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Title Date Director Production Company Synopsis Minutes Film ID  
Artists Must Live 1953 John Read BBC Television The role of the artist in 20th century Britain, the problems faced by artists, (particularly those whose work is less mainstream), and the opportunities offered by sponsors such as the Arts Council and the British Council and commercial companies; work featured is by Keith Vaughan (1912-1976), Reg Butler (1913-1981), Henry Moore (1898-1986), Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), and others. 28 ACE001 Full details
Black on White. A review of some British cartoons and caricatures of the last 200 years 1954 John Read BBC Television Political caricature in Britain, featuring the work of WIlliam Hogarth (1697-1764), James Gillray (1757-1815), George Cruikshank (1792-1878), Australian-born Will Dyson (1880-1938), New Zealander, David Low (1891-1963), and others. 30 ACE002 Full details
Graham Sutherland 1954 John Read BBC Television The work of English painter, Graham Sutherland (1903-1980), showing examples of his landscapes, portraits , etc., and concluding with the artist describing his style and methods. 27 ACE003 Full details
John Piper 1955 John Read BBC Television The work of British painter, John Piper (1903-1992), including architectural paintings, theatrical costume and set designs, abstract work, as well as a sequence showing the artist producing an aquatint. 29 ACE004 Full details
Stained Glass at Fairford 1956 Basil Wright Realist Film Unit A study of the mediaeval stained glass (1497) in the church of St Mary the Virgin, Fairford, Gloucestershire, explaining its design and use as an aid for Bible instruction. 24 ACE005 Full details
Vision of William Blake 1958 Guy Brenton Morse The personal philosophy of English visionary painter and writer, William Blake (1757-1827) as expressed in his work. 27 ACE006 Full details
Reclining Figure. Henry’s Moore’s sculpture for the UNESCO building in Paris 1959 Dudley Shaw Ashton A study of making of the Reclining Figure (1958) by British abstract sculptor, Henry Moore (1898-1986), commissioned for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, from its original conception through to the completed work. 14 ACE007 Full details
Cathédrale Engloutie. The Cathedral Under the Sea. A film made from the paintings of Ceri Richards and the music of Claude Debussy. 1961 Dudley Shaw Ashton Samaritan FIlms A study of a series of works by Welsh painter, Ceri Richards (1903-1971), inspired by the 1910 piano prelude, La Cathédrale Engloutie, by French impressionist composer, Claude Debussy (1862-1918). 7 ACE008 Full details
Francis Bacon. Paintings 1944-1962 1963 David Thompson Samaritan Films The work of figurative painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992) 11 ACE009 Full details
Nativity 1966 Dudley Shaw Ashton Samaritan Films An examination of The Nativity / Natività by Italian Early Renaissance painter, Piero della Francesca (c.1412-1492). 10 ACE010 Full details
Turner. Paintings from the Turner bequest in the Tate Gallery and National Gallery, London 1966 David Thompson Samaritan Films A survey of the life and work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1777-1851), British Romantic landscape and marine painter. 27 ACE011 Full details
Pre-Raphaelite Revolt 1967 David Thompson Samaritan Films A history of the British Pre-Raphaelite painting movement, which flourished from 1848 until around 1860. 29 ACE012 Full details
R. B. Kitaj 1967 James Scott Maya Film Productions American-born figurative painter, Ronald Kitaj (b.1932), answers questions about the social purpose of art and the role of the artist, with reference to his own paintings and screen prints. 19 ACE013 Full details
Giacometti 1967 Michael Gill British Film Institute Sculptures by the Swiss-born artist, Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). 13 ACE014 Full details
Barbara Hepworth at the Tate. Filmed during the Barbara Hepworth retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, 3rd April 1968–19th May 1968 1968 Bruce Beresford British Film Institute British sculptor, Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) provides the commentary to a film of a major retrospective of her work, from early figurative examples to abstract and monumental pieces. 12 ACE015 Full details
Lichtenstein in London. Roy Lichtenstein’s retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery 6 January – 4 February 1968 1968 Bruce Beresford British Film Institute A record of a 1968 Tate Gallery exhibition of the work of American Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). 20 ACE016 Full details
Picasso the Sculptor 1968 Roland Penrose British Film Institute A record of the 1967 Tate Gallery exhibition of sculptures by Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). 25 ACE017 Full details
Mind of Nicolas Poussin. A study of his paintings The Seven Sacraments in the Duke of Sutherland’s Collection at the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh 1968 Dudley Shaw Ashton Samaritan Films The symbolic and liturgical significance of The Seven Sacraments (I Sette Sacramenti) produced by French Baroque painter, Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), during his years in Rome. 20 ACE018 Full details
Matisse. A sort of paradise 1969 Lawrence Gowing, John Jones Allan King Associates A film made, during a 1968 exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, of the paintings and painted paper cut-outs (gouaches découpées) of French artist, Henri Matisse (1869-1954). 30 ACE019 Full details
Rembrandt’s The Three Crosses 1969 Dudley Shaw Ashton Balfour Films An examination of versions of a dry-point etching of the Crucifixion, De Drie Kruisen, by Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). 14 ACE020 Full details

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