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Supreme Court, The

Running Time:
240 minutes

Grade Level:
7 - Adult

Captions:
Closed Captions , Spanish Subtitles

AVP Release Date:
January 2007

Producer:
Thirteen/WNET

DVD - $79.99 $59.99



AWARD WINNING SOCIAL STUDIES SERIES!

- AWARDS AND HONORS -
- A 2008 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, Television
- 2007 CINE Special Jury Award - Best of History
- 2007 New York Festivals Gold World Medal: The Supreme Court: A Nation of Liberties
- 2007 New York Festivals Silver World Medal: The Supreme Court: The Rehnquist Revolution
- 2007 IDA Best Limited Series (International Documentary Association)
- 2007 New York Festivals Gold World Medal, Best Editing
- 2007 New York Festivals Gold World Medal, Best Lighting
- 2007 New York Festivals Silver World Medal, Best Writing

It's known as the court of last resort - the Supreme Court - where nine judges appointed for life make monumental decisions that govern our everyday lives, from the contents of the nation's daily newspapers to what we can do in the privacy of our own homes. With immense power and considerable mystery, the court of final appeal has helped author the history of America. But even though it is one of the pillars of American democracy - the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution - no television series has ever fully profiled the inner workings of the court. Until now. By fusing history with biography, THE SUPREME COURT humanizes the enigmatic black-robed figures, revealing their temperaments, passions, deeply held personal beliefs, and life stories. The series also explores the dramatic stories of the people whose cases have come before the court, as well as the often controversial rulings that impact all Americans.

With President George Bush's recent appointments of John G. Roberts Jr. to be chief justice of the United States, replacing the late William Rehnquist, and Samuel Alito as associate justice to replace the retired Sandra Day O'Connor, the Supreme Court has been in the spotlight, underscoring the importance of exploring the history, place and power of this fundamental American institution. The series does this by elucidating the shifting yet delicate balance between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government. Numerous accounts highlight the complex and explosive collisions between the court and the presidency. Portraits of many key figures - presidents, justices, attorneys, plaintiffs, and defendants - illustrate how all Americans, both the powerful and the penniless, have been able to have their day in court, days that have sometimes resulted in lasting changes to our culture and society.

The series charts the court's unique evolution, using archival footage and innovative graphic techniques to help audiences grasp complex legal concepts. Interviews with some of the greatest legal minds in the country as well as exclusive access to the court help personalize the justices while providing context to key decisions and hot-button issues of the day.

The series includes a frank interview with retired justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who recalls the challenge of being the first woman appointed to the court. "I didn't know if I had the experience that would enable me to do a good job on the court," says O'Connor in THE SUPREME COURT. "It's wonderful to be the first to be asked to do something, but I didn't want to be the last. And for me to take that job and not perform it well enough could have been a disaster for women."

THE SUPREME COURT is a integral part of American History studies.

Series of 4 programs on 4 DVDs.

 

UPC 739815003448

Programs in This Series
  • Disk 1: ONE NATION UNDER LAW

  • Disk 2: A NEW KIND OF JUSTICE

  • Disk: 3: A NATION OF LIBERTIES

  • Disk 4: THE REHNQUIST REVOLUTION

Clip Length: 3 minutes 39 seconds