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DOCO . . . The Rise and Fall of Versailles (Part 1 – Louis XIV)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 26 April 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


“The Rise and Fall of Versailles” is a three part BBC documentary about Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. The first in the series is about Louis XIV who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. Starting on 14 May 1643 when Louis was 4 years old, his reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in European history.

Louis XIV built the Palace of Versailles, probably the most splendid royal palace in Europe. Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI. Filmed in Versailles itself, this three-part drama-documentary brings the 150-year reign of France’s three most famous monarchs – Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI – to life.

TRAILER . . . https://www.zed.fr/en/tv/the-rise-and-fall-of-versailles

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV_of_France

REVIEW . . . . https://worklizard.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-versailles/

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

YOUTUBE . . . https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxeAucJXXWfT8UB
. . . . . . . . . . . . All three parts are here on YouTube if you miss any of the series.

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DOCO . . . F for FAKE (1973, 89 Min, IBDb 7.8)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 5 April 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Orson Welles appears as himself in this witty and subversive film essay on fakery and forgery, art and illusion. Taking footage from an earlier Francois Reichenbach documentary on art forgery — based on a book by the literary hoaxer Clifford Irving — Welles worked his own clips into it, re-editing the original footage extensively. In the film, he tells of the success of his own fakeries, from the lies which got him into Ireland’s Abby Theater, to his famous radio hoax about an invasion of Martians, and his subsequent career as an actor and film director. All of these memories are interspersed in a sort of documentary within a documentary about the art forger Elmyr de Hory — a woman who conned Picasso out of almost two-dozen paintings — and musings over the life of Howard Hughes and the man who forged an “autobiography” of Hughes, Clifford Irving. This 1973 production was the last full-length film Welles made.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUAwgt2Z-3Y

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F_for_Fake

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/m/f_for_fake/reviews/?type=top_critics

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

SOURCE . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . ZERO DAYS (2016, 116 Mins, IMDb 7.8)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 29 March 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Zero Days is a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. For the first time, the film tells the complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware (known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Zero Days is the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyber warfare. Beyond the technical aspects of the story, Zero Days reveals a web of intrigue involving the CIA, the US Military’s new cyber command, Israel’s Mossad and Operations that include both espionage and covert assassinations but also a new generation of cyber weapons whose destructive power is matched only by Nuclear War.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8lj45IL5J4

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Days

REVIEWS . . . https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/zero-days-2016

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5446858/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

TOMATOES . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zero_days

SOURCE . . . DVD from the City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013, 84 Min, IMDb 7.3)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 22 March 2019
VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debilitating injury. Unexpected romance. No toilet paper when you really need it. Profound grief and deep doubt. Hunger. Laughing with new friends. Total exhaustion. You are guaranteed to experience all of this when walking the ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago.

TRAILER . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJDxD_UE4ZQ

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago

REVIEWS . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/walking_the_camino/reviews/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2406422/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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DOCO . . . . KEDI (2016, 89 Min, 7.7 IMDb)
TIME . . . . . 2.00 pm Friday 8 March 2019
VENUE . . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre


Kedi (Turkish for “Cat”) is a 2016 Turkish documentary film about seven of the thousands of stray cats that live in Istanbul. Cats have lived in Istanbul for centuries. Some are wild and fend for themselves, while others are tame and are cared for by people. Kedi depicts these cats, and includes many interviews with the people who interact with them. The DOCO focuses on seven of the cats, who are named Sari, Duman, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat, and Deniz.

A TRAILER gives you an idea if this DOCO is of interest to you.

WIKIPEDIA tells you about the making of the DOCO.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kedi_(2016_film)

REVIEWS by “Top Critics” are those published in newspapers and magazines.
A RED tomato is a good review. A GREEN (squashed) tomato is a bad review.
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kedi_2017/reviews/?type=top_critics

IMDb the International Movie Data base, is where thousands of people rate the film.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4420704/?ref_=nv_sr_1

ROTTEN TOMATOES has a TOMATOMETER, a measure of what a few hundred published critics think of the DOCO. There is also an AUDIENCE SCORE from thousands of people who have seen the DOCO.
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kedi_2017

SOURCE is where the DOCO came from, in this case the City of Melbourne Library.
https://librarysearch.melbourne.vic.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/OPAC/BIBENQ/2322308/244346,1

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DOCO . . . The Times of Harvey Milk (1984, 90 Min, 8.3 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 1 March 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in United States history, had been serving on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors only 11 months when he, along with Mayor George Moscone, was assassinated in 1978 by Dan White, a fellow supervisor disillusioned with the constant compromise of city politics and an opponent on gay-rights issues. Harvey Milk interweaves newsreel footage and personal interviews to construct a compelling portrait of these turbulent times: Milk’s rise to prominence in the Castro; Moscone’s emphasis on neighborhoods and the subsequent redistricting that allowed Milk to be elected; his successful fight against Senator John Briggs’s inflammatory Proposition 6; the assassination; White’s trial; and its violent aftermath. The most moving images depict the massive but reverential candlelight march that followed the shootings, a sharp contrast to the riots after White’s infamous Twinkies-defense trial.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jet-Ubwk5l8

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088275/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . . . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_times_of_harvey_milk

WIKIPEDIA . . . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Times_of_Harvey_Milk

REVIEWS . . . . . . . https://rottentomatoes.com/the_times_of_harvey_milk/reviews/

SOURCE . . . . . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . A Crude Awakening (2006, 84 Min, 7.8 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 22 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

A Crude Awakening tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. The idea that the world’s oil supplies have peaked, or will soon, is gaining mainstream currency.

Robert B. Semple, Jr., associate editor of the New York Times editorial board, writes in the paper’s March 1, 2006, online edition: “The Age of Oil — 100-plus years of astonishing economic growth made possible by cheap, abundant oil — could be ending without our really being aware of it. Oil is a finite commodity. At some point even the vast reservoirs of Saudi Arabia will run dry. But before that happens there will come a day when oil production ‘peaks,’ when demand overtakes supply (and never looks back), resulting in large and possibly catastrophic price increases that could make today’s $60-a-barrel oil look like chump change. Unless, of course, we begin to develop substitutes for oil. Or begin to live more abstemiously. Or both.

The concept of peak oil has not been widely written about. But people are talking about it now. It deserves a careful look — largely because it is almost certainly correct.” Semple concludes: “These are not doomsday scenarios from conspiracy theorists, but hard scientific facts backed by serious research.” You needn’t be a conspiracy theorist to see a connection between America’s current obsessions with the Middle East and national security, and the world’s looming oil crisis. The frenzied search for alternative sources of energy now being pursued by the largest multinational energy corporations makes it clear they also believe a crisis is fast approaching. Each day’s headlines, whether the subject is Iraq or South America, sheds new light on the issue.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=3dZn2kYOlOQ

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . imdb.com/title/tt0776794/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . . . . . rottentomatoes.com/m/a_crude_awakening_the_oil_crash?

WIKIPEDIA . . . . . . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Crude_Awakening:_The_Oil_Crash

SHORT REVIEWS . . bbc.co.uk/films/a_crude_awakening_the_oil_crash

LONG REVIEW . . resilience.org/stories/review-ia-crude-awakening-oil-crash

SOURCE . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=odCZpBPfFQk

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DOCO . . . Catherine the Great (2005, 120 Min)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 15 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

This two-hour biography of the Russian empress (1729-96) is historically accurate, rich and frequently perverse. It’s hard to resist a documentary in which an historian describes Catherine’s predecessor, the Empress Elizabeth, as “beautiful, Amazonian—a genuine nymphomaniac,” then adds that she also possessed the largest dress collection in Europe and once ordered a woman’s tongue ripped out. Catherine ruled with a spirit of more enlightened principle, consulting French philosophers like Denis Diderot, but she didn’t mind acquiescing to the murder of her husband, royal twit Peter III, to get the throne. Then again, she once found him carrying out a military-style hanging of a rat. History does not grant the man many pity points.

Between interviews with experts on the period, Emily Bruni plays Catherine with unaffected directness, reciting from the empress’s letters and memoirs. Her writings have an elegant precision at odds with the decadent mess of the Russian court.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDznkGf6ZzE

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488986/?ref_=nv_sr_6

TOMATOES . . . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/catherine_the_great_2005

BOOK REVIEW . . https://www.telegraph.co.uk/Catherine-the-Great.html

SOURCE . . . . . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . Pale Blue Dot: Humility (2018, 50 Min, 8.5 TDF)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 8 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

On Valentine’s Day in 1990, a photograph inspired a different sort of poetry.

It was on that day that the Voyager 1 space probe — having finished its tour of the planets in the outer solar system — turned its cameras back toward the Earth and captured the picture that scientist and TV host Carl Sagan dubbed the Pale Blue Dot: our planet seen as less than a pixel, caught in a beam of light reflected off the camera’s optics.

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us,” Sagan wrote in his 1994 book of the same title. “On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”

Read the full article HERE.

Various ideas from the book “Pale Blue Dot” have been made into documentaries. Carl Sagan, who died in 1996, narrates this documentary. It is a truly inspiring film.

SPEECH. . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWPFmdAWRZ0

TRAILER . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bLliItnVBg

TOPFILMS. . . . https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/pale-blue-dot-humility/

WIKIPEDIA  . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot

SOURCE . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELnXGG1JLXc

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DOCO . . . The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (2017, 80 Min, 8.3 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 1 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions and Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? This is what the Spider’s Web sets out to investigate.

With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the use of stylized b-roll and archive footage, the Spider’s Web reveals how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and transparency, and the UK is right at the heart of this.

TRAILER . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uM2cdhfAGA

REVIEW . . . . https://www.moderntimes.review/britains-hidden-empire/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6483026/

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spider’s_Web

SOURCE . . . . https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/spider-web-britain-second-empire/

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