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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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In his day – the early part of the 20th century - Joyce was a hated figure in Irish society. His books were banned and his outlook condemned. Today he is seen there as a literary giant and Joyce tours are the backbone of the Dublin tourist trail. He was born in Dublin in 1882 at a time when the Catholic church dominated society. After an education run by the priests of the catholic church he spent most of the rest of his life on continental Europe and rarely returned to Ireland. His writing was difficult to publish and he had a very tricky but interesting character. However he is now regarded as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. The film covers his unusual life and background and is followed by an overview of his works. AM036DV11 JOYCE 2011 36'53