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A Touch of Greatness

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4.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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{Winner! GOLDEN STARFISH AWARD: Best Documentary- Hamptons Film Festival}

{Winner! AUDIENCE AWARD: Best Documentary- Denver International Film Festival}

As an elementary school teacher for more than twenty years and a pioneer in teacher education, Albert Cullum galvanized students and shook up parents through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play. Cullum championed a radical educational philosophy that spoke directly to his student's hearts through his passionate use of poetry and drama including literary masterpieces from Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw. Cullum went well beyond the textbook and instead allowed his students to find their own inspiration in the works while discovering new heights of originality and joy in learning.

Sullivan's one-of-a-kind film weaves rare archival television broadcasts and remarkable vintage footage from films documenting these projects (several recorded in the early 1960's by Robert Downey Sr., the director of the 60's independent classic Putney Swope), as well as recent interviews with Cullum, Downey, and Cullum's students. What emerges is an inspiring portrait of a maverick teacher who transformed a generation of young people by enabling them to discover their own inner greatness through the power of learning. At a time when the American educational system is under scrutiny, this film is an important look at where it has been and an inspiration for where it can go.

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Shows what extraordinary things can happen (with) a visionary child advocate like Albert Cullum. --Cleveland Plain Dealer

Unusually moving with an authenticity that is rare. --Howard Gardner, award-winning author and educator


Special features

  • Includes three original films by Albert Cullum and Robert Downey Sr.
  • Two complete episodes of Camera Three (a CBS television series) featuring Albert Cullum and his students
  • archival stills gallery
  • filmmaker biographies

Product details

  • Actors: Leslie Sullivan, Albert Cullum, Laurie Heineman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0006Z2NL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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