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!
Born in the beautiful old Tuscan city of Lucca in 1858 you could argue Puccini was destined to be a composer. For generations his family had been at the centre of musical life in the city and showing early promise in music making perhaps it was inevitable that he should follow suit.. But few could have prophesied the phenomenal success he enjoyed in his day and his works are still as popular as ever. It’s the powerful stories, the melodies, the delicate orchestration – who can say? Puccini pulls at the heart strings of us all. This film by Malcolm Hossick film traces the interesting and eventful life of the smartly dressed fellow from Lucca, and is followed by an overview of his delightful work. AM071HD17 Puccini 2017 32'49
Puccini was born in Lucca in Italy to a musical family and went on to write some of the best loved operas of all time. This film by Malcolm Hossick traces his interesting life and is followed by an overview of his work.