Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry (2 x 60′) – Jonathan Meades delivers a unique and distinctive essay on the story of brutalist architecture across Europe. In homage to a style that he sees as brave and bold and at times sublime, Meades traces its precursors to the martial architecture of WW2, the once-hated Victorian edifices described as Modern Gothic, as well as the unapologetic baroque visions created by John Vanbrugh. Celebrating the influence of Le Corbusier’s post-war work, Meades asserts that modernist buildings, often maligned, are instead monuments to optimism and grandeur. The film draws on extraordinary buildings from all over Europe in a lavish, and sometimes surreal, visual collage.
Channel: BBC4 / Open University
Source: BBC press release