Sunday, 30 September 2012

Destinations: Malte réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Planté dans la mer Méditerranée comme un rocher, Malte s'illustre surtout par son passé historique. Seules les îles de l'archipel maltais réunissent sur un si petit territoire tant de monuments allant de l'âge de pierre au passé le plus récent.

Deux raisons pour cela, Malte se situe au coeur de la Méditerranée à moins de cent kilomètres de la Sicile et rapproche l'Europe du continent africain. Malte offre aussi des ports naturels bien abrités et parmi les plus vaste de la planète.

C'est donc un lieu de passage idéal et un point stratégique en Méditerranée. Phéniciens, Carthaginois, Romains, Byzantins, Arabes, Castillans, Ordre de Saint Jean, Français, Anglais...

Les escapades de Petitrenaud: Chalet de l’oasis réalisé par Pascal Gonzalez



Jean-Luc Petitrenaud dans le parc de Saint-Cloud, au Chalet de l’oasis, une jolie guinguette dotée d’une terrasse avec une vue exceptionnelle sur Paris, de jolies nappes à carreaux et une cuisine de bistrot simple et goûteuse. Le chef, David Signes, est aujourd’hui entouré de quatre de ses homologues, Christian Constant, Michel Roth, Alexandre Gauthier et Philippe Labbe, car Jean-Luc Petitrenaud nous propose une escapade gourmande qui va nous mener aux quatre coins de la France.

Nous débutons à la table de David Signes, originaire d’Espagne. Il nous met en appétit en préparant une ratatouille et une paëlla: lotte, poulet, gambas, écrevisses, poivrons rouge... il ne vous manque que les odeurs.

Notre balade gastronomique se poursuit avec Michel Roth, célèbre directeur des cuisines du Ritz et fervent défenseur de sa Lorraine natale. Il nous propose une assiette au goût et aux couleurs de vacances : un tartare de melon avec de la viande des grisons rehaussé d’un coulis du même fruit au basilic avec des tranches de melon dorées à la poêle dans du miel et un filet de vinaigre balsamique… superbe ! Michel Roth nous prépare également un plat d’artichauts poivrade servi avec une mitonnée de légumes verts (petit pois, fèves, haricots, asperges) qui se marie parfaitement avec quelques girolles au vinaigre et citron confit. Un tour de moulin, un peu d’huile de noix et de piment d’Espelette, et nous disons :"Bravo l’artiste!".

Côté Sud-Ouest, nous retrouvons Christian Constant qui nous régale d’une salade de haricots blancs bien assaisonnée avec confit, lard, saucisse et quelques mousserons. Ce chaud-froid, inspiré du cassoulet de sa région, est des plus appétissants. Son second plat, des calamars sautés à la plancha avec ail, petits légumes et piment d’Espelette, met aussi à l’honneur sa cuisine locale.

Le Nord est représenté par le cuisinier de La Grenouillère, Alexandre Gauthier, qui nous concocte des coques et petites pommes de terre au genièvre et un "blésotto" aux herbes, une recette inspirée du très connu risotto.

Notre tour de France gourmand se termine avec Philippe Labbe, du restaurant du Shangri-La hotel, qui met du soleil dans l’assiette, avec une soupe de tomates vertes au basilic, thym et amandes fraîches. Son second plat est composé de filets de rouget servis avec du riz noir frit et une sauce à l’huile d’olive niçoise. Merci monsieur Labbe.

Tandem réalisé par Patrice Leconte



(WIKI) Tandem est un film de Patrice Leconte sorti en 1987.

Michel Mortez, animateur radio, sillonne la France avec Rivetot, ingénieur du son, pour animer depuis plus de 25 ans le jeu quotidien La Langue au chat. Rivetot apprend, alors qu'il téléphone à ses collègues, que l'émission va être supprimée. Par amitié et affection pour Mortez il décide de le lui cacher, détournant les lettres et coup de téléphone, jusqu'à simuler une émission qui n'est en réalité pas diffusée.

Mortez, qui connait la fin de son émission, lui demande de cesser la supercherie. Ensemble ils retournent à Paris et obtiennent une adaptation de la grille horaire, l'émission passant désormais tous les deux jours. Cependant, Mortez, fatigué de son rôle de vieil animateur, craque et s'enfuit lors d'un direct. Les mois passent et au détours d'un centre commercial Rivetot découvre son ami faisant des animations de supermarché. Lui-même a été renvoyé de la station et Mortez lui propose de l'accompagner désormais dans ses périples. Ensemble, ils repartent sur les routes.

Portrait Werner Herzog directed by Werner Herzog (deut. st eng.)



(WIKI) Portrait Werner Herzog (German: Werner Herzog Filmemacher) is an autobiographical short film by Werner Herzog made in 1986. Herzog tells stories about his life and career.

The film contains excerpts and commentary on several Herzog films, including Signs of Life, Heart of Glass, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner, Fitzcarraldo, and the Les Blank documentary Burden of Dreams. Notable is footage of a conversation between Herzog and his mentor Lotte Eisner, and a discussion between Herzog and mountaineer Reinhold Messner, in which a future film project in the Himalayas involving Klaus Kinski is discussed.

Life of flowers directed by Vladimir Vorobyov



This is a simple video with the music.
Video footages: Artbeats Timelapse Flowers

Music: West One Music.
album: 067 Simple Strings.
Track: Happy-go-lucky

Edit: Vladimir Vorobyov

Scènes d'écran: Island of No Memories réalisé par Philippe Gasnier



Documentaire descriptif de l’œuvre. Isidora est une île qui ressemble dans son apparence à notre monde. Ici, seul le quotidien est différent car la mémoire n’est pas une faculté qui existe chez ses habitants. Tout le monde ignore comment il s’appelle, quelle est sa maison, sa famille, tout le monde possède la même chose, les mêmes repères; l’insouciance y est le principal trait de caractère. En imaginant cette île, Kaori propose un regard sur la notion de liberté, ou comment l’histoire et les souvenirs peuvent empêcher les hommes de lâcher prise.

Island of no Memories directed by Aurélien Guillois



Recorded from Saitama Art Theater (Japan) September 2010. Alongside this world there’s another. There was the place where you could across. This other world is called Isidora, and it’s as big as ours, and in many ways it’s exactly the same. The same grass grows in the same dirt. The same birds fry in the same sky. Even the people look the same. But the major difference is that in Isidora no one can remember anything. Nobody has a name, or a house, or a family. Or you could say that everyone has the same name and the same house and the same family, a single word and a single place and a single name called Isidora.At first it might sound scary, but if you don’t remember anything, then you don't have anything to be scared about. And, anyway, in Isidora you always have whatever it is you need. It is the island of no memories.

Choreography and staging: Kaori Ito
On stage: Kaori Ito (Paris)- Thomas Bentin (Copenhagen) - Mirka Prokesova (Prague)
Drama: Satoshi Kudo (Japan)
Light: Christophe Grelié (Paris)
Lighting technician: Thomas Veyssiere (Paris)
Selection of music / sound editing: Kaori Ito / Guillaume Perret (Paris)

Smack the Pony - Season 2 Episode 3 directed by Dominic Brigstocke



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 10 directed by Toufic Charabati



Italian Food Safari discovers an Italian breed of cattle called Chianina now being reared in Australia by Daniela Mollica, who brought the Slow Food movement to Melbourne. Chianina are large, white and long legged and their meat is prized for the classic dish Bistecca alla Fiorentina, which calls for high quality aged meat cut thick. In a beautiful house in the Adelaide Hills, Adelaide chef Salvatore Pepe, a partner in the Cibo café chain, cooks perfect bistecca served with white beans.

Presenter Guy Grossi shares his recipe for fresh pasta and Andrew Cibej from Sydney restaurant Vini makes a wonderful spinach, ricotta and potato-filled ravioli.

Maeve is surrounded by almond blossom in South Australia, visiting Munno Parra Downs and grower Phillip Costa. Guy then joins Melbourne sweets queen Marianna Di Bartolo from Dolcetti as she folds fresh almonds into her luscious soft nougat .

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Secrets d'histoire: Molière a-t-il écrit ses pièces ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



Molière a marqué l’histoire de la littérature française au point d’être l’un de ses plus illustres ambassadeurs. Certains de ses vers sont passés dans le langage commun.

36 pièces et 51 années de vie ont suffi à Jean-Baptiste Poquelin dit Molière pour devenir un mythe, une légende. Et pourtant. Ou plutôt justement. La légende n’est-elle pas trop belle ? La paternité de son œuvre est contestée.

Destinations: Maroc réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Situé à l'extrémité Nord-Ouest du continent africain, le Maroc se présente comme un pays à la fois montagneux, désertique et possédant une longue façade sur la Méditerranée et l'Océan. Trois caractéristiques qui font du "pays du couchant" une quintessence du Maghreb. Le Maroc est un pays de montagnes. Ce sont de véritables réserves d'eau d'où naissent les oueds qui creusent de larges vallées jusqu'à l'Océan. Le pays est composé de plusieurs massifs. Au nord le Rif qui longe la côte méditerranéenne. Au centre et au Sud-Ouest, l'Atlas formé de trois plissements parallèles. Du Nord au Sud on trouve successivement le Moyen Atlas, puis le Haut Atlas, le plus imposant et enfin l'Anti Atlas...

Áo lụa Hà Đông (The White Silk Dress) directed by Luu Huynh (viet. st eng.)



(WIKI) Áo lụa Hà Đông là một phim tâm lý tình cảm dài 135 phút của đạo diễn Lưu Huỳnh công chiếu năm 2006, với diễn xuất của diễn viên, người mẫu Trương Ngọc Ánh. Bộ phim đã giành giải Cánh diều vàng 2006 hạng mục phim truyện nhựa xuất sắc nhất.

Lưu ý: Phần sau đây có thể cho bạn biết trước nội dung của tác phẩm.

Lợi dụng tình trạng hỗn loạn khi những người nông dân nổi dậy lật đổ chính quyền, Dần (Trương Ngọc Ánh) và Gù (Quốc Khánh) tất tả dắt nhau tìm đường vào Nam, mong tìm được nơi để họ có thể sống yên ổn bên nhau, thoát khỏi kiếp tôi tớ cực khổ đọa đày. Tài sản quý giá nhất hai người mang theo là chiếc áo dài bằng lụa Hà Đông mà Gù lấy làm quà cưới Dần. Đó chính là chiếc áo quấn quanh người chú bé Gù khi người ta tìm thấy chú nằm trơ trọi dưới gốc cây đa đầu làng.

Nhưng Hội An lại là điểm dừng chân không định trước của hai người bởi khi vào đến đây, Dần trở dạ sinh đứa con gái đầu lòng. Con bé được lấy tên mảnh đất cơ duyên này làm tên. Mùa mưa đầu tiên chào đón họ trong căn nhà dột nát, nước ngập ngang chân giường, Dần ngồi ru con trong tiếng mưa tưởng như bất tận. Bỗng Gù nhặt lên từ dưới nước chiếc áo dài quý giá của hai vợ chồng, và gói trong đó là một quả cau đã mọc mầm. Quả cau Dần đã trao cho Gù khi hai người thắp hương lạy trời đất cho họ nên vợ nên chồng trong căn nhà hoang khi còn ở quê hương, và nói với anh rằng hãy gieo trồng quả cau này, đến khi nào nó trổ ra buồng cau đầu tiên, cũng là lúc cô chính thức là vợ anh. Hết mưa, nước rút, Gù mang quả cau ra mảnh sân trước nhà vun đất ươm mầm cây, ươm cả hy vọng và tình yêu anh dành cho vợ.

Vài mùa mưa sau, trong nhà đã có tới năm nhân khẩu. Nước vẫn ngập mênh mang từ ngoài đồng ngoài bãi vào đến trong nhà. Ngồi co ro trên giường, Dần giục chồng đặt tên cho đứa con gái thứ ba. Nhìn vào khoảng trời mịt mù trước mắt, Gù nghĩ đến cái tên Lụt. Con cái nhà nghèo, đặt tên xấu cho dễ nuôi. Rồi sau đó, đứa con gái thứ tư chào đời.

Chồng cào hến trên sông, vợ đem ra chợ bán nuôi sống cả gia đình. Tài sản có giá trong nhà giờ thêm chiếc thuyền nhỏ làm phương tiện đánh bắt thêm chút cá hay lượm củi mục trôi sông. Hai đứa con gái lớn, Hội An và Ngô được hai vợ chồng Gù chắt chiu cho đến trường nhưng có nguy cơ phải nghỉ học vì bố mẹ không đủ tiền may áo dài cho con. Nhắm mắt đưa chân, nghĩ đến các con, Dần chấp nhận làm vú nuôi lấy tiền. Nhưng bi kịch ở chỗ, sữa của cô không phải để nuôi một đứa trẻ, mà để ông già Thòng người Tàu bú.

Mỗi sáng, Dần lại đến làm công việc vú nuôi quái dị của mình, cởi áo, đưa bầu vú qua một ô nhỏ trên bức tường gỗ, phía bên kia, cụ già thất thập cổ lai hy, mồm móm mém chỉ còn vài chiếc răng, đưa miệng bú dòng sữa vốn dành cho con trẻ. Tủi nhục, đau xót, Dần vẫn phải nuốt nước mắt ngày ngày bán đi dòng sữa quý giá cho đến khi bị Gù phát hiện. Giận dữ lồng lộn, anh chửi mắng vợ không tiếc lời. Cực chẳng đã, Dần đành mang chiếc áo dài đính hôn của hai vợ chồng nhờ người cắt lại cho vừa người con gái, rồi miệt mài khâu nên thành chiếc áo mơ ước của hai chị em Hội An và Ngô. Một chiếc áo, hai cô bé nhà nghèo đổi nhau mặc tới trường: buổi trưa tan trường, Hội An ba chân bốn cẳng chạy về đổi áo cho em, và Ngô lại ba chân bốn cẳng chạy tới trường cho kịp buổi học chiều.

Gia đình đông con nghèo khó nhưng yêu thương nhau ấy cứ lần hồi sống qua ngày, bữa cháo bữa khoai, nhưng tràn ngập tiếng trẻ thơ ấm áp. Sự hy sinh và tình thương của bố mẹ đã giúp cô bé Hội An viết được một bài luận đạt điểm cao nhất lớp, và chủ đề chính về chiếc áo dài gắn với nhiều kỷ niệm cay đắng, gian truân nhưng cũng vô cùng ngọt ngào của cả gia đình. Cô bé nghẹn ngào đứng đọc bài văn của mình trước cả lớp, nhớ lại từng sự kiện thân yêu gắn liền với chiếc áo. Bất ngờ, một tiếng nổ khủng khiếp xé nát cả không gian, xóa nhòa vĩnh viễn tất cả những gương mặt thân quen vừa hiện diện. Nghe tin dữ, Dần chạy như điên đến trường, lật tung những tấm chiếu cuồng loạn tìm con. Và cô gào lên thảm thiết, khi nhận ra khuôn mặt đứa con thân yêu nằm đó, trong số những nạn nhân bé nhỏ tội nghiệp của chiến tranh ác nghiệt…
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The White Silk Dress (Áo lụa Hà Đông in Vietnamese) is an acclaimed (and controversial) 2007 Vietnamese war-drama epic directed by Luu Huynh with starring Truong Ngoc Anh and Nguyen Quoc Khanh. With a budget of over 2 million dollars,[citation needed] it is one of the most expensive Vietnamese films ever made.

The story begins in Ha Dong, northern Vietnam in 1954 (currently part of Hanoi), amidst the crumbling of French colonial rule in Vietnam. Dan and Gu are lovers as well as servants from different households who suffer at the hands of their cruel masters. When Gu's master is assassinated, Dan and Gu flee south, eventually ending up in the central Vietnamese seaside town of Hoi An. Once there, they raise a family, with Dan eventually giving birth to four girls. Though poverty stricken, the family loves and supports each other, though the horrors of the encroaching war threaten to tear them apart.

The story emphasizes the importance of a white silk áo dài that Gu had given to Dan as a wedding gift before they had fled south, with promises of a proper marriage someday in the future. Years later in Hoi An, Dan must sacrifice this one valued possession (amongst other shocking hardships and humiliations she must endure) to support her family and provide for her daughters the áo dài required to attend school.

The film is ultimately a tribute to the strength and heart of the Vietnamese woman, as symbolized through the áo dài.

Senkyou directed by Makoto Yabuki



Music Video for mergrim, soundtrack from "Invisible Landscape ..."

Music: Mergrim
Visual: Makoto Yabuki

Smack the Pony - Season 2 Episode 2 directed by Dominic Brigstocke



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 9 directed by Toufic Charabati



This episode of Italian Food Safari celebrates the tradition of preserving the best in season. Maeve meets the effervescent Italian Australian GP Pietro Demaio whose self-published book “Preserving the Italian Way” has been a bestseller and inspired thousands – after a taste of home cured tuna, Maeve is a convert.

On the outskirts of Adelaide, Pat D’Onofrio and Lina Verrilli grow and cure their own olives to sell in local markets and Maeve is introduced to the women’s olive cracking tradition. Guy spends a few cold winter days with the Momesso family making their own salami, as many Italian families do during winter. Melbourne chef Riccardo Momesso explains why its so important to keep the old traditions going – and how delicious the results are.

Maeve joins Sydney restaurateur Lucio Galletto at home as his picks basil from his garden to make a regional favourite from his home region of Liguria – a classic pesto.

In Adelaide, one of the “Cibo boys”, Claudio Ferraro who is a partner in the city’s Italian café chain Cibo, shows how intricate and delicious the pastry sfogliatelle are to make – they’re shaped like a lobster tail with fine layers of pastry and filled with creamy lemony ricotta.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Le peuple invisible réalisé par Richard Desjardins



Richard Desjardins et Robert Monderie ont visé juste avec L'erreur boréale (1999), un documentaire choc sur les pratiques douteuses des compagnies forestières. Ils secouent à nouveau notre indifférence en faisant la lumière sur une triste réalité autochtone, sur un Peuple invisible: la nation algonquine du Québec. Pour la toute première fois, son histoire trouve enfin le chemin des écrans.

Les Algonquins vivaient jadis en symbiose avec le vaste territoire qu'ils occupaient. Cet équilibre fut rompu avec l'arrivée des Européens au 16e siècle. Peu à peu, leur mode de vie ancestral a été réduit en miettes, sans compter le pillage de leurs ressources naturelles. Ils ne sont d'ailleurs plus que 9000 personnes réparties dans une dizaine de communautés, certaines plongées dans une grande misère alors que les droits humains de ce peuple autochtone sont souvent bafoués.

Ces Amérindiens souffrent en silence : sont-ils appelés à disparaître? Avant qu'il ne soit trop tard, Richard Desjardins et Robert Monderie tirent la sonnette d'alarme.

L'armée fantôme de Chine réalisé par R. Steven Tally



Les soldats de terre cuite de Xi'an, en Chine, révèlent encore de nouvelles informations aux archéologues et scientifiques actuels.

C'est le premier empereur chinois, Qin Shi Huangdi, qui a fait construire ces 8 000 statues enterrées sous son mausolée. Les sculptures des hommes comme des chevaux offrent un réalisme extraordinaire, reconnu notamment par un expert en reconnaissance faciale, un artiste et des archéologues.

Les conservateurs, de leur côté, s'échinent à restaurer et préserver les vestiges de ces oeuvres vieilles de 2 000 ans.

D'autres analysent des échantillons de matériaux, particulièrement le pigment violet chinois - utilisés pour peindre les statues - afin de les reproduire. Des scientifiques américains ont fait une découverte déroutante sur ces fragments...

Destinations: Nouvelle-Calédonie réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Découverte par Cook en septembre 1774, la Nouvelle-Calédonie date d'environ 30 millions d'années; elle se situe sur une fissure entre deux plaques tectoniques. Elle est constituées de roches sédimentaires appelées péridotites; celles-ci en partie recouvertes de latérites par l'érosion, ont donné naissance à divers minéraux dont le nickel. Historiquement, elle semble être peuplée depuis environ 2000 ans par les mélanésiens. Et elle fut colonisée il y a plus de 200 ans par la France. Les premières exploitations de la Nouvelle-Calédonie commencèrent vers 1800 avec les baleiniers, les santaliers et les scientifiques. C'était à l'époque une terre d'aventure dont on ramenait des matière...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Paul Bocuse réalisé par Stéphane Rybojad



Institution! Que Bocuse soit ou non le meilleur restaurant de France, là n'est pas (plus) la question. Monumentalement historique, Bocuse est le cuisinier le plus connu des français, et dans le monde. Forcément unique, une légende vivante, il ne s'arrête jamais. Soutenir ses collègues, promotionner la France à l'étranger, confectionner les cartes de ses nouvelles brasseries, Monsieur Paul est une légende.

Arabie Saoudite - Paradis marins réalisé par Mark Fletcher



La péninsule arabique, qui était autrefois un océan, s'est transformée au fil des millénaires en un vaste désert. Sur son flanc ouest, la mer Rouge forme un bras de mer entre l'Afrique et la péninsule, et communique au sud avec l'océan Indien. Sa vie sous-marine est exubérante: une myriade de variétés de poissons et de magnifiques coraux ont élu domicile dans ces eaux parmi les plus chaudes de la planète. Les couleurs contrastent largement avec l'aridité que semblent présenter les côtes désertiques de la péninsule du golfe. On y trouve des milliers d'espèces d'invertébrés et une multitude de requins...

The Machine That Made Us directed by Patrick McGrady



In this revealing documentary, Stephen Fry investigates the story of one of the most important machines ever invented, the Gutenberg Press. The printing press was the world's first mass-production machine. Its invention in the 1450s changed the world as dramatically as splitting the atom or sending men into space, sparking a cultural revolution that shaped the modern age. It is the machine that made us who we are today. Stephen's investigation combines historical detective work and a hands-on challenge. He travels to France and Germany on the trail of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press and early media entrepreneur. Along the way he discovers the lengths Gutenberg went to keep his project secret, explores the role of avaricious investors and unscrupulous competitors, and discovers why printing mattered so much in medieval Europe. But to really understand the man and his machine, Stephen gets his hands dirty, assembling a team of craftsmen and helping them build a working replica of Gutenberg's original press. He learns how to make paper the 15th-century way and works as an apprentice in a metal foundry in preparation for the experiment to put the replica press through its paces. Can Stephen's modern-day team match the achievement of Gutenberg's medieval craftsmen?

PencilHead réalisé par Qwaqa



PencilHead est un superbe animation réalisé par l'artiste russe Qwaqa et qui a nécessité près de 3 ans de travail.

Smack the Pony - Season 2 Episode 1 directed by Dominic Brigstocke



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 8 directed by Toufic Charabati



Italian Food safari visits Mario Mammone and his family who own large citrus orchards in the fruit bowl of Australia outside Mildura – they came to pick oranges and now own the farm, growing some varieties adored by Italians, including blood oranges.

Presenter Guy Grossi visits the fennel growing Mason family on the fertile plains outside Melbourne and Amedeo Mason explains just how versatile the winter vegetable can be. Mildura chef Stefano Di Pieri from Stefano’s restaurant, who helped to put the area on the culinary map, then shows Guy how he uses the best blood oranges and fennel in season to make a kingfish carpaccio with shaved fennel, a dish that sings with freshness and flavour.

In Adelaide, one of the Central Market’s favourite characters, butcher Tony Marino invites us to join his family to cook up an exceptional Abruzzese banquet including the classic porchetta on a spit and the most unusual way of serving polenta - spread on a laminex table and served with a rich ragu.

Young pastry chef Alexandra Rispoli from Buon Ricordo restaurant then shows how to mix and cook fragrant pistachio biscotti.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Secrets d'histoire: Napoléon a-t-il été empoisonné ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



Plus de 150 ans après la mort de Napoléon Bonaparte, la polémique sur les causes de son décès divise toujours les historiens! La thèse de la mort naturelle due à un cancer de l’estomac a été celle retenue officiellement pendant plus d’un siècle...

Des investigations poussées sur la mort de Napoléon, à partir de mèches de cheveux du défunt Empereur ont fait naître d’autres versions: empoisonnement à la mort aux rats, à l’arsenic… Une thèse évoque même la fuite de Bonaparte aux Etats-Unis. Décidemment, la mort du dernier empereur des français demeure un mystère difficile à élucider.

Stéphane Bern et l’équipe de journalistes de Secrets d’histoire mènent l’enquête et vont à la rencontre d’historiens de renom, d’écrivains et de journalistes qui ont consacré une partie de leurs travaux au plus célèbre des corses:
Dominique de Villepin donne, à l’occasion de la sortie de son livre Le Soleil noir de la puissance, sa vision de l’homme de pouvoir qu’était Napoléon.

Antoine de Caunes, réalisateur du film Monsieur N. et Philippe Torreton, interprètant Napoléon, apportent leur analyse sur la fin de l’empereur déchu.

Jean Tulard, Thierry Lentz, Bernard Chevallier, Jean-Claude Dammame, Bruno Roy-Henri mais aussi René Maury, Christophe Beyeler, Jacques-Olivier Boudon, tous ont en commun d’avoir consacré des ouvrages ou des études à Napoléon Bonaparte. Ils ont par conséquent une opinion aiguisée sur l’homme d’état, le stratège et l’amoureux des femmes qu’il était: des révélations souvent surprenantes liées à son destin légendaire.
À partir d’extraits de films, de documentaires et de riches archives qui illustrent les propos tenus par les intervenants tant à travers les reportages qu’en plateau, grâce aussi à l’intervention de Philippe Charlier et Clémentine Portier-Kaltenbach qui apportent leurs points de vue de scientifique et de journaliste, Secrets d’histoire met en lumière l’un des plus polémique mystère de l’histoire de France.

Destinations: Rajasthan réalisé par daniel Lafarge



Situé au nord-ouest de l'Inde, le vaste état du Rajasthan ressemble à un gigantesque musée à ciel ouvert, dans lequel se perpétue le style fastueux de la cour des maharajas. A l'extrême ouest de l'état, tout près de la frontière pakistanaise, la ville dorée de Jaisalmer a été bâtie au beau milieu du désert du Thar. Aux 18e et 19e siècles, de riches marchands se firent bâtir, dans le grès jaune, de splendides demeures, appelées "havelis". Pourvues d'extraordinaires balcons fermés par des claires-voies, destinées à sauvegarder l'honneur des femmes, les façades sont également munies d'oculus aux dessins délicats, qui permettent au moindre souffle d'air d'entrer...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Alain Passard réalisé par Stéphane Rybojad



Alain Passard, un armoricain à Paris, a su cultiver ce savoir faire et cette modestie des artisans discrets qui explorent leur passion jusqu'au bout. Après avoir fait de sa maison de la rue de Varenne un trois étoiles, il veut donner la part belle aux légumes...

Rencontre avec cet artiste qui incarne la cuisine. Ludique et artistique, c'est de cette façon que l'on doit envisager la cuisine afin de procurer le plus de plaisir.

Genesis: The Way We Walk – Live in Concert directed by Jim Yukish



(WIKI) Genesis – The Way We Walk – Live in Concert is a 2001 double DVD9 featuring live performances from the We Can't Dance tour by Genesis. The footage was filmed on 8 November 1992 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, and first released on VHS in March 1993 as Genesis Live – The Way We Walk – In Concert. It was also available on PAL format LaserDisc.

The songs on both releases are identical, although the concert on the DVD is split in half to accommodate the extra features. These include interviews, a feature length commentary by the three band members (Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford), multi-angle viewing options, and photo galleries.

The set list features eight hit singles, from "Turn It On Again" to "Jesus He Knows Me", next to longer album tracks such as "Fading Lights" and "Domino". Seven songs from We Can't Dance are performed. The "Old Medley" comprises excerpts from "Dance On a Volcano", "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", "The Musical Box", "Firth of Fifth" and "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)", and snippets of "That's All", "Illegal Alien", "Misunderstanding" and "Follow You Follow Me".

While the two live albums issued prior to this video separated the shorter songs from the longer ones, The Way We Walk – In Concert offered a chance to see them in their original context. The only songs included on The Shorts but absent from the video are "Throwing It All Away", "Mama", "That's All" and "In Too Deep" (the final three having been recorded on the Invisible Touch tour); conversely, the tracks on The Longs all appear on the DVD. The only songs that appear on the video but not on either of the two live albums are "Turn It On Again" (though it was included as a B-side of one of the "Tell Me Why" CD singles in early 1993) and "Dreaming While You Sleep", which appears on Genesis Archive No.2 1976–1992.

Elementos: Agua directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella



Spot hecho en stop motion utilizando alimentos. Producción realizada entre Can Can Club y JPZtudio para la feria Tecnópolis, a traves del Instituto de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA).
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Spot done in stop motion using food. Works made JPZtudio Can Can Club and for the fair Technopolis, through the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA).

Smack the Pony - Season 1 Episode 7 directed by Victoria Pile



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 7 directed by Toufic Charabati



Italian Food Safari joins professional rock fisherman Alex Bellissimo from Rock and Beach Charters at dawn to learn why so many Italians are drawn to the sea to fish for dinner. Respected Melbourne chef Robert Castellani from Donovans Restaurant shows Guy an ingenious way of baking snapper and explains why Sicilians put a coin in the mouth of the fish.

Luciana Sampogna who started her own Sydney-based Italian cooking school Cucina Italiana demonstrates the lovely little pretzel-like snacks called taralli that are popular right throughout the south of Italy.

Guy meets the Pizzini family who come from Italy’s alpine regions and settled in Victoria’s King Valley, growing tobacco and later some exceptional Italian grape varieties. Fred Pizzini shares his standout recipe for duck ragu which the whole family enjoys alfresco with some of their wines and Nonna’s delicious apple strudel.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Faster Than the Speed of Light? directed by Jonathan Renouf



In September 2011, an international group of scientists has made an astonishing claim - they have detected particles that seemed to travel faster than the speed of light. It was a claim that contradicted more than a hundred years of scientific orthodoxy. Suddenly there was talk of all kinds of bizarre concepts, from time travel to parallel universes.

So what is going on? Has Einstein's famous theory of relativity finally met its match? Will we one day be able to travel into the past or even into another universe?

In this film, Professor Marcus du Sautoy explores one of the most dramatic scientific announcements for a generation. In clear, simple language he tells the story of the science we thought we knew, how it is being challenged, and why it matters.

Secrets d'histoire: La Pompadour a-t-elle mené Louis XV à sa perte ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



Nous sommes le 14 septembre 1745. La marquise de Pompadour, née Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, est présentée officiellement à la Cour de Louis XV. Très décriée en raison de ses origines roturières, son ascension va lui valoir de nombreux ennemis.

Femme de goût, elle n’hésite pas à puiser dans les finances royales pour passer des commandes aux artistes de son époque. Cette passion du luxe et du pouvoir ne va-t-elle pas entacher à jamais sa réputation ? La marquise de Pompadour était-elle un véritable mécène ou la simple putain du roi?

Destinations: Indonésie réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Un archipel de plus de dix mille îles qui s'étend d'est en ouest sur plus de cinq mille kilomètres, c'est l'Indonésie, un pays immense fait de contrastes géographiques et de curiosités géologiques. Les îles indonésiennes sont montagneuses: quatorze volcans javanais et sept volcans sumatranais dépassent trois mille mètres. Avec ses cinquante millions d'habitants, l'Indonésie est au cinquième rang mondial des pays les plus peuplés. A part une minorité de Mélanésiens et de Papous, la grande majorité de la population est d'origine malaise. Après avoir pratiqué de nombreuses religions venues de l'Inde comme l'hindouisme et le bouddhisme, la religion dominante est aujourd'hui l'islam...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Anne-Sophie Pic réalisé par Jérôme Delafosse



À l'instar de sa consœur Hélène Darroze, Anne Sophie Pic a repris le flambeau familial avec succès. Cette maison sur la fameuse nationale sept est redevenue grâce au savoir faire de cette grande créatrice une des tables les plus formidables du sud de la France.

Un peu de douceur dans un monde masculin. Rencontre avec l'un de ses viticulteurs fétiches : Michel Chapoutier.

Dix drôles d'espèces réalisé par Lucinda Axelsson



Ce documentaire présente une sélection des espèces animales les plus étonnantes découvertes au cours des dix dernières années : des fonds sous-marins aux forêts de Tanzanie ou de Madagascar, en passant par le Pérou, des chercheurs racontent leurs aventures.

Le téléspectateur est invité à contempler un poisson à tête transparente, un insecte de grande taille, un requin, un lémurien ou encore une musaraigne avec une trompe d'éléphant...

Elementos: Aire directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella



Spot hecho en stop motion utilizando alimentos. Producción realizada entre Can Can Club y JPZtudio para la feria Tecnópolis, a traves del Instituto de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA).
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Spot done in stop motion using food. Works made JPZtudio Can Can Club and for the fair Technopolis, through the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA).

Papillons réalisé par Simon Bell



Symboles de beauté, d'élégance et de liberté, les papillons incarnent aussi le changement.

Mais les trois quarts des espèces sont en voie d'extinction.

Des passionnés anglais protègent à leur manière les lépidoptères : l'un d'eux a créé un jardin pour sensibiliser les enfants.

Bleus, oranges, marrons, noir et blanc, à pois ou à rayures, irisés... les papillons ont l'art de la parure.

Les chenilles sont des spécialistes du camouflage quand elles n'érigent pas de piquants.

Les différents stades de métamorphoses restent prodigieux. La chenille se transformera en chrysalide qui donnera le jour à un papillon coloré...

Smack the Pony - Season 1 Episode 6 directed by Victoria Pile



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 6 directed by Toufic Charabati



Italian Food Safari presenter Guy Grossi meets passionate gardeners Lina and Antonio Siciliano who have created a huge vegetable and herb garden in Melbourne’s suburbs that provides them with most of their meals and even the wine to drink with it.

Maeve visits her friends the Marino family in Adelaide who show how they cure prosciutto on a large scale at San Marino Smallgoods. Legendary chef Armando Percuoco from Buon Ricordo restaurant invites Maeve to his country estate and cooks up the simplest dish of pasta with beans, demonstrating how exceptional ‘cucina povera’ can be.

In Melbourne, cheese-maker Giorgio Linguanti takes Guy back to his childhood with the delicious fresh cheeses he makes including luscious burrata, mozzarella and ricotta. Loretta Sartori who once ran her own sweets palace in Melbourne but now spends her time educating troubled youth, cooks a spectacular ricotta cake.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Little Matchgirl directed by Roger Hallers



(WIKI) The Little Matchgirl is a 2006 animated short film directed by Roger Allers and produced by Don Hahn, who previously were involved in classic Disney animated films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. It is based on an original story by Hans Christian Andersen entitled The Little Girl with the Matches or The Little Match Girl and was published in 1845. The story's popularity far exceeded Andersen's original intention, which was to call immediate attention to the plight of Europe's suffering children. For the Disney Studio the film is not about politics; it is a visual style piece set to music and told entirely without sound or dialogue. The film is set to the third movement, "Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major" by Alexander Borodin.

The differences between the Disney version and the original Andersen text are slight but do include a change of geographical location from Denmark to Russia. The storytelling also places a reduced emphasis in the beginning of the film to the Little Match Girl's cruel and overbearing father and the death of her grandmother. These changes aside, Allers' version of The Little Match Girl does capture Andersen's original sentiment. This short also represents Disney's final use of CAPS.

The film made its debut at the Annecy Film Festival in France on June 5, 2006. It was released as an extra on The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition DVD.

Coluche, l'ami public numéro un réalisé par Richard Puech



Clown génial au naturel ravageur, bouffon de la République, citoyen au grand coeur, Coluche fut tout cela pendant la douzaine d'années où il a occupé la scène publique. Il s'est hissé au rang d'icône nationale, de ses débuts à la télévision, en 1974, jusqu'à sa mort brutale, le 19 juin 1986. A travers ceux qui l'ont connu et aimé, ce documentaire raconte les «années Coluche».

Les couleurs du désert - Blanc Uyuni réalisé par Petra Haffter



Jaune, blanc, rouge, gris ou rose: une plongée dans l'étonnante palette de couleurs des déserts de la planète. Sur les hauts plateaux des Andes, en Bolivie, s'étend le Salar de Uyuni. Un désert unique, entre bleu du ciel et blanc du sol. Cette gigantesque plaque de sel, vestige d'une mer asséchée, offre des visions troublantes, quand le ciel se reflète dans les étendues d'eau après la pluie et brouille l'horizon, ou lorsque les monticules de sel au loin créent des illusions d'optique.

Secrets d'histoire: Pourquoi Cléopâtre s'est-elle suicidée ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



Nous sommes le 15 août de l’an 30 avant J-C. Cléopâtre se donne la mort. Elle a 39 ans. 20 ans plus tôt, elle rencontre César. Une histoire d’amour se noue entre la souveraine égyptienne et l’empereur romain. Histoire d’amour brisé par l’assassinat de César. De redoutables adversaires se dressent devant l’ambitieuse souveraine.

Qui était vraiment Cléopâtre? Utilisait-elle ses amants comme des pions? Pourquoi a-t-elle mis fin à ses jours? Et pouvait-elle échapper au suicide?

Chaque semaine, par notre enquête et avec des spécialistes de l’époque, des historiens, des scientifiques, nous tenterons d’élucider les grandes énigmes de l’histoire. Plus de deux mille ans après le suicide de Cléopâtre, nous avons décidé de ré-ouvrir l’enquête sur le destin brisé de la légendaire reine Égypte.

Destinations: Sénégal réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Léché par les vagues de l'Océan atlantique, le Sénégal dont le nom signifierait "notre pirogue" en Ouolof, bénéficie d'un agréable climat subtropical. Les Lébous furent parmi les premiers peuples du continent noir à se doter d'un système de gouvernement proche d'une démocratie. Les Lébous d'origine ont été depuis longtemps noyés sous le flot continu des nouveaux habitants de toutes races. Le Sénégal est devenu juridiquement indépendant le 4 Avril 1960 en tant que membre de la fédération du Mali. Celle-ci, constituée par la fusion du Sénégal et du Soudan, était la seule union politique subsistant des 18 Etats de l'ancienne Afrique occidentale française.Mais la fédération du Mali...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Marc Haeberlin réalisé par Jérôme Delafosse



S'installer dans la belle salle en rotonde qui donne sur le jardin au bord de l'Ill, restera encore pour longtemps et pour beaucoup le plus accompli des plaisirs. Dans la plus belle maison de sa région, sur les bords fleuris de l'Ill, ce fils de chef marie l'héritage alsacien avec les idées d'aujourd'hui et d'ailleurs. Rencontre avec une dynastie et l'un des vignerons les plus mythiques d'Alsace Jean Hügel.

Maroc, au cœur des traditions réalisé par Éric Bacos



Toute la magie et la richesse du Maroc en haute définition, à travers la visite de palmeraies envoûtantes, de palais aux ambiances fastueuses, de souks bruyants et colorés...

Ce film invite à un voyage dans un pays riche d'histoire et de traditions, des cités impériales du Nord jusqu'aux ksars mystérieux du Sud.

Des plaines désertiques de Ouarzazate aux riads de Marrakech, des hauteurs de l'Atlas aux charmes océaniques d'Essaouira, ce documentaire offre une palette subtile de couleurs, d'épices et de parfums exotiques.

Horizon - Do you see what I see? directed by Sophie Robinson



Roses are red, violets are blue but according to the latest understanding these colours are really an illusion. One that you create yourself.

Horizon reveals a surprising truth about how we all see the world. You may think a rose is red, the sky is blue and the grass is green, but it now seems that the colours you see may not always be the same as the colours I see. Your age, sex and even mood can affect how you experience colours.

Scientists have unlocked the hidden power that colours can have over your life - how red can make you a winner, how blue makes time speed up, and more

Elementos: Fuego directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella



Spot hecho en stop motion utilizando alimentos. Producción realizada entre Can Can Club y JPZtudio para la feria Tecnópolis, a traves del Instituto de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA). --- Spot done in stop motion using food. Works made JPZtudio Can Can Club and for the fair Technopolis, through the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA).

Smack the Pony - Season 1 Episode 5 directed by Victoria Pile



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 5 directed by Toufic Charabati



Italian Food Safari goes to the far western end of Australia to visit the crayfishermen of the stunning Abrolhos Islands off Geraldton and Maeve spends time with Justin Pirrottina to learn how his father and other Italian fishermen came to fish the area and tastes how good a ‘cray on the barbie” can be. Guy pops in on Melbourne chef Maurizio Esposito to learn the secrets of his delicious crayfish gnocchi recipe.

Maeve seeks out the best pizza and visits Melbourne pizzaiolo Alessandro D’Auria of Pizze e Fichi who has made thousands of pizzas in his years perfecting the art of pizza. Artichokes are loved throughout Italy and were brought to Australia by growers like the Faranda family in Werribee South on the flat plains outside Melbourne. Joe Faranda shows Guy what to look for to get the best and Guy then makes delicious stuffed artichokes using a recipe passed on to him by his father.

Italian gelato has colonized the world’s taste-buds and Sicilian gelato-making brothers Ciccio and Salvatore La Rosa from Gelatomassi in Sydney explain why it’s so good.

Monday, 24 September 2012

How Music Works - Bass directed by Francis Hanly



Music is usually broken down into melody, rhythm and harmony. But what about the very lowest notes in music, that can have an impact on all three? In this film Howard looks at the abiding fascination musicians and composers have had with the bass.

For half a millennium instrument makers have been trying to construct instruments of all shapes and sizes capable of thudding, sonorous low notes. Only with the arrival of the synthesizer did they succeed in producing a rival to the mighty organ. With disco, dance, and drum 'n' bass, the bass has arrived centre stage.

But bass notes have another, crucial role. Far from just plodding away in the background, bass lines can have a critical effect on the whole structure of a piece of music, helping to drive the chord progressions.

Howard looks at the dark horse of the musical family, and its use in the hands of such diverse musical talents as Johann (and Richard) Strauss, John Philip Sousa, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Albinoni, Bach and Motown's resident bass maestro, James Jamerson.

Secrets d'histoire: Henry VIII, un amour de tyran réalisé par Patrick Becker



Dans ce numéro de Secrets d’histoire, Stéphane Bern nous emmène à la rencontre du roi le plus remarquable de toute l’histoire de l’Angleterre, Henry VIII. Considéré par les Anglais comme leur Louis XIV, Henry VIII est le roi aux six épouses, celui qui créa sa propre religion, qui eut le plus grand nombre de palais. C’est le roi de toutes les extravagances. Un personnage séducteur mais cruel et autoritaire, qui s’est construit une légende hors du commun et encore vivace aujourd’hui ! La vie personnelle d’Henry VIII, ses caprices, ses intrigues, ses amours et ses coups de sang ont décidé du visage de l’Angleterre actuelle. A la fin de son règne, les bases d’une monarchie démocratique sont posées, la réforme religieuse donne naissance à la religion anglicane. Autant de signes visibles cinq siècles plus tard. La légende d’Henry VIII, c’est aussi cet homme puissant et tyrannique qui n’a eu de cesse d’asseoir son empreinte sur fond de décapitations, de trahisons…

Sang, sexe et pouvoir sont à jamais les symboles d’un règne comme jamais plus l’Angleterre n’en connaîtra. Il laissera également en héritage à son pays l’une des plus grandes reines de l’histoire du royaume : Elisabeth Ier. Des cuisines de Hampton Court Palace à la chambre du roi et d’Anne Boleyn à Hever Castle jusque dans les cachots secrets de la Tour de Londres, c’est à un voyage unique et passionnant auquel nous convie Stéphane Bern. Une visite exclusive dans les coulisses de la cour d’Henry VIII. En exclusivité, Stéphane Bern pousse les portes d’un incroyable palais Tudor en plein Londres restauré à l’identique et à grand frais par un collectionneur britannique "fan" d’Henry VIII.

Destinations: Les Seychelles réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Les Seychelles se composent de 92 îles et atolls. Une nature tropicale éclatante attend le visiteur. Des plages belles comme dans les livres d'images, un monde sous-marin fascinant des forêts tropicales peuplées d'oiseaux rares, des montagnes abruptes qui atteignent presque 1000 mètres d'altitude et de gigantesques rochers de granit arrondis par l'érosion. Du fait de leur isolement pendant des millions d'années, ces îles ont conservés des paysages et des modes de vie remontant au temps les plus anciens et que l'on ne rencontre presque nulle part ailleurs dans le monde. Il suffit de citer en exemples les nombreuses espèces d'oiseaux rares, les tortues géantes ou le"coco-de-mer'...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Guy Martin réalisé par Joël Ciret



Malgré l'attribution de sa troisième étoile, le Savoyard autodidacte Guy Martin poursuit son chemin en cuisine, tranquille, en toute simplicité, travaillant chacun de ses plats à coups de détails intrigants, drôles, complices. Il a redonné au restaurant du Palais Royal ses lettres de noblesse depuis le départ de l'immense Raymond Oliver. Légion d'honneur, Japon... Cet homme ne s'arrête jamais.

Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark directed by Mark & Angela Walley



This film documents a Full Moon Night Photography Workshop in the Big Bend region of West Texas led by photographers Scott Martin and Lance Keimig. Learn more at on-sight.com and thenightskye.com. Learn more about the filmmakers at walleyfilms.com

Elementos: Creaccion directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella



Spot hecho en stop motion utilizando alimentos. Producción realizada entre Can Can Club y JPZtudio para la feria Tecnópolis, a traves del Instituto de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA).
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Spot done in stop motion using food. Works made JPZtudio Can Can Club and for the fair Technopolis, through the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA).

Gigot directed by Gene Kelly



(WIKI) Gigot is an American motion picture; it was released in 1962 by 20th Century Fox. The film starred Jackie Gleason and was directed by Gene Kelly.

Gigot (Gleason) is a mute Frenchman living in a cellar in the Ménilmontant district of Paris in the 1920s. He ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence as a lowly janitor at his landlady's apartment building. He is routinely treated with condescension by most of his neighbors and often is made the butt of practical jokes. However, he is a most decent and kindhearted fellow, traits not unnoticed by children and the local animals he often feeds. He is accepting of his humble existence, but has one unusual prediliction: he is attracted by funeral processions, and finds himself attending, whether or not he ever knew the departed. He marches straight through to the grave site and can't help but cry along with all the other mourners.

One evening after being extraordinarily abused by some locals at a nearby pub, he is meandering toward home in the rain. He chances upon a weakened and fearful street urchin Collette (Katherine Kath) and her 6-yr old daughter Nicole (Diane Gardner), huddled in a doorway trying to stay dry. Unaware and uncaring as to whom or what he might have encountered, he takes them to his dingy basement abode where he dries and warms them, gives them what food and drink he has, a bed to sleep in, and shelter from the rain. Collette is suspicious of Gigot but so exhausted and ill, she reluctantly and ingraciously accepts what she senses are likely his innocent tidings. Nicole, now rested and with the vitality of youth, begins to warm to him while mother convalesces.

Gigot gleefully dotes upon Nicole. They happen upon a local church where Gigot is astonished to discover she is ignorant of what a church is, and completely unaware of God. Nicole points to the altar crucifix and asks Gigot who that is upon it? The mute attempts to act out the story of Christ beginning with Mary cradling the baby Jesus, from childhood through to the horror of crucifixion. In a most poignant scene, Gigot rails at this Christ who has seemingly left him so inadequate to the job of explaining all to Nicole. Nicole protests his impulsive fit of anger at the God she has just found through Gigot's hand, and his self-incriminations. She cries a single tear for him, then blows a reassuringing kiss of love to the Christ upon the Cross.

Gigot entertains the little girl by dancing for her to his old Victrola, and by dressing as a waiter to feed his pet mouse, to her exteme delight. He is very protective of Nicole, once running alongside her on a merry-go-round to make sure she didn't fall off and in the process created a public scene. It is the same protectiveness that leads him to attempt to intervene to protect Collette's honor while she is in the act of soliciting a john on a park bench near the merry-go-round. Gigot is trounced by the frustrated man and a friend for his trouble.

Furious over his interference with her 'activities', Collette threatens to bolt with Nicole unless Gigot can make good on her demand he provide her a life with a 'man of means'. With only an hour to prove himself before she leaves, Gigot, on the hunt, is tempted by a singular opportunity as he happens past his local bakery. The baker and his wife (having taken advantage of him for years) have been called away and thus left their till unattended. Gigot, though guilt ridden, seizes the opportunity and steals their money anyway.

With those ill-gotten gains all three go on a shopping spree, buying much-needed new clothes for Collette and Nicole, and for Gigot a straw boater and a shave. Later, he buys a grand meal and drinks for all at the local restaurant to the amazement of the locals. But the good times are not to last — Collette's ex-boyfriend decides he wants her back immediately, and Collette succumbs. She wants to take Nicole along, but her pimp persuades her to wait until morning to retrieve her, so they could share a single night together, alone.

The next morning two bumbling bureaucrats previously called in by one of Gigot's snooty neighbors, have come to try to remove Gigot to a home for the feeble-minded. Meanwhile, the baker has discovered the theft, and when Collette returns she finds Gigot and Nicole are now missing. Soon Gigot becomes suspect, but he and Nicole are only waxing at their secret abandoned basement chamber below the streets of Paris, listening to his old Victrola while Gigot dances for her. Dancing with so much gusto the roof timbers fall in! Gigot and Nicole are nearly buried in rubble, but are actually only slightly hurt, although Nicole is at the moment unconscious. Frightened and thinking she is dead, Gigot rushes the girl to the church where the parish priest calls in a doctor. The priest wanting to know what happened, causes Gigot to rush back to retrieve his Victrola to help explain their actions before the cave-in. Gigot runs straight into the angry mob who is looking for them. Panicked Gigot runs right into an old industrial coal barge loader and is washed into the river and overrun by a tug; he fails to resurface.

Thinking him dead, once they recognize the truth, the locals are despondent over their despicable actions. In remorse they decide to organise a funeral for Gigot though all they have from the river is his chapeau to bury. It is obvious to all (other than them) what it is they wish to bury. However having survived, Gigot is merely hiding. Unknowingly, he witnesses his own funeral procession and as usual is compelled to join it. When the time comes for the eulogy, he realizes it is he for whom they are holding the service. Upon the conclusion of the burial Gigot is spotted by the crowd and the screwball chase begins again.

The Song Remains the Same directed by Peter Clifton & Joe Massot



(WIKI) The Song Remains the Same is a concert film by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The recording of the film took place during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, during the band's 1973 concert tour of the United States. The film premiered on 20 October 1976, at Cinema I in New York and at Warner West End Cinema in London two weeks later.[1] It was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name. The DVD of the film was released on 31 December 1999.

Promotional materials stated that the film was "the band's special way of giving their millions of friends what they had been clamouring for —a personal and private tour of Led Zeppelin. For the first time the world has a front row seat on Led Zeppelin."

Italian Food Safari: Episode 4 directed by Toufic Charabati



Presenter Guy Grossi visits dedicated Melbourne artisan baker Daniel Chirico and tastes bread straight from the oven drizzled with olive oil and learns why loaves with soul take a little longer to make…and to prove that nothing in the Italian realm goes to waste, Guy then demonstrates a delicious bread-based salad called panzanella.

Maeve learns about the Italian passion for veal and joins Western Australian butcher Vince Garreffa on the farm south of Perth where his veal is raised. Celebrated Sydney chef Nino Zoccali from restaurant Pendolino explains the joys of using secondary cuts of meat and shows how easy it is to make a beautiful osso buco, rich and full of flavour.

Guy takes us to the beautiful pine forests of Mount Macedon with chef Aron Michielli to forage for pine forest mushrooms and slippery jacks. Aron takes Guy to his Melbourne restaurant Biricchino to whip up magnificent pappardelle pasta with wild mushrooms.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

How Music Works - Harmony directed by Francis Hanly



In the late middle ages western harmony started on a journey that would take it in a completely separate direction to that of the music of other parts of the world. It discovered chords, and, over the next seven centuries, began to unlock their harmonic possibilities. In this film Howard looks at how western harmony works, and how, in the present day, it has fused with other forms of music to create new styles.

Chords led to chord progressions, and Howard looks at how familiar patterns of chord progressions give all kinds of music - from classical to popular - their sense of forward movement. Why do the same chord patterns appear again and again, from Renaissance Italy to the latest chart hit?

Musicians have always liked to tamper with the basic chords, and experiment with dissonance. We see how these tricks of the trade actually work, and the emotional and musical effect they have. From the folk musicians of the middle ages to Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner, from Chuck Berry to David Bowie, Hendrix to Coldplay, the same harmonic techniques surface again and again.

Secrets d'histoire: Quel mystère entoure la mort des Romanov ? réalisé par Patrick Becker



En 1894, année de son arrivée au pouvoir, personne ne se doute que Nicolas II sera le dernier empereur de Russie. Trop occupé à exercer un pouvoir qu'il veut moral et religieux, le tsar, avant tout désireux de protéger son épouse et son fils malade, néglige le peuple et ses aspirations. La révolution d'Octobre 1917 mettra un terme définitif à son règne. Il sera exécuté avec toute sa famille en 1918. Quelle fut l'influence du moine Raspoutine, favorisée par l'impératrice en raison de ses dons - supposés - de guérisseur ? Tous les Romanov ont-ils péri lors du massacre d'Ekaterinbourg ?

Destinations: Tahiti réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



À mi-chemin entre l'Australie et l'Amérique du sud, en plein Pacifique sud-est, les quelques 130 îles de la Polynésie Française n'ont cessé depuis leur découverte d'exercer une puissante fascination. Des 5 archipels qui la composent, 4 sont d'origine volcanique : les Marquises, les îles de la Société, les îles Australes et les Gambier. De nombreux grands navigateurs, tels Bougainville et le capitaine James Cook, abordèrent quasi simultanément ces côtes du bout du monde. L'Anglais Wallis y posa le pied pour la première fois en 1767. Papeete, capitale administrative de la Polynésie Française, s'étale au bord du lagon de la côte nord-ouest de l'île de Tahiti. Avant les années soixante...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Jacques Maximin réalisé par Stéphane Rybojad



Né dans le nord de la France, Il s'est passionné très tôt pour la cuisine. Il commence son apprentissage chez Prunier à Paris puis chez Chapel à Mionnay pour enfin arriver chez Roger Verger à Mougins. Il devient son second et comprend instantanément le pouvoir de la cuisine méditerranéenne bien avant la vogue planétaire. Exubérante, parfumée, colorée, elle lui colle à la peau. Après avoir quitté le Moulin de Mougins se profilera un parcours tumultueux parsemé de succès, le Chantecler, et d'échecs retentissants : le théâtre de Nice où il est le premier en France à se mettre en scène devant les convives. On peut dire que Jacques Maximin est le serge Gainsbourg de la cuisine: génial...

Les escapades de Petitrenaud: Olivier Roellinger réalisé par Pascal Gonzalez



Jean-Luc Petitrenaud nous invite rue Sainte-Anne, dans le IIe arrondissement de Paris. Nous voici dans la maison d’Oliver Roellinger. Originaire de Cancale, il a été un magnifique trois-étoiles, chef d’une des plus grandes tables françaises, et se consacre aujourd’hui à sa passion : les épices. Après trente ans en cuisine, où il a toujours été en quête de produits et de saveurs d’ailleurs, il veut partager son savoir et ses découvertes avec le plus grand nombre. C’est ainsi qu’est née cette jolie maison. Sur la devanture vous pouvez lire: "Un lieu de recherche et de création de poudres d’épices, d’herbes et d’aromates".

Dans cette "bibliothèque des saveurs", des dizaines de pots en verre sont alignés : badiane, cardamone, cumin, aneth, coriandre, anis... poivres Malabar, Sarawak, de la Jamaïque, du Sichuan... épices à légumes, à viandes ou à desserts... on a envie de tous sentir. Olivier Roellinger peut vous conter l’histoire de chaque produit, lorsqu’il vous parle du poivre noble de Madagascar, par exemple, vous êtes transporté au-delà de la rivière, dans le jardin de M. Jean. Quel bonheur!

Notre balade se poursuit du côté des mélanges d’épices. Poudres des alizés, des fées, retour des Indes, du vent ou défendue... les épices sont torréfiés, broyés, moulus puis savamment dosés par notre chef, afin de "faire chanter et danser les cuisines au quotidien", comme il le dit si bien. Oliver Roellinger crée également des huiles à base d’épices. Huiles de fleur de sureau, des sirènes, vinaigre celtique...

Voici aussi quelques recettes fort simple qu’il nous livre. Préparez une sauce avec du citron pressé, de la fleur de sel, de l’huile de fleur sureau, du poivre et de la poudre des alizés. Mélangez-la à des fèves, petits pois, fenouil, carottes et radis, ajoutez de fines tranches de seiche et saupoudrez de piment du Mexique. Bonheur assuré!

En dessert, prenez un mingot de Bretagne, ajoutez fraises et framboises, de la poudre défendue et un peu de sève de palmier pour remplacer le sucre. Terminez avec un coulis de fraise et framboise... Hum! Tout est si simple et inventif avec Olivier Roellinger.

Avant de quitter la boutique, Olivier Roellinger nous fait visiter sa cave à vanilles. On y découvre environ vingt grands crus de vanille, des gousses entourées de papier de soie, rangées délicatement dans des boîtes en fer etmaintenues à température. Grande de Madagascar, vanille sauvage colibri du Mexique, de la Réunion, des Comores ou encore givrée de Nouvelle-Calédonie... on découvre de véritables merveilles.

画魂, huàhún (A Soul Haunted by Painting) directed by Huang Shuqin (中文 st eng.)



(WIKI) 画魂是根据华裔旅法画家潘玉良的故事改编的一部电影。影片由黃蜀芹导演, 张艺谋監製,1994年上映。
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A Soul Haunted by Painting (Chinese: 画魂; pinyin: huàhún) (also known as Soul of a Painter and Pan Yu Liang (Pan Yuliang), a Woman Painter) is a 1994 Chinese film starring Gong Li and directed by Huang Shuqin.

It is loosely based on the life of Pan Yuliang, a former prostitute turned painter.

The mesmerizing Gong Li stars in this true story of a Chinese painter, Pan Yuliang (Gong Li), whose work was celebrated in Paris yet rejected at home. At fifteen years old, she was sold into prostitution. Her life changes when she marries with a high official. Through her husband, she finds expression in western painting, and furthers her studies in Paris. Although internationally acclaimed as an artist, her past always continued to haunt her at home in China and it was only after her death that she finally received the acceptance she so desperately sought.

ELementos: Tierra directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella



Spot hecho en stop motion utilizando tierra y plantas. Producción realizada entre Can Can Club y JPZtudio para la feria Tecnópolis, a traves del Instituto de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA).
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Spot done in stop motion using soil and plants. Works made JPZtudio Can Can Club and for the fair Technopolis, through the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA).

It Happened to Jane directed by Richard Quine



(WIKI) It Happened to Jane is a 1959 romantic comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, and Ernie Kovacs directed by Richard Quine and written by Norman Katkov and Max Wilk.

The film was co-produced by Quine and star Day's husband at the time, Martin Melcher.

In May 1959, in the town of Cape Anne, Maine, a foul-up by the Eastern & Portland Railroad (E&P) results in the death of 300 lobsters shipped by Jane Osgood (Day). She gets her lawyer and friend, George Denham (Lemmon), to go after the E&P to pay damages after her customer, the Marshall Town Country Club, refuses all future orders.

In the E&P office in New York City, Harry Foster Malone (Kovacs) learns about the Osgood lawsuit. Due to the budget cuts Malone instated, there was no station agent at Marshall Town to receive the lobsters. Malone sends employees Crawford Sloan (Walter Greaza) and Wilbur Peterson (Philip Coolidge) to Cape Anne to deal with the situation. The two attorneys offer $700, but Jane turns it down because the loss to her business reputation is more than that.

Jane wins in court, but E&P appeals the case to the state Supreme Court in Augusta, Maine. George files a writ of execution to force payment and take possession of the train, Old 97, in lieu of payment.

Jane is interviewed by local newspaper reporter Matilda Runyon, who then calls the Daily Mirror in New York. Top reporter Larry Hall (Steve Forrest) is sent to Cape Anne for the story. Television stations also want to interview Jane. Malone retaliates by charging Jane rent for the siding on which the train is sitting.

Jane appears on ABC, NBC, and CBS. Fearful of bad publicity, Malone finally gives in and cancels the rent, but gives Jane the train. Meanwhile, George becomes increasingly jealous when he sees Larry is attracted to Jane so he proposes marriage to her.

Back in Cape Anne, during a town meeting, Jane learns that Malone has ordered all his trains to bypass the town and has given Jane 48 hours to remove Old 97. Jane runs away and George scolds the townspeople for turning against her.

Realizing that Old 97 is just the way to deliver the lobsters, Jane and George persuade everybody to fill up the train's tender with coal from their homes. George recruits his uncle Otis, a retired E&P engineer, to engineer the train.

Old 97 sets off with Jane, her children, George, and the lobsters on board. Malone does everything possible to delay them. Jane becomes upset at the roundabout route Malone is forcing them to take. Eventually, the coal runs out, stopping Old 97 and blocking traffic.

Just then, Malone arrives by helicopter. Jane scolds him for his underhanded actions. Malone finally agrees to Jane's demands. Jane and George tell him to come along so he cannot cause any more trouble. He finally shows his good side by helping shovel coal. Larry and a photographer are in Marshall Town when the train arrives. George kisses Jane in front of Larry and she agrees to marry George.

After the wedding, as George is being sworn in as the new first selectman, a badly needed fire engine pulls into town, a present from Malone.

Lost Cave Temples of the Himalaya - Kingdom of Mustang directed by Liesl Clark



In a remote corner of the Himalaya, in the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, mysterious caves, perched high on cliff faces and carved by humans thousands of years ago, have lain just beyond reach — until recently. In April of 2007, a team of climbers and scientists climbed inside the long-hidden chambers for the first time in modern history.

This film follows the riveting story, told by filmmaker Liesl Clark, about her husband, seven-time Everest summiter Pete Athans, and big-wall climber Renan Ozturk, who take on the dangerous job of climbing into the crumbling caves, searching for nine legendary cave temples called “kabum.” What they find goes far beyond their expectations, as their cameras document every hair-raising move.

It’s an explorer’s dream … until the unexpected happens: A posse of local horsemen gallops up while Ozturk is perched high on a dangerously eroding cliff. The climbers intend to document and preserve what may be inside the cave, but the site is sacred to the locals.

Dramatically heightening the stakes, the villagers start pulling on the ropes, placing weight on the fragile anchors; they then demand payment. Should the team set a precedent by paying the locals to climb into their cave? Should they risk violating the sacred in a dangerous effort to preserve it?

Frank Zappa directed by Roelof Kiers (eng. st dut.)



(WIKI) "Frank Zappa" is a Dutch documentary for VPRO Television, directed by Roelof Kiers, originally broadcast on February 11, 1971.

The documentary features interviews with Zappa, Gail Zappa, Lucy Offerall and Pamela Miller. Moon Zappa and Dweezil Zappa can also been seen as very young children. The film shows a lot of footage recorded in Zappa's house and footage with Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan during the Fillmore West concert on November 6, 1970.

Zappa is interviewed about his youth, love for music, personal life and politics. The documentary shows him composing music for 200 Motels and rehearsing songs like This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (prologue). Unique footage of him and Wild Man Fischer playing guitar together is also shown.

Back in 1971 the documentary caused enormous controversy with Dutch TV audiences, even to the point that questions were asked in the Dutch House of Commons, "De Tweede Kamer". The controversy was caused by the following scenes: Zappa's children walk around completely naked in his house and are babysitted by groupies Miss Lucy and Miss Pamela. Lucy & Pamela talk freely about their sex life on the road and even Zappa himself later admits that he commits adultery with groupies during tours, but that his wife is aware of this. Another scene features Zappa watching an amateur sex movie featuring Aynsley Dunbar with a groupie. Backstage footage of Zappa's band with groupies is also shown. The most notorious scene however showed Zappa using a vacuum cleaner on Miss Lucy's breasts and genitals, while little Moon Zappa is present in the same room.

Roelof Kiers also directed the documentary Frank Zappa Filmt 200 Motels, which was filmed around the same time. Parts of this documentary were featured in The True Story Of 200 Motels.

The Real... Shanghai directed by Claudine Parrish



The Real... returns to BBC World News for a fourth series, visiting some of the most exciting cities in the world with the help of knowledgeable local celebrities.

There's no place in China quite like Shanghai.

There are no summer palaces, fog-enmeshed temples or cliff-side Buddhas here. Remnants of traditional culture remain, but to dwell there would be to miss the point entirely. Shanghai has never been about what has already happened - it is about what is going to happen.

For millions of Chinese, Shanghai is more than just a city. It is a symbol of change, opportunity and sophistication.

While Beijing may pull the country's strings, Shanghai is the pacesetter. It revels in its glamorous airs and entrepreneurial flair, in its global reach and ability to synthesise and adapt new ideas to home-grown tastes.

Haven

Tangled together with these positive associations are the memories of the foreign concessions.
Established after the First Opium War (1839-1842), they were loathed by many as centres of imperialism and exploitation, but simultaneously valued as havens of intellectual freedom and stimulation - a place to break with stifling Confucian mores and learn about the world outside.
Those looking to introduce change in imperial China - whether social, political or technological - flocked to them.

Despite the positive changes that came out of the concessions, Shanghai was no paradise, with high levels of poverty and crime. The birth of the People's Republic of China in 1949 marked the end of both Shanghai's depravity and splendour.

Cleaned up and reined in, Shanghai fell into a deep sleep.

It wasn't until three decades later that Deng Xiaoping lit the spark for China's current economic explosion, casting aside ideology in favour of pragmatism - famously summed up in his earlier declaration, 'It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice'.

Special economic zone

Although Shanghai was initially passed over in favour of special economic zones that were easier for Beijing to control, it eventually got the green light to accept foreign investment in the 1990s.

This is when the blueprint for the city's future was first laid out. Today's frenzied rate of change is all part of a plan by the Chinese government that aims to make the city into an international financial centre to rival Hong Kong by the year 2020.

What at first seemed like an errant fantasy no longer appears to be so far fetched. At a social level, Shanghai is hardly an international city that can compare with Hong Kong or Singapore - China has been insulated from the rest of the world for too long.
Built from scratch

But overall, anyone who has seen the transformations of the past fifteen years - both the efficient metro system and the entire financial district of Pudong were built from scratch - cannot help but tip their hat.

And while some bemoan the destruction of traditional residences and historic buildings, no-one is complaining that the overall living standards have risen dramatically. More than any other place in China, Shanghai is electrified with its youthful optimism and prospects.

The best way to get acquainted with Shanghai past and present is to take a walk down the Bund. Originally a towpath for dragging barges of rice, the Bund waterfront became the seat of colonial power in the early 20th century, when it was home to the city's landmark hotels, banks and financial houses.

Mothballed during the Communist years, it is only in the past decade that the strip has become re-enamoured with its stupendous real estate value. Today the old buildings house designer restaurants and the flagship stores of some of the world's most exclusive brands.

Facing the Bund is the stupendous skyline of Pudong, the 'dragon's head' or financial hub not only of the Yangtze Basin, but of all China. The Bund is at its best in the early morning, when the locals are out practicing tai chi, or in the early evening, when both sides of the river are spectacularly illuminated.

Smack the Pony - Season 1 Episode 3 directed by Victoria Pile



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.

Italian Food Safari: Episode 3 directed by Toufic Charabati



Italian Food Safari focuses on the glorious tomato, with presenter Guy Grossi joining tomato grower John Monigatti on Echuca’s black soil plains during harvest. Maeve then shares tomato day with a large Calabrese clan – the Cipri family in suburban Sydney who have made fresh tomato sauce every year since the patriarch Severio arrived in Australia 45 years ago.

The woman who introduced much of South Australia to Italian food, cooking teacher Rosa Matto, makes a marvelous eggplant parmigiana. Sardinian chefs Giovanni Pilu from Sydney’s Pilu at Freshwater who’s from the north of Sardinia and Pietro Porcu from Melbourne’s Da Noi and The Tea Rooms at Yarck and who’s from the south, get together to show presenter Guy Grossi beautiful rustic dishes from their respective regions. Melbourne chef Graziella Alessi shows how to make the luscious all-time favourite dessert - tiramisu.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Secrets d'histoire: Catherine de Médicis, l'intrigante des Châteaux de la Loire réalisé par Patrick Becker



Catherine de Médicis est l’une des plus grandes femmes d’Etat de l’histoire de France. Une légende noire l’accompagne depuis quatre cents ans. Dans les châteaux qu’elle a habités, Stéphane Bern mène l’enquête sur le destin hors du commun de cette Reine devenue régente qui donna trois rois à la France. Il part à la rencontre de ces personnages devenus légendaires : François 1er, Diane de Poitiers, Marie Stuart, Nostradamus, Machiavel…

C’est dans cette vallée de la Loire, inscrite au Patrimoine mondial de l’humanité, que se sont déroulées les intrigues de la cour, où Catherine de Médicis a assis son pouvoir et construit sa légende. Cette émission nous permet de découvrir les coulisses des plus beaux châteaux de la Loire, de Chambord à Chenonceau, au cours d’une visite privée des lieux les plus secrets et pour certains jamais dévoilés au public.

Destinations: Thaïlande réalisé par Daniel Lafarge



Située au centre de l'Asie du sud Est , entre la Birmanie à l'ouest et le Cambodge à l'est, la Thaïlande s'étire des contreforts himalayens jusqu'à la péninsule malaisienne sur une distance de plus de deux mille kilomètres. Appelée Siam jusqu'en 1939 Elle doit son nom "Thaïlande" à l'avènement d'un gouvernement nationaliste qui utilisa la racine "Thaï " qui signifie "libre". Cette liberté, c'est d'être le seul pays d'Asie du Sud Est à ne pas avoir subie la colonisation européenne.

Durant toute son histoire, ses habitants l'ont toujours désigné du nom de ses capitales successives comme Sukhothai ou Ayuthaya. Bangkok, la capitale, ville immense de cinq millions d'habitants...

Les chefs cuisiniers: Hélène Darroze réalisé par Jérôme Delafosse



De son Sud-Ouest natal, Hélène garde le goût des produits simples et authentiques. Les foies gras et volailles viennent des Landes, le bœuf de Chalosse, le saumon de l'Adour et l'agneau de lait du Pays basque. Elle a héritée de son enfance et c'est avec beaucoup de liberté et de malice qu'elle les met en scène, dans son restaurant de la rue d'Assas dans le 6ème arrondissement des agapes hispanisantes dans son rez-de-chaussée dédié aux tapas. Sans cesse à l'écoute de ses émotions et révélant toujours plus une vraie sensibilité, si particulièrement féminine rencontrons un grand chef qui dégage une sensualité que l'on retrouve au premier étage dans un univers cosy.

Le pharaon d'argent réalisé par Andy Webb



En 1940, l'égyptologue français Pierre Montet découvre une tombe intacte, non pillée. Il s'agit de la chambre funéraire d'un pharaon vieux de 3 000 ans, Psousennes I.

À sa grande surprise, le sarcophage n'est pas en or mais en argent ! La tombe est ornée d'un trésor archéologique exceptionnel.

Si le squelette du pharaon n'a rien revélé à l'époque, les nouvelles analysent montrent qu'il est mort tres âgé.

Le travail de l'égyptologue sur le site de Tanis s'est avéré capital dans la connaissance du monde pharaonique, qui réserve encore de nombreux mystères...

Un siècle d'écrivains: Georges Bataille, à perte de vue réalisé par André S. Labarthe (fr. st eng.)



Un documentaire sur l'écrivain Georges Bataille (1897-1962), réalisé dans le cadre de la série télévisée "Un siècle d'écrivains".
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50-minute documentary program co-produced by Amip-France 3.
Director: André S. Labarthe well-known as co-founder and original developer of "Cinéma, de notre temps", here portrays the French writer Georges Bataille (1897-1962), whose work ventures, at the same time, into the fields of literature, anthropology, philosophy, economy, sociology and history of art.

Initially broadcasted on 30 April 1997, the film contains the interviews with Pierre Klossowski and Jacques Pimpanneau. The French title could be translated as "As-Far-as-The-Eye-Can-See (At the Limit of Vision)", which may well constitute a literary reference to the Bataille's first book, "Story of the Eye".

The Real... Istambul directed by Claudine Parrish



The Real... returns to BBC World News for a fourth series, visiting some of the most exciting cities in the world with the help of knowledgeable local celebrities.

Istanbul is a city of constancy and contrast - at once historic and cutting-edge contemporary.
It is the world's only city to straddle two continents: the Thracian side dipping Turkey's big toe in Europe while the rest of the city, and indeed the country, bathes luxuriously in Asia.

If your time here is short and you have to choose, I'd go for the European side. This is where you'll find the Old Town - Sultanahmet - whose treasures recall the city's place at the centre of the Byzantine empire and as a repository of Ottoman power.

It also reflects the modern, secular, republican country envisaged by the father of modern Turkey.

Mustafa Kemal
Ataturk - or Mustafa Kemal to give him his birth name - was a soldier, strategist, thinker, philosopher, ideologue, politician and father figure to a raft of adopted children, as well as figuratively to the entire nation.

It's hard to think of an equivalent 20th Century political figure who inspires such enduring reverence and adulation among his people, regardless of class, gender or religion.

It is Ataturk's legacy that in modern-day Turkey, mosques and muezzin rub along harmoniously with cappuccino bars, cocktail lounges and clubs. Old matriarchs in headscarves and hijabs shove up to share tram seats with girls wearing miniskirts and make-up.

The secularist Ataturk is seen by many as an early pioneer of female emancipation and women's rights. One of his adopted children was Sabiha Gokcen - the world's first female combat pilot and the first recorded Turkish aviatrix, after whom Istanbul's second airport is named.

Changing times
Istanbul's pace of change is astonishing. I first visited the city at the end of a month backpacking around Turkey with a girlfriend in 1988, and my memory is of a city that felt very eastern. We stayed in budget hostels in the Old Town and ate and drank in local bars and restaurants for prices that seemed - even to students, as we were - ludicrously cheap.

The hostels are thinner on the ground now, and cost a fair bit more than they did then, even allowing for inflation. 'Local' hangouts in the Old Town have been supplanted by tourist traps, with waiters promising 'special price'.

That said, hedonists, epicureans and gourmets will find plenty to savour here in the stylish bars and restaurants that have sprung up to cater for Istanbul's cosmopolitan new breed.

They are shaping a city that competes with anything else you might find throughout Europe, to which Istanbul looks without forgetting its Asian roots. How could it, with muezzin calling the faithful to prayer through loudspeakers several times a day?

Istanbul is a heady, intoxicating brew of the hip and the historic, bewitching and bewildering in equal measure.

I hope that you fall in love with it, just as I have done.

Smack the Pony - Season 1 Episode 2 directed by Victoria Pile



(WIKI) Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title was intended to sound like a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. The main performers and writers on the show were Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. There were also regular appearances from Sarah Alexander and Darren Boyd. The show's popular theme tune was Dusty Springfield's song In the Middle of Nowhere, sung by Jackie Clune. In Germany, the first transmission of the show aired on ProSieben, where the theme tune was changed to Texas' 2001 version of I Don't Want a Lover, and featured a different title sequence.

Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into the surreal; such as two women jumping from their car as they neared a parking space, and brushing in front of the path of their car to help it move further forward, as in curling. Two regular strands involved a series of different women making dating agency videos about their general likes and dislikes, and a musical parody that would close the show.