Face of Britain by Simon Schama


October 13, 2015

Expired 3.0 6 x
In the first episode in the series, Simon Schama explores the eternal power of portraiture. Before we can walk, before we can talk, we become readers of faces, and throughout our lives face reading helps us to navigate the world. This primal engagement with the face makes portraiture one of the most compelling forms of art...
Episodes 2015

November 10, 2015

Expired 3.0 22 x
In this film, Simon Schama explores the complex motivations behind some of our most intriguing self-portraits, looking at what they say about both the creative minds of the artists who produced them and the human condition. From Tracy Emin's bed, a relic of our confessional age, to Lucien Freud's searing examinations of hi...

November 3, 2015

Expired 3.0 15 x
Simon Schama explores how love portraits allow us to fulfil our craving to keep the ones we love close to us. By fixing their faces in time, we can defy separation, distance, time, even death. Beginning with the extraordinary story of Sir Kenelm Digby's attempts to bring his beloved wife Venetia back to life through a seri...

October 27, 2015

Expired 3.0 17 x
Simon Schama looks at portraits of the famous and investigates what the celebrated faces of Britain's past and present tell us about our national character.

October 20, 2015

Expired 3.0 15 x
Simon Schama looks at the rogue strain of British portraiture, made up of artists who have plunged into the crowd and given us the faces of the people. While most portraits have been of the great and the good who pay to be flattered, this film looks at artists who have taken all of humanity as their subject. Starting with ...