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!
Mrs Alving, a modern woman is a well off widow in late 19th century Norway. She is intending to build an orphanage as a memorial to her late husband. Her son has been educated away from home and is now an artist in Paris. He returns home it seems in time for the opening of the orphanage. Mrs Alving's friend and one time admirer, Pastor Manders is on hand to make all the arrangements. As the day progresses however everything turns out in unexpected ways. Nothing is as it seems.
The play created a storm in its own time. Sex and corruption were subjects off limits. Even Mrs Alving's own efforts to be 'honest' and liberal in her views turn out to be flawed. A fine cast and a deliberate effort to do it as Ibsen meant it to be done make for fascinating viewing.
In 1881 Henrik Ibsen, already one of the most celebrated dramatists of the age wrote his play 'Ghosts.' It's about someone who inherits a fatal venereal disease from his father. The subject matter was very controversial in his day as it still continues to be in ours. This is a film version direct...