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May 21, 2012

The League of Gentlemen

Bitter about being forced into retirement, a colonel (wittily embodied by Jack Hawkins) ropes a cadre of former British army men into aiding him in a one-million-pound back robbery -a risky, multitiered plan that involves infiltrating a military compound. A delightful case of British all-stars.
Cast: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Kieron Moore, Robert Coote, Terence Alexander, Norman Bird.

Classic British dry humor and a very clever caper. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54729-D 116 minutes 1960

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Shipbreakers

"Welcome to Alang, India, the site of a gargantuan scrap yard where oceangoing ships come to die. Forty thousand Indians live and work here, dismembering and scavenging the hulks of 400 vessels every year. [This documentary] chronicles the lives of the people who work here, from the men who take apart these giant ships with their bare hands to the bosses who ignore environmental and health concerns for fear of losing the business to other developing nations. It may be the world's most dangerous job. One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, evaporated in explosions, crushed by falling steel, cut in half by cables, or broken up from falls. Of the remainder, one in four will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs or other toxic substances. Vividly capturing both the haunting beauty of the ships and the deplorable conditions of the workers, SHIPBREAKERS is an international story of greed, survival, Third World labor, and environmental neglect"

It's amazing to see these huge ocean freighters being taken apart one cut at a time. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56675-D 46 minutes 2004

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May 11, 2012

A Day on the Grand Canal with the emperor of China, or, Surface is illusion but so is depth

World famous artist David Hockney invites the viewer to join him on a magical journey down a 72-foot-long legendary 17th-century Chinese scroll. Hockney traces the Emperor Kangxi's grand tour of his southern domains. As Hockney compares this oriental masterpiece to a Canaletto painting, he teaches us the differences between Western and Eastern artistic perspective.

In-depth discussion. Beautiful and outstanding work. Pre-western influence exceptional detail on this 72 foot scroll. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56696-D 48 minutes 1998

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The nature of existence

Filmmaker Roger Nygard (Trekkies) takes on The nature of existence, roaming the globe to interview spiritual leaders, scientists, and artists who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity.
Bonus features: the making of "the nature of existence"; deleted scenes; Steve Fromstein comedy performance; Pandit Jasraj musical performance; audio commentary track with filmmakers and guests; two early short works by Roger Nygard: "poltercube" and "the destroyers" ; optional commentary.

Really a very nice documentary and discussion. It is an inspiration to hear the many voices. This program offers hope to everyone who takes the time to watch and listen. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56685-D 174 minutes 2010

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