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The Reception and Congress Building in Rome [electronic resource]

ARTE France
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Adalberto Libera was a pioneer of architectural modernity and a die-hard fascist.Unlike the Nazis, Mussolini made an alliance with the modern movement, which became for architecture, the official style of fascism. In 1937, the regime launched one of its most ambitious projects - the E 42. The idea was to create a new monumental city embodying the new Imperial Rome, for the International Exhibition of 1942. Libera won the competition for the Reception and Congress Building. Launched amidst great pomp and circumstance in 1938, the work initially made rapid progress. When Italy entered war, the work pace became sluggish and was abandoned altogether in 1944. The E 42 quarter was to remain a wasteland, until 1950 when the Italian Christian Democrats decided to resume work on it. This film explores the paradoxical alliance between a formal avant-garde movement and a totalitarian ideology. On a more general level, it also explores the link between architecture and power.
Release Date
2006
Run Time
26 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
11 & up
Notes
Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 11, 2015.
Series
Architectures-Achievements in Modern Architecture
Achievements in Modern Architecture
Contents
  • E-42: The New Rome (1:56)
  • Modern Image for a Fascist Regime (1:52)
  • Modern to Imperial Style (1:27)
  • Concession to Tradition (1:05)
  • Entrance Colonnade (2:38)
  • Domed Roof (2:02)
  • Colonnade (2:07)
  • E-42 Mosaics (2:07)
  • Abstract Design (1:17)
  • Crisscrossed Staircases (2:19)
  • E-42 Theaters (1:57)
  • Technologically Functional (2:00)
  • E-42 Reconstruction (2:18)
  • Credits: The Reception and Congress Building in Rome: Architectures-Achievements in Modern Architecture (0:26)
Published
[Place of publication not identified] : ARTE France [2006]
New York, N.Y. : distributed by Films Media Group, 2015.
Publisher no.
  • 65319s Films Media Group
  • 65348 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 online resource (1 video file (25 min., 58 sec.)) : sound, color.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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