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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
23 February 1969 (UK) See more »
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Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A wonderful television presentation See more (7 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [1])
Kenneth Clark ... Narrator (13 episodes, 1969)
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Series Directed by
Michael Gill (7 episodes, 1969)
Peter Montagnon (5 episodes, 1969)
Ann Turner (3 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Writing credits
Kenneth Clark (2 episodes, 1969)

Series Produced by
Ann Turner .... assistant producer (13 episodes, 1969)
Michael Gill .... producer (2 episodes, 1969)
Peter Montagnon .... producer (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Original Music by
Edwin Astley (1 episode, 1969)
 
Series Cinematography by
A.A. Englander (unknown episodes)
Kenneth MacMillan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Allan Tyrer (2 episodes, 1969)

Roger Crittenden (unknown episodes)
Peter Heelas (unknown episodes)
Jesse Palmer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Alan Dykes .... sound (2 episodes, 1969)
Basil Harris .... sound (2 episodes, 1969)

Malcolm Webberley .... sound assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Roynon Raikes .... stills photographer (2 episodes, 1969)
Phil Summers .... stills filming (2 episodes, 1969)
Ann Turner .... stills photography director (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
A.A. Englander .... lighting cameraman (2 episodes, 1969)
Kenneth MacMillan .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1969)

Joe Cooksey .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Colin Deehan .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Jack Probert .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Allan Tyrer .... supervising editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Edwin Astley .... conductor (1 episode, 1969)
 
Series Other crew
June Leech .... research assistant (2 episodes, 1969)
 

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Runtime:
50 min (13 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »

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Narrator:And later Baroque artists, like Bernini, delighted in the emotive close-up, the tears and open lips and restless movement - all those devices that were to be rediscovered in the movies. The extraordinary thing is that Baroque artists did it in bronze and marble, and not on celluloid. Of course, in a way, it's a frivolous comparison, because however much one admires the films, one must admit that they are often vulgar, always ephemeral, whereas the work of Bernini is ideal and eternal.See more »
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Soundtrack:
La Déploration De Johannes OckeghemSee more »

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29 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful television presentation, 19 December 2002
Author: Steve Ready (stever-6) from Henderson, Nevada USA

I was a young man in my impressionable early-20s, when Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation" made its appearance on American television. I recall, at the time, thinking what ambition to entitle a program so. Public Broadcasting had not been around for many years, and I expected a stodgy, pompous, supercilious approach to the subject of art and civilization, especially as it was coming from Britain. Surely, this was a program for the elite, the snobs of the art world, the aristocrats of Europe who had access to such treasures. Kenneth Clark truly changed those first impressions, presenting in a gentle, understandable way some of the great treasures of the human species. These pieces were no longer remote, mysterious objects stuffed away in some dusty museum or moldering palace. He clearly taught about each of his choices, seeming to enjoy the opportunity to pass on to the viewer his love and admiration for these works and their meaning, as they related to the modern world and to the world long past in which they were created. He was humorous and wise, and the photography was stunning. I immediately changed my major in college to art history and, although I never became wealthy from the education, I have always appreciated what I did learn, beginning with the inspiration provided by Kenneth Clark and "Civilisation." Mr. Clark became one of those people with whom I wish I could have spent an afternoon, just listening. I haven't seen the program in many years, though it was re-run often after its first showing. I would like to see this back on television, or on DVD. I do believe it was the inspiration for many similar, and more famous programs to follow and was part of that exceptional time in television when the UK sent us its best - "Civilisation", "The First Churchills", "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", "Elizabeth R", and "I, Claudius."

If "Civilisation" ever reappears, do yourself a favor. Sit back in an easy chair, tone down the distractions, have a good hot coffee, and enjoy the story of your past. It's shared by all of us, and Kenneth Clark will introduce you to yourself.

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