World War One - The Cultural Front

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0301Bleeding France20160409
0301Bleeding France201604091916. The year of Verdun and the Somme. Could artists and writers convey this new hell?

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

0302The Tank and the Home Fires20160416
0302The Tank and the Home Fires201604161916: Tanks capture the public imagination, but the comforts of home are shattered by war.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

0303Dada and Defiance20160423
0303Dada and Defiance201604231916. Dada is born and Jerusalem is sung. Gorky defends Jewish life in print.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

04An Intimate War20170826Francine Stock considers the intimate impact of war on society and culture.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

04An Intimate War2017082620171006 (R4)Francine Stock considers the intimate impact of war on society and culture.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

04Reality And Reconstruction2017081920171005 (R4)Francine Stock explores how the First World War transformed the arts across Europe.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

04The Jazz Kings Go to War20170812The story of the Harlem Hellfighters and how jazz conquered France.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

04The Jazz Kings Go to War2017081220171004 (R4)The story of the Harlem Hellfighters and how jazz conquered France.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

051918: Chaplin Goes To War20180908As large numbers of U.S. troops start arriving on the Western Front in 1918, Francine Stock examines the response of artists and movie stars to their country's commitment to war.

The Bryce report on alleged German outrages causes George Bellows, one of the most acclaimed American artists of his generation, to drastically change his views on the war effort. The nephew of modernist painter Claggett Wilson talks about his uncles ability to portray the feeling, not just the sight, of war.

And Charlie Chaplin moves away from what he calls 'sausage pictures' to make Shoulder Arms - a film about a private with dreams of becoming a war hero.

Plus, in Britain, the mysterious lost film of David Lloyd George, and how Shakespeare was misquoted in the name of war.

Presenter: Francine Stock
Producers: Georgia Catt and Mark Burman
Production Coordinator: Anne Smith

The propaganda and protest art that comes from America at war

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

051918: Chaplin Goes To War2018090820181107 (R4)As large numbers of U.S. troops start arriving on the Western Front in 1918, Francine Stock examines the response of artists and movie stars to their country's commitment to war.

The Bryce report on alleged German outrages causes George Bellows, one of the most acclaimed American artists of his generation, to drastically change his views on the war effort. The nephew of modernist painter Claggett Wilson talks about his uncles ability to portray the feeling, not just the sight, of war.

And Charlie Chaplin moves away from what he calls 'sausage pictures' to make Shoulder Arms - a film about a private with dreams of becoming a war hero.

Plus, in Britain, the mysterious lost film of David Lloyd George, and how Shakespeare was misquoted in the name of war.

Presenter: Francine Stock
Producers: Georgia Catt and Mark Burman
Production Coordinator: Anne Smith

The propaganda and protest art that comes from America at war

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

051918: Vienna And The Fall Of An Empire20180915Francine Stock travels to Vienna to examine the rich cultural and artistic life of the city in the final days of the Hapsburg Empire.

In November 1918 the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire was lost overnight. The removal of the dual monarchy from the European map left the imperial capital of Vienna and its staggeringly well equipped civil service with no empire to run. Vienna had fallen from grace and with it, decades of rich artistic life were lost.

And yet right up until the Empire's last days, Vienna had continued to be a cultural hub at the heart of European modernism. Despite food shortages and the hardships of war, the Viennese continued to frequent cinemas, salons and cafes. Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka continued to paint and exhibit their work internationally, Franz Schreker composed one of his most popular operas, while writers Karl Kraus and Stefan Zweig documented everyday life.

Producer: Sarah Shebbeare
Production Coordinator: Anne Smith

Francine Stock examines the cultural life of Vienna in 1918.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

051918: Vienna And The Fall Of An Empire2018091520181108 (R4)Francine Stock travels to Vienna to examine the rich cultural and artistic life of the city in the final days of the Hapsburg Empire.

In November 1918 the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire was lost overnight. The removal of the dual monarchy from the European map left the imperial capital of Vienna and its staggeringly well equipped civil service with no empire to run. Vienna had fallen from grace and with it, decades of rich artistic life were lost.

And yet right up until the Empire's last days, Vienna had continued to be a cultural hub at the heart of European modernism. Despite food shortages and the hardships of war, the Viennese continued to frequent cinemas, salons and cafes. Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka continued to paint and exhibit their work internationally, Franz Schreker composed one of his most popular operas, while writers Karl Kraus and Stefan Zweig documented everyday life.

Producer: Sarah Shebbeare
Production Coordinator: Anne Smith

Francine Stock examines the cultural life of Vienna in 1918.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

05The Return Of The Soldier2018092220181109 (R4)Francine Stock concludes her 4 year exploration of how artists responded to World War One. As the war enters its final deadly year Marc Chagall becomes Cultural Commissar of Vitebsk, Isaac Babel sends fevered dispatches from revolutionary Petrograd & everyone asks Elgar what music he will write for the Armstice. Meanwhile young novelist Rebecca West makes her literary debut with the Return of the soldier whilst a desperate Stanley Spencer longs for his return to his beloved Cookham amongst the killing fields of Salonika.

Producer: Mark Burman.

Francine Stock concludes her four-year exploration of how artists responded to WWI.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.

Francine Stock concludes her 4 year exploration of how artists responded to World War One. As the war enters its final deadly year Marc Chagall becomes Cultural Commissar of Vitebsk, Isaac Babel sends fevered dispatches from revolutionary Petrograd & everyone asks Elgar what music he will write for the Armstice. Meanwhile young novelist Rebecca West makes her literary debut with the Return of the soldier whilst a desperate Stanley Spencer longs for his return to his beloved Cookham amongst the killing fields of Salonika.

Producer: Mark Burman.

Francine Stock concludes her four-year exploration of how artists responded to WWI.

Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.