Mont Saint-Michel is among the world’s celebrated silhouettes. Millions visit annually. It fascinates, tightly wrapped in walls, seeming to soar skyward out of the very rock itself. A labyrinth of narrow passages finds the foot of this monumental Norman abbey. Its interior echoes 15 centuries of eventful history. Combining sanctuary, abbey, fortress, and prison, Mont Saint-Michel blends eras and purposes. What happened here? For whom were these majestic halls designed? Who moldered in its prison? What do hidden passageways tell of medieval monastic life? How was this edifice affixed atop this gigantic crag? Questions abound. Now, a huge restoration effort gives historians, archaeologists, and scientists opportunities for closer examination. Via innovative approaches, these explorations can delve deeper than ever before, possibly solving many architectural mysteries, revealing the stories that forged this wonder. And revealing how an abbot’s legendary dream birthed a marvel, balanced between the heavens and the sea.
Screening time: 11:50 - 12:47 PM, Sunday, May 5, 2019
Length: 59 mins.
Director: Marc Jampolsky
Producer: Gedeon Programmes