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Bird's Nest 2008 NR

3.3 out of 5 stars (4) IMDb 6.3/10

Superstar architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron must negotiate between two cultures, two architectural traditions, and two political systems to build the new National Stadium for the Olympics in Beijing. Bird's Nest, available exclusively via Amazon Unbox.

Starring:
Weiwei Ai, Pierre De Meuron
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres International, Documentary
Director Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm
Starring Weiwei Ai, Pierre De Meuron
Supporting actors Jacques Herzog, Uli Sigg
Studio Icarus Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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i saw something similar or same as this dvd. i think. mine was produced by the chinese media company. at first, i wanted it to focus on the startecticts herzog & de meuron but it was focused on chinese principals[as it was produced by chinese media] but it was actually well-done bec it presented different viewpoints about the building.

some loved it but some didnt understand it. One said that "overiding criterion for building is external appearance only". i thought that was amusing as we forget that the internals are important as well. as an admirer of avant-garde architecture, i tend to see only the external..so i found it amusing.

surprised that herzog & de meuron are swedish vs swiss national. & they just did the initial design & left the actual design to the chinese. surprised that they didnt have more presence in building phase.
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I was thinking this film might touch a bit on the corruption and the inherently non-Western customs of Beijing, and how they related to the architects building the stadium, but mostly, it's a lot of random and ethereal statements (subtitled or in difficult-to-understand English) from either the architects or a few politicians. There's no meat to this film, and anyone wanting to really learn anything about the building of the Bird's Nest or about the culture in Beijing will be disappointed.
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The Bird's Next is exactly what you think it is. Except, the film is not really about the construction as much as it's about the process of getting the building built (e.g. culture differences between the architects and the locals). There are also a few side stories which go nowhere.

Biggest problem with the movie is that it's very tough to read the subtitles sometimes. 1/2 the documentary has English subtitles which are in white and have no dark border. Every time the lower part of the screen is light (white) the subtitles are impossible to read.

Anyway, it's fine. Again, it's what you think it will be.
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Insightful and fascinating look into the work oh HDM and the challenges of working in China.
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