In the near future, Everytown is hit by a war which drags on for decades, resulting in a mysterious illness and a quasi-medieval society. Adapted by H.G. Wells from his book. 1936. Part 1 of 3. First posted July 6, 2009.
Back in July, I mentioned that while at AudioVision Canada, I was part of a team who described hundreds of films for the National Film Board of Canada, and that unfortunately just a small number of them are available on their streaming website. Fortunately, one of those films is the wonderful 2006 documentary Shameless: The ART of Disability. In what was her first film since a catastrophic stoke that at first left her paralyzed, well-known documentarian Bonnie Sherr Klein turned her cameras on herself, as well as a varied collection of fellow artists considered to be disabled. The results are often savagely funny, as the group talks about their challenges and triumphs, along with some choice words about common Hollywood tropes about disabled people.
You can enjoy the film with description and with closed captioning, but part of the problem with the NFB site is that turning on those features is not the most straightforward thing. To turn on the audio description, go to that streaming link, click "play" in the lower left of the screen, then click the "accessibility" button (a speech bubble) beside the volume button, and then turn on the description in the second pair of radio buttons. (Told you!)
Terry (Irene Dunne) and Michel (Charles Boyer) try to go on with their separate lives, but when they have a chance encounter, will he discover the truth? Part 3 of 3. First posted June 8, 2009.
When their ship docks in New York City, Terry (Irene Dunne) and Michel (Charles Boyer) make a pact to prepare for their future – but something goes terribly wrong. Part 2 of 3. First posted June 1, 2009.
A womanizing French artist (Charles Boyer) meets his match in an American former nightclub singer (Irene Dunne) on a ship bound for New York and the people they’re supposed to marry. 1939. Part 1 of 3. First posted May 25, 2009.
This was one of my favourite films to work on for the podcast. Here's a described video version of one scene I've used as an example of description in a couple presentations I've given to conferences. (It wasn't even the hardest scene in the film to do.)
Secret identities are found out, forcing Brett (Roy Rogers) to work in secret to band together the mine owners of the region to help the Carsons and set up a trap for Keeler and Slade. Part 2 of 2. First posted May 18, 2009.
A sheriff (Roy Rogers) retires and moves to a new town, only to be mistaken for a notorious gunslinger recruited as the new sheriff by the corrupt mayor. 1941. Part 1 of 2. First posted May 11, 2009.
Here's the described video version of the whole film on YouTube!
As John (Pat O’Brien) keeps dodging the police, one fleeting clue reveals the murder is connected to a another murder committed decades ago. Part 2 of 2. First posted May 4, 2009.
A lobbyist (Pat O’Brien) fighting for open bidding for highway construction also has his hands full with a barely legal nightclub singer and the murder of a well-connected old flame. 1940. Part 1 of 2. First posted April 27, 2009.
Flint (Lionel Atwill) is ready to exact his revenge against Marley, but when his enemy strikes back, Flint learns just how strong his beggars union has become. Part 2 of 2. First posted April 20, 2009.