Civilisation, Programs 1-3

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Civilisation, Programs 1-3

  • 1970 ----- color ----- 154 min ----- vhs
  • (Civilisation [VHS] series, Part 1) The Civilisation series is a 13-part tale of the history of Western civilization. Filmed on location in 11 countries and 118 museums in Europe and America, this unique series explores 16 centuries of humankind's most glorious achievements in architecture, art, philosophy, literature, and music. Included on this tape are three episodes:

    Program One--The Skin of Our Teeth (formerly The Frozen World):
    The Dark Ages, with the disintegration of the Roman Empire, the invasion of the barbarians, the threat of Islam, the achievements of Celtic Christianity in the face of pagan assault and the peril of civilization during the centuries until Charlemagne emerged as the leader of the Franks, renewed ties with Rome and the Byzantine Empire and re-established the ideal of European unity when he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in the year 800 (52 minutes).

    Program Two--The Great Thaw:
    The emergence of Medieval Europe in the twelfth century, with the flowering of the Romanesque style, the founding of universities, the spread of monasticism; an age of pilgrimages--to the Holy Land, to Rome and Santiago de Compostela--and of the building of great churches; of the new view of man of Peter Abelard and the synthesis of Classic and Christian heritages in the great vision of St. Thomas Aquinas. It was a period which saw, under the inspiration of the Abbot Suger, the creation of the Gothic style at the ancient Royal Abbey of St. Denis and its' flowering at Chartres (50 minutes).

    Program Three--Romance and Reality:
    The High Gothic world, of chivalry and of courtly love, and the adoration of the Virgin; of the worldliness of the courts with their brilliant art and pageantry contrasted with the joyous asceticism of St. Francis; a period which saw the creation of Dante's great epic, the monumental painting of Giotto and the sculptures of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, which epitomize the Gothic spirit (52 minutes).

  • Topics: (Architecture, Art: History, Europe, Religions: Christian)