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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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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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UK

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English

Release Date:

23 February 1969 (UK) See more »

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Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the segment titled "The Light of Experience", narrator Lord Clark discusses the great developments in Europe of the XVIIth century - mathematics, measurement, observation - and notes that these "were not hostile to architecture; nor to music, for this was the age of one of the greatest English composers, William Purcell." Here he is misquoting himself, for in the book that accompanies this series (Civilisation. New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, 1969, p.218) he correctly names the composer as Henry Purcell. See more »

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Narrator: I suppose it's debatable how far Elizabethan England can be called civilized. Certainly, it doesn't provide a reproducible pattern of civilisation as does, for example, 18th-century France.
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Retrovenge: Pour Mon Coeur
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Performed by Gerald English and the Jaye Consort
Episode: {"Romance and Reality" (1969) (ep. #1.3)}
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Best thing the BBC ever made
6 March 2019 | by andyhunt-32455See all my reviews

Yes opiniated, yes patrician, but also an enlightening, exceptional documentary series. Nothing else I've seen on the BBC can match it (though I enjoyed The Ascent of Man very much). A profoundly intelligent look at Western 'Art' History covering music, painting, architecture, sculpture, writing (poetry, drama, prose, philosophy) and celebrating the astonishing achievements of individuals. "There they are, you can't dismiss them". Quite.


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