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Title The learning tree [Blu-Ray] / Warner Bros.-Seven Arts presents ; a film by Gordon Parks ; written for the screen, produced and directed by Gordon Parks.

Publication Info. [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2021]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe DVDs 1st Floor  791.4372 L479 2021    ---  DUE 06-03-22
 Axe Kansas Collection Park  791.4372 L479 2021 c.2  ---  Lib Use Only
Edition Blu-ray special edition.
Description 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (37 pages ; color illustrations ; 17 cm)
two-dimensional moving image tdi rdacontent
video v rdamedia
videodisc vd rdacarrier
Physical Medium 4 3/4 in.
polychrome rdacc
stamping rdapm
Description digital rdatr
optical rdarm
mono rdacpc
sound rdasco
wide screen rdaar
video file rdaft
region A rdare
Motion pictures lcgft
Series The Criterion collection ; 1107
Criterion collection ; 1107.
System Details Blu-ray, region A; wide screen (2.35:1 aspect ratio); LPCM monaural; requires Blu-ray player.
Note Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Cast Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar, Mira Waters, Joel Fluellen, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Ward, Russell Thorson, Peggy Rea.
Credits Director of photography, Burnett Guffey ; editor, George R. Rohrs ; music, Gordon Parks.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1969.
Based on the novel by Gordon Parks.
Wide screen (2.35:1 aspect ratio).
Title and credits from screen.
Summary Based on Parks' semi-autobiographical novel, the film follows the journey of Newt Winger, a teenage descendant of Exodusters growing up in rural Kansas in the 1920s, as he experiences the bittersweet flowering of first love, finds his relationship with a close friend tested, and navigates the injustices embedded within a racist legal and educational system. Exquisitely capturing the bucolic splendor of its heartland setting, this landmark film tempers nostalgia with an incisive understanding of the harsh realities, hard-won lessons, and often wrenching moral choices that shape the road to self-determination of the young Black man at its center.
Note Special features: My father: Gordon Parks (1968 documentary made on the set of The learning tree, narrated by Gordon Parks Jr., and featuring interviews with Gordon Park Sr. and members of the cast and crew); Revisiting The learning tree (2021 documentary on the making of the film and its artistry, featuring curator Rhea L. Combos and filmmakers Ina Diane Archer, Ernest R. Dickerson, and Nelson George); Gordon Parks; artist & activist (2021 conversation, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie between artist Hank Willis Thomas and art historian Deborah Willis); The moviemakers (featurette that shows Gordon Park on location for The learning tree);Two 1968 documentaries (Diary of a Harlem family and The world of Piri Thomas), with a video introduction featuring Rhea L. Combs and Nelson George; trailer -- in booklet: How it feels to be Black (1963 Life magazine photo-essay by Gordon Parks); excerpt from the director's 2005 book, A hungry heart: a memoir.
Awards Named to the National Film Registry in 1989 by the Library of Congress.
Subject African American teenage boys -- Kansas -- Drama.
African American families -- Kansas -- Drama.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Drama.
Murder -- Drama.
Kansas -- Drama.
Genre/Form Historical films.
Coming-of-age films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Blu-ray discs.
Coming-of-age films.
Historical films.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006, film director, screenwriter, film producer, composer (expression)
Guffey, Burnett, director of photography.
Rohrs, George R., editor of moving image work.
Johnson, Kyle, 1951- actor.
Clarke, Alex, 1949-2010, actor.
Evans, Estelle, 1906-1985, actor.
Elcar, Dana, actor.
Fluellen, Joel, 1907-1990, actor.
Waters, Mira, actor.
Atterbury, Malcolm, 1907-1992, actor.
Ward, Richard, 1915-1979, actor.
Thorson, Russell, 1906-1982, actor.
Rea, Peggy, 1921-2011, actor.
Film adaptation of (work): Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006. Learning tree.
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, presenter.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Added Title Container of (work): Learning tree (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Diary of a Harlem family (Motion picture)
Container of (work): World of Piri Thomas (Motion picture)
ISBN 9781681439006
Standard No. 715515266918
Music No. CC3318BD The Criterion Collection

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