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Librarians’ Choice 2002—Films & Recordings


Commanding Heights

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy
VHS 13381 (3 tapes)
Based on the best-selling book by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this series explores the effect of our changing global economy on the individual and on society, and its implications for the future.

Mobutu: King of Zaire: An African Tragedy
VHS 13367 (3 tapes)
This three-part film follows the rise and fall of the legendary African dictator who ruled Zaire (Congo) for more than thirty years. Despite his decadence and ruthlessness, he was a friend to the West during the Cold War.

The Man Who Wasn’t There
VHS 13022
DVD 791.43655 M266 2002
Inspired by the crime novels of James M. Cain, this Coen Brothers black-and-white tribute to the film noir genre stars Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand. Set in the 1940s, the plot involves the traditional noir fare, murder and blackmail, with the unique stamp of quirky Coen humor.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
VHS 13290
DVD 791.43653 L867 2002
The first film based on J. R .R. Tolkien’s beloved trilogy and fantasy epic is already a classic that will delight audiences for ages to come. Filming in the beauty of the New Zealand countryside, director Peter Jackson portrays the flight from Hobbiton to the boundaries of Mordor with heart-stopping action and an exquisite attention to detail in costume and setting.

Compact Discs

Bel Canto by Renée Fleming

Bel Canto
Renée Fleming
CD 10343
“Bel canto” means beautiful singing, and Renée Fleming, one of the greatest sopranos of all time, magnificently fulfills the promise of the title. Featured are scenes and arias from operas by Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini. A great sampler for both new and old fans of the opera.

O Sister! The Women’s Bluegrass Collection
Various Artists
CDF 2849
With appearances by Claire Lynch, Lynn Morris, Alison Kraus, and Hazel Dickens, this compilation sampler of singing, fiddling, and picking spotlights nineteen tracks of pure Americana. Unforgettable!

Belly of the Sun
Cassandra Wilson
CDJ 3082
Hailed by Time Magazine as “America’s Best Singer,” Cassandra Wilson takes a journey back in time to her Mississippi roots with this collection of jazz, blues, and bossa nova.

Round the Town Following Grandfather’s Footsteps: A Night at the London Music Halls
CDM 1329
This four-volume box set showcases music from the cabarets and music halls of London during the first three decades of the twentieth century (1901–1934). The set includes a lavishly illustrated hardback book outlining the times.

The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music
CDP 5987
The timeframe for Harry Belafonte’s collection of “African-Matrixed Music” begins with the arrival of Africans in America in the early seventeenth century and ends at the birth of the recording age. Not just a musical history, this five-disc anthology is a detailed sociopolitical history of a people and their spiritual journey in song.

America At War: Patriotic Radio Broadcasts from World War II.
CDW 1212
Patriotic radio broadcasts helped unite America during its darkest hours. This collection of twenty discs includes broadcasts by stars such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth, Jimmy Durante, and Bette Davis. Also included are historic wartime speeches and radio plays.