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!
Paradise part 1 (Cantos 1 – 11) 7/9 Everyone has his or her own idea of Paradise. By this time anyone who is following the poem has become so drawn into the intensity of Dante's experience that it is no surprise to find that everything about Heaven and the ideas it represents, Dante is perfectly up to describing. Most folk will not dispute that while it is Beatrice and his love for her that drives him he has a wonderful conception of human ideals which he somehow manages to convey in a completely acceptable form. The only thing to do is to jump in. Unsurprisingly in Canto 1 Dante the renaissance humanist calls on the Greek/Roman god Apollo to help his descriptions along. He also points to the happy conjunction of the stars as a 'good' sign for their arrival in heaven. All along as ever Dante gets embroiled in discussions with the spirits he meets about politics, morality, common or garden delusions and all the matters which have so concerned them in their lives. These people range from the high and mighty to the mean and lowly. AM111SB20 2020 dur: 2hrs 15 mins