Highlights of New DVDs, 6-12 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.

  • The healthy teacher – This program is designed specifically for beginning teachers and those returning to the teaching profession. It explores a range of factors, including balancing work and life, healthy eating, physical activity, wellness and mental health. The program follows two secondary school teachers on a typical working day and shows several practical techniques they use to achieve a balance between their personal and professional life. Check Availability
  • The private life of a masterpiece – This award-winning series reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world. The works of art featured here are both instantly familiar and profoundly mysterious. Revolutionary in their conception, and iconic years after execution, they each have their own compelling stories. For behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures are tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence. Check Availability
  • Every picture tells a story. Boy bitten by a lizard by Caravaggio Waldemar Januszczak – Reveals the background to Caravaggio’s Boy Bitten by a Lizard, which depicts a youth recoiling in pain as a lizard lurking among flowers bites his middle finger. Caravaggio was a penniless artist when he created this early work not long after his arrival in Rome in 1592 and Januszczak sets out to explain the meaning behind the symbolism contained within the painting. Check Availability
  • Every picture tells a story. The birth of Venus by Botticelli – Another patron family was the Medicis. “Venus and Mars” was found in the Villa de Castello, the country estate of Lorenzo di Pier Francesco di Medici, and was possibly commissioned by Lorenzo di Medici on the occasion of Pier Francesco’s marriage. Venus is a picture of modesty and vulnerability, which is what was expected of a woman of that time. The presenter thinks that the real story behind “The Birth of Venus” is to be found in Hesiod’s Theogeny where Venus is said to be the nautical fruit of Uranus’s frothing testicles. In Botticelli’s painting Venus isn’t born out of the sea. She arrives on land which is full of sprouting flowers and trees. Therefore it is likely that this was a painting commissioned in honour of the arrival of another fertile bride in the Medici family. Check Availability
  • Finding Nemo – When Nemo, a young clownfish, is unexpectedly carried far from home, his father Marlin, and Dory, a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish embark on an epic journey. Check Availability
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel – 50th Anniversary Edition – Tells the story of Billy Bigelow, who works in a carnival and how he woos and marries a shy mill girl. When he learns she is expecting their baby, in order to provide for them he agrees to carry out a robbery and is killed. Fourteen years later he is allowed by the Starkeeper to return to earth for one day in order to help his unhappy daughter. Check Availability
  • Into the wild – Inspired by the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), a young man who abandons his life of comfort to pursue the freedom of life on the road, a quest that leads him to the Alaskan wilderness and the ultimate challenge of his life. Check Availability
  • 30 Rock. Season 1 – Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a live variety programme in New York City. Liz’s live is turned upside down when brash new network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin in his Golden Globe winning role) interferes with her show, bringing the wildly unpredictable Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) into the cast. Now it’s up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life. Check Availability
  • BlackJack. Trilogy 1 – For Detective Jack Kempson, justice means more than punishing those who commit crimes. It means never giving up in the search for the truth. After blowing the whistle on his mates, Jack is sent to the archives to rot. For anyone else this would be a death sentence, but Jack sees it as an opportunity; a chance to track down the perpetrators of long unsolved crimes. Check Availability
  • State fair – The adventures of the Frake family at the Iowa State Fair unfold amidst this rousing celebration of love and laughter in America’s heartland. Check Availability
  • The other Boleyn girl – A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history. A story of two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn who driven by their family’s blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. Check Availability

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