by Fritz Lang. The stranger / Metro-Goldwyn-Myer Studios ; an Independent Releasing Corp. production ; prsented by International Pictures ; produced by S.P. Eagle ; directed by Orson Welles.

The woman in the window: "An intellectual college professor is mesmerized by the painting of a beautiful woman in a gallery window. When he, by chance, meets the subject of the alluring painting, he becomes trapped in a murder plot and witnesses his own investigation. He must now protect the temptress. The stranger: "A notorious Nazi war criminal lives a secret life as a college professor living in a pastoral Connecticut town with his lovely wife. After a visit from a German gentleman stranger, a mild-mannered war crimes commissioner, posing as an antique dealer, pays a visit to the professor and begins to unveil his previous life.

Half Naked Truth

Half Naked Truth

The half naked truth /|cDavid O. Selznick, executive producer ; directed by Gregory La Cava ; screen play by Gregory La Cava and Corey Ford.

Flim-flamming carny barker Jimmy Bates (Lee Tracy) vows to turn a hooch dancer into a Broadway sensation. Since the hooch dancer is played by incendiary Lupe Velez, the screen's Mexican Spitfire, it's a good bet she's going to see her name in lights! To start, Jimmy passes off his protégé as a Turkish princess and goes straight to the Imperial Suite at a posh Manhattan hotel. Now all he needs to generate a blitz of ballyhoo is a lion and 30 pounds of raw meat ordered from room service -- and in a New York minute, the hooch dancer is a headliner.

Curse of the Phoenix

Curse of the Phoenix

Curse of the Phoenix /|can RSH films production ; screenplay by Hugh Janes ; produced by Stephen Cranny, Hugh Janes, Robert Young ; directed by Robert Young.

A young man, Josh, is haunted by a strange apparition - The Wraithe. She believes Josh is her lost true love and tries to claim him for herself, putting Josh and any woman close to him, in mortal danger.

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

King of jazz /|cCarl Laemmle presents ; produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. ; Universal Pictures Corp. ; entire production devised and directed by John Murray Anderson.

Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts of the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers--all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson. Presented here in the most complete form possible and restored to its early-Technicolor glory, King of Jazz offers a fascinating shapshot of the way mainstream American culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s.

The Late Middle Ages: The Great Courses

The Late Middle Ages: The Great Courses

The late Middle Ages /|cthe Teaching Company.

Prof. Daileader discusses major developments, leaders, and accomplishments in the history of Europe from about 1300 to 1500 A.D. DISC 1: Lecture 1. Late Middle Ages, rebirth, waning, calamity? -- Lecture 2. Philip the Fair versus Boniface VIII -- Lecture 3. Fall of the Templars and the Avignon Papacy -- Lecture 4. The great papal schism -- Lecture 5. The Hundred Years War, part 1 -- Lecture 6. The Hundred Years War, part 2. DISC 2: Lecture 7. The black death, part 1 -- Lecture 8. The black death, part 2 -- Lecture 9. Revolt in town and country -- Lecture 10. William Ockham -- Lecture 11. John Wycliffe and the Lollards -- Lecture 12. Jan Hus and the Hussite rebellion. DISC 3: Lecture 13. Witchcraft -- Lecture 14. Christine de Pizan and Catherine of Siena -- Lecture 15. Gunpowder -- Lecture 16. The printing press -- Lecture 17. Renaissance humanism, part one -- Lecture 18. Renaissance humanism, part two. DISC 4: Lecture 19. The fall of the Byzantine Empire -- Lecture 20. Ferdinand and Isabella -- Lecture 21. The Spanish Inquisition -- Lecture 22. The age of exploration -- Lecture 23. Columbus and the Columbian exchange -- Lecture 24. When did the Middle Ages end?

Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything: The Great Courses

Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything: The Great Courses

Analysis and critique :|bhow to engage and write about anything /|cproducer, Laura Walz ; director, Jonathan Leven, Wendy Scarbrough.

All writing--whether it's an essay, a personal letter, or a detailed business report--is at its most memorable when it's built on the fundamental and critical skills that transform your words from good to great. The first lectures provide the first key to more engaging and effective writing: understanding literary genres and the ways their unique styles can shape and inform your own voice. The focus then shifts to the art of rhetoric and the ways it can help you adapt your writing to a variety of situations. The final part is a step-by-step guide through the writing process in its four major stages: researching, first draft, editing and rewriting.

Classical Mythology: The Great Courses

Classical Mythology: The Great Courses

Classical mythology /|cElizabeth Vandiver.

pt. 1. Lecture 1. Introduction ; Lecture 2. What is myth? ; Lecture 3. Why is myth? ; Lecture 4. "First was Chaos" ; Lecture 5. The reign of the Olympians ; Lecture 7. Demeter, Persephone, and the conquest of death ; Lecture 8. The Eleusinian Mysteries and the afterlife ; Lecture 9. Apollo and Artemis ; Lecture 10. Hermes and Dionysos ; Lecture 11. Laughter-loving Aphrodite ; Lecture 12. Culture, pre-history, and the "Great Goddess" -- pt. 2. Lecture 13. Humans, heroes, and half-gods ; Lecture 14. Theseus and the "test-and-quest" myth ; Lecture 15. From myth to history and back again ; Lecture 16. The greatest hero of all ; Lecture 17. The Trojan War ; Lecture 18. The terrible House of Atreus ; Lecture 19. Blood vengeance, justice, and the Furies ; Lecture 20. The tragedies of King Oedipus ; Lecture 21. Monstrous females and female monsters ; Lecture 22. Roman founders, Roman fables ; Lecture 23. "Gods are useful" ; Lecture 24. From Ovid to the stars.

Old San Francisco

Old San Francisco

Old San Francisco /|cWarner Bros. Pictures Inc. and the Vitaphone Corporation present ; by Darryl Francis Zanuck ; directed by Alan Crosland ; screen play by Anthony Coldewey.

A film about the struggle of the Vasquez family from the city's Spanish settlement that finds itself barely hanging on to their land at the turn of the century. Interwoven in the plot is the ploy of a Chinese man disguised as an Occidental to seduce a daughter of the Spanish aristocracy. Set to a Vitaphone soundtrack with synchronized music and sound effects the action careens from rancho to saloon to secret dungeon with a recreation of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 as the finale.

Annabelle

Annabelle

Annabelle /|ca New Line Cinema presentation in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment ; an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production ; written by Gary Dauberman ; produced by Peter Safran, James Wan ; directed by John R. Leonetti.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia. He gives her a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind.