Highlights from the Paley Center’s International Collection

Nov 14 – 27, 2009
2:00 PM
New York

Screening Wednesdays to Sundays at 2:00 pm

The Paley Center welcomes leaders of media companies from around the world who are here to participate in the International Council meeting, IC2009 NYC, November 18 to 20. In their honor we are presenting notable international programs from our collection of over 7,000 foreign programs.

Saturday, November 14 and 21
COMEDY & VARIETY

Canada
The Newsroom: “The Walking Shoe Incident”
First aired on CBC in 1996, The Newsroom exposed the humor behind the production of a nightly news program. The Newsroom won multiple Gemini Awards, a Rose d’Or, and an International Emmy Award. In “The Walking Shoe Incident” (Premiere) the executive producer (played by series creator Ken Finkelman) gets caught up in several discrimination suits when hiring a new personal assistant. (1996; 30 minutes)

Germany
Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus (Monty Python’s Flying Circus)  
Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus is a comedy sketch show produced for West German television and is rarely seen. The show was shot on location in Bavaria and aired in Germany in 1972. The Flying Circus, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was named one of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time” by Time in 2007 and took fifth place on the BFI’s list of 100 Greatest British Television Programmes in 2000. (1972; 45 minutes)

Sunday, November 15 and 22
CHILDREN

A Special Two-Hour Compilation featuring:

Switzerland
Pingu: “The Igloo”
Pingu, a mischievous young claymation penguin living at the South Pole, learns that building an igloo is not a one-penguin job. (1990; 5 minutes)

Japan
A Little Monkey’s Schooling
This documentary chronicles the relationships among an orphaned three-year-old wild monkey and the young Japanese school children and day care teachers who adopt it. (1988; 27 minutes)

Iceland
Tyndir Toner
A young violin prodigy named Hanna collapses at a recital and tragically loses her hearing, then struggles to overcome her handicap with the help of a friend. (2002; 17 minutes)

Portugal
Home Things: “The Clothes and the Pegs”
A line of fresh laundry becomes frisky after a day of hanging out. (2003; 3 minutes)

United Kingdom
United
Thomas believes he could be the best soccer player in the world if his pesky stepbrother Arthur would just stop trailing him everywhere! But what if one day Arthur just . . . disappeared? (2003; 15 minutes)

Italy
Mio and Mao: “The Piglet”
Claymation kittens Mio and Mao rumble and tumble their way into adventure with a muddy, mischievous piglet. (2003; 5 minutes)

South Africa/United Kingdom
Open a Door in South Africa: “Yolanda”
Plucky young Yolanda runs her toy car into trouble, and turns to some neighborhood chickens for help. (2003; 5 minutes)

New Zealand
The Goober Brothers: “Auto Dance Suit”
The ingenious Goober Brothers devise the “Auto Dance Suit,” a creative alternative to dance lessons. (2003; 3 minutes)

Belgium
Cool Sam & Sweet Suzie
Trapped in a public pool after closing, Sam and Suzie must mastermind an escape; can they make it home in time for dinner? (2003; 16 minutes)

France
Funny Little Bugs: “Suzy Spider, Prisoner of the Castle”
Lonely Suzy Spider weaves a webbed masterpiece to win approval from her fellow insects. (2003; 10 minutes)

Denmark
BritneyBob & JenniferJohn: “Paul the Pirate”
Mild-mannered BritneyBob and JenniferJohn are surprised by their enthusiastic, animated, and often imaginative Cousin Paul the pirate. (2003; 5 minutes)

Iran
Ponds of Mirror
In Iran, a young boy tries desperately to save the life of his homeless goldfish. (2001; 9 minutes)

Wednesday, November 18 and 25
DOCUMENTARY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Slovakia/Czech Republic
Nicholas Winton—The Power of Good  
This Czech/Slovak television documentary tells the inspiring story of how in 1939, amidst an impending war, English stock broker Nicholas Winton organized eight transports, from Prague to London, saving the lives of 669, mostly Jewish, children. His actions went unknown for decades until the discovery of a scrapbook in 1988. Hosted by Canadian journalist and rescued child Joe Schlesinger, The Power of Good won the 2002 International Emmy for Best Documentary. (2002, 60 minutes)

China
Yang Lan: A Journey with Sun Media & Yang Lan: One on One with Bill Clinton
Known as the “Oprah Winfrey of China,” Yang Lan is an acclaimed journalist, television hostess, and media entrepreneur. She was honored by the Paley Center in 2007 with She Made It recognition for her achievement in television journalism. Yang Lan: A Journey with Sun Media highlights Lan’s life and career and is followed by excerpts from her 2005 interview with Bill Clinton from her Chinese Television talk show Yang Lan: One on One. (2005 and 2007; 23 minutes)

Thursday, November 19
DRAMA

Denmark
Rejseholdet (Unit One)
This Danish award-winning crime drama is very much like "CSI: Denmark." Unit One follows an expert police task force as they solve crimes that are loosely based on real life incidents. The show won the International Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2002 as well as several awards at the Danish Television Awards in 2001 and 2002. This begins with the brutal murder of an entire family. (2005; 60 minutes)

India
Aadmi Aur Aurat (Man and Woman)
Aadmi Aur Aurat first aired on the Indian government owned television channel Doordarshan in 1984. Later the telefilm played at the 2007 International Film Festival of India. A womanizing hunter and a lone pregnant woman pair up on a treacherous journey to a neighboring town where he intends to seek employment and she intends to seek hospital care. (1984; 60 minutes)

Friday, November 20 and 27
ARTS

Germany/France
The Second Life of Marlene: Unpacking the Dietrich Estate
After her death in 1992, Marlene Dietrich’s estate was sold in its entirety to the city of Berlin. This German/French documentary chronicles the discovery of the many artifacts, keepsakes, and memorabilia Dietrich kept and even catalogued herself. Dietrich’s daughter and confidant, Maria, shares many of the stories behind the items in the collection. (1995; 45 minutes)

Italy
Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Cinema of Poetry
“Pasolini Directs Maria Callas” is part of a restoration initiative of the works of Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. This segment features interviews with Pasolini and Callas on the set of the 1969 film Medea. (1969; 5 minutes)

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