|Lord Kenneth Clark, film still from “Man: the Measure of All Things,” Civilisation. Courtesy of the BBC|
“Many of us who experienced Civilisation when it was first shown on public television have never forgotten its profound influence,” said Michael Maglaras, writer and director of this 50th anniversary tribute. “What resonated for me was Lord Clark’s perspective on the permanence of Western culture, and how it could serve as an example of a stabilizing force, at a time, in 1969, when I and many in America felt that our country was coming apart at the seams.”
|Detail, Michelangelo’s David. Courtesy of Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence.|
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In 2012, they released “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward,” and in 2013 “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show.” 2015 saw a new film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” celebrating the ways in which Franklin Roosevelt used the arts to raise the spirits of the American people during the Great Depression. Their most recent film (2017) is “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” which has just concluded its national tour.
The Sacramento Bee called Michael Maglaras a filmmaker of “Bergman-like gravitas.” His films have been described as “virtuoso filmmaking” (National Gallery of Art) “alive and fresh” (Art New England) and “elegiac and insightful” (Naples Daily News). David Berona, author of “Wordless Books” has said of “O Brother Man” … “This film is stunning.” A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras… brought the drama of the original show back to life.” Trent Nichols of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has called “America Rising” “…mesmerizing and wondrous.”