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Greenlit: Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry, BBC4

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

Producer: BBC

TX: TBC

Source: BBC press release

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