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Frida Kahlo
"The art of Frida Kahlo is like a ribbon around a bomb" - Andre Breton. Frida Kahlo is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary and radical artists of the 20th century. This excellent film, directed by Ella Hershon and Roberto…
Bauhaus - The Face of the 20th Century
"Let us create the new building of the future together; it will combine architecture, sculpture, and painting in a single form." Walter Gropius, The Bauhaus Manifesto. Staatliche Bauhaus Weimar was born in 1919. Bauhaus was an innovative art school designed…
Alexander Ekman - A Swan Lake
"I wanted to do something big and wild and different. Something with water!" said choreographer Alexander Ekman and filled the Main Stage at the Oslo Opera House with 5,000 litres of water. In A Swan Lake, his new full-length work…
Puccini
Tony Palmer's feature, scripted by Charles Wood, dramatises the story which hit the Italian headlines in 1908, when Puccini was fifty. Robert Stephens plays Puccini, Virginia McKenna his wife, Elvira, and Judith Howarth the servant girl who, wrongly accused by…
Vincent Van Gogh: A Life Devoted to Art
This documentary investigates the complete story of Van Gogh's life and work: from his childhood in Brabant, through his laborious years of apprenticeship in Nuenen and artistic coming-of-age in Paris to the exhilarating peak of his career in the south…
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John Cage - I Have Nothing to Say And I Am Saying It
John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It is a "performance biography" of American avant-garde composer John Cage. The 56-minute program takes an in-depth look at the man and the artist through interviews with Robert Rauschenberg,…
Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood directed by Gillian Greenwood, follows the designer at work. Greenwood's film offers a unique insight into how she creates her distinctive and often shocking designs, and what have been her major influences. The film documents Westwood's rise from…
Alvin Ailey - An Evening With The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
In this brilliant studio recording, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the country's boldest and most exciting dance company, brings its distinctive style home to you - dazzling, brash and dynamic, yet graceful and poetic. Divining was Judith Jamison's first…
Andy Warhol
This comprehensive profile of Andy Warhol was produced and directed by Kim Evans in 1987, the same year that the artist died following complications from a gallbladder operation. Originally shown in The South Bank Show, introduced by Melvyn Bragg, the…
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The film shows a recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the famous Balanchine choreography, which made the ballet such a popular staple with companies all over the world. Danced by three star-dancers in the main roles and a company…
Johann Sebastian Bach - The Cantor of St. Thomas
"Too operatic and too long!" - one opinion of Bach's music, on his appointment to his last, longest and most famous post as Cantor of Leipzig's Thomasschule. Brian Cox portrays Bach (1685-1750) in a film based on the records of…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with…
Helmut Newton - Frames from the Edge
In Helmut Newton's photography, the lines between art and pornography are often blurred. Strong women in provocative poses are seen in dramatically staged, voyeuristic shots which evoke his very distinct style of fashion, nude and portrait photography. Newton courted controversy…
National Gallery Of Art - 1000 Masterpieces from the Great Museums of the World
1000 Masterpieces from the Great Museums of the World is one of the most successful TV series about art. The original, with improved image quality, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of art.Comprehensively illustrated and compellingly presented…
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Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns had his first solo show in 1958 and, almost from that moment, he has been a sensation in the art world. His paintings now routinely change hands for tens of millions of dollars. Rick Tejada-Flores produced and directed…
Heinrich Schütz - Father of the German Music
Heinrich Schutz was presumably the first internationally renowned German composer. In the 40 years he spent as court ,,Kapellmeister" in Dresden, he left a strong impression on musical life in Europe. His works in their clear beauty still seem up-to-date,…
Rene Magritte
"What is Surrealism? It is a cuckoo's egg placed in a nest with Rene Magritte's knowledge." Andre Breton You had better look twice! In the works of Rene Magritte, an absurd assembly of everyday objects appear on the canvas. The…
Aida
"An opera for Cairo!", Verdi is said to have exclaimed. He would certainly have been delighted with this magnificent production. It was a triumphant success when it opened at la Scala in December 1985 and Luciano Pavarotti's long-awaited performance as…
David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye
David Hockney is one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time. Here he invites us to take a visual stroll through his many paintings and explore the dimensions of time and space. In communicating a new sense…
Jackson Pollock
In 1956, Time Magazine mockingly described one of America's most important 20th century artists as "Jack the Dripper". It did so because Jackson Pollock stood for something new: with his innovative technique of "dripping" and "pouring" paint, he originated Action…