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Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance

Steps of Freedom - The Story of Irish Dance: Across the world, Irish dance has captivated people's imaginations, with millions of people in more than 60 countries learning the style, and hundreds of millions more having watched it on TV and on stage. This documentary tells the story of how it evolved from a traditional peasant dance to become a global phenomenon.     Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance, a major entertainment documentary tells for the first…

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The Art Mysteries episode 4

The Art Mysteries episode 4: The Card Players is one of Cezanne’s best-known pictures, but it is also one of his most mysterious. Why did the so-called father of modern art paint two old men hunched over a game of cards? What is the picture trying to tell us?     By exploring Cezanne’s puzzling religious beliefs and his passion for Mary Magdalene, the patron saint of Provence, Waldemar Januszczak uncovers the surprising secrets of a haunting masterpiece.   The…

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The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak episode 3
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The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak episode 3: The Vision After the Sermon is a painting full of symbolism and mystery. But what does Gauguin’s famous work have to do with a 17-year-old girl called Madeleine, with Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, and with sumo wrestlers?     Waldemar Januszczak reveals all as he investigates Gauguin’s epic religious painting about good and evil, temptation and desire. Documentary series in which Waldemar Januszczak sets out to uncover the secret meanings hidden in…

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The Art Mysteries episode 2

The Art Mysteries episode 2: Hanging in the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Seurat’s Les Poseuses is probably his least-known painting. It is also a picture brimming with codes and hidden meanings. It shows three nudes in the artist’s studio, but included in the background is Seurat’s famous masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.     Why is it there? What is it trying to say? Why two pictures at once? Waldemar Januszczak investigates.   The…

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The Art Mysteries episode 1

The Art Mysteries episode 1: Painted soon after he cut off his ear with a razor, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear is one of his most celebrated works. But how much do we really know about it?     In a far-ranging investigation, Waldemar Januszczak delves into the clues hidden in the painting. The result is a tale of geishas, brothels, bullfights, love affairs, suffering and a fiery relationship with Gauguin. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear has a powerful secret…

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