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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the seminal pieces of television broadcasting
Kenneth Clark (1903-83) was a distinguished English art historian, and very much a member of the old school. Patrician, cultured, privileged, he saw art as somehow pure, as untouched by the corruption of politics and materialism. 'Civilisation' is not so much a television series as a lecture series, one which represents a fascinating watershed in the history of mass...
Published on 21 Mar 2005 by Budge Burgess

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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to love
Judging by the other reviews here it seems that not many people are going to agree with me, but in the belief that dissent is good and that civilisation thrives on alternate points of view I'm going to challenge a lot of the superlatives that have been thrown at the series.

Speaking as someones who is passionately interested in the arts I was surprised that I...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Civilised., 18 Mar 2012
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I've watched one disc so far and found it very interesting. It shows it's age but this, at times, adds to the pleasure. I purchased this series having never seen the original broadcast. I thought Bronowski's 'The Ascent of Man' and Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' were wonderful. I stil get more from 'Ascent' but when it comes to 'Cosmos' perhaps I'm not comparing like for like.

It's refreshing to see some serious television and it's lack of computer graphics and special effects adds to the charm. I do, however, think modern production values are brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary series!, 16 Dec 2013
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Kenneth Clark is erudite and fascinating as he puts forth his theories on the cultural forces at work within various ages. This series really considers asethetics (how art, politics, religion, economics) and how great art is fusion of these processes, ever unique and ever expectable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have a clear picture of this wonderful series, 15 Aug 2014
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Great to have a clear picture of this wonderful series. The booklet is very useful and it is a shame that all DVDs don't come with one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good art history programmes have followed, 4 Aug 2014
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What a treat and what a journey through the Arts. Good art history programmes have followed, but this is still the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this originally when it was first broad cast ..., 28 July 2014
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I saw this originally when it was first broad cast. I have purchased it now for viewing in the winter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Sep 2014
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It contains a lot, especially about historical religious events, a must have dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Nov 2014
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The only problem is that I had to have the DVD copied to the Canadian system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Aug 2014
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The box set met all my expectations. Delivery was on schedule.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Nov 2014
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Every thing I remember when I first watch series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Oct 2014
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The original of its type and still the best
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