Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton

Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete
Heinz Emigholz
DEU 2012
100 min

Heinz Emigholz has been working on the “Architecture as Auto-biography" series since SULLIVANS BANKEN in 1993, recounting the biographies of individual architects by means of their buildings and creating a diary of his own cinematic approach to these spaces. 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 70’s, 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. (Stefanie Schulte Strathaus)

In the presence of Heinz Emigholz.

  • Heinz Emigholz
  • Heinz Emigholz
  • Christian Obermaier
  • Heinz Emigholz
  • Till Beckmann
Filmgalerie 451, Westdeutscher Rundfunk/3sat

Filmgalerie 451

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