Film and Architecture Interaction: Design Themed Films

There is a strong interaction between cinema and architecture. These two disciplines are very similar in their processes. For you, we have examined the cult films where design and spaces stand out.

There has been an inevitable interaction between cinema and architecture for years. There are similarities in both areas in terms of design, production and presentation techniques. There is also a new, sophisticated reality built in both disciplines using the phenomena of time and space.

After all, cinema is quite close to architecture with its narration and expression of spaces in zeitgeist. In terms of cinema, it is important to use the time factor well and to reflect the emotions of the spaces.

Rem Koolhas, the famous Dutch architect, likens the design processes of the buildings to the editing and cutting processes of the films. While there is such a strong connection between cinema and architecture, why not check out the best design-themed films? Let's examine the cult films that shape our culture and art scene together.

1. Blade Runner (1982)

Based on master science fiction writer Philip K. Dick's story, Blade Runner was filmed by renowned director Ridley Scott and is considered one of the legendary films in film history. Cyberpunk aesthetics dominates the film that is set in a dystopian future. In the future world, where humanoid robots called Replicants exist, old and new are intertwined.

Futuristic and post-modern density is observed in the architectural forms of the city where the film is set. Innovative, future-oriented designs are on the one side, while old gothic buildings are stacked on the other. If you are a film lover who fancies art house films, Blade Runner is just right.

2. Brazil (1985)

Just like Blade Runner, Brazil is a dystopian film which is set in the distant future. Brazil depicts a desperately dark and futuristic world and tells the story of a civil servant named Sam Lowrey who use daydreaming as an escape route from his overwhelmed job and technological devices.

The film, dominated by a kafkaesque structure, is also remarkable and seminal with its spatial designs. If you haven't seen Brazil, which is considered one of masterpieces of director Terry Gilliam, you should watch it as soon as possible.

3. Mon Oncle (1957)

Jacques Tati is one of the directors who has a special place in the history of cinema. Mon Oncle is also considered one of the transition films of his career. In the film, which is a French-Italian co-production, Tati brings a different interpretation to the 'gag', which is derived from pantomime.

While the street scenes are more natural and vivid in the film, the interiors seem to be squeezed into geometric shapes and are in cooler tones. The film presents a good architectural comparison and changes the audience's perception.

4. The Belly of an Architect (1987)

The Belly of an Architect often finds itself a place among the movie recommendations on architectural discipline. In the film, an American architect named Stourley Kracklite comes to Rome to curate an exhibition dedicated to the French architect Etienne-Louis Boullée, who influenced him with his works and architectural style.

The film's director, Peter Greenway, builds imaginative connections between architectural design, structures and human relations, and tells a deep story.

5. Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis has a cinema vision that is way ahead of its time and is a true classic. Metropolis, shot by the great Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang, tells the portrait of the industrialised human.

It is one of the most successful science fiction films of all time. You can also take a historical journey by watching Metropolis, one of the movies that must be watched for cinema lovers.

19.09.2019 - Design and Architecture
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