Presented by the eminent art historian Lord Clark the influential 13 part series offers an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development. More than two years in the making and filmed in over 100 locations across 13 countries, the lavish series was hailed as a masterpiece when it first was transmitted.
From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Clark's compelling narrative is accompanied by breathtaking colour photography of Europe's greatest landmarks. This 'history of ideas as illustrated by art and music' remains the benchmark for the numerous programmes it inspired. Civilisation was one of the first documentaries to be filmed in colour, and was commissioned by David Attenborough during his time as controller of BBC Two.
The Civilisation Blu-ray comes complete with a whole host of wonderful extras as Sir David Attenborough remembers the making of the series. Also included, is a photo gallery of behind-the-scenes stills.
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Had this for a couple of years on blu ray and dvd before that. Watch the blu ray on 120" projection screen, you can not imagine how technically proficient this production is. To look at it is often astonishing, enhanced by time since its shots of many places have been obliterated by the onslaught of the automobile. Made in 1969. Each time I watch I glean something I had not considered before. The aristocrat with a human appreciation of that word 'civilisation.' The only absentee of real note is the Monalisa, maybe permissions to film back then were the problem. Clarke's insight into how art has changed, how its perspectives, its focus have developed does provide a detailed overview of human expression through the ages. Intelligent, not patronising. Words, Pictures, Sculpture, Buildings. And things.
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