About julianwhiting

After obtaining a language degree many moons ago I went on to work at the largest UK language bookshop in London. In the 1990s I formed J Whiting Books. From the start the aim was to promote foreign languages and cultures, by selling books and dvds. J Whiting books has now been selling books and dvds for over 20 years, supplying individuals and institutions Worldwide. Worldonlinecinema.com is our internet presence, promoting and selling World Cinema titles, British Cinema on Dvd, Documentaries on Dvd and Literature on Dvd Our mission is to celebrate cultural diversity and bring a wider understanding of culture, gender and race.

German war movie – HÖRE DIE STILLE/BEHIND ENEMY LINES – released on dvd

Behind Enemy LinesHÖRE DIE STILLE/BEHIND ENEMY LINES (15) 2016 GERMANY EHRENBERG , ED £15.99
October 1941, a group of German soldiers are forced to take refuge in a small Russian village behind enemy lines. Here the soldiers and villagers bond.

However an act of violence threatens to destroy the bond and many of the villagers become fearful of what will happen to them when the Soviet army returns.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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German TV film – JACK THE RIPPER – out on dvd

Jack the RipperJACK THE RIPPER (15) 2016 GERMANY NIEMANN, SEBASTIAN (5060352304343) £12.99
After moving to London in 1888, German photographer Anna Kosminski discovers the Whitechapel area is being terrorised by a notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper. While the police struggle to identify a suspect, Whitechapel remains in a constant state of fear in anticipation of Jack’s next crime.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

Korean thriller – VILLAINESS – out on dvd

VillainessTHE VILLAINESS (18) 2017 KOREA BYEONG-GIL , BYEONG-GIL DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY £19.99
Action thriller starring Kim Ok-bin as ruthless female assassin Sook-hee. Trained to kill from a young age, Sook-hee is given the chance to start a new life in South Korea following the death of her mentor. Taking up a job as a government agent, she is promised her freedom after ten years of service.

However, things soon become complicated when two mysterious men appear, forcing Sook-hee to confront a number of dark secrets from her past. The cast also includes Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Joon and Kim Seo-hyung.

In Korean with English subtitles

Available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/korean-thai-vietnamese-films-on-dvd

Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Vietnam War documentary issued on dvd

VIETNAM WARTHE VIETNAM WAR – A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK (E) £69.99

Ten-part, 18-hour, definitive documentary series about the Vietnam War. Featuring rare archival footage, the documentary looks at the lives of the people who fought on both sides of the war and examines how the controversial combat altered American history.

The series features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life, and includes footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic TV broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revealing audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

Over 120 popular songs are used to define the era. Tracks by the The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Ben E King, Phil Ochs, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Barry McGuire, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Otis Redding, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, The Temptations, Booker T and the MGs, Pete Seeger and more.

DVDs available to buy from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries

Episode breakdown

1: “DÉJÀ VU” (1858-1961)
After a century of French occupation, Vietnam emerges independent but divided.

2: “RIDING THE TIGER” (1961-1963)
As a communist insurgency gains strength, JFK wrestles with US involvement in Vietnam.

3: “THE RIVER STYX” (JANUARY 1964-DECEMBER 1965)
With South Vietnam near collapse, LBJ bombs the North and sends US troops to the South.

4: “RESOLVE” (JANUARY 1966-JUNE 1967)
US soldiers discover Vietnam is unlike their fathers’ war, as the antiwar movement grows.

5: “THIS IS WHAT WE DO” (JULY 1967-DECEMBER 1967)
President Johnson escalates the war while promising the public that victory is in sight.

6: “THINGS FALL APART” (JANUARY 1968-JULY 1968)
Shaken by the Tet Offensive, assassinations and unrest, America seems to be coming apart.

7: “THE VENEER OF CIVILIZATION” (JUNE 1968-MAY 1969)
After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon, promising peace, wins the presidency.

8: “THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD” (APRIL 1969-MAY 1970)
Nixon withdraws troops but upon sending forces to Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.

9: “A DISRESPECTFUL LOYALTY” (MAY 1970-MARCH 1973)
South Vietnam fights alone as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. POWs return.

10: “THE WEIGHT OF MEMORY” (MARCH 1973-ONWARD)
Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans & Vietnamese from all sides seek reconciliation.

Suggested reading

Books by interviewees featured in the film
If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O’Brien
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Decent Interval by Frank Snepp
Notes to the Man Who Shot Me: Vietnam War Poems by John Musgrave
Abandoning Vietnam by James H. Willbanks
The Last Time I Dreamed About the War: Essays on the Life and Writing of W.D.

Ehrhart by W.D. Ehrhart
The Sacred Willow by Mai Elliott
Conversations with W.D. Ehrhart by W.D. Ehrhart
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
The Stars, The Earth, The River by Le Minh Khue
A Patriot After All: The Story of a Chicano Vet by Juan Ramirez
We were Soldiers Once…And Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G Moore Ret. and Joseph L. Galloway
Life and Death in the Central Highlands by James T. Gillam
Chained Eagle: The Heroic Story of the First American Shot Down over North

Vietnam by Everett Alvarez Jr. and Anthony S. Pitch
What it is Like to go to War by Karl Marlantes
Filmmaker Picks
Non-Fiction
The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson
Vietnam: A Portrait of Its People at War by David Chanoff & Doan Van Toai
No Sure Victory by Gregory A. Daddis
The Sacred Willow by Duong Van Mai Elliott
The Sixties by Todd Gitlin
A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
A Better War by Lewis Sorley
A Vietcong Memoir by Truong Nhu Tang
Deserter by Jack Todd

Fiction
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
The Quiet American by Graham Greene

DVDs available to buy from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries

 

 

 

Cédric Klapisch’s – CE QUI NOUS LIE/BACK TO BURGUNDY – issued on dvd

Back to BurgundyCE QUI NOUS LIE/BACK TO BURGUNDY (15) 2017 FRANCE KLAPISCH, CÉDRIC £19.99
After travelling the world for ten years, Jean returns to the family vineyard after the death of his father dies. Here he reconnects with his family as they rediscover their roots.

In French with English subtitles

FRENCH LANGUAGE PRESS NOTES TO CE QUI NOUS LIE

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

 

 

LOUIS MALLE DOCUMENTARY COLLECTION – out on 10 dvd set

Louis Malle Documentaries CollectionLOUIS MALLE DOCUMENTARY COLLECTION (15) FRANCE   £69.99
  Features –

   VIVE LE TOUR (1962) follows the riders of the Tour de France in 1962.

   PHANTOM INDIA (1969) is a seven-part series in which Malle travels around India.

   CALCUTTA (1969) consists of visuals of the Indian city Calcutta

   A HUMAN CONDITION (1974) depicts the production of Citroen cars at a factory in northern France.

   PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE (1974) documents the many individuals who spend their days in the Place de la République in Paris.

   GOD’S COUNTRY (1985) focuses on the town of Glencoe, Minnesota and its struggling farming community.

   …AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (1986) Malle examines the experiences of immigrants in the US in the 1980s.

 

In French with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

LOUIS MALLE COLLECTION out on dvd and Blu Ray

Louis Malle Features CollectionLOUIS MALLE COLLECTION (15) FRANCE    DVD – £69.99 BLU RAY – £79.99
  Collection of ten films directed by French film-maker Louis Malle.
Features –

   ASCENSEUR POUR L’ÉCHAFAUD/LIFT TO THE SCAFFOLD 1958
Malle’s debut feature is a tense thriller starring Jeanne Moreau and Julian Tavernier

   LES AMANTS/LOVERS 1958
Jeanne Moreau stars as a middle-class wife and mother who is bored with her life. But she is awakened when she meets Bernard a younger man with whom she embarks on an affair.

   ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO (1960)
Ten-year-old Zazie wants to ride on the Paris Métro during her holidays. But trouble erupts when the metro is hit by a 24 hour strike.

  LE FEU FOLLET (1963)
Suicidal man spends 24 hours wandering through Paris and visiting old friends one last time, hoping to find some meaning to life and a reason to go on living.

   LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR/MURMUR OF THE HEART (1971)
Set in 1954 the film combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy’s sexual awakening.

   LACOME, LUCIEN (1974)
One of the first French films to deal with the collaboration during the Nazi occupation.

  BLACK MOON (1975)
Teenager Lily finds herself in a world where there is an ongoing war between males and females and flees to the countryside to escape.

   MY DINNER WITH ANDRE (1981)
Film set during a dinner conversation between theatre director Andre Gregory and actor-playwright Wallace Shawn, two friends who are catching up with each other after six years without contact.

   AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (1987)
Wartime drama set in a wintry catholic boarding school. The film probes the relationship between a young student and his reserved new Jewish classmate, who is hiding from the Germans.

   MILOU EN MAI/MILOU IN MAY (1990)
Set to the back drop of political upheaval of 1968 France, a family squabble over the estate of a deceased relative.

In French with English subtitles

 

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

German coming-of-age drama – DIE MITTE DER WELT/CENTRE OF MY WORLD – issued on dvd

 

centre of the worldDIE MITTE DER WELT/CENTRE OF MY WORLD (15) 2016 GERMANY ERWA , JAKOB M. £15.99
Based on Andreas Steinhöfel novel. This candid and complex film is about teenager Phil  who discovers his sexuality and falls in love with new attractive classmate Nicholas.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE TEACHING NOTES TO DIE MITTE DER WELT

 

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

 

French school drama – PRIMAIRE/ELEMENTARY – out on dvd

ElementaryPRIMAIRE/ELEMENTARY (12) 2016 FRANCE ANGEL, HÉLÈNE £19.99
Primary school teacher and single mother, Florence, faces her biggest challenge yet when troubled student Sacha is transferred to her class.

Sacha’s behavioural problems soon cause conflict in the class, but Florence becomes determined to help him turn his troubled life around.

However, by helping Sacha, Florence’s own son starts to feel neglected.

In French with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

 

Some recent Scandinavia dvds releases

BLACK LAKE: THE COMPLETE SERIES ONE (15) 2016 SWEDEN £22.99
Johan gathers his friends together for a trip to the abandoned Black Lake ski resort, which he hopes to reopen. However, during their stay at the remote hotel, the group is plagued by a succession of unexplainable and frightening events which lead them to discover the real reason Black Lake was abandoned.

In Swedish with English subtitles

DARKLAND (15) 2017 DENMARK AHMAD, FENAR £19.99
Zaid, who has emerged from a troubled background to become a successful doctor, finds he is drawn into another world when is brother is murdered by a local drug gang. Zaid teams up with old acquaintances to avenge his brothers death.

In Danish with English subtitles

LAND OF MINE (15) 2015 DENMARK ZANDVLIET, MARTIN £14.99
After Germany’s surrender in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners are handed over to Danish sergeant Carl Leopold Rasmussen to clear the Danish coastline of thousands of live landmines. Promising them that they will be free to return home once the job is done, Rasmussen quickly sends the boys out onto the beaches to begin their dangerous assignment.

However, as the group’s inexperience starts to show, Carl soon finds himself forming a strong bond with his young charges as they attempt to carry on with their daunting task.

In Danish with English subtitles

LOUIS AND LUCA – THE BIG CHEESE RACE (U) 2015 NORWAY SIVERTSEN , RASMUS A. £14.99
Animated childrens film in which Louis makes a large bet that his team will win the Cheese Race. With his best buddy Luca the Hedgehog and clever Alfie on his team Louis believes they are unbeatable.

In Norwegian with English subtitles

A MAN CALLED OVE (15) 2015 SWEDEN HOLM, HANNES £17.99
Comedy drama adapted from Fredrik Backman’s novel. Spending his days visiting his wife’s grave and doing his best to avoid those closest to him, surly 59-year-old widow Ove has earned a reputation amongst his neighbours for his bad temper and strict principles. However, when pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the home opposite, Ove’s life takes an unexpected turn for the better.

In Swedish with English subtitles

THE OATH (15) 2016 ICELAND KORMÁKUR, BALTASAR £18.99
Icelandic thriller which follows a desperate father as he attempts to free his eldest daughter from the clutches of her drug dealing boyfriend.

In Icelandic with English subtitles

OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (12) 2017 FINLAND KAURISMÄKI, AKI DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Comedy drama about Syrian asylum seeker Khaled looking for work and travelling salesman Wikström who has won a restaurant in a game of poker who wants to help Khaled.

In Finnish with English subtitles
TOM OF FINLAND (18) 2017 FINLAND KARUKOSKI, DOME £15.99
Biographical drama about war hero and artist, known as Tom of Finland, whose homoerotic drawings make him a gay icon and a symbol for the emergent social movement in a country where homosexuality was illegal.

In Finnish with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/scandinavian-films-on-dvd

Estonian drama – THE FENCER – out on dvd

FencerTHE FENCER (PG) 2015 ESTONIA HÄRÖ, KLAUS £15.99
Set in 1953 Endel flees the secret police in Leningrad and moves to the small town of Haapsulu where he takes up a post as a PE teacher and starts teaching the kids to fence in defiance of the school head who wants the sport banned. To do this the head digs into Endel past.

In Estonian, Russian and Armenian with English subtitles.

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/russian-and-eastern-european-films-on-dvd

 

NEW DOCUMENTARY RELEASES ON DVD FOR OCTOBER 2017

 

ACQUA E ZUCCHERO: CARLO DI PALMA, I COLORI DELLA VITA/WATER AND SUGAR – CARLO DI PALMA, THE COLOURS OF LIFE (EX) 2016 ITALY KAMKARI , FARIBORZ 15.99
Documentary focusing on the career of Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma. The son of a film camera operator and a flower seller on the Spanish Steps, Di Palma developed an interest in films at an early age and, despite his poor background, went on to work with influential directors including Michelangelo Antonioni, Woody Allen and Vittorio De Sica.
CITY OF GHOSTS (18) 2017 HEINEMAN, MATTHEW £15.99
Documentary about the resistance group known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) and their fight against Islamic State.
DAVID LYNCH – THE ART LIFE (15) NGUYEN, JON £18.99
Film exploring the life and career of renowned film-maker and screenwriter David Lynch.
DISPOSSESSION – THE GREAT SOCIAL HOUSING SWINDLE (E) 2017 SNG, PAUL £15.99
Maxine Peake narrates this documentary which focuses on the UK’s failed housing policy. The film traces the root of the current social housing crisis back to the introduction of the Right to Buy scheme implemented by Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives in the 1970s.
INSIDE THE FREEMASONS (E) 2017 £19.99
Five-part Sky documentary on the Freemasons.
VAMPIR CUADECUC (E) 1971 SPAIN PORTABELLA, PERE IN CATALAN DVD – £12.99 BLU RAY – £17.99
Experimental documentary that follows the shooting of Jesús Franco’s ‘Count Dracula’ (1970) starring Christopher Lee, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the production process accompanied by a soundtrack from Catalan artist and musician Carles Santos
THE VIETNAM WAR – A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK (E) £69.99
Ten-part documentary series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, about the Vietnam War. Featuring rare archival footage, the documentary looks at the lives of the people who fought on both sides of the war and examines how the controversial combat altered American history.
VOYAGE À TRAVERS LE CINÉMA FRANÇAIS/A JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (15) 2016 FRANCE TAVERNIER, BERTRAND £18.99
Bertrand Tavernier profiles a number of renowned directors, actors and writers as he discusses the influence they have had on his own career and also the role each has played in French cinema history.

DVDs available to buy from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries

Chinese comedy drama – I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY – issued on dvd

I Am Not Madame BovaryI AM NOT MADAME BOVARY (12) 2016 CHINA FENG, XIAOGANG IN MANDARIN £15.99
Comedy drama based on Zhenyun Liu novel. Qin cheats on his wife to get an apartment and marris another women. His enraged first wife Li is determined to get revenge by taking her case to top government officials in Beijing.

In Mandarin with English subtitles.

DVD available to buy at –
http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/chinese-films-on-dvd

 

 

French comedy – LE CORRESPONDANT /EXCHANGE – available on dvd

ExchangeLE CORRESPONDANT /EXCHANGE (15) 2016 FRANCE SOUSSAN, JEAN-MICHEL BEN £18.99
Encouraged by his German teacher to invite a German pen pal to stay in order to improve his language skills, school boy Malo hopes for a beautiful girl. However, when his guest turns out to be headstrong punk Sasha, the pair struggle to get along as their friendship gets off on the wrong foot, in this French comedy.

In French with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

 

Two disc 50th anniversary edition of Buñuel biggest commercial – BELLE DE JOUR – issued on dvd

Belle De JourBELLE DE JOUR (18) 1967 FRANCE BUÑUEL, LUIS £16.99
Two disc 50th anniversary edition of Buñuel biggest commercial success with Catherine Deneuve playing Séverine, a beautiful, bored young wife of a wealthy Parisian surgeon, who becomes a high-class prostitute named Belle de Jour during the day.

Belle de Jour lifestyle seems to be bound up with childhood abuse, which Buñuel indicates by
disturbing flashbacks and dreams

In French with English subtitles

Special Features

Interactive Menus

Bonus Footage

Trailers

Interviews: Jean-Claude Carrière (Writer)

Commentary: Professor Peter W. Evans

Other Documentary: ‘The Last Script’, ‘A Story of Perversion or Emancipation?’

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds