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Season 1986, Episode 00 Tango Mio

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Jan 18, 1986
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Tango Mio Jan 18, 1986 Without the twilights and the nights of Buenos Aires, there would be no tango. (J. L. BORGES) That most erotic and mysterious of dances, the tango, came to life in the suburbs and backstreets of Buenos Aires. This Arena Special traces its colourful and bizarre life story, through the work of its greatest poets, dancers and musicians. At the beginning of the century the tango was danced only in the harbour brothels, then, sophisticated in fashionable nightclubs and adopted by major poets and writers, it entered its golden age in the 30s and 40s. For the Argentines it's more than just a dance - the poet Discepolo calls it 'a feeling of sadness which can even be danced to'. Away from tourists' eyes, in their own cafes and dance halls, today's unknown 'stars' of tango tell their stories, among them the charismatic Juanita 'La Negra'. The strange and magical history of tango is told through the words of poets, rare archive film of its greatest stars of the past, and specially choreographed scenes by a modern master, Juan Carlos Copes.Featuring Maria Nieves Susana Rinaldi , Osvaldo Piro

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Season 1986, Episode 00 The New Babylon

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Jan 11, 1986
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The New Babylon Jan 11, 1986 Arena presents the first television showing of a rare and extraordinary classic of the silent cinema, with an original music score by Dimitri Shostakovich. Directors GRIGORI KOZINTSEV and LEONID TRAUBERG Introduced by Lindsay Anderson The New Babylon tells the dramatic story of the revolutionary tragedy of the Paris Commune. Like many masterpieces, its first public showing, in 1929, provoked outrage and derision. Shostakovich's brilliant and innovative score baffled the audience, and the conductor was accused of being drunk. The film and its music were banned immediately, and the score itself disappeared for decades until it was rediscovered after the composer's death. For this showing, the score has been reconstructed from Shostakovich's original handwritten copy by Omri Hadari , who conducts the London Lyric Orchestra leader SIMON HORSMAN Television presentation

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Season 1986, Episode 00 The Life and Times of Don Luis Buñuel

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Jan 8, 1986
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The Life and Times of Don Luis Buñuel Jan 8, 1986 Casa Verdi is a rambling mansion in the city of Milan, inhabited by an extradordinary and captivating group of people. Once it belonged to the composer Guiseppe Verdi : now it has become a home tor retired musicians. Once famous divas, composers, and singers from the opera chorus are bonded together by old memories and rivalries, their spirit and joy in their music quite undiminished by age. This film by Swiss director, Daniel Schmid , shared last year's documentary Grand Prix at Florence with Arena's s Sunset People.

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Season 1986, Episode 00 Cinderella

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Jan 21, 1986
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Cinderella Jan 21, 1986 From its origins in ninth-century China to its modern incarnation as a Christmas pantomime, Cinderella has endured as one of the best-loved fairytales. But what has made this fable of domestic abuse so popular for so long? Marina Warner, author of several studies on legendary heroines, reinterprets the myth through some of its forgotten versions, and shows how today's simpering weakling has at other times been seen as an innocent victim of incestuous longings, or even as a gutsy fighter who breaks her evil stepmother's neck. Writer Angela Carter , psychologist Bruno Bettelheim and photographer Jo Spence offer their views; and Cinderella appears in the current stage production, in TV ads for soapflakes, tampons and table wines, and in a host of classic screen performances. Tonight Arena looks beyond Cinderella the feminine archetype to discover what really happened after the ball.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Louise Brooks

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Mar 4, 1986
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Louise Brooks Mar 4, 1986 A look at silent cinema's most enigmatic and erotic icon, featuring rare interviews with Louise Brooks herself, filmed shortly before her death.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Henry Moore

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Mar 25, 1986
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Henry Moore Mar 25, 1986 Don McCullin 's powerful pictures of the horrors of war and deprivation have made him one of the world's most celebrated photographers. Now, after more than 20 years working exclusively with the stills camera, he has been commissioned by Arena to make his first film. In tonight's programme he turns his eye on life in Britain today, with portraits of Bradford, Harlow and East London. Through the industrial city, the dream of the new town and the capital past and present, McCullin reveals a Britain which is exotic, diverse and often disturbing.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Salvador Dali

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Jun 14, 1986
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Salvador Dali Jun 14, 1986 Despite the dangers and deprivations of war, the people of Bluefields, Nicaragua, still find time to do the Lambeth Walk and dance Maypole. Bluefields, on Nicaragua's east coast, is named after a notorious 17th-century pirate and its stormy past has provided it with a culture which is an anomalous amalgam of Spanish, British, American, Amerindian and African. Arena takes you down 'The Secret River' to this curious comer of the Caribbean.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 The Journey Man

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Jan 28, 1986
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The Journey Man Jan 28, 1986 'I'm probably one of the few People that can actually enter a room and leave it, and nobody will know that I've been there ... I've probably gone through life expecting to be hit over the head all the tune, but it never happened.' Behind the quiet, gentlemanly exterior of Norman Lewis lies the acute Perception of one of Britain's foremost travel writers and investigative journalists. His fascinating accounts of the cultures of the world cover the Brazilian jungle, the tribes of Indo-China, the villages of Spain and his own eccentric upbringing in Enfield, where his parents ran a Spiritualist church. One of his finest books is Naples '44, describing his experiences as an intelligence officer with the forces that liberated Southern Italy. In tonight's film Lewis returns to this extraordinary region where the ancient Sibyl foretold the fates of emperors and kings, whose local saint can quell the lavas of Vesuvius and where today 600 Mafiosi are on trial. Through Lewis's own idiosyncratic observations, Arena explores the life and work of a very dead-pan Englishman abroad.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Go-Go in Washninto DC

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Feb 4, 1986
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Go-Go in Washninto DC Feb 4, 1986 The home of the White House, the Pentagon and the President is also the home of the most exciting soul scene of the 1980s. The raw power of the go-go beat has emerged within a stones-throw of America's palaces of power. Washington DC is 70 per cent black and go-go is more than just a musical trend - it is the lifestyle of Washington's black youth. In tonight's Arena, eminent go-go saxophonist Carl 'Low Budget' Jones, of the band Redds and the Boys, takes a journey around Washington city introducing its musicians and their place within the history of American soul music. Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Trouble Funk, Experience Unlimited and The Class Band are the featured acts as Arena goes to the heart of Chocolate City.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Marguerite Yourcenar

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Feb 11, 1986
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Marguerite Yourcenar Feb 11, 1986 Novelist, poet, essayist and the first woman to be elected to the Academie Francaise, Marguerite Youreenar lives and writes on her island refuge off the coast of Maine. Her work ranges from a series of celebrated historical novels, including a classic study of the Emperor Hadrian, to translations of blues and gospel songs. Characteristically, Yourcenar is indifferent to public honour. The intellectual elite of the Academy, she says, 'decided to take a woman. It happened that woman was me.' In Arena this week, she talks about her life and work to writer and critic Peter Conrad.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Caribbean Nights - Bob Marley

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Jun 15, 1986
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Caribbean Nights - Bob Marley Jun 15, 1986 ... Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds ... A portrait of the man who made reggae known and appreciated all over the western world and who refused to abandon a message of personal and political liberation. Tonight's programme includes a wealth of his finest performances, from early sessions by the original Wailers to his last rehearsals in Kingston. Interviews with Marley himself and with those who knew him best, including his mother Cedella Booker , his wife Rita Marley , his original partners Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer , Judy Mowat and Marcia Griffiths from his backing group the 1 Threes, his art director Neville Garrick and Chris Blackwell , founder of Island Records.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Caribbean Nights - C.L.R. James's First Cricket XI

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Jun 16, 1986
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Caribbean Nights - C.L.R. James's First Cricket XI Jun 16, 1986 Born in Trinidad in 1901, C.L.R. James came to England in the 1930s and was cricket correspondent for the Manchester Guardian. In this programme the author of the now classic book Beyond the Boundary selects his definitive cricket team. From W.G. Grace to Gary Sobers , C.L.R.'s choice spans seven decades and, using rare archive film, reveals some of the greatest moments in cricketing history.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Caribbean Nights - Danzon

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Jun 16, 1986
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Caribbean Nights - Danzon Jun 16, 1986 In an old church in Havana, the Urfe brothers play Danzones, the first popular Cuban music to emerge from the blend of African and European traditions at the turn of the century. The dance it inspired was considered shocking by colonial Cuban society.

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Season 1986, Episode 10 Kurosawa

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Mar 4, 1986
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Kurosawa Mar 4, 1986 Interview with Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Caribbean Nights - Rasta and the Ball

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Jun 17, 1986
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Caribbean Nights - Rasta and the Ball Jun 17, 1986 According to reggae greats Bob Marley and Burning Spear, football and Rastafari are one and the same thing. In the last week of the World Cup Rasta and the Ball takes you to the Marcus Garvey Youth Club, the beaches and Kingston's back-street pitches where reggae music and football are played with equal dedication and enthusiasm in the same spirit of Rastafari. Bob Marley demonstrates his skills on the field and in the recording studio.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Caribbean Nights - Arturo Sandoval

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Jun 18, 1986
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Caribbean Nights - Arturo Sandoval Jun 18, 1986 Cuban jazz is rarely heard over here. Tonight Arena redresses the balance with a performance by virtuoso trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. Much admired by Dizzy Gillespie , he returns the compliment with 'Blues homage'; he then takes to the piano for a dynamic duet with bass player, Jorge Reyes , and finally is joined by brilliant new-wave singer, Donato Poveda.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Caribbean Nights - Kapo

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Jun 19, 1996
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Caribbean Nights - Kapo Jun 19, 1996 'I dreamt there were 72 angels, 72 trumpets, 72 vases of flowers - all things were 72. And then I saw directly the face of God himself. I was summoned to be an artist.' Bishop of his own church, Kapo is also Jamaica's most famous artist. His paintings and sculpture explore the mysterious world of dreams, possession and healing in a rich cultural mix drawing equally upon the spirit world of Africa and the Christianity of Europe.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Jerry Lee Lewis

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Oct 1, 1986
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Jerry Lee Lewis Oct 1, 1986 Jerry Lee Lewis doesn't sound like anybody else - the voice, the piano and the on-stage antics make an unforgettable combination. He plays and sings today exactly as he did when he made his first records in the 1950s. Since then he has kept his reputation for wildness, eccentricity and the ability to hold an audience spellbound. Arena captured him in concert and on top form.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Scarfe on Scarfe

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Dec 12, 1986
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Scarfe on Scarfe Dec 12, 1986 In this week's Arena Gerald Scarfe takes a long, hard look at himself. In his paintings and drawings he mercilessly pillories the powerful and the famous and yet in public he presents an image of docile sociability. In this irreverent investigation of his own personality Scarfe attempts to reconcile his two sides. He traces his progress from an asthmatic childhood through his early days in Punch and Private Eye to the Sunday Times - his days of reportage in Vietnam, electioneering travels with American presidents; he talks to Richard Ingrams Peter Cook , Harold Evans and Roger Waters and explores how his work has developed through sculpture, animation, films such as The Wall, rock and roll with PINK FLOYD to theatre and opera work.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 The Life and Times of Don Luis Buñuel

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Nov 22, 1986
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The Life and Times of Don Luis Buñuel Nov 22, 1986 Following last night's story of Salvador Dali, Arena continues it's Spanish trilogy with this highly-acclaimed profile of the great film-maker Luis Bufiuel. From his collaboration with Dali on Un Chien Andalou in 1928 to his last film That Obscure Object of Desire in 1977, Bunuel's work was always passionate, subversive and entertaining. Arena goes in search of the spirit of this elusive and original man. The film traces his life through Spain, Paris, New York and Mexico and visits his closest friends, his collaborators, his favourite monastery and his favourite bars. With Fernando Ray Catherine Deneuve Jeanne Moreau Carlos Fuentes Jean-Claude Carriere Fr Julian Pablo and unique footage of Bunuel himself.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 The Spirit of Lorca Federico Garcia

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Nov 28, 1986
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The Spirit of Lorca Federico Garcia Nov 28, 1986 Lorca, perhaps the best-known and loved Spanish poet and dramatist of this century, was brutally executed at the age of 38 during the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Tonight's Arena, in collaboration with the acclaimed Irish writer and Lorca biographer Ian Gibson , evokes his life and unravels the exact circumstances of his death. Close friend of Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel , Lorca was a charismatic figure - musician, painter, actor, as well as a writer. The roots of his work lie deep in the rich culture, music and landscape of southern Spain. Through the recollections of friends and fellow poets, with singers and theatrical performances, in Spain, Cuba and the United States, this film evokes the passionate and potent spirit of Lorca's work and tragically short life.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Cambodian Witness

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Dec 5, 1986
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Cambodian Witness Dec 5, 1986 When the Khmer Rouge invaded Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, they forced the entire population into the countryside where they were starved, beaten and worked to death on grandiose, impractical 'revolutionary' schemes. Among them was a young man called Someth May, a doctor's son. Ten members of his family died before he managed to escape to Thailand. There he contacted the distinguished journalist and poet, James Fenton , who arranged his release from a refugee camp and brought him to England. For two years, May struggled to write his story with Fenton's help, and over the last 18 months Arena filmed the two writers as they overcame the barriers of language, memory and intense emotion to create a shocking and vivid memoir of his horrific experiences.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Henry Moore

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Sep 7, 1986
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Henry Moore Sep 7, 1986 Speaking from Henry Moore’s own studio in Perry Green, John Read reaffirms his belief in the artist’s status as one of the greatest sculptors since the Renaissance. He traces Moore’s life and his own connections with him through extracts from the documentaries he has made and reminiscences of their many personal encounters.

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Season 1986, Episode 20 Salvador Dali

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Nov 21, 1986
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Salvador Dali Nov 21, 1986 'The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.' So says Salvador Dali one of the most famous painters in the world. Dali now lives as a recluse and has been virtually unseen since his near death in a suspicious fire two years ago. Having courted publicity all his life he is now shrouded in secrecy. Dali is the great showman of Surrealism, the creator of the SoWa and the Lobster. As a painter his style is unique, yet perhaps his greatest achievement is his own personality. Dali is a self-pronounced genius. Today Dali lives in the palace museum which he has built as a monument to Ms life, and holds court in the room which he never leaves. .4reKa traces his career through film, much of it from Dali's own private archive, and combines the testimony of his closest associates, including Captain Peter Moore and Amanda Lear , and his Surrealist contemporaries Max Ernst , Luis Bunuel and Man Ray , with Dali's own extravagant account of his life and adventures.

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Season 1986, Episode 30 Night Moves

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Dec 19, 1986
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Night Moves Dec 19, 1986 Fifty years ago Basil Wright and Harry Watts' classic documentary "Night Mail" celebrated the role of the railways as the nation's distributor of goods, mail, food, and other essentials. In 1986 Arena's 'Night Moves' celebrates the role of the trucking industry - the age of steam has become the day of the articulated lorry. Count every commodity on a supermarket shelf, virtually every object you can buy - a lorry put it there. With Timothy Spall as The Fool on the Road and specially written music by Ian Dury, Arena goes trucking. 'Night Moves' creates a kaleidoscope of travel, incident, action and celebrities that will astonish everyone who thinks lorries just block the road.

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