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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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Robert Rauschenberg - Man at Work
For the New York Times Rauschenberg was a "Titan of American art"; for Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens the "Picasso of the second half of the 20th century". Rauschenberg made his name in 1953 by his apparently crazy action of erasing…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Fidelio
Beethoven's lone opera had a troubled gestation, as its no fewer than four overtures suggest. The finished product, while obviously a work of genius, exposes its patchwork qualities even in the best of productions. Luckily, the 1991 staging by the…
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…
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…
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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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…
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon revolutionised figurative painting in the 20th century. The English painter unmasked his subjects in a provocative and ruthless manner. Deformed bodies, grimacing faces and the materiality of colour make us aware of brutality and sexuality, existential abysses and…
Wassily Kandinksky
Colour, form, area - this is the formula of the greatest pioneer of abstract painting. Kandinsky came to art late in life, but his impact through Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) and Bauhaus paved the way for modern art.…