Take a dazzling architectural journey inside the majestic marvels of Gothic architecture - the great cathedrals of Chartres, Beauvais, and other European cities, some of which now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, a team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists search the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues. NOVA investigates the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their towering glass-filled walls, and reveals the hidden formulas drawn from the Bible that drove medieval builders ever-upward.
Length: 58 min.
Director: Gary Glassman
Producer: Gary Glassman for WGBH/NOVA
Producer Website: http://www.providencepictures.com
Distributor: PBS Distribution
Distributor Web site: http://www.wgbhinternational.org
Festival Screenings and Awards:
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, 2011; 31st International Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) Film Festival and Symposium, 2011; 12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, London, 2011; Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2011