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Arnold Matteus (1981)

Digitally remastered in 2007

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Documentary Duration 60:00

When we say "Tartu", we mean "Matteus". Arnold Matteus (1897-1986) studied architecture in Germany and worked as a chief architect during several governments and during the war. He was a gentleman, a diplomat, a creative personality and a master of compromises. He never sold himself. The portrait documentary about Matteus was complete in 1981; however, due to the critical evaluation by the minister of culture of that time the film was publicly banned and was allowed to be screened only on special permission by the authorities. The documentary became accessible for the audience only after when Estonia had regained its ...

Director: Andres Sööt

Keywords: architect | architecture | drawing on asphalt | contradiction of Estonian and Soviet era | gentleman from the era of the first Republic of Estonia | cafes during the first republic of Esotnia | construction art | degradation of construction quality | wisdom | grand old man | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Eesti Reklaamfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary, Portrait
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 60:00, 54:30


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Director Andres Sööt
Screenwriter Ike Volkov
Cinematographer Andres Sööt
Sound Designer Jaak Elling
Managing Director Ants Simm

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm