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Anthony Roland Collection of Film on Art

Works: 808 works in 1,572 publications in 2 languages and 9,641 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Documentary films  Biography  Catalogs  Video catalogs  Film catalogs  History  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Distributor, fds
Classifications: PN1997, 700
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Most widely held works about Anthony Roland Collection of Film on Art
Most widely held works by Anthony Roland Collection of Film on Art
Man and mask : [Oscar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus stage] by Oskar Schlemmer( Visual )

10 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oskar Schlemmer did not confine his activities at the Bauhaus to painting and teaching sculpture. He also wanted to put his ideas about ballet into practice, and in 1922 he did so in public for the first time. He planned to free the stage from the trappings of tradition in order to give expression to the 'pure idea.' The central theme of his work was the relation between humankind and space, and the mediator between these two was to be the dancer, stripped of his individual identity by the use of costumes and masks. This documentary film, made with the artistic advice of Oskar Schlemmer's widow, presents an historically faithful, precise reconstruction of some of his dances. More than any other film, it gives a sense of what Bauhaus teaching was really like, and is truly important to an understanding of the origins of contemporary dance
Processing the signal( Visual )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary made in America in 1988 and 1989 that brings together some of the most innovatory artists of program art - Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, Kit Fitzgerald, Paul Garrin, John Sanborn, Marie Perillo and Zbigniew Rybczynski among others. Covering program installations, 'satellite art, ' program performance and the penetration of program art into conventional television, Processing the Signal is a discussion about these artists' ideas and opinions
The origins of art in France( Visual )

5 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together an unprecedented range of artefacts - jewels, animals in stone, carved figures and heads, abstract decorations on standing stones and primitive architecture - this film presents Celtic art in the context of Gallic civilization as a whole. The poetic and penetrating narrative by Max-Pol Fouchet stresses the art's supernatural roots in Druidic cults of gods, goddesses and heroes. For the Celts, we are told, 'the spirit and the head are inseparable,' and 'eternity is in the gaze.' Theirs is 'a religion of spiritual intensity,' of 'transcendence,' concerned with forces beyond human control. Fouchet hints at how the reduction of artistic forms to their expressive essentials relates to Scandinavian art of the period, to the distant oriental connections of the Celtic peoples, and indeed to modern Cubism and Abstraction. In Gallic art, we learn, abstraction and representation co-exist and merge. Fouchet's narration accompanies mesmeric sequences of intricate metalwork, ornaments, charms, 'souvenirs,' helmets (symbols of the French 'Gauloise' cigarette), and shots of desolate fortresses, tombs, and above all gazing, timeless heads. We learn how Gallic culture developed against the backdrop of a yet more ancient prehistory, recorded in cromlechs and stone circles that the sculptor Rodin came to consider 'the predecessors to the great Gothic cathedrals.' We learn too how, with the coming of the Romans, Romano-Gallic art extended to the building of bridges, aqueducts and ornamented, columned façades. It is thus out of an extremely rich brew of cultures that French art evolves
Surrealism by Michel Décaudin( Visual )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and French and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dada, the nihilistic precursor of Surrealism, was deliberately anti-art and anti-sense, intended to outrage and scandalize. Marcel Duchamp was one of its chief exponents. As Dada burnt itself out, Surrealism was born, chiefly through the efforts of the writer Andre Breton. In both literature and painting Surrealism explores the same themes: the exaltation of dreams, the love of madness and revolt. This documentary surveys the various media used by Miro, Magritte, Tanguy and Salvador Dali
Play it again, Nam by Jean Paul Fargier( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musician, thinker, theorist, friend of John Cage, Stockhausen and Georges Maciunas, Nam June Paik has transformed the use of electronics as an art medium, challenging our notions about what can be expected from works of art
Equivoque 1900( Visual )

5 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The influence of the Art Nouveau, or New Style, was profoundly felt throughout the art, architecture and design of its day. It contradicted everything that had gone before: during the second half of the nineteenth-century, the gap between artist and manufacturer, between custom designer and mass-producer, had grown ever wider. The moving spirits of Art Nouveau attempted to reverse this trend, and soon scarcely a single household object remained untouched by the New Style, while ideas of typography, illustration and graphic design underwent a revolution. The impact on painting and sculpture was less immediate, but it did provide architecture with a new way forward. The film indicates the widespread expression of Art Nouveau ideas, showing among many examples the furniture of Van de Velde, the ironwork of Guimard's famous Paris Métro stations, the houses of Auguste Perret, the posters of Mucha and the painting of the Symbolists
Die Brucke : [the birth of modern art in Germany] by Bernhard Wicki( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This movement marks the beginning of modern art in Germany. It is the German equivalent of French Fauvism, from which it draws its main inspiration, but it carries an Expressionist and social emphasis that is characteristic of Nordic 'angst.' The artists of Die Brücke were restless creatures, over-sensitive, haunted by religious, sexual, political or moral obsessions. Dramatic landscapes and nudes, mystical and visionary compositions, scenes of the countryside, the streets, the circus, the café-dansants and the demi-monde were their principal subjects. Their pure colours blaze in acid stridency, encompassed by rough, dry contours which show the influence of African art and primitive woodcuts. The work of the following is shown: Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff, Otto Muller, Emil Nolde and Max Pechstein
A memory of Moholy-Nagy( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy played an important rôle in the development of modern art in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to making avant-garde films and documentaries between 1926 and 1935, he experimented in a wide variety of artistic disciplines - architecture, painting, graphic arts, photography, theater and fashion. Russian Constructivism was a major influence, convincing him of the artist's crucial rôle in the development of western society. Using archive footage, photographs, computer and hand-drawn animation sequences, the film surveys his prolific career: his beginnings in Vienna and Berlin; his teaching at the Bauhaus, where he and colleagues Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee and Herbert Bayer laid the foundations of Functionalism; his English period; and finally in his work in Chicago, where he founded a school in the Bauhaus tradition. ' paced and information packed, never losing the viewer ... crisp with accompanying high-quality narration. The graphics are clever and well done. This program would be a nice addition to collections with a large demand for art titles.' program Rating Guide for Libraries, USA
Salvador Dali : his life through his paintings( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bizarre and powerful images in the work of Salvador Dali have often been used as the definition of Surrealism, the artistic movement that was born in France in the late 1920s. Such paintings as The Persistence of Memory with its soft watches and The Sacrament of the Last Supper became widely known as part of the definitive record of twentieth-century art. Salvador Dali introduces us to the magical world of Surrealism, exploring his paintings and explaining the thoughts and experiences that inspired them
Modernism in Barcelona by Joan Mallarach( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modernismo was the term which in Spain described the fin-de-siècle style which in Germany and Austria was called Jugendstil, and in France Art Nouveau. Rather than focusing on individual artists, this film presents a wealth of stunning visual material from the period - painting, furniture, sculpture, interior design, stained glass and costume. It also describes the social background of growing industrialism, class unrest, civic rationalization and town planning. Especially notable are sequences on graphic design, posters, magazine covers and illustrations, including the journal L'Avenç, in which the term 'Modernism' was first used in 1881
Writers talk : Joyce Carol Oates with Hermione Lee by Joyce Carol Oates( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Style and rhythm in writing. --Distinction between body and soul. --Craving fame Feminist movement in American fiction. --Conflict as the basis for art. --Destiny
Pre-Columbian Art in Mexico : from the Roland Collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this film Octavio Paz speaks of his childhood in Mixoac, once an independent town, now a suburb of Mexico City, from whence he made visits to an Aztec shrine nearby. For him the site was 'a kind of doorway that led to another part of Mexican tradition that I didn't know and could only guess at ... mine, yet also distant from me.' We are taken to Aztec locations such as that of the Coatlicue colossal figure found in Mexico City. Paz introduces us to the complex cosmology of the Aztecs, their notions of time and space, and their symbols, such as the zigzag serpent motif, representing the duality of the life force - rise and fall, growth and death. Also featuring prominently in this film are the great pyramids of Tenayuca, Chichén-Itzá, Teotihuacán and Tajín. We learn that the Mesoamerican religions all share the notion that the gods have sacrificed themselves to create the world, and that human beings must worship so as to keep the gods alive. For these peoples there was no merely aesthetic pleasure, no pure abstraction, no art for art's sake. All the forms in their art and architecture have symbolic meaning
Writers talk : John Updike with Claire Tomalin by John Updike( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Personal and domestic themes. --Updike as chronicler of the New World. --Writing about sex ; small-town life as the site of drama God
Writers talk : Quentin Blake with Heather Neill by Quentin Blake( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed in the interview: --Working with collaborators. --Comparisons between illustrating and writing. --Choosing rhyme or prose. --Humor in illustration. --Drawing monsters without being frightening. --Dressing a character
Realms of the fantastic( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short film about modern fantastic art is not meant to be a didactic or a comprehensive survey. It shows pictures by Arnold Böcklin, Max Klinger, James Ensor, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Paul Delvaux, Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Konrad Klapheck, and others, and these are set against very personal revelations or fantastic lyrics by the artists themselves. This text collage is preceded by provocative statements about the relationship between art and reality ('Art is what lies beyond reality. But what is reality?') and these are accompanied by unrealistic shots of ordinary, everyday things
Popular Art in Brittany : from the Roland Collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few parts of the world during the Middle Ages had a popular art form so fully developed and of such exceptional quality as Brittany, home of a multitude of saints. Architecture, sculpture, and paintings are shown here in their original settings, in the fields and on the seashore. Most of these works of art can be found only in out-of-the-way places and are rarely, if ever, seen. Director/Narration: Max-Pol Fouchet
Beaune, Rogier van der Weyden( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considering its size, nowhere in the whole of western Europe was richer in the later Middle Ages than Burgundy; but the ostentation and extravagance of the wealthy only served to highlight the misery of the poor, who were dependent on their charity. Nicholas Rolin, Chancellor to Philip the Good, built the Hôtel de Dieu at Beaune in the fifteenth century as a combined hospital and chapel for the sick, the aged, and the poor. For the chapel, Rolin commissioned Rogier van der Weyden to create a many-paneled painting of the Last Judgment, which was unshuttered only on holy days. This powerful work of art - the good flying heavenwards to eternal bliss, the wicked pulled down to the fiery depths of hell - was a stark reminder to the invalids that they must always be prepared to meet their God
Maya Terracotta Figurines : from the Roland Collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mayas were founders of the most brilliant of the pre-Columbian civilizations. When their tombs on Jaina Island, off the north-west coast of Yucatán, were opened, they yielded many very fine, lively terracotta figurines, most of them in the forms of whistles and bells, representing nearly every strand of Mayan society - priests, chiefs on their thrones, warriors, ball-players, dancers, musicians, and craftsmen. Mostly produced in what is now Honduras, these figurines, with their dress, attitudes and expressions so carefully observed, are not only a record of Mayan society, but are invaluable for their artistic qualities too. This is a film without narration
Dijon: The Four Grand Dukes of Burgundy : from the Roland Collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For nearly one hundred years the house of Burgundy was one of the most powerful in all western Europe. Its dominion stretched from the North Sea to the Loire and from the Loire to the Rhine, while Dijon, the duchy's capital, became an important center of both the religious and secular arts, and the scene of glittering festivities. Four dukes ruled at the height of the family's prosperity: Philip the Rash, who founded its fortunes; John the Fearless, who engaged in feuds that almost destroyed it; Philip the Good, who sold Joan of Arc to the English; and Charles the Bold, perhaps the richest of them all. The film is an historic journey: it shows many of the fine paintings, sculptures, and other objets d'art in the Musée des Beaux Arts at Dijon and the Carthusian monastery at Champmol. Director/Narration: Jacques Berthier and Original music: Pierre Spiers
Caspar David Friedrich : landscape as language by Caspar David Friedrich( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Germany, as in England, landscape was the finest achievement of Romantic painting, and Friedrich is the outstanding German painter in this field. His landscapes symbolize and express subjective human experience; his approach to nature is naïve and his religious thought has a melancholy aspect. The pantheistic interpretation of landscape in Friedrich's art - that is to say, the sense of God informing the universe - made an important break with tradition
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