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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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Born in the middle of the 19th century into a patrician American family Henry James became one of the most notable novelists in the English langauge. He spent much of his life in Europe and his work is imbued with the struggle many of his countrymen had straddling the old and new worlds as they saw it. But he was perceptive and sensitive to human character in his own right and this film by Malcolm Hossick covers his interesting life and and reveals his very special talents. It is followed by an overview of his works. 2nd ed 2019 dur:36'50"