In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak
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Following is a general list of films that might be used with “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak.” This is not a comprehensive list, nor is it an ALA-previewed or recommended list. It is a starter list for libraries interested in showing films. Please preview films for their appropriateness for your audience.

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Tell Them Anything You Want (2010)
A humorous and revealing documentary featuring Maurice Sendak, with Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs. Sendak discusses details of his childhood and family life, as well as the frustrations and triumphs of his career, and his reflections on happiness and life. Featuring a birthday tribute to Maurice with Meryl Streep, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener, a Q&A with Spike Jonze and Maurice Sendak at The Museum of Modern Art, and an exclusive essay on Maurice Sendak by Tony Kushner.

Last Dance (2004)
An inside view, from concept to performance, of a recent collaboration between Maurice Sendak and Pilobolus on a haunting dance-theatre piece entitled "A Selection," which honors the children of the Holocaust. A full performance of “A Selection” is not included.

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Spike Jonze’s imaginative full-length film adaptation of Sendak’s most popular work, with collaboration from cowriter Dave Eggers, the Jim Henson Company, and singer/songwriter Karen O.

American Experience: America and the Holocaust
PBS documentary detailing the complex social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust, from "Kristallnacht" in 1938 through the liberation of the death camps in 1945.

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