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Grabsky, Phil

Works: 441 works in 941 publications in 4 languages and 17,925 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Internet videos  Biographical television programs  History  Educational television programs  Cultural television programs  Documentary films  Drama  Comedy films  Educational films 
Roles: Director, Author, Author of screenplay, Producer, Scenarist, Photographer, Conductor, Film editor, fmk, reg
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Phil Grabsky
In search of Mozart by Phil Grabsky( Visual )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Multiple languages and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told through dramatic readings from his personal letters. Includes interviews with noted personalities and excerpts from numerous musical performances
Brazil : an inconvenient history by Phil Grabsky( Visual )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While everyone knows of the history of slavery in the USA, few people realize that Brazil was actually the largest participant in the slave trade. Forty percent of all slaves that survived the Atlantic crossing were destined for Brazil, while only 4% were sent to the U.S. At one time half of the population of Brazil were slaves. It was the last country to officially abolish slavery (1888) and one of the ex-slaves is still alive today. This well-researched BBC production charts Brazil s history using original texts, letters, accounts and decrees. From these original sources, we learn firsthand about the brutality of the slave traders and slave owners, and the hardship of plantation life. With the Portugese colony of Angola acting as a "factory" supplying Africans to Brazil, it was cheaper to replace any slave starved and worked to death than to extend his life by treating him humanely. Few plantation owners sent for their wives to live in this hot climate, so the softening effect of family life was absent among the rough white settlers. Historians Joao Jose Reis, Cya Teixeira, Marilene Rosa Da Silva, anthropologist Peter Fry, and others recount the effect of centuries of slavery on Brazil today. This is an important documentary for Black history, African history and Latin American studies
The great artists by Tim Marlow( Visual )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art historian Tim Marlow explores the lives and works of the greatest artists in history. Filming takes place throughout the world
In search of Beethoven by Phil Grabsky( Visual )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He is one of the greatest musicians and composers in history. And yet his life-story is shrouded in myth and misunderstanding. So just what is the true story of Ludwig van Beethoven?"--Container
The Impressionists with Tim Marlow by Phil Grabsky( Visual )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The program explores the life of the great Impressionist painter Renoir by looking at some of his most famous paintings and examining his role and influence in the Impressionist movement. Renoir was a key member of the Impressionist group who loved to paint out of doors, famous in particular for his depiction of the joyful side of Parisian life. Later in his life however Renoir broke away from the Impressionist movement and adopted a more traditional, classical style
I, Caesar : ruling the Roman Empire by Phil Grabsky( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starting with Julius Caesar, the author "charts the rise and fall of Roman power over 600 years."--Jacket
Hail, Caesar! by Joel Coen( Visual )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spans three continents and seven centuries to tell the saga of the Roman Empire and the men who shaped it
Titian( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tiziano Vecellio, known to English speakers as Titian, did more to establish the principles of modern painting than any of his Florentine contemporaries. Unlike the Italian masters that had preceded him, Titian painted mostly in oil. His radical approach to light, color and composition, and free brush strokes set him apart. Titian's fame spread far and wide, making him perhaps the first truly international artist. Works featured in this program include "The Assumption of the Virgin," "Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari," "The Pesaro Altarpiece," "Bacchus and Ariadne," "Portrait of Charles V with Hound," "The Venus of Urbino," and "Diana and Callisto
Muhammad Ali : through the eyes of the world( Visual )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presents an unparalleled, celebrity-filled tribute to one of the most extraordinary personalities ever to capture the public's imagination! Discover the powerfully moving story of how Ali's fight for glory in the ring transformed him into an international hero whose achievements resonate with millions all around the world."--Container
Piero della Francesca by Piero( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This episode looks at the life and work of the 15th century Italian artist Piero della Francesca. With only 26 surviving works Piero has been seen as one of the mystery men of western art. But his calm, monumental, often enigmatic images mark an important step in the development of Renaissance art. This fascinating film reveals the man behind the myth, an artist that paved the way for likes of Leonardo and Michelangelo. In his typically enthusiastic and accessible manner Tim Marlow explores works such as the huge fresco cycle The Legend of the True Cross in Arezzo, (made famous in the film The English Patient), the haunting Resurrection and the Baptism of Christ held in the National Gallery in London
El Greco : rediscovering a master by Greco( Visual )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Greco's paintings marked a radical departure from the naturalism and careful modeling of the Renaissance, and as result were ignored for close to 300 years. Domenicos Theotocopolous, dubbed by the Spaniards 'El Greco', was born in the Greek Island of Crete and was trained to paint in the Byzantine style. Throughout the course of his artistic career El Greco's style varied enormously. The result was a highly individualistic style of painting. Though criticized by many, El Greco's dramatic style paved the way for the Baroque and later, in the 20th century, contributed to the development of Expressionism. Works featured in this program include The Purification of the Temple, The Disrobing of Christ, Martyrdom of St Maurice, The Burial of Count Orgaz, and Laocoon
Van Gogh( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vincent van Gogh is perhaps the most mythologized artist in the history of art and his tragic life is ingrained in the popular imagination. Active as an artist for only ten years he completed 1250 paintings, before succumbing to mental illness and taking his own life in July of 1890. Van Gogh was a deeply spiritual man and began painting after witnessing the desperate poverty of the agricultural communities of Holland and Belgium. He developed a highly individualistic visual style, and strived to develop an expressive language more direct than that of his artistic predecessors. Although he sold only one painting during his lifetime, his enormous rise to fame after his death means that today his are among the most cherished paintings of all the great artists. Works featured in this program include The Potato-Eaters, Sunflowers, Vincent's House in Arles, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, The Starry Night, and Wheat Field with Crows
Michelangelo( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michelangelo Buonarroti's career spanned almost seven decades, during which time he was instrumental in the development of an art style that represents the pinnacle of the Italian High Renaissance. His unrivaled genius, violent temper and singular determination to pursue his art meant that he often worked alone, undertaking great feats of physical and intellectual endurance. Michelangelo is the archetypal brooding artist, the romantic symbol of the creative spirit tortured by his own internal demons and antagonized by his influential patrons. As an architect he designed the dome of St. Peter's in the Vatican. As a sculptor he produced figures of unimaginable quality. As a painter he single-handedly undertook the decoration of the Sistine chapel's ceiling. Works featured in this program include David, Frescoes, Sistine Chapel, Bacchus, Pieta, Dying and Rebellious Slaves, and The Last Judgement
Vermeer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent times, Johannes Vermeer's status as a great artist has been assured and his paintings are more popular today than ever before. Little is known of his life other than he painted very few paintings and that he died penniless. A master of light and color, Vermeer excelled in creating the illusion of reality in his paintings. Most of Vermeer's work follows a similar theme, often featuring a single female figure standing or sitting in a domestic setting engaged in a simple everyday activity such as reading a letter or playing a musical instrument. There is no incident or drama here, yet Vermeer's genius is his ability to transform a placid everyday event into an episode littered with mystery and intrigue. Works featured in this program include View of Delft, Street in Delft, T he Milkmaid, Girl Asleep at a Table, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and The Art of Painting
Rembrandt by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is examined in this episode of Biography. The immortal Dutch master was a painter and etcher working during the Dutch Golden Age, is considered to be one of history's greatest artists. He enjoyed financial success as an artist, teacher, and art dealer, but his personal life was filled with tragic episodes. Rembrandt's wife died at age 30, and only one of his four children survived, and then only to age 27. His housekeeper eventually became his common-law wife and the model for many of his works
Giotto( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giotto di Bondone initiated the Italian Renaissance with his naturalistic and emotive treatment of medieval Christian iconography that departed from Byzantine style painting. In receiving commissions from princes, kings and Popes, he raised the artist's status from that of a craftsman to that of a poet or philosopher. Using nature as his teacher and narrative as his guide, Giotto developed an individual style that would characterize Western art for centuries to come. Works featured in this program include the frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (1304-1306), the Church of St Francis in Assisi (1295-1300) and the Bardi and Peruzzi chapels (1320s) in Santa Croce in Florence as well as the Ognissanti Madonna and Child altarpiece (1305-1310) in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Cassatt( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Cassatt is one of only a handful of women artists up to the beginning of the twentieth century who have managed to forge a reputation in the male dominated story of art history. She was an American by birth but lived in France for sixty years and helped to develop the first great movement in Modern art - Impressionism. In works such as The Boating Party, Cassatt articulates her bold, vivid vision
Bruegel( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pieter Bruegel the Elder's enigmatic, humorous, sometimes grotesque paintings remain among the most distinctive examples of Netherlandish art. Though he had traveled to Italy, Bruegel turned his back on the popular Italianate styles of the time and developed traditional Netherlandish genres of painting. His paintings and etchings served as windows into other worlds, illustrating the mountains and rivers of far off lands. Bruegel lived through a period of immense social and religious upheaval, in which the Catholic Habsburgs were determined to crush the growing ranks of Protestant dissenters in the Netherlands. Bruegel was among the first artists to paint almost exclusively for the growing class of merchants and intellectuals. Works featured in this program include The Netherlandish Proverbs, The Triumph Of Death, The Hunters In The Snow, G loomy Day, The Massacre Of The Innocents, and The Wedding Feast
Rubens( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Paul Rubens is regarded as the chief exponent of the Baroque style. His career mirrors rapidly developing politics of an emergent Europe. Born a Protestant and raised as a Catholic in Antwerp, Rubens found himself on the front line of the Counter Reformation, both as a painter and a diplomat. A highly versatile artist, Rubens was equally at home painting altarpieces, history and mythological scenes, portraits and landscapes. He is perhaps best known for the voluptuous female nudes, which are often found in his large-scale mythological allegories. Rubens was the most celebrated painter of the early 17th century. Works featured in this program include Samson and Delilah, Self Portrait with Isabella Brant, The Descent from the Cross, The Life of Marie de'Medici, Peace and War, and Het Pelsken
Caravaggio( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the great artists, Caravaggio seems to speak most intensely to the modern world. He lived a brief and tumultuous life, mocking authority and even murdering a man; he spent four years on the run, a fugitive from justice, but he always painted, bringing religious art to life in paintings so powerful and naturalistic that some saw them as miracles in themselves. In the program Tim Marlow looks at paintings such as The Musicians- a melancholy celebration of music with a slight erotic edge, and The Conversion of St. Paul- an expression of the artist's deep religious sensibility
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Alternative Names
Phil Grabsky British filmmaker

Phil Grabsky Brits filmregisseur

Phil Grabsky brittiläinen elokuvantekijä

Phil Grabsky Regisseur und filmschaffende Persönlichkeit