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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EMMA GOLDMAN
A Curriculum for Middle and High School Students

Recommended Films and Videos


The following films are recommended as the most relevant to the study of Emma Goldman and the issues of importance during her lifetime. Check your local school or public library--many school systems may already have these films in their media libraries. Public libraries also have extensive film and video collections.


"The Wobblies" (1979)
Directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer
89 minutes, color

From 1905 to World War I, members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), nicknamed the "Wobblies," traveled across the country organizing workers into "One Big Union."

"The Wobblies" integrates the music of the period with newsreel footage and interviews with IWW members. The cultural, political, and legal events of the time are carefully documented, creating an extraordinary record of one of the most exciting periods in American labor history.

Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films
153 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-1711
Sale:

Rental:
16 mm
1/2" video
16 mm
$1,350
700
150


"The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War" (1984)
Directed by Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, and Sam Sills
98 minutes, color

Under the banner of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, 3,200 Americans joined forces with volunteers from around the world to fight against Franco and the rise of fascism in Spain.

Interviews with eleven veterans of the Spanish civil war reveal in deeply personal terms why they joined this struggle. The newsreel footage and songs of the resistance help to make this film an inspirational look at the "conscience of the thirties." It is important to note that this film focuses on the American experience in Spain, mostly from the point of view of Communist party members, not the anarchists who believed that they were not only fighting in a civil war, but also for a Spanish revolution.

Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films
153 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-1711
Sale:

Rental:
16mm
video
16mm
$1,350
675
150


"Reds" (1981)
Directed by Warren Beatty, Paramount Films (Rated PG)
Starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Nicholson
199 minutes, color

A sweeping epic of revolution and political idealism, "Reds" is the story of writer John Reed and his journalist wife Louise Bryant, whose radical ideas and passion are brought to life in this gripping feature film. Emma Goldman, played by Maureen Stapleton, figures prominently in this Oscar-winning film. Based on historian Robert Rosenstone's biography of John Reed, Romantic Revolutionary (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975).

Available at most video rental stores.



"Anarchism in America"
Directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher
75 minutes, color

This feature length documentary weaves rare archival footage with on-camera interviews to present a broad survey of anarchist history and thought in America, and contains newsreel footage of Emma Goldman dating from her ninety-day U.S. lecture tour in 1934. Anarchism's origins are examined both as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants such as Emma Goldman and Sacco and Vanzetti and as a native philosophy stemming from nineteenth-century individualism. The film also explores the relationship of anarchist influences on the anti-nuclear movement and the anti-Vietnam War era.

Distributor: The Cinema Guild
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-5522
Sale:

Rental:
16mm
video
16mm
$1,000
695
100


The Secret Intelligence Episode #1: "The Only Rule is Win" (1988)
Written by Blaine Baggett and Arthur Barron
60 minutes, color

This is the first episode in a series produced by the Public Broadcasting System about the history and development of the Central Intelligence Agency. It traces the early career of J. Edgar Hoover and his ambitious efforts to rid the United States of "foreign radicals" including Emma Goldman. This is a well-researched presentation that includes excellent archival footage, including an unidentified fleeting glance of Emma Goldman's deportation in 1919.

Distributor: PBS Video
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698
1 (800) 238-7271
Sale: video $59.95


"Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists" (1980)
Directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher
55 minutes, color

The lives and ideals of the people involved with the publication of the Jewish anarchist newspaper, Freie Arbeiter Stimme (Free Voice of Labor), are presented through on-camera interviews interwoven with clips from the Yiddish cinema and rare archival news footage. Yiddish "songs of struggle" are an integral part of this wonderful documentary that captures the spirit and idealism of a generation committed to social change.

Distributed by: Cinema Guild
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-5522
Sale:

Rental:

16mm
video
16mm
video
$895
595
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95


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