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Civilisation 

Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »
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1   Unknown  
1970   1969  
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Kenneth Clark ...  Himself - Narrator 14 episodes, 1969-1970
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Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider civilisation's articulations and expressions in some of man's finest works of art. Written by Roman Gronkowski

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TV-G
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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark See more »

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(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the episode titled "The Pursuit of Happiness", series writer and narrator Lord Clark introduces his theme by claiming that "the founders of the American Constitution . . . thought fit to mention the pursuit of happiness as a proper aim for mankind." This is a very common error (on both sides of the Atlantic), as the phrase "pursuit of happiness" appears in America's Declaration of Independence (1776), not in her Constitution (1788-89). See more »

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Narrator: And later Baroque artists, like Bernini, delighted in the emotive close-up, the tears and open lips and restless movement - all those devices that were to be rediscovered in the movies. The extraordinary thing is that Baroque artists did it in bronze and marble, and not on celluloid. Of course, in a way, it's a frivolous comparison, because however much one admires the films, one must admit that they are often vulgar, always ephemeral, whereas the work of Bernini is ideal and eternal.
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Connections

Referenced in Peep Show: The William Morris Years (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Responsories for Tenebrae
(uncredited)
Composed by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Episode: {"The Hero As Artist" (1969) (ep. #1.5)}
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The best of its kind
19 March 2006 | by gring0See all my reviews

Watching the series in China, it makes me all the more proud of my heritage. The last comment is a good one; let Clark introduce himself to you, just as one reads a Herodotus or Suetonius- to be in the presence of a knowledgeable and engaging friend. having visited many of the places shown, it's also a marked benefit that the series was filmed in 1969, when travel was truly the domain of those seeking enlightenment before our days of package tours. And how clear and lucid are his discussions of culture and history! Often I found myself anticipating his next sentence from my own classes I teach, but am left feeling pedantic and plebeian by comparison. Although the BBC continues to be a source of wonderment through its historical live-action recreation series such as Auschwitz, Pompeii and the Attenboroughs, this is truly of its time when there was no need for gimmicks or embellishment. www.tracesofevil.blogspot.com


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