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Sélection d'ouvrages choisis ce mois-ci en coup de cœur par les collaborateurs de la Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg (BnL).
  • The last mogul [Film] - written and dir. by Barry Avrich

    « The Last Mogul is an impressively uncompromising portrait of the iconic powerhouse agent-turned-longtime head of MCA/Universal. Though a familiar presence in Hollywood for half a century - those famously oversized eyeglasses, gaunt frame, toothy grin, and a head shaped like an inverted triangle - he remains practically unknown outside the entertainment industry and political circles. But to say Lew Wasserman was the most significant force in postwar Hollywood would not be an overstatement. Probably more than any single individual, Wasserman dramatically changed the way movies were packaged and produced, had a profound impact on American television and, to a lesser extent, the recording industry, and nurtured careers as diverse and far-reaching as Ronald Reagan and Steven Spielberg.
    Having worked in speakeasies as a teenager and a band booker into clubs owned by Al Capone and others, Wasserman held lifelong connections to organized crime, and the film fascinatingly recounts the mogul's continually successful efforts to ward off federal investigations by carefully nurturing a direct line to the White House. Indeed, without Wasserman Ronald Reagan the politician might never have existed, television might have been the exclusive domain of the networks and sponsors, and the cushily self-regulating MPAA might never have seen the light of day. »

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  • Magician [Film] : the astonishing life and work of Orson Welles - dir. by Chuck Workman

    « A wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and finally very touching portrait of Orson Welles. A child prodigy who went on to make extraordinary, often game-changing contributions to whatever medium he chose to be involved in – radio, theatre, film and television – Welles quickly came to be regarded as a ‘genius’: a double-edged acclamation, with its hints of profligacy and arrogance. The truth was more complex, as shown by Workman’s use of clips from works both familiar and unreleased; testimonies from family, friends and fans, collaborators and critics. »

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  • Milius [Film] : the true story of the greatest filmmaker you never knew - dir. by Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson

    « This is the life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius. From his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his legendary work on films such as 'Apocalypse Now', 'Jaws', 'Conan The Barbarian', 'Dirty Harry' and 'Red Dawn', to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behaviour. The film includes in depth interviews with Milius himself, plus Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Francis Ford Coppola, Harrison Ford, Oliver Stone and many more. »

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  • Sweet bird of youth [Film] - dir. and written for the screen by Richard Brooks ; based on the play by Tennessee Williams

    « Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. While trying to get her help to make a screen test, he also finds the time to meet his former girlfriend Heavenly, the daughter of the local politician Tom 'Boss' Finley, who more or less forced him to leave the town many years ago. »

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  • Toni Erdmann - Drehbuch und Regie Maren Ade

    « Der Film erzählt die Geschichte von Winfried (Peter Simonischek), einem Musiklehrer mit einem ausgeprägtem Hang zum Scherzen, und seiner Tochter Ines (Sandra Hüller), einer Karrierefrau, die um die Welt reist, um Firmen zu optimieren. Da Winfried zu Hause nicht viel von seiner Tochter sieht, beschließt er, sie spontan bei ihrem großem Outsourcing-Projekt in Rumänien zu besuchen. Statt sich anzukündigen, überrascht er sie mit Scherzgebiss und Sonnenbrille in der Lobby ihrer Firma. Ines bemüht sich, gute Miene zum bösen Spiel zu machen und schleppt ihren Vater in seinen alten Jeans mit zu Businessempfängen und Massageterminen. Der Besuch führt jedoch nicht zu einer Annäherung. Winfried nervt seine Tochter mit lauen Witzen und unterschwelliger Kritik an ihrem leistungsorientierten Leben zwischen Meetings, Hotelbars und unzähligen E-Mails. Es kommt zum Eklat zwischen den beiden. Doch statt, wie angekündigt, Bukarest zu verlassen, überrascht Winfried Ines mit einer radikalen Verwandlung in Toni Erdmann, sein schillerndes Alter Ego. Mit schiefem Gebiss, schlechtem Anzug und Perücke ist Toni wilder und mutiger als Winfried und nimmt kein Blatt vor den Mund. Toni mischt sich in Ines‘ Berufsleben mit der Behauptung ein, der Coach ihres Chefs zu sein, und startet einen Amoklauf aus Scherzen. Überraschend lässt Ines sich auf sein Spiel ein, und Vater und Tochter machen eine verblüffende Entdeckung: Je härter sie aneinander geraten, desto näher kommen sie sich. »

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  • The war on democracy [Film] - dir. by John Pilger

    « Journalist John Pilger examines the role of the United States' government in Latin American government, arguing that the United States has covertly worked to stifle "true" Latin American democracies whose policies have run counter to the United States' best political and economic interests. »

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  • Ziemia obiecana [Film] = The promised land - reżyseria Andrzej Wajda ; na podstawie powieści Władysława Stanisława Reymonta "Ziemia obiecana"

    « Adapted from Nobel Laureate Wladyslaw Reymont s classic 1897 novel, The Promised Land is the story of three friends united in their ruthless pursuit of fortune. With stunning camerawork and sumptuous design, Wadja depicts the explosive energy of a world being transformed by rampant industrialisation.
    Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Wajda’s lavish epic is a wry, incisive, shocking and elegantly realized Dickensian tale of greed, human cruelty, exploitation and betrayal. »

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