This extraordinary documentary film explores one of the most beautiful and mysterious cathedrals in the world, the famous Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France.
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CATALOG #: 20152
UPC #: 6-4603201529-4
ISBN #: 1-56839-108-0
RELEASE YEAR: 2003
PRODUCER: Louise R. Illig
NOTES: The DVD Bonus Feature is a Photo Gallery of Chartres Cathedral, provided courtesy of the Virtual Chartres Cathedral (Professor Stephen Clancy and Ithaca College)
Filmed by an acclaimed BBC cameraman, it features haunting images and beautiful music, and advances challenging theories and discoveries by Professor Keith Critchlow, a leading expert in sacred architecture who has studied the mysteries of Chartres Cathedral for over forty years. Also featured is Malcolm Miller, author and longtime cathedral guide.
Forty-four magnificent stained-glass windows, including three rose windows, tell the story of the world from creation to the day of judgment. The 12th Century labyrinth in the nave paving is the largest and best preserved surviving example of a medieval labyrinth in France. Who were the architects, the so called Masters of the Compasses? Where did they get the courage and confidence to build such a complex and magnificent cathedral as Chartres?
This extraordinary documentary will inspire all students of architecture, religious studies and the mysteries of life.
“A great cathedral speaks to the universal spirit in mankind, regardless of religious belief. In this documentary portrait of Chartres Cathedral, one of France’s most notable landmarks, an architectural historian and other experts discuss how the “masters of the compasses” (architects) designed the massive cruciform structure with its repeating proportions of height and length.”
“…otherwise combines science, faith, art, and history remarkably well. Highly recommended. Three and a half Stars.” -Video Librarian
“Chartres Cathedral: A Sacred Geometry is a brilliantly conceived and superbly presented documentary showcasing the majestic Chartres Cathedral in France with its forty-four magnificent stained-glass windows… Impressive filing surveying centuries of history, as well as the artisan genius behind such a grand structure which has succeeded in weathering the test of time combine to present a truly captivating 60 minute video. Highly recommended for students off European architecture, history, and medieval culture.” – Library Bookwatch
“…provides the viewer with a fascinating introduction to the cathedral and the meaning of its sculpture and glass. It soon becomes clear that the entire cathedral is a history of Christianity written in stone and glass. The discoveries of Professor Keith Critchlow, a leading expert in sacred architecture, and the foremost expert on Chartres, are fascinating.
While there is little information on the actual architecture of the structure, the analysis of the “masters of the compasses,” and the unknown craftsmen provides new insights into not only the world of the Medieval cathedral builder, but also the sacred world that led to the construction of these marvelous buildings. A companion book to the video program is also available from the Riverside Book Company.” The program is highly recommended.” – Educational Media Reviews Online
“The documentary Chartres Cathedral: A Sacred Geometry carries audiences inside the titular monument, one of the world’s most revered structures, located in Chartres, France. BBC cameramen travel inside of the sacred building to provide glimpses of the haunting architecture, accompanied by lush music. Professor Keith Critchlow, one of the world’s foremost authorities on holy structures, and Malcolm Miller, guide to the cathedral, act as co-hosts and explain the sacred meaning of the building’s various features — from the way in which the stained-glass windows recount the Biblical creation to the medieval labyrinth ensconced in the cathedral nave. Chartres Cathedral: A Sacred Geometry is an essential document for all students of medieval architecture, Catholic liturgy, and Biblical history.” ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide