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The Victorians [DVD]
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Jeremy Paxman examines the Victorian era and takes a look at paintings from that time. He explores what life would have been like during those days and how the paintings of that era did not truly depict the poverty and fears that many people faced.
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Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing
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The book is illustrated with full colour reproductions, some double-paged. But they have white borders that diminish the power of their colouration. The reproductive quality is satisfactory but could be better, especially when looked at in detail with a magnifying glass. For example, I looked in vain for the comet streaking “silently across the sky” in William Dyce’s ‘Pegwell Bay’.
In his eight page introduction Paxman writes, “It has been the odd destiny of the Victorians to have created modern Britain, only for modern Britain to sneer and spit at them.” Despite changes in attitudes in recent times to the merits of Victorian literature, architecture, and engineering, Victorian art, argues Paxman, is still viewed “like a dose of bitter medicine … the military ones appear to glorify battles we know nothing of, the moral tales seem to be trying to indoctrinate values we discarded long ago, and many of the remainder appear cloyingly sentimental. And … lots of them are simply not very good.” Paxman aims to show us the stories behind those depicted in the painted scenes when bourgeois Britain was at its height.Read more ›
covering the Famous Painters of the day, including
an interpretation of their Paintings in the Victorian Age.
Victorian Living conditions are well exposed, both the poor
and the rich. Occupations, and of course Victorian hypocrisy
which was rife among the well to do.
Jeremy Paxman covers it all in an easy going manner which makes it
both informative and interesting for all.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Now watching the third episode the constant use of heroic, lively or sad music in the background starts to annoy so much that I am not sure that I want to watch to the end. Mr. Paxman has a very nice voice and should have enough to say - even as an amateur - not to rely on music as a conductor for the viewer emotions. "should have enough to say" is by the way not the case. Mr. Paxman does not say much, he barely scratches the surface of "The Victorians" and aside from some nice anecdotes has less to say about their "age" than my old school books. And didn't we learn in school that adjectives should be sparsely used? His interviewing technique is a further point of critique. He is visiting some interesting people who could tell much more about their field of expertise than they are allowed to and sometimes even prevented by Mr. Paxman. Others reviewers talk of his wit, for me he talks and behaves smug. A chance and nice idea wasted - too bad.
Postscriptum: The fourth episode is by far the best. It raises my rating of yesterday by one star. The topics are more fully explored than in the first three episodes. The background music is less annoying. Mr. Paxman has indeed a nice voice to be heard here more often. Since all episodes had different producers only the one for this episode seems to know his/her job.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done and explain the Victorian perspective to modern people. Well worth your time and not bad price.Published 5 months ago by Dylan McNamara
well done jeremy, make some more 'honest' appraisals of history/politicsPublished 7 months ago by viletrog
A first class production as usual by this excellent presenter, very informative, but in many ways it certainly takes some of the gloss off this 19th century period in our history.Published 9 months ago by Mr. J. A. Bentley
Excellent viewing with Jeremy Paxman. Not one of my favourite presenters but in this he is very goodPublished 14 months ago by Colin
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