BRIAN SEWELL'S GRAND TOUR OF ITALY
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(Aug 04, 2009)
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Famed British art critic leads the ultimate Italian adventure
In the 18th century, well-bred English gentlemen would undertake a Grand Tour of the Continent for refinement--as well as for drinking, gambling, and sexual adventures--before assuming their place in society. Now, Brian Sewell follows the footsteps of those young aristocrats through Italy, exploring the art and architecture, manners and mores that shaped European civilization.
With unmatched erudition and understated wit, this distinguished British art critic lovingly examines Italy’s grandest cultural treasures. His journey takes him through Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Siena, and Milan, with plenty of stops along the way. More than a mere travelogue, this fascinating series showcases the country’s dazzling cathedrals, palazzos, paintings, and sculptures while also giving insight into the travels and travails of tourists past.
Brian Sewell writes for the London Evening Standard and advises museums on three continents. His numerous awards include the Hawthornden Prize for Art Criticism and the George Orwell Prize for cultural commentary.
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Top Customer Reviews
Over 24 cities and small towns are passed through and filmed. Beautiful. Local people open their hearts to the film viewers. Every stop is another historical moment in the lives of the Grand Tourists. Each displays paintings, architecture, and/or artifacts that can be seen up close as well as from a picturesque nearby hillside. IT IS AN ADVENTURE WITH ITALIAN PAINTING, ARCHITECTURE, RAPHAEL, TITIAN, MICHELANGELO, & an intense view of the cities of FLORENCE, ROME, AND VENICE (just to name 3).
Your filmed Grand Tour has as its guide, famous & controversial art critic, Brian Sewell. So why 4 stars, and not 5?
Sewell often rubbed me the wrong way. But he's won reviewing awards; I have not. At times I wished I could pay a few extra Euros and get a new tour guide. Perhaps one as knowledgeable as Sewell is tough finding. Honestly, there is a lot of intellectual wealth from Sewell.
What's wrong with Sewell? Often his personal taste, conservative to the n-th degree, has him putting down much Italian art, architecture, life, wine, food, etc. and using terms as "It's awful!", "Reduculous", "Awful". Sometimes he's wrong, I've been to Italy.Read more ›
If you love Italy, Art or armchair travel in general make sure to pick this up. I spent a semester in Italy and obviously missed a lot. I was never bored and wish I had this DVD when I was a student.
Americans will not know Brian Sewell as well as Brits do: it is important to remember from the outset that this is his show (which the director, Christopher Bruce, ingeniously emphasizes), and Brian Sewell is no Sister Wendy.Read more ›
This is more of a personal odyssey than an historical account of the past Grand Tour type of Trek. Brian interweaves many different things and sometimes offshoots to a different area entirely. He doesn't not hold back with his views and this is exactly what I like about this production. This is part historical account and travel essay, Personal narrative rolled up into one........
Highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the unique and personal perspective of this documentary, which follows the trail of the "Grand Tour" taken by aristocratic young Englishmen during the 18th... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. N. Nielsen
I'm planning a trip and thought DVDs would augment paper guides in choosing which cities to visit & for how long. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jane Doe
Brian Sewell is an eccentric and can be annoying sometimes. He seems to be somewhat of a snob. Less time spent on the tacky masquerade ball in Venice would have been appreciated... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mandogirl
Iv never seen this presenter , but his pithy, fussy, and all around disregard for pretty touristy art ,made this look at italy and its importance in history,then reromantisiced in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bryan blackburn
Sewell is a total bore and hard to understand. The photography is excellent. Bad choice for a narrator in my opinionPublished on October 20, 2013 by Reggie Hughes