Sunday, 30 September 2012

A Comédia de Deus directed by João César Monteiro



(WIKI) A Comédia de Deus é um filme português de 1995, realizado por João César Monteiro, a segunda longa-metragem da trilogia que o retrata como alter-ego na figura de João de Deus, sendo a primeira delas Recordações da Casa Amarela e a terceira As Bodas de Deus.

A trilogia explora, com repetidas referências autobiográficas, num estilo sarcástico, com humor mal humorado, a personagem de Deus, o protagonista, encarnado num bem humano pobre diabo. O resultado pretendido é traçar uma caricatura de alguém menos virtuoso que vicioso, autor e actor de inqualificáveis comédias num mundo hipócrita, com abundantes referências literárias, artísticas e filosóficas.

O filme, dedicado à memória de Serge Daney, crítico da revista francesa Les Cahiers du Cinema e amigo de Monteiro, estreia em Lisboa nos cinemas Condes, King e Monumental, a 19 de Janeiro de 1996. Perseguido pelas recordações, «Saído do manicómio, João de Deus prosperou, tornando-se responsável pelo Paraíso do Gelado e inventando mesmo a especialidade da loja. Passa o tempo livre em casa, solitário, com uma colecção de pelos do púbis feminino, que ciosamente guarda num Livro de Pensamentos. A dona do Paraíso, Judite, ambiciona alargar o negócio a uma congénere francesa, contando com uma delícia do protegido, para convencer o virtual sócio parisiense. Mas as coisas correm mal, enquanto o próprio comportamento de Deus começa a deteriorar-se com uma mal sã insanidade. A causa mais próxima é Joaninha, a filha do severo talhante do bairro» (Cit.: José de Matos-Cruz, o Cais do Olhar. Ed. da Cinemateca Portuguesa, 1999.

Em suma, o esforçado João consegue um dia levar lá à casa a linda Joaninha de olhos verdes. Convence-a a tomar um delicioso banho de leite de vaca, porque de burra não há. E dá-lhe tantas guloseimas que a pobre menina tem de ir a correr para a retrete. Tocada pelo desvelo, solicita, ela pergunta então: «Quer que lhe guarde a caquinha?». O João, apreciador de bons perfumes, mas sempre na medida certa, desabafa: «Não, tudo o que é demais cheira mal». Vai-se a rapariga embora. Aproveita ele para coar o leite do banho e meter os púberes pentelhos deixados pela deleitosa donzela no seu Livro sagrado.

Porém, o paterno carniceiro, homem musculado, ao topar a marosca, não perdoa o atrevimento e quase deixa o perverso em estado de coma, todo embrulhado em ligaduras. Livra-se o infeliz da morte, mas não de ser posto no olho da rua pela dona do Paraíso. Sai-lhe caro o pecado.

Le Sport et les Hommes réalisé par Hubert Aquin, 1959, 58 min 33 s



Ce film est plus qu'un simple reportage sur la corrida, les rallyes automobiles, le Tour de France, le hockey, le football et le soccer. C'est en quelque sorte une réflexion sur le sport et sur la signification qu'il a pour l'homme moderne.

Audio: Zanov - In Course of Time



1.1 Phantasm (10:58)
1.2 Lost Message (6:07)
1.3 Infinitude (2:24)
2.1 In Course Of Time (5:54)
2.2 Sky Energy (11:43)

BBC: David Attenborough's First Life - Conquest directed by Martin Williams



In fifty years of broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in a landmark series, he completes his journey by going back in time to the very roots of the tree of life, in search of the very first animals.

Attenborough's journey continues in Canada's Rocky Mountains, where fossils document an explosion in animal diversity never seen before or since. Travelling from there to North Africa, the rainforests of Australia and the east coast of Scotland, Attenborough discovers how animals evolved to conquer not only the oceans but also the land and air.

These remote and fascinating creatures are brought to life as never before with the help of cutting-edge scientific technology and photorealistic visual effects. From the first large predators to the first legs on land, these were creatures that evolved the traits and tools that allow all animals, including ourselves, to survive to this day.

Secrets d'histoire: Marie Stuart, reine martyre ou manipulatrice ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



Décapitée à 45 ans pour avoir comploté contre Elisabeth 1ère reine d’Angleterre. Marie Stuart était l’une des plus belles femmes de son époque. Rare par sa beauté et par sa taille, 1m80, elle est courtisée par les plus grands. Elle marque son époque par ses déboires amoureux. Reine d’Ecosse et de France, elle est aussi l’héritière du Trône d’Angleterre.

Sa rivale Elisabeth 1ère, veut s’en débarrasser. Mais comment faire ? Marie Stuart la catholique dérange. Histoires de femmes et de pouvoir. L’une doit mourir, pour que l’autre survive.

BBC: Hidden Treasures of... African Art directed by Harry Hook



Griff Rhys Jones continues his quest to find traditional art in remote places by travelling to West Africa.

Antique carvings from the region can fetch millions of pounds, but what makes a piece 'authentic', and are they still being made? Is there such a thing as pure African art?

Griff starts his investigation in the Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali, where the Dogon people have used their carvings and sculptures as a spiritual tool to help them survive. Can belief in the power of these objects withstand the march of modernity?

In a revelatory journey which ends in Accra, the capital of Ghana, Griff learns that the passage of history and modern realities have had a surprising influence on invention and creativity in contemporary West Africa.

Destinations: Malte réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Planté dans la mer Méditerranée comme un rocher, Malte s'illustre surtout par son passé historique. Seules les îles de l'archipel maltais réunissent sur un si petit territoire tant de monuments allant de l'âge de pierre au passé le plus récent.

Deux raisons pour cela, Malte se situe au coeur de la Méditerranée à moins de cent kilomètres de la Sicile et rapproche l'Europe du continent africain. Malte offre aussi des ports naturels bien abrités et parmi les plus vaste de la planète.

C'est donc un lieu de passage idéal et un point stratégique en Méditerranée. Phéniciens, Carthaginois, Romains, Byzantins, Arabes, Castillans, Ordre de Saint Jean, Français, Anglais...

Les escapades de Petitrenaud: Chalet de l’oasis réalisé par Pascal Gonzalez



Jean-Luc Petitrenaud dans le parc de Saint-Cloud, au Chalet de l’oasis, une jolie guinguette dotée d’une terrasse avec une vue exceptionnelle sur Paris, de jolies nappes à carreaux et une cuisine de bistrot simple et goûteuse. Le chef, David Signes, est aujourd’hui entouré de quatre de ses homologues, Christian Constant, Michel Roth, Alexandre Gauthier et Philippe Labbe, car Jean-Luc Petitrenaud nous propose une escapade gourmande qui va nous mener aux quatre coins de la France.

Nous débutons à la table de David Signes, originaire d’Espagne. Il nous met en appétit en préparant une ratatouille et une paëlla: lotte, poulet, gambas, écrevisses, poivrons rouge... il ne vous manque que les odeurs.

Notre balade gastronomique se poursuit avec Michel Roth, célèbre directeur des cuisines du Ritz et fervent défenseur de sa Lorraine natale. Il nous propose une assiette au goût et aux couleurs de vacances : un tartare de melon avec de la viande des grisons rehaussé d’un coulis du même fruit au basilic avec des tranches de melon dorées à la poêle dans du miel et un filet de vinaigre balsamique… superbe ! Michel Roth nous prépare également un plat d’artichauts poivrade servi avec une mitonnée de légumes verts (petit pois, fèves, haricots, asperges) qui se marie parfaitement avec quelques girolles au vinaigre et citron confit. Un tour de moulin, un peu d’huile de noix et de piment d’Espelette, et nous disons :"Bravo l’artiste!".

Côté Sud-Ouest, nous retrouvons Christian Constant qui nous régale d’une salade de haricots blancs bien assaisonnée avec confit, lard, saucisse et quelques mousserons. Ce chaud-froid, inspiré du cassoulet de sa région, est des plus appétissants. Son second plat, des calamars sautés à la plancha avec ail, petits légumes et piment d’Espelette, met aussi à l’honneur sa cuisine locale.

Le Nord est représenté par le cuisinier de La Grenouillère, Alexandre Gauthier, qui nous concocte des coques et petites pommes de terre au genièvre et un "blésotto" aux herbes, une recette inspirée du très connu risotto.

Notre tour de France gourmand se termine avec Philippe Labbe, du restaurant du Shangri-La hotel, qui met du soleil dans l’assiette, avec une soupe de tomates vertes au basilic, thym et amandes fraîches. Son second plat est composé de filets de rouget servis avec du riz noir frit et une sauce à l’huile d’olive niçoise. Merci monsieur Labbe.

Tandem réalisé par Patrice Leconte



(WIKI) Tandem est un film de Patrice Leconte sorti en 1987.

Michel Mortez, animateur radio, sillonne la France avec Rivetot, ingénieur du son, pour animer depuis plus de 25 ans le jeu quotidien La Langue au chat. Rivetot apprend, alors qu'il téléphone à ses collègues, que l'émission va être supprimée. Par amitié et affection pour Mortez il décide de le lui cacher, détournant les lettres et coup de téléphone, jusqu'à simuler une émission qui n'est en réalité pas diffusée.

Mortez, qui connait la fin de son émission, lui demande de cesser la supercherie. Ensemble ils retournent à Paris et obtiennent une adaptation de la grille horaire, l'émission passant désormais tous les deux jours. Cependant, Mortez, fatigué de son rôle de vieil animateur, craque et s'enfuit lors d'un direct. Les mois passent et au détours d'un centre commercial Rivetot découvre son ami faisant des animations de supermarché. Lui-même a été renvoyé de la station et Mortez lui propose de l'accompagner désormais dans ses périples. Ensemble, ils repartent sur les routes.

Dutch Profiles: Piet Oudolf directed by Submarine



Piet Oudolf is a renowned landscape architect whose designs can be found all over the world. Oudolf's distinctive style has been described as: a thoughtful evocation of nature that emphasises the form, texture and natural harmony of plants and the result of decades of observation and work with plants, especially perennials.

Piet Oudolf works with the world's leading architects to design parks and public spaces. One of Oudolf's most famous designs is the High Line in New York City, a prestigious project in which an old industrial railway was transformed into a city park.

Dutch Profiles: Marcel Wanders directed by Submarine



As a designer Marcel Wanders came of age in the nineties, making conceptual designs for amongst others, Droog. Since that time Wanders has expanded his practice to become a worldwide, commercial success with his design label Moooi that contains designs by Wanders himself as well as works by other designers. Every year Wanders presents the newest designs to an international audience during the design week in Milan.

The headquarters of Moooi are located in Amsterdam. Moooi’s product line is very diverse, from furniture to cosmetics, form tableware to entire interiors.

BBC: Seven Ages of Britain - Age of Worship directed by Karen McGann



The story of British art in the Middle Ages, spanning from the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 to the death of Richard II in 1400. It was an age defined by worship - whether worship of God, the king, or one's lady love.

David Dimbleby looks at the finest creations of the medieval Church, like the stained glass of Canterbury Cathedral and the colourful Bury Bible, and is winched 40 feet off the ground to see a rare surviving church Doom - a painting of the Last Judgement - close up.

During the reign of Edward I a new fad, chivalry, gripped the nation, resulting in fabulous creations like the Eleanor Cross of Geddington, Edward III's vast ceremonial sword at Windsor, and the tomb of the Black Prince. The artistic high point of the Middle Ages came with the reign of Richard II, whose patronage inspired three masterpieces: the famous timber roof of Westminster Hall, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the Wilton Diptych altarpiece.

David travels to Munich to see the only surviving English medieval crown, which belonged to Richard's wife, Anne of Bohemia.

Πολίτικη κουζίνα, Politiki kouzina (A Touch of Spice) directed by Tassos Boulmetis (gr. st eng.)



(WIKI) Πολίτικη κουζίνα (αγγλικός τίτλος: A touch of spice, τουρκικός τίτλος: Bir tutam baharat – σημαίνει και στις δύο γλώσσες Μια πρέζα μπαχάρι), είναι ταινία του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου, παραγωγής 2003.

Πρόκειται για μία βιωματική ταινία του σκηνοθέτη Τάσου Μπουλμέτη, που όντας Κωνσταντινουπολίτης στην καταγωγή ο ίδιος, καταπιάνεται με το ζήτημα των διωγμών που υπέστησαν από τις τουρκικές αρχές οι Έλληνες της Πόλης το 1964.

Ο πρωταγωνιστής της ταινίας Φάνης Ιακωβίδης (τον υποδύεται ο Γιώργος Χωραφάς), καθηγητής αστροφυσικής στην Αθήνα, περιμένει τον παππού του από την Κωνσταντινούπολη, τον οποίο έχει να δει από την παιδική του ηλικία. Αρχίζοντας προετοιμασίες για την υποδοχή του προσκαλεί όλους τους φίλους του παππού του και ετοιμάζει μια σειρά από πιάτα πολίτικης κουζίνας.

Μια ξαφνική αρρώστια όμως του παππού, δεν θα του επιτρέψει να ταξιδέψει στην Αθήνα. Ο καθηγητής τότε θα αποφασίσει να πάει εκείνος στην Κωνσταντινούπολη για να τον συναντήσει και να θυμηθεί ξανά τα χρόνια που έζησε εκεί με τους γονείς του, τους οποίους ενσαρκώνουν οι Ιεροκλής Μιχαηλίδης και Ρένια Λουιζίδου.

Εκεί επιστρέφουν όλες οι ευχάριστες αναμνήσεις της παιδικής ηλικίας, οι δυσάρεστες του διωγμού και της απέλασης, αλλά και ο πρώτος έρωτας της ζωής του, η Σαϊμέ, που υποδύεται η Τουρκάλα ηθοποιός Μπασάκ Κοκλούκαγια (Başak Köklükaya).
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A Touch of Spice (or Politiki kouzina) is a Greek movie released in 2003 directed by Tassos Boulmetis and starring Georges Corraface as the character of the adult Fanis Iakovides.

The character of Fanis Iakovides as a child is played by Markos Osse and the supporting role of Fanis's grandfather, Vassilis, is played by Tassos Bandis.

Fanis Iakovides, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, recalls his childhood memories from growing up in Istanbul. When Fanis was 7 years old, his grandfather Vassilis was an owner of a general store with a specialty in spices. He was also a culinary philosopher and his mentor. Fanis grew very attached to his grandfather who would assist with his homework using imaginative techniques. For instance, Vassilis would teach his grandson the planets of the Solar System by showing an illustration of it and replacing the planets with spices. Cinnamon took the place of Venus since according to Vassilis, "like all women, cinnamon is both bitter and sweet". Fanis also fell in love for the first time in his grandfather store's upper floor with a young Turkish girl, Saime.

However, beginning with the Istanbul Pogrom in 1955, through 1978, the ethnic Greek community of Istanbul was reduced from 135,000 to 7,000 by a series of government orchestrated riots, pogroms and deportations.[2] Most of Fanis' family is deported in 1964 with the Ankara government decision to renege on the 1930 Greco-Turkish Ankara Convention, affirming the right of Greek etablis (Greeks who were born and lived in Istanbul but held Greek citizenship) to live and work in Turkey, and most Greek citizens who lived in Istanbul were deported to Greece,[3] despite most never having previously resided there. Since Vassilis was not a dual citizen, he was able to stay behind while his grandson Fanis and his parents were deported to Athens.

Fanis had trouble initially adapting in Greece, constantly trying to spend his time in the kitchen cooking, as it was the only link between him and his homeland. However, this would upset his mother who was afraid that the boy was either severely depressed or a homosexual. Fanis grew from childhood to adulthood, preserving his culinary talents and often offering his secrets of the Politiki Cuisine to those that ask for his help.

As the years passed by, and the tension between Turkey and Greece resolved, grandfather Vassilis made several promises to visit his grandson in Athens but failed to keep them. The reason for the final incompletion of this engagement was his rapidly declining health. Consequently, Fanis returns to Istanbul after three decades to visit his near-death grandfather and also runs into his old love, Saime, who is now married. Together, they reflect on their lives and the way politics managed to change everything.

Fanis will eventually realize that contrary to what his grandfather had taught him, he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life.

The main characters easily fit into a parallel metaphor - Saime, the old love of Fanis, a beautiful Turkish girl and multi-lingual tour guide, represents Istanbul (a cosmopolitan city called a "she" in Greek), Fanis is modern Greece, one that is still deeply in love with Istanbul and nostalgic for the past, and Saime's husband, a Turkish military doctor who represents a modern, pragmatic Turkey.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue directed by Melvin Frank


(WIKI) The Prisoner of Second Avenue is an American black comedy play by Neil Simon, later made into a film released in 1975.

The play ran on Broadway from November 1971 until September 1973, with Peter Falk and Lee Grant starring as Mel and Edna Edison, and Vincent Gardenia as Mel's brother Harry. The play was nominated for the 1972 Tony Award for Best Play. It was produced for the stage by Saint Subber.

The film version of The Prisoner of Second Avenue stars Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft and Gene Saks. It was produced and directed by Melvin Frank from a screenplay by Simon. The music is by Marvin Hamlisch.

The story revolves around the escalating problems of a middle-aged couple living on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. Mel Edison, the main character, has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age. The action occurs during an intense summer heat wave and a prolonged garbage strike, which just exacerbates Edison's plight to no end as he and his wife Edna deal with noisy neighbors, loud sounds emanating from Manhattan streets up to their apartment and even a robbery of their apartment during broad daylight. Mel eventually suffers a nervous breakdown from the whole affair, and it is up to the loving care of his brother Harry, his sisters and Edna to bring Mel back to a firm reality.

Cracking the Colour Code: Viewing Colour directed by Hugh Piper



The series is divided into three 52 minute episodes. Each tackles an aspect of the puzzle. The subject matter is esoteric and the series suggests that the story of colour is one that must be told using the skills of anthropologists, ancient and medieval historians, psychologist and designers. It is a heady brew and anyone expecting a precise series with plenty of answers will be disappointed - once cracked the colour code remains something of a mystery!

Viewing Colours is the most scientific of the three. It looks at the perception of colour in man and in animals. Why is the sky blue? Do we see in colour or is our brain simply generating colour images? Light is the key to the appearance and reproduction of colour. Animals, it seems, vary in their perception of colour and in one interesting scene a monkey, which has a limited colour vision, is given treatment which enables it to see vastly expanded range of colour. Hopefully they let him go to dominate the jungle! The episode features scientists and theoreticians and to those wanting definitive answers it may seem somewhat elusive.

Portrait Werner Herzog directed by Werner Herzog (deut. st eng.)



(WIKI) Portrait Werner Herzog (German: Werner Herzog Filmemacher) is an autobiographical short film by Werner Herzog made in 1986. Herzog tells stories about his life and career.

The film contains excerpts and commentary on several Herzog films, including Signs of Life, Heart of Glass, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner, Fitzcarraldo, and the Les Blank documentary Burden of Dreams. Notable is footage of a conversation between Herzog and his mentor Lotte Eisner, and a discussion between Herzog and mountaineer Reinhold Messner, in which a future film project in the Himalayas involving Klaus Kinski is discussed.

Life of flowers directed by Vladimir Vorobyov



This is a simple video with the music.
Video footages: Artbeats Timelapse Flowers

Music: West One Music.
album: 067 Simple Strings.
Track: Happy-go-lucky

Edit: Vladimir Vorobyov

Tropismes Rokhaya Diallo réalisé par France Ô

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Les littératures du Sud sont aussi diverses que les populations composants les pays du Sud. "Tropismes" est l'unique émission littéraire du paysage audiovisuel offrant une fenêtre d'expression aux auteurs de ces pays dans un écrin particulier. Invité: Rokhaya Diallo

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story directed by John Edginton (eng. st port.)



(WIKI) The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story is a documentary released on DVD on 24 March 2003, produced by Otmoor Productions in 2001 as part of the BBC's Omnibus series and originally called Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond (in the US, a slightly modified version aired as the last episode of VH1's Legends series in January 2002). Directed by John Edginton, the film includes interviews with all the Pink Floyd members - Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright - plus the "fifth Pink Floyd", Bob Klose, who left the band in 1965. The film includes rare early television appearances of Pink Floyd, and home movies.
In 2006 a new "definitive edition DVD" was produced in the UK and Europe in which the full unedited interviews conducted by the director with Pink Floyd are now made available, alongside the original documentary.

The focus of the film is Syd Barrett, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the early Pink Floyd, who created their unique psychedelic sound and most of the band's early songs, including the singles "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" and much of their first album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Syd Barrett's name passed into rock folklore when he was kicked out of Pink Floyd in 1968 and, after two extraordinary but erratic solo albums, disappeared from music altogether amid rumours of a drug-induced breakdown.

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story has contributions from Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley (who played on Syd Barrett's two solo albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett as well as Syd's final London concert on 6 June 1970 with David Gilmour, when Barrett abruptly left the stage after playing only four numbers), bassist Jack Monck who played at Syd's last ever public concert in 1972 at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, producer Joe Boyd who produced Arnold Layne, photographer Mick Rock who photographed Barrett for The Madcap Laughs cover, and artist Duggie Fields who shared an apartment in London's Earls Court with Barrett in 1968 and witnessed his changing mental state at close hand.

According to his sister, Barrett watched the documentary when it was broadcast on the BBC. He apparently found it "too loud", although he did enjoy seeing Mike Leonard, who he referred to as his "teacher". He also enjoyed hearing "See Emily Play" again.

BBC: Weird Nature - Fantastic Feeding directed by Mark Brownlow



A series examining nature's oddities - quirky creatures and baffling beasts. Real animal behaviour is set against human backdrops to give astonishing insights.

Discover a creature that employs glue-guns as weapons, a fish that slashes with a chainsaw and a spider that lassos its prey with a swinging blob of glue. This exploration of strange animal behaviour reveals the many inventive ways animals catch prey. Meet a fish that targets its prey using its mouth as a water-pistol, a shrimp that stuns its prey with sound and a lemur with an ET-like finger that taps for a meal. There is also a frogfish whose mouth moves faster than its prey can see, a snake with a tail that acts as a maggot-like lure and an eagle that has found a novel way to break into its meal. There is even a mantis shrimp with a knockout punch that reaches the speed of a bullet and a stoat that uses hypnosis.

Scènes d'écran: Island of No Memories réalisé par Philippe Gasnier



Documentaire descriptif de l’œuvre. Isidora est une île qui ressemble dans son apparence à notre monde. Ici, seul le quotidien est différent car la mémoire n’est pas une faculté qui existe chez ses habitants. Tout le monde ignore comment il s’appelle, quelle est sa maison, sa famille, tout le monde possède la même chose, les mêmes repères; l’insouciance y est le principal trait de caractère. En imaginant cette île, Kaori propose un regard sur la notion de liberté, ou comment l’histoire et les souvenirs peuvent empêcher les hommes de lâcher prise.

Island of no Memories directed by Aurélien Guillois



Recorded from Saitama Art Theater (Japan) September 2010. Alongside this world there’s another. There was the place where you could across. This other world is called Isidora, and it’s as big as ours, and in many ways it’s exactly the same. The same grass grows in the same dirt. The same birds fry in the same sky. Even the people look the same. But the major difference is that in Isidora no one can remember anything. Nobody has a name, or a house, or a family. Or you could say that everyone has the same name and the same house and the same family, a single word and a single place and a single name called Isidora.At first it might sound scary, but if you don’t remember anything, then you don't have anything to be scared about. And, anyway, in Isidora you always have whatever it is you need. It is the island of no memories.

Choreography and staging: Kaori Ito
On stage: Kaori Ito (Paris)- Thomas Bentin (Copenhagen) - Mirka Prokesova (Prague)
Drama: Satoshi Kudo (Japan)
Light: Christophe Grelié (Paris)
Lighting technician: Thomas Veyssiere (Paris)
Selection of music / sound editing: Kaori Ito / Guillaume Perret (Paris)

Kirov Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty directed by Elena Macheret



Performers:
King Florestan : Vladimir Ponomaryov
The Queen : Angelina Kabarova
Princess Aurora : Irina Kolpakova
Prince Désiré : Sergei Berezhnoi
Lilac Fairy : Lubov Kunakova

Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Original Choreography: Marius Petipa, arr. Konstantin Sergeyev

Orchestra of the Kirov Theatre
Viktor Fedotov (conductor)

The home of ballet greats like Dmitri Gruzdyev, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Barishnikov the Kirov Ballet demonstrates in this recording of Tchaikovsky's classic why it is still universally admired as the guardian of the great tradition of Russian ballet, unbroken for two hundred years.

This broadcast gives us a chance to see the way in which today's heirs of the old imperial ballet honour the choreographic genius of Marius Petipa and the glories of Tchaikovsky's score - and is also a superb piece of world-class traditional classical ballet.

This spectacular production of the classic fairy tale was specially revised to celebrate the Kirov's bicentenary. Three of the Soviet Union's finest dancers head the cast of this 1982 recording, made by the Kirov at the height of their formidable powers at their home - the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg (or, as it was then, the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad). Irina Kolpakova dances Aurora, with Sergei Berezhnoi as Prince Désiré and Lubov Kunakova as the Lilac Fairy.

Sleeping Beauty was first performed in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre (renamed the Kirov Theatre in 1935 but re-renamed the Mariinsky in 1992) in St Petersburg (renamed Leningrad in 1924 and re-renamed St Petersburg in 1991).

A favourite with audiences since its premiere, the ballet has been preserved in continuous performance by the company that created it.

BBC: The Royal Ballet Celebrates Kenneth MacMillan directed by Ross MacGibbon



Celebrating the genius of choreographer Kenneth MacMillan in the year in which he would have turned 80. The three contrasting works featured in these programmes are danced by the Royal Ballet and they showcase the beauty and dramatic power of MacMillan's choreography.

Concerto is an early work danced to the music of Shostakovich and is followed by Elite Syncopations, in which brightly-coloured dancers burst into life to the music of ragtime.
The programme also features interviews with the lead dancers in rehearsal including Carlos Acosta, Sarah Lamb and Ed Watson, as well as the director of the Royal Ballet, Monica Mason.

The Royal Ballet perform the Judas Tree, the Laurence Olivier Award-winning ballet which was MacMillan's last work before his untimely death of a heart attack at the age of 62. Set on a building site in Canary Wharf it is a highly charged ballet of brutal betrayal and tense sexual violence.

The programme also features interviews with the lead dancers in rehearsal including Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin and Ed Watson, as well as the director of the Royal Ballet, Monica Mason.

Tom Keating on Painters - Renoir directed by Richard Fawkes



Renoir was famous for his portraits, especially those of young girls. Tom Keating explains some of Renoir's techniques, and shows how to paint a portrait from a model in a studio.

Smack the Pony - Season 2 Episode 3 directed by Dominic Brigstocke



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 10 directed by Toufic Charabati



Italian Food Safari discovers an Italian breed of cattle called Chianina now being reared in Australia by Daniela Mollica, who brought the Slow Food movement to Melbourne. Chianina are large, white and long legged and their meat is prized for the classic dish Bistecca alla Fiorentina, which calls for high quality aged meat cut thick. In a beautiful house in the Adelaide Hills, Adelaide chef Salvatore Pepe, a partner in the Cibo café chain, cooks perfect bistecca served with white beans.

Presenter Guy Grossi shares his recipe for fresh pasta and Andrew Cibej from Sydney restaurant Vini makes a wonderful spinach, ricotta and potato-filled ravioli.

Maeve is surrounded by almond blossom in South Australia, visiting Munno Parra Downs and grower Phillip Costa. Guy then joins Melbourne sweets queen Marianna Di Bartolo from Dolcetti as she folds fresh almonds into her luscious soft nougat .

Saturday, 29 September 2012

ARTE: Un miel qui vaut de l'or réalisé par Tomohito Kodama



Au Yémen, les hommes et les abeilles vivent côte à côte, en parfaite harmonie, les unes fournissant aux autres un miel d'excellente qualité, qui se négocie fort cher.

En raison du manque de matériel spécifique à l'apiculture, la débrouillardise et le sens de l'observation se transmettent de père en fils.

Audio: Tangerine Dream - Poland

1. Poland (22:36)
2. Tangent (19:59)
3. Barbakane (18:04)
4. Horizon (21:10)

BBC: David Attenborough's First Life - Arrival directed by Martin Williams



In fifty years of broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in the landmark series, David Attenborough's First Life, he completes his journey by going back in time to the roots of the tree of life, in search of the very first animals.

Attenborough's journey begins in a forest near his childhood home in Leicester, where a fossil discovery transformed our understanding of the evolution of complex life. Travelling to the fog bound coastline of Newfoundland and the Australian outback, Attenborough unearths the earliest forms of animal life to exist on Earth.

These bizarre and wonderful creatures are brought to life with the help of cutting edge scientific technology and photorealistic visual effects. From the first animal forms that moved to the first mouths that ate, these were creatures that evolved the traits and tools that allow all animals, including ourselves, to survive to this day.

Secrets d'histoire: Molière a-t-il écrit ses pièces ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



Molière a marqué l’histoire de la littérature française au point d’être l’un de ses plus illustres ambassadeurs. Certains de ses vers sont passés dans le langage commun.

36 pièces et 51 années de vie ont suffi à Jean-Baptiste Poquelin dit Molière pour devenir un mythe, une légende. Et pourtant. Ou plutôt justement. La légende n’est-elle pas trop belle ? La paternité de son œuvre est contestée.

Destinations: Maroc réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Situé à l'extrémité Nord-Ouest du continent africain, le Maroc se présente comme un pays à la fois montagneux, désertique et possédant une longue façade sur la Méditerranée et l'Océan. Trois caractéristiques qui font du "pays du couchant" une quintessence du Maghreb. Le Maroc est un pays de montagnes. Ce sont de véritables réserves d'eau d'où naissent les oueds qui creusent de larges vallées jusqu'à l'Océan. Le pays est composé de plusieurs massifs. Au nord le Rif qui longe la côte méditerranéenne. Au centre et au Sud-Ouest, l'Atlas formé de trois plissements parallèles. Du Nord au Sud on trouve successivement le Moyen Atlas, puis le Haut Atlas, le plus imposant et enfin l'Anti Atlas...

Dutch Profiles: Monique van Heist directed by Submarine



After graduating from art academy in 2004 fashion designer Monique van Heist started her own label on the periphery of the fashion world by creating a sober, but extremely delicate unisex wardrobe.

With her modern and sophisticated designs, it’s her intention to break away from the highly commercialized fashion system that dictates new trends every season.

In response to the fast paced fashion industry, Monique started her own personal project, Hello Fashion, in 2009.

Dutch Profiles: Koen van Velsen directed by Submarine



Architect Koen van Velsen, son of a building contractor, profoundly investigates the questions posed to him by his clients, reformulates them, and responds with unexpected answers.

In 1997 he won the Gerrit Rietveld prize for his Museum of the University of Utrecht, and in 2002 he won the prestigious BNA Kubus prize for his entire oeuvre.

One of his latest projects is this new entrance of a museum complex. While the original request was to simply re-design the building entrance, he found that relocating it would be key to a entirely new master plan.

Recently Van Velsen has been working on a huge plan for the Central Station of Breda, aiming to better integrate the station in the city. He was commissioned to singlehandedly design every element of the project himself, and was asked to pay special attention to how the buildings blended with their surroundings. This integrated approach can also been seen in Groot Klimmendaal, a Medical rehabilitation centre, for which he won several prizes.

BBC: Seven Ages of Britain - Age of Conquest directed by Jonty Claypole



David Dimbleby tells the story of Britain through its art and treasure. The first part of the chronicle begins with the Roman invasion and ends with the Norman Conquest.

David travels throughout Britain in search of the greatest works of art from the time: the mosaics of Bignor Roman Villa, the burial treasure of Sutton Hoo, Anglo-Saxon poetry and Alfred the Great's Jewel. He also goes abroad, throughout Europe, to find objects either made in Britain, or which tell us something about our past.

In Aphrodisias, Turkey, he finds the oldest image of Britannia; in Florence, a beautiful illuminated Bible made by Northumbrian monks in the 8th century; in Normandy, the Bayeux Tapestry, now believed to have been made by English nuns. He ends at the Tower of London, now seen as a symbol of Britishness but originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the people of England.

Dutch Profiles: Gijs Bakker directed by Submarine



Jewelry and industrial designer Gijs Bakker is considered to be one of the main pioneers of what later became known as 'dutch design'. In the sixties, together with his wife Emmy van Leersum, Bakker started a revolution. They refuted the traditional ways of transforming precious materials into decorative jewelry whilst embracing abstract forms that radically investigate the relation between body and object.

Bakker has always believed in a strictly personal, autonomous approach to design, where the esthetics are far less important than the idea.

In the nineties, Bakker founded a collective of young Dutch designers together with Renny Ramakers. They called it DROOG. With highly praised presentations in Milan, Droog acted as the aggregator for a highly successful new wave of Dutch Design, with followers around the world. Since the early seventies Bakker has been teaching at various academies and universities, like here for example at the famous Design Academy in Eindhoven.

After he ended his activities for DROOG, Bakker started new a project called Yii, where he encourages a group of Taiwanese designers to translate their unique ideas into designs that communicate to the entire world.

Áo lụa Hà Đông (The White Silk Dress) directed by Luu Huynh (viet. st eng.)



(WIKI) Áo lụa Hà Đông là một phim tâm lý tình cảm dài 135 phút của đạo diễn Lưu Huỳnh công chiếu năm 2006, với diễn xuất của diễn viên, người mẫu Trương Ngọc Ánh. Bộ phim đã giành giải Cánh diều vàng 2006 hạng mục phim truyện nhựa xuất sắc nhất.

Lưu ý: Phần sau đây có thể cho bạn biết trước nội dung của tác phẩm.

Lợi dụng tình trạng hỗn loạn khi những người nông dân nổi dậy lật đổ chính quyền, Dần (Trương Ngọc Ánh) và Gù (Quốc Khánh) tất tả dắt nhau tìm đường vào Nam, mong tìm được nơi để họ có thể sống yên ổn bên nhau, thoát khỏi kiếp tôi tớ cực khổ đọa đày. Tài sản quý giá nhất hai người mang theo là chiếc áo dài bằng lụa Hà Đông mà Gù lấy làm quà cưới Dần. Đó chính là chiếc áo quấn quanh người chú bé Gù khi người ta tìm thấy chú nằm trơ trọi dưới gốc cây đa đầu làng.

Nhưng Hội An lại là điểm dừng chân không định trước của hai người bởi khi vào đến đây, Dần trở dạ sinh đứa con gái đầu lòng. Con bé được lấy tên mảnh đất cơ duyên này làm tên. Mùa mưa đầu tiên chào đón họ trong căn nhà dột nát, nước ngập ngang chân giường, Dần ngồi ru con trong tiếng mưa tưởng như bất tận. Bỗng Gù nhặt lên từ dưới nước chiếc áo dài quý giá của hai vợ chồng, và gói trong đó là một quả cau đã mọc mầm. Quả cau Dần đã trao cho Gù khi hai người thắp hương lạy trời đất cho họ nên vợ nên chồng trong căn nhà hoang khi còn ở quê hương, và nói với anh rằng hãy gieo trồng quả cau này, đến khi nào nó trổ ra buồng cau đầu tiên, cũng là lúc cô chính thức là vợ anh. Hết mưa, nước rút, Gù mang quả cau ra mảnh sân trước nhà vun đất ươm mầm cây, ươm cả hy vọng và tình yêu anh dành cho vợ.

Vài mùa mưa sau, trong nhà đã có tới năm nhân khẩu. Nước vẫn ngập mênh mang từ ngoài đồng ngoài bãi vào đến trong nhà. Ngồi co ro trên giường, Dần giục chồng đặt tên cho đứa con gái thứ ba. Nhìn vào khoảng trời mịt mù trước mắt, Gù nghĩ đến cái tên Lụt. Con cái nhà nghèo, đặt tên xấu cho dễ nuôi. Rồi sau đó, đứa con gái thứ tư chào đời.

Chồng cào hến trên sông, vợ đem ra chợ bán nuôi sống cả gia đình. Tài sản có giá trong nhà giờ thêm chiếc thuyền nhỏ làm phương tiện đánh bắt thêm chút cá hay lượm củi mục trôi sông. Hai đứa con gái lớn, Hội An và Ngô được hai vợ chồng Gù chắt chiu cho đến trường nhưng có nguy cơ phải nghỉ học vì bố mẹ không đủ tiền may áo dài cho con. Nhắm mắt đưa chân, nghĩ đến các con, Dần chấp nhận làm vú nuôi lấy tiền. Nhưng bi kịch ở chỗ, sữa của cô không phải để nuôi một đứa trẻ, mà để ông già Thòng người Tàu bú.

Mỗi sáng, Dần lại đến làm công việc vú nuôi quái dị của mình, cởi áo, đưa bầu vú qua một ô nhỏ trên bức tường gỗ, phía bên kia, cụ già thất thập cổ lai hy, mồm móm mém chỉ còn vài chiếc răng, đưa miệng bú dòng sữa vốn dành cho con trẻ. Tủi nhục, đau xót, Dần vẫn phải nuốt nước mắt ngày ngày bán đi dòng sữa quý giá cho đến khi bị Gù phát hiện. Giận dữ lồng lộn, anh chửi mắng vợ không tiếc lời. Cực chẳng đã, Dần đành mang chiếc áo dài đính hôn của hai vợ chồng nhờ người cắt lại cho vừa người con gái, rồi miệt mài khâu nên thành chiếc áo mơ ước của hai chị em Hội An và Ngô. Một chiếc áo, hai cô bé nhà nghèo đổi nhau mặc tới trường: buổi trưa tan trường, Hội An ba chân bốn cẳng chạy về đổi áo cho em, và Ngô lại ba chân bốn cẳng chạy tới trường cho kịp buổi học chiều.

Gia đình đông con nghèo khó nhưng yêu thương nhau ấy cứ lần hồi sống qua ngày, bữa cháo bữa khoai, nhưng tràn ngập tiếng trẻ thơ ấm áp. Sự hy sinh và tình thương của bố mẹ đã giúp cô bé Hội An viết được một bài luận đạt điểm cao nhất lớp, và chủ đề chính về chiếc áo dài gắn với nhiều kỷ niệm cay đắng, gian truân nhưng cũng vô cùng ngọt ngào của cả gia đình. Cô bé nghẹn ngào đứng đọc bài văn của mình trước cả lớp, nhớ lại từng sự kiện thân yêu gắn liền với chiếc áo. Bất ngờ, một tiếng nổ khủng khiếp xé nát cả không gian, xóa nhòa vĩnh viễn tất cả những gương mặt thân quen vừa hiện diện. Nghe tin dữ, Dần chạy như điên đến trường, lật tung những tấm chiếu cuồng loạn tìm con. Và cô gào lên thảm thiết, khi nhận ra khuôn mặt đứa con thân yêu nằm đó, trong số những nạn nhân bé nhỏ tội nghiệp của chiến tranh ác nghiệt…
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The White Silk Dress (Áo lụa Hà Đông in Vietnamese) is an acclaimed (and controversial) 2007 Vietnamese war-drama epic directed by Luu Huynh with starring Truong Ngoc Anh and Nguyen Quoc Khanh. With a budget of over 2 million dollars,[citation needed] it is one of the most expensive Vietnamese films ever made.

The story begins in Ha Dong, northern Vietnam in 1954 (currently part of Hanoi), amidst the crumbling of French colonial rule in Vietnam. Dan and Gu are lovers as well as servants from different households who suffer at the hands of their cruel masters. When Gu's master is assassinated, Dan and Gu flee south, eventually ending up in the central Vietnamese seaside town of Hoi An. Once there, they raise a family, with Dan eventually giving birth to four girls. Though poverty stricken, the family loves and supports each other, though the horrors of the encroaching war threaten to tear them apart.

The story emphasizes the importance of a white silk áo dài that Gu had given to Dan as a wedding gift before they had fled south, with promises of a proper marriage someday in the future. Years later in Hoi An, Dan must sacrifice this one valued possession (amongst other shocking hardships and humiliations she must endure) to support her family and provide for her daughters the áo dài required to attend school.

The film is ultimately a tribute to the strength and heart of the Vietnamese woman, as symbolized through the áo dài.

Harry and Tonto directed by Paul Mazursky



(WIKI) Harry and Tonto is a 1974 road movie written by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld and directed by Mazursky, starring Art Carney.

Harry Coombes (Art Carney) is an elderly widower who is forced from his Upper West Side apartment in New York City when his building is condemned. He initially stays with his son's family in the suburbs, but eventually chooses to travel cross country with his pet cat "Tonto" in tow. During his episodic journey, he befriends a Bible-quoting hitchhiker (Michael Butler), travels with underage runaway Ginger (Melanie Mayron), visits his daughter (Ellen Burstyn) in Chicago and finally meets his youngest son (Larry Hagman) in Los Angeles.

BBC: Horizon - Is Seeing Believing? directed by Naomi Austin



Series exploring topical scientific issues. Horizon explores the strange and wonderful world of illusions - and reveals the tricks they play on our senses and why they fool us.

We show how easy it is to trick your sense of taste by changing the colours of food and drink, explain how what you see can change what you hear, and see just how unreliable our sense of colour can be.

But all this trickery has a serious purpose. It's helping scientists to create a new understanding of how our senses work - not as individual senses, but connected together.

It holds the intriguing possibility that one sense could be mapped into another. This is what happened to Daniel Kish, who lost his sight as a child. He is now able to create a vision of the world by clicking his tongue which allows him to echolocate like a bat.

And in a series of MRI scans, scientists are now looking to find out if Daniel's brain may have actually rewired itself enabling him to use sound to create a visual image of the world.

Senkyou directed by Makoto Yabuki



Music Video for mergrim, soundtrack from "Invisible Landscape ..."

Music: Mergrim
Visual: Makoto Yabuki

La grande librairie (24-11-2011) réalisé par Adrien Soland

via FRANCE 5

«La Grande Librairie» suit de près l'actualité littéraire. Au menu : quatre écrivains connus, français ou étrangers, qui prennent le temps de se raconter. Redonner le goût de la lecture, déguster des histoires, dévorer les pages et savourer les mots, tel est le pari de ce rendez-vous littéraire, avec pour seul mot d'ordre : le plaisir.

Les invités :
Élie Wiesel
Mona Ozouf
Romain Slocombe
Jean-Paul Dubois

Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys directed by Bob Smeaton



In 1969, after revolutionizing the world of rock music and changing the rules about how the electric guitar could be played with his group the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix was looking for new musical challenges and different perspectives. With this in mind, Hendrix formed a new group, Band of Gypsies, with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. The group made their debut with four shows at New York's Filmore East on December 31, 1969, and January 1, 1970, which were recorded for a live album. One of the shows was also videotaped (in black-and-white), and this documentary combines concert footage from the Filmore performance with interviews in which several of Hendrix's collaborators discuss working with him, and a number of noted rock musicians -- including Lenny Kravitz, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, and Living Colour leader Vernon Reid -- share their thoughts on Hendrix's influence and musical legacy.

The Art of Trash directed by Jack Edwards Sawyers



When garbage man and struggling artist Arthur (Todd Colby Pliss, who also wrote the script) creates a masterpiece, the whole art world is suddenly after him. Hounded by a money-hungry dealer to create more paintings for her, Arthur quickly finds that living his dream is not all he'd expected it to be. Laced with animated segments, this quirky comedy follows Arthur's journey as he struggles to understand what he truly wants from life.

BBC: Weird Nature - Bizarre Breeding directed by James Honeybourne (eng. st 中文)



A series examining nature's oddities - quirky creatures and baffling beasts. Real animal behaviour is set against human backdrops to give astonishing insights.

Discover dancing scorpions, courting birds that give trinkets as gifts, mice that mate themselves to death and a mantis that eats its partner. This exploration of strange behaviour reveals nature's bizarre breeding rituals. Meet frogs that rear their young under their skin, fish that leap from the water to lay eggs on leaves and a bullfrog father that becomes lifeguard to his offspring. There are fish that change sex, others that bubble-wrap their young, male hamsters that act as midwives and even a male that becomes pregnant. And, in this weird world, there is even a shrew that creates a living daisy chain of its own young.

ARTE: Fase réalisé par Thierry De Mey



Fase est la première chorégraphie créée par Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker en 1982. Elle est devenue et reste, une œuvre majeure, à part, mettant en scène un duo exceptionnel : Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker et Michèle Anne De Mey. Les deux interprètes, qui ont dansé cette pièce plus de deux cents fois à travers le monde, ont définitivement cessé de la danser, d'où l'importance de cette réalisation, filmée par un familier de leur travail.

La base de la chorégraphie est constituée par quatre morceaux minimalistes du compositeur américain Steve Reich, écrits entre 1966 et 1972 : Piano Phase, Come Out, Violin Phase, Clapping Music. Pour Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker la danse ne saurait en aucun cas se contenter d’être une illustration de la musique. Le langage gestuel part d’une analyse musicale en profondeur de la partition employée.

Four Mouvements to The Music of Steve Reich Chorégraphie: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Musique: Steve Reich Danseuses: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Michèle Anne De Mey Réalisation: Thierry De Mey Coproduction: ARTE France, Avila, Sophimages, Rosas, NPS, RTBF Bruxelles, Brugge 2002, De Munt / La Monnaie (2002-56mn)

Double Skin / Double Mind directed by Maite Bermudez



Double Skin/Double Mind Documentary by Maite Bermudez on the work Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.
Double skin / double mind Is about words.

Is about body
Is about borders

Is about dance
Is about limits
Is about creation
is about human beings

Mind and body perceived and experienced by two, dancer and camera playing inside the ongoing duality of the human being. Double Skin/Double Mind shows the human side of a dance workshop in which the changes, involving the dancer’s expectation, curiosity and comprehension are captured.

Tom Keating on Painters - Van Gogh directed by Richard Fawkes



Tom Keating examines great painters and talks about their lives while creating a picture in the same style as the artist in question, Keating plays homage to Van Gogh.

Smack the Pony - Season 2 Episode 2 directed by Dominic Brigstocke



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 9 directed by Toufic Charabati



This episode of Italian Food Safari celebrates the tradition of preserving the best in season. Maeve meets the effervescent Italian Australian GP Pietro Demaio whose self-published book “Preserving the Italian Way” has been a bestseller and inspired thousands – after a taste of home cured tuna, Maeve is a convert.

On the outskirts of Adelaide, Pat D’Onofrio and Lina Verrilli grow and cure their own olives to sell in local markets and Maeve is introduced to the women’s olive cracking tradition. Guy spends a few cold winter days with the Momesso family making their own salami, as many Italian families do during winter. Melbourne chef Riccardo Momesso explains why its so important to keep the old traditions going – and how delicious the results are.

Maeve joins Sydney restaurateur Lucio Galletto at home as his picks basil from his garden to make a regional favourite from his home region of Liguria – a classic pesto.

In Adelaide, one of the “Cibo boys”, Claudio Ferraro who is a partner in the city’s Italian café chain Cibo, shows how intricate and delicious the pastry sfogliatelle are to make – they’re shaped like a lobster tail with fine layers of pastry and filled with creamy lemony ricotta.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Flatland: The Movie directed by Dano Johnson & Jeffrey Travis



(WIKI) Flatland: The Movie is a short animated film which was released to video in 2007. The cast includes the voices of actors Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell and Tony Hale. The story is based on the 1884 science fiction novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions written by Edwin A. Abbott.

Flatland: The Movie begins with the 2-dimensional Arthur Square awaking from a dream of strange, glowing symbols. He lives with his wife, Arlene Square, and his curious granddaughter Hex, a hexagon. He rushes Hex to school and along the way they discuss the laws of inheritance: how each new generation of Flatlanders, beginning with triangles, gains a new side until the shapes become indistinguishable from circles. They also discuss how a citizen's shape affects their job, with triangles performing menial labor and circles ruling Flatland in the priest class. They witness a cruel incident where a Circle Priest arrests a slightly irregular octagon child, prompting Hex to yet again wonder about what happened to her pentagonal parents. Arthur tells her that he will tell her someday, and rushes her off to school.

Arthur arrives at his Ministry of Regularity job only to be harassed by his circular superior, Miss Helios. He is about to confide his dream of the symbols to his brother Abbott Square when the employees are called to a meeting. The head circle ruler of Flatland, Pantocyclus, ushers a new edict that bans discussion of heretical topics such as a third dimension or the ruins at Area 33H. When Arthur sees an image of the ruins, he recognizes them from his dream.

At dinner, Hex asks Arthur about the Circles' proclamation and to define 'dimension.' Arthur gives her a geometry lesson showing how powers in arithmetic can be translated to geometrical dimensions. When Hex speculates on a third dimension, Arthur becomes infuriated and sends her to her room. She is only calmed when Arlene talks to her and gives her a gift of some of her mother's belongings – a box containing books and a model of the symbols at Area 33H.

That night, Arthur Square is plucked from his bedroom and taken to a strange, alien landscape. He encounters the insane, babbling King of Pointland, a being of zero dimensions. Then he encounters Lineland, a universe of one dimension that is populated by an arrogant line segment King who cannot imagine a new dimension that he cannot see. Finally, Arthur is whisked back to his living room. Suddenly he hears a voice booming out and sees a point grow to a circle and then back to a point. The being identifies himself as Spherius, a three-dimensional solid from Spaceland. After failed attempts to explain the third dimension, Arthur is popped into Spaceland and taken on a journey by Spherius. They stop at Area 33H and Arthur realizes that the symbols show a progression from point to line to square to cube, and that the constantly changing shape in the center is actually a cube, halfway though the plane of Flatland and spinning along all three axes. Hex was right! Arthur excitedly asks Spherius to show him the fourth dimension and the fifth dimension. Spherius laughs, saying there couldn't possibly be a higher dimension. He tells Arthur to spread the word of the third dimension and drops Arthur back into bed. Meanwhile, at the Ministry, Pantocyclus is ordering the triangle guards and circles, including Miss Helios, to beware any employees who mention the third dimension and to guard Area 33H.

When Arthur awakes, he rushes to Hex's room to tell her the news. He finds her missing and Arlene tells him that she left very early. Meanwhile, Hex is entering Area 33H and discovering the symbols for herself. However, a triangle guard spots Hex. At the Ministry, Arthur arrives and begins talking to his brother when an alarm goes off. Over the intercom Miss Helios orders all guards to catch an intruder at Area 33H. Arthur realizes it might be Hex at the ruins and persuades Abbott to help him steal a Ministry car.

Abbott and Arthur arrive at the ruins moments before the triangle guards. With Abbott distracting the guards, Arthur goes to the symbols and finds Hex terrified. She apologizes but Arthur finally admits to her that he had been protecting her from the knowledge that her parents were arrested and killed for their theories on the third dimension. With the guards closing in, Arthur pushes Hex into the cube symbol, which pops her up into the third dimension. Arthur is arrested by Miss Helios.

Arthur is hastily brought into a courtroom with Pantocyclus proceeding over his trial for heresy. Arlene arrives, asking where Hex is. In his cell, Arthur assures her that Hex escaped 'upward' into the third dimension and is safe. A nearby pentagon begins broadcasting the trial. Pantocyclus challenges Arthur to show everyone the third dimension, or as he calls it “upwards, not northwards.” Arthur admits that he can't and pleads with his fellow Flatlanders that reason dictates a third dimension. He challenges them to aspire to be greater than their shapes, angering the Circles immensely. The crowd is growing unruly as Arthur's words take hold. In a fit of rage, Pantocyclus sentences Arthur to death and the crowd gasps. Just as Arthur loses hope, Spherius interrupts the proceedings and pops Arthur out of Flatland.

Arthur thanks Spherius but feels he has failed to persuade people of the third dimension. Spherius surprises Arthur with the solution: he intended Hex, not Arthur to be the prophet of the Third Dimension. Hex embraces Arthur and they fly back down to the courtroom, surprising everyone as they materialize out of nowhere. The Circles are speechless and lose control of the courtroom, evading the reporter's questions about the third dimension. Arthur, Arlene, Hex, and Abbott are reunited. The reporter asks Hex if she has also visited the fourth dimension. Spherius angrily comes down to Flatland to scoff at the idea and flies off. But off on the horizon, a light is shining. The symbols at Area 33H are glowing and as the camera dips below Flatland we see that the spinning cube is actually part of a larger installation: eight cubes spinning and orbiting a 4D cube – a tesseract – which, in turn, is rotating around its fourth axis.

The Merchant of Venice directed by Michael Radford



(WIKI) The Merchant of Venice is a 2004 romantic drama film based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. It is the first full-length sound film version in English of Shakespeare's play; most other versions are videotaped productions made for television. There had been a British early sound nine-minute short subject production of the trial scene in 1927, with Lewis Casson as Shylock and Sybil Thorndike (Casson's wife) as Portia.

The 2004 adaptation follows the text very closely, only missing occasional lines. The director, Michael Radford, believed that Shylock was Shakespeare's first tragic hero, who reaches a catastrophe due to his own flaws:[2] thus the film does not show Shylock purely as a villain, but partly also as a victim. It begins with text and a montage of how the Jewish community is abused by the Christian population of Venice. One of the last shots of the film also brings attention to the fact that, as a convert, Shylock would have been cast out of the Jewish community in Venice, no longer allowed to live in the ghetto.

The film is a co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Luxembourg.

The film opens with images of Venetian life in 1596, especially discrimination against the Jews. Words on the screen inform the audience about anti-Semitism in the period, describing the system of the ghetto and Jewish usury. Shylock and Antonio are seen among a crowd watching Jews being thrown from the Rialto Bridge into the canal.

Otherwise, the film follows the plot of Shakespeare's play closely. There are some significant emendations: In Act III, scene I, Tubal tells Shylock that in Genoa, a person "showed me a ring that he had of your daughter for a monkey." Shylock replies "Thou torturest me, Tubal: It was my turquoise; I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor; I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys." Nothing more is said of it. However, in an added scene at the end of the film, there is a close-up shot of the turquoise ring on Jessica's finger, implying that Jessica has somewhat remained loyal to her Jewish heritage.

Another significant emendation is that we don't see that Antonio receives the good news that three of his ships were not stranded and have returned safely after all at the end of the film.

Le peuple invisible réalisé par Richard Desjardins



Richard Desjardins et Robert Monderie ont visé juste avec L'erreur boréale (1999), un documentaire choc sur les pratiques douteuses des compagnies forestières. Ils secouent à nouveau notre indifférence en faisant la lumière sur une triste réalité autochtone, sur un Peuple invisible: la nation algonquine du Québec. Pour la toute première fois, son histoire trouve enfin le chemin des écrans.

Les Algonquins vivaient jadis en symbiose avec le vaste territoire qu'ils occupaient. Cet équilibre fut rompu avec l'arrivée des Européens au 16e siècle. Peu à peu, leur mode de vie ancestral a été réduit en miettes, sans compter le pillage de leurs ressources naturelles. Ils ne sont d'ailleurs plus que 9000 personnes réparties dans une dizaine de communautés, certaines plongées dans une grande misère alors que les droits humains de ce peuple autochtone sont souvent bafoués.

Ces Amérindiens souffrent en silence : sont-ils appelés à disparaître? Avant qu'il ne soit trop tard, Richard Desjardins et Robert Monderie tirent la sonnette d'alarme.

L'armée fantôme de Chine réalisé par R. Steven Tally



Les soldats de terre cuite de Xi'an, en Chine, révèlent encore de nouvelles informations aux archéologues et scientifiques actuels.

C'est le premier empereur chinois, Qin Shi Huangdi, qui a fait construire ces 8 000 statues enterrées sous son mausolée. Les sculptures des hommes comme des chevaux offrent un réalisme extraordinaire, reconnu notamment par un expert en reconnaissance faciale, un artiste et des archéologues.

Les conservateurs, de leur côté, s'échinent à restaurer et préserver les vestiges de ces oeuvres vieilles de 2 000 ans.

D'autres analysent des échantillons de matériaux, particulièrement le pigment violet chinois - utilisés pour peindre les statues - afin de les reproduire. Des scientifiques américains ont fait une découverte déroutante sur ces fragments...

ARTE: Jean-Louis Trintignant - Pourquoi je vis réalisé par Serge Korber



Une "mémoire" collective autour de Jean-Louis Trintignant, qui s’avance ici à visage découvert face à la caméra de son ami Serge Korber. Car lorsqu’il est en confiance, c’est un introverti exubérant. Il nous parle de cinéma (une carrière de plus de cent trente films), de théâtre et de poésie, mais aussi de ses facettes moins connues de metteur en scène, de pilote automobile ou de viticulteur.

Tandis que les autres racontent leur Trintignant: Costa-Gavras, Michael Haneke (qui l’a convaincu de rejouer au cinéma dans Amour), Claude Lelouch, Jacques Perrin, Marin Karmitz, Margaret Menegoz. Les différentes parties de sa carrière d’acteur sont scandées par des extraits de films, de nombreuses photos personnelles et la musique originale de Daniel Mille, compositeur des spectacles de poésie que Jean-Louis Trintignant donne dans toute la France.

Empreintes: Enki Bilal "au delà de l'image" réalisé par Gloria Campana



C'est en 1960, qu'Enki Bilal , fils du tailleur de Tito arrive pour la première fois Gare de l'Est à Paris. Il a alors 10 ans et ne parle pas un mot de français mais s'exprime déjà par le dessin. Des années plus tard, des millions d'albums vendus ont donné une première notoriété à Bilal (' les Phalanges de l'ordre noir ', ' Partie de chasse '). Puis, il franchit un nouveau pas en développant un univers qui dresse le portrait de villes improbables, de mondes au bord de l'explosion, inspirant aussi bien Ridley Scott dans ' Blade Runner ' que ses propres films ' Bunker Palace hotel ' , ' Tykho moon ' ou ' immortel ad vitam '. Le film de Gloria Campana permet de découvrir comment son univers graphique, son imaginaire se construisent autour de grands poètes comme Baudelaire ou d'écrivains fantastiques tels que Edgar Poe ou Lovecraft. Mais il va au-delà de l'artiste, au-delà de l'image, pour nous faire découvrir l'homme blessé, le déraciné revenu sur les traces de son enfance.

ARTE: Maurice Nadeau, le chemin de la vie réalisé par Ruth Zylberman



Critique littéraire et éditeur depuis 1945, il a fait découvrir en France David Rousset, Malcolm Lowry, Varlam Chalamov, Witold Gombrowicz, Leonardo Sciascia, Walter Benjamin, Georges Perec… Il a fondé la revue Les Lettres Nouvelles à laquelle a succédé La Quinzaine Littéraire qu’il anime toujours. Rencontre avec un homme qui aime les livres et ceux qui les écrivent, et qui a toujours défendu la création littéraire avec ferveur.

Une Belle fille comme moi réalisé par François Truffaut



(WIKI) Une belle fille comme moi est un film français réalisé par François Truffaut, sorti en 1972.

Un professeur en sociologie interviewe, pour les besoins de sa thèse, une séduisante détenue, accusée des meurtres de son mari et de son amant, qui parvient à le convaincre de son innocence.

Merci la vie réalisé par Bertrand Blier



(WIKI) Merci la vie est un film français de Bertrand Blier sorti en 1991. Deux jeunes filles se rencontrent sur une route. L'une pousse un chariot de supermarché surmonté d'un goéland, l'autre, en robe de mariée, vient d'être battue puis abandonnée par un homme. Désormais amies, elles vont vivre des aventures rocambolesques.

BBC: Railway Walks - Gateway to the Highlands directed by Owen Rodd



Julia Bradbury has her backpack on again and is out exploring the great outdoors. In this series, all of Julia's walks follow the old tracks, the overgrown cuttings and the ancient viaducts of Britain's lost rail empire.

Railway Walks visits disused lines across England, Scotland and Wales. Through stunning landscapes and urban backstreets, each contrasting walk has a unique story to tell, offering Julia a window into industrial Britain and how the rise and fall of the railways has altered lives and localities across the country.

In this episode, Julia faces an epic walk in more ways than one. Not only is this the longest and arguably most dramatic walk yet, but it passes through the unruly territory of Scottish clans and Rob Roy. The Highlands were a place to be wary of, until the railway arrived.

Secrets d'histoire: Jeanne d’Arc a-t-elle été trahie par le Roi ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



À partir d’extraits de films, de documentaires et de riches archives qui illustrent les propos tenus par les intervenants tant à travers les reportages qu’en plateau, grâce aussi à l’intervention de Philippe Charlier et Clémentine Portier-Kaltenbach qui apportent leurs points de vue de scientifique et de journaliste, «Secrets d’histoire» met en lumière l’un des personnages le plus mythique de l’histoire de France.

Qui était Jeanne d’Arc? Pour sûr, un mythe légendaire dont nous savons aujourd’hui encore peu de choses malgré les dizaines de livres, les multiples enquêtes et les nombreux récits souvent contradictoires. Au cours de cette émission, grâce aux précieuses archives et aux intervenants, Stéphane Bern et toute son équipe de journalistes vont tenter de répondre à la question: Jeanne d’Arc a-t-elle été trahie par le Roi Charles VII?

De son enfance en Ardennes, à son combat dans l’armée contre les Anglais jusqu’au bûcher à Rouen, Jeanne d’Arc aura été toutes sa vie une personnalité hors normes, une femme comme peu il en existe dans l’histoire de France, capable de toutes les conquêtes pour le Roi, pour Dieu. Charles VII est finalement monté sur le trône de France grâce à la Pucelle, a-t-il tenté de la sauver des flammes du bûcher? L’a-t-il trahie ? Une autre sacrifiée a-t-elle pris la place de Jeanne sur le bûcher?

BBC: Hidden Treasures of... Indian Art directed by James Runcie



In his quest to find out if traditional art still thrives among the indigenous people of the world, Griff Rhys Jones goes to India in search of exquisite textiles. Can he solve the mystery of an extraordinary Indian floor cloth kept in Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire for over 300 years? Who made it and does the skill that produced such a work still exist?

Griff travels to Gujarat in India, famed throughout history for its beautiful handmade textiles. He goes off the beaten tracks to the towns and villages of the north-west plains and discovers how centuries-old printing, dyeing and embroidery techniques are still the cornerstones to a way of life.

Finally, he travels to the heart of one of the most reclusive and fiercely traditional societies in India, the Rabari, who are famed for their toughness and their astonishing embroidery. Here, women spend years sewing dowry gifts - but can the custom survive in the 21st century?

Destinations: Nouvelle-Calédonie réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Découverte par Cook en septembre 1774, la Nouvelle-Calédonie date d'environ 30 millions d'années; elle se situe sur une fissure entre deux plaques tectoniques. Elle est constituées de roches sédimentaires appelées péridotites; celles-ci en partie recouvertes de latérites par l'érosion, ont donné naissance à divers minéraux dont le nickel. Historiquement, elle semble être peuplée depuis environ 2000 ans par les mélanésiens. Et elle fut colonisée il y a plus de 200 ans par la France. Les premières exploitations de la Nouvelle-Calédonie commencèrent vers 1800 avec les baleiniers, les santaliers et les scientifiques. C'était à l'époque une terre d'aventure dont on ramenait des matière...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Paul Bocuse réalisé par Stéphane Rybojad



Institution! Que Bocuse soit ou non le meilleur restaurant de France, là n'est pas (plus) la question. Monumentalement historique, Bocuse est le cuisinier le plus connu des français, et dans le monde. Forcément unique, une légende vivante, il ne s'arrête jamais. Soutenir ses collègues, promotionner la France à l'étranger, confectionner les cartes de ses nouvelles brasseries, Monsieur Paul est une légende.

Arabie Saoudite - Paradis marins réalisé par Mark Fletcher



La péninsule arabique, qui était autrefois un océan, s'est transformée au fil des millénaires en un vaste désert. Sur son flanc ouest, la mer Rouge forme un bras de mer entre l'Afrique et la péninsule, et communique au sud avec l'océan Indien. Sa vie sous-marine est exubérante: une myriade de variétés de poissons et de magnifiques coraux ont élu domicile dans ces eaux parmi les plus chaudes de la planète. Les couleurs contrastent largement avec l'aridité que semblent présenter les côtes désertiques de la péninsule du golfe. On y trouve des milliers d'espèces d'invertébrés et une multitude de requins...

La grande librairie (20-9-2012) réalisé par Adrien Solan

 via FRANCE 5 - en ligne chaque semaine

«La Grande Librairie» suit de près l'actualité littéraire. Au menu : quatre écrivains connus, français ou étrangers, qui prennent le temps de se raconter. Redonner le goût de la lecture, déguster des histoires, dévorer les pages et savourer les mots, tel est le pari de ce rendez-vous littéraire, avec pour seul mot d'ordre : le plaisir.

Portraits d'auteurs:
Olivier Adam
Marie-Hélène Lafon
Serge Joncour
Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran réalisé par François Dupeyron



(WIKI) Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran est un film français réalisé par François Dupeyron, sorti en 2003.

À Paris, dans les années soixante, Momo, un garçon de treize ans, se retrouve livré à lui-même. Il a un seul ami, Monsieur Ibrahim, l'épicier turc et philosophe de la rue Bleue. Celui-ci va lui faire découvrir la vie, les femmes, l'amour et quelques grands principes.

Auf Der Anderen (The Edge of Heaven) directed by Fatih Akın (deut. st eng.)


(WIKI) Auf der anderen Seite (türkisch: Yaşamın kıyısında; englisch: The Edge of Heaven) ist ein Spielfilm von Fatih Akın nach eigenem Drehbuch. Der vielfach ausgezeichnete Film ist der zweite Teil einer geplanten Trilogie über Liebe, Tod und Teufel, die 2004 mit Gegen die Wand begann. Er erzählt das miteinander verflochtene Schicksal von sechs Menschen aus drei Familien und zwei Generationen sowohl deutscher als auch türkischer Herkunft. In beiden Ländern spielend, ist er in drei Teile gegliedert, die jeweils eine Kapitelüberschrift tragen.
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The Edge of Heaven (international English title) (original title German: Auf der anderen Seite, Turkish: Yaşamın Kıyısında) is a 2007 Turkish-German film written and directed by Fatih Akın. The movie won the Prix du scénario at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It was selected for Germany's entry to contest at the 2007 Oscar but didn't make the selection of five nominated films.

After making its worldwide debut at the Cannes Film Festival in France, the movie was shown at several international film festivals. It was released in Germany on September 27, 2007.

Yeter's Death
Retired widower Ali, a Turkish immigrant living in the German city of Bremen, believes he has found a solution to his loneliness when he meets a Turkish prostitute, Yeter. He offers her a monthly payment to stop working as a prostitute and move in with him. After receiving threats from two Turkish Muslims, she decides to accept his offer. Ali's son Nejat, a professor of German literature, does not have time to respond to the prospect of living with a woman of "easy virtue" before Ali is stricken with a heart attack. He softens to her when he discovers that she sends shoes back home to Turkey for her 27 year old daughter and wishes that her daughter receive an education like him.

Back home from the hospital, Ali suspects that the other two may have become lovers. When his drunken demands of Yeter make her threaten to leave, he strikes her, accidentally killing her. Ali is sent to prison.
Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter, Ayten, and assume responsibility for her education. Unable to locate her through her family, he posts flyers of Yeter throughout the area in the hopes that it will lead to the daughter. When he posts a flyer in a small German language bookstore that happens to be for sale, he finds himself charmed into buying it.

Lotte's Death
A plainclothes officer loses his gun on the street during a riot. A hooded figure scoops it up and is pursued on foot by a battalion of uniformed officers, barely managing to hide the contraband on a random rooftop. This is Ayten, a member of a Turkish Communist resistance group.

When her cell is raided, she flees Turkey and takes up a new identity with political allies in Bremen, Germany. However, even there, she has a falling out when she is unable to pay her debts, and thus finds herself on the street with barely a euro to her name. Her mother's number is lost, so she lives illegally and searches for her in local shoe shops.

Lotte, a university student, offers to help her with food, clothes, and a place to stay—a gesture which is not particularly welcomed by her mother, Susanne. Ayten and Lotte become lovers and Lotte decides to help Ayten search for her mother. The quest is cut short when a traffic stop exposes Ayten's illegal status and she attempts a claim of political asylum. Despite Susanne's financial support, Germany rules that Ayten has no legitimate fear of political persecution. She's deported and immediately imprisoned.

Lotte is devastated. She travels to Turkey to try to free Ayten, but quickly realizes how little hope there is, as she is facing 15 to 20 years in jail. Susanne pleads with her to think of her future and return home. When Lotte refuses, her mother refuses to assist her further. Lotte gravitates to Nejat's bookstore and ends up renting a spare room from him.

Finally granted a prison visit with Ayten, Lotte follows her imprisoned lover's request and retrieves the handgun Ayten acquired in the riot. But Lotte's bag, with the gun inside, is snatched by a crew of boys that she chases through their neighborhood. When finally she finds them in a vacant lot, one of the boys is inspecting the gun. She demands he return it, but he points it at her and fires, killing her instantly.

The Edge of Heaven (literally, On the Other Side)
Upon his release, Ali is deported to Turkey, returning to his property in Trabzon on the Black Sea coast.

After her daughter's death, Susanne goes to Istanbul to see where her daughter had been living the past few months. She meets Nejat and reads her daughter's diary; she decides to take on her daughter's mission of freeing Ayten from prison. Susanne's visit to Ayten—an offer of forgiveness and support—leads the younger woman to exercise her right of repentance. As a result, she wins her freedom.

Susanne asks Nejat about the story behind a Bayram they notice, learning that it commemorates Ibrahim's sacrifice of his son Ishmael. She comments that there is the same story in the Bible, where Abraham is asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. Nejat reminisces about being scared by the story as a child and asking his father if he would sacrifice him if God told him to. When asked by Susanne what his father's answer was, Nejat tells her that his father said "He would make God his enemy in order to protect me".

Nejat removes the poster of Yeter from the shop's noticeboard. He asks Susanne to look after his shop while he is gone, and drives to Trabzon where his father is living.
Susanne offers Ayten a place to stay with her at Nejat's house. When Nejat arrives in Trabzon, his father is out fishing, so he waits for him on the beach.

Lido de Paris: Bravissimo réalisé par Remy Grumbach



Le Lido de Paris. Des paillettes, du strass, du charme, de la grâce, des décors féeriques et des effets spéciaux époustouflants : les Bluebell Girls dans le spectacle et les coulisses de leur revue Bravissimo. C’est magique.

O Lucky Man directed by Lindsay Anderson


(WIKI) O Lucky Man! is a 1973 British comedy-drama fantasy film, intended as an allegory on life in a capitalist society. Directed by Lindsay Anderson, it stars Malcolm McDowell as Mick Travis, whom McDowell had first played as a disaffected public schoolboy in his first film performance in Anderson's film if.... (1968). The film was entered into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

The movie opens with a short fragment outside the plot but clearly related on repeated viewings. Grainy, black-and-white, and silent, a title "Once Upon a Time" leads to Latino laborers picking coffee beans while armed foremen push rudely between them. One worker (McDowell with black hair and moustache) pockets a few beans ("Coffee for the Breakfast Table") but is seen by a foreman. He is next seen before a fat Caucasian magistrate who loses some saliva as he removes his cigar only to say "Guilty." The foreman pulls his machete and lays it across the unfortunate laborer's wrists, bound to a wooden block, revealing that he is to lose his hands for the theft of a few beans. The machete lifts, descends, and we see McDowell draw back in a silent scream. The scene blacks out, the word NOW appears onscreen and expands quickly to fill it.

During his journey, Travis learns the lesson, reinforced by numerous songs in the soundtrack by Alan Price, that he must abandon his principles in order to succeed, but unlike the other characters he meets he must retain a detached idealism that will allow him to distance himself from the evils of the world. Travis progresses from coffee salesman (working for Imperial Coffee in the North East of England and Scotland) to a victim of torture in a government installation and a medical research subject, under the supervision of Dr Millar (Crowden).

In parallel with Travis' experiences, the film shows 1960s Britain retreating from its imperial past, but managing to retain some influence in the world by means of corrupt dealings with foreign dictators. After finding out his girlfriend is the daughter of Sir James Burgess (Richardson), an evil industrialist, he is appointed Burgess' personal assistant.

With Dr Munda, the dictator of Zingara, a brutal police state which nevertheless manages to be a playground for wealthy people from the developed world, Burgess sells the regime a chemical called PL45 'Honey' for spraying on rebel areas (the effects resemble those of Napalm). Burgess connives at having Travis found guilty of fraud, and he is imprisoned for five years.
The film then cuts to five years on, when Travis has finished his sentence, become a model prisoner, and converted to Humanism. He is quickly faced with a bewildering series of assaults upon his new found idealism, culminating in a scene in which he is attacked by down and outs who he has been trying to help.

The final scene of the film shows him becoming involved in a casting call for a film, with Lindsay Anderson himself playing the director of the film. He is given various props to handle, including a stack of school books and a machine gun. When asked to smile Mick continually asks why. The director slaps Travis with his script book after he fails to understand what is being asked of him. After a cut to black (a device used throughout the film) a slow look of understanding crosses Mick's face. The scene then cuts to a party with dancing which includes all of the cast celebrating.

The Machine That Made Us directed by Patrick McGrady



In this revealing documentary, Stephen Fry investigates the story of one of the most important machines ever invented, the Gutenberg Press. The printing press was the world's first mass-production machine. Its invention in the 1450s changed the world as dramatically as splitting the atom or sending men into space, sparking a cultural revolution that shaped the modern age. It is the machine that made us who we are today. Stephen's investigation combines historical detective work and a hands-on challenge. He travels to France and Germany on the trail of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press and early media entrepreneur. Along the way he discovers the lengths Gutenberg went to keep his project secret, explores the role of avaricious investors and unscrupulous competitors, and discovers why printing mattered so much in medieval Europe. But to really understand the man and his machine, Stephen gets his hands dirty, assembling a team of craftsmen and helping them build a working replica of Gutenberg's original press. He learns how to make paper the 15th-century way and works as an apprentice in a metal foundry in preparation for the experiment to put the replica press through its paces. Can Stephen's modern-day team match the achievement of Gutenberg's medieval craftsmen?

PencilHead réalisé par Qwaqa



PencilHead est un superbe animation réalisé par l'artiste russe Qwaqa et qui a nécessité près de 3 ans de travail.

Aldous Huxley, The Gravity of Light directed by Oliver Hockenhull



A feature film essay on Aldous Huxley's cultural criticism and social prophecy in light of the new millennium.

Film was created with the permission of Laura Huxley.

Narration: Dr. Jean Houston.

A contemporary reading of Huxley's œuvre, a rendition and interpretation, inspired by an immersion into his life and thought. Complex, iconoclastic, psychedelic, and historical.

Aldous Huxley: The Gravity Of Light incorporates rare archival footage, computer rendered 3D animation (a bit dated at this point to be honest!), speculative fictions, and selections from his essays.

Personal in tone, the film also recalls the impact of Huxley's LSD-25 and mescaline experimentations and writings for a whole generation of youth and examines the utopianistic impulses associated with the recent Rave scene. The work reflects the aesthetics and poesis of the psychedelic state without collapsing into the tie-dye cliches that have trivialized the '60's era.

Doctor Jean Houston, a senior advisor to the United Nations on matters of Human Development, eloquently speaks on the immense contribution Huxley has made concerning the possible human.

Special thanks to Laura Huxley and Jean Houston.

"Hockenhull's simultaneously thoughtful and carefully conceived approach to the subject has made for a kind of documentary I would not hesitate to compare with the works of Trinh T. Minh-ha in form and self-reflexivity and Derek Jarman in style and composition. Hockenhull's approach to this "hybrid" form of cinema manages to aggressively question our presumptions and reconceptions around the current Zeitgeist while simultaneously exploring the knowledge and impact of one of the twentieth century's greatest minds." Alex Mackenzie, Curator/Programmer