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    • Sélection de la Médiathèque

    « Stephen Poliakoff's BBC drama telling the story of Prince John, the autistic and epileptic son of Queen Mary and King George V who spent his whole life hidden away from public view. Covering the period leading up to and including the First World War, the film bears witness to many major historic events through the eyes of the young prince, and dramatises such important royal occasions as Edward VII's funeral and the visitation of the nine Kings of Europe in 1910. A marvellous reinvention of the costume epic, it is an absorbing study of the turbulent years leading up to and during the First World War, seen through the percipient eyes of a scarcely remembered royal child. Extensively researched, impeccably cast, beautifully filmed, written and directed with masterly economy and restraint, this is a timely reminder that a fiction film can teach complicated world politics in an entertaining way. »

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    « The Hermit Kingdom is a nickname inspired by North Korea's secrecy and withdrawal from the wider world. The last remaining stronghold of Communism, it is a country reviled and lampooned in the West, where its mystery inspires ridicule and anxiety in equal measure. This documentary portrays a highly regimented visit organised through the unexpected figure of a forty-year-old Spaniard who is the government's only foreign employee, Special Delegate Foreign Relations DPRK. Over the course of Longoria's stay, he goes from being an affable curiosity to revealing the depth of his devotion to the party line ; he speaks to a group of school children and tells them how Kim Jong-un is revered across the globe and how North Korea is - effectively - the centre of the world. Another official, however, admits to Longoria's quietly probing camera that the DPRK's understanding of how the world sees it is actually very limited. The aim is to highlight the propaganda wars being embarked upon both within the country's borders and on the international stage. »

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    « Just as 18-year-old Londoner sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend Eliza, beginning her two year stint of National Service, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather. Intrigued by the life a man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine. Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life--for both Jews and Arabs--in this troubled land. And as her grandfather's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed during this time of the birth of Israel. As she learns more about her grandfather's experiences, she also starts to witness the complexities of life for both Jews and Arabs alike, but ultimately finds herself retracing his steps in order to fulfill a promise that he was unable to. »

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    « This two-part series is based on an Alan Furst novel of the same title, and it is true to the original in story and in spirit: it’s an enjoyable, straightforward espionage tale. “Spies of Warsaw,” which begins in 1937, is set amid candelabras and barbed-wire fences in Poland, France and Germany, and brackets Polish demimondaines, German industrialists, SS officers, Bolsheviks, Jewish refugees and French military officers. Col. Jean-François Mercier (David Tennant) is a French military attaché in Warsaw, a widower and wounded World War I hero who in 1920 also fought in a Polish unit against the Red Army. Mercier is modeled closely on de Gaulle, though he is much more handsome, and single and available. Mercier has a front-row view of Germany’s preparations for war, and they are hard to miss — the border keeps getting closer. Mercier knows that war is imminent, but he has to fight denial — or indifference — inside the French Embassy and even back in Paris, where top officers in the Deuxième Bureau ignore or dispute his reports. There is nothing more satisfying than a prewar espionage story that shows, up close and told-you-so, how most of Europe slept through Hitler’s rise. »

    • Sélection non luxembourgeoise

    « The Best Remaining Seats, is a seminal work in the history of theaters. It was the first to survey the origins and architecture of America's movie palaces, the palatial cinemas built between the 1910s and the 1940s to showcase the films of Hollywood's major studios. » Ben M. Hall (1921-1970) was an American author and theater historian. In 1969, Hall founded the Theatre Historical Society of America.

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    “This book discusses the natural and anthropogenic determinants of the environment and their impact on human health. It throws light on the perspectives of climate change with case studies from Australia, India, Italy, and Latin America. Themes covered are ecology of antibiotic resistant microorganisms, pesticide and heavy metal (arsenic) problems in natural environment; molecular advances in understanding of microbial interactions; ecological studies of human/animal health and diseases; food security, technological developments and more. The various chapters incorporate both theoretical and applied aspects and may serve as baseline information for future research through which significant development is possible.”

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    « Quel rapport entre le basalte, l’ambre et la craie ? Bien que formés dans des conditions totalement différentes, tous trois sont des roches. Qu’est-ce que le quartz a de commun avec l’opale ? Ce sont deux minéraux siliceux, mais seul le premier est un cristal. Est-il vrai que le graphite a la même composition que le diamant ? Oui, il s’agit de deux cristaux de carbone pur. Une composition d’ailleurs partagée par une roche charbonneuse, l’anthracite. Comment rendre un sédiment intelligent ? Quelles roches se forment par évaporation ? Que nous disent les fossiles sur les extinctions massives ? Que s’est-il passé en Martinique le 8 mai 1902 et à Tcheliabinsk, en Oural, le matin du 15 février 2013 ? Pourra-t-on un jour extraire du pétrole et du gaz de schiste sans polluer ?... Roches, minéraux, cristaux : trois termes simples, qui pourtant recouvrent une réalité complexe et mystérieuse. Percer les secrets de la cristallographie, apprendre à distinguer les roches magmatiques des roches métamorphiques, comprendre les pierres précieuses, découvrir des matériaux extraterrestres... À travers 100 questions richement illustrées, émaillées d’anecdotes historiques ou littéraires, ce petit livre propose un éclairage simple, précis et ludique sur la formation et la diversité des roches et des minéraux. »

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    « Three drops of this colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid would put you out of your mind for hours! – If you haven’t heard of LSD, you will”. Mitten in den Wirren des Zweiten Weltkriegs entdeckt der Schweizer Chemiker Albert Hofmann zufällig eine bislang unbekannte Substanz: LSD. Ein riskanter Selbstversuch lässt ihn das ungeheure Potenzial dieses neuen Wirkstoffs erkennen, der die Welt verändern wird. Hippies, Geheimdienste und das Militär erliegen seinem Rätsel. Selbst Mediziner streiten um die Verwendbarkeit von LSD als Heilmittel. "The Substance" ist ein filmischer Trip durch sechs Jahrzehnte und erzählt die Geschichte einer Droge, die bis heute nichts von ihrer Mysteriösität verloren hat. »

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    « Alors qu'il s'apprête à intégrer l'armée israélienne pour effectuer son service militaire, Joseph découvre qu'il n'est pas le fils biologique de ses parents et qu'il a été échangé à la naissance avec Yacine, l'enfant d'une famille palestinienne de Cisjordanie. La vie de ces deux familles est brutalement bouleversée par cette révélation qui les oblige à reconsidérer leurs identités respectives, leurs valeurs et leurs convictions. »

    • Sélection non luxembourgeoise

    « De 1923 à 1933, les dix années de vie d'un jeune juif roumain, des champs de pétrole des Carpates aux cafés de Montparnasse. Confronté aux violences de l'antisémitisme, il s'interroge sur les causes qui le nourrissent depuis 2000 ans. »

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    « Digitale Demenz, Verlust der Privatsphäre, Cybermobbing, Informationsüberflutung, Tablets statt Schulbücher, Google und Wikipedia als weltweite Bibliothek, multimediales und interaktives Lernen die Digitalisierung macht auch vor der Schule nicht Halt. Dabei geht es nicht darum, ob digitale Medien 'gut' oder 'schlecht' sind. Die Schule bereitet junge Leute auf die Zukunft vor. Diese Aufgabe darf sie nicht nur mit den Werkzeugen der Vergangenheit angehen. Das Buch setzt sich mit der Frage auseinander, über welche Kompetenzen man in einer digital geprägten Gesellschaft verfügen muss. »

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    « Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger. But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.» Winner of the Costa First Novel Award. Shortlisted for National Book Awards New Writer of the Year.

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    « When the Sitwell family is mentioned, most people think of its most famous members: the siblings Edith (1887–1964), Osbert (1892–1969), and Sacheverell (1897–1988), glittering masters of self-advertisement who challenged Bloomsbury as arbiters of taste during the 1920s and ’30s and went on grabbing the aesthetic limelight right up until their triumphant tours of the United States in the 1940s and ’50s. According to Evelyn Waugh, they “radiated an aura of high spirits, elegance, impudence, unpredictability, above all of sheer enjoyment. They declared war on dullness.” “I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish” Edith Sitwell The Sitwells entertained the artists of their time in Renishaw Hall (Cecil Beaton, Rex Whistler, Evelyn Waugh, John Piper etc.) D. H. Lawrence is said to have used Renishaw Hall as inspiration for his novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. The 1980 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice used footage shot at Renishaw Hall. »

    • Sélection non luxembourgeoise

    « Entdecker hat es überall gegeben. Aber warum haben die Europäer die Welt systematisch vermessen und erobert? Jürgen Sarnowsky eröffnet in seiner kurzen Geschichte der Entdeckungsreisen das große Panorama eines Zeitalters, das wie besessen war von den Geheimnissen und Reichtümern jenseits der Meere. Auf der Grundlage zahlreicher Reiseberichte aus fünf Jahrhunderten zeigt das Buch, wie die Welt seit dem Spätmittelalter angetrieben von Neugier, Abenteuerlust und dem Wettlauf um Land und Reichtum erschlossen wurde. Der Autor erzählt von der frühen Erkundung Asiens und der afrikanischen Westküste, von Vasco da Gama, Kolumbus und Cortés, von den Südseereisen Magellans und Cooks, von der Suche nach der Nordwestpassage und den Forschungsreisen Alexander von Humboldts. Sein spannend geschriebenes Buch führt den Leser ganz nah an die Mentalität der Entdecker heran und lässt uns so die Geschichte der Globalisierung besser verstehen. »

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    « Viviane Sassen's latest body of work was realized in a remote village on the Upper Suriname River. Known for her imaginative approach to fashion photography, Sassen's lens here captures mundane objects, making them appear extraordinary against the background of nature's overwhelming presence. Largely shot in black and white, the informal photos also capture a sense of Sassen's personal connection to the village, which is inhabited by the ancestors of former slaves who escaped Dutch rule. » Viviane Sassen (born 1972) is a Dutch photographer who has been widely published and exhibited. She was included in the 2011 New Photography exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. She has created campaigns for Miu Miu, Stella McCartney, and Louis Viutton, among others. She has won the Dutch Prix de Rome (2007) and the Infinity Award from International Center of Photography

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    « Du Rwanda à la Caraïbe et à l'Amérique, ce roman, qui a pour toile de fond les mystères, les initiations et la naissance de la musique des Nyabinghi, évoque le crime fondateur de ce peuple rasta, celui de la diva Kitami, surnommée l'Amazone noire. »

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    « Dwight F. Reynolds brings together a collection of essays by leading international scholars to provide a comprehensive and accessible survey of modern Arab culture, from the early nineteenth to the twenty-first century. The chapters survey key issues necessary to any understanding of the modern Arab World: the role of the various forms of the Arabic language in modern culture and identity; the remarkable intellectual transformation undergone during the 'Nahda' or 'Arab Renaissance' of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the significant role played by ethnic and religious minorities, and the role of law and constitutions. Other chapters on poetry, narrative, theatre, cinema and television, art, architecture, humour, folklore, and food offer fresh perspectives and correct negative stereotypes that emerge from viewing Arab culture primarily through the lens of politics, terrorism, religion, and economics. »

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    «One hundred years ago, Cecil B. DeMille made the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood and went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history. Between 1913 and 1956, he made seventy features, both silent and sound films. DeMille told his cinematic tales with painterly, extravagant images, the parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments was only one of these. His films were distinguished by their epic scale, and by his cinematic showmanship. This lavish volume opens the Cecil B. DeMille Archives, presenting storyboard art, concept paintings, and an array of photographic imagery. Historian Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather's thoughts on his various films, and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments. »

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    « Pape Satan Aleppe, chroniques d'une société liquide, est un essai qui rassemble des textes déjà publiés depuis 2000 dans l'hebdomadaire italien L'Espresso, auquel collaborait l'écrivain philosophe et linguiste. »

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