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The Celts - Rich Traditions & Ancient Myths
The Celts - Rich Traditions Ancient Myths
Actors: Frank Delaney, Dave Allen, Enya, Miranda Green, Tania Grier
Director: David Richardson
Genres: Documentary
NR     2004     5hr 25min

For 800 years, a proud, vibrant, richly imaginative warrior people swept ruthlessly across Europe. The ancient Greeks called them "Keltoi" and honored them as one of the great barbarian races. Follow their fascinating st...  more »


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Actors: Frank Delaney, Dave Allen, Enya, Miranda Green, Tania Grier
Director: David Richardson
Creators: Frank Delaney, Gordon Menzies, Tony Macaulay
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: BBC Video
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 02/17/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1987
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 5hr 25min
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

"The Celts" is the most informative video on Celt. Civ. ever
Linda R. Johnson | 02/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Delany's "The Celts" gives an in depth view on Celtic civilization from past to present. It shows culture, history, music and language and the struggles of the Celtic people to find their identity. It covers all genres of the culture and is beautifully written. This collection contains a wealth of information and is probably one of the best sources of information on the Celts ever. The music and scenery alone are worth the purchase!"
A good overview of Celtic History
Linda R. Johnson | Mandan, ND USA | 08/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have watched this 3 video set more than once and always find something new. The host is excellent. I would wish that there was more emphasis placed on ancient Celts and their religion, and legends than on modern day ones and their problems of keeping an ethnic heritage alive, yet it is good see that they are meeting with some success in this area. The movie also focuses on all Celtic cultures, rather than the stereotypical focus of Irish and Scots as being all there is. Enya provided the musical background and of course her music along is evocative both of past and modern Celtic culture. On the whole, enjoyable and informative."
Celtic history comes alive...
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 03/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" was to science, Frank Delaney's "The Celts" is to Celtic history and legacy. Historian Delaney takes us on a journey through the colorful and ultimately tragic history of the Celts, and presents his arguments in an accessible and engaging manner. For those of us who always thought of the Celts as being limited to their Irish or Scots roots, Delaney opens up a much broader Celtic world, and explores customs, rituals, and history still alive in the then-modern world of 1987.If there is a drawback to this set, it would have to be the lack of updated material. While I appreciate that the series is on DVD in an unmolested format, and while most of the material does not require any changes, there are some points that could have been given a follow-up segment. Chief among these is the phenomenon of the broadcasts in Welsh and Breton, which were completely in the native languages. Does the practice continue, or has funding and viewership declined since 1987? Are young people still interested in trying to learn their native tongues and customs? Are the parades and festivals that celebrate Celtic heritage still being held? Do the Irish storytellers still wander the countryside spinning tales? The series today leaves too many questions unanswered since the episodes originally aired in 1987, despite the excellent description of the historical Celtic world.For many, the whole point of owning the series is the music of Enya, which was released as a separate soundtrack album, and was her first official solo effort. Enya herself is featured in an 80's music video at the end of one installment, and appears personally in another. The balance of her contribution is to the soundtrack that is still beloved among fans. Included with the series are several interesting and vintage features from the BBC. One is what amounts to a 30 minute music video montage of an Irish weekend, from 1981. There are two interviews with Enya, related to the release of "Watermark", and there is another BBC documentary featurette on Celtic peoples taken from a late 80's news program.Sadly, without any kind of revision, the series takes on a quaint, even dated, quality. Even so, you're less likely to find a better or more intelligent attempt to explain Celticism than Frank Delaney's "The Celts"."
The best documentary on the Celts!!
Someone's Mama | 11/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have watched this set MANY, MANY times since I got it 2 years ago. I never get tired of it. I turn it on whenever I'm bored with TV. It has given me insight into some of the things I've read about the Celts, historically and fictionally. Enya's music is wonderful, as always. This is a must have for any Celt or ancient British Isles enthusiast!"