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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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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…
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…
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…
Toulouse-Lautrec
Known best for his vivid portrayals of the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub, 19th-century French painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec had a difficult life: He was crippled by a genetic disease and died at 36 after years of alcoholism and syphilis had racked…
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…
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.…
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…
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,…
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…
The Real Rembrandt
Scientific methods of verifying works of art have drastically reduced the number of paintings attributed to Rembrandt (1606-1669). Many canvases, hitherto believed to be by the hand of the Master, are now thought to be the work of artists who…
Caravaggio
Caravaggio, born Michelangelo Merisi, has entered history due to his paintings of dramatic intensity. Caravaggio used to venture the threshold beyond the pale throughout his life. He was seen for admiration of his work and harsh opposition towards his extraordinary…
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…
The Art Institute Of Chicago - 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…
5 videos
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…
Icons of 20th Century Design
In today's consumer society our expectations, aspirations and dreams are reflected in the products we buy, or covet. From the millions of goods that go on sale each year, certain items rise above the dictates of mere fashion - they…
6 videos
Pierre Soulages - Black Light
"When speaking of light, in connection with black,this sounds paradoxical. However, in reality, black is a colour of light. You cannot imagine there to be light without black being there, also", Soulages explains - one of the most important French…
Musee National du Louvre - Paris - 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…
5 videos
Kurt Schwitters - The Schwitters Scandal
The Kurt Schwitters scandal was pure DADA! Whilst he was alive, Schwitters provoked the art world with his one-man Dada movement, Merz, which united painting, sculpture, architecture and literature in fragments. After his death he hit the headlines again due…
The Harvard University Art Museums - Cambridge - 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…
5 videos