Architecture & Film

** Note some films may not be suitable for all audiences. Refer to plot summaries and reviews prior to viewing and use discretion when screening in an academic or public setting. **

Architectural Documentaries

A Constructive Madness (Jeffery Kipnis, Tom Ball, and Brian Neff. The Knowlton School of Architecture, 2003)

Antonio Gaudi (Hiroshi Teshigahara. Teshigahara Productions, 1985)

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio (Sam Wainwright Douglas. 2010)

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line (Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper. 2012)

Eames: The Architect & The Painter (Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey. Quest Productions, et al. 2011)

First Person Singular: I. M. Pei (Peter Rosen. Peter Rosen Productions,1997)

Frank Lloyd Wright (Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. PBS, 1998)

Great Expectations: A Visual Journey through the History of Visionary Architecture (Jesper Wachtmeister. Solaris Filmproduktion, 2007)

Herzog & de Meuron: Tate Modern (Beat Kuert. Columbus Films, 2000)

How Much Does Your Building Weigh Mr. Foster? (Carlos Carcas and Norberto Lopez Amado. Aiete-Ariane Films, et al. 2010)

If You Build It (Patrick Creadon. O’Malley Creadon Productions, 2013)

Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner (Murray Grigor. The Googie Company, 2008)

My Architect: A Son’s Journey (Nathaniel Kahn. Louis Kahn Project Inc. and Mediaworks, 2003)

My Father, the Genius (Lucia Small, 2002)

Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect (Barbara Wolf. Checkerboard Library,1997)

Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect (Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch. Arthouse Films, 2008)

Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack. 2005)

The World of Buckminster Fuller (Baylis Glascock and Robert Snyder. 1974)

Unfinished Spaces (Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias. Ajna Films, 2011)

Vertical Expectations – The Shard (Simona Piantieri. 2011)

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (Eric Bricker. Arthouse Films, 2008)


Other (Art, Design, Urbanism, et al.) Films & Documentaries

Basquiat (Julian Schnabel. Eleventh Street Production / Miramax, 1996)

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty (Penelope Maunsell and Kenny Dalsheimer. 2013)

Between the Folds (Vanessa Gould. Green Fuse Films, 2008)

Exit Through the Gift Shop (Bansky. Paranoid Pictures, 2010)

Helvetica (Gary Hustwit.Veer and Swiss Dots, 2007)

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City (Judith McBrien. 2010)

Objectified (Gary Hustwit. Plexi Productions and Swiss Dots, 2009)

Pollock (Ed Harris. Brant-Allen, et al. 2000)

Urbanized (Gary Hustwit. Swiss Dots, 2011)


Future Cities & Post-Planetary Society

Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo. TMS Entertainment, et al.,1988)

Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard. Athos Films, et al., 1965)

Babeldom (Paul Bush. Ancient Mariner Productions, 2013)

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott. The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers, and Warner Bros.,1982)

Elysium (Neill Blomkamp. TriStar Pictures, 2013)

Escape from New York (John Carpenter. AVCO Embassy Pictures,1981)

Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii. Bandai Visual Company, 1995)

Logan’s Run (Michael Anderson. MGM, 1976)

Metropolis (Fritz Lang. Universum Film, 1927)

Minority Report (Steven Spielberg. Twentieth Century Fox, 2002)

Sleeper (Woody Allen. Rollins-Joffe Productions, 1973)

The Fifth Element (Luc Besson. Gaumont, 1997)

Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies. London Film Productions, 1936)


Performative / Transformative / Responsive

Anna Karenina (Joe Wright. Universal Pictures, 2012)

Dark City (Alex Proyas. Mystery Clock Cinema and New Line Cinema, 1998)

Inception (Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros., 2010)

The Haunting (Jan de Bont. DreamWorks SKG, 1999)

Toys (Barry Levinson. Baltimore Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, 1992)

Up (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson. Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, 2009)


Architecture and/of/for the Apocalypse

28 Days Later (Danny Boyle. DNA Films, 2002)

Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón. Universal Pictures, 2006)

Idiocracy (Mike Judge. Twentieth Century Fox, 2006)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller. Kennedy Miller Entertainment, 1981)

Night of the Comet (Thom Eberhardt. Thomas Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt Productions, 1984)

Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero. Image Ten, Laurel Group, et al., 1968)

The Day After Tomorrow (Roland Emmerich. Twentieth Century Fox, 2004)

They Came Back (Robin Campillo. Haut et Court, et al., 2004)

Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke. Bavaria Film, et al., 2003)

Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam. Universal Pictures, 1995)


Stage / Scenery / Frame / Context

A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester. Proscenium Films, 1964)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog. Creative Differences, et al., 2010)

City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. O2 Filmes, et al., 2002)

Her (Spike Jonze. Annapurna Pictures, 2013)

Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog. Canal+, Premiere, Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, 1992)

Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky. Opera Film Produzione, 1983)

Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzman. Atacama Productions, et al., 2010)

Star Wars – Original Trilogy, Episodes IV – VI, and Prequels, Episodes I – III (George Lucas. 1977 – 2005) – Side Note: Read The Architecture of Star Wars on Arch Daily.

The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros., 2008)

The Matrix (Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Warner Bros., 1999)

Tron (Steven Lisberger. Walt Disney Productions, 1982)

Tron: Legacy (Joseph Kosinski. Walt Disney Pictures, 2010)

V for Vendetta (James McTeigue. Warner Bros., 2005)


The Architecture of Film

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick. MGM, 1968)

A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick. Warner Bros., 1971)

Fight Club (David Fincher. Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, et al., 1999)

Four Rooms (Quentin Tarantino, et al. Miramax Films and A Band Apart, 1995)

Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola. Focus Features, et al., 2003)

Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino. Miramax Films, et al., 1994)

The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson. Touchstone Pictures, 2001)

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Wolfgang Reitherman. Walt Disney Productions, 1968)

Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford. Twentieth Century-Fox, 1939)


Further reading on Architecture and Film:

Connah, Roger. How Architecture Got Its Hump. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001.

Karaoghlanian, Armen and Mehruss Jon Ahi. Interiors. Online journal. Burbank, CA: 2012-present

Lamster, Mark. Architecture and Film. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.

LoBrutto, Vincent. By Design: Interviews with Film Production Designers. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1992.

Rakatansky, Mark. Architecture Words 9: Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt. London: AA Publications, 2012.


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