5 must-watch movies for architecture enthusiasts !!!
Architecture often plays a vital role in films, architecture validates and supports the plot of expressions and narrative writing in a cinema.
The bold identity of architecture lasts long and thereby helps to create a profound impact among the viewers.
In today’s article, we shall look at the 5 movies you must watch if you are an architecture enthusiast.
1. How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?
The documentary released in the year 2010, directed by Carlos Carcas and Norberto Lopez Amado traces the unending quest for innovative design and the professional rise of the legendary architect Norman Foster.
In this film, the director tries to portray Foster’s approach to buildings and his design impeccability and variations in each project. The virtues of his project buildings are well displayed here with a detailed depiction of all streamlining and geometric forms of his design.
From the curved glass skyscraper to the swaying London bridge, Carlos Carcas and Norberto Lopez (directors of the documentary) have worked well to showcase the unexplored perspective of his projects.
More than being quoted as a must-watch, this film would be a helpful guide for all the architecture enthusiasts to study more and discover a different side of the subject.
2. The Architect and The Painter
The Architect and The Painter, released in the year 2011 directed by Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey is a documentary about the American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the Eames Office. The film is a narrative on the story of the husband and wife teaming up to start and get the Eames office on track. From designing chairs to slowly moving through architecture, photography, and further projects, the growth and story of the firm and designers are portrayed in the documentary.
The documentary is a combination of well-curated photographs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with numerable film clips and narrative audio by James Franco.
Innumerable and extensive interviews were referred and hosted to frame the story for the film and this is definitely going to be an informative yet a reality check watch for all the aspiring architects and designers in the industry.
3. Sketches of Frank Gehry
Sketches of Frank Gehry released in the year 2006 under the direction of Sydney Pollack is a documentary exploring the life and work of the greatest living American architect. The film also includes interviews with Dennis Hopper, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, and Julian Schnabel, among many others. Pollack and Gehry had been friends and mutual admirers of each other’s work. The film showcases the footage of a lot of his appreciated and small works and design concepts. The film also discusses in detail Gehry’s own residence, which is still considered as one of his finest works.
This film was also screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
4. My Architect
The movie “My Architect”, released in the year 2003, directed by Nathaniel Khan depicts the story of his father Louis Khan, the world-famous architect and his design works. This movie is pretty much a reference guide to anyone trying to analyze and understand the meaning between art and love.
The story is about the filmmaker Nathaniel Khan trying to understand his father and his ways of looking at architecture.
The movie opens a whole different world of architecture and the unexplored areas and surprising findings of his father during his work years in the A&D industry.
King Vidor’s movie Fountainhead released in the year 1949 (an original adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel Fountainhead) takes you back to those ages with the intention of connecting you to the strong narratives and the supporting architectural perspectives that existed back then).
The movie talks about the architectural debate between the industrialization of the profession and individual creation.
Watching this classic is indeed an experience of understanding the previously existing notions in the industry versus helping to create a strong understanding of the present world scenario.
I do not believe architecture should speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind. – Tadao Ando