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Coventry Cathedral

UK, 1958 (MIFF 1960, The Artist)

Director: Dudley Shaw Ashton

Coventry's medieval cathedral was destroyed in an air raid on 14th November, 1940. A competition was launched among British architects for a design for the rebuilding and this was won by Basil Spence, who introduces the film and provides the commentary. The development of the plan of the new cathedral is traced out, showing the influences which have affected the design. Sequences show Graham Sutherland at work on preliminary designs of the tapestry, the preparation of the five large pairs of stained glass windows, and the way in which the ruins of the old cathedral are being integrated with the new.

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