Monocle on Design

Design and the silver screen

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1 November 2016

Episode 264

30 minutes


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On today’s show we turn our attention to the crossroads where design and architecture meet film, from a documentary about a St Louis housing project to an appreciation of the title sequence of ‘Superman’.

1 November 2016

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Chad Freidrichs

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The director of ‘The Pruitt-Igoe Myth’ tells us about his documentary, which explores the history of the Pruitt–Igoe public-housing complex in St Louis, Missouri. The show draws on archive footage and interviews with former residents to document the decline of social conditions within the complex which led to its eventual destruction in 1976.

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An ode to the title sequence

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Discussions about design in feature films frequently focus on set design: backdrops, textures, furnishings and outfits that lay the foundations upon which the action takes place. But the often-neglected opening title sequence can also be a powerful tool for setting the mood. Ben Rylan, presenter of ‘The Cinema Show’ here on Monocle 24, tells us more.

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Cinemagerie at Vienna Design Week

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Vienna Design Week celebrated its 10th anniversary a few weeks ago with an impressive show of contemporary design, architecture and crossover projects. Among the exhibitions was one that asked the audience to engage with cinema as a design object. Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov reports.

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James Taylor-Foster

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James Taylor-Foster, editor at large of architecture website ArchDaily, tells us about about a few films in which architecture is more than just a backdrop and how architects have used film in their work.

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