After Venice was revealed, Judge David Johnson wanted to look, but he was too shy.
The artistic past and the precarious future of the floating city.
Author and historian Peter Ackroyd hosts and narrates this four-episode program that gets all up into the nitty-gritty of Venice. For many of us (okay, for me), Venice was just that place where Indiana Jones had that awesome boat chase and stepped on a bunch of disgusting rats. But there's so much more to it. So much more!
For starters, did you know about the palazzos and the huge churches and the rich musical and theatrical history and the gondolas and the magnificent architecture? And did you know the threat of water and advanced age consistently loom large as potential ravagers of Venice's treasures? If you didn't, Ackroyd is going to lay it on you.
And he does. If you're even slightly interested in this material, Venice Revealed is a must-watch. For its 164 minutes, the series is an exquisitely mounted, gorgeously shot documentary that covers the cultural and historical bases associated with the city—and they are legion. Here is how the four episodes break down:
"The City as Architecture"
"The City as Art"
"The City as Music"
"The City as Theatre"
The episodes are transferred in beautiful 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, giving the colors and feel of Venice its due. A stereo audio mix provides the sound. Extras: biographies of the Venice artists and Web extras. Also, gondola facts!
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