Film screening "Columbus" (2017)
Center for Urban History, Lviv
This time, we will view a US city not from a documentary perspective, but from a fictional one.
Architecture in film. Architecture in fiction. Architecture as a character in a story that explores the complex drama of children and their parents, and the clash between provincial obligations and metropolitan dreams. The small town of Columbus, Indiana is the unlikely location of one of the richest settings of modernist architecture in the United States, a town filled with landmark buildings designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Kevin Roche, and others. These masterpieces were created for normal small-town life: a library, a bank, a school, or a firehouse. Against this iconic modernist background, a quiet and delicate story unfolds, a story as filled with silence as it is with dialogue, a story about recognizing the people, environment, and choices around you, and acting—or not acting—accordingly.
The film will be screened in the original language, with Ukrainian subtitles.
"Cinematic Visions. American Cities and Architecture in Documentaries" is a series of film screenings which will be held from February to June. We will view films and discuss architecture through the lens of American movies. The American experience in shaping architectural trends, urban planning, and design in the Modern and post-Modern eras has been celebrated and vilified through the cinematic lens. Our newly launched film series Cinematic Visions explores, celebrates, and deplores the visual legacies of American society. Monthly screenings will offer interpretations of American efforts in contemporary architecture, urban construction (and deconstruction), as well as related topics.
Сover Image: Still from "Columbus" (2017)