April 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Directed by award-winning documentary maker, Greg Barker, this is a unique insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team (assembled during his first presidential campaign—Secretary of State, John Kerry, UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, DNSA & presidential confidant Ben Rhodes & NSA Susan Rice) during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House & State Department, this documentary offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power. Special Features a Q&A with Ambassador Samantha Power. A fascinating reminder of a time when American politics had a semblance of gravitas, and sacking by tweet was reserved for reality TV.

In the latest season of the award-winning Silent Witness our committed team of forensic pathologists & scientists affected from the fallout after Mexico, while there’s a cuckoo in the nest. A series of tragic events are linked to a cyber hacking. A US Diplomat is shot dead in Central London. Care home abuse is uncovered after a road traffic accident and festive celebrations are interrupted by the aftermath of a shooting spree at a family house.

Based on the Vera Stanhope novels by Ann Cleeves and set against the atmospheric panoramas of the Northumberland countryside, season 8 of his award-winning series sees the caustic and courageous Vera and her team drawn into four new compelling cases—including the body of a police officer discovered in an abattoir incinerator, a mysterious car crash, a suburban back-garden murder and the suspicious death of a teenage boy.

Another award-winning series, this time a barrel of laughs from Larry David, the man behind the hugely popular Seinfeld, plays a version of himself—a man who has it all but finds that his day-to-day life can, and generally does, turn into a sequence of misfortunes. In season 9 Larry writes a musical comedy—Fatwa—based on Salman Rushdie’s run-in with the Ayatolla. Not surprisingly David becomes a recipient of a fatwa for his disrespect, and let the games begin (with a guest spot from Rushdie himself). I’ve avoided Curb your Enthusiasm for 9 seasons—a misplaced attempt at moderation, how many boxed sets can youmanage in a lifetime before you don’t have a life? But, when Scott handed me season 9, I was finally tempted—and am now watching the previous 8 seasons. David’s curmudgeonly misanthropy is very funny, the supporting cast are all fantastic, and its jaunty theme—utterly addictive. (ed)

Before he arrived in Hollywood to leave his indelible & inimitable mark on timeless comedies like Trouble in Paradise & The Shop Around the Corner, Ernst Lubitsch created an expansive body of work in Germany that proved to be as varied in its tone as it was sophisticated in its measure of man & woman. This box set collects six recently restored works from the silent phase of Lubitsch’s career, and casts new light on the director both as a fully-formed comic master, and as a virtuoso of cinematographic technique. These ‘fairy-tales, melodramas & sex comedies’—Ich möchte kein Mann sein; Die Puppe; Die Austernprinzessin; Sumurun; Anna Boleyn; Die Bergkatze—were made between 1918 to 1921. The 6 features are across five discs, and a 6th disc contains Robert Fischer’s 2006 feature-length documentary Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin: From Schönhauser Allee to Hollywood. The films are presented in their original aspect ratio, with the original German intertitles and newly translated, optional English subtitles.

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