Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

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    Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

    Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton

    Directed by

    Germany

    2012

    100 min

    • No dialogue

    Documentary

    Heinz Emigholz has been working on the “Architecture as Autobiography” series since 1993, recounting the biographies of individual architects by means of their buildings and creating a diary of his own cinematic approach to these spaces. The third autobiography in the series deals with modern architecture. For the grand finale, he covers a broad historical spectrum: PARABETON tells of the great Roman concrete buildings from the start of the Common Era and compares them with Pier Luigi Nervi’s work, the Italian master of concrete construction. As concrete can be made into many different shapes, the buildings and the domes, slopes and spiral staircases they contain have an innovative, seminal quality. Those familiar with Emigholz's work will note that the skewed camera angles used in the past are replaced by straight-on views. Moreover, the ancient constructions seem more dynamic than those of the last century. Almost devoid of people, the images we know from his preceding films make the ruins from the 1930s to the 70s, the familiar cement constructions of daily life with their play of light and shadow or even the Pope’s Audience Hall appear more ghostly than the famous sights of the ancient world.

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Till Beckmann
    Heinz Emigholz
    Editing
    Till Beckmann
    Heinz Emigholz
    Production
    FILMGALERIE 451

    Press

    The film is the latest in an ongoing series of exquisite architecture documentaries by German veteran Heinz Emigholz.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Heinz  Emigholz

    Heinz Emigholz

    Germany

    Heinz Emigholz was born in Achim, Germany, and studied in Hamburg. He is a filmmaker, visual artist and cinematographer. His films include the series SCHENEC-TADY (73–75), THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP (83–04), SULLIVAN'S BANKS (99), GOFF IN THE DESERT (03), SCHINDLER'S HOUSES (07), PARABETON-PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE (12) and PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (12). His latest film YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION (2019) was presented in Berlin IFF.

    Selected Filmography