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In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style... See more »
2 wins & 1 nomination 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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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
I Beg to Disagree, 23 October 2008
Author: hamlet279 from United States

I walked into the Rothko Chapel, on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, one day in 1974, expecting to find less than nothing, just another High Art hoax. My reaction was both overwhelming and totally unexpected. I literally wept, much as I also did years later when I saw the Van Goghs in Munich, and Michaelangelo's "Pieta" in the Vatican.

It's a total cliché whenever one meets another painter who's mad about Rothko. Sooner or later, the question of, "Did you cry in the Chapel?" comes up. It's very corny but most of us did shed a tear. You have to see it for yourself, It's quite a rush, the paintings are about 15 feet tall, mostly in blues, browns, and blacks. The emotional impact is quite something, hard to describe, you just have to go there some day and see for yourself. No photograph could ever do it justice.

Rothko was a genius and a tragic hero. He sought, and achieved, the expression of an authentic personal spirituality within the then-dominant idiom of Ab-Ex.

A painter of tremendous power and sincerity, to whom I am deeply indebted both formally and spiritually.

Anyone who's seriously interested in Mark Rothko, and what he was all about, should view Simon Schama's POWER OF ART, disc 3 this was first produced by the BBC in 2006; here's the review from the IMDb.

No lie, If you're a fan of Rothko, this video is a must-see. Informative, evocative, and almost unbearable in its emotional intensity. Be forewarned: this is not for the faint-of heart. It's Mark vs the uber-rich, narcissistic NYC art establishment – can you guess who wins? Nevertheless, it's the most accurate and loving tribute to the deeply troubled, painfully sincere, disturbingly self-destructive, humanist that was Mark Rothko.

Watch it – you won't be disappointed Old Simon Schama actually "got" Rothko. Not many people do, nor ever did; his brief, meteoric 'success' notwithstanding.

The video also includes a lot of Markus Rothkovitch (his original name) – cigarettes, vodka, warts and all – explaining himself.

Excruciating and unforgettable; don't take my word for it; just watch the thing – If you have the stomach for it.

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