Civilization as seen through the eyes of art and architecture. While art is the narrow focus, the vista in Kenneth Clark's view is as vast as 2,000 years of western history. The continuity of this long-view is a treat. I can't think of any other factual video with an equal span of attention.
Civilisation - The Complete Series
Directed by Michael Gill and Peter Montagnon
1969, 670 min.
$60, DVD (4 discs)
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