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    Une ville à Chandigarh - Le Corbusier

    Alain TannerIndia – 1965

    When, in 1947, a portion of Punjab province was assigned to the newly created Pakistani State, Albert Mayer began planning a new capital for the portion which remained in the possession of India. Le Corbusier had been responsible since the 1950s for general planning and, more particularly, for large-scale buildings typical of the governmental sector. A year after the death of Le Corbusier, Alain Tanner began shooting his film in a city still partially under construction, or even, in certain places, at the planning stage. The inhabitants of the metropolis, however, already numbered some 120,000.

    Among the most modern of cities architecturally, Chandigarh was archaically constructed by hand. Impressions of this green horizontal city-brick not permitting vertical development-are captured in long static shots and numerous traveling shots. John Berger's commentary inscribes the visual beauty of that reality within a larger reflection: climate did strongly influence the decisions of the planners, whereas the new city did not succeed in breaking the old social rules with a single blow. These rules continue to determine the level of education and income, and it is not even possible for these workers who are in the process of constructing Chandigarh to live in it themselves.

    However, the film partakes of Le Corbusier's optimism in its appreciation of architecture as an instrument aiding men to clarify their visions, to exercise their powers of discernment and to establish new relations, even if the results will only make themselves felt in the long term.

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    Original Title Une ville à Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    German Title Eine Stadt in Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    French Title Une ville à Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    Other Titles Una città a Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    Directed by Alain Tanner
    Country India
    Available Formats DVD
    Screenplay Alain Tanner, John Berger (Kommentar)
    Film Editing Ernest Artaria
    Soundtrack Classic indian music
    Cinematography Ernest Artaria
    Production Alain Tanner, Artaria Film
    Runtime 50 Min.
    Language Französisch/d/f/e

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    Original Title Une ville à Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    German Title Eine Stadt in Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    French Title Une ville à Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    Other Titles Una città a Chandigarh - Le Corbusier
    Directed by Alain Tanner
    Country India
    Available Formats DVD
    Screenplay Alain Tanner, John Berger (Kommentar)
    Film Editing Ernest Artaria
    Soundtrack Classic indian music
    Cinematography Ernest Artaria
    Production Alain Tanner, Artaria Film
    Runtime 50 Min.
    Language Französisch/d/f/e

    Actors

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    Une ville à Chandigarh - Le Corbusier