Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kenneth Clark's Civilization

If you want to watch something other than the endless televising of the GOP Yahoo's at their convention, Kenneth Clark's Civilization is up on uTube - all 13 episodes. Given what's happening today, his hymn to the survival and great works of Western Civilization comes as a salutary reminder that we have been to the edge before .. and survived. Let's hope that if the Barbarians breach the walls, we do so again.

Erudite, patrician and opinionated, Clark is not to everybody's taste and many have criticized his points of view but it's better than anything on TV now, educated a whole generation in the classical point of view and reminds us (if we need reminding) of the great gifts Western Civilization has to offer. 

The series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpPNbI6GcxI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilisation_(TV_series)

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2014/05/why-the-bbc-will-never-match-kenneth-clarks-civilisation/

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/may/18/kenneth-clark-civilised-man-art-historian-civilisation

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