There are movies about computers and computer scientists out there - like Matrix or the German movie 23. But are there also movies about architects and/or architecture?
Yesterday a good friend of mine said, that there doesn’t exist a movie where an architect or architecture plays the main part. So I would like to know if this is true and/or someone knows such a movie? Please note that we are not interested in documentaries about architecture and movies where a lot of buildings are just exploding.
I just remember one episode of Columbo where an architect is/was the murderer. Any other ideas?
I typed some words in a search engine and got this result with famous actors in movies I mostly haven’t seen or in the first case even heard of:
Lonely male architects star in The Lake House (Keanu Reeves), The Last Kiss (Zach Braff), Three To Tango (Matthew Perry) , Sleepless In Seattle (Tom Hanks) , My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Luke Wilson) , Love Actually (Liam Neeson), Just Like Heaven (Mark Ruffalo) , and It’s Complicated (Steve Martin)—apparently, architecture is a good cipher for “sensitive, but not girly.”
If you’re interested in a documentary, I’ll suggest My architect by Nathaniel Kahn.The filmaker is the son of Louis Kahn, one of the greatest (and less prolific, there’s a strict connection between the two things) of the twentieth century. The film is about his father and his architecture. It’s a good movie.
While in the amphiteather of Pompeii with David and Annie, we talked about this specific passage, taken from one of his lessons:
I don’t remember the title but I’ve seen a German (I believe) movie once where the both protagonists where architecture students.
One died in an accident but that was because of some celestial mix-up. His friend is the one who was supposed to die. To not get in trouble the heavenly worker who made the mistake now sends the dead one back as a kind of ghost who has to convince his friend to take his own life so that they can swap places (because someone has to die, damn it).
Architecture was not central to the plot but used in a few scenes (the accident that killed the guy was on a building site, the other guys gets ripped apart by his supervisor for a design he presented)