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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, Gates finds new ways to “get into the DNA of American culture”. In each episode, he takes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity group bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises of their family trees and shares life-altering discoveries.
Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests, including Carmelo Anthony, Ava DuVernay, Tea Leoni, Ana Navarro, Bernie Sanders, Questlove, and Christopher Walken.
We are all interested in beauty and we think we know all about it. But where does it stem from? How and why does it change through time and places? Does a universal beauty really exist and what is the meaning of beauty? This six-part series explores those very questions and investigates the concept of beauty from all points of view thanks to the contribution of famous artists, recognised art critics and well-known philosophers and scientists.
Hosted by Harvard University professor Elisa New, each half-hour episode highlights the work of one distinguished poet (including Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Sandburg, W.H. Auden, Gwendolyn Brooks and others) with a reading by an individual well-known for accomplishments outside the humanities (actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Grammy-Award winner Herbie Hancock, former vice president Joe Biden, rapper/poet Nas plus many others).
The fast-moving, beautifully shot series offers viewers a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single American poem. Scholar Elisa New opens a conversation about poetry and encourages viewers at home to extend the discussion past the episode’s end.
An immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.
The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing.
The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences – Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.
The critically acclaimed concert series provides an intimate music experience with ground-breaking and inspiring artists. The 10th season features Hozier at the Theater at Ace Hotel (Los Angeles), Alt-J at the Hollywood American Legion (Los Angeles), Marina and the Diamonds at the New York Hall of Science (New York) as well as Gary Clark Jr. at Antone’s Nightclub (Austin).
This tribute to the dynamic artist Elizabeth Murray, an intrinsic figure in New York’s contemporary art landscape from the 1970s until the early 2000s, highlighting her struggle to balance personal and family ambition with artistic drive in a male-dominated art world. It also addresses her later battle with cancer, at the peak of her career.
Sixty Eiffel towers, a dozen of Great Pyramids of Giza, thirty leaning towers of Pisa, over eighty copies of the White House… Architecture doppelgangers are multiplying all over the world. Between lucrative investments, architectural piracy, and modern tourism, each of these places expresses an aspect of how our planet is being transformed through globalization.
Do these places have something in common? How different are they from copies of the past? Are they more than just copies?
From Europe to Dubai via Ivory Coast, this documentary takes us behind the appearance of these replicas to meet the people at their origin, and those who bring them to life: investors, architects, guides, and inhabitants. A voyage into a copy of our world.
For millions of viewers, Peter Falk is Columbo, the eccentric, perspicacious upholder of the law in his wrinkled trench coat, who confounds the powerful in their luxurious villas. And yet Peter Falk is not only the most popular cop in the world. Despite having been twice nominated for an Oscar, his unusual career still remains an enigma.
Who really is Peter Falk? Who is the man behind the character?
Based on archive footage, interviews and extracts from his films and the TV show, this film sheds light on the actor’s life, a life full of twists and turns, ups and downs. A riveting documentary that pays tribute to the immortal character of Columbo.
It is the end of an era: Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker is ending after 16 years. He departs with a colorful, sparkling concert with vibrant works by Gershwin, Faure, Khachaturian and Respighi. Guest star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena sings excerpts from Joseph Canteloube’s charming "Chants d’Auvergne".
REPERTOIRE: George Gershwin: Cuban Overture, Gabriel Faure: Pavane, Joseph Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne, Aram Chatschaturjan: Gayane Suite (excerpts), Ottorino Respighi: Pini di Roma, Claudio Monteverdi: Si dolce e il tormento, Edvard Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance. March No. 1.
Superstar Anja Harteros excels in the title role of Michael Sturminger's cinematic staging of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, the centrepiece of Salzburg Festival 2018. Aleksandrs AntoNenko compellingly portrays Cavaradossi, while Ludovic Tezier is a thrillingly malevolent Scarpia. Christian Thielemann leads the Staatskapelle Dresden.
1950’s rockabilly star Carl Perkins gives a fantastic performance while playing alongside other iconic musicians in an unforgettable night featuring his classic songs. Perkins, who died in 1998, was a highly influential guitar player and the composer of multiple hit songs, including his biggest chart-topper “Blue Suede Shoes”.
The concert special initially premiered in 1985 as an hour-long TV show that celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Blue Suede Shoes”, an instant classic that earned a place in the history books when it became the first million-seller to crossover from the country chart to the pop and R&B listings.
Throughout the show, the famed Perkins plays alongside fellow music luminaries, including Dave Edmunds, Rosanne Cash, and Beatles legends George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Perkins is also accompanied by world-class guitarist and classic rock superstar Eric Clapton.
Highlights of the program include Starr’s performance of the Perkins tunes “Honey Don’t” and “Matchbox” as well as Harrison’s take on “Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby”, all of which the Beatles covered years ago. A rollicking, star-powered rendition of “Blue Suede Shoes” caps off the night.
Filmed at London’s Limehouse Studios, this rare live performance features Harrison and Starr’s first reunion gig since the '70s and is now widely appreciated because of Harrison’s unfortunate death in 2001. The program captures Perkins’ innovative musicianship, his influence on fellow musicians, and his enduring impact on the evolution of music.
15 countries along the colourful ancient Silk Road, 15 children aged 11-14 years old give an insight into their lives and their challenges. A documentary series told from the children’s perspective, delving into rich cultural portraits and addressing universal issues of growing up.
Blurring the boundaries between entertainment and high culture, this series takes the viewer into a fine selection of world’s most renowned museums. Artists from all genres present their iconic masterpieces with a very personal touch, contextualized by art historian and popular professor of culture Matt Lodder.
Featuring museums include Museo del Prado (Joyce DiDonato), Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vivienne Westwood), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Julie Mehretu), Musee d’Orsay (Sasha Waltz), Uffizi Gallery (Wolfgang Joop), Rijksmuseum (Erwin Olaf), Alte Nationalgalerie (Katharina Grosse) and Munch Museum (Karl Ove Knausgard).
The venue for the 2018 EUROPAKONZERT is an architectural gem: the Markgrafliches Opernhaus in Bayreuth, one of the few remaining original Baroque theatres, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Joining the Berliner Philharmoniker are Paavo Jarvi, who has earned a reputation as one of the most interesting conductors of our time, and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek.
REPERTOIRE: Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture,No.3 in C major, Op. 72; Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60; Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder.
Lucy Worsley explores the different houses in which Jane Austen lived and stayed, to discover just how much they shaped Jane's life and novels.
On a journey that takes her across England, Lucy visits properties that still exist, from grand stately homes to seaside holiday apartments, and brings to life those that have disappeared. The result is a revealing insight into one of the world's best-loved authors.
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