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!
Super stars in any field are rare. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was certainly one. He was born into a musical family in 18th century Austria and his extraordinary musical talent was evident at an early age. As a child prodigy he travelled to all the capitals of Europe and developed into one of the greatest composers of all time. He wrote music in a variety of forms, excelling in chamber music for small groups for example but also as an early developer of opera dealing with the finer elements of human relations in subtle, charming and exciting ways. The film by Malcolm Hossick uncovers his delightful character and explores the difficulties he had to overcome to establish himself as an independent artist in an age when musicians were simply seen as the servants of the rich and powerful. The film is followed by a brief overview of Mozart's work. AM070HD19 2019 dur:36'22