08/01/2014  
Queen Margot: 20th Anniversary Director's Cut on Blu-ray & DVD Aug 26Homeland: The Complete Third Season on Digital HD Aug 19/DVD & Blu-ray Sep 9Revolution: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Combo & DVD Aug 19Cuban Fury on Blu-ray & DVD Jul 29Draft Day on Digital HD Aug 19, VOD Aug 29, Blu-ray Combo Sep 2Prom Night on Blu-ray and DVD Sep 9

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Selena Gomez Wears The Shortest Shorts Maybe Ever (Phot...
Top Shots (Week of July 28, 2014)...
Queen Margot: 20th Anniversary Director's Cut on Blu-ra...
Allison Williams Will Be Flying High as Peter Pan in NB...
An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

RR Rich Rosell

THE GIRL...
THE HORDE...
LIFE IS SWEET (BLU-RAY)...
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)...
THE BLUE ANGEL (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'ÈtÈ)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

DVD Review: FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE



Studio: Kultur
Year: 2012
Cast:
Director:
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Rating: Not Rated for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 00h:57m:00s
Genre(s): documentary

FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE

Buy Now @ Amazon

 

A flawed documentary that is saved by the fact the city of Florence and its relationship to the Renaissance is endlessly fascinating in itself.

Movie Grade: C-

DVD Grade: C-

Florence is regarded as the focal point, the site where the revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance with its enthusiasm for the art of Antiquity were developed. The city on the Arno was at this time one of Europe's foremost trading centers. Here the currents of culture and politics converged. In Florence, liberal and open-minded as it was, there emerged a broad class of industrious citizens who had made their fortunes in trade. Suddenly they were able to afford education - a privilege hitherto the preserve of a few aristocrats and priests. They studied and absorbed the thoughts of the writers of Ancient Rome and Greece, and developed them further, thus creating the foundations for a completely new attitude toward human existence. Western Civilization's present-day understanding is based on this school of thought, in which Florence played a decisive role.

The difficulty is determining what exactly this documentary satisfies. Not particularly chock-filled with facts about Florence, the movie doesn’t really give much information. Not covering a broad swatch of Florence, the movie is not a particularly compelling travelogue. Although not an unpleasant way to spend an hour or so, I can really recommend this presentation to anyone. I enjoyed some of the lingering camera work, which allowed me to examine some of the art and architecture in an extended way but I was frustrated when the camera lingered for a long time on extraneous things like the people looking at the art and architecture.

That is not to say the documentary was a total loss. I did find out a few facts that I did not know and there were connections made between the historical Florence and the modern city. Italian history can be quite confusing and, while there is no need to delve into the complexities of it, the touch with dates and events was not unappreciated. There were a few amusing anecdotes provided both about the Renaissance era of Florence and the modern city that we know today. I found the juxtaposition of the faces of modern Florentines, especially young people with the faces in the Renaissance art to be quite intriguing. There were hints of what this documentary could have been. It was obvious that the intent was not to create just another conventional tale of Florence. There seemed to an attempt to evoke a flavor of this old city, however overall the attempt was flawed.

Posted by: Jesse Shanks - February 3, 2013, 10:19 am - DVD Review
Keywords: documentary, history




Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

celebrity, selena gomez, shredded denim, los angeles, behaving badly, david schwimmer, zoe buckmanm sex with strangers, drama, television, peter pan live, nbc, allison williams, christopher walken, richard greenblatt, brian williams, girls, orlando bloom, justin bieber, cipriani restaurant, fight, drew barrymore, jessica barrymore, dead, national city, california, john drew barrymore, morning talk, live with kelly & michael, kelly ripa, mark consuelos, david burtka, neil patrick harris, adventure, movie, chelsea handler, whitney cummings, sandra bullock, million dollar cowboy bar in jackson hole, wyoming, diane mcmanus, southern soul all stars, kevin smith, ben affleck, jennifer garner, mallrats, chasing amy, dogma, jay and silent bob strike back, batman v superman: dawn of justice, comedy, box office, movies, horror, music, nick jonas, jonas brothers, jason evigan, r&b, chains, donna dixon, bosom buddies, dan aykroyd, james brown biopic, get on up, saturday night live, doctor detroit, fx, fargo, martin freeman, billy bob thornton, allison tolman, animation, tca awards, breaking bad, true detective, matther mcconaughey, hbo, itunes festival 2014, september, pharrell williams, kylie minogue, maroon 5, david guetta, sam smith, blondie, beck, kasabian, philip seymour hoffman, february death, cooper, tallulah, willa, mimi odonnell, james cahill jr., david friedman, action, app, james garner, maverick, the rockford files, devine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood, 8 simple rules, the children's hour, doris day, reality

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too
Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact