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Castle of Pierrefonds (The)

Series : Viollet-le-Duc, line for line

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  00:09:00  2014  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

When the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc undertook the renovation of Pierrefonds castle in 1857 at the request of Napoleon III, it was in a state of ruin. This remarkable fortress was one of the greatest castles of the 15th century. The historian Jean-Paul Midant guides us through the different restored parts of the place-forte and unveils the singular conception of the restoration envisaged by Viollet-le-Duc, between restitution and innovation.
For the architect, restoring a monument was more than simply reconstructing it. Guided both by his imagination and his knowledge of military architecture, he attempted to reconstruct an idealized castle, a vibrant tribute to the best of French architecture at that time.

Associate producer : CNRS Images
Director : COLOMBANI Hervé
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of archives, drawings and 3D animations.
Voice over. Interviews (live sounds). Musics.
PersonnalitiesMIDANT Jean-Paul(ENSA, IPRAUS, Paris-Belleville)
NotesENSA : École nationale supérieure d'architecture
IPRAUS : Institut parisien de la recherche en architecture, urbanistique et sociétés


Pierrefonds ; Picardy

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Item No.4240
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD Cam