Discovering The Arts

Discovering The Arts
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Discovering Franco Zeffirelli
Zeffirelli began his career as an assistant to Luchino Visconti, who was a major influence on his life, taking him into opera, theatre and film. As a director of opera…
Discovering John Huston
A pioneer of film noir, westerns, war films and epic dramas. We explore his life and works, which include classics such as 'The Maltese Falcon', 'The Treasure of the Sierra…
Discovering Luis Buñuel
Luis Bunuel, the father of cinematic Surrealism, made his film debut with 'Un Chien Andalou' in 1929 working closely with Salvador Dali. Considered one of the finest and controversial filmmakers…
Discovering Charlotte Rampling
Filmmaker Jack Bond, spends a beautiful Spring day in Paris getting to grips with the stunning and enigmatic actress, Charlotte Rampling. She reveals her passion for French cinema, her work…
Discovering Brigitte Bardot
This incredible, almost mythical beauty exploded on to the world scene in the early 1950's. But who was this star, this icon, this democratically elected honorary sex-goddess of the decade?…
Discovering Godard
One of the founders of the Nouvelle Vague movement, Godard was seen as the most experimental director of the time. His films often expressed his own political ideologies and quite…
Discovering Truffaut
One of the most respected directors in the history of cinema. Banned from the Cannes Film Festival in 1958 because of his harsh criticism of the French movie industry, he…
Discovering Monica Bellucci
One of the hottest models turned actresses working today Monica Bellucci opens up her heart and mind for Close Up. We learn of her stellar modeling career that started in…
Discovering Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi filmed while shooting Animal Factory in a penitentiary and including interviews with Willem Dafoe and Edward Bunker.

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Discovering Monica Bellucci
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One of the hottest models turned actresses working today Monica Bellucci opens up her heart and mind for Close Up. We learn of her stellar modeling career that started in Italy and took her to Paris and the front covers of Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair. How Coppola discovered her…
Discovering Marilyn Monroe
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Marilyn Monroe - To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Discovering film celebrates the life of Marilyn Monroe from her early days to her now iconic films Some Like it Hot…
Discovering Frank Sinatra
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Sinatra's film career took off when he starred with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh and On The Town. Whilst remaining one of the biggest musical entertainers in the world he managed to star in many highly acclaimed films including The Man With The Golden Arm and The Manchurian Candidate and…
Discovering Elizabeth Taylor
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After becoming a movie star at the age of just 12 in National Velvet, Dame Elizabeth Taylor emerged as a beacon of the Hollywood studio system. Taylor took on the eponymous role in the lavish production of Cleopatra and delivered an unforgettable Oscar-winning performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?…
Discovering Marlon Brando
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Widely considered the greatest actor ever, Marlon Brando's performances were as dazzling as his own larger-than-life personality. He exploded onto the screen as Stanley Kowolski in A Streetcar Named Desire and embodied the original rebel-without-a-cause in The Wild One. His first Oscar came for his unforgettable performance in On The…
Discovering Audrey Hepburn
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Always the epitome of style, Audrey Hepburn fittingly started out as a model before being spotted by a movie producer. Her first major film, Roman Holiday, won her an Academy Award for Best Actress and catapulted her to stardom. Further performances in Funny Face and Sabrina Fair confirmed her status…
Discovering Gene Kelly
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His dance routine to the title song in Singin' in the Rain is one of the most iconic in Hollywood history. Gene Kelly's career was powered by his infectious charisma and gift for turning anything into his dance partner - from a mop in For Me And My Girl, to…
Discovering Rita Hayworth
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Initially talent spotted while dancing underage in a Tijuana nightclub act, it wasn't until Margarita Cansino changed her name to Rita Hayworth that her Hollywood career really took flight. Seductive turns in early hits such at The Strawberry Blonde, Blood And Sand and You'll Never Get Rich earned her the…
Discovering Sophia Loren
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A film industry phenomenon with an unparalleled cross-over appeal in both European and American cinema, Sophia Loren was equally at home playing gritty realism, in Two Women, as delivering frothy comedy opposite Cary Grant on a Houseboat. Loren's remarkable talent has been recognised with two Oscars and been immortalised in…
Discovering Kirk Douglas
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Born in a New York ghetto to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Kirk Douglas turned himself into a genuine megastar through boundless determination, impeccable physique and dashing good looks. He starred in Vincent Minnelli's The Bad And The Beautiful and worked with the director again portraying the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh in…
Discovering Bette Davis
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Known as the 'first lady of the screen' Bette Davis' is one of the Hollywood greats. Her striking presence, paved the way for future female leads. As her career developed Bette was desperate for a great film role, and unlike other starlets she didn't mind playing unsympathetic characters, the following…
Discovering Clark Gable
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Clark Gable was a breed apart and one of the biggest box office stars of all time. The cameras loved him and he didn't let you forget that he was by far the tallest, most handsome, charming man in Hollywood. In 1931 he made several films with Jean Harlow, Joan…