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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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This film seeks to uncover how art reflects and influences our existence. It’s not a plea for art but it makes the case that it is a vital part of human culture and through it our lives are enrichened as by no other means. Through a knowledge and experience of art we come to better understand ourselves and to make the most of the wonderful opportunities life offers.
Exploring how it has permeated all the different human societies around the world film maker Malcolm Hossick tries to untangle all the issues of talent, money and taste which converge over art and how it works.