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Hobart Shakespereans DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 202142127
UPC: 767685976234
UPC 14: 00767685976234
Category Keywords: Documentary
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A Film by Mel Stuart.
THE HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS is a delightful profile of one phenomenal teacher and his eager students who together touchingly demonstrate the power of education. What happens in Rafe Esquith s classroom defies the odds. With genuine passion and ironclad conviction, Esquith turns the Asian-American and Latino children of a violence-stricken central Los Angeles neighborhood on to the wonders of Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and mathematics. The Hobart Boulevard Elementary fifth-graders respond heartily, rattling off the names of Shakespeare s thirty-seven plays or doing rapid-fire arithmetic in their heads. The children are refreshingly engaged as Esquith takes them to Washington, D.C. to visit national monuments, leads them on tours of college campuses, and implores them to work hard and believe in their own self-worth. At the end of the semester they pull together--with a little help from famous actors Ian McKellen and Michael York--their final triumph: a student production of Hamlet. Through tears and laughter, this endearing troupe casts aside the conventional wisdom about the failures of education in the United States. Academy Award-nominated director Mel Stuart deftly probes the secrets of Esquith s winning strategy in a story as inspiring and rewarding as it is exceptional. DVD Features: Filmmaker Interview; Filmmaker Biography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection Format: DVD MOVIE

"Fine and passionate...Rafe Esquith is a genius.  New York Times

Editor's Note
Rafe Esquith is a teacher who really did make a difference. Teaching in a decrepit Los Angeles neighborhood, Esquith took it upon himself to impart the works of Shakespeare to the kids who patrol the streets by night and reluctantly turn up to school by day. As this film shows, the results were remarkable, with the majority of the kids taking to the Bard like a duck to water, largely thanks to Esquith's innovative teaching methods.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Video Group
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/28/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 56 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 9762
Video UPC UPC: 00767685976234
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alex Rotaru - Producer
Video Cast Info Alex Rotaru - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Alex Rotaru - Editor
Video Cast Info Ian McKellen - Featuring
Video Cast Info Mel Stuart - Producer
Video Cast Info Mel Stuart - Director
Video Cast Info Michael York - Featuring
Video Cast Info Rafe Esquith - Featuring

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Esquith,Rafe
Product attributeLabel:   New Video Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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