Film Night: A is for Architecture

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    Friday, August 28 2020

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In person, architecture can move us, but it can also touch us through storytelling and the medium of film. Remember when you first saw the 1927 science-fiction film Metropolis? Or The Fountainhead with Howard Roark, the ambitious and uncompromising young architect? This summer, we’ll recommend an architecture film each Friday to jumpstart your weekend. You can watch the film on your own time by accessing it through Kanopy, YouTube, or another shared platform. Share your thoughts about the film using #aiadcSummerNights. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Note: This film is appropriate for children.

A is for Architecture

This short documentary offers a panorama of ancient cities, palaces and temples whose splendor has awed mankind. The film moves from one tradition to another, illustrating how each reflects the sentiments and values of its time, from the massive temples of the pharaohs to the soaring skyscrapers of today.

Running Time: 29 mins
Year: 1960
Directors: Gerald Budner, Robert Verrall
Writer: James Beveridge
Narrator: William Needles

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

Film courtesy of: National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada's award-winning online Screening Room features over 3,000 productions. Our Collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. We showcase films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians—stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more.