Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi und Römischer Beton
Director: Heinz Emigholz

Germany, Documentary, 2012, 100 min, without dialogues, V
“Parabeton” starts out with the first still existing dome structure near Naples, Italy, built in the 1st cenutry B.C. What follows in chronological order are 17 buildings by the Italian building engineer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891–1979), including the Pirelli tower in Milan, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the grand Sports Arena in Rome and the Papal Audience Hall at the Vatican. Nervi is the creator of style-forming constructions, a grand master of concrete buildings and the Architect‘s Architect of the 20th century. The Nervi sequences are interrupted by cinematic studies of Ancient Roman concrete constructions, including the Pantheon and the Caracalla thermal baths in Rome, as well as the Hadrians Villa in Tivolo. The film suggests a relationship between Nervi‘s bold constructions and the groundbreaking Roman inventions from two thousand years ago and refers modernity‘s constructional core to the concrete buildings of Ancient Rome. 
About the director:
Heinz Emigholz, German filmmaker, actor, artist, writer and producer, was born in 1948 in Achim, Germany. He trained first as a draftsman before studying philosophy and literature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has created more than 50 award-winning short and full-length documentaries, features and experimental films. In 1978 he founded film company “Pym Films”. He also has had numerous exhibitions, lectures and publications. He has held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the Berlin University of Arts (Germany) since 1993, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the Art and Media program there. For his films about famous architects, engineers and their buildings Emigholz was named world's most acute observer of architecture. His documentary “Sense of Architecture” (2008) was screened at the Kaunas International Film Festival in 2009.
Section: All The Muses

Screenplay: Heinz Emigholz

Dir. of Photography: Heinz Emigholz