Henry Moore at the BBC | The artistic life of a master of sculpture

Henry Moore

'Art is the expression of imagination and not the imitation of life.'

CHANNEL | BBC Television Service

FIRST BROADCAST | 30 April 1951

DURATION | 26 minutes 21 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1951

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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.

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