• Van Gogh
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    Van Gogh

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    Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 the 5th child of a respected Dutch Protestant priest. Largely self taught he only settled on becoming an artist in his late twenties. He was very practical and knew the difficulties of what he wanted to do. He suffered from depression but in a working career of a...

  • The Mystery of Art
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    The Mystery of Art

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    The film traces how humans beings have made 'art' from the earliest recorded times. Until the fundamental changes in the way human societies viewed themselves we know as the Renaissance, artists were the servants of the rulers. This is true of all human groups throughout the world. Now in the age...

  • Renaissance
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    Renaissance

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    The Renaissance which began in Italy 600 years ago is probably the most important and astonishing event in human history. Until that time throughout the world tyrants and authoritarian religions controlled the lives of most human beings. War was the means of settling disputes. The lives of the ma...

  • Jane Austen
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    Jane Austen

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    Jane Austen: 1775 - 1817
    Like most women of her time Jane Austen lived out her life on home ground. Her adventurous brothers meant however that she was very much in touch with her age. Coupling this with her own remarkable personality she produced some of the finest novels in English literature...

  • Robert Burns
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    Robert Burns

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    This film by Malcolm Hossick follows the life and times of Robert Burns a Scottish poet of the 18th century. Burns came from a simple farming background but he was a bright boy and managed to get a reasonable education. In what was a remarkable rise his talent as a poet was soon recognised and hi...

  • Confucius
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    Confucius

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    This film by Malcolm Hossick explores the life and work of the Chinese sage known to the west as Confucius. He did not found a religion and there is nothing about what he said which we have to believe. But the ideas about government and how humans should behave if they wish to live a frutiful lif...

  • Defoe
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    Defoe

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    Daniel Defoe 1660 - 1731
    Daniel Foe was born in Cripplegate, London in 1660, the son of a tallow chandler. His father was a dissenter in religion with strong puritan views. Defoe was sent to a dissenters academy in Newington where he received a good education. He began working as a journalist a...

  • Dante, the first Renaissance Man

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    Born in 1265 in Florence, Italy and a writer whose major work is a vast poem called The Divine Comedy about a journey to the underworld, Dante might be thought a tall order for most people to digest 750 years later. But Dante's best friend was well known for maintaining that he didn't believe in ...

  • Emily Dickinson
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    Emily Dickinson

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    The film by Malcolm Hossick follows the life and work of the American poet Emily Dickinson. She was born and lived in the little New England town of Amherst where her father was a prominent lawyer. She lived a very reclusive life in a community bound together by strong religious views and where t...

  • Fitzgerald
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    Fitzgerald

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St Paul Minnesota into a fairly well-off family. He began his first novel while at Princeton University and very shortly after leaving it was accepted by Scribners and successfully published. He went on to be the prophet of the Jazz age of the twenties but his popu...

  • Greek Dramatists
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    Greek Dramatists

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    The lives of the ancient Greek Dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and why they matter in the modern world. The film explores how these writers operated in their own times and how they have effected the work of all playwrights since then. Examples of the scripts of each of the three int...

  • Montaigne
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    Montaigne

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    Montaigne was a French aristocrat born in the midde of the 16th century a while before Shakespeare. . He wrote essays about his views on life and in particular about himself. They are wise and amusing and just as pertinent today as they were in this own times. This film by Malcolm Hossick follows...

  • Orwell
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    Orwell

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    George Orwell 1903 - 1950
    This film by Malcolm Hossick follows the life and work of George Orwell. Orwell was born in India and educated at Eton College. In 1922 he went out to Burma as a police officer. He returned to England in 1927 and determined to be a writer. He was interested in politics...

  • Poe
    Poe
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    Poe

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    Edgar Allan Poe 1809 - 1849
    Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston the son of actors David and Elizabeth Poe. His father
    disappeared when he was three and his mother died a year later. He was adopted by a Richmond, Virginia family called Allan. When he was 17 he was disowned by his foster parents. ...

  • Shakespeare
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    Shakespeare

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    The film follows the life and times of the great English dramatist William Shakespeare. It emphasises the classical education he had in the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans as well as his experience of country life which he used so fruitfully in his work. The quality and variety of life in...

  • Steinbeck
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    Steinbeck

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    John Steinbeck 1902 - 1962
    John Steinbeck was born in Salinas California in 1902. He studied literature at Stanford
    University. His first novel was published when he was twenty seven. He was awarded
    the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The film by Malcolm Hossick covers his eventful life a...

  • Twain
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    Twain

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    Mark Twain 1835 - 1910
    Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorn Clemens in the small town of Florida Missouri. When he was four his parents moved the family to Hannibal, a larger town not far away on the banks of the Mississippi river. There he had an idyllic childhood which was to form the basis of...

  • Whitman
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    Whitman

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    Walt Whitman
    1819 - 1892

    The poet Walt Whitman was born in a small village in Long Island, New York State in 1819. When he was quite young the family moved to Brooklyn where he received a modest education. He began work as a typesetter. He published his most famous book of poems "Leaves of Gr...

  • Virginia Woolf
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    Virginia Woolf

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    VIRGINIA WOOLF 1882 - 1941

    This film by Malcolm Hossick follows the fascinating life of the novelist Virginia Woolf. She was born in London in 1882. Her father was Leslie Stephen, a writer and literary editor. She was educated privately and in 1912 married Leonard Woolf. He encouraged her to w...

  • Chopin
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    Chopin

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    Frederick Chopin was born into a middle class family in Poland in the early part of the 19th century. He went on to achieve remarkable success as a pianist and composer of works for the piano. This film by Malcolm Hossick charts his progress and is followed by a brief overview of his works.

  • Haydn
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    Haydn

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    Joseph Haydn was born into a poor family in 18th century Hungary. His huge musical talent brought him into the service of a Prince. Eventually his work was recognised throughout the musical world. The film by Malcolm Hossick describes his fascinating life and the social change he went through. It...

  • Mahler
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    Mahler

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    Gustav Mahler: Mahler was born into a poor family in a small town in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His astonishing musical talent carried him from there to the heights of music in his day as a conductor and composer. His vast musical landscapes have made him into one of the most admired composers...

  • Puccini
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    Puccini

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    Puccini was born in Lucca in Italy to a musical family and went on to write some of the best loved operas of all time. This film by Malcolm Hossick traces his interesting life and is followed by an overview of his work.

  • Verdi
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    Verdi

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    The film by Malcolm Hossick tells the remarkable story of Verdi - who rose from poverty and obscurity to become one of the greatest opera composers of all time. It is followed by an overview of his work.

  • Schubert
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    Schubert

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    SCHUBERT 1797- 1828
    Schubert was born the son of a schoolmaster in a suburb of Vienna. He became a singer in the choir of the court chapel. His precarious life struggling to live from his compositions was enlivened by the group of friends among whom he lived and who supported him and valued his ...

  • Sibelius
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    Sibelius

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    Jan Sibelius 1865 - 1957. Sibelius was born in Finland. He learned to play the violin and after studying music for a while set out to be a composer. He developed a unique style and was steeped in the literature and natural beauty of his native land which inspired his music. These nordic roots hav...

  • CHINA IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 2

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    CHINA: IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 2
     
    5 x 50 minute films
     
    2. Matters of the Mind : Superstition, Confucian Commentators, Taoism, Buddhism, Tibet, Sung Education
     
    Written, narrated, edited and produced by MALCOLM HOSSICK
     
    As an undergraduate at Cambridge Malcolm Hossick met and...

  • CHINA IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 1

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    CHINA: IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 1
     
    1. The Middle Kingdom: The Democratic Viewpoint, Geography, The Dynasties, Confucius, China Today
     
    Written, narrated, edited and produced by MALCOLM HOSSICK
     
    As an undergraduate at Cambridge Malcolm Hossick met and was first enthused about China...

  • CHINA IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 3

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    CHINA: IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 3
     
    5 x 50 minute films
     
    3. Heart and Soul: Bronzes, Ceramics, the Character Script, Poetry, Literature
     
    Written, narrated, edited and produced by MALCOLM HOSSICK
     
    As an undergraduate at Cambridge Malcolm Hossick met and was first enthused about...

  • CHINA IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 4

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    CHINA: IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 4
     
    5 x 50 minute films
     
    4. From Harmony to Discord:  Music, Gardens, Painting, Science, The Descent into Chaos
     
    Written, narrated, edited and produced by MALCOLM HOSSICK
     
    As an undergraduate at Cambridge Malcolm Hossick met and was first enthu...

  • CHINA IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 5

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    CHINA: IN THE SHADOW OF MR KONG part 5
     
    5 x 50 minute films
     
    5. The Rough Road to Freedom: Japan,The End of the Empire, Communism, Overseas Chinese,the current Dilemma
     
    Written, narrated, edited and produced by MALCOLM HOSSICK
     
    As an undergraduate at Cambridge Malcolm Hossick met ...

  • Ghosts
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    Ghosts

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    Mrs Alving, a modern woman is a well off widow in late 19th century Norway. She is intending to build an orphanage as a memorial to her late husband. Her son has been educated away from home and is now an artist in Paris. He returns home it seems in time for the opening of the orphanage. Mrs Alvi...

  • The Janus Effect
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    The Janus Effect

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    The Janus Effect: Janus was the Roman God who looked both ways and embodies the idea of someone who appears to hold different and contradictory ideas at the same time. Film maker Malcolm Hossick explores how this affected the lives of three remarkable men - Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson and Charle...

  • The Novel
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    The Novel

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    The novel is a relatively new art form which has arrived on the scene since the renaissance. However storytelling has always it seems been a part of human culture. This film by Malcolm Hossick traces the development of the novel and how it has come to have a huge impact on our lives.

  • Thai Dance
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    Thai Dance

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    This film by Malcolm Hossick explores the origins and practice of Thai Classical Dance. It is a charming and beautiful world reflecting the unusual past of Thailand the only country in the far East which was never colonised by the west.