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Cathedrals of Culture (2014)

Six directors tackle the question "If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" by capturing iconic buildings with narration from the perspective of the buildings.

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Wim Wenders (segment), Michael Glawogger (segment) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Meret Becker ... Narrator (segment "The Berlin Philharmonic") (voice)
Gennadi Vengerov ... Narrator (segment "The National Library of Russia") (voice)
Benedicte C. Westin Benedicte C. Westin ... Narrator (segment "Halden Prison") (voice)
Jonas Salk Jonas Salk ... Himself (segment "The Salk Institute") (archive footage)
Louis Khan Louis Khan ... Himself (segment "The Salk Institute") (archive footage)
Clodagh O'Shea Clodagh O'Shea ... Herself (segment "The Salk Institute")
Thomas D. Albright Thomas D. Albright ... Himself (segment "The Salk Institute")
Greg Lemke Greg Lemke ... Himself (segment "The Salk Institute")
Jessie Vermillo Jessie Vermillo ... Himself (segment "The Salk Institute")
Margreth Olin Margreth Olin ... Narrator (segment "The Oslo Opera House") (voice)
Deyan Sudjic Deyan Sudjic ... Narrator (segment "Centre Pompidou") (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Baer Martin Baer ... Himself (segment "The Berlin Philharmonic")
Nicos Appelqvist Dalton Nicos Appelqvist Dalton ... (segment "Halden Prison")
Diego Garcia-Guerra Diego Garcia-Guerra ... Himself (segment "The Berlin Philharmonic")
Rachel Hulleur Rachel Hulleur ... Herself (segment "The Berlin Philharmonic")
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Six directors tackle the question "If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" by capturing iconic buildings with narration from the perspective of the buildings.

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A 3D film project about the soul of buildings

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Germany | Denmark | Norway | Austria | France | USA | Japan

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English

Release Date:

29 May 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Cathedrals of Culture: Centre Georges Pompidou See more »

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Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Candidates for Michael Glawogger's subject included the Vatican Library and the Bodleian Library of Oxford University before he eventually took the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg, where the books were more accessible than in the others. See more »

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Follows If Buildings Could Talk (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeux
(segment "The Berlin Philharmonic")
Written by Claude Debussy
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Six short films about Architecture plus ....
1 November 2014 | by marklear-1See all my reviews

This is a long documentary (150 minutes plus) which is made up of six shorter separate documentaries, each featuring a different building, and directed by a different (often well- known) director. They are all narrated very well, and often the "narrator" is the building itself. Most people (even those of us from Australia) will recognize some of these iconic buildings. The cinematography is outstanding, and we really get to know each building during its segment. The individual styles of presentation vary from one segment to another, and, in my opinion, some work better than others, but the very good ones are excellent. One in particular, is quite astonishing. (You will know which one I reckon!) So, if you have a liking for architecture of varied styles and purposes, enjoy design and wonder about how a building can shape its surroundings, this will appeal.


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