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Automobile: Ride and Fall

Our cities, transformed a mere century ago to accommodate cars, now want to rid their streets of them. Countries go to war over fuel shortages, and automobiles are at the core of a global ecological crisis. Today, the history of automobile has hit its climax.


How did we get here? How did the invention of a single machine reorganize how we work, revolutionize our lifestyles, transform our landscapes, trigger global crises and wreak havoc with the equilibrium of our planet?


This documentary series explores the creation and meteoric development of an unprecedented object — the automobile — and its role in mankind’s wild race toward progress.

  • Episode 1: Mass Production - Late 19th century
  • Episode 2: Mythologies - 30-year boom periode
  • Episode 3: Demystifying the Car - From the 1970s to date

Direction: Jean-Christophe Ribot

Production: ZED for ARTE France, TV5 Québec & DR

Delivery: October 2024

Languages: French, English

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