Henry David Thoreau Movies & TV

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Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
“ Thoreau isn't actually in this movie. But if you want a sense of what Transcendentalist life might have been like in 1860s Concord, then this movie is for you. It's based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, a student of Thoreau's at Concord Academy, and whose father Bronson was a major player in the Transcendentalist movement. ” - Lena
 
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Marbles with Thoreau (2009 Short Film)
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While exploring the woods near Walden Pond, two children stumble across a mysterious abandoned cabin... (16 mins.)
Director: Melody George
“ In this short film set in 1847, two impoverished children from the Boston slums stumble upon a strange cabin in the woods near Walden Pond. Its enigmatic resident helps them to see that though they are poor in worldly goods, they are rich in the things that really matter. Guess who it is! ” - Lena
 
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Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ In 1992, 24-year-old Christopher McCandless hiked into the Alaskan outback to live solo off the land. He was heavily influenced by Thoreau and hoped to accomplish in Alaska what Thoreau did on Walden Pond. This film is based on his story. ” - Lena
 
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Henry David Thoreau: Role Model (2001 Documentary)
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Comedian Ritch Duncan returns to his hometown of Concord Massachusetts to see if anything remains of Thoreau's Walden Pond. (12 mins.)
Director: Paul Sullivan
“ Ritch Duncan is a comedian from Concord, Massachusetts. In this very short (12 minute) documentary film, he travels back to Concord and visits Walden Pond to see what's left of Thoreau's cabin. ” - Lena
 
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New Walden (1991)
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Enjoy transcendentalism. New Walden is a transcendental motion picture. An exploitation of transcendental cinema by poet... (51 mins.)
Director: Arthur Gross
“ Filmmaker Bruce Merwin's own website calls him the "Father of Transcendental Cinema." We're not sure how many other contenders there are for that title, but his first film tackled Thoreau's experiment at Walden. The film crew camped out at Walden Pond during shooting. The film was panned, and Merwin is working on another one. ” - Lena
 
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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Dobie Versus the Machine (1961)
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Adrift after graduation, Dobie and Maynard seek the counsel of their elders and of professionals on what next to do with their lives. (30 mins.)
 
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The River of Life (2007 Documentary)
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(15 mins.)
Director: Edward Folger
 
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Talking with Thoreau (1971 Video)
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(29 mins.)
 
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Rip Dreams (2010 Short Film)
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Wandering through the Catskills in a dream, Rip Van Winkle stumbles across three rather anachronistic strangers, fleeing west. (24 mins.)
Director: Nat Allister
 
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Walden (2011)
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Henry David Thoreau purchases a house in Los Angeles to get away from distractions and write his memoirs and reflections... (78 mins.)
Director: Joel Trudgeon
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising... (90 mins.)
 
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Great American Authors: Since 1650 (2007 TV Series)
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An eight part series presenting the lives and literary output of over 60 of America's most read authors from the 17th century to the present. (120 mins.)
 
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Seven Angry Men (1955)
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Rise, fall and execution of John Brown, fanatic abolitionist. (90 mins.)