Henry Moore at the BBC | The artistic life of a master of sculpture
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 30 April 1951
DURATION | 26 minutes 21 seconds
This documentary introduces us to Henry Moore and gently explains the ethos of modern abstract sculpture. Through innovative filming techniques and a specially commissioned soundtrack, producer John Read creates an intimate and atmospheric programme. It ends with a comprehensive sequence following the processes involved as Moore creates the 'Reclining Figure' sculpture commissioned for the Festival of Britain, which viewers see develop from sketch to model to final bronze piece.
This programme was the first documentary film about a living artist made for British television and its producer John Read went on to make five more about Henry Moore throughout his life as well as many others on leading artistic figures of the 1960s and 1970s. The broadcast introduced filming techniques that established a widely followed format for arts programmes and went on to win an award at the Venice Biennale.
'Art is the expression of imagination and not the imitation of life.'
Henry Moore's work shown amid the natural landscape that inspired him.
Henry Moore reflects on his work and his life.
Huw Wheldon attempts to uncover the motivation behind Henry Moore's art.
How stumbling into the underground one night led to Henry Moore's wartime shelter drawings.
Henry Moore reflects on his origins and his life's work.
A close look at the famous 1972 exhibition of Moore's work in Florence.
Henry Moore discusses the artwork he has chosen for his home.
Henry Moore discusses Da Vinci's anatomical drawings.
An exhibition of Moore's work returns to his home territory and is visited by local children.
Henry Moore gives a private viewing of his sketches.
Henry Moore reflects on his life as an artist.
'An artist whose name and work are known wherever art is known'.
John Read shares his personal memories of the artist he filmed six times over 28 years.
Richard Bacon helps to move a large Henry Moore sculpture.
Recollections of the artist as student, teacher and innovator.
The concluding part of a study of Henry Moore.
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