Art and Artists

What Makes Art Valuable?

What Makes Art Valuable?

What makes a piece of art worth tens of millions dollars at auction? A number of things, but not always the things you'd think. BBC's The World's Most Expensive Paintings chronicles the world's ten most valuable paintings, by way of journalist...

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Style Wars

Style Wars

When director Tony Silver and co-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape...

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Why Beauty Matters

Why Beauty Matters

Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives. In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on beauty, making a cult of ugliness...

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Atari: Game Over

Atari: Game Over

How do you go from the fastest growing company in the history of the United States to a debt-infested and dissolved empire in less than a decade? With the release of Pong in the late 1970's, Atari established a firm grasp on the video game market, and...

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The Mystery Conman

The Mystery Conman

There's a crook operating in the shadows of the antiquities market. He's known as The Spanish Master, and his clever forgeries have earned him tens of millions of dollars. Who is this elusive figure, and how has he been allowed to thrive undetected...

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Art Sleuth

Art Sleuth

Using unique detective-like approach the author analyzes famous artworks of Van Gogh, Manet, Botticelli, Vigee Le Brun, Rembrandt, Holbein, Bellini, Carpaccio, and Bruegel. Van Gogh painted "The Starry Night" in a sanatorium, a year before he...

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The Genius of Mozart

The Genius of Mozart

An enlightening and enveloping reconstruction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's (1756--1791) life. Masterfully written and directed, every aspect of the film has been given thorough thought in order to ensure an accurate historical reconstruction. Inspirational performances...

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Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

Arts documentary, first broadcast before Ai Weiwei's arrest by the Chinese authorities in April 2011, and his subsequent release after being detained for 11 weeks. Architect, photographer, curator and blogger, Ai Weiwei is China's most famous and politically outspoken...

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NOVA: The Film

NOVA: The Film

NOVA: The Film is a documentary film directed by Isaac Niemand and the byproduct of a collaboration between ROJO and BossaNovaFilms. The film brings together several insights from the participants from Nova Contemporary Culture which took place in the...

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The Art of Russia

The Art of Russia

Series in which art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the incredible story of Russian art - its mystery and magnificence - and until now a story untold on British television. He explores the origins of the Russian icon from its...

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Star Wars Begins

Star Wars Begins

Ambitious and affectionate, Star Wars Begins is the ultimate love letter to one of the greatest classics in American cinema. Billed as a "filmumentary", it's essentially a mosaic of the countless commentaries, behind-the-scenes features, outtakes,...

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The Genius of Beethoven

The Genius of Beethoven

A powerful, moving and accurate docudrama based on the life of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Paul Rhys's masterful portrayal of Beethoven is particularly noteworthy, doing well to vividly convey the isolation and despair Beethoven experienced throughout his life,...

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