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!
Oscar Wilde was one of the most brilliant writers in English at the end of the 19th century. His plays made the world laugh or cry and his novels and stories charmed children or stirred their elders. The tale of his tragic downfall however – ending in a prison sentence, caused by the society of his time condemning his private sexual life, has generally overshadowed the importance of his work. The film traces his fascinating and remarkable career and attempts to regain the balance between tragic figure and artist. It is followed by an overview of his work. AM044DV05 WILDE 2005 35'44
1854 - 1900
Oscar Wilde was certainly one of the most brilliant writers of comedy for the English stage. He also wrote poetry and novels. The tale of his tragic downfall, caused by the society of his time condemning his private sexual life, has generally overshadowed the importance ...