Perret in France and Algeria

a film by Heinz Emigholz

Perret in France and Algeria


The film PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA presents thirty buildings and architectural ensembles of the French architects and construction engineers Auguste and Gustave Perret. Auguste Perret has masterfully refined concrete construction in the implementation of his projects and instilled in them a classical expression. Working in parallel to the execution of numerous construction projects in France, Perret was building under conditions of colonialism in North Africa. The film traces this division chronologically. The buildings erected in Algeria from 1912 until 1952 are for the first time the subject of a film, as are the ones built in France. The edifices of Perret in France and their continued existence in the present are thus juxtaposed to his projects realized in North Africa. A differentiated interaction with the "architectural heritage" in diverging cultures thereby becomes visible. The fate of Western architectural modernism along with its symbolic value and sustainability in the everyday interaction with its resulting products in varying social conditions and landscapes comes into view.

Language: no dialogue / international version

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Cast and Crew
  • Director Heinz Emigholz
  • Producer Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
  • Director of Photography Heinz Emigholz
  • Editor Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
  • Sound  Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Original Languages


Production Company
Filmgalerie 451
Saarbrücker Straße 24, 10405 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 33982800

Fax: +49 30 33982810
Co-Production Company
Westdeutscher Rundfunk - WDR
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