New DVD recordings

Waterloo, London, 1960-72 (b/w photo)

Waterloo, London, 1960-72 (b/w photo), Gay, John (1909-1999)

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education

 

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A day at an automatic photo booth on Waterloo station

The sexual century – Parts 1 & 2

Series examining attitude changes that have allowed sex to become a dominant issue in modern Britain. 1) The Sexual Explorers: looks back at the lives of famous sex researchers – Marie Stopes, Kinsey, Masters and Johnson, and Wilhelm Reich of the Orgone Institute. 2): The Look of Love: Effects of cinema’s first fantasy images on a mass audience – notes idols Rudolph Valentino, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich

Bjørn Lomberg on environmentalism

This debate is presented by the controversial Danish author of ‘The Sceptical Environmentalist’, Bjorn Lomborg, who traces the origins and history of the green phenomenon, from the small bands of protesters sailing towards nuclear bomb tests of the 1970s, to being one of today’s most powerful worldwide movements.

Joseph Stiglitz on capitalism

Former chief economist of the World Bank and Nobel-prize winner Joseph Stiglitz explores the history of capitalism. From the writings of Adam Smith to the impact of globalisation on a fractious world, he sheds light on this baffling idea that is central to the way human beings live.

Fear and loathing : A small town in Poland, The lost race

‘A small town in Poland’ is a Storyville film, directed by Marian Marzynski, about anti-Semitism in contemporary Poland. Bransk has a large Jewish population before the Holocaust, but nearing its 500th anniversary, the authorities debate whether to acknowledge the town’ Jewish past. ‘The Lost race’ considers the consequences of the collapse of support in the 1979 General Election for the National Front. Looks at the 1989 ‘Massacre of Welling Library’ in which the British National Party (BNP) injured 16. Also examines the influence of Italian neo-fascists on modern-day supporters.

Japan in colour : the wonderful world of Albert Kahn

In 1908, the French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn launched one of the most ambitious projects in the history of photography. Kahn created what he called his Archive of the Planet. Some of the most important of Kahn’s Archive were shot during three visits to Japan. This film showcases Kahn’s pictures that were recorded at a time when this fascinating country was going through momentous changes.

Documentaries of five female photographers

 1: Lee Miller. Lee Miller led one of the most fascinating lives of the 20th century. A model for Vogue, pupil and lover of Man Ray in Paris and the only female photojournalist covering WWII, her work encompassed surrealist images and shocking reportage from Dachau. Having given up photography later, Miller’s archive of 40,000 negatives was only rediscovered after her death. 2: Annie Leibovitz. Programme presenting an intimate portrait of the American photographer who, now in her late fifties, is still universally in demand from pop stars to political leaders, rabble-rousers to royalty. 3: Linda McCartney. Programme focusing on LInda McCartney’s photographic career, which she followed for thirty years. 4: Eve Arnold. Programme examining the photographer’s life and work as well as the changing role of photography during her career. 5: Sharon Chazan. Documentary showcasing the work of photographer Sharon Chazan, who was hailed as a new star of photojournalism when she left Newport College in 1987. Her promise was never realised, because in November of that year she was murdered by a 61 year-old Polish refugee who had figured in her final-year project. The film asks whether it was her closeness to her subjects which led ultimately to her death

 

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