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David Macaulay: Cathedral (1986)

David Macaulay and Caroline Berg explore medieval cathedral architecture through the fictional animated story of the rebuilding of such a cathedral in the middle ages after a disastrous fire.



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Cast overview:
David Macaulay ...
Himself / Host / Narrator
Caroline Berg ...
Pierre (voice)
Geoffrey Matthews ...
Bishop Philippe / Dean of the Chapter (voice)
Master Guillaume (voice)
Paul Bacon ...
Merchant Thibaut (voice)
Sean Barrett ...
Bishop Gervais / Chapter Member (voice)
Peter Pacey ...
Friar Roland / Robert of Cormont (voice)
Ellis Jones ...
Ansel (voice)


Animated documentary about the building of a fictitious Catholic cathedral in 13th century France. Based on the book by David Macaulay, "Cathedral" references the real cathedrals of the day, looks at the challenges of building such huge structures, given the available technology of the time, explains why they were of such importance to medieval life, and how they remain so today, 700 years later Written by James11650

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Almost like a lesson on cathedrals for precocious children.
5 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Whenever I travel, I adore visiting cathedrals-and have seen them in several countries. So, when I saw this show about cathedrals on Netflix, it's no surprise I decided to rent it. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like the program was as good or as informative as I expected. Part of this was because, at times, the show seemed almost like one intended for kids. That's because much of it actually consists of cartoons--and rather poorly animated ones at that. Additionally, the show turned out to be just about French cathedrals--and I was hoping it would visit more than just a few from one country. Overall, a program that is very uneven--educational and stuffy at times (and I like that) and filled with cartoons and stuff that just seemed very dated and out of place.

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