Three-part documentary series chronicling the lives and achievements of a generation of great Victorian engineers. Told through the rivalries of two families, the Stephensons and the ... See full summary »

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Three-part documentary series chronicling the lives and achievements of a generation of great Victorian engineers. Told through the rivalries of two families, the Stephensons and the Brunels, it also features Thomas Telford, James Nasmyth and Richard Trevithick. Close collaboration and bitter competition between them produced the colossal monuments of the nineteenth century - a time when engineers were superheroes. Written by Anonymous

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9 February 2004 (UK)  »

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Interesting but distracting documentary
2 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An interesting British documentary about several famous British engineers of the 19th Century. The series focuses on their private lives and personal struggles rather than the time or technology, so one does not have a good sense of when these achievements were being done or what else was going on at the time.

The film includes great scenes of the modern remains of some of these constructions. Computer graphics showing proposed structures and animated engineering drawings are also very interesting. On the down side, much of the historical re-enactments are shown in grainy, blurry, sepia-toned images that are extremely annoying.

There are also several anachronistic scenes of Victorian gentlemen taking modern-day subways or walking across modern skylines. I imagine the director is trying to link the characters with the modern day, but these scenes make no sense.


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