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A New Reality

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James Fox explores how technological advances in the early 20th century created new ways of seeing the world, making links between artists, film-makers, photographers and scientists.

Documentary series in which art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world. James starts at the beginning of the 20th century, when an explosion of scientific and technological advances created radical new ways of looking at the world.

From the impact of aerial photography on modern art to our ability to peer inside the body and freeze time itself, the first episode is a dizzying journey of visual invention, which makes fascinating connections between the work of artists, film-makers, photographers and scientists.

Revealing Salvador Dali’s debt to Einstein, the groundbreaking trickery of Buster Keaton and shockingly modern fakery of WWI photos, James Fox offers an endlessly surprising, eye-opening look at the beginnings of our image-saturated age.

59 minutes

Last on

Fri 6 Mar 2020 03:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:06

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    Man With The Movie Camera

  • 00:09

    The RAH Band


  • 00:11

    The Dave Brubeck Quartet

    Unsquare Dance

  • 00:19

    The RAH Band

    The Crunch

  • 00:24

    Black Sabbath

    War Pigs

  • 00:27

    Jonny Greenwood

    Playground (Bass Clarinet)

  • 00:35

    Angelika Express

    Copyright Killer

  • 00:40

    Elvis Presley

    A Little Less Conversation

  • 00:42

    Not Credited

    Going Hollywood

  • 00:42

    Hal Kemp

    Pennies From Heaven

  • 00:45

    The Beach Boys

    Heroes And Villains

  • 00:49

    Juliette Gréco

    Sous Le Ciel De Paris

  • 00:49

    The Chemical Brothers

    Where Do I Begin

  • 00:53

    Fatboy Slim

    Put It Back Together


Role Contributor
Presenter James Fox
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Director Alexander Leith


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