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!
It is hard to over-estimate the contribution Beethoven made to the development of music. He was born into a musical family in Bonn, was well taught and generally well educated. When his astounding musical talent began to emerge with the support of his local ruler he went to Vienna to further his musical studies. He was soon celebrated as a pianist and composer and spent the rest of his life in Vienna supported by generous patrons and free to compose as he wished. This support was a remarkable sign of confidence in him and a mark of the emerging understanding of artistic creation as a fundamental pillar of a civilised society. In spite of going stone deaf he was able to continue composing, producing some of his greatest works in his later years. The film sympathetically details his life and times and is followed by an overview of his works. AM065HD20 Beethoven 2020 37'21