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Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark

Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, aired in 1969, is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Kenneth Clark, outlining the history of Western art, architecture, and philosophy since the Dark Ages. The series consists of thirteen episodes, taking a historical approach to Western art from the collapse of Roman empire to the mid 20th century.

Episode 03 - Romance and Reality

Kenneth Clark explores the aspirations and achievements of the later Middle Ages in France and Italy, taking a journey from a castle in the Loire, through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria, to the cathedral baptistry at Pisa.


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Episode 01 - The Skin of Our Teeth
Episode 02 - The Great Thaw
Episode 03 - Romance and Reality
Episode 04 - Man: The Measure of All Things
Episode 05 - The Hero as Artist
Episode 06 - Protest and Communication
Episode 07 - Grandeur and Obedience
Episode 08 - The Light of Experience
Episode 09 - The Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 10 - The Smile of Reason
Episode 11 - The Worship of Nature
Episode 12 - The Fallacies of Hope
Episode 13 - Heroic Materialism