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Maillart’s Bridges

GER 2001, 24 min

14 works of the swiss artist, civil engineer and legendary bridge builder Robert Maillart designed between 1910 and 1935.

Synopsis

Maillart revolutionized with his functional reduction of material the work of bridge building and created his own world of forms. His topics and inventions explored the possibilities of reinforced concrete construction and set new aesthetic standards worldwide in their complex simplicity and elegance of the load-bearing parts. His turning away from solid construction and reduction to the essential lines of force, generated the distrust of the authorities and led to absurd building regulations. His groundbreaking experiments can be found in remote valleys of small cantons where he was given a free hand in designing. In MAILLART’S BRIDGES Heinz Emigholz seeks out these places and captures the local forces and their composition.

Awards and Festivals

- Berlinale Forum 2001
- Viennale 2001
- Hong Kong International Film Festival 2003
- New York Film Festival 2002

Credits

Director, Director of Photography and Editor
Heinz Emigholz
Collaboration and Original Sound
Andreas Sehn
Sound Design
Martin Langenbach
Sound Mixer
Stephan Konken
Produced by
Pym Films
In Cooperation with
FilmFörderung Hamburg und WDR (Wilfried Reichart)
 

DVD-Details

Extras
Interview films with David P. Billington, Christian Menn und Jörg Schlaich: “Buildings by Robert Maillart” (53 min, engl. subtitles) and “The Art of Structural Engineering and Architecture” (36 min, engl. subtitles), Biographies of Maillart, Billington, Menn, Schlaich and Emigholz, Building by building navigation, Folder
Language 
International Version (no dialogue)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
Dolby SR
Length
24 min + 90 min Extras
Country Code
Code-free
System
NTSC / Color
Content
Softbox (Set Content: 1), Folder
Release Date
14.12.2007
Rating
No age restriction

Distribution Details

Screening Format
Blu-ray Disc
35mm
Aspect Ratio
35mm, 1:1,37
Language 
International Version (no dialogue)
License Area
Worldwide
Rating
No age restriction