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Civilizations, Episode 5, Renaissances
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directed by Ashley Gething, 1970-; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Ashley Gething, 1970-, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 5 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
Explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires that experienced their own cultural flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries. Both spheres were open to influences flowing both ways.
directed by Ashley Gething, 1970-; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Ashley Gething, 1970-, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 5 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
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Civilizations, Episode 6, Paradise on Earth
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directed by Ashley Gething, 1970-; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Ashley Gething, 1970-, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 6 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, and refuges - the elusive paradise on earth.
directed by Ashley Gething, 1970-; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Ashley Gething, 1970-, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 6 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
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Civilizations, Episode 7, Color and Light
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directed by Hugo Macgregor, fl. 2005; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Hugo Macgregor, fl. 2005, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 7 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
Explore the story of light and color in art - both in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy. Journey from Gothic cathedrals and Indian courtly painting to modern art.
directed by Hugo Macgregor, fl. 2005; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Hugo Macgregor, fl. 2005, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 7 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
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Civilizations, Episode 8, The Cult of Progress
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directed by Ian Leese, fl. 1993; presented by David Olusoga, fl. 1999; produced by Ian Leese, fl. 1993, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology, and see how the “civilizing” project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions that troubled European artists in different ways.
directed by Ian Leese, fl. 1993; presented by David Olusoga, fl. 1999; produced by Ian Leese, fl. 1993, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 53 mins
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Civilizations, Episode 9, What Is Art Good For?
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directed by Tim Niel, fl. 2004-2015; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Tim Niel, fl. 2004-2015, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 9 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 52 mins
Explore the fate of art in the machine and profit-driven world: should art create a realm separate from the modern world, or should it plunge headlong into the chaos while transforming the way we see and live in it?
directed by Tim Niel, fl. 2004-2015; presented by Simon Schama, 1945-; produced by Tim Niel, fl. 2004-2015, Nutopia, in Civilizations, Episode 9 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 52 mins
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First Civilizations, Episode 1, War
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directed by Tom Cebula, fl. 2009; produced by Tom Cebula, fl. 2009, Wall to Wall Media, Arte France and SBS Television, in First Civilizations, Episode 1 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 54 mins
Examine the process of “destructive creation” — the idea that fear, rivalry and conflict strengthen community bonds while stimulating an arms race of technological progress. The result is civilization. Ancient Mesoamerica exemplifies this development.
directed by Tom Cebula, fl. 2009; produced by Tom Cebula, fl. 2009, Wall to Wall Media, Arte France and SBS Television, in First Civilizations, Episode 1 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 54 mins
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First Civilizations, Episode 2, Religion
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directed by Robin Dashwood, 1972-; produced by Robin Dashwood, 1972-, Wall to Wall Media, Arte France and SBS Television, in First Civilizations, Episode 2 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 54 mins
The secret to the stability and cohesion of Ancient Egypt was religion. When people share a core set of beliefs, they are more likely to identify as one. That was true for the first civilizations, it’s just as true today.
directed by Robin Dashwood, 1972-; produced by Robin Dashwood, 1972-, Wall to Wall Media, Arte France and SBS Television, in First Civilizations, Episode 2 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 54 mins
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First Civilizations, Episode 3, Cities
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directed by Robin Dashwood, 1972-; produced by Robin Dashwood, 1972-, Wall to Wall Media, Arte France and SBS Television, in First Civilizations, Episode 3 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 54 mins
View the birthplace of civilization: the Middle East, site of the world’s first villages, towns and cities, from the hills of Turkey to the plains of Iraq. They were crucibles of invention and innovation — turbo-charging the pace of progress.
directed by Robin Dashwood, 1972-; produced by Robin Dashwood, 1972-, Wall to Wall Media, Arte France and SBS Television, in First Civilizations, Episode 3 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 54 mins
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The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science
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directed by Christopher Loren Ewers, fl. 2011, Erik Ewers, fl. 2014 and Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Christopher Loren Ewers, fl. 2011, Erik Ewers, fl. 2014 and Julie Coffman, fl. 2011, Ewers Brothers Productions and Florentine Films (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 1 hour 56 mins
This film tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in the late 1800s in Rochester, Minnesota.
directed by Christopher Loren Ewers, fl. 2011, Erik Ewers, fl. 2014 and Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Christopher Loren Ewers, fl. 2011, Erik Ewers, fl. 2014 and Julie Coffman, fl. 2011, Ewers Brothers Productions and Florentine Films (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2018), 1 hour 56 mins
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Art of France, Episode 1, Plus Ça Change
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directed by Tim Kirby, fl. 1993-2015; presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, 1960-; produced by Tim Kirby, fl. 1993-2015, British Broadcasting Corporation, in Art of France, Episode 1 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2017), 51 mins

Following on from the popular The Art of… strand, The Art of France reads the nation’s history and character in its sculptures, paintings and palaces. From the art of absolute power in the 18th century through to the modern philosophies bound up in impressionism, art and history are merged to enlightening effe...

directed by Tim Kirby, fl. 1993-2015; presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, 1960-; produced by Tim Kirby, fl. 1993-2015, British Broadcasting Corporation, in Art of France, Episode 1 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2017), 51 mins
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