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Power of The Past With Bill Moyers: Florence (2008)

Bill Moyers , David Grubin  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Moyers
  • Directors: David Grubin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FDEJEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Power of The Past With Bill Moyers: Florence" on IMDb

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Guided by art historians and Florentine citizens, Bill Moyers tours the city's rich Renaissance legacy, seeking the sources of our common artistic, architectural, and cultural heritage. Interviews with novelist Umberto Eco and filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli help explore the centuries-old roots of key contemporary ideas, such as the preeminence of the individual. Moyers also views masterpieces by Michelangelo and frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful evocation of Italian Renaissance February 12, 2010
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Bill Moyers' evocation of the power of Donatello's St. Mary Magdalene in the Duomo museum recalls for me my own experience of that piece when I visited her, nearly 20 years ago in Florence. I sat before that statue (it almost seems sacreligious to call the piece a "statue" -- the wood seems alive!) for a long, long time, and I wept at its beauty, its anguish, its serenity, its penitential power.

Bill Moyers "gets" the Italian Renaissance. He talks to the right people; he gives time to those aspects of the culture and art that beg to be treated; and best of all, he asks the right questions and listens quietly for the answers. This man is a treasure, as is his marvelous journey into the heart of the Renaissance in Italy.

Who cares about this period in Western history (and especially what it can and should be showing us about where we are -- or sadly, are NOT -- as a bearer of the seal of Western culture) will benefit from viewing this documentary. It is remarkable and valuable -- a must-see program. Don't wait: Get it now (even if it is old).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story of Florence March 25, 2012
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This is an amazing video! Bill Moyers does a splendid job of telling the story of Florence's most creative period and its most creative artists.
The experts whom Moyers interviews so skilfully are passionate, witty, informed and in love with Florence. This video ranks with the finest college
courses one can take. We see the compelling art of one of the world's most greatest cities, but we also see its people today, loving but also
trapped in the city's past. For those of us who are armchair visitors, though, this video provides a wonderful experience.

Originally I had this video as a VHS tape, which I literally wore out sharing it with friends. When I saw the DVD on Amazon I purchased it and received the usual Amazon good service. This one is a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best history of the Florentine Renaissance ever June 24, 2014
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and entertaining to watch as well! Love. I use this in my classroom after teaching a unit on early Renaissance art. I've seen it over 10 times and I never get tired of it.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed August 30, 2012
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First off let me say I love Bill Moyers. It is because of that fact and the positive reviews that I bought this video. Unfortunately I have say that I am disappointed. It is an informational video to be sure, but it is quite dated(1990). So much so that it took away from my viewing enjoyment. I think the fact that it was advertised as a 2008 video set up the disappointment. Be warned this is a 1990 video, not 2008.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Florence June 11, 2014
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How was Bill Moyers able to make a documentary about my most favorite city in all of Italy so boring that it is almost impossible to stay awake to watch this DVD....oh wait, I still have not watched the whole DVD. Highly recommend for insomniacs.
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