Civilisation: The Complete Series DVD

Various (TV), 1969


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Film Details

Directed by Various (TV)

Produced in 1969

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Kenneth Clark's landmark 13-part BBC series in which he traces the history of Western Civilisation through its visual, architectural, written and musical arts. A monumental example of quality public service broadcasting.

In 1966 BBC Television embarked on its most ambitious documentary series to date. The eminent art historian Lord Clark was commissioned to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development.

Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark would be more than two years in the making, with filming in over 100 locations across 13 countries. The lavish series was hailed as a masterpiece when it was first transmitted in 1969. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Clark’s compelling narrative is accompanied by breathtaking colour photography of Europe’s greatest landmarks. This ‘history of ideas as illustrated by art and music’ remains the benchmark for the numerous programmes it inspired.

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DVD Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: 2 Entertain

Length: 645 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 18th April 2005

Cat No: BBCDVD1607

Subtitles: English HOH

DVD Extras

  • 4 discs. Interview with Sir David Attenborough
  • Photo Gallery
  • Collectors Booklet

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by Anon on 5th October 2004

We were wrong. We expected Civilisation to be dated and ponderous but it does far more than stand up to the test of time; it shows that giving space to ideas and time ... Read on


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