Civilisation (1969– )

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Narrator: It's arguable that the nonexistence of a clear, concrete German prose has been one of the chief disasters of European civilisation.
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Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott
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Composed and written by Martin Luther
Episode: {"Protest and Communicaton" (1969) (ep. #1.6)}
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Enlighteneing, engaging, and intimate program of scholarly work
12 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First broadcast in 1969,Civilization was produced not only to showcase the new medium of color television but also to reassure a then turbulent society of its established roots.

Before viewing Civilization I had never heard of Kenneth Clark, or K Clark as he was known to his contemporaries. At first glance he appears to be the product of a stodgy old order, a stereotypical brown flannel suit poised very uneasily in the Age of Aquarius. However his soft demeanor, articulate observations and frank but reasonable opinions quickly become very endearing qualities. I soon found myself very disappointed I had never met the man, or at least lived through his era.

I can say with confidence that if you seriously enjoy history, particularly the European variety, you will enjoy Civilization. Even if you don't, the stunning and intimate portrayal of 1500 years of art may still be captivating enough to hold your attention. This program is unlike anything broadcast in the post-MTV era, and it sets a standard of culture and erudition that puts networks which should know better, like the History Channel, to shame.


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