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In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style... See more »
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 (Series Cast [1])
Simon Schama ... Himself - Presenter / ... (6 episodes, 2006)

Series Directed by
Clare Beavan (3 episodes, 2006)
Steve Condie (2 episodes, 2006)
Carl Hindmarch (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Writing credits
Simon Schama (4 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Clare Beavan .... series producer / producer (8 episodes, 2006)
Series Original Music by
Niraj Chag (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Cinematography by
Gary Clarke (2 episodes, 2006)
Neville Kidd (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Film Editing by
Matt Platts-Mills (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Casting by
Chloe Emmerson (4 episodes, 2006)
Series Production Design by
Astrid Sieben (1 episode, 2006)
Hannah Spice (1 episode, 2006)
Series Art Direction by
Erik Rehl (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Set Decoration by
Hannah Spice (1 episode, 2006)
Series Costume Design by
Nigel Egerton (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Makeup Department
Caitlin Tanner .... makeup designer (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Art Department
Gwyneth Binyon .... assistant art director (1 episode, 2006)
Peter Fentem .... property master (1 episode, 2006)
Toby Riches .... assistant art director (1 episode, 2006)
Scott Rogers .... props (1 episode, 2006)
Series Sound Department
Keith Silva .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2006)
Karl Mainzer .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 2006)
Aidan McCarthy .... sound editor (2 episodes, 2006)
Jeff Richardson .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Special Effects by
Dorina Forti .... special effects makeup (1 episode, 2006)
Series Visual Effects by
Adam Rowland .... digital compositor (1 episode, 2006)
Series Stunts
Giorgio Antonini .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2006)
Amanda Foster .... stunts: slave (1 episode, 2006)
Paul Kulik .... utility stunts (1 episode, 2006)
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2006)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Annis .... focus puller (2 episodes, 2006)
Wayne King .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Music Department
Daniel Giorgetti .... orchestrator (1 episode, 2006)
Series Other crew
Tim Sutton .... production coordinator / production supporter (2 episodes, 2006)

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A scandal!, 16 April 2007
Author: kaaber-2 from Denmark

Schama's series is highly watchable, and I enjoyed his History of Britain as well, but I must vehemently protest to his Bernini episode, which is, admittedly, visually rich, masterly filmed - but Schama makes the unforgivable mistake of basing his biographical material (which takes up half of the episode) on 17th century muckraker Filippo Baldinucci. Baldinucci, who aspired to be another Vasari, generously lent his ear to all the most envious gossip about the artist, and he went out of his way to be spectacular. Thus, we are treated to the disgraceful story of a megalomaniac Bernini whose genius went to his head, who nearly killed his own brother in a jealous rage, and arranged for a bravo to slash the face of Costanza Bonarelli, Bernini's unfaithful mistress, to ribbons, as Schama so vividly puts it. A Bernini whom even his own mother detested. All of this, however, is based on Baldinucci's low-minded attempt to vilify Bernini, and is written, not as Schama seems to suggest, by a biographer who closely followed his subject around in Rome, but by a biographer who was two years old at the time of the Bonarelli scandal related in so vivid details, and Baldinucci's scandalous book was not published until two years after Bernini's death - for very good reasons. It is totally inadmissible. Even the unsympathetic Pope Innocent X was forced to exclaim: "They say bad things about Bernini, but he is a great and rare man". Man - not only artist. For a truthful biography on Bernini, we must go to Howard Hibbard (who carefully gleans from Baldinucci all that is trustworthy). Among the despicable features of Bernini, Schama & Baldinucci report that he never credited his co-workers - the people doing the hard work for the artist - but which artist did? Michelangelo? Rembrandt? Da Vinci? Certainly not. An art historian like Schama should know that the artist was always turned into a brand name, and never laid claim to wield the chisel or the brush himself.

It's a shame about Schama's episode, for his treatment of Bernini as an artist is admirable, and I do agree that Bernini - as Schama says - transcended dualism and deliberately put erotic aspects into his portraits of saints, simply to show a transport that people can relate to. But the biographical yellow press diatribe of the program, collected with immoderate glee from fishwife Baldinucci - really, historian Simon Schama ought to know better!

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