Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades

Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

“Inverted pyramids, allusive shapes, reckless cantilevers, toppling zigurrats, vertiginous theatre...”

Yes, the incomparable Jonathan Meades is back to conclude his head-spinning essay on the history of Brutalist architecture in Europe. Witty, audacious, didactic, disdainful, ridiculous, brilliant, the loquacious iconoclast examines the hugely influential post-war work of Le Corbusier and the revived reputation of modernist buildings with his usual deadpan cascade of tumbling verbiage.

We're also treated to the alarming sight of Meades dressed, for the purposes of satire, in a tiger-print onesie. I kid you not.

Summary

Jonathan Meades concludes a two-part documentary celebrating 20th-century Brutalist architecture, which typically takes the form of block-like concrete constructions. The presenter explores the post-war work of architect Le Corbusier, and argues that buildings once maligned by critics stood for optimism and grandeur.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Jonathan Meades
Director Frank Hanly
Executive Producer Franny Moyle
Producer Frank Hanly
Documentary