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Frida Kahlo
"The art of Frida Kahlo is like a ribbon around a bomb" - Andre Breton. Frida Kahlo is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary and radical artists of the 20th century. This excellent film, directed by Ella Hershon and Roberto…
John Cage - I Have Nothing to Say And I Am Saying It
John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It is a "performance biography" of American avant-garde composer John Cage. The 56-minute program takes an in-depth look at the man and the artist through interviews with Robert Rauschenberg,…
Alvin Ailey - An Evening With The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
In this brilliant studio recording, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the country's boldest and most exciting dance company, brings its distinctive style home to you - dazzling, brash and dynamic, yet graceful and poetic. Divining was Judith Jamison's first…
Andy Warhol
This comprehensive profile of Andy Warhol was produced and directed by Kim Evans in 1987, the same year that the artist died following complications from a gallbladder operation. Originally shown in The South Bank Show, introduced by Melvyn Bragg, the…
Bauhaus - The Face of the 20th Century
"Let us create the new building of the future together; it will combine architecture, sculpture, and painting in a single form." Walter Gropius, The Bauhaus Manifesto. Staatliche Bauhaus Weimar was born in 1919. Bauhaus was an innovative art school designed…
Robert Rauschenberg - Man at Work
For the New York Times Rauschenberg was a "Titan of American art"; for Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens the "Picasso of the second half of the 20th century". Rauschenberg made his name in 1953 by his apparently crazy action of erasing…
Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns had his first solo show in 1958 and, almost from that moment, he has been a sensation in the art world. His paintings now routinely change hands for tens of millions of dollars. Rick Tejada-Flores produced and directed…
Jackson Pollock
In 1956, Time Magazine mockingly described one of America's most important 20th century artists as "Jack the Dripper". It did so because Jackson Pollock stood for something new: with his innovative technique of "dripping" and "pouring" paint, he originated Action…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with…
Donatello - The First Modern Sculptor
With his bronze David, Donatello created modernity's first life-size, free-standing sculpture - a masterpiece of the early Italian Renaissance. Familiar with classical art, he enriched sculpture with individual expression, becoming an artist much in demand. He worked for the Quattrocento's…
Alexander Ekman - A Swan Lake
"I wanted to do something big and wild and different. Something with water!" said choreographer Alexander Ekman and filled the Main Stage at the Oslo Opera House with 5,000 litres of water. In A Swan Lake, his new full-length work…
Joan Miro
Joan Miro (1893 - 1983) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and a key figure in the Surrealist movement. Theatre of Dreams is a sensitive profile of the great artist, written and narrated by his…
Rene Magritte
"What is Surrealism? It is a cuckoo's egg placed in a nest with Rene Magritte's knowledge." Andre Breton You had better look twice! In the works of Rene Magritte, an absurd assembly of everyday objects appear on the canvas. The…
David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye
David Hockney is one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time. Here he invites us to take a visual stroll through his many paintings and explore the dimensions of time and space. In communicating a new sense…
Helmut Newton - Frames from the Edge
In Helmut Newton's photography, the lines between art and pornography are often blurred. Strong women in provocative poses are seen in dramatically staged, voyeuristic shots which evoke his very distinct style of fashion, nude and portrait photography. Newton courted controversy…
Women of the Impressionist Movement
"Impressionism is female": we understand this when we consider Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzales and Marie Bracquemond, four outstanding artists who developed distinct Impressionist subjects and manners of painting. All four knew each other, were regulars in the contemporary…
David Hockney: Joiner Photographs
David Hockney is unquestionably one of the most passionate and versatile experimental artists on the contemporary scene. In the late 1970s the British artist developed a pioneering concept which also changed his perspective on painting - his "joiners". In this…
Fidelio
Beethoven's lone opera had a troubled gestation, as its no fewer than four overtures suggest. The finished product, while obviously a work of genius, exposes its patchwork qualities even in the best of productions. Luckily, the 1991 staging by the…
Vincent Van Gogh: A Life Devoted to Art
This documentary investigates the complete story of Van Gogh's life and work: from his childhood in Brabant, through his laborious years of apprenticeship in Nuenen and artistic coming-of-age in Paris to the exhilarating peak of his career in the south…
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Icons of 20th Century Design
In today's consumer society our expectations, aspirations and dreams are reflected in the products we buy, or covet. From the millions of goods that go on sale each year, certain items rise above the dictates of mere fashion - they…
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