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Impressionists, The

Synopsis
A drama documentary about the illustrious brotherhood of Impressionist artists - Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Manet. Based on documentary evidence, special effects transport the viewer inside some of the world’s best-loved paintings and recreate the illuminated landscapes,and haunting portraits of late 19th-century France. DVD Extras: Picture gallery, atists’ biographies and cast filmographies. Broadcast in 3 parts. In part 1 Claude Monet remembers his early days in the Bohemian world of 19th century Paris, where he meets his friends and allies Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. Rejected by the Paris art world and beset by poverty, they refuse to compromise their bold new approach to painting. When war breaks out with Prussia, tragedy strikes; Part 2 - the young painters are preparing for their first exhibition, but Paris isn’t ready for their new style of painting. Edgar Degas, becoming more lonely and malicious, paints nudes as they have never been seen before, while Claude Monet, still dogged by poverty, faces tragedy in his private life; Part 3 - Cezanne, son of a self-made banker, lives a double life with his mistress and secret child. Viciously attacked by the critics, he never compromises his work and continues to suffer for his art. Monet splits away from the Impressionist movement, eventually finding love and creative fulfilment.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Notes
Broadcast on BBC 1 in 3 weekly parts beginning 3/4/06
Subjects
Art
Keywords
Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Degas, Edgar (1834-1917); dramatised documentary films; history of art; Impressionism; Manet, Edouard (1832-1883); Monet, Claude (1840-1926); Renoir, Pierre Auguste

Credits

Cast
Amanda Root 
Julian Glover 
Richard Armitage 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£16.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
110 minutes
Year
2006

Distributor

Name

BBC Shop

Email
bbcshop@bbc.co.uk
Web
http://www.bbcshop.com External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 9799
Fax
01795 414 555
Address
PO Box 308
Sittingbourne
ME9 8LW
Notes
The BBC Shop closed on March 29th 2016. It was replaced by the BBC Store (www.bbcstore.com) where many BBC programmes can be bought and downloaded in digital format only. The BBC continues to make many of its programmes available on DVD and Blu-Ray but these are now only available from other online retailers.
 

Available from retail outlets

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

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