February 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Friday, February 09, 2018
 Love, Cecil: The Life of Legendary Photographer Cecil Beaton ($34.95, Region 2)
Oscar winning set & costume designer, photographer, wrier & painter Cecil Beaton was not only a dazzling chronicler of his time, but a supreme arbiter of its tastes. From the Bright Young Things, to the front lines of WW2, and from the international ‘belle monde’ & the pates of Vogue to a role as the Queen’s official photographer, Beaton embodied the cultural & political schisms of the 20th century. Lisa Vreeland’s documentary is both warm and critical, blending archival footage & photographs with voice over from Beaton’s famed diaries. It really gives you the urge to track down and read the diaries!

A Journey Through French Cinema: A Film by Bertrand Tavernier ($39.95, Region 2)

Bertrand Tavernier writes and directs this documentary which looks at some of the most influential figures from French cinema during a period of 40 years up to the late 1970s. A life-long film fan himself, Tavernier profiles a number of renowned directors, actors and writers as he discusses the influence they have had on his own career and also the role each has played in French cinema history. Featuring archive clips and rare behind-the-scenes footage, the film focuses on key figures such as Jacques Becker, Claude Chabrol Claude Sautet, François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard.

The Student: Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov ($24.95, region 2)
Those who follow the light have only ever invented darkness. Robert Desnos Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a mystical crisis, has his mother, schoolmates and entire high school turned upside down by his questions. Can girls go to their swimming classes in bikinis? Does sex education have a place in school?  Should the theory of evolution be taught as part of the Natural Sciences? The adults are soon overwhelmed by the certitudes of the youngster who swears only by Scripture. No one but Elena, his biology teacher, will alone challenge him on his own ground. 

The Crown: Season 1 ($44.95)

The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await.

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