The Never Ending Factory Of The Duomo / L'infinita Fabbrica Del Duomo

By Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti

Italy | In Italian with English subtitles | 2015 | 74 min 10 sec | PG

 

The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo tells the story of the ongoing construction, preservation and maintenance of the Milan Cathedral over six centuries. The film sheds light on the painstaking labour of caring for a public monument through delicate imagery of the inner workings of the cathedral. The viewer sees several types of work carried out: the quarrying of Candoglia marble earmarked as building material, the management of the cathedral’s historical archives, the maintenance of the statuary yard, the reproduction of architectural features, and the preservation of the Madonnina spire atop the cathedral.

The enormity of the task soon emerges; it becomes clear that these vignettes represent a fraction of the work of generations of anonymous craftsmen, conservators, sextons, parishioners and more who contributed towards a work that most never saw completed. Ultimately, the resplendent cathedral stands as a testament to the enduring magnificence of human devotion and service.

The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo premiered at the Locarno Film Festival (2015), and was presented as part of the first atelier retrospective of the directors’ work presented by Visions du Réel in 2019.

 

The Never Ending Factory - Director Photo

Massimo D’Anolfi (b. 1974, Italy) and Martina Parenti (b. 1972, Italy) have co-directed several acclaimed feature films. Their first two films, The Betrothed (2006) and Great Expectations (2009) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in the respective years that they were made. In 2011, The Castle premiered at Visions du Réel and won the Special Jury Awards of the Torino Film Festival, Hot Docs in Toronto and EIDF in Seoul. Dark Matter premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (2013), and Spira Mirabilis was in competition for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival (2016), where their next film Blue also premiered in 2018, in the Orizzonti section.

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