Most widely held works about Insignia Films
Most widely held works by Insignia Films
Seabiscuit ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,120 libraries worldwide
While not looking the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero.
The West ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 854 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the history of the American West, starting with the first European explorations and ending with the beginning of the 20th century. Examines the impact of the white settlers on the lives of the Native Americans and the land. Also discusses the Gold Rush, the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad, the battle of Little Bighorn, and the massacre at Wounded Knee.
The West ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 766 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the history of the American West beginning before the European settlers and continuing into the 20th century. Includes the peoples, the wagon trains, the Gold Rush, the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad and the destruction of the buffalo, wars against the Indians, settlers in the West, the Wounded Knee massacre, and beginnings of the new West.
American experience. Roads to Memphis ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 385 libraries worldwide
Documents the story of assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April of 1968. Explores the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined stories of Ray and King to create a complex, engaging, and thought-provoking portrait of America in that crisis-laden year.
Las Vegas ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 378 libraries worldwide
Trace the city's development from its humble beginnings as a remote frontier way station to its mid-century florescence as the gangster metropolis known as 'Sin City' to its recent renaissance as the fastest growing city in the United States.
New Orleans ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 346 libraries worldwide
A profile of the city of New Orleans, focusing especially on its pre-Katrina history.
Empire upon the trails ( Visual )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 319 libraries worldwide
In the early 1800's, no one knew who would control the seemingly infinite spaces of the West. Hopeful Americans moved onward toward Manifest Destiny, as they determined to make the West--all of it--their own.
Death runs riot ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 313 libraries worldwide
In the 1850's, more American pioneers moved west, bringing with them slavery and the sparks that would ignite the Civil War. Tactics that had defeated the armies of the South would then begin to be used against the Native Americans of the West.
One sky above us ( Visual )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 309 libraries worldwide
As the 20th century neared, Americans celebrated with the World Columbian Exposition, where they were told that the frontier had closed, but in the real West, for every frontier story that ended, another one began. Some Native Americans waged a struggle to hold onto their traditions in the midst of rapid, overwhelming change, while others chose to learn the white man's ways, hoping to help their families and their tribe. In California, the emerging metropolis of Los Angeles waged yet another battle to control the arid region's most precious commodity--water. Much had changed in the West, but it continued to be what it had always been--a landscape of the imagination, the reservoir of our shared hopes and dreams, a place of both conflict and infinite possibility, and an enduring symbol of something unquestionably American.
The geography of hope ( Visual )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 306 libraries worldwide
By the 1870s the American conquest of the West was nearly complete. In one decade, with Native Americans effectively confined to reservations, some four-and-a-half million new settlers would arrive to stake their claim to the future. Pap Singleton, an ex-slave from Tennessee, became the era's "Black Moses," leading his people to the free soil of Kansas. A frail New York politician transformed himself into a rugged North Dakota rancher, and eventually, president of the United States. And as Americans tried to "tame" the West, the nation's greatest showman, Buffalo Bill Cody, instead offered adoring crowds his enthusiastic version of a "Wild West"--Heroic, glorious, romantic, and most of all, mythic.
Fight no more forever ( Visual )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 300 libraries worldwide
By the 1870s there were only a few pockets of resistance against the nation's push to conquer the West. On the Great Plains, Sitting Bull followed his mystical visions and urged his Lakota people to fight rather than surrender their sacred Black Hills and traditional way of life. Custer's "Last stand" would also become, in effect, the last stand of the Sioux as a free people. In Utah, the Morman patriarch Brigham Young would be forced to choose between saving his church or sacrificing his spiritual son. Farther west, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce would find himself helping to lead one of the most extraordinary military compaigns in American history.
The grandest enterprise under God ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 295 libraries worldwide
After the Civil War Americans set out with a new energy and optimism to finally unite the East and the West. To do this, they embarked on one of the greatest technological achievements of the age--building the first transcontinental railroad to conquer forbidding mountains, harsh deserts and awesome distances.
Ghost dance ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 295 libraries worldwide
By the late 1880s, the Americans were astounded by the changes they had brought to the West. Mining towns such as Butte, Montana were now full-fledged industrial cities. Defeated militarily, Native Americans throughout the region now flocked to the call of a Paiute mystic, who offered the illusionary hope that the lost world of the buffalo could be brought back by a Ghost Dance. But its promises would be trampled in the snow and blood of Wounded Knee. In place of the great Native American cultures which once dominated the Plains was a new culture, epitomized by the Oklahoma Land Rush, in which 100,000 eager settlers lined up for a mad dash to stake out a farm and a future.
The People ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 291 libraries worldwide
To the original Native American inhabitants, the West has been a land of myth. To the Europeans, such as Cabeza de Vaca and Coronado, the West was a "wilderness" to be conquered. Nearly 100 years before the American Revolution, the Pueblo people of the Southwest rose up against their European masters and drove the Spanish from their lands. Then, with America's purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1804, Lewis and Clark set off to find the fabled Northwest Passage, as a confident young nation prepared for its own epic march across the West.
American experience. Panama Canal ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 288 libraries worldwide
On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower. This film, using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers, and firsthand accounts of life in the Canal Zone, unravels the remarkable story of one of the world's most significant technological achievements.
The speck of the future ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 285 libraries worldwide
History of the California gold rush which started in 1848, when a sawmill worker named James Marshall reached down into the streambed of the American River in California and discovered gold.
Reporting America at war a film ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 267 libraries worldwide
Explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century--and beyond.
Lindbergh ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and held by 238 libraries worldwide
Explores the complex and often controversial life of Charles Lindbergh through contemporary photographs and films, interviews with family members, and quotations from his writings.
Kit Carson ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 223 libraries worldwide
"This film draws upon rich archival materials, original recreations, and interviews with authors and historians to bring the legendary trapper, scout, and soldier to vivid life, and provide a lens on a pivotal but little-understood era in American history"--Container.
Reporting America at war ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
"Explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century--and beyond"--Container.
America Assassination Biography Buffalo Bill,--1846-1917 California Coronado, Francisco Vásquez de,--1510-1554 Custer, George A.--1839-1876 Discoveries in geography Documentary films Documentary films Documentary television programs Drama Economics Films for the hearing impaired Frontier and pioneer life Ghost dance Gold mines and mining Historical television programs History Horse racing Indians of North America Interviews Joseph,--Nez Percé Chief,--1840-1904 King, Martin Luther,--Jr.,--1929-1968 Lewis, Meriwether,--1774-1809 Lewis and Clark Expedition Louisiana--New Orleans Manners and customs Mormons Nevada--Las Vegas Nonfiction television programs Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar,--16th cent Oklahoma Oklahoma Land Rush (1889) Pollard, Red,--1909-1981 Pueblo Revolt (1680) Race horses Railroads Ray, James Earl,--1928-1998 Seabiscuit (Race horse) Sitting Bull,--1831-1890 Slavery--Legal status of slaves in free states South Dakota Territorial expansion United States Video recordings--for the hearing impaired War correspondents War--Press coverage West (U.S.) Wounded Knee Massacre (South Dakota : 1890)