Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Pygmalion directed by Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard



(WIKI) Pygmalion is a 1938 British film based on the George Bernard Shaw play of the same title, and adapted by him for the screen. It stars Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.

The film was a financial and critical success, and won an Oscar for best screenplay and three more nominations. The screenplay was later adapted into the 1956 theatrical musical My Fair Lady, which in turn led to the 1964 film of the same name.

Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller star in Anthony Asquith's and Leslie Howard's classic version of George Bernard Shaw's satiric comedy. Henry Higgins (Howard) is an upper class phonetics professor who encounters low-class guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Hiller) and bets his friend Colonel Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can pass her off as a duchess within three months. Pickering accepts Higgins' bet, with Eliza readily agreeing to the proposal, since she will get to live in Higgins' fancy home. Once in Higgins' house, Eliza is subjected to intensely repetitive phonetics lessons in an effort to transform her Cockney accent into the speech of proper English. Things are a bit rocky at first, with Eliza blurting out "Not bloody likely" at a tea party. But when Eliza is presented at the Ambassador's Ball, she is not only accepted as a princess but is the talk of the ball, everyone in attendance commenting on her charm, beauty, and poise. Relishing his success, Higgins abruptly dismisses her. But Eliza has fallen in love with Higgins and is aghast at her cursory treatment by him. She tells him, "I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me, I'm not fit to sell anything else." When Eliza leaves, Higgins realizes that he loves her too, but Eliza has announced to Higgins that she plans to marry high society playboy Freddie Eynsford-Hill (David Tree).

The Young Poisoner's Handbook directed by Benjamin Ross



(WIKI) The Young Poisoner's Handbook is a 1995 British-German-French-produced black comedy film based on the life of Graham Young, more commonly known as "The Teacup Murderer". It was directed by Benjamin Ross and written by Ross and Jeff Rawle. The film stars Hugh O'Conor in the lead role.

The film is also known as Das Handbuch des jungen Giftmischers in German.

The film's portrayal of Graham Young is not wholly true to life, and thus, the film is not truly biographical. Nonetheless, the main truths about him are conveyed. He was a poisoner, a murderer, a genius and a thoroughly amoral man.

Early scenes show Young as a child preoccupied with the macabre. In his teen years, he actually poisons a schoolmate — sickening him rather than killing him — in order to date a girl his schoolmate was seeing. His conversation with his date involved vivid, graphic descriptions of deadly car accidents.

He also reads a comic book account of an event in which the Dutch Resistance killed a whole German army camp in the occupied Netherlands during the Second World War by poisoning their water supply with thallium.

Graham Young is arrested at the age of 14 outside his home in Neasden after having killed his stepmother and having tried to do the same to his father by lacing their food or medicine with thallium. During the struggle with police Young abuses the policemen because he drops his "Exit Dose" of thallium which he intended to use to commit suicide should he be caught. He is imprisoned for nine years in an institution for the criminally insane, during which time a psychiatrist works with him in the hopes of rehabilitating him.

Graham's dishonesty becomes evident to the doctor, who can see that Graham is trying to deceive him. Graham apparently has no dreams to share with the psychiatrist so he "borrows" a fellow prisoner's dreams. This source is shut off to him, however, once the fellow prisoner commits suicide. Despite the initial evidence of deceptiveness on Graham's part, the doctor eventually gets him released.

Graham then goes to work in a camera factory and is shown the secret ingredient used in the company's shutter system — thallium. It is not long before Graham has reverted to his old behaviour and is poisoning people. He kills two of his workmates by poisoning their tea with thallium stolen from the laboratory, and he sickens many others. For months, the source of the "bug" afflicting the workers at the factory remains a mystery until one unforeseen event leads to Graham's being found out. As a hygiene measure, all the personalized teacups are replaced with uniform ones, leaving Graham unable to poison people selectively. His efforts to memorize which cup is going to which person give him away, and his workmates finally realize what is going on.

Graham is arrested soon afterwards, and he is later sentenced to a lengthy prison term, this time in an ordinary prison. He commits suicide by poisoning there, unlike the real Graham Young, who died of a heart attack. The film insinuates that Graham's ambition in life was to create a diamond using his poisons and chemistry knowledge; in reality his ambition was to become an infamous poisoner, which he achieved.

Ready? OK! directed by James Vasquez



(WIKI) Ready? OK! was a 2008 comedy film written, edited, and directed by James Vasquez, and produced by Daisy 3 Pictures.

Andrea Dowd (Carrie Preston), a single parent, is struggling to raise her ten-year-old son, Joshua (Lurie Poston). Andrea's concerned about Joshua's interests. Instead of wanting to be on the school wrestling team, Joshua strives to be on the cheerleading squad. When students are told to come to school dressed as an influential role model, Joshua chooses Maria von Trapp. The film explores Andrea's internal battle of wanting her son to be normal, and embracing his individuality and accepting him how he is

ARTE: En Ethiopie, sur les traces des premiers Chrétiens réalisé par Jean-Louis Saporito



Près de la moitié des 80 millions d'Éthiopiens sont chrétiens. Ils considèrent que l'Église orthodoxe éthiopienne est la plus proche du christianisme des origines. Dans la province du Tigré, au nord du pays, il existe un territoire reculé et dédié à la vie monastique, le Woldeba. Là-bas vivent environ un millier de moines et d'ermites qui mènent, à l'abri des regards et loin du monde profane, une vie d'abstinence, de jeûne et de prière. Pour ces religieux, mourir au Woldeba, c'est accéder directement au paradis.

Audio: Bernard Xolotl - Last Wave



1. Last Wave I (13:04)
2. Last Wave II (8:20)
3. Last Wave III (4:41)
4. Perseverance (8:22)
5. Electronic Walkyrie (8:38)
6. Toward The Eastern Front (8:58)

Le mouton à cinq pattes réalisé par Henri Verneuil



(WIKI) Le Mouton à cinq pattes est un film français réalisé par Henri Verneuil, sorti le 24 septembre 1954.

La municipalité de Trezignan décide d'organiser une petite fête pour les quarante ans de quintuplés nés dans cette agglomération. Ceux-ci, les fils d'Édouard Saint-Forget, ont quitté la ville depuis plus de vingt ans et le maître charge leur parrain, le docteur Bolène, de les retrouver. Que sont-ils devenus ? Alain est propriétaire d'un institut de beauté, Désiré laveur de carreaux, Étienne capitaine douteux d'un cargo, Bernard responsable de la rubrique "Courrier du cœur" d'un magazine. Charles, enfin, est entré dans les ordres.

Au cœur des rocheuses: Le temps presse / Retrouver l'équilbre réalisé par Guy Clarkson



Aimons-nous trop nos montagnes? Guy Clarkson s'interroge sur les répercussions de cette fièvre généralisée de s'emparer des territoires montagneux. Pour aborder cette délicate question, Clarkson dévale les pentes vierges en ski avec un pionnier de l'héliski, gravit les montagnes avec des motoneigistes, parcourt à cheval les sentiers frontaliers avec des gardiens du Parc national et rencontre un chef des premières nations.

Sur le versant est des Rocheuses, un projet de construction résidentielle se heurte à une coalition d'écologistes et de propriétaires de ranch. Il est évident que cette écorégion a atteint sa limite, mais que faire avant qu'il soit trop tard?

Visitant le passé et le présent tour à tour, Au coeur des Rocheuses, série en quatre épisodes, explore les merveilles naturelles, le patrimoine culturel et l'avenir des Rocheuses.
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Guy Clarkson termine son odyssée en se lançant à la recherche de solutions. Il trouve des intervenants - résidents locaux, fonctionnaires et gens d'affaires - faisant front commun pour préserver l'habitat du grizzly, du loup et du caribou. Il brosse le portrait de montagnards qui se politisent pour imposer leur vision de la ligne de conduite à adopter pour Retrouver l'équilibre.

Clarkson porte un regard sur une coalition d'organismes et de gens passionnés connue sous le nom de Corridor vert Yellowstone - Yukon (Y2Y). Le but de cette coalition? Relier un vaste réseau d'habitats naturels par des corridors migratoires couvrant plus d'un million de kilomètres carrés. Il rend également visite à un jeune déné Kaska qui se prépare à sa première chasse à l'orignal. Clarkson renaît à l'espoir en s'imprégnant de la sagesse de ceux qui savent mieux que quiconque ce que sigifie vivre en harmonie avec la nature.

Visitant le passé et le présent tour à tour, Au coeur des Rocheuses, série en quatre épisodes, explore les merveilles naturelles, le patrimoine culturel et l'avenir des Rocheuses.

BBC: Japanorama - Kakkoii (Cool) directed by Peter Boyd Maclean



(WIKI) Japanorama was a series of documentaries presented by Jonathan Ross, exploring various facets of popular culture and trends of modern-day Japan.

Each episode had a theme, around which he presented cultural phenomena, films, music, and art that exemplify facets of Japan. The series was colourful in both its creative use of subject matter, and its use of bright colours that helped accent the action on screen rather than distract from it. Subjects were separated by eye catches that often featured the artwork of Junko Mizuno. Ross hosted each episode in suits so bright and stylised they could have been stolen from an anime character.

Fans have credited the series for the care that both Ross and the BBC have placed in its production. Time was given to delve into each subject, and he was able to interview various figureheads of culture and industry, including Mamoru Oshii, Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike with Takashi Murakami and Sonny Chiba.

The theme song of the show was Kiyoshi no zundoko bushi by Kiyoshi Hikawa.

Kakkoii (Cool):
Architecture: Buildings in Omotesandō, Tokyo
Interview: Pop and video artist Nagi Noda, creator of the Hanpanda
Custom: Slurping when eating noodles
Interview: Nigo, creator of Bathing Ape
Interview: Actor Tadanobu Asano
Technology: Robots, such as ASIMO, and an interview with robot builder Tatsuya Matsui

BBC: The Man Who Shot the 60s directed by Linda Brusasco



A tribute to Brian Duffy, who passed away in May 2010. Duffy was one of the greatest photographers of his generation. Along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan he defined the image of the 1960s and was as famous as the stars he photographed. In the 1970s he suddenly disappeared from view and burned all his negatives. Filmed on the eve of the first-ever exhibition of his work, Duffy agrees to talk about his life, his work and why he made it all go up in flames.

BBC: What the Ancients Did for Us - The Egyptians directed by Will Aslett & Jane Cameron



Series examining the innovations and inventions of ancient civilisations. Adam Hart-Davis builds and tests some of the greatest inventions from the world of ancient Egypt - from boats to bead drills and from pyramids to mummification, he shows us the lasting effect the Egyptians left on today's technology. Roving reporter Amani Zain tells the stories behind the golden age of these industrious peoples.

ARTE: Routes à hauts risques - La piste malienne réalisé par Holger Preusse



À travers les déserts, la glace et la neige, au fond de la jungle, le long de l'eau ou sur les routes de montagnes, beaucoup de transporteurs ont trouvé la mort. Ces travailleurs émérites continuent pourtant à emprunter ces routes sinueuses par manque d’alternatives. Des chemins qui traversent des paysages uniques et qui exercent une fascination sans fin. Cette série nous fait découvrir des aventuriers pour qui la fin du voyage est la récompense après le doute.

La piste malienne:
Sur les routes les plus dangereuses du monde, dans désert et la piste poussiéreuse de l'ouest du Mali.

ART: 21 - Systems directed by Charles Atlas



Artists invent new grammars, systems, and logics in today's supercharged, information-based society. Featuring artists Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja, and Allan McCollum.

Play it again Sam directed by Woody Allen



(WIKI) Play It Again, Sam is a 1972 film written by and starring Woody Allen, originally entitled Aspirins for Three. The film was directed by Herbert Ross, which is unusual, as Allen usually directs all his own written work.

The film is about a man obsessed with the film "Casablanca" and the character of Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart in the film. The film is liberally spread with clips of the film and ghost-like appearances of Rick giving advice on how to treat women.

The film is set in San Francisco but most scenes are indoors.

The film starts with the closing scenes of Casablanca, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. We then see that it is the main character, Allan Felix, who is watching the film in a cinema, mouth agape. He leaves the cinema regretting that he will never be like Rick.

Apart from apparitions of Bogart he also has frequent flashbacks of conversations with his ex-wife, who constantly belittled his sexual adequacy.

The original play and the movie follow the same lines: Allan Felix (played by Allen) has just been through a messy divorce. His two friends, Linda (Diane Keaton) and Dick (Tony Roberts), attempt to convince him to go out with women again, setting him up with a series of blind dates, which all turn out to be unsuitable. He agrees, and throughout the film, he is seen receiving dating advice from the ghost of Humphrey Bogart (played by Jerry Lacy), who is visible and audible only to Allan. Allan's ex-wife Nancy (Susan Anspach) also makes fantasy appearances, as he imagines conversations with her about the breakdown of their marriage. On one occasion, the fantasy seems to run out of control, with both Bogart and Nancy appearing.

As the film goes on we see that, when it comes to women, Allan puts on a false mask. He attempts to become sexy and sophisticated, in particular he tries to be like his idol, Bogart, only to end up ruining his chances by being too clumsy. Eventually, he develops feelings for Linda, around whom he feels relatively at ease and does not feel the need to don the mask.

At the point where he finally makes his move on Linda (aided by comments from Bogart) a vision of his ex-wife appears and shoots Bogart, leaving him without advice. He makes an awkward move. Linda runs off but returns, realising that Allan loves her. "As Time Goes By" plays as they kiss, with flashes from Casablanca.

However, as she is married to Dick, their relationship is ultimately doomed, just as it was for Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in the 1942 film, Casablanca.

Dick comes home early from Cleveland and confides in Allan that he thinks Linda is having an affair. He does not work out that it is Allan, but expresses his love of Linda to him.

The ending is a parody of Casablanca's famous ending. Dick is catching a flight to Cleveland, Linda is chasing after him, and Allan is chasing after Linda. The fog, the aircraft engine start-ups, the trenchcoats worn and the dialogue are all reminiscent of the film, as Allan nobly explains to Linda why she has to go with her husband, rather than staying behind with Allan. Allan says "if that plane leaves the ground and you're not on it, you'll regret it, maybe not today maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life". That is beautiful she says. " It's from Casablanca... I've waited my whole life to say it". His journey is complete. The music from the scene in Casablanca resumes the theme "As Time Goes By" and the film ends.

Yes Live at Montreux directed Julian Nicole-Kay



Yes is one of the most innovative and successful rock bands of all time with a career that now spans five decades. In 2003 the band made their first appearance at the Montreux Festival despite having a long association with the town itself (they recorded there frequently in the seventies). It was a triumphant night and is regarded by both the band members and fans as probably the finest Yes gig ever to be filmed. It has been much in demand and is now finally cleared for release.

Tracklisting: Siberian Khatru, Magnification, Don't Kill The Whale, In The Presence Of, We Have Heaven, South Side Of The Sky, And You And I, To Be Over, Clap, Show Me, Rick Wakeman Solo Medley, Heart Of The Sunrise, Long Distance Runaround, The Fish, Awaken, I've Seen All Good People, Roundabout.

Indiscreet directed by Stanley Donen (eng. st rom.)



(WIKI) Indiscreet is a 1958 British romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. An actress falls in love with a man she believes to be married, who is secretly concealing from her the fact that he has no wife.

The film is based on the play Kind Sir by Norman Krasna. This was Grant's and Bergman's second film together, after Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946). The film was remade for television in 1988 starring Robert Wagner and Lesley-Anne Down.

Anna Kalman is an accomplished London-based actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. Through her brother-in-law she meets a handsome economist, Philip Adams, and they fall in love.

However, he is keeping a secret from her. As opposed to being a married man who pretends to be single, Philip is a bachelor who pretends to be married. When she learns of his lie, Anna becomes furious and works out a plan to get even. However after an open conversation they plan to get married.

Adaptation directed by Spike Jonze (eng. st rom.)



(WIKI) Adaptation. is a 2002 American semi-autobiographical drama film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous self-referential events. The film stars Nicolas Cage as Charlie and Donald Kaufman, Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean, with Chris Cooper as John Laroche, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Despite the fact that the film is officially adapted from The Orchid Thief, it actually mostly tells the story of Charlie Kaufman's difficult struggle to adapt The Orchid Thief into a film while telling the events of the book in parallel. Adaptation. also adds a number of fictitious elements, including Kaufman's twin brother (also credited as a writer for the film) and a romance between Orlean and Laroche, and culminates in completely invented events including fictionnal versions of Orlean and Laroche three years after the events related in The Orchid Thief, Kaufman and his fictionnal twin brother.

The film had been in development as far back as 1994. Jonathan Demme brought the project to Columbia Pictures with Kaufman writing the script. Kaufman went through writer's block and did not know what to think of The Orchid Thief. Finally he wrote a script based on his experience of adapting The Orchid Thief as a screenplay. Jonze signed to direct, and filming was finished in June 2001. Adaptation achieved critical acclaim, and gained numerous awards at the 75th Academy Awards, 60th Golden Globe Awards and 56th British Academy Film Awards, especially for its writing and acting. Cooper won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, while Kaufman won the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The self-loathing Charlie Kaufman is hired to write the screenplay for The Orchid Thief. Kaufman is going through melancholic depression and is not happy that his twin brother Donald has moved into his house and is mooching off him. Donald decides to become a screenwriter like Charlie and attends Robert McKee's famous seminars.

Charlie Kaufman, who rejects simplistic formulaic script writing, wants to ensure that his script is a faithful adaptation of The Orchid Thief. However, he comes to realize that the book does not have a usable narrative and that it is impossible to turn into a film, leaving him with a serious case of writer's block.

Meanwhile, Donald's spec script for a clichéd psychological thriller, called The 3, sells for six or seven figures. Kaufman accidentally starts writing his script with self-reference. Already well over his deadline with Columbia Pictures, he visits Orlean in New York for advice on the screenplay. Unable to face her, Kaufman visits McKee's seminar in New York and asks him for advice. He brings his brother Donald to New York to assist with the story structure.

Donald pretends to be Charlie and interviews Orlean, but is suspicious of her account of the events of her book because it seems like too perfect a story line. He and his brother Charlie follow Orlean to Florida where she meets Laroche. It is revealed that the Seminole wanted the Ghost Orchid in order to manufacture a drug that causes fascination; Laroche introduces this drug to Orlean. After Laroche and Orlean catch Charlie observing them taking the drug and having sex, she decides that Charlie must die.

She forces Kaufman at gunpoint to drive to the swamp, where she intends to kill him. Charlie and Donald escape and hide in the swamp where they resolve their differences and Charlie's problems with women. Laroche accidentally shoots Donald. Fleeing, Charlie and Donald drive off but crash into a ranger's truck; Donald dies in the accident. Charlie runs off into the swamp to hide but is spotted by Laroche. However, Laroche is killed by an alligator before being able to kill Charlie.

Orlean is arrested. Charlie makes up with his mother, tells his former love interest Amelia that he is still in love with her, and finishes the script. It ends with Charlie in a voice-over announcing the script is finished and that he wants Gérard Depardieu to portray him in the film.

Safety Not Guaranteed directed by Colin Trevorrow (eng. st rom.)



(WIKI) Safety Not Guaranteed is a 2012 American comedy film inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad (written as a joke filler by John Silveira) by a person asking for someone to accompany him in time travel. It was screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

Darius Britt (Aubrey Plaza) is a disillusioned college graduate who lives at home with her widower father (Jeff Garlin) and interns at a Seattle magazine. One of the magazine's writers, Jeff Schwensen (Jake M. Johnson), proposes to investigate a newspaper classified ad that reads:

"Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed."

Jeff's story idea is approved by his boss, Bridget (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Jeff selects Darius and Arnau (Karan Soni), a studious Biology major interning at the magazine to diversify his resume, to assist him. They travel to the seaside community of Ocean View, Washington, to find and profile the person behind the ad. Jeff later reveals an ulterior motive for this assignment—to track down a long-lost love interest who lives in the beach community.

Darius discovers that the person behind the ad is Kenneth Calloway (Mark Duplass) who works as a stock clerk at a local grocery store. Jeff's attempt to contact Kenneth alienates him, so he orders Darius to make contact. Darius' disaffected attitude serves her well, and she quickly endears herself to Kenneth as she poses as a candidate to accompany him on his mission. While Kenneth is paranoid and believes that "secret agents" are tracking his every move, Darius gains his trust as she participates in a series of training exercises in the woods around his house, and begins to develop feelings for him. She tells Kenneth about the death of her mother when she was young, and that her mission is to prevent it. Kenneth says his mission is to go back to 2001 and prevent the death of his old girlfriend Belinda who was killed when someone drove a car into her house.

Meanwhile, Jeff tracks down Liz (Jenica Bergere), his fling from his teenage years, and though she does not embody his fond youthful memories, they reconnect. He asks her to move to Seattle, but she believes that this is just another fling for Jeff, so she refuses. Upset by her rejection, Jeff takes Arnau out on the town and they pick up some comely young women. Jeff tells Arnau to not waste his youth and convinces him to spend the night with one of the young women.

The next morning, Jeff learns from Bridget, who has been following the notes on the story, that Belinda (Kristen Bell) is still alive. Darius goes to interview her. Belinda says that she was only friends with Kenneth, and that Kenneth had driven into her then-boyfriend's house but no one was injured. After the interview, Darius is questioned by two government agents who have been following Kenneth and believe that he may be a spy because of his communications with government scientists.

Darius returns to Kenneth's house to confront him about Belinda. Kenneth claims that if Belinda is alive then his time traveling worked. Jeff then comes in to warn that the government agents are also on the property. Kenneth panics and runs into the woods. Darius follows him, and finds Kenneth on a boat with his time machine. Darius apologizes for lying to Kenneth and tells him everything else they shared was real. Darius joins him on the boat. Kenneth tells Darius that the mission has changed, saying that he now wants to go back for her. As Jeff, Arnau, and the two government agents watch, Kenneth activates his time machine and the boat disappears.

Audio: Pink Floyd - Meddle



1.1 One of These Days (5:57)
1.2 A Pillow of Winds (5:10)
1.3 Fearless (including "You'll Never Walk Alone") (6:08)
1.4 San Tropez (3:43)
1.5 Seamus (2:16)
2.1 Echoes (23:29)

Fractals: The Colors of Infinity directed by Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon



Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This show relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics.

Opéra National de Paris: Ivan le Terrible réalisé par Thomas Grimm



En deux actes et dix-huit tableaux, le ballet de Yuri Grigorovich qui reprend la production initiale d'Ivan le terrible réalisé au cinéma par Eisenstein en 1944 d'après la musique de Prokofiev, a été l'objet d'un spectacle mémorable à l’Opéra National de Paris (quatorze représentations en 2003). L'action privilégie certes les scènes collectives (80 danseurs sur scène dans certains tableaux!), expressionnistes, hallucinées sur le rythme trépignant, martelé de Prokofiev mais elle s'intéresse aussi à l'évolution du personnage d'Ivan qui n'a pas usurpé son qualificatif de "Terrible". Si l'homme voue une passion sensuelle à Anastasia, il se montre d'une ambition sans limites, incarnation du despote et de la terreur.

Grigorovitch reste la figure emblématique de l'âge d'or du Bolchoï. Pendant trente ans, le chorégraphe a conçu des productions esthétiques remarquables d'après les musiques de Khatchatourian, Prokofiev ou Chostakovitch. Dans chaque ballet, il a su trouver un point d'équilibre entre vérité, passion, énergie. Cette version d'Ivan le Terrible a été créé en 1975 à Moscou. Plongeant au coeur d'un XVI ème siècle sombre et tourmenté, l'intrigue et la dramaturgie imaginent la violence et le mouvement des scènes de foule (omniprésentes) comme contrepoint des tumultes tout aussi ravageurs, qui assiègent l'esprit possédé d'Ivan. L'unification du pays dont il est l'initiateur, ne va pas sans atrocités commises sur le peuple. Intransigeant et cruel, Ivan massacre les boyards , accable ses proches, maltraite tout ceux qu'il n'admire pas.

Chorégraphie: Yuri Grigorovich. Costumes: Simon Virsaladze. Avec: Nicolas Le Riche, Ivan; Eleonora Abbagnato, Anastasia; Karl Paquette, Kurbsky. Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris. Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Direction musicale: Vello Pähn. Réalisation: Thomas Grimm. Enregistré à l’Opéra National de Paris en décembre 2003. 1h44mn. Production de l'Opéra de Paris.

Jazz 3: Roland Kirk réalisé par Marc Pavaux



Roland Kirk filmé par Marc Pavaux au Grand Palais pour «Jazz 3» le 8 mars 1972. Multi instrumentiste, Kirk joue simultanément de plusieurs instruments. Saxophone ténor, clarinette, diverses flûtes, mais aussi stritch et manzello sont ceux qu’il affectionne.

L'arche de verre (The Glass Ark) réalisé par Bernard Gosselin, 1994, 89 min 33 s (fr. st eng.)



Documentaire sur le Biodôme de Montréal, créé de toutes pièces par une jeune équipe de scientifiques multidisciplinaires et passionnés. Le film observe l'effervescence qui l'animait durant les travaux de cette réalisation révolutionnaire.
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Montreal’s Biodome, one of the most popular attractions in the city, features a microcosm of the Earth’s major ecosystems, from tropical rainforest to the Arctic. This feature-length doc shows the enthusiasm brought to the last stages of this undertaking and the magnitude of the challenge met by a young team of scientists who planned this unusual nature museum, home to thousands of animals and plants.

Body Remix: Les variations de Goldberg réalisé par Marie Chouinard

 

«J'avais envie de travailler avec les danseurs sur un corps augmenté, allongé, avec ces cannes, ces béquilles, ces objets qui viennent prolonger le corps avec des objets métalliques qui sont en général des empêchements de bouger, mais, qui dans le présent spectacle, fonctionnent comme des augmentations de possibilité de bouger, explique Marie Chouinard. géométrie du corps qui permet d'explorer les choses autrement.»

Les danseurs, selon la chorégraphe, fonctionnent "comme des instruments de musique faisant résonner le corps dans sa beauté propre ... Avec des éléments comme la barre, les tutus, les pointes, j'avais envie de rendre hommage à la musique de Jean-Sébastien Bach"... «Quand je les vois danser, je les aime. Je prends beaucoup de notes sur leurs performances sur scène, mais c'est par passion. J'ai envie de communiquer la chose la plus juste pour ce passage-là, leur dire quelle était mon intention..."
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I've been trying to find a good copy of this for almost a year. I found it today in three pieces. Unfortunately, there is a fourth. Nonetheless, Marie Chouinard's "Body Remix: Goldberg Variations" is one of the most puzzling, controversial and stunning pieces of work I've ever watched. I'm never really sure what I am seeing and then I see something else. As always, she was accused of something. I'm surprised this woman wasn't thrown in a lake by the politically correct dance community to see if she floated a long time ago. She's a god damn heretic! I mean she's making fun of the physically challenged here!

I imagine everyone dances. Why wouldn't someone who's body can't move in a way that's pleasing to the masses not want to or not be able to? I imagine the restriction upon them is not their body but rather my mind, your mind. The minds of people who can move in a pleasing manner, in a way that is applauded and awarded. It becomes ugly. By the time you get to the end of this performance, you can't possibly be thinking Chouinard was doing anything other than turning criticsm inward and the last minute of this piece is extremely sad.

Khadak (Le signe des ancêtres) réalisé par Peter Brosens ( mon. st fr.)


(WIKI) Khadak (Le signe des ancêtres) est un film néerlando-belgo-allemand de Jessica Hope Woodworth et Peter Brosens réalisé en 2006.

Prenant place dans les steppes glacées de Mongolie, « Khadak » raconte l'épopée de Bagi, un jeune nomade destiné à devenir chamane. Un fléau s'abat sur le bétail et les nomades sont relogés de force dans des villes minières désolées. Bagi sauve la vie d'une belle voleuse de charbon, Zolzaya, et ensemble ils enquêtent sur cette épidémie qui contraint les nomades à quitter leurs steppes…

Unesco: The World Natural Heritage - True Treasures of the Earth - Europe



The Heritage is part of the products covered by the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a list of landscapes that are of exceptional importance, and therefore as part of the world heritage of all humanity must be preserved.

Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn
Cape Girolata - Cape Porto - Scandola Nature Reserve - Pianan Calanches Corsica
Donana National Park
Aeolian Islands
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Volcanoes of Kamchatka
Lake Baikal
Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Bialowieza Forest
Srebarna Nature Reserve
Caves of Aggtelek Karst - Slovak Karst

Matisse-Derain: Collioure 1905, Water and Fire


The story of Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, two of the founders of Fauvism, during their collaborative period in Collioure in the south of France in 1905.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) arrived in the small and charming Catalan port of Collioure, in the south of France, on 16 May 1905. He soon invited André Derain (1880-1954), 11 years his junior, to join him. Derain arrived on 5 July. Matisse later wrote: “Working before a soul-stirring landscape, all I thought of was making my colours sing, without paying any heed to rules and regulations” to describe the feverish power of the pure colours that swept upon them both, drawing them into what the unbridled critics dubbed “la cage aux Fauves” (the wild beasts’ cage). Hence was born Fauvism, a movement that revolutionised modern art.

Architectures: The House of Jean Prouvé directed by Stan Neumann



House his family, to shelter in a house. It's that old dream of all the French realized that Jean Prouve in 1954 for his wife and children.

Constructed with prefabricated elements, the home of Jean Prouvé in Nancy opens the era of cheap houses prix.Ingénieur self-taught architect without diploma, Jean Prouvé was born in 1901. In a France where concrete is king, Prouvé is the man of metal, then folded sheet of aluminum. From the 30s, he designed several models of houses at low prices, and mounting kit self, ready for mass production. But none of these prototypes do leads to real orders. The France of stone and concrete is too modern, too simple what was then called disdainfully machines live. In 1953, Prouvé loses control of his factory, his life's work. He embarks on building his own house, on land located on heights of Nancy deemed unbuildable because of its very steep.

Architectures: L'auditorium building de Chicago réalisé par Stan Neumann (fr. st esp.)



En 1871, un gigantesque incendie ravage Chicago. Après la catastrophe, toute la ville est à reconstruire : c'est une occasion unique pour une jeune génération d'architectes américains de rompre avec le vieux continent et d'inventer à Chicago les nouvelles formes d'une architecture spécifiquement américaine.

Le premier grand chef d'oeuvre de l'histoire de l'architecture américaine.
L'architecte Louis Henry Sullivan est la personnalité la plus marquante de cette École de Chicago. Le Chicago Auditorium Building, construit en association avec l'ingénieur Adler est sa première oeuvre d'envergure. C'est un complexe rassemblant dans un seul bâtiment un hôtel de luxe, des bureaux, et une salle d'opéra. L'idée des commanditaires étant que l'hôtel et les bureaux allaient combler le déficit de l'opéra qu'on voulait populaire.

À l'époque de sa construction ce fut le bâtiment de tous les records - le plus haut du monde, grâce à sa tour de 17 étages et abritant en son sein la salle de spectacle la plus grande des USA - 4500 places assises. Si la tour, construite en maçonnerie traditionnelle, fut rapidement dépassée par l'apparition du gratte ciel à charpente métallique, la salle de spectacle reste aujourd'hui encore extraordinaire tant par ses dimensions vertigineuses et sa perfection acoustique que par le traitement architectural et décoratif qui rompt radicalement avec la tradition de la salle d'opéra européenne.

ARTE: Le tour de l'Amérique - Du Nevada à la côte californienne réalisé par Petra Haffter



Si le Nevada a été le théâtre de la première ruée vers l'or, on y spécule aujourd'hui sur le foncier et l'immobilier, comme à Reno, qui rivalise avec Las Vegas. Plus à l'ouest, de Santa Monica à la Vallée de la Mort en passant par la route littorale, c'est une certaine douceur de vivre qui domine.

Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen (eng. st rom.)



(WIKI) Annie Hall is a 1977 American comedy film directed by Woody Allen from a script co-written with Marshall Brickman and co-starring Diane Keaton. One of Allen's most popular and most honored films, it won four Academy Awards including Best Picture. Roger Ebert described it as "just about everyone's favorite Woody Allen movie".

Allen had previously been known as a maker of zany comedies; the director has described Annie Hall as "a major turning point", as it brought a new level of seriousness to his work.

The film is set in New York City, Chippewa Falls, WI, and Los Angeles.

Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) is a neurotic comedian, attempting to maintain a relationship with the seemingly ditzy but exuberant Annie (Diane Keaton). The film chronicles their relationship over several years, intercut with various imaginary trips into each other's history (Annie is able to "see" Alvy's family when he was only a child, and likewise Alvy observes Annie's past relationships). In the first flashback showing Alvy as a child, we learn he was raised in Brooklyn; his father's occupation was operating a bumper cars concession and the family home was located below the Thunderbolt roller coaster on Coney Island.

After many arguments and reconciliations, the two realize they are fundamentally different and split up. Annie moves in with Tony Lacey (Paul Simon). Annie likes California, but Alvy hates it. Alvy soon realizes he still loves her and tries to persuade her to return with him to New York. He fails and, resignedly, returns home to write a play about their relationship, recycling the conversation they had exchanged in California, but ending with him winning Annie back.

Later, with Annie back in New York, the two are able to meet on good terms as friends, now with different lovers. Alvy ends the film by musing about how love and relationships are something we all require despite their often painful and complex nature.

PBS: Visions of Germany - Bavaria directed by Sam Toperoff



VISIONS® OF GERMANY: Bavaria showcases the diversity of Germany’s southeastern region – from the old world charm of castles, fortresses and gardens to the Mediterranean flair of theBodensee, the “German Riviera;” from the depths of King Ludwig’s madness revealed in fantastic castles like Schloss Neuschwanstein to the drama of Germany’s highest peak at Zugspitze. Stunning aerial visuals are set to a soundtrack of local compositions – folk tunes one might hear in the bier gartens as well as the
classical incarnations of the region like Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz – paired with enough narration to inform but not intrude on the experience.

VISIONS® OF GERMANY: Bavaria takes flight in the bucolic countryside for a journey filled with royal intrigue, Alpine majesty, and charming villages where the past has a constant presence. Whether circling the old walled city of Rothenburg on the Tauber River; tracking the impressive span of Renaissance era mansions on the Maximilianstrasse or the autobahn; following along at Passau where the distinct colors of three rivers meet; waiting for the clockwork choreography of the Glockenspiel in Munich’s Marienplatz square; admiring the glorious monuments in the ancient Roman city of Augsburg; climbing along the ski lifts of snow-covered mountain resort towns; or quietly gliding over the lakeside promenade in Friedrichshafen like one of Count Ferdinand Zeppelin’s famed namesake airships, the helicopter-mounted camera reveals a fairy tale brought to life.

Taxi, roulotte et corrida réalisé par André Hunebelle



(WIKI) Taxi, Roulotte et Corrida est un film français réalisé par André Hunebelle sorti en 1958.

Un chauffeur de taxi parisien, Maurice Berger, qui part en Espagne passer ses vacances avec sa femme Germaine et son fils Jacques, accepte d'accrocher à sa voiture la roulotte confectionnée par son beau-frère Léon, accompagné de sa femme Mathilde et leur fille Nicole. Pleins de bonne humeur, tous ces vacanciers passent la frontière. Bien des péripéties les attendent. En particulier, le passage de malfrats, voleurs de diamants que Maurice recèle à son corps défendant, tandis que la belle Myriam cherche par tous les moyens à récupérer la plus belle pierre. À force de quiproquos, de bagarres et de séjours en prison, les deux familles auront de divertissants congés.

Diaporama: Jean-Michel Folon sur une musique de Thomas Newman



Diaporama: Jean-Michel Folon sur une musique de Thomas Newman.

BBC: Great British Railway Journeys, Series 2 - London Bridge to Chatham directed by Marc Beers



Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw's Britain remains, as his journey goes through Kent, from London Bridge around the scenic south coast to Hastings.

Michael visits the Royal Observatory at Greenwich to see how the railways standardised time, takes a walk through the world's first underwater tunnel at Rotherhithe and explores the historic Dockyards at Chatham.

Zoo directed by Robin Bushell



A trip to the zoo ends in colourful chaos.

All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music: "Go Down, Moses!: Songs of War and Protest" directed by Tony Palmer



(WIKI) All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music is the name of a 17-part television documentary series on the history of modern pop music directed by Tony Palmer, originally broadcast worldwide between 1976 and 1980. The series covers the many different genres that have fallen under the "pop" label between the mid-19th century and 1976, including folk, ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, vaudeville and music hall, musical theater, country, swing, jazz, blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll and others.

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "Yankee Doodle", "Dixie", Presidential Campaign of 1840, "Land of Hope and Glory", Songs of Freedom, "The Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley", "The Killers That Run the Other Countries", Hollywood blacklist, People's Songs, Hootenanny (US TV series).

Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Vera Brodsky Lawrence, Yip Harburg, Bing Crosby, Glen Miller, Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters, Woody Guthrie, The Weavers, Bob Dylan, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Leon Rosselson, Joan Baez, Country Joe MacDonald, John Marshall, James Simmons, Ireland's Freemen.

Are You Being Served? "Shoulder to Shoulder" directed by David Croft



(WIKI) Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom broadcast from 1972 to 1985. It was set in the ladies' and gentlemen's clothing departments of Grace Brothers, a large, fictional London department store. It was written mainly by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, with contributions by Michael Knowles and John Chapman. The idea for the show came from Lloyd's brief period in the early 1950s working at Simpsons of Piccadilly, a clothing store which traded for over 60 years until 1999.

The inspiration for the store has also been credited to Rossiters of Paignton department store from the time Lloyd and Croft spent there, and the former Clements of Watford.

Over the course of its 13-year run, only Frank Thornton, Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Wendy Richard and Nicholas Smith appeared in all 69 episodes, and all later featured in the sequel television series, Grace & Favour (also known as Are You Being Served? Again!). In 2004, Are You Being Served? came twentieth in "Britain's Best Sitcom".

In January 2010 the BBC screened the show's pilot programme in colour alongside several tribute shows with BBC2 dedicating a night to the show with the only few remaining actors appearing in the episode.

"Shoulder to Shoulder"
When Young Mr. Grace decides that he can only afford to have half of the department decorated, the Ladies' Wear Department is forced to temporarily relocate to Menswear while the work is carried out, and friction ensues over how much display space Mrs. Slocombe should be allowed.

BBC: Saturday Kitchen - Tom Kitchin & Pierre Koffmann directed by Geraldine Dowd



James Martin hosts the food show, with help from top chefs Tom Kitchin and Pierre Koffmann. Plus archive moments from Celebrity MasterChef, Keith Floyd and Rick Stein, and Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones faces his food heaven or food hell. And expert Tim Atkin chooses wine to match the studio dishes.

Modern Times directed by Charlie Chaplin



(WIKI) Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film by Charlie Chaplin that has his iconic Little Tramp character struggling to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during the Great Depression, conditions created, in Chaplin's view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. The movie stars Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford and Chester Conklin, and was written and directed by Chaplin.

Modern Times was deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress in 1989, and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Fourteen years later, it was screened "out of competition" at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Modern Times portrays Chaplin as a factory worker employed on an assembly line. After being subjected to such indignities as being force-fed by a "modern" feeding machine and an accelerating assembly line where he screws nuts at an ever-increasing rate onto pieces of machinery, he suffers a nervous breakdown and runs amok, throwing the factory into chaos. He is sent to a hospital. Following his recovery, the now unemployed factory worker is mistakenly arrested as an instigator in a Communist demonstration. In jail, he accidentally ingests smuggled cocaine, mistaking it for salt. In his subsequent delirium, he stumbles upon a jailbreak and knocks out the convicts. He is hailed a hero and is released.

Outside the jail, he discovers life is harsh, and tries to get arrested after failing to get a decent job. He runs into an orphaned gamine girl (Paulette Goddard), who is fleeing the police after stealing a loaf of bread. To save the girl, he tells police that he is the thief and ought to be arrested. A witness reveals his deception and he is freed. To get arrested again, he eats an enormous amount of food at a cafeteria without paying. He meets up with the gamine in the paddy wagon, which crashes, and the girl convinces the reluctant factory worker to escape with her. Dreaming of a better life, he gets a job as a night watchman at a department store, sneaks the gamine into the store, and even lets burglars have some food. Waking up the next morning in a pile of clothes, he is arrested once more.

Ten days later, the gamine takes him to a new home—a run-down shack that she admits "isn't Buckingham Palace" but will do. The next morning, the factory worker reads about a new factory and lands a job there. He gets his boss trapped in machinery, but manages to extricate him. The other workers decide to go on strike. Accidentally paddling a brick into a policeman, he is arrested again. Two weeks later, he is released and learns that the gamine is a café dancer. She tries to get him a job as a singer. By night, he becomes an efficient waiter though he finds it difficult to tell the difference between the "in" and "out" doors to the kitchen, or to successfully deliver a roast duck to table through a busy dance floor. During his floor show, he loses a cuff that bears the lyrics of his song, but he rescues his act by improvising the story using an amalgam of word play, words in (or made up of word parts from) multiple languages and mock sentence structure while pantomiming. His act proves a hit. When police arrive to arrest the gamine for her earlier escape, they escape again. Finally, we see them walking down a road at dawn, towards an uncertain but hopeful future.

Juno directed by Jason Reitman



(WIKI) Juno is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an unplanned pregnancy and the subsequent events that put pressures of adult life onto her. Michael Cera, Olivia Thirlby, J. K. Simmons, Allison Janney, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman also star. Filming spanned from early February to March 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia. It premiered on September 8 at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, receiving a standing ovation.

Juno won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and earned three other Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Page. The film's soundtrack, featuring several songs performed by Kimya Dawson in various guises, was the first chart-topping soundtrack since Dreamgirls and 20th Century Fox's first number one soundtrack since Titanic. Juno earned back its initial budget of $6.5 million in twenty days, the first nineteen of which were when the film was in limited release.[4] It went on to earn $231 million. Juno received positive reviews from critics, many of whom placed the film on their top ten lists for the year. It has received criticism and praise from members of the pro-life and pro-choice communities regarding its treatment of abortion.

Sixteen-year-old Minnesota high-schooler Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) discovers she is pregnant with a child fathered by her friend and longtime admirer, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). She initially considers an abortion but decides to give the baby up for adoption. With the help of her friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), Juno searches the ads in the Pennysaver and finds a couple she feels will provide a suitable home. She tells her parents, Mac (J.K. Simmons) and stepmother, Bren (Allison Janney), who offer their support. With Mac, Juno meets the couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), in their expensive home and agrees to a closed adoption.

Juno vists Mark a few times, with whom she shares tastes in punk rock and horror films. Mark, who has set aside his rock band youth (now confined to memorabilia displayed in the one room of the house that Vanessa has designated for Mark's personal belongings), works at home composing commercial jingles. Juno and Leah happen to see Vanessa in a shopping mall being completely at ease with a child, and Juno encourages Vanessa to talk to her baby in the womb, where it obligingly kicks for her.

As the pregnancy progresses, Juno struggles with the emotions she feels for the baby's father, Paulie, who is clearly in love with Juno. Juno maintains an outwardly indifferent attitude toward Paulie, but when she learns he has asked another girl to the upcoming prom, she angrily confronts him. Paulie reminds Juno that it is at her request they remain distant and tells her that she broke his heart.

Not long before her baby is due, Juno is again visiting Mark when their interaction becomes emotional. Mark then tells her he will be leaving Vanessa. Juno is horrified by this revelation, with Mark asking Juno "how do you think of me". Vanessa arrives home, and Mark tells her he does not feel ready to be a father and there are still things he wants to do first. Juno watches the Loring marriage fall apart, then drives away and breaks down in tears by the side of the road. Returning to the Lorings' home, she leaves a note and disappears as they answer the door.

After a heartfelt discussion with Mac, Juno accepts that she loves Paulie. Juno then tells Paulie she loves him, and Paulie's actions make it clear her feelings are very much reciprocated. Not long after, Juno goes into labor and is rushed to the hospital, where she gives birth to a baby boy. She had deliberately not told Paulie because of his track meet. Seeing her missing from the stands, Paulie rushes to the hospital, finds Juno has given birth to their son, and comforts Juno as she cries. Vanessa comes to the hospital where she joyfully claims the newborn boy as a single adoptive mother. On the wall in the baby's new nursery, Vanessa has framed Juno's note, which reads: "Vanessa: If you're still in, I'm still in. —Juno." The film ends in the summertime with Juno and Paulie playing guitar and singing together, followed by a kiss.

The Big Lebowski directed by Joel & Ethan Coen



(WIKI) The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler, who is referred to (and also refers to himself) as "The Dude". After a case of mistaken identity, The Dude is introduced to a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski. When the millionaire Lebowski's trophy wife is later kidnapped, he commissions The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release. The plan goes awry when The Dude's friend Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) schemes to keep the full ransom.

Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, and John Turturro star in the film, which is narrated by a cowboy known only as "The Stranger," played by Sam Elliott.

The film is loosely based on Raymond Chandler's novel, The Big Sleep. The original score was composed by Carter Burwell, a longtime collaborator of the Coen Brothers. The Big Lebowski was a disappointment at the U.S. box office and received mixed reviews at the time of its release. Reviews have trended towards the positive over time, and the film has become a cult favorite,[4] noted for its idiosyncratic characters, dream sequences, unconventional dialogue, and eclectic soundtrack.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski returns home only to be roughed up by two thugs claiming to be collecting money that Lebowski's wife owes a man named Jackie Treehorn. After beating him and urinating on his rug, they realize they are looking for a different person with the same name, and they leave. The Dude discusses the situation with his bowling friends, the timid Donny (Buscemi) and the aggressive Walter (Goodman). At the instigation of Walter, The Dude decides to seek compensation for the rug from the other Jeffrey Lebowski. The next day, the titular "Big" Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, refuses The Dude's request. The Dude meets Bunny Lebowski (Reid), the Big Lebowski's nymphomaniac trophy wife, while leaving the premises with a rug taken from the mansion.

Days later, the Big Lebowski contacts The Dude, revealing that Bunny has been kidnapped. He asks The Dude to act as a courier for the million-dollar ransom because The Dude will be able to confirm whether or not the kidnappers were the same thugs. Later, a different set of thugs enter The Dude's apartment, knock him unconscious, and steal his new rug. When Bunny's kidnappers call to arrange the ransom exchange, Walter tries to convince The Dude to keep the money and give the kidnappers a "ringer" suitcase filled with his dirty underwear. The kidnappers escape with the ringer, and The Dude and Walter are left with the million-dollar ransom. Later that night, The Dude's car is stolen, along with the briefcase filled with money. The Dude receives a message from the Big Lebowski's daughter, Maude, who admits to hiring the criminals who knocked him unconscious. The Dude visits her at her art studio, and she reveals that Bunny is a porn starlet working for Jackie Treehorn. She agrees with The Dude's suspicion that Bunny kidnapped herself and asks The Dude to recover the ransom, as it was illegally withdrawn by her father from a charity.

The Big Lebowski angrily confronts The Dude over his failure to hand over the money, and hands The Dude an envelope sent to him by the kidnappers which contains a severed toe, presumably Bunny's. The Dude later receives a message that his car has been found. Mid-message, three German nihilists invade the Dude's apartment, identifying themselves as the kidnappers. They interrogate and threaten him for the ransom money. The Dude returns to Maude's studio, where she identifies the German nihilists as Bunny's friends. The Dude picks up his car from the police, but the briefcase with the ransom money is still missing. He and Walter track down the supposed thief, a teenager named Larry Sellers. Their confrontation with Larry is unsuccessful, and the Dude and Walter leave without getting any money or information.

Jackie Treehorn's thugs return to The Dude's apartment to bring him to Treehorn's beach house in Malibu. Treehorn inquires about the whereabouts of Bunny, and the money, offering him a cut of any funds recovered. Treehorn then drugs The Dude's drink and The Dude passes out. After a surreal dream blending the themes of bowling, the Persian Gulf War, Maude’s “vaginal” art, and the nihilists, The Dude wakes up in a police car and is then placed in front of the police chief of Malibu. The police chief verbally and physically assaults The Dude and warns him not to return to Malibu. After a cab ride home, The Dude exits and a red sportscar zooms past. Bunny is driving, with all ten toes intact. The Dude is greeted by Maude Lebowski, who seduces him. During post-coital conversation with Maude, The Dude learns that she hopes to conceive a child with him but wants him to have no hand in the child's upbringing. He also finds out that, despite appearances, her father has no money of his own. Maude's late mother was the rich one, and she left her money exclusively to the family charity. In a flash, The Dude unravels the whole scheme: when the Big Lebowski heard that Bunny was kidnapped, he used it as a pretense for an embezzlement scheme, in which he withdrew the ransom money from the family charity to keep for himself. He gave an empty briefcase to The Dude (who would be the fall guy on whom he pinned the theft), and was content to let the kidnappers kill Bunny.

Meanwhile, it is now clear that the kidnapping was itself a ruse. While Bunny took an unannounced trip, the nihilists (her friends) alleged a kidnapping in order to get money from her husband. The Dude and Walter arrive at the Big Lebowski residence, finding Bunny back at home from her trip. They confront the Big Lebowski with their version of the events. The affair apparently over, The Dude and his bowling teammates are suddenly confronted by the nihilists, who have set The Dude's car on fire. They once again demand the million dollars. After hearing what The Dude and Walter know, the nihilists demand all the money in their pockets. Walter responds by throwing a bowling ball one nihilist's ribs, biting another's ear off, and knocking the final nihilist unconscious with their portable radio. However, in the aftermath, the Dude's timid bowling companion Donny has a heart attack and dies.

Walter and The Dude go to a cliff overlooking a beach to scatter Donny's ashes. After an informal eulogy which Walter turns into a tribute to the Vietnam War and accidentally covers The Dude with Donny's ashes, Walter suggests, "Fuck it, Dude. Let's go bowling." The movie ends back at the bowling alley where "The Stranger" (Elliott), a narrator seen sitting at the bar, speaks to the camera and hints to the audience that Maude may be pregnant with a "little Lebowski".

BBC: What the Ancients Did for Us - The Romans directed by Will Aslett & Jane Cameron



Series examining the innovations and inventions of ancient civilisations. Adam Hart-Davis builds and tests some of the greatest inventions from the world of ancient Rome - from ballistas to bath houses, from the military to marble-cutting he shows us the lasting effect the Romans left on today's technology. Amani Zain tells the stories behind the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Circus Maximus during the golden age of this great empire.

ARTE: La nécropole de l'Empereur - Le secret du Zhao Ling réalisé par Christian Twente



La province chinoise du Shaanxi est connue pour son impressionnante armée enterrée en terre cuite. Mais elle abrite de nombreux autres sites archéologiques, dont certains largement inexplorés. La nécropole de l’empereur Taizong a été récemment mise au jour.

Taizong, deuxième empereur de la dynastie des Tang, a régné de 626 à 649. De son vivant, il a fait creuser un mausolée dans la roche du plateau de Zhao Ling, dans la vallée de la Wei. Finalement, c’est un véritable palais souterrain qui sera édifié, avec pas moins de quatre cents bâtiments et un chemin de procession long de plusieurs centaines de mètres. Au IXe siècle, des révoltes paysannes précipitent la chute de la dynastie. Des rebelles s’introduisent dans la nécropole et s’émerveillent devant la splendeur du palais. Mais les constructions extérieures sont ensuite détruites et le site sombre dans l’oubli.

C’est au professeur Zhang Janlin, de l’Institut archéologique de Xian, que l’on doit la redécouverte récente de la nécropole de Zhao Ling. Il met au jour de nombreuses tombes mais ne parvient pas à accéder au tombeau de l’empereur qui, d’après les témoignages des émeutiers du IXe siècle, se trouve “au bout d’un tunnel de 230 mètres scellé par cinq portes en pierre”. L'archéologue chinois lance alors une opération de fouilles internationale. Des géophysiciens autrichiens effectuent des relevés du terrain à l’aide de radars ultraperformants. Puis une équipe de l’Université technique de Darmstadt procède à une reconstitution virtuelle de la nécropole, sur la base des sources historiques disponibles et de ses propres rapports de fouilles. Une enquête digne des meilleurs thrillers s’engage, jusqu’au jour où Zhang Janlin découvre les restes d’un pont de bois qui menait autrefois à une chambre funéraire…

ARTE: Volcans d'Islande, et demain ? réalisé par Bertrand Loyer



Après l'Eyjafjöll, quatre volcans islandais menacent d'entrer prochainement en éruption. Avec des conséquences potentiellement beaucoup plus graves.

L'Europe vient de réaliser que l'Islande abrite une force colossale, avec laquelle ses habitants ont appris à vivre depuis des siècles. Les fumées émises par l'Eyjafjöll, entré en éruption le 20 mars 2010, ont semé la panique dans le trafic aérien mondial du 14 au 20 avril, entraînant des pertes massives pour les compagnies aériennes, et au-delà pour toute l'économie internationale. Mais d'autres volcans beaucoup plus puissants sont prêts aujourd'hui à se réveiller en Islande. Les volcanologues, sismologues et géologues qui surveillent minutieusement cette terre à haut risque ont resserré le dispositif d'alerte autour de quatre cratères dont le réveil pourrait être imminent ? une échéance comprise entre moins d'un an et un demi-siècle. La plus potentiellement dangereuse de ces éruptions est celle du volcan Askja, qui promet d'être colossale. Non seulement les liaisons aériennes seraient à nouveau paralysées, mais, cette fois, les cendres elles-mêmes pourraient atteindre l'Europe continentale.

Ce documentaire suit quelques-uns des plus grands spécialistes des volcans d'Islande sur leurs terrains de recherches, à travers les paysages spectaculaires forgés par la lave et les cendres.

Audio: Egg - The Civil Surface



1. Germ Patrol (8:31)
2. Wind Quartet I (2:20)
3. Enneagram (9:07)
4. Prelude (4:17)
5. Wring Out The Ground (Loosely Now) (8:11)
6. Nearch (3:22)
7. Wind Quartet II (4:48)

Pat Metheny - Secret Story directed by Stanley Dorfman



The New Brunswick concert from the jazzy Pat Metheny Group in order to support what was their current album at that time Secret Story.

Tracklist:
Above The Treetops / Facing West / Rain River / How Insensitive / Finding And Believing / Always And Forever / See The World / Antonia / The Truth Will Always Be / Tell Her You Saw Me.

Performer:
Pat Metheny, guitar/guitar synthesizer; Steve Rodby, bass; Paul Wetico, drums; Armando Maral, percussion; Gil Goldstein, piano, keyboards, accordian; Jean Beard, piano, keyboards; David Blamires, vocals; Mark Ledford, vocals; Torsten De Winkel, guitars

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Le boulanger de Valorgue réalisé par Henri Verneuil



(WIKI) Le Boulanger de Valorgue est une production franco-italienne réalisée par Henri Verneuil en 1952, sorti en 1953.

Justin, fils du boulanger de Valorgue, courtise Françoise, la fille de l'épicière. Justin part pour son service militaire en Afrique du Nord. Françoise, par dépit, quitte aussi le village et revient, dix mois plus tard, avec un bébé sur les bras. On accuse Justin d'être le père, ce qui provoque bientôt une véritable révolution à Valorgue séparé en deux clans: "les boulangiéristes" et les "épiciéristes", attisés par le fait que le boulanger refuse désormais de vendre son pain aux "épiciéristes", menaçant ainsi d'affamer le village. La malheureuse tentative des autorités d'utiliser le four communal et de confier la fabrication du pain au facteur alcoolique se termine en incendie. L'affaire s'envenime, Françoise s'enfuit avec l'enfant dans le village de sa famille en Italie et le préfet fait réquisitionner la boulangerie. Le boulanger se met à la recherche de Françoise et son petit-fils. Il arrive à convaincre la jeune maman de son affection et son désir de la voir revenir au village. Par demande du maire, le fils bénéficie d'une permission et revient au village. Son père lui explique la situation, qu'il ignorait. La famille se rend alors chez la mère de Françoise pour demander sa main. Les jeunes amoureux se marient alors.

Le petit village de Mimet, situé dans les Bouches-du-Rhône, a servi de décor naturel au film.

Au cœur des rocheuses: Les anciens / Une terre de richesses réalisé par Guy Clarkson



Guy Clarkson - guide de montagne, pilote et cinéaste - s'envole à bord de son avion de brousse pour entamer un périple filmique dans les Rocheuses canadiennes. Clarkson se sent particulièrement interpellé par cette région qui s'étend sur deux mille kilomètres, du Parc national Yellowstone au sud jusqu'au Yukon au nord, puisqu'il y a vécu et travaillé pendant plus de vingt-cinq ans. Aujourd'hui, il s'inquiète du sort qu'on réserve à la Great Divide.

Dans ce premier épisode, le cinéaste porte un regard sur Les anciens : le roc, la couche de glace, la flore et la faune qui, pendant des siècles, se sont adaptés à tous les grands bouleversements naturels. Toutefois, l'arrivée des Européens a changé la donne : les écosystèmes ont subi une telle dégradation qu'ils approchent du point de non-retour. S'inspirant de la sagesse des experts et des aînés qui connaissent la région dans ses moindres recoins, depuis le champ de glace Columbia aux cohortes de loups du Parc national Yellowstone et aux territoires de chasse sacrés des Pieds-Noirs, Clarkson met les choses en perspective.

Visitant le passé et le présent tour à tour, Au coeur des Rocheuses série en quatre épisodes, explore les merveilles naturelles, le patrimoine culturel et l'avenir des Rocheuses.
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Comment le monde a-t-il découvert les Rocheuses? Guy Clarkson retrace l'arrivée des premiers Européens, venus en canot, à cheval et en traîneau à chiens pour étendre leur empire de traite de fourrures jusqu'à l'océan Pacifique. Les Rocheuses leur sont apparues d'abord comme un obstacle à franchir. Puis les sentiers battus sont devenus des routes et un chemin de fer, le CP, a été construit. Des flots de voyageurs venant des contrées de l'Est s'amenaient par train, armés de chevalets, de caméras et de gréements d'alpinisme. La nature sauvage était devenue une religion pour les riches qui ont répandu à tous vents la découverte d'un nouveau Shangri-La.

Clarkson réunit des aventuriers des temps modernes et des historiens pour reconstituer comment les premiers arrivants se divertissaient dans Une terre de richesses. Il nous entraîne dans un périple en traîneau à chiens, en locomotive, en canot et monte sur le toit des Rocheuses. De là, Clarkson voit presque à l'infini, et c'est bien ce qui l'inquiète. Que réserve l'avenir?

Visitant le passé et le présent tour à tour, Au coeur des Rocheuses, série en quatre épisodes, explore les merveilles naturelles, le patrimoine culturel et l'avenir des Rocheuses.

BBC: Japanorama - Horror directed by Peter Boyd Maclean



(WIKI) Japanorama was a series of documentaries presented by Jonathan Ross, exploring various facets of popular culture and trends of modern-day Japan.

Each episode had a theme, around which he presented cultural phenomena, films, music, and art that exemplify facets of Japan. The series was colourful in both its creative use of subject matter, and its use of bright colours that helped accent the action on screen rather than distract from it. Subjects were separated by eye catches that often featured the artwork of Junko Mizuno. Ross hosted each episode in suits so bright and stylised they could have been stolen from an anime character.

Fans have credited the series for the care that both Ross and the BBC have placed in its production. Time was given to delve into each subject, and he was able to interview various figureheads of culture and industry, including Mamoru Oshii, Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike with Takashi Murakami and Sonny Chiba.

The theme song of the show was Kiyoshi no zundoko bushi by Kiyoshi Hikawa.

Horror:
Interview: Architects and Godzilla actors
Etiquette: Numbers
Film: Kwaidan (1964)
Film: Scarecrow (2001)
Film: St.John's Wort (2001)
Film: Ring (1998) and Ring 2, interview with director Hideo Nakata
Anime: Barefoot Gen (1983), interview with writer Keiji Nakazawa
Interview: Junko Mizuno
Interview: Dir en grey and fans

ARTE: Routes à hauts risques - Au cœur de l'Himalaya réalisé par Holger Preusse



À travers les déserts, la glace et la neige, au fond de la jungle, le long de l'eau ou sur les routes de montagnes, beaucoup de transporteurs ont trouvé la mort. Ces travailleurs émérites continuent pourtant à emprunter ces routes sinueuses par manque d’alternatives. Des chemins qui traversent des paysages uniques et qui exercent une fascination sans fin. Cette série nous fait découvrir des aventuriers pour qui la fin du voyage est la récompense après le doute.

Au cœur de l'Himalaya:
Cette route menant au coeur du Ladakh passe par cinq des plus hauts cols routiers du monde.

ART: 21 - Fantasy directed by Catherine Tatge



Artists transport us to imaginary worlds and altered states of consciousness with hallucinatory, irreverent, and sublime works. Featuring artists Jeff Koons, Mary Heilmann, Florian Maier-Aichen, and Cao Fei.

A Good Woman directed by Mike Barker (eng. st rom.)



(WIKI) A Good Woman is a 2004 drama film directed by Mike Barker. The screenplay by Howard Himelstein is based on the 1892 play Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde. It is the third screen version of the work, following a 1925 Ernst Lubitsch silent film and Otto Preminger's 1949 adaptation entitled The Fan.

Set in 1930, the film opens in New York City, where femme fatale Mrs. Erlynne finds that she is no longer welcomed by either the high-ranking men she has seduced or the society wives she has betrayed. Selling her jewelry, she buys passage on a liner bound for Amalfi, Italy, where she apparently sets her sights on newlywed Robert Windemere. When his car frequently is seen parked outside her villa, local gossips become convinced the two are having an affair.

Robert's demure wife Meg remains oblivious to the stories about the two circulating throughout the town, but when she discovers her husband's check register with numerous stubs indicating payments to Erlynne, she suspects the worst. What she doesn't know is that Erlynne actually is her mother, who has been extorting payments from Robert in return for keeping her secret. She is consoled with the advice:'plain women resort to crying; pretty women go shopping'.

In retaliation for what she believes is her husband's transgression, Meg wears a revealing gown to her twenty-first birthday celebration, attended by Erlynne - wearing the same dress - in the company of Lord Augustus, a wealthy, twice-divorced man who has proposed marriage to Erlynne. Complications ensue when Lord Darlington professes his love for Meg and implores her to leave her supposedly wayward husband, an invitation she accepts.

Erlynne, having found Meg's farewell note to Robert, intercepts her on Darlington's yacht, where the two are trapped when Augustus, Darlington, Robert, and friends arrive for a night of drinking. Robert is startled to see the fan he gave Meg for her birthday on board; while Meg makes a hasty escape, Erlynne reveals herself and claims she had taken it from the party in error; and Augustus, thinking his fiancée was planning a romantic rendezvous with Darlington, ends their engagement.

Robert pays Erlynne to leave Amalfi immediately and begs her not to reveal her identity to Meg. Reluctantly, she complies with his wishes, although she returns his check before she departs. On board the plane waiting to take her to a new life, she discovers Augustus, who presents her with the fan Meg gave him when she confessed to him all that had really happened. Erlynne accepts his renewed proposal of marriage and the two depart for places unknown.

Night on Earth directed by Jim Jarmusch



(WIKI) Night on Earth is a 1991 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.

It is a collection of five vignettes, which take place during the same evening, each concerning the temporary bond formed between taxi driver and passenger in five different cities around the world: Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. The movie begins with the Los Angeles based segment and moves from city to city as the clock turns during the late hours of the night. Jarmusch wrote the screenplay for Night on Earth in about eight days, and the decision to film in certain cities was largely based on the actors with whom he wanted to work at the time. The soundtrack, Night on Earth, is by Tom Waits.

Audio: Genesis - Nursery Cryme



1.1 The Musical Box (10:24)
1.2 For Absent Friends (1:44)
1.3 The Return of the Giant Hogweed (8:09)
2.1 Seven Stones (5:08)
2.2 Harold the Barrel (2:59)
2.3 Harlequin (2:53)
2.4 The Fountain of Salmacis (7:54)

Il Lago dei Cigni directed by Tina Protasoni



The story of Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.

Svetlana Zakharova; Roberto Bolle; Corps de Ballet and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala; James Tuggle, conductor; Vladimir Burmeister & Lev Ivanov, choreography; Peter Tchaikovsky, music; Tina Protasoni, TV & video director.

Recorded live at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, 2004.

La grande librairie (1-3-2012) 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:
Dan Franck
Annette Wieviorka
Florent Brayard
Alan Riding

Le rêve d'Othello réalisé par Marlène Ionesco



Une fiction danse sur le thème d'Othello, l'amour, la jalousie, la folie et la mort interpretée par le danseur Larrio Ekson et Agnès Letestu danseuse étoile de l'Opéra de Paris.

Ce film met en scene un couple livré à ses sentiments passionnels et aux débordements inattendus. Un film onirique qui utilise le procédé de la surimpression pour renforcer la tragédie.

"Et le rêve d'Othello emporta les amants".

Coregraphie Larrio Ekson, musique Pascal Sevajols, costumes Rachel Quarmby, image David Galmot, montage Jean Louis Tenier. Delange productions.

Vangelis: "Eureka" (Rotterdam, June 18 1991) directed by Veronica TV



This concert was organized by the Dutch ministry of Economic affairs to promote and celebrate the "Eureka Project"; an initiative to stimulate international scientific cooperation between European companies. Vangelis was asked to provide the highlight of the event.

The concert took place at the docks in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A floating stage was constructed. Vangelis was seated in the middle, surrounded by his synths and some classically Greek styled props. He was backed up by a choir.

To accompany the music some buildings in the neighborhood were used for projections with colors and laser animations. Furthermore there were participating choppers, boats and movable cranes.

Jon Anderson appeared as guest for the track "Italian Song" and Markella Hatziano (who reportedly tripped over the wiring afterwards) appeared for "Glorianna".

Track List:
Chariots Of Fire - Spiral - Other Side Of Antartica - Chung Kuo - Glorianna - Pulstar - Mask (Movement II) - Italian Song - Kinematic - Mask (Movement V) - Hymne.

Faut pas rêver: Inde - Le Maharadjah de Jodhpur réalisé par Brigitte Fischman


Inde: le Maharadjah de Jodhpur
Faut pas rêver - 18/05/1990 - 09min54s

Reportage chez le maharadjah de Jodhpur au Rajasthan, en Inde. Descendant et héritier de la tradition indienne, le maharadjah a toujours un rôle social s'il ne détient plus de pouvoir sur ses "anciens sujets". Très conscient de sa caste et de ses responsabilités dans l'Inde moderne, le maharadjah de Jodhpur fait visiter son palais superbe (dont une partie est reconvertie en hôtel), puis se fait accompagner de l'équipe lors de sa tournée auprès des villageois dépendant de son ancien domaine. - Il parle de son peuple, du travail artisanal, de l'histoire de l'Inde et du culte des ancêtres.

Production
producteur ou co-producteur:
France Régions 3

Générique
réalisateur:
Fischman, Brigitte
producteur:
Pernoud, Georges
opérateur de prise de vue:
Lightlin, Didier

Diving Incomparable Sipadan, Malaysia directed by Joe Stone



The Bumphead Parrotfish merged with the Bannerfish, which merged with the Jackfish. Add some Whitetip Reef Sharks, schooling Baracuda, Unicornfish, Triggerfish and the ever present turtles make for an amazing dive.

Architectures: The Casa Milà directed by Frédéric Compain



With the Casa Milà, residential building in Barcelona between 1906 and 1912, Antonio Gaudí sign one of his most peculiar, unfinished.

In 1906, manufacturers of ceramic to control a Gaudi apartment building they want to monumental. The architect designs the Casa Milà as a building dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary: the building looks like a huge pedestal is host a sculpture of the Virgin on the roof. Polychrome, very present in the achievements of Gaudí, here is more limited in the front and fades to benefit of a single material, a pierreblanc-cream that gives his nickname, Pedrera (the quarry) to the building. Is in the details that the architect leaves free rein to his taste for decoration: wrought iron balconies that evoke the vegetation, polychrome balustrades, fireplaces worked with fragments marble and ceramic stairs wearing rounded.

Grands soirs & petits matins (Grandes tardes, pequeñas mañanas) réalisé par William Klein (fr. st esp.)



Le mois de mai 1968, observé par le photographe américain William Klein, alors établi à Paris. Des premiers meetings à la Sorbonne à l’occupation du théâtre de l’Odéon, en passant par les discours radiophoniques ou télévisés du président de Gaulle, la caméra de William Klein se porte dans la rue, tout près des manifestants, enregistrant les débats sur le vif et au jour le jour…
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Documental sobre los eventos de mayo del 68. La cinta se estrenó ese mismo año en salas no comerciales y universidades en Francia, justo después de Mayo del 68 y es el editado en DVD en Francia. Diez años después de que, a instancias de los Estados Generales del Cine, William Klein hubiera rodado con la cámara al hombro los sucesos más relevantes que tuvieron lugar durante Mayo del 68 en el Barrio Latino de París, el fotógrafo y cineasta Klein monta con el metraje original un documental que capta con extraordinaria intensidad la atmósfera de las manifestaciones, reuniones y debates públicos. Una larga procesión de imágenes, momentos de la revolución. Las calles de París en este mayo pertenecen a los estudiantes, trabajadores, escritores, etc.

ARTE: Le tour de l'Amérique - De New York aux chutes du Niagara réalisé par Petra Haffter



La Grosse Pomme continue d'attirer les immigrants du monde entier, un rêve américain que le Biélorusse Vitali, la Polonaise Janine ou le Pakistanais Amar vivent chacun à sa manière. Après le New Jersey et ses stations balnéaires proprettes, le Connecticut et la prestigieuse université de Yale, rencontre avec un producteur de canneberges à Cape Cod et des pêcheurs de homards à Portland. Une étape qui s'achève aux chutes du Niagara avec leurs 2 millions de litres d'eau déversés chaque seconde d'une hauteur de 50 mètres.

BBC: Design for Life - Episode 6 directed by Joe Houlihan



In an effort to find a new generation of British design talent, Philippe Starck, one of the world's best-known product designers, invites 12 hopefuls to a school of design he has set up in Paris. Over coming weeks, he will whittle them down until one fortunate student wins the opportunity of a lifetime - to work alongside the master for six months at his agency in the French capital.
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Design students compete for a six-month placement at Philippe Starck's design agency. It is the grand final. Only Ilsa and Mike remain from the original 12 students - and soon one of them will win the coveted opportunity of a work placement alongside Starck at his Paris design agency.

Mike and Ilsa have two weeks to finalise their products and come up with a poster advertising campaign for them. After her debacle with the branding challenge in the previous week, Ilsa struggles at the ad agency and is soon hamstrung by her old problem of over-complicating everything. Mike, meanwhile, is still smarting from Starck's criticisms of his work - that it lacked soul and spirit. As the clock ticks towards D-day, the pair work more and more frenetically, reducing Ilsa to tears and Mike to exhaustion. But when it is finally time to present their finished prototypes to Starck, the biggest surprises are yet to come.

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World directed by Stanley Kramer (eng. st rom.)


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(WIKI) It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is an American comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 in stolen cash by a diverse and colorful group of strangers. The ensemble comedy premiered on November 7, 1963.

"Smiler" Grogan (Jimmy Durante), suspect in an old robbery and on the run from the police, careens his car off a twisting, mountainous road in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California and crashes. Five motorists stop to assist: Melville Crump (Sid Caesar), a dentist; Lennie Pike (Jonathan Winters), a furniture mover; Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney) and Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett), two friends on their way to Las Vegas; and J. Russell Finch (Milton Berle), an entrepreneur. Just before he kicks the bucket (quite literally), Grogan tells the samaritans about $350,000 (equivalent to about $2,510,687 today) buried in Santa Rosita State Park, near the Mexican border, under a mysterious "big W". Initially, the motorists try to reason with each other to share the money, but it soon becomes an all-out race to get the cash first.

Meanwhile, Captain C. G. Culpepper (Spencer Tracy) of the Santa Rosita Police Department has been patiently working on the Grogan case for years, hoping to someday solve it and retire with honor. Learning of the fatal crash, he suspects that "Smiler" might have given one of the witnesses a clue to the stolen loot's location, so he has various police units track their movements. His suspicions are confirmed by their behavior. Throughout the film, Culpepper has a nagging wife, a petulant daughter, and apparently only a modest police pension in his future.

Everyone experiences multiple setbacks en route to the money. Crump and his wife Monica (Edie Adams) charter a shabby World War I-era biplane and harrowingly make it to Santa Rosita but get stuck in the basement of a hardware store there. They manage to wreck the place in various failed escape attempts before blasting a hole in the wall with dynamite.

Dingy and Benjy convince pilot Tyler Fitzgerald (Jim Backus) to shuttle them to Santa Rosita in his modern twin-engine aircraft. Fitzgerald carelessly lets them operate the controls while he makes drinks in the back of the plane. He is soon knocked unconscious, and the pair have various hijinks while attempting to land the aircraft.

On the ground, two cab drivers, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, who whisks Dingy and Benjy away from the airport, and Peter Falk, in a separate cab driving Dr. and Mrs. Crump from the hardware store, also get in on the hunt.

Pike's furniture truck crashes into the vehicle containing Finch, his wife Emmeline (Dorothy Provine), and his overbearing dictatorial mother-in-law, Mrs. Marcus (Ethel Merman). The three persuade Pike to ride off for help on a girl's bicycle, then flag down a British army officer, Lt. Col. J. Algernon Hawthorne (Terry-Thomas), to get them to Santa Rosita, and ignore Pike on the roadside nearby. After many arguments, most caused by Mrs. Marcus, she and Emmeline refuse to go any farther, and Finch and Hawthorne leave them behind.

Pike tries to get motorist Otto Meyer (Phil Silvers) to take him to Santa Rosita, but foolishly tells him the entire situation, and the weaselly Meyer decides to race for the money himself. Pike, outraged, destroys a service station at which Meyer has been forced to stop due to a tire blowout. After the rampage, Pike steals the station's tow truck and later picks up Mrs. Marcus and Emmeline. Mrs. Marcus calls her beatnik son Sylvester (Dick Shawn) who lives near Santa Rosita, but the almost Oedipally obsessed Sylvester races hysterically to the defense of his mother instead of going for the money. Meyer experiences his own setbacks, including losing his car in a river. All the while, the police secretly track their activities while Culpepper bides his time.

Eventually, all the characters meet up at the state park and search for the "Big W." Captain Culpepper orders all policemen to leave the area and goes in solo to retrieve the money. The majority of the characters begin wandering around the grounds looking for the cryptic W. Emmeline, alone and wiping her face at a water fountain, ironically the only one who wanted no part in any of the matter, is the first to recognize the Big W, composed of four large palm trees standing at odd angles. Culpepper comes out of the bushes and greets her gently. She offers to split the money with Culpepper but unwittingly reveals the location to him. Soon Pike, then others, notice the palm trees as well and frantically begin digging beneath, while Culpepper quietly mixes in with the non-diggers and watches. After the suitcase is dug up and opened, the group unsuccessfully attempt to strike deals with each other on the money's distribution. Captain Culpepper then identifies himself, takes the suitcase, and orders the now-stunned ensemble to turn themselves in—noting that a jury might be more lenient if they do. The defeated claimants climb into the two taxis and drive out of the park, initially intending to turn themselves in to authorities.

But when the two taxicab groups spy Culpepper heading away from Santa Rosita with the money, they immediately reverse direction and follow him. Meanwhile, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to reach Culpepper by radio, the police department realizes what he's doing, revokes his pension, and orders his arrest. Sadly for Culpepper, his plan to hop on a boat bound for Mexico with the money is stymied as the taxicabs catch up with him. After a long, frantic chase sequence, all eleven men in the group end up stranded on the fire escape of an abandoned building slated for demolition. While trying to keep from falling off, the men lose control of the suitcase containing the money, and all $350,000 flutters down to the astonished crowd watching the events. The men then simultaneously attempt to climb down a Santa Rosita Fire Department aerial ladder truck, but their combined weight makes the firemen lose control of the ladder, and it gyrates wildly—flinging them off in various amusing ways.

The dejected men, now in the hospital in casts and with varying degrees of immobility and pain, criticize Culpepper for seizing the money, but the former Captain bitterly replies that their sentences will be lighter because he will take most of the blame. He adds that perhaps in ten or twenty years, there'll be something he can laugh at, but the rest remain unsympathetic. The three women then enter, with Mrs. Marcus (in the middle) scolding all of the hospitalized men. Mrs. Marcus promptly slips on a banana peel and is carried off on a gurney by interns. Everyone, even Culpepper, begins to laugh hysterically.