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!
John Steinbeck was born in Salinas California in 1902. He studied literature at Stanford University and developed an unremitting commitment to novel writing. Few who knew him would argue that he was also a very difficult person to get along with, having decided views on things and confident in his own judgement. Feebler spirits would have buckled under the heavy disappointments he had over his early work but when success came it was sure and long lasting. You could argue that Steinbeck was meeting the needs of a new nation keen to find its own spirit, its own identity. His first novel was published when he was twenty seven. After a long and colourful literary life he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The film follows sympathetically his interesting career and tries to plumb the depths of his success. It is followed by a brief overview of his work. AM027HD17 STEINBECK 2017 39'14
John Steinbeck was one fo the most popular writers of the 20th century and several of his books were made into films.This film in the Famous Author series by Malcolm Hossick explores his eventful life. It is followed by a brief overview of his works.