"Treasures of the World" - Heritage of Mankind:
Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard in the South of France is one of the largest preserved aqueducts of classical antiquity. It has not only been declared a world cultural heritage site but is regarded by architects and structural engineers as one of the wonders of the world of Roman architecture. The Romans built this almost 50-metre-high aqueduct in the first century A.D. as part of the water supply system for the city of Nemausus, now known as Nîmes, near Avignon.

This film reveals the thinking of Roman architects of the time. By looking over the shoulder of the architectus, we perceive the Pont du Gard as a living testimony to Roman civilization.

PONT DU GARD S 35 mm, 15 min., Applaus Film Media GmbH für SWR/DW/ZDF © 1999

Written & directed by Stefan Tolz - Camera: Jo Heim, bvk - Camera assistant: Philipp Kirsamer - Lighting: Estela Sanz Posteguillo - Production manager: Andreas Kölmel - Steadycam: Christophe Soffietti - Editing: Thomas Riedelsheimer - Music: Paul Shigihara - Commentary: Hans-Gerd Kilbinger - Computer animation: Christophe Jean - Actors: Philippe Maurice, Lucien Langlois - Costumes/Make-up: Ingrid Meyer-Wegener - With thanks for scientific advice to: Prof. Dr. Hans-Otto Lamprecht, Cologne, Jean-Claude Bessac, Nîmes, Jean-François Grange-Chavanis, Lyon, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) - Commissioning Editors: Goggo Gensch, Gisela Mahlmann.

With the support of the Office de Tourisme Nîmes (Maryvonne Lefebvre) and the Musée Archéologique de Nîmes (Dominique Darde, Jean Pey).


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