Happy Valentine’s Day everyone :-).
TEN ROMANCE FILMS FOR ARCHITECTURE / URBAN DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS
A SINGLE MAN (2009)
This story of love and loss stars John Lautner’s
1949 Schaffer Residence. The film’s immaculate Mid-Century style is the result
of a collaboration between director Tom Ford and Mad Men production designer
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000)
considered to be one of the most beautiful films ever made, this is as much a
lyrical portrait of ‘60′s Hong
Kong as it is a tale of doomed romance. The 12th Century Temples of
Angkor Wat also make an appearance.
3. BEFORE SUNSET (2004) As in
the previous instalment of this trilogy, the pleasures of wandering around an
unfamiliar city provide this film with its context and structure, and also reinforce
its romantic theme of a journey of accidental discovery.
4. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001) Wes
Anderson’s signature aesthetic had its most elaborate outing then to date, with
the iconic 111 Archer Avenue, home to (amongst others) star-crossed lovers
/adopted siblings Margot and Richie.
5. LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003) The
loneliness, cultural disorientation, and general sense of freedom and discovery
that come with being in an utterly foreign city provide the catalyst for an
6. MANHATTAN (1979) See this film for a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, and for the fact that its central love story actually takes place not between the characters of Isaac and Tracy, but between Woody Allen and New York.
7. HER (2008)
Spike Jonze’s near-future LA is a cleaned up, greened-up amalgam of the
actual present-day city and the Pudong business district of Shanghai,
infused with the palette of a Jamba Juice store.
8. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945) One
for all the urban designers out there, this is a film about two individuals who
are drawn into each other’s lives by the use of public transport :-). For a less
iconic riff on the same theme, there’s also the Meryl Streep / Robert De Niro FALLING
IN LOVE (1984) (in which De Niro plays an architect). Both films
celebrate the kind of chance encounters which are missed when sitting alone in
a car on a motorway.
9. ONCE (2006) Again the city streets (in this case those of Dublin) are the catalyst for romance, here between a Big Issue seller and a busker, whose relationship evolves during a lunchtime spent in an local music shop.
10. BLADERUNNER (1982) As with some of the others, this
isn’t technically a romance film, but its love story is as integral to
the movie as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, Sumner Hunt/ George
Wyman’s Bradbury Building, and that perpetually rainy cyber-punk city.
Cinema’s most beautiful (and romantic) urban dystopia.
CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994), WALL E (2008), WINGS OF DESIRE (1987),
LA JETEE (1962), AMELIE (2001), À BOUT DE SOUFFLE (1960).
(Image: Schaffer Residence by Joe Fletcher, via Remodelista)