So, finally getting things moving with our first archi film night, this coming Wednesday. Free entry, imported British beers, cake and more.
As usual, at Hudson’s, Boppstrasse 1, nearest U-Bahn Schönleinstraße.
Although I’m planning some ‘pure architecture’ films, including Rem’s Houselife, and Berlin Babylon, they’ll be mixed with movies that ’swim in an architectural sea’. Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is one such: a film from the days before CGI (but all the better for it) – a kind of darkly comic take on Orwell’s 1984, sharing at least one film location (Battersea power station) with the ’straight’ version of 1984 that came out the previous year. Yet Brazil is by far the better of the two films.
Gilliam has a madly architectonic eye, with virtually every scene a reference or in-joke about a particular building or failed utopian plan. It’s also a distopia where nothing mechanical or electronic ever works properly, a state of affairs with which I have much sympathy (and possibly the only film whose villains including heating and plumbing engineers?).
Anyway, it’s a great cast and an endlessly inventive film, that should be enjoyable even if you’re not a nerd like me.