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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the city
Kramer, Richard.
Uniform Title:
Tales of the city (Television program)
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Silver Spring, MD] : Acorn Media, [2002]

Physical Description:
3 videodiscs (approximately 300 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
In this chronicle of San Francisco in the 1970s, the carefree chaos revolves around the funky old apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane where landlady Anna Madrigal welcomes tenants by taping homegrown joints to their doors and presides over their lives with an almost maternal affection.
General Note:
Complete 6-episode unedited ed.

Based on the novel by Armistead Maupin.

Originally produced as a television mini-series in 1993.

Special features include audio commentary by Armistead Maupin, director Alastair Reid, Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney and Barbara Garrick; exclusive behind-the-scenes location and rehearsal footage; Armistead Maupin biography and booklist; cast biographies; full-color insert.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
"Recommended for mature audiences"--Container.
Added Uniform Title:
American playhouse (Television program)
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PN1992.77.T36 A765 2002V Adult DVD Central Library

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Author Armistead Maupin's serialized tale of sexual infidelity and identity in 1970s San Francisco becomes a sprawling comic melodrama in this much-acclaimed miniseries. Produced by PBS and Britain's Channel 4, Tales of the City covers in its five hours the interlocking stories of more than a dozen main characters, many of whom reside at 28 Barbary Lane, a quaint multi-apartment house overseen by the open-minded but enigmatic Mrs. Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis). Among her stable of residents are the acerbic, unlucky-in-love Mona Ramsey (Chloe Webb) and her occasional roommate Michael Tolliver (Marcus D'Amico), who's her constant companion -- that is, when he's not shacked up with one of an endless series of short-term boyfriends. Mrs. Madrigal's newest charge is the apple-cheeked Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney), a naïve young woman from the Midwest who's come to San Francisco to visit her friend Connie (Parker Posey), but ends up staying, in search of both a career and a husband. It isn't long before she finds the former; unfortunately, along with it comes the unwanted advances of her boss Beauchamp Day (Thomas Gibson), a philandering executive unhappily married to his boss Edgar's daughter, DeDe (Barbara Garrick). Meanwhile, the regal Edgar (Donald Moffat) happens to be conducting an affair of his own with none other than Mrs. Madrigal. Also starring Bill Campbell and Paul Gross, Tales of the City was first aired on Channel 4 in the spring of 1993 and made its PBS premiere in the winter of 1994, when it garnered some of the network's highest ratings ever, amidst vocal protest of the show's risqué content. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi