A 2012 BBC Arts Documentary hosted by Mark Gatiss.

Mark Gatiss embarks on a chilling voyage through European horror cinema. From the silent nightmares of German Expressionism in the wake of World War I to lesbian vampires in 1970s Belgium, from the black-gloved killers of Italy's bloody Giallo thrillers to the ghosts of the Spanish Civil War, Mark reveals how Europe's turbulent 20th century forged its ground-breaking horror tradition. On a journey that spans the continent from Ostend to Slovakia, Mark explores classic filming locations and talks to the genre's leading talents, including directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro.

A 2014 SVT Arts Documentary narrated by Ingela Lundh. Audio in Swedish with English subtitles.

The Rise of Scandi-Drama examines the popular fascination of Nordic crime fiction, TV drama and feature films. The dark and complex Scandinavian crime stories that have collectively created the genre known as 'Nordic Noir' have transfixed UK audiences, both in book form and on the small and large screen, in a major way since Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books were translated and Wallander first aired in its native Swedish language on BBC FOUR. Given a serious boost by the 2011 transmission of Forbrydelsen (The Killing), which became a huge cult TV hit, spawning a national knitwear revival and the rapid rise through the ranks of popular police characters, such as the socially-challenged Sarah Lund and Saga Noren it seems that Nordic Noir is forever here to stay.

These cerebrally enigmatic, and often troubled, protagonists – who are often as opaque as the plots they are investigating, have become the new law-enforcing heroes for a discerning demographic of crime drama enthusiasts and have brought many more like-minded sorts into the genre – people who might not have been previously inclined. Celebrating the cult phenomenon, and providing insight into this stylish brand of story-telling, fans and enthusiasts alike will be able to celebrate their love of all things Nordic with this new documentary.

Those offering up insights into bringing their characters to life Include Wallander's Krister Henriksson, Borgen's Sidse Babett Kundsen, The Killing's Sofie Grabol, The Bridge's Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia, as well as Diane Kruger, Clemence Poesy, and Steve van Zandt. If that wasn't enough, producers Lars Blomgren (The Bridge), Jane Featherstone (The Tunnel) Andy Harries (Wallander UK), Ole Sondberg (Wallander), Carolyn Bernstein (The Bridge USA), Piv Berndth (Borgen, The Killing), and Mikkel Bondesen (The Killing USA) are set to touch upon their geographical differences as they ultimately strive to tell the same story from an alternative cultural background.

The journey of the style and themes of the Noir concept can be mapped from the influence of European directors in Hollywood and the post-WWII anxieties that pervaded the classic crime sagas. Neo-Noir emulated the Film Noir style in a modern setting. Nordic Noir has taken on the reigns to redefine the grittier, controversial violence that Hollywood dared not show. And its popularity only seems set to grow.

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A 1987 Biography, History Documentary directed by Alexander Sokurov. Audio in Russian with English subtitles.

Originally produced to mark the 50th birthday of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, the material for this stunning documentary was shot by Alexander Sokurov, director of Russian Ark and Tarkovsky’s spiritual heir. "Moskovskaya Elegiya" is a subjective portrait of the legendary Tarkovsky (Solaris, Stalker, Nostalghia), whose shadow looms large over Russian cinema, despite his exile to Western Europe at the end of his life.

Sokurov, who shot the film while working at Leningrad State Documentary Productions (LSDF), focuses on Tarkovsky’s absence from the then-Soviet Union and meditates on what he left behind. Using thematically representative scenes from Tarkovsky’s films, juxtaposed against political events in the Soviet Union, Sokurov captures the great director’s struggle between personal expression and state-supported suppression. The film also includes footage from Tarkovsky’s funeral.

A 2019 BBC Arts Documentary hosted by Jane Magnusson as part of BBC Arena series.

Documentary that reveals a darker, less well-known side of film director Ingmar Bergman.
Focusing on 1957, a landmark year in which Bergman directed two films and four plays, Jane Magnusson explores not only the director’s filmography but also his, at times, complex and turbulent personal life.

Using a wealth of previously unseen archive material, contemporary interviews and a fantastic selection of clips from Ingmar Bergman’s vast body of work, this is a fascinating and unflinching study of one of the giants of world cinema.

From Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 31 December 2007, Gala Tchaikovsky presented by Roberto Bolle, Etoile, and Premier danseur and Soloist of Teatro all Scala. International guest artists including Polina Semionova, Nadja Saidakova and Ronald Savkovic. Corps de Ballet and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Conductor David Coleman.

1.Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)
Polina Semionova, Roberto Bolle, Maurizio Licitra, Gianni Ghisleni and Flavia Vallone
Vladimir Bourmeister (Choreography & Staging) Roberta Guidi di Bagno (Sets & Costumes)

2.Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)
Marta Romagna, Antonino Sutera and Daniela Cavalleri
Marius Petipa (Choreography) Franca Squarciapino (Costumes)

3.Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)
Nadja Saidakova and Ronald Savkovic
Patrice Bart (Choreography & Staging) Luisa Spinatelli (Costumes)

From Mariinsky Theatre, December 2009.
Music by Ludwig Minkus also known as Léon Fyodorovich Minkus, choreography by Marius Petipa.

1. La Bayadère: The Kingdom of the Shades
Viktoria Tereshkina - Nikya
Leonid Sarafanov - Solor

2. Paquita: Mazurka des enfants

3. Paquita: Grand Pas Classique – Pas de Trois
Alina Somova – Paquita
Danila Korsuntsev – Lucien d’Hervilly

4. Paquita: Pas de trois - Yana Selina, Nadejda Gonshar, Aleksei Timofeev
Variations : Valeria Martinuk, Ekaterina kondaurova, Yana Selina, Anastasia Matvienko

A 2019 NHK Arts Documentary.

A 2019 NHK Arts Documentary.

Russia's Vaganova Academy is the world's leading ballet school, with students from all over the world. Follow the graduating class of boys who must have physical strength, technical excellence, and beauty.
They rehearse for a graduation show at the Mariinsky Theatre and audition for places at top companies. They're coached by disciplinarian Principal Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a famous ballet dancer. Revel in the delicate elegance of Russian ballet, and the extraordinary work required to dance it.

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A 2011 PBS Arts Documentary hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas, as part of Keeping Score series.

From the sounds outside his bedroom window - a kind of sonic goulash of military marches, ethnic dance bands, church bells, ritual prayer, and nature itself - Gustav Mahler created an entire universe of emotion in music. In an astonishingly productive twenty-five years, he fashioned ten symphonies and 45 songs of cosmic scale, great beauty, and jarring emotional twists and turns. And he did it all in the brief moments he could spare from his day job as one of Europe's preeminent conductors.

In Gustav Mahler: Origins and Legacy, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler's childhood, and bears witness to his grand achievements, great sorrows, and daring musical explorations into the depths of the human soul.

Join MTT and the San Francisco Symphony as they trace Mahler's rise as a young conductor, his career - crowning appointments in Vienna and New York, his turbulent marriage and the sudden, tragic death of his daughter - and show how his stormy inner life inspired new and ever-more heartbreaking heights of creativity.

A 2001 EuroArts Documentary directed by Felix Breisach, hosted by Thomas Hampson.

Giuseppe Verdi, Italy's most admired and best known composer, creator of repertoire masterpieces such as Nabucco, Aida and the world famous Requiem Mass died in Milan, Italy, on 27th of January 1901.

To celebrate this unique composer, Thomas Hampson, eloquent and world-famous baritone, tells the story of Verdi's life and works. The footage was shot on locations in Italy such as Milan and Venice, and in France.

Repertoire: I due Foscari “O vecchio cor, che batti”, Macbeth “Pietà, rispetto, amore”, Il Trovatore “Tout est désert … Son regard“, La Traviata "Di Provenza il mar“

A 2016 BBC Arts Documentary hosted by John Eliot Gardiner.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique perform the world's most iconic piece of classical music, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Bringing out all the revolutionary fervour that Gardiner believes underpins the work and performing on period instruments of Beethoven's day, this performance brings us an authentic re-imagination of the sounds Beethoven's original audiences would have heard.

Shot on location in St John's Smith Square, the performance looks and sounds stunning. Ahead of the performance, Gardiner and the principals of the orchestra discuss the issues in trying to breathe new life into such a famous piece and how their period instruments transform the symphony's sound.

A 2014 BBC Arts Documentary hosted by Rolando Villazon.

Don Giovanni had its premiere performance in Prague on October 29th, 1787. Mozart's vastly successful opera, based on the stories of legendary libertine Don Juan, delighted the city that had taken him to their hearts. But what brought them all - composer and audience, theatre manager and cast - to this time and place? Acclaimed tenor Rolando Villazon presents the story of one of the best-known operas of all time.

Based in Prague, Rolando explores the run-up to that candle-lit first performance, looking at the music of the opera and the social setting in which it was first performed, before recreating the finale of the opera close to how it would have looked and sounded on that autumn evening. Rolando visits the Estates Theatre, where Mozart conducted Don Giovanni's premiere. He works with local orchestra Collegium 1704, their conductor Václav Luks and opera singers Svatopluk Sem, Alzbeta Polackova, Fulvio Bettini and Jan Martinik, performing and dissecting the music of the opera.

By singing and discussing key passages, Rolando reveals Mozart's genius as a composer and the revolutionary musical techniques he used. As he explores, we are able to grasp how Don Giovanni not only entertained the audience but terrified them by playing on the deepest fears of the 18th century, how different it would have sounded played on the instruments of the time, and how with this masterpiece Mozart went beyond the musical conventions of the day and created something unique.

By talking with a range of experts and drawing on historical sources, Rolando brings to life the setting, costumes and audience, and presents a detailed picture of the world in which the opera was first performed.

A 2011 BBC Arts Documentary narrated by John Bridcut.

No-one has done more for the cello than Mstislav Rostropovich, or Slava as he was widely known.
As well as being arguably the greatest cellist of the twentieth century, he expanded and enriched the cello repertoire by the sheer force of his artistry and his personality and composers lined up to write works for him. In this film by John Bridcut, friends, family and former pupils explore the unique talents of this great Russian artist, and listen to and watch him making music.

Contributors include his widow Galina Vishnevskaya and their daughters Olga and Elena; the eminent conductors Seiji Ozawa and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky; and cellists who attended his famous classes in Moscow, including Natalya Gutman, Mischa Maisky, Moray Welsh, Elizabeth Wilson and Karine Georgian. The film traces the development of Rostropovich's international career amid the political tensions of the final years of the Soviet Union.

A 2001 Arts Biography Documentary Film by Janos Darvas.

The film offers an extraordinary look at one of the 20th century's most influential composers and cultural icons. From 1910 to 1913, Igor Stravinsky revitalized Western music with a troika of innovative ballets and orchestral suites (The Firebird Suite, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring) that ushered in the modern music period. Assembled entirely from black-and-white archival footage, Igor Stravinsky, Composer is an amazing work that allows us glimpses of the maestro's fascinating relationships with many of the century's other great artists and politicians (among them, Alberto Giacometti, Nabokov, Picasso, JFK).

Darvas also charts Stravinsky's world travels and his return to Russia after an incredible 50-year absence, creating an unparalleled portrait of an unrivalled impresario and his social milieu.

A 2015 BSkyB Arts Documentary narrated by John Hurt.

Featuring rare interview and performance footage, this documentary explores the diverse life and career of Dmitry Shostakovich under Stalin's dictatorial regime.

A 2015 Arte History Arts Documentary narrated by Naterlie Weber.

La Sagrada Família – although still under construction in Barcelona – is a cathedral without any flaws. Almost 100 years after his death, experts are convinced that Gaudí was a mathematical genius and that each embellishing ornament of the Sagrada Família actually serves an architectural purpose.

In the Name of the Pope King is a 1977 Italian drama film written, and directed by Luigi Magni. Starring Nino Manfredi, it was not released in USA until 1986. Audio in Italian with English subtitles.

Magni achieved critical recognition with In nome del Papa Re, which also gave him his first David di Donatello Award.

In 1867, with Garibaldi's forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular power. That night, three rebels blow up the Zouaves' barracks. Colombo learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years' before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested for the bombing. He uses his influence to gain the youth's release, hides him, and then engages in doomed battles of wit with the court and with the Black Pope to free the other two. Can this priest be a father, blunt power, and live out his faith?

The film describes how advanced the decrepitude of the temporal power and its laws in papal Rome. This power will fall three years later with the Breach of Porta Pia.

Cast & Characters:
Nino Manfredi: Don Colombo
Danilo Mattei: Cesare Costa
Carmen Scarpitta: Countess Flaminia
Giovannella Grifeo: Teresa
Carlo Bagno: Perpetuo
Ettore Manni: Count Ottavio
Gabriella Giacobbe: Maria Tognetti
Camillo Milli: Don Marino
Rosalino Cellamare: Gaetano Tognetti
Salvo Randone: Black Pope

Pane, amore e... is an Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi. This is the third film of the trilogy, formed by Bread, Love and Dreams in 1953, Bread, Love and Jealousy in 1954. Audio in Italian with English subtitles.

Innovations include the use of color rather than black and white, as well the location of Sorrento instead of the small village of the previous films of the series. At the 6th Berlin International Film Festival it won the Honorable Mention (Best Humorous Film) award.

In this Italian romantic comedy set in the beautiful Bay of Naples, Marshal Antonio Carotenuto arrives back in his home town of Sorrento to take care of the local traffic police. Donna Sofia, an attractive fishmonger, has rented the home from a dashing marshal who now returns to become the town police chief and wants to reclaim his home. The woman refuses to leave and almost accepts marriage to Antonio almost as a joke to make Nicolino, a fisherman who she is genuinely in love with, jealous. She goes along with the marshal's wooing and agrees to dump her fiancé and says she will marry him instead.

Cast & Characters:
Vittorio De Sica as Maresciallo Carotenuto
Sophia Loren as Donna Sofia, a Smargiassa
Lea Padovani as Donna Violante Ruotolo
Antonio Cifariello as Nicola Pascazio, Nicolino
Tina Pica as Caramella
Mario Carotenuto as Don Matteo Carotenuto
Virgilio Riento as Don Emidio

The House of Bernarda Alba (Spanish: La casa de Bernarda Alba) is a 1987 Spanish drama film directed by Mario Camus. Audio in Spanish with English subtitles.

It is based on the play of the same name by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca.
The play centers on the events of a house in Andalusia during a period of mourning, in which Bernarda Alba (aged 60) wields total control over her five daughters Angustias (39 years old), Magdalena (30), Amelia (27), Martirio, (24), and Adela (20). The housekeeper (La Poncia) and Bernarda's elderly mother (María Josefa) also live there.

The deliberate exclusion of any male character from the action helps build up the high level of sexual tension that is present throughout the play. Pepe "el Romano", the love interest of Bernarda's daughters and suitor of Angustias, never appears on stage. The play explores themes of repression, passion, and conformity, and inspects the effects of men upon women.

The Film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and in the main competition at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.

Cast & Characters:
Irene Gutiérrez Caba - Bernarda Alba
Ana Belén - Adela
Florinda Chico - Poncia
Enriqueta Carballeira - Angustias
Vicky Peña - Martirio
Aurora Pastor - Magdalena
Mercedes Lezcano - Amelia
Pilar Puchol - Criada
Rosario García Ortega - Maria Josefa
Ana María Ventura - Prudencia
Paula Soldevila - Muchacha
Álvaro Quiroga - Pepe el Romano
Fernanda de Utrera - Cantaora (voice)

A 2005 The National Gallery Arts Documentary hosted by Louise Govier.

For many visitors to the National Gallery John Constable's ‘Hay Wain' is an established and familiar painting, and it remains one of the most popular in the collection. But when it was first made, this harmonious scene was at the cutting edge of landscape painting.

This film shows how British paintings developed through the eighteenth century, responding to changes in society and the ambitions of painters who wanted to challenge their continental rivals.

It explores the work of William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and his rival Thomas Gainsborough, and the paintings of other artists involved in the formation of the Royal Academy of Arts – the organisation whose rules Constable and Turner would eventually break with spectacular results.

A 2013 BBC Arts Documentary hosted by Elizabeth Kinder.

Writer Elizabeth Kinder embarks on a journey through Andalusia from Malaga to Cadiz to find the soul of flamenco, the beguiling mix of guitar, song and dance strongly associated with southern Spain's gypsies. Featuring performances from gypsy blacksmiths to goat herders, the documentary reveals a glimpse of a timeless way of life as it has been preserved down the centuries.

The history of this mysterious music and its relationship to Spain is explored in chocolate box locations including Moron de la Frontera, Granada, Seville and Jerez and the programme also features rare archive of notable artists such as Camaron de la Isla and Diego Del Gastor.

A 2007 Arts, Biography Documentary published by The National Gallery.

Written and presented by Robert Hughes, one of the world’s most prominent art commentators, this program explores the life and work of Francisco Goy - focusing on the painter’s subversive, often gruesome outlook. The video provides in-depth visual and intellectual analysis of dark Goya masterpieces, including The Dream of Reason, Witches in the Air, and The Third of May, as well as examples of his portraiture and early work - such as The Duchess of Alba, both Majas, and a gratuitously violent tapestry painting.

Links between Goya’s work, deafness, and political stance are explored in detail, while observations from painter Leon Golub highlight Goya’s continuing relevance.

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A 2000 Bolshoi Theatre production.
Eugene Onegin: Act III - Polonaise

St. Petersburg - Onegin returns to St. Petersburg after travelling the world. He goes to a ball at the palace of Prince Gremin. Onegin is surprised when he recognises the beautiful Princess Tatiana as the country girl he once turned away. He realises how much he lost through his previous actions.

A 1987 Trillion Pictures present George Frederick Handel's "The Water Music" from The Banqueting House - Whitehall London

English Bach Festival Dancers
Choreography by Belinda Quirey
Costumes (from original designs) by Derek West
The English Bach Festival Orchestra
Directed by and Solo Violinist: Christopher Hirons

When we think of "baroque dance", we often think of enormous wigs and frilly dresses, a rond de jambe and graceful entrechats. This is of course true, to a certain extent: as the Belle Danse developed during the 17th century, it was a dance reserved for the nobility and gentlemen, wearing their finest clothes.

However, under the reign of Louis XIV, the baroque dance was not only a source of entertainment or a simple pass-time. Quite the contrary, it was a veritable art-form, with a social and political impact. In 17th century France, dance was an integral part of a gentleman's education. The nobility learned to read and to write, to handle weapons, and to dance.

But what did baroque dance actually look like? "This dance is built upon the premise that if you can walk, you can dance", explains choreographer Béatrice Massin, advisor to director Gérard Corbiau for the film Le Roi Danse (2000).

"Everything is built from very simple elements since the ball dances were necessarily accessible to all, nobody was a professional at this time. The baroque body was a round one, fully capable of taking advantage of the space. A body that takes pleasure both in volume but also in height. On every strong beat, for example, the body rises. There is a particular way of using the arms since the shoulders were not free when wearing court costumes. In the baroque dance, the ports de bras (name of a general arm movement in dance and ballet) thus remains oriented towards the pelvis and the lower part of the body, whilst the bust stretches upward, as if to assert grandeur and ease. As for the steps, the premises of classical dance with entrechats, chassés, and pas de bourrée... All variants that were built from a walking step."

Palau de Barcelona, 1991
Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710)
Juan Antonio Mendoza (XVII Century)
Francisco Guerau (XVII Century)

Performing Artist: Yepes Trio
Narciso Yepes - Guitar
Ignacio Yepes - Flute
Ana Yepes: Dancer
Choreography by Juan Antonio Jaque


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