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Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities
The story of culture is often cast as a gradual evolution, a slow unrolling of new ideas with every passing year. But, for historian Dr. James Fox, art and culture in the 20th century didn’t happen like that. It wasn’t a calmly executed process, but a series of cultural earthquakes centred in particular cities, at particular times. In each episode of this three-part series, Dr. Fox looks at the impact of events in one city during one groundbreaking year: Vienna of 1908, full of fervent minds with revolutionary ideas like Freud, Schoenberg and Egon Schiele; Paris of 1928, the city the Surrealists reimagined and American writers and composers fell in love with; and New York of 1951, where the dazzling jazz style known as bebop hit its stride, a dapper Brit named David Ogilvy reinvented advertising, and modern television arrived with the triumphant debut of a show called I Love Lucy.
Episodes
Ep 1
Vienna 1908
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Paris 1928
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New York 1951
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Vienna 1908
This series explores the story of 20th century culture and the pivotal moments that influenced it. In the first episode, Dr. James Fox tells the story of Vienna in 1908, a city of amazing creativity and dangerous tension. (1 of 3)
Paris 1928
Paris in 1928 attracted people dreaming of a better world after World War I. (2 of 3)
New York 1951
New York in 1951 was the year when Jackson Pollock brought a new dynamism to American painting; the jazz style known as bebop hit its stride and a young Marlon Brando took cinema by storm. (3 of 3)