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Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

Film Information

Exhibition Title Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete
Original Title Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton
English Title Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete
Director Heinz Emigholz
Year 2012
Format DCP
Colour Color
Duration 100'
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Heinz Emigholz
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Heinz Emigholz
  • Edición / Editing: Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
  • Producción / Producer: Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Filmgalerie 451
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The first of the two parts of project Decampment of Modernism, which concludes the series Architecture as Autobiography, Parabeton starts with the first concrete dome built by the Romans in the 1st century BC in Baiae, near Naples (which is still standing), and follows a chronological sequence of twenty buildings made by Italian civil-engineer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979). Inventor, grandmaster of concrete structures, and the architect’s architect of the 20th century, Nervi created the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan, the Unesco Headquarters in Paris, the Palazzo dello Sport in Rome and the Papal Audience Hall at Vatican City, among others. This montage gets interrupted by images of other ancient large Roman structures, and Emigholz uses it to build a link between Nervi’s revolutionary constructions and pioneering Roman inventions, but also to take his monumental tour through the rise and fall of modern architecture back to the very origins of Modernity.

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