- Actors: Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein, Alexander B. Rubinow, William Atwater, Bill Ratner
- Writers: Bruce Nash
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- VHS Release Date: November 11, 1998
- Run Time: 50 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6303937020
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Modern Marvels: Cathedrals [VHS]
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And the program does a good job explaining just how the Cathedral was built. From the foundations (25 feet under ground) to the still-unfinished stone carvings, one gets a complete picture of how the cathedral took shape.
I'd just recommend the title be changed to "Washington's National Cathedral" from "Gothic Cathedrals."
The first 10 minutes are the only valuable ones of the show. They explain the philosophy behind building these massive structures and what they intended to portray with them in the XII Century. They give you the "basics" on what makes a Cathedral Gothic (the vaults, the pointed arches, the stained glass windows), the Gargoyles, the outside sculptures. They briefly describe you Notre Dame and Chartres in France.
Then the rest of the show talks about the National Cathedral in Washington DC, its history, its construction, its purpose, and what congregations are housed there. They spent so much time on it and the conversation went from its construction to the spiritual and patriotic significance of the Cathedral, which is all well and fine except I found it suitable as a documentary in itself. In other words, I didn't expect it as part of this title. I would have liked to hear more about the architectural features of other Cathedrals (say the York Minster in England, or Westmister Abbey, or the Cathedral in Cologne or any other for that matter). I felt cheated that I spent 45 minutes learning just about one Cathedral and its "meaning", which is rather subjective.
I normally love the History Channel documentaries but this one left me disappointed. They should have named it "A Contemporary Gothic Marvel: The National Cathedral in Washington DC" instead.
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I was so excited to get this, my boyfriend is very interested in Gothic era and I got to surprise him with this, he was very excited, the movie was quite informative. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Sarah
As I have said before I wish this system allowed for "zero stars". As I was forced to choose some level of "star rating" I chose ONE. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Just a guy in Oregon
"Gothic Cathedrals" provides a brief overview of the rationale behind cathedral design and construction, and then focuses on D.C.'s National Cathedral.
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