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A classic series of original portraits of legendary songwriters discussing their creative processes and inspirations. Each film features four exclusive performances with compelling, intimate new interviews. These films reveal the inner workings of the subject and the wide range of artists builds into an authoritative, fascinating and entertaining series. With this presenter-less format, each film has an individual look and feel driven by the personality of the Artist as explain their work and passion in their own words.
Public interest is high as possessions that belonged to a number of famous faces come up for auction in this latest series, including personal items from actresses Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn. There is also the last picture that Winston Churchill ever painted and a family of woolly mammoths found in Russia. However, it is the exciting sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi that really grabs all the headlines when it becomes the most expensive painting ever sold at auction – for $450 million!
Brought to you by multi Grammy winner producer Scott Millaney and BAFTA winning director Brian Grant, this series highlights the visual style and musical impact of individual artists. Each episode is dedicated to the particular artist, the video directors and stylists who gave the world their visual statements.
Why do we feel such emotion when we enter a church, a temple, a mosque, or a synagogue? In these timeless spaces that our ancestors have bequeathed to us, there is a beauty and mystery which transport us. Sacred monuments have a complex and coded architecture which combines science and alchemy, the magical and the profane. But for those who know how to read them, these structures of wood, stone and glass tell the great narrative of human belief. Each of these very different edifices represents the pinnacle of what humankind has created on Earth. By revealing the secret history of the world’s most remarkable religious constructions, this ambitious series tells the history of humankind, of our faith and our genius as builders.
For the first time, legendary journalist and biographer Kitty Kelley is granting access to her personal files. The seven-time New York Times best-selling author reveals the intimate secrets of well-known and beloved public figures, taking us behind the scenes and into their worlds. Through her research, she unearths the true tales of some of America’s most beloved celebrities including Julia Roberts, Princess Diana, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Frank Sinatra and tell their stories through the lens of the sensational events that shaped their lives.
Master Of Photography returns for another season of fascinating photographic skill and ability from a mixture of professional and amateur photographers. 8 weeks, 8 different challenges in which contestants have to prove to a jury of photographers and renowned experts that they have the creativity, versatility and resilience to become the next Master Of Photography.
The critically acclaimed concert series provides an intimate music experience with ground-breaking and inspiring artists. The 7th season features Phoenix at Anderson High School (Austin), Sheryl Crow at The Plaza (New York), Sara Bareilles at the Orepheum Theatre (Los Angeles), Vampire Weekend at General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen (New York) as well as Fitz And The Tantrums at the Ace Hotel (Los Angeles).
Ashton was Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. His works define the English style of ballet – characterized most notably by precise, fleet footwork, sensuous epaulement (the way the shoulders are held) and gorgeous line of delicate simplicity.
His many works for the Company are arguably his greatest legacy. The Royal Ballet celebrates this heritage through a mixed programme of three of Ashton’s most loved – and most characteristic – works. The Dream (1964) is an enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to music by Mendelssohn. Symphonic Variations (1946) is Ashton’s first masterpiece, and a breath-taking, abstract work on the beauty of pure movement. Marguerite and Armand (1963), inspired by the celebrated dance partnership between Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, is a tragic love story of great lyric beauty.
Recorded at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s exquisite compositions alongside their essential catalogue, the band’s first shows in 3 years provoked an ecstatic response in fans, critics and band alike, renewing a profound and intimate relationship wherever they played.
Through Meyerowitz’s watchful eye, this film shows the changes in Paris and NYC streets from the post-World War II years to the present time, revealing the evolution of the human condition, the increasing urbanism and sometimes, the loss of social cohesion. In addition to the photographer’s vivid colour photographs, supplementary archival footage helps to relive the everyday life and the major popular protests that occupied the streets over time.
One of the first photographers to make a successful transition from black-and-white to colour in fine-art photography, Joel Meyerowitz has received many grants and awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. He was also the only photographer to be given unimpeded access to Ground Zero in the wake of 9/11.
An exciting documentary film on Joel Meyerowitz, the award-winning American street photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.
The paintings and drawings of the Chauvet cave – made thirty six thousand years ago and discovered twenty years ago in the south of France – are the oldest human artistic expression to date. Their strength and modernity changed radically all the ideas we had on prehistorical art. The creation of an important museum devoted to the reproduction of the works allows a close-up on the paintings, the drawings and the engravings. The film enables us to understand their incredible techniques and feel their intact emotional power.
Pianists Nicholas Angelich and Martin Helmchen, along with the excellent Chorus of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, conductor Howard Arman, baritone Kresimir Strazanac and soprano Rachel Harnisch, tackle the two-piano version of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.
An intimate and sensitive arrangement of his masterpiece that the composer himself wrote and dedicated to Clara Schumann. In the secluded wooden theatre of La Grange au Lac, to words derived directly from Martin Luther’s German Bible, everything is indeed set for the sacred and the divine to resonate in the most personal fashion: an extraordinary experience, filled with artistic excellency and humble contemplation.
THIS IS ART is a journey into ourselves, into our feelings and our concerns. The emotions that characterize us as human beings. Art has the power to bring out all kinds of feelings and sensations. Thanks to it, we can figure out who we really are. The main aim of THIS IS ART is to move us, to shake things up, but it is also a show for learning, intended for all audiences. Because we are all capable of desiring, loving, hating, laughing and crying. Through the beauty of artistic forms, we go inside the inner workings of human nature. All artists use art to explain their emotions and we use emotions to explain different aspects of the history of art.
Over the course of this series and through its entertaining and rhythmic storytelling, we touch on themes as universal as desire, ecstasy, love, inspiration, solitude, madness, faith, fear, sadness, jealousy, hope and vanity. In each episode, we talk about these themes as we speak of painting, sculpture, music, architecture and literature, with visuals that are daring, fascinating and highly attractive, in the spirit of the very essence of the program. Having Ramon Gener on board is no coincidence. He has proven his talent as a communicator on shows like "Opera en Texans" and "This Is Opera". His uncanny ability to convey the passion, knowledge and magic of all these concepts is what takes the viewer by the hand on this wonderful voyage through the human condition.
Franco, Joanna, Audrey, Lia and Philippe were all stricken by brutal and unexplained uneasiness in front of some artworks during a trip to Florence, Paris or Barcelona. They tell their story: What happened? Sunstroke? Drop in blood pressure? Loss of bearings?
An investigation begins... Graziella Magherini, a psychiatrist in Florence, comes back to questions that obsessed her while she was trying to solve this modern day suffering with her patients: Travel sickness? Disorder linked with places haunted by history? Fear of beauty? Art pain? A mysterious and breathtaking investigation revealing the Stendhal Syndrome!
In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.
At the height of his first commercial and critical success, Hambleton was featured in LIFE magazine and acclaimed at the Venice Biennale. Critics revered him as a definitive American Pop-Expressionist artist. But uncomfortable with his own success, he alienated those around him, from art dealers to close friends. Just as suddenly as he had appeared, he disappeared. After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance...but will he take it?
Ethiopiques is the history of Ethiopian music told from the perspective of Francis Falceto and Ethiopian musicians. An avid follower of world music, Falceto was given a copy at a party in his hometown of Poitiers. The resultant excitement amongst listeners and journalists who had never heard of it before is the beginning of a long journey that is a landmark in the history of world music.
It is also the story of the phenomenon of this unique music style which had a considerable influence on late 20th Century free jazz and pop music. This lost generation of musicians, many of whom live in poverty in exile today is shown against the backdrop of political and social upheaval in the transitional time between the end of the Emperor Haile Selassie's reign and rise of the communist Derg junta that resulted in a non-existent cultural life.
This is an account of the courage and audacity of these gifted musicians who were the creators of stunning sounds and music against all odds.
What do we really know about the State of Israel? What if, in order to really understand this incredibly complex country, we had to question its writers, rather than war correspondents and experts in geopolitics? What better reflection of a society is there, than its own writers?
The conflict with the Palestinians, the proximity of the occupied territories, the weight of the past, the Zionist project, religion, the army, the young people, social and territorial tensions… Israeli authors have the words, heart, and reason to tell the story of Israel in a way that differs from what we are used to hearing in the news.
In this documentary, William Karel calls on ten Israeli writers who paint a vivid picture of the unbelievable patchwork that constitutes their country, unveiling all the ambiguities of their society, ranging from a daily life that sometimes overwhelms them to this never-ending creative vitality.
Leonardo da Vinci is not just the most famous and most admired of all painters - he is an icon, a superstar. Yet, the man himself remains elusive. Accounts during his lifetime describe a man too handsome, too strong, too perfect to be accurate. But in 2009, the chance discovery in the South of Italy of an ancient portrait with strangely familiar features takes the art world by storm. Could this be an unknown self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci? Controversy erupts among the experts. The implications of such a discovery have far-reaching consequences for our understanding of the work of this great Renaissance master.
Like a CSI of art, Leonardo: Mystery Of The Lost Portrait brings us to the heart of an extensive investigation involving world-renowned experts, art historians, scientists and even police detectives. The newest, most innovative scientific techniques plunge us back 600 years into the life of the greatest master of Italian Renaissance. Like a passing through the mirror, we will recreate the probable events surrounding the creation of his portrait, in the brilliant and decadent Florence of the Quattrocento, living its last moments of artistic glory.
Rostropovich, who had already achieved international recognition in the 1950s, was forced to flee his country in 1972. He defended Solzhenitsyn who was expelled from the USSR for having published the “Gulag Archipelago”. Deprived of his citizenship by the Soviet authorities, Rostropovich settled in Paris and Washington. This gave birth to his legend. To tell this extraordinary story, Bruno Monsaingeon’s film gathers rare archives and new testimonies from his daughters, Olga and Elena Rostropovich, and friends, Natalia and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marta Casals-Istomin and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.
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