Movies: Architecture

by qempyrean | created - 07 Jan 2017 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Documentaries about various architects and their work; some seen, some not.

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1. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Wim de Wit, Beth Edwards Harris, Frank Escher

Votes: 583 | Gross: $0.10M

6. 25th Anniversary Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner (2015)

73 min | Documentary | Completed

This documentary explores the work of John Lautner, one of America's most visionary architects.

7. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris, Sab Shimono

Votes: 707

9. The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect (2014)

79 min | Documentary, Biography

E. Stewart Williams was a prolic modernist architect based in Palm Springs, California. Follow Williams' history and professional career, from the early days designing a home for Frank ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Gorst | Stars: Lauren Bricker, Tracy Conrad, Beth Edwards Harris, Amanda Erlinger

10. Windshield: A Vanished Vision (2016)

47 min | Documentary

In the mid-1930's a wealthy and idealistic patron of architecture sets out to change society by embracing modernism and commissioning Richard Neutra's first building on the East Coast.

Director: Elissa Brown

11. Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (2017)

G | 70 min | Documentary, Biography

A renewed interest is emerging in mid-20th century architects and artists who exploded the comfortable constraints of the past to create a robust and daring modernist America. Eero Saarinen... See full summary »

Director: Peter Rosen | Stars: Eric Saarinen, Jayne Merkel, Paul Goldberger, Niels Diffrient

Votes: 45

12. The Neon Struggle (2016)

G | 40 min | Documentary

Neon is the "fire of the night" according to author Tom Wolfe and it "lit the way west" according to historian/author Alan Hess. This film explores the death of this American roadside art and the artists that created it.

Director: John C. Brown | Stars: Dydia DeLyser, Paul Greenstein, Alan Hess, Rio Score

13. The Neon Struggle

40 min | Documentary, Family, History | Post-production

A family fights to keep their neon sign business alive as the light of the industry fades away.

Directors: John C. Brown, John C. Brown, Bert Simonis

14. Quiet Elegance: The Architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur (2014)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

This film celebrates the architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur who has been designing homes, hotels, commercial buildings and apartment complexes in Southern California for more than 50 years. ... See full summary »

Director: John C. Brown | Stars: Alan Hess, Hugh M. Kaptur, Anne Kruse

Votes: 12

15. Mid-Century Moderns: The Homes That Define Palm Springs (2013)

46 min | Documentary

When Father and Son team George and Bob Alexander started building affordable architect designed homes in Palm Springs in 1955, they had no idea they would be the catalyst of what is today ... See full summary »

Director: John C. Brown | Stars: Robert Imber, James Harlan, Hugh M. Kaptur, Chris Menrad

Votes: 14

16. People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler (2013)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary

This documentary explores the legacy of Joseph Eichler, a pioneer in mid-century modern design. Combining historical information with testimonies from Eichler owners and enthusiasts, this ... See full summary »

Director: Kyle Chesser

21. Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day (2010)


Robin and Lucienne Day transformed British design after World War II with striking furniture and textiles that signaled a new era of modernist sensibilities for everyday living. Robin's ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Grigor

22. Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion (2015)

78 min | Documentary, History

The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, now sits in the middle of New York City as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Silva | Stars: Charles Aybar, Stephanie Bohn, Frankie Campione, Bill Cotter

Votes: 7

23. Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

The work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, as seen by Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Antoni Gaudí, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 1,232

24. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Freidrichs | Stars: Slyvester Brown, Irvin Dagen, Elmer Fiedler, Robert Fishman

Votes: 775 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 921 | Gross: $0.15M

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