Highlights of New DVDs, 29 September – 5 October 2008

Each week CSU Library adds hundreds of new resources to our catalogue, including books, DVDs, CDs, and electronic resources. The following selection highlights some of the new DVDs added to the collection last week – click on ‘Check Availability’ to find the DVD in the Library Catalogue. Click here to view the complete list of new titles.

  • Lust, caution – Set against the backdrop of a transforming country, a young woman finds herself swept up in a radical plot to assassinate a ruthless and secretive intelligence agent. As she immerses herself in her role as a cosmopolitan seductress, she becomes entangled in a dangerous game that will ultimately determine her fate. Check Availability
  • Casanova – In the Castle Dux in 1793, kitchen maid Edith (Rose Byrne) is shocked to discover that the castle’s old librarian is Giacomo Casanova (Peter O’Toole), the world’s greatest lover. She begs him to tell her his story. It is a story that takes us from the decadent streets of 18th century Venice to the salons of pre-Revolution Paris, and on to the London courts of George 11, until a trip to Naples finally breaks Casanova’s heart. Check Availability
  • East of everything : Series 1 – Having spent most of his professional life wandering the globe in search of paradise, travel writer and prodigal son, Art Watkins (Richard Roxburgh), rushes home from Bhutan to be by his dying mother’s bedside. He is too late. Hoping to pay his last respects and escape the run down tropical resort, the Far Out East – the scene of his misspent youth – a twist in the tale traps him at the resort his parents set up, and where his mother died. Check Availability
  • Wild China – For the first time in a century, China is opening up to the world. This new six-part series gains unprecedented access into a most enigmatic of countries, to reveal a land of astonishing complexity. High definition cameras capture unique images of mysterious creatures and diverse human communities that live in China’s varied landscapes. Check Availability
  • Gone baby gone – Amanda McCready is a 4-year-old who has disappeared from her Boston home. The police make little headway in solving the case, so the girl’s aunt hires Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, private detectives. They freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons: they’re not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live. Check Availability
  • Smart’s labyrinth – A one hour portrait of one of Australia’s most important post-war painters. During the film Smart is working on three projects; the Ollie portrait, an interior of a car park and an exterior of a car park. We see the painstaking process he undergoes to paint his hyper realist work. We learn that although his paintings suggest late 20th century decay he, on the contrary sees the bleak industrial landscape as a thing of beauty. Check Availability
  • Once upon a time in Iran – ” … a road movie featuring pilgrims and presidents: a journey to the spiritual heartlands of the Iranian people and a tale of martyrdom that has helped define their view of aggressors and the outside world … this documentary follows pilgrims on a breathtaking spiritual journey through Iran and Iraq.” Check Availability
  • Stuff – Stuff examines the abiding passion all of us have for stuff – the stuff we buy, the stuff we treasure, the stuff we desire and the stuff that’s most important to us. Wendy Harmer presents this four part series that takes us from a baby shower to a retirement home; from a school yard to a prison. She asks everyone she meets: Why do you love your stuff so much? What does it mean to you? What’s the best stuff of all? Check Availability
  • Gilbert White : the nature man with Michael Wood – Often referred to as the founding father of the ecology movement, Gilbert White profoundly changed how we look at the natural world. His book The Natural History of Selborne (1787) is a deceptively simple account of wildlife through the seasons, which was, until the advent of Harry Potter, the fourth most published book in English. With White’s biographer Richard Mabey, Michael Wood travels from the bucolic landscapes of Hampshire to the grand intellectual societies of London and shows how White created his ecological revolution. Along the way, fans like David Attenborough and Alan Titchmarsh pay homage to the great man. Check Availability

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