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New DVDs this month

Transfigured Night: A conversation with Alphonso Lingis

Finally Sunday: The Francois Truffaut Collection

Holy Motors

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon

Mel Brimfield: This is Performance Art

No Such Thing as Rest: A walk with Brian Massumi


This is not a dream

Gerhard Richter Painting

The Monster in the Night of the Labyrinth

Pictures of the Old World

Chris Marker Collection

Knitting Iron: Poshya Kakil Selected Works

Mad Tracey from Margate

Follow these links to the Library Catalogue to read more or to reserve a copy. They will be on display until 28th October after which time they can be borrowed.


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There is a great mix of new DVDs now on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library

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Under the Skin: Scarlett Johansson stars in this sci-fi thriller adapted from Michel Faber’s novel by director and co-writer Jonathan Glazer. Disguised as a human, extraterrestrial Laura (Johansson) comes from her home planet in search of earthly beings to send back to her employer. Arriving in Scotland she seeks out lonely hitchhikers to seduce, but can she keep her true identity hidden forever? The film also stars Paul Brannigan and Antonia Campbell-Hughes. Directed by Jonathan Glazier.

Bel Ami: Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman star in this sumptuous Paris-set period drama based on the novella by Guy de Maupassant. Georges Duroy (Pattinson) is a suave and handsome young journalist using his wits and powers of manipulation to make his way in 1890s Paris. In order to ascend the social ladder, Duroy seduces a string of influential society beauties including Madeleine Forestier (Thurman), Virginie Walters (Kristen Scott Thomas) and Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci). His peasant background has soon become a distant memory as he achieves dizzying success both in his career and in fashionable society.

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Spring in a small town: This is usually considered the finest Chinese film ever made, and is remarkable for its use of voice-over and the subtlety of the lighting and camera movement. At its heart is a romantic triangle sparked when doctor Li Wei comes to visit his friend, the invalid Yu Shi. It transpires that Li is also the old flame of Yu’s wife, Wei Wei. But the married couple remain impeccably courteous in the ennui of their rundown home, even when Yu’s young sister, Zhang Hongmei, begins to flirt with the dashing guest.

Bill Cunningham New York: For decades, Bill Cunningham “has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours … ‘Presented’ is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.”

Other DVDs . . .
Kinetta. A film ‘ a darkly comic and compellingly hypnotic film’. by Yorgos Lanthimos. Arrietty. A film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi inspired by Mary Norton’s The Borrowers and two films presented by Waldemar Januszczak. Paradise Found – in this program, art critic Waldemar Januszczak travels through the heart of the Middle East and beyond to study a wide range of Islamic architecture, decoration, and art objects. Also Sickert Vs Sargent in which Januszczak profiles Walter Sickert and John Singer Sargent, two giants of Edwardian painting who could not have been more different.

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Recently added to the collection at Llandaff and currently on display are DVDs from two BBC4 series.


Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork – a three part series looking at the British genius for woodwork over the centuries.

grinling gibbonsCarving by Grinling Gibbons Image courtesy of V&A database available through Database A – Z here.

Part 1: Chippendale: The man behind the chairs. Thomas Chippendale is the most famous furniture designer the world has ever produced, but what about the man behind the chairs? This episode shows how Chippendale worked his way up from humble roots to working for the nobility, but also how he was ruined by the very aristocrats he created such wonders for.

Part 2: “Michelangelo” of wood. The series about great British woodworkers continues by looking at the life and work of Grinling Gibbons. He isn’t a household name, but he is the greatest woodcarver the British Isles has ever produced. Working in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, Gibbons created delightful carved masterpieces for the likes of Charles II and William of Orange. This film explores the genius of the man they called the ‘Michelangelo of wood’.

Part 3: The Divine Craft of Carpentry. Wood spoke not just of earth, but of heaven. The series concludes by looking at the Middle Ages, a golden era. Sponsored by the monarchy and the Church, carvers and carpenters created wonders that still astound us today, from the magnificent roof of Westminster Hall to the Coronation Chair, last used by Elizabeth II, but created 700 years ago. The film also shows how this precious legacy was nearly destroyed during the fires of the Reformation.

Fabric of Britain


Sample book by Elizabeth Hume Image courtesy of V&A database available through Database A – Z here

Part 1: Knitting’s Golden Age. A documentary exploring how knitting rose from basic craft to the height of popular fashion in the 20th century. It’s a craft that has given us scratchy jumpers, sexy bathing costumes and the infamous poodle loo cover, has sustained Britain through the hardships of war and shown a mother’s love to generations of little ones. Today, knitwear has become a staple of every wardrobe thanks to a prince’s golfing taste, the Beatles and 1980s breakfast television. Warm-hearted and surprising, this is the story of the people’s craft and a very British one at that.

Part 2: The Story of Wallpaper. Paul Martin presents the surprisingly compelling story of wallpaper. From its origins in the 16th century to the present day, wallpaper has always had something to say about us and our tastes and aspirations. It’s a journey that takes Paul from the grandest of stately homes to the poorest of two-up-two-downs, the height of luxury to industrial grime and infestation. There are some fascinating tales along the way; wallpaper may seem insignificant, but governments have tried to control it, and it’s even threatened to poison us.

Part 3: The Wonder of Embroidery. The Reformation in England witnessed the destruction of the most brilliant art of the medieval age. Church paintings and stained glass – even sculpture – were destroyed throughout England in the name of religion. And yet one art survived against the odds – the art of medieval embroidery … Dan Jones, Plantagenet expert and medievalist, goes in search of these fragile yet stunning survivors from the great age of embroidery – encountering a world of finery, bejewelled luxury and sacred beauty on an undreamt-of scale.

Follow the links to the library catalogue to reserve any of these titles.

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