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September 2013

  • More Mid Mod Movies at the Central Library

    September 6, 2013

    More Mid Mod Movies at the Central Library

    This follow-up to last year’s popular documentary film series will once again present a range of unique critically acclaimed movies from around the world that highlight mid-century and modernist architecture and design. They cover a wide range of design-oriented topics from architecture and interior design to graphics and product design. Co-sponsored by Mid-Century Modern London (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MidModLondonOnt/) and London Public Library. FREE! No registration required.

    Screenings will be on Monday evenings at 7pm in Stevenson & Hunt Room 'A' at the Central Branch of the London Public Library. Free parking w validation. Bus, bicycle & pedestrian accessible.

    PHILIP JOHNSON: DIARY OF AN ECCENTRIC ARCHITECT
    Director, Barbara Wolf
    1996 | USA | 55 min
    Monday, September 9 – 7pm
    A fascinating look into the mind of Philip Johnson; always on the forefront of stylistic change, his home in New Canaan, Connecticut – The Glass House – is now a National Historic Landmark. This film visits the house, its contemporary art gallery, and another project that Johnson calls his “latest folly” for his intention to build it without straight lines.
    http://ffh.films.com/id/19315/Philip_Johnson_Diary_of_an_Eccentric_Architect.htm

    CONTEMPORARY DAYS: THE DESIGNS OF LUCIENNE & ROBIN DAY
    Director, Murray Grigor
    2010 | USA | 60 min
    Monday, September 16 – 7pm
    Robin and Lucienne Day transformed British design after World War II with striking furniture and textiles that signalled a new era of modernist sensibilities for everyday living. The film traces the Days’ progression over the course of their careers, spanning more than 70 years - from their days at the Royal College of the Arts in the 1930s to their recent rediscovery by new generations of design aficionados.
    http://www.designonscreen.org/dvds/contemporary-days-the-designs-of-lucienne-and-robin-day/


    VILLA MAIREA - THE ESSENCE OF A HOUSE
    Director, Rax Rinnekangas
    2009 | Finland | 50 min
    (Finnish with English subtitles)
    Monday, September 23 – 7pm
    Alvar Aalto designed the Villa Mairea for his close friends Maire and Harry Gullichsen near the west coast of Finland on the eve of World War II. Located in a beautiful pine forest, it has become one of the most notable icons in modern architecture. The film reveals the house as a unique artistic microcosm influenced by international modern architecture and art, Finnish cultural heritage, and Japanese aesthetic tradition.
    http://www.btlimited.fi/Pages/Films.aspx


    INFINITE SPACE: THE ARCHITECTURE OF JOHN LAUTNER
    Director, Murray Grigor
    2008 | USA | 90 min
    Monday, September 30 – 7pm
    This documentary traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end”. It is the story of brilliance and of a complicated life – and some of the most sensual architecture of the 20th century. Idolized by young modernists, criticized by academics and beloved by his clients, he led a life in pursuit of unusual beauty.
    http://www.infinitespacethemovie.com/


    THE EDGE OF THE POSSIBLE
    Director, Daryl Dellora
    2009 | Australia | 56 min
    Monday, October 7 – 7pm
    Featuring rare interviews with Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this film tells the dramatic story of Australia’s signature structure: the Sydney Opera House. Part architectural case study and part tribute to the late architect: the film documents how this international landmark came to be – from its exhilarating inception, to the bitter political controversy that forced Utzon from the project, to its eventual completion.
    http://ffh.films.com/id/17728/The_Edge_of_the_Possible-Special_Edition.htm


    OSCAR NIEMEYER: A VIDA É UM SOPRO (LIFE IS A BREATH)
    Director, Fabiano Maciel
    2007 | Brazil | 90 min
    (Portuguese with English subtitles)
    Monday, October 21 – 7pm
    At age 100 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer reflects on his long life and remarkably prolific career, with a focus on his buildings in Brazil’s capital city, Brasília. The definitive portrait of a man both hailed and criticized as a “sculptor of monuments”. Many images of signature structures – designs that infuse his favoured material, reinforced concrete, with exuberant liquidity – are included. 
    http://ffh.films.com/id/15964/Oscar_Niemeyer_A_Vida_e_um_Sopro-in_Portuguese_with_English_Subtitles.htm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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