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Save Our Souls

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Part of the "This Is Civilization" series. Industrialization in the 19th century, and the widespread human exploitation and personal alienation that characterized it, produced a crisis of faith and shook people's confidence in the very concept of civilization. Matthew Collings follows in the footsteps of John Ruskin, a social critic who interpreted the ills of his era and believed that art could salve-and perhaps even save-the soul. Spotlights J. M. W. Turner, William Morris, and the Pre-Raphaelites, along with locales particularly significant to Ruskin: the Alps, Venice, his beloved Lake District, and the blasted landscape of overindustrialized northern Britain. NOTE: Contains nudity. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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Low side angle shot of an ancient Greek statue showing the face of Artemis. Caption. Artemis is 1 of the main ones.
This Is Civilization
Episode 1
49 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 12 -
Closeup of a stained glass window with the image of Jesus, eyes closed, head cradled by a person's hand who is out of view. An orange and red halo cross is visible behind his head. Caption. The bishop and local powerful people.
This Is Civilization
Episode 2
48 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 12 -
Closeup of a marble column decorated with a sculpture of John Ruskin's bust framed by large grape leaves. Caption. Simply by expressing himself.
This Is Civilization
Episode 3
48 minutes
Grade Level: 12 -
Closeup on a mosaic depicting Jesus standing between 2 angels. He's wearing brown robes with a halo cross visible behind his head. Caption. That was aspirational and idealized.
This Is Civilization
Episode 4
48 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 12 -