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(2007 TV Movie)

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  • This film takes the viewer on a journey through possible and impossible architecture projects - from the beginning of the 20th century to today. From concrete illusions of grandeur to round grass covered dwellings under ground. The viewer will meet world famous architects and visionaries like Buckminster Fuller and Le Corbusier and experience their visions and ideas of how to build us a better world. With the help of animations unrealized projects come to life in this documentary that shows astounding visions of a world - as it could have been. Since the end of the 19th century industrialized man has been confronted with new kinds of possibilities and problems, all of which in one way or another are the consequences of a storm of technological progress. Amidst the smoke and wars, architects and artists saw early on that this was a world full of possibilities, with plenty of room for visionary ideas. They were motivated and driven by the problems of the day, be it a shortage of housing, urban decay or pollution. Their visions brought changes in our ways of living and dwelling that challenged our concepts of the good, the true and the beautiful. In this documentary we encounter the Anthroposophist head quarters in Switzerland, the functionalist cities of Le Corbusier and Archigram's projects where pop-art meets architecture. We also meet the self-taught inventor Buckminster Fuller and his light weight constructions, and Antti Lovag - the protector of round houses. Also we visit Habitat 67 - a building conceived from LEGO, Superstudio and their world without objects, Paolo Soleri's crystal like cities in the desert, and ecological housing under ground. Great Expectations is a film about architecture projects and visions which have brought changes in our ways of living and dwelling that challenged our concepts of the good, the true and the beautiful.

    - Written by Jesper Wachtmeister
  • Great Expectations is the first documentary to present the grand architectural visions of our time. Visions where imagination has been allowed to run free. Sometimes unrealized and unbound by earthly conditions, sometimes realized and revolutionary to its inhabitants. But the film deals with far more than mere illusions of grandeur. It is the story of great thinkers who in different time-periods of the 20th century have suggested revolutionary changes to our ways of living - and how it is to live in their dreams. The answers vary, but the intentions of the architects were good - mostly. Using archive footage and animations, the film brings architecture of the past and plans never realized to life. Visiting inhabitants of the visions that became realized, their stories comment and contrast the ambitions of the architects.

    - Written by Jesper Wachtmeister

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