DVDs 

June 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Monday, May 28, 2018
In collaboration with the screenwriter Hans Kyser, F. W. Murnau fused Faust’s script from German folk legend and the works of Goethe, Gounod, and Marlowe to tell the classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil. Starring Emil Jannings as Mephisto, this was Murnau’s last German film feature, and it features astonishing photography, magnificent art direction, and special effects which still have the power to amaze. Freed from the constraints of psychological narrative, his mastery of cinematic technique places Faust at the pinnacle of the silent era, its barrage of visceral and apocryphal imagery contrasting with the simplicity and directness of its spiritual theme. This DVD features a extra audio commentary with film critic John Noonan.

Colin Farrell & Nicole Kidman star in this horror drama written & directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a successful cardiac surgeon who lives a happy life with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Kidman) and their two children. However, his perfect life starts coming apart at the seams after he befriends 16 year-old Martin. Steven spends much of his time hanging out alone with the teenager and also invites him round to his upper-class home to socialise with his kids. However, when Steven visits Martin and his mother (Alicia Silverstone) for dinner, the teenager’s motives for their unusual friendship become clear and it transpires he’s willing to go to great lengths to get what he wants, to the detriment of Steven and his family. Special features: Interviews with Lanthimos, Farrell & Kidman.

From Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Hell or High Water and Sicario, comes a gripping crime thriller set in the unforgiving snow plains of Wyoming. Elizabeth Olsen stars as a rookie FBI agent tasked with solving the brutal murder of a young woman in a Native American reserve. Enlisting the help of a local hunter (played by Jeremy Renner, Hurt Locker) to help her navigate the freezing wilderness, the two set about trying to find a vicious killer hidden in plain sight.

Ralph Fiennes, Sylvie Testud and Aleksandr Baluev star in this Russian adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s play. Married to a wealthy landowner, Natalya (Anna Vartanyan) laments losing her allure over the opposite sex as middle age approaches, and she finds herself increasingly jealous of her adopted daughter Vera’s (Anna Levanova) youthful beauty. When she employs 21 year-old student Aleksei Belyaev (Nikita Volkov) to tutor her son Natalya instantly falls in love with him, but so too does Vera. While Natalya still welcomes the attention of family friend Mikhail (Fiennes), a bitter rivalry ensues between the two women as they compete for Aleksei’s affection.

 
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