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Civilisation

Episode 10: The Smile of Reason

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A look at the beginnings of revolutionary politics in the 18th Century.

Kenneth Clark looks at the beginnings of revolutionary politics in the 18th Century.

Kenneth Clark looks at the beginnings of revolutionary politics in the 18th Century.

His theme takes him from great palaces like Blenheim and Versailles, to Edinburgh, and to the hills of Virginia where Thomas Jefferson made his home in the 1760s.

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Episode 12: The Fallacies of Hope

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Kenneth Clark traces the progressive disillusionment of Romantic movement artists.

Kenneth Clark traces the progressive disillusionment of the artists of the Romantic movement during the 19th Century.

'Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive' wrote Wordsworth of the early days of the French Revolution, but the storming of the Bastille led not to freedom but to the Terror, the dictatorship of Napoleon and the dreary bureaucracies of the 19th Century.

Kenneth Clark traces the progressive disillusionment of the artists of the Romantic movement through the music of Beethoven, the poetry of Byron and the sculpture of Rodin.

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Episode 6: Protest and Communication

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Lord Clark looks at the upheavals of the Reformation.

Kenneth Clark investigates the Protestant Reformation in northern Europe. He looks at Holbein, Thomas Moore, Erasmus, the printing press and Durer.

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Episode 7: Grandeur and Obedience

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Sir Kenneth Clark visits Rome where he examines the Catholic world in the 16th Century.

Sir Kenneth Clark visits Rome in search of grandeur and finds a city that gave rise to Michelangelo, Bernini and the Counter Reformation.

Sir Kenneth Clark presents one of the classic episodes of his history of the civilised culture of the western world. He examines the Catholic world in the 16th Century, especially the city of Rome which blossomed architecturally and sculpturally during the Counter Reformation under the hands of the baroque artist Bernini. This programme features the celebrated and stunning tracking shot through Raphael's Loggia.

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Episode 8: The Light of Experience

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Kenneth Clark looks at the Holland of Rembrandt and the London of Purcell and Wren.

Kenneth Clark's story takes him from the Holland of Rembrandt and Vermeer to the London of Wren, Purcell and the Royal Society.

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Episode 9: The Pursuit of Happiness

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Kenneth Clark looks at the influence of 18th Century music on rococo architecture.

Kenneth Clark reflects on the nature of the 18th Century music, and how some of its qualities are reflected in rococo architecture, the pilgrimage churches and palaces of Bavaria.

Kenneth Clark reflects on the 18th Century music of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, and on the way that some of its qualities are reflected in the best of the rococo architecture, the pilgrimage churches and palaces of Bavaria.

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Episode 3: Romance and Reality

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Kenneth Clark travels to France and Italy to capture the spirit of the later Middle Ages.

Kenneth Clark journeys from the Loire through Tuscany and Umbria, to Pisa, as he explores the aspirations of the later Middle Ages in France and Italy.

Kenneth Clark journeys from the Loire through Tuscany and Umbria, to the cathedral at Pisa. He explores the aspirations of the later Middle Ages in France and Italy, looking at the work of Giotto and Dante among other artists.

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Episode 4: Man - The Measure of all Things

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Kenneth Clark continues his reflections on civilisation with a look at Renaissance man.

Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at Renaissance man.

Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at Renaissance man.

Clark visits Florence, where the resurrection of a classical past first gave a new impetus to European thought, and then journeys to the palaces of Urbino and Mantua, where the Renaissance manifested itself in glorious architecture.

He talks of Humanism and of perspective, of Donatello, Botticelli and Van Eyck.

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Episode 5: The Hero as Artist

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Kenneth Clark looks at artists Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.

Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at individuals of genius, notably Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.

Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at Papal Rome in the early 16th Century.

Three great artists, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci are the chief protagonists in Clark's 'Individuals of Genius' theme. It takes him through the gardens and courtyards of the Vatican to the rooms decorated for the Pope by Raphael, and to the Sistine Chapel.

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Episode 13: Heroic Materialism

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Kenneth Clark considers heroic materialism and humanitarianism in the past 100 years.

Kenneth Clark considers the ways in which the heroic materialism of the past hundred years has been linked to an equally remarkable increase in humanitarianism.

To conclude this landmark series, Kenneth Clark considers the ways in which the heroic materialism of the past hundred years has been linked to an equally remarkable increase in humanitarianism. The achievement of engineers and scientists such as Brunel and Rutherford has been matched by the work of great reformers like Wilberforce and Shaftesbury. As Clark notes, the concept of kindness only became important in the last century.

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Episode 1: The Skin of Our Teeth

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Kenneth Clark's classic 1969 series looks at how European art survived the Dark Ages.

Classic 1969 series. Kenneth Clark looks at the re-establishment of civilisation in Western Europe after the fall of Rome.

Sir Kenneth Clark begins his classic 1969 series on the history of civilisation with the re-establishment of civilisation in Western Europe, in the tenth century after the fall of Rome to barbarism. He travels from Byzantine Ravenna to the Celtic Hebrides examining aqueducts, cathedrals, the lives of the Vikings and of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.

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Episode 2: The Great Thaw

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Kenneth Clark looks at the reawakening of European civilisation in the 12th Century.

Kenneth Clark traces the reawakening of European civilisation in the 12th Century.

Kenneth Clark traces the reawakening of European civilisation in the 12th Century from its first manifestations in the Cluny Abbey, to the Basilica of St Denis and finally to its high point, the building of Chartres Cathedral.

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Episode 11: The Worship of Nature

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Kenneth Clark examines the belief in the divinity of nature.

Kenneth Clark examines a new force - the belief in the divinity of nature. Clark visits Tintern Abbey and the Alps, and discusses the landscape paintings of Turner and Constable.

Kenneth Clark examines a new force - the belief in the divinity of nature. This takes him to Tintern Abbey and the Lake District of Wordsworth, to the Swiss Alps and the ideas of Rousseau, and to the landscapes of Turner and Constable.

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