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Films on literature, music, art, history, society and more. Top up your ideas! The films in the Academy media library form the core of the site effort to nudge folk towards 'being cultured.' In our eyes 'being cultured' just means knowing a bit more about how the world works, how human beings work together best, what it means to be a worthwhile person in a general as well as a particular sense. There is no creed on offer. It's not a religion. There are no absolute answers. But quite a few folk have done it before us so we need to look back as well as we can and use their experience. We need to read their books and look at what they created. The astonishing resource of easily available films like these on your smartphone or screen means that getting cultured is open to millions whereas before it was only a tiny minority of folk 'born lucky' at the top of society you might say who had the chance. They didn't always take it! Make sure you do.. Get going!
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John Donne was born in 1572 into a well off catholic family. After a careful education he soon became recognised as one of the wittiest and most imaginative writers of love poetry of his age. In a society which had Shakespeare as it's major daramatist this was no mean accolade. However his life was blighted by a marraige which crossed the social divides of his day and in his creative life he turned to writing religious poems and sermons in the prevaiing beliefs of the protestant Church of England. The story of his life is a fascinating one and the film follows his fortunes as he wrestles with his conscience and becomes Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London. 2020 dur:51'53"