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The True Legend of the Eiffel Tower

Simon Brook  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Simon Brook
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOH7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Eiffel Tower was erected to last no longer than a World Fair. But how was it built? And how did it become the most visited building in the world? An epic undertaking and a dream of Europe and the United States, the building of a 300 meter tower seemed impossible until renowned engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel made it a reality.

Shot in Hi-Definition, this exhaustively researched docu-drama ingeniously blends archive footage and CGI with factual accounts to recreate the events leading to one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a documental! September 11, 2007
By ana
I saw part of this film on TV... and I immediately knew I had to buy it in order to see it from the beginning and to share it with the rest of my family.

THis is not a documentary, but it is just as informative as one (if not more), and much more entertaining. If your are interested either in history, architecture, engeneering, the Eiffel Tower or Paris, you defenitely have to see this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dubbed French School kids History November 15, 2009
This is a well-filmed, relatively well-dubbed French school media tape -- omitting much of the real history of the building of the Eiffel Tower and the troubles with the unions and politics. Everything is glossed over, to remind the 13-year old French kids what a legacy they have in Eiffel. The movie ends abruptly without finishing the story -- it's hard to tell if that is where it actually ended, or if the US company that bought the film cut the last half hour out to save enough time to fit the 2-hour format here (90 minutes plus 30 minutes for commercials). I am betting on the latter. Much is made of the elevators - and then we never get to that section. Much is made of Eiffel's impending financial difficulties - and then we never get to that section. Much is made of the family that they follow that first help construct the tower, and then later go to war, for France. Then that story is never completed.

There is some entertaining work here -- and the mixing of real photographs and actors is almost seamless. But at the end of the viewing, you get more from reading a Wikipedia entry about the history of the tower, and you've been left without seeing the last half hour of the story play out -- through the construction of the elevators, Gustaf's life, and the follow-up work done after his death.
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