Media Distribution


The Art and Architecture subject includes the In the Name of Cities series as well as individual titles.

In the Name of Cities series

Bologna: Two Leaning Towers
An examination of the historic city of Bologna, and the contributions that some of its famous citizens such as Dante, Petrarch, and Marconi have made to modern civilization. Today, Bologna's city government has made it a priority to preserve and the old as an inspiration to present and future generations. Written by Wolfgang Arnold of the University of Toronto's Erindale College.
27 minutes / 1975

Padua: A Circle of Learned Men
The proliferation of the automobile in the city of Padua, Italy is examined. Contrasts are made between Padua's cultural and historic past and the city's present problems of over-crowding and noise and air pollution. Written and produced by Wolfgang Arnold.
22 minutes / 1976

Ravenna: Saints and Mosaics
The industrial pollution in Ravenna, created by the petro-chemical industry is examined. Contrasts are made between Ravenna's cultural and historic past and the ecological damage done as a result of industrial pollution.Written and produced by Wolfgang Arnold.
30 min. / 1976

Venice: Danger, Falling Angels
This program traces the history of Venice from 453 AD to the present and examines its physical deterioration due to the high water level and industrial pollution. This program is part of a series which examines the neglect and silent destruction of the historic cities of Northern Italy. Written and produced by Wolfgang Arnold.
29 minutes / 1976

Verona: Two Tales of One City
Verona's history, contrasting its present pollution-free environment with other industrialized Italian cities is examined.
27 minutes / 1975

Milan: Sculptures and Spires
The pollution in Milan caused by industrialization is contrasted to the city's historical past. Written and produced by Wolfgang Arnold.
30 minutes / 1976

Open Air: Monet and the Impressionists/Born of the Sea, The
Tracing the origins of French Impressionist painting during the second half of the nineteenth century, this program focuses on one of its chief artisans Claude Monet, his physical environment, some of his early works, and his first teacher Eugène Boudin. It examines some of the roots of impressionism: the reaction against the formality of official art; the escape from studio painting into the open air; the response to the threat to painting posed by the new art of photography; the revived interest in light in all its forms. This program presents Claude Monet's early experiences as a painter, mentioning briefly the influence of Eugène Boudin, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sesley and Frèdèric Bazille on his work.
28 minutes / 1979