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12.22.20 – 12 Film double-features for architecture, landscape, and design lovers

As the term comes to an end, it's the perfect time to unwind with a winter break movie marathon. Richard Sommer, former dean of the Daniels Faculty and director of the Global Cities Institute, curated a dozen double-features for architecture, landscape, and design lovers to queue up while we lock down.

1. TIME-SHIFTING DREAMSCAPES

"I Am Thinking of Ending It All," dir. Charlie Kaufman, 2020 (Netflix)
"The Trial," dir. Orson Wells, 1962 (Prime Video)

2. LATE AGE OF AQUARIUS FARCES OF SOCIAL CRITIQUE

"Putney Swope," dir. Robert Downey Sr., 1969 (Prime Video & YouTube)
"Nashville," dir. Robert Altman, 1975 (Kanopy & Prime Video)

film poster for putney swope

Image credit: "Putney Swope," dir. Robert Downey Sr., 1969

3. URBAN PARABLES OF CLASS, RACE, FAMILY AND GENTRIFICATION

"Concrete Cowboy," dir. Ricky Staub, 2020 (Netflix)
"High Hopes," dir. Mike Leigh, 1988 (Criterion Channel & YouTube)

4. BROKEN BUBBLES

"Safe," dir. Todd Haynes, 1995 (Criterion Channel, Prime Video & Sundance)
"Women in the Dunes," dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964 (Kanopy & Prime Video)

5. COUNTER-PASTORALS

"The Rider, "dir. Chloé Zhao, 2015 (Prime Video)
"The Gleaners and I," dir. Agnès Varda, 2000 (Kanopy & Criterion Channel)

6. THE FATAL ARCHITECT

"Columbus," dir. Kogonada, 2017 (Kanopy & Prime Video)
"The Fountainhead," dir. King Vidor, 1949 (Prime Video & TCM)

7. THE DETECTIVE'S PROCEDURAL CITY-SECTION

"Chinatown," dir. Roman Polanski, 1974 (Apple TV, Google Play & Cineplex)
"The Naked City," dir. Jules Dassin , 1948 (Kanopy, Criterion Channel, Prime Video)

8. GENRE DEFYING ARTISTS AND PRACTICES

"Beyond The Visible - Hilma af Klint," Halina Dyrschka, 2019 (Prime Video)
"The New Bauhaus," dir. Alysa Nahmias, 2019 (currently in limited film festival screenings).
Alternate option: "What I Did on My Vacation: Allan Kaprow's 'Happenings' in the Hamptons," dir. Gordon Hyatt, 1966 (Vimeo & Prime Video)

9. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODIES

"The Beach Bum," dir. Harmony Korine, 2019 (Prime Video)
"Stranger than Paradise," dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1984 (Prime Video)

film still from stranger than paradise of three people on a beach

Image Credit: "Stranger than Paradise," dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1984

10. SPACE, MEDIATED

"Minority Report," dir. Stephen Spielberg, 2002 (Prime Video)
"The Conversation," (inspired Minority Report) dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974 (Prime Video)

11. HERZOG’S DEEP TIME DOCS

"Fireballs," dir. Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, 2020 (Netflix)
"Encounters at the End of the World," dir. Werner Herzog, 2007 (Prime Video)

12. LIQUID REVERIES

"The Night of the Hunter," Charles Laughton, 1955 (Criterion Channel, TCM & Prime Video) 
"L’Atalante," dir. Jean Vigo, 1934 (Kanopy, Criterion Channel & Prime Video)

film still of diver underwater from encounters at the end of the world

"Encounters at the End of the World," dir. Werner Herzog, 2007