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Waldemar Januszczak , Waldemar Januszczak  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Waldemar Januszczak
  • Directors: Waldemar Januszczak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• 12-page booklet with a timeline of the Dark Ages; articles on Christendom, Islam’s Golden Age, and the Byzantine Empire; and a glossary of barbarians
• Biography of Waldemar Januszczak

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Editorial Reviews

“First-rate” —The Guardian (U.K.)
“Enlightening and entertaining” —The Sunday Times (U.K.)

The extraordinary art of an overlooked era

The early Middle Ages have been dismissed as a step backwards for civilization—a barbaric time in which warfare and conquest eclipsed learning and progress. But were the “Dark Ages” really so bleak? Art historian Waldemar Januszczak (Every Picture Tells a Story) says no, then takes us on an artistic journey back to this much-maligned epoch to reveal the evidence. He travels from Britain to North Africa and from Byzantium to Spain, finding beauty and refinement where one might have expected only brutality and destruction.

With Januszczak as a gregarious guide, witness the mysteries of early Christian art, Islam’s masterly mosques, intricate Anglo-Saxon metalwork, and the painstakingly illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels. Along the way, discover that the people who rose from the ashes of the Roman Empire did not lack for wisdom or beauty—they created their own age of light.

Writer and filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic for the Sunday Times (U.K.) since 1992. He has twice been honored as Critic of the Year by the Press Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dark Ages consists of 4th to 11th century. This BBC documentary is an educational look at an era that brought about wonders of art, architecture, artifacts, and aesthetics. But history has previously given it such dark connotations. This is an excellent film of visuals of the artistic treasures from all over the world of the Dark Age era. The Dark Ages were not as dark as the name suggests. Did the Barbarians get a bum rap? Narrator Waldemar Januszczak says "Yes." This British art historian is informative while entertaining. I first enjoyed his humorous presentation style in Every Picture Tells a Story . That is also recommended highly for art enthusiasts.

SDH SUBTITLES for all 4 hour-long episodes.
1 THE CLASH OF THE GODS--Persecuted Christians looked for new ways to visualize their God. Symbols evolved, placed on the tombs and artifacts surviving to today's modern times. They decorated elaborate worship spaces as well.

2 WHAT THE BARBARIANS DID FOR US--Barbarians caused Rome to fall. They took to Christianity and thus produced some of the greatest earthly architecture and artistic achievements of the Dark Ages. Huns--Vandals--Goths of the 4th century; misunderstood groups.

3 THE WONDER OF ISLAM--The Arabians birthed the Islam faith and it spread to the Christian regions. Islam art forms traveled with the movement and left a footprint behind. Its architecture was a wonder; a graphic eye-delight.

4 THE MEN OF THE NORTH--Viking raids on Ireland and Britain was a method to steal the monk's art treasures. However, the raiders were as accomplished in creating their own jewelry, calligraphy, Gospels, and bling.

A worthy addition for any artistic library: home, public, university, or gallery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! September 27, 2013
I have always been drawn to the Dark Ages. Despite its reputation as being a time of war and bloodshed, there was also a lot of beauty and especially a rise in spiritual awareness. This documentary touched on the magic of the Dark Ages in various parts of the world, bringing you proof of the beauty of the era through many different forms of art from paintings to the construction of the Islam's mosques.

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The visuals in this series are so stunning, its easy to get lost in the past. You'll get a taste of Gothic architecture, Christian symbolism, Islam treasures, and Viking jewelry. This series truly shows that Dark Age weren't nearly as dark as their name implies and even shows us that no matter how different we are, the beauty of human creativity is a constant that weaves all us together throughout all the ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I am a huge fan of Waldemar Januszczak's videos. His extensive knowledge and no-nonsense witty delivery makes history and art very accessible for the everyday non-scholar who is interested such topics. He packs his programs with a lot of interesting history and facts while keeping it very watchable and utterly interesting and entertaining. The Dark Ages: An Age of Light got me very interested in a period of history I knew little about. After watching this program I was interested to find out more and have been doing a lot more reading on the topics and period of history that Mr. Januszszak covers in this program. For me this is worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging narrative July 25, 2014
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Very engaging narrator. Have also previously seen his series on the Impressionists. Brings out a lot of interesting background facts as well as putting developments into a broader perspective.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 20, 2013
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Januszczak overstates his case on the shaky premise that the Germanic tribes weren't barbaric because they had fine craftsmen and liked bling. Compared to what art, architecture, scholarship they destroyed, what they created in carving and jewelry certainly doesn't justify the subtitle, The Age of Light. Islam can certainly justify that as could Byzantium, which is excluded. This is more opinion than scholarship and it doesn't add up. More disappointing because the author's previous works that are much more solid.
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