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New link – Taking of Pelham 123
Really Enjoyed – The History of Britain by Simon Schama
13th Warrior – 1999 – Directed by John McTiernan, starring Antonio Banderas and Vladimir Kulich
Adam’s Rib – 1949 – Directed by George Cukor. Starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. QT reviews the film here. Sadly, YouTube has removed the video
The African Queen – 1951 – Directed by John Huston with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Here is a link to the IMDb site about the film. Here is a link to Wikipedia with more info about the film.
And Then There were None– 1945 – Directed by Rene Clair with Barry Fitzgerald and Wlater Houston. Sadly, this was removed due to a copyright claim.
Annie Hall – 1971 – Directed by Woodie Allen with Woodie Allen and Dianne Keaton
Arsenic and Old Lace – 1944 – Directed by Frank Capra. Starring Cary Grant.
Armageddon – 1998 – Directed by Michael Bay, with Bruce Willis
The Ascent of Man – 1873 – Jacob Bronowski Here is a link to the Wikipedia site.
Episode 1 – Lower than the Angels
Episode 2 – The Harvest of the Seasons
Episode 11 – Knowledge or Certainty (7 segments)
The Battle of Gettysburg, A Historical Summary, Tom Grey and Steve Ruth
Becket – 1964 – Directed by Peter Glenville with Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton (sadly, the link is broken)
Black Hawk Down – 2001 Directed by Ridley Scott
Bringing Up Baby– 1938 – Directed by Howard Hawks with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn.
Charade– 1963 – Directed by Stanley Donan. Starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Sadly the link was broken.
Episode 1 – The Skin of Our Teeth – Here is a link to a summary of its contents from the fall of Rome and the age of barbarism to the reassertion of authority up to Charlemagne and the revival of the Catholic Church.
Episode 2 – The Great Thaw – (1) an outpouring of energy and confidence. Triumph of the church as an international positive power. Cluny abbey and style. unashamedly extravagant (2) St. Bernard critique, Cistercian stylem spirit of monasticism. Pilgrimages and relics, (3) first crusade, Persian decoration, romanesque, intellectual tugging and Abelard (the star),, pride in craftsmanship Gislebertus storytelling, pleasures of female body, (4) Abbott Suger pioneer, collector and creator, justification for beauty, inventor of Gothic style, St. Denys, Chartres, cult of the virgin, main door at Chartres (5) enthusiasm to build, flying buttresses, weightlessness and light with stained glass, teaching, great wakening to new system, new impetus
Episode 3 – Romance and Reality – (1) The Gothic world, chivialry, courtesy and romance. Gaming. Architectural high point, sharp sense of reality considered as symbols of an ideal order and true reality. Tapestry of lady of the unicorn, fertile and domesticated, ideal love, north portal Chartres, refined femininity, courtly love, chivalrous gestures, troubadour poems, madonas, (2) romance, the story of the rose, Duke du Berry, birds as a symbol of freedom, model of fashion, petrification, (3) St. Francis Assisi, taking poverty as his lady, Giotto, St. Francis as a religious genius, legacy, exalting or abolishing poverty, (4) unity of creation, remote to us, trade and banking and cities, Siena, Florence. patrons of arts, Giotto’s language, (5) contrast Giotto and Dante, Pisano, light as symbol of civilized life,
Episode 4 – Man The Measure of All Things – (1) Florentine bankers and wool merchants, renaissance, pazzi chapel, confidence and Brunellesco, to the scale of human necessity, dignity of man, high seriousness, heirs and transmitters, Petrarch, library of San Marco, (2) mathematics and symmetry, perspective intensifying effect of space, public squares, urban culture, spirit of criticism, love of beauty, Donatello’s David, portraits, (3) Alberti contrast with realistic portraiture, van dyke, cf Victorians, Lorenzo and Lorenzito de Medici, Botticelli, discovery of the individual, (4) Urbino’s special human quality, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, good manners, The Courtier, Mantua and Mantegna, reliance on leaders and a small minority, (5) popular will versus individual will, umbrian landscape, escape, arcadia as tribute to antiquity but then tempesta, new pessimism and Hamlet.
Episode 5 – The Hero as Artist – (1) from Florence to Rome as compost heap of human ambitions, the monster niche, world of giants built by men, pope returns, Sixtus IV, and Julius II, Brumante and pulling down Old St. Peters, lingering gothic interpretation of antiquity, Montaigne (2) Michelangelo – David, the hero as enemy of happiness, (3) Julius II tomb and Sistine Chapel, Raphael supreme harmonizer, (4) papal apartments as summit of civilization, Sistine chapel tapestries, deadening our sense of truth?, Leonardo fits into no category, relentlessly curious and never satisfied especially man as mechanism and man as insignificant compared to nature – but for a time it seemed there was nothing the human mind could not master and harmonize
Episode 6 – Protest and Communication – (1) An uneasiness in northern Europe, Erasmus in Oxford, Holbein and pictures of friends, Moore, transitory nature of civilisation, invention of printing, (2) remember Gutenberg (1456) but recognizing the value of reaching the masses was delayed. Erasmus first to see, the first journalist writing “In Praise of Folly”— flypaper of complacency holding down the free spirit, (3) woodcutting and Durer painting himself as Christ, fascination with appearances, despondency, Erasmus reluctance, Luther as hero, communities of will, (4) destruction, lack of protestant architecture, expanding base,words as new objects, nationalism or internationalism, 120 years of wars of religion, rise of recluse (de Montagne) the pleasure of self-examination and the end of the hero, (5) England untouched by renaissance produces Spencer, Marlowe and Shakespeare and skepticism,
Episode 7 – Grandeur and Obedience – (1) st maria majore and grandeur, papal Rome (Sixtus V) the atonement, the last judgment, titian’s Paul III. Jesuits and council of Trent, artists of architects (Michelangelo), subordination, St. Peters, belief in authority and conformism, harmonizing, humanizing, civilizing, female principle and community of obedience as inspiring, and act of confession, counter- reformation, titian, the baroque as popular, Caravagio, Bernini, Apollo and Daphne, Borghese et al, Urgan VIII, fountains piazza narvonne, ecstasy of st. terressa, illusion (escape from reality) and exploitation. Is the enormous room needed?
Episode 8 – The Light of Experience, (1) Holland, skyscape painting, walking into a picture, divine authority replaced by experience, profit in tolerance, Hals, individuals joining together into bourgeois democracy, Amsterdam, tulips, (2) vulgarity, Rembrandt and how people reveal their emotions, contrast with Raphael, (3) marrying experience with reason through mathematics and Descartes (all he wanted to do was think), absolute skepticism, Vermeer and tranquility, obsession with light, (4) 1660 Charles II leaves Holland, royal society, Wren etc, Newton’s sacred book, scientific instruments as symbols of hope, St. Paul’s, separation of art and science, the rise of prose, and new barbarism
Episode 9 – The Pursuit of Happiness (1) 18th century German cultures regain their voice, but not in painting and writing. In music and architecture and rococo, French classicism, local crafts, Bach, Luther and singing, calvisit destruction of organs, (2) the importance of organs, happy benevolence, von newman, Tiepolo, (3) Handel, rococo, Watteau and the seriousness of pleasure, (4) Watteau sentiment as civilizing word, Hayden and Mozart (persuaded by joy), pleasure in architecture, (5) Mozart and melancholy and drama in opera as irrational and profane religion, and Don Giovanni’s refusal to repent
Episode 10 – The Smile of Reason – The successful 18th century French dramatists, Voltaire and the smile of reason, natural law, tolerance, justice, and the enlightenment, started in England. Blenheim Palace, Vanbrugh, and the paradise of the amateur, Wren, and Lord Burlington’s Chiswick, inheriting renaissance universalism, Banks, and freedom of mind, Hogarth, country and city life, compared to France and its balance of male and female in the salon, using tact, away from Versailles, and the effect of Law’s crash, great display as heartless, compared to Chardin and his pots and barrels (good sense), Boucher, Diderot and encyclopedia as precursers of revolution, scientific invention as romantic, Scotland where science took root balancing realism and reckless sentiment, Smith, etc. new town of Edinburgh, the industrial revolution, Voltaire in the country and his return to Paris in triumph, enlightenment as serious critic of church, with new morality based on natural law and republican virtue. David, Oath of Horatia, loss of douceur de vie, Montecello and Jefferson the universal man, and domestic architecture, University of Virginia, Houdin’s Washington, no more smiles, independence, and more serious problems.
Episode 11 – The Worship of Nature – (1) after decline of religion, divinity of nature filled the gap first in England (where religion first collapsed), gentle melancholy, without genius to champion, English gardens, Rousseau’s mystical experience in the mountains, the rebel (I feel therefore I am), a time bomb, contra de Sade, but natural man as virtuous, Tahiti, Captain Cook, the noble savage, approximating nature and truth, Goethe and striving for full development (leading to Darwin), Coleridge and Wordsworth, and the love of humble, anti-hierarchical, Dorothy, Turner and Constable, (4) civilsation in the simple life, walking, Turner and the sublime color (versus solidity) to find truth to nature, link to Goethe, Ruskin’s moral law of nature, (5) clouds, dialogue between sea and sky, monet and Renoir, impressionism and awareness of light, Monet stream of consciousness and self- revealing gestures, losing identity to gain more intense consciousness
Episode 12 – The Fallacies of Hope – (1) finite reasonable symmetrical world, enclosed consistency as a trap, Bethoven and romance, obsession with movement and escape, the sea, (gap in the video) (2) revolution – those who are strong in love can escape – changing calendar and fashion, replacing Christianity with nature, the terror, anarchy, pessimism, Napoleon,conquest and civilisation, exhilieration, humanists silenced by fear except for Bethoven and Byron, victims of injustice struggle for the light, has it helped?, (4) Goya, Byron the spokesman of pessimism, I learned to love despair, but conscious of the sublime, but nature is cruel, Turner, Gericault, Delacroix, the split – middle class (complacent) and heirs of romance cut off. This continues today. Rodin as the last great romantic, Burghers of Callais, romantic man at the end of his pilgrimage. Statue of Balzac,
Episode 13 – Heroic Materialism -(1) modern city New York, built for the glory of money,celestial only from a distance, grim uniformity and poverty, Wilberforce anti-slavery movement, poverty as inevitable, satanic mills, based on Mlathus and Ricardo (2), hypocrisy over-reaction, Engels, Dickens, Marx, Durer, humanitarianism as something new, as offspring of materialism, railways, the strongest impulses into engineering – using iron. Brunnel, our modern style, based on mathematics, niyet and courbet, but contra seurat, Renoir – people just enjoying themselves. (4) late feelings of shame in Van Gogh, Tolstoy, towering above his age. His death. Then the new age of science, not just technical advance. Einstein. But no direction. Machines as more than tools. The urge to destruction. But there is also expanded curiosity and awareness. Dislike of institutions but institutions must work. order, creation, gentleness, forgiveness, knowledge, sympathy all should prevail. Courtesy, nature, value genius, there they are. you can’t dismiss them. the need for confidence. heroic materialism is not enough. optimistic but not joyful at the prospects before us.
Con Air – 1997 – Directed by Simon West with Nicholas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich
Cool Hand Luke – 1967 – Directed by Stuart Rosenberg with Paul Newman, George Kennedy
Danger UXB – A British TV series from the 1980’s with Anthony Andrews
Episode one – Dead Man’s shoes
Episode Two – Unsung Heroes
Episode Three – Just Like a Woman
Episode Four – Cast Iron Killer
Episode Five – Silver Lining
Episode Six – The Quiet Weekend
Episode Seven – Digging Out
Episode Eight – Bad Company
Episode Nine – Seventeen Seconds to Glory
Episode Ten – Butterfly Winter
Duchess of Duke Street – Series One
Episode One – A Present Sovereign
Episode Two – Honour and Obey
Episode Three – A New Class of Premesis
Duchess of Duke Street – Series Two
Elizabeth – 1998 -Directed by Shekhar Kapur, with Kate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush
The Family Man– 2000 – Directed by Bret Ratner. Starring Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni
Foreign Correspondent 1940 – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Joel Mcrea and a young George Sanders – The link was removed. Too bad. Here is a link to a few of the early scenes from this great film
The General – 1927 – Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, starring Buster Keaton
His Girl Friday – 1940 – Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
History of Britain by Simon Schama
Episode One – Beginnings
Episode Two – Conquest
Episode Three – Dynasty
Episode Four – Nations
Episode Five – King Death
Episode Six – Burning Convictions
Episode Seven – The Body of the Queen
Episode Eight – The British Wars
Episode Nine – Revolutions
Episode Ten – Britanica Incorporated
Episode Eleven – The Wrong Empire
Episode Twelve – The Forces of Nature
Episode Thirteen – Victoria and Her Sisters
Episode Fourteen – The Empire of Good Intentions
Episode Fifteen – The Two Winstons
Glory – 1989 – Directed by Edward Zwick. Starring Mathew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman
Grand Hotel – 1932 – Directed by Edmund Goulding with Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and Lionel Barrymore
The Great Fourth of July and Other Disasters – Narrated by Jean Shepherd.
Ground Hog Day – 1993 – Directed by Harold Ramis, with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. A funny, serious, funny movie. One of Bill Murray’s greats
The Horse’s Mouth – 1958 – From the Joyce Carey novel. Directed by Ronald Neame with Alec Guiness (colorized)
Hot Enough for June – 1964 – From the Lionel Davidson novel, Night of the Wencelas. Directed by Ralph Thomas, with Dirk Bogart, Sylvia Koscina, Robert Morely and Leo MeKern. Sadly the film link only goes to the first segment. Here is a link to the IDb site.
Hud – 1963 . Durected by Martin Ritt, with Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, and Patricia Neal – screenplay contributor Larry McMurtry
I, Claudius – A TV series based on the novels by Robert Graves
Episode One – A Touch of Murder
An Ideal Husband– 1999 – Directed by Oliver Parker, with Jeremy Northam, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver, and Kate Blanchette. This is not really a classic yet, but it is a lot of fun. Here is the link to IMDb.
Isaiah Berlin – The Roots of Romanticism
I See a Dark Stranger – 1946 – Directed by Frank Launder with Deborah Kerr and a young Trevor Howard
It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946 – Directed by Frank Capra with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Lionel Barrymore does a great bad guy.
Kate & Leopold 2001 – Directed by James Mangold — starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman. Featuring the “greatest erection on the planet”.
Khartoum– 1966 – Directed by Basil Dearden and Eliot Elisofon with Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier (a shortened version)
Ladyhawke – 1985 – Directed by Richard Donner with Rudger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mathew Broderick, Leo McKern,
Lion in Winter– 1968 – Directed by Anthony Harvey with Peter O’Toole and Katharaine Hepburn (small picture)
The Man Who Knew Too Much – 1956 – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day
The Man Who Would be King– 1975 – Directed by John Huston with Sean Connery and Mincael Caine (shortened)
Meet John Doe – 1941 – Directed by Frank Capra with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck
Monkey Business – 1931 – Directeed by Norman Z. McLeod with a screenplay by S. J. Perleman, starring Groucho et al.
Here are links to the first series
Episode One – Poldark’s return from the US
Episode Two – Poldark gets on his feet
Episode Three – A romantic explosion
Episode Four – A change at home
Episode Five – The Warlegans make their appearance
Episode Six – Things heat up for Ross
Episode Seven – And heat up some more …
Episode Eight – And then the trial
Episode Nine – A reconciliation and a new project?
Episode Ten – New love, fools copper and new opportunities
Episode Eleven – The dare and the result
Episode Twelve – tying up all the loose ends and a very wild party
Here are links to the second series, and a review (that I enjoyed)
Episode One – Poldark is back from the war and we see new problems involving Aunt -Agatha’s residence
Episode Two – New characters introduce new religious issues and an adventure in France
Episode Three -The romance and adventure grows more complex
Episode Four – Success but …
Episode Five – Dear me, medical issues
Episode Six – Getting Drake settled, but the vicar does have issues
Episode Seven – New suspicions and Drake’s problems
Episode Eight – The plots thicken
Episode Nine – Poldark in politics?
Episode Ten – The action moves to London
Episode Eleven – Pasco’s difficulties
Episode Twelve – The duel and afternath
Rear Window– 1954 – Directed by Alfred hitchcock, with Jimmy Stweart and Grace Kelly.
Red River – 1948 – Directed by Howard Hawks with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift
Rembrandt – Simon Schama gives a 4 part series
Scent of a Woman – 1992 Directed by Martin Brest with Al Pacino
Seabiscuit – 2003, Directed by Gary Ross with Jeff Bridges
The Seven Year Itch (1955) Directed by Billy Wilder with Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell
Sharpe – 1993 – 2008 – A fun British TV series about soldiering during the Napoleonic wars. The main character Sharpe rises in the ranks after saving Wellington’s life, faces lots of fun adventures with of course, the requisite romantic interludes.
Date Aired Episode Name Setting Date Set 1993 Sharpe’s Rifles Retreat to Coruña 1809 1993 Sharpe’s Eagle Battle of Talavera 1809 1994 Sharpe’s Company Siege of Badajoz 1812 1994 Sharpe’s Enemy Defence of Portugal 1812 1994 Sharpe’s Honour Battle of Vitoria 1813 1995 Sharpe’s Gold 1995 Sharpe’s Battle Franco-Spanish Border 1813 1995 Sharpe’s Sword Franco-Spanish Border 1813 1996 Sharpe’s Regiment England 1813 1996 Sharpe’s Siege Bordeaux 1813 1996 Sharpe’s Mission France 1810 & 1813 1997 Sharpe’s Revenge 1814 1997 Sharpe’s Justice Peace of 1814 1814 1997 Sharpe’s Waterloo Battle of Waterloo 1815 2006 Sharpe’s Challenge India 1803 & 1817 2008 Sharpe’s Peril India 1817
The Shawshank Redemption – 1994 -Directed by Frank Darabont with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce
The Woman in Green (1945) (via Roger Ebert)
Sherlock Holmes and the Silk Stocking, with Rupert Everett
Sherlock Homes, with Jeremy Brett and David Burke.
The Eligible Bachelor (1993)
The Empty House (the first of the return episodes)
The Sign of Four (1987)
Sleuth – 1972 – Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine (removed by You Tube)
Swordfish – 2001 – Directed by Dominic Sena with John Travolta and Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry
The Taking of Pelham 123 – 2009 Directed by Tony Scott with Denzel Washington and John Travolta
the Third Man 1949, Directed by Orson Wells, starring Joseph Cotton, Allida Valli, and Orson Wells´
The Thomas Crown Affair– 1999 – Directed by John McTiernan with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. A re-make of the 1968 film with the same name directed by Norman Jewison with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. In the original, Faye is the love interest. In the re-make she is Crown’s psychiatrist.
To Catch a Thief – 1955 – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
True Romance – 1993, (a Tarantino Film) Directed by Tony Scott, with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette
Upstairs Downstairs – TV from Masterpiece Theater. Series One, Episode one
Where Eagles Dare – 1968 – Directed by Brian G. Hutton with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Ah well, the link is broken.
Willow – 1988 – Directed by Ron Howard.