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Chronicle of a Demolition

60' (POR, ENG subs)
Chronicle of the Demolition brings a new look on the history of Rio de Janeiro and the growth of big cities worldwide in a thriller-like narrative.

At the heart of Rio de Janeiro's downtown is an empty square with a dry fountain and an underground parking. There once stood the Monroe Palace that once housed the Senate. But for reasons unknown it was demolished forty years ago. This is a docu about a history of sabres and lions, military and architects, past and future with a strong visual construction, a wealth of archival footage and a soundtrack by Philip Glass.

At the heart of Rio de Janeiro's downtown is an empty square with a dry fountain and an underground parking. There once stood the Monroe Palace that once housed the Senate. But for reasons unknown it was demolished forty years ago. This is a docu about a history of sabres and lions, military and architects, past and future with a strong visual construction, a wealth of archival footage and a soundtrack by Philip Glass.

The history of the Monroe Palace (which existed in Rio de Janeiro between 1906 and 1976) summarizes important issues for Brazil in the 20th century, regarding architecture and urbanism, as well as the country’s ideas on modernity and heritage. The Monroe Palace was remarkable because of its construction (having won an international prize for its architecture in St. Louis World Fair, and marked the opening of the Central Avenue), what happened in it (it housed the Senate for decades) and its controversial demolition, which was never fully explained.

As well as presenting an issue never addressed in film, the movie discusses two important moments in the urban modernization of Rio de Janeiro and the changes made in the city’s landscape — the 1900s, when it was built, and the 1970s, when it was demolished. The movie is heavily based on archive footage, but also includes interviews. Another of its goals is to locate the Palace’s original pieces, which were dispersed throughout the world after the building was torn apart.

 

Original Title: Chronicle of a Demolition
Year: 2015
Length: 60' (POR, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Daniela Santos, Eduardo Ades, João Felipe Freitas
Produced by: Imagem Tempo

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