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 3 (Cantos 23 – 33) 9/9 In Canto 23 the triumph of Christ is visible. It is what we have been leading up to and it is what Dante's audience would expect. It all falls out as Beatrice predicts. Between canto 25 and 26 Dante meets St John and is dazzled to the point of blindness. However his sight is restored when he is quizzed on what he understands by love and comes up with acceptable answers. To anyone approaching all this cold it may seem fantastical and irrelevant to our modern world. To follow it all from beginning to end however is such an experience that no excuses need be made and the force that inspired Dante to write it all is alive and well in all of us. The whole thing is wrapped up in the last Canto with the astonishing and elegiac prayer of St Bernard. AM113SB20 2020 dur: 2hrs 9 mins