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Over the Rainbow
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
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Simon Schama plunges viewers into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe, which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the…
The Beginning
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
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Prize-winning author and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. The story begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the…
The Second Moment of Creation
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Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations.
Return
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
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Simon Schama examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish.
Among Believers
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
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Simon Schama's epic series continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity -- and sometimes their lives -- under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labeled "Christ-killers" by the Christians or "dhimmi" (non-Muslim citizens of…
A Leap of Faith
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
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Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down -- allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe.
God and Art
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Trace the relationship between religion and art, which has inspired some of the most ingenious, affecting, and breathtaking works of art ever made. Yet beneath great works of religious art often lie conflict, intrigue and divine mysteries.
What Is Art Good For?
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Explore the fate of art in the machine and profit-driven world: should art create a realm separate from the modern world, or should it plunge headlong into the chaos while transforming the way we see and live in it?
How Do We Look?
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Explore the many functions of the human image in art. Portraits, paintings and sculptures, life-size and colossal, perform a role - assuaging loss, expressing strength, inspiring fear - and were instrumental in depicting the body today.
The Cult of Progress
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Examine the rise and fall of "progress" as an ideology, and see how the "civilizing" project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions that troubled European artists in different ways.
Encounters
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See how seafaring advances and a thirst for trade and exploration sent human beings around the planet. Distant and disparate cultures met for the first time, and art became the great interface by which civilizations understood each other.
Color and Light
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Explore the story of light and color in art - both in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy. Journey from Gothic cathedrals and Indian courtly painting to modern art.
Renaissances
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Explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires that experienced their own cultural flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries. Both spheres were open to influences flowing both ways.
The Story of the Jews - with Simon Schama
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Simon Schama presents The Story of the Jews, a five-part look at 3000 years of Jewish history and the impact the Jews have made on the world. The five-hour series follows Schama - who has written and presented 50 documentaries…
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Civilizations
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Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. This nine-part series reveals the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduces viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity, and illumination across…
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Paradise on Earth
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Explore one of humanity's deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, and refuges - the elusive paradise on earth.