At 66 Portland Place
Film Nights with RIBA London & Disegno
The series makes a come-back this autumn with a focus on American architecture, furniture and fashion during the mid-20th century and how the images these decades produced have had an ever-lasting impact on international design and architecture.
Each film is introduced by its director or a critic from its respective industry with a presentation before each a screening. The series starts with a free screening of The International Space Orchestra during the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A with others below taking place at 66 Portland Place.
Visual Acoustics: The modernism of Julius Shulman (2008)
Tuesday 22 October, 7pm
Introduced by Eric Bricker, this documentary depicts the life and career of the architecture photographer Julius Shulman. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, the film illustrates the influential role Shulman’s photography had on architecture since the 1930s and the careers of the creators. This film simultaneously documents the progression of modern architecture and Shulman’s charismatic personality. Directed by Eric Brickerert.
© Art House Films
Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel (2011)
Tuesday 5 November, 7pm
Introduced by Paula Reed, a study of the life and career of the prominent fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, this was the winner of the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year fashion category this year. Beginning with her youth in Paris, this film documents Vreeland’s journey from Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York to become one of the most influential women of the twentieth century. Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland.
© Gloss Films
Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)
Tuesday 12 November, 7pm
Introduced by Pat Kirkham, this documentary explores the husband-and-wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames. Simultaneously documenting the relationship between the couple and the accomplishments of the Eames Office, the film reflects on how the industrial designers became some of the most influential in America. Narrated by James Franco and directed by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey.
© Bread & Butter Films