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The Artists’ Specials Series
All titles are close captioned in English, French and Spanish, are 55 minutes avg. run time, DVD Video, $29.98 each if purchases separately. There is a discount if the 6-disc package is purchased.
Degas and the Dancer
Goya: Awakened in a Dream
Mary Cassat: American Impressionist
Monet: Shadow & Light
Rembrandt: Fathers & Sons
Winslow Homer: An American Original
The Inventors’ Special Series
Edison: The Wizard of Light
Einstein: Light to the Power of 2
Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants
Leonardo: A Dream of Flight
Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye
Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs
Media Can International distributes these series, plus Great Composers, created by Devine Entertainment, which produced these entertaining and intelligent, original DVD Videos to inform children (and parents) about some aspects of great art and artists; great inventors and their actual contributions to our daily world. Each story provides insight into the struggles and rewards that the artists and inventors endured, making the larger story being that all people who strive to achieve, will face hardships and obstacles, but that those who persevere may be rewarded with their goals or a deeper life.
The producers cannily incorporate a child into each story, so that the artist and child interact, providing interest to the entire family but also showing how the child plays a significant role in the artist’s life. In the case of Degas and the Dancer, the story is true: Degas was inspired by a young ballet student who lightened his often-dark personality and was part of his painting subject matter. The roles of the children in the other volumes are craftily woven into each story believably and unobtrusively, so there is never a hint of phoniness or trying too hard.
These DVDs have already stood the test of time, having been produced in the early-to-mid 2000s and still as popular as ever. Their longevity is because their subject matter and life lessons are timeless; their production values are very high – all of the actors and writers are working professionals, the premise is clever and thought-provoking and every detail is in place.
Visit the website, http://mediacaninternational.com/ and see what value these DVDs can bring to your family!