Television: The Pleasures of Clark

In a medium full of talk, Kenneth Clark remains television's only great conversationalist, and he is better—more relaxed, more personal, able to avoid the least hint of the lecture hall—in The Romantic Rebellion (PBS, Monday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m. E.S.T.) than he was in Civilisation.

Manifestly, the romantic movement, as it showed itself in the painting and sculpture of the 19th century, is for him a subject at once more manageable and more familiar than the rise of all of Western civilization, his previous topic. Despite the pleasure of his company, the earlier series was often torrential in its outpouring of...

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