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!
Part two looks at four of the plays in detail, the words, the images, the dramatic techniques he used. (Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Tempest.) It's no use pretending that it is easy to get to grips with – the verse, the brilliant use of language and ideas - they are complicated and demanding. He writes words to be spoken on the stage, the scenes are all arranged for theatrical effect and he lived long before the novel was established, the staple of popular culture today. His vocabulary is enormous and he was educated in the Roman and Greek classics which most people don't get these days. But most of us can better rise to challenges than we often think we can and plumbing the depths of Shakespeare is to get at the heart of what it is to be a confident human being. In the measure of our time on earth Shakespeare wrote only yesterday and the delights and travails he deals with are with us today as ever. This film might just be a way into the astonishing worldview of William Shakespeare. AM104HD21 SHAKESPEARE – LIKE NO OTHER part 2 2021 42'51”