In 1966 BBC Television embarked on its most ambitious documentary series to date. The eminent art historian Lord Clark was commissioned to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development. Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark would be more than two years in the making, with filming in over 100 locations across 13 countries. The lavish series was hailed as a masterpiece when it was first transmitted in 1969.
From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Clark's compelling narrative is accompanied by breathtaking colour photgraphy of Europe's greatest landmarks. This 'history of ideas as illustrated by art and music' remains the benchmark for the numerous programmes it inspired.
Includes a specially written 36 page illustrated booklet of viewing notes to accompany this DVD.
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||192 x 137 x 29mm (L x W x T)
||10 hours, 50 minutes
|| Standard 4:3 (1.33:1)
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Sun, 3 Jan 2010 | Review by: Gary Howe
I bought this after seeing the original as a boy. The boxed set comes with 4 cd's containing 13 episodes of approximately 50 minutes each. The visual quality is a little grainy at times and background scenes show vehicles and fashions of the late sixties, but none of this detracts from the quality of the series and the often prescient views of Kenneth Clarke. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to get a broad overview of the development of western civilisation during the last 1000 years.
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