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An evening with O. Henry
Henry, O., 1862-1910. Gift of the Magi.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Monterey Video, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Collection of films of O. Henry's two most published stories and a third tape telling O. Henry's story. In The gift of the Magi, a husband and wife sacrifice treasured possessions in order to buy each other Christmas presents. In the last leaf, an artist forfeits his life while painting the last leaf on a vine, giving hope to a girl who has lost the will to live.
General Note:
Special features: Conversation with James W. Thomas, Ph. D.; biography; read the story; photo gallery; discussion topics.

For specific features see interactive menu.
O Henry's The gift of the magi -- O. Henry : a life in stories -- O. Henry's The last leaf.
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MPAA rating: Not rated.
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DVD 2872 Adult DVD Open Shelf

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Contains: "O' Henry: A Life in Stories," "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Last Leaf."


Includes: The Gift of the Magi; The Last Leaf; and O. Henry: A Life in Stories.

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Library Journal Review

William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, is one of the most beloved American short story writers. Porter led a very interesting and colorful life in which he had many different jobs including pharmacist, reporter, cartoonist, cattle roper, and sheep shearer. A Life in Stories is hosted by Ronald Rezac and features James Thomas (English, Pepperdine Univ.). Porter's life was so colorful that it is difficult not to make it fascinating. Yet this video does just that. The film tries to create the atmosphere of a fireside chat. Unfortunately, this leaves viewers feeling as if they are being told a story rather than being presented with documented factual information. Even more unfortunate, this is the best of the three volumes in the set. The productions of the two stories, his most popular and well loved, are so poorly adapted (by director Scott Mansfield) and acted and so completely devoid of any sense of life that they fail to entertain or to express O. Henry's humanity and profound sympathy for his characters. The writing, also by Mansfield, is particularly annoying. In "The Last Leaf," there is a hint that the two women in the story are man-hating lesbians, and in "The Gift of the Magi," which is set at the turn of the century, the young man uses something very similar to the phrase "You had me going there for a minute." Need I say more? Not recommended.-Julia Stump, Voorheesville P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.