Beyond Utopia
Changing Attitudes in American Architecture

directed by Michael Blackwood
59 minutes, color


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Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Philip Johnson, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi. Narration by Martin Filler and Rosemarie Bletter.

In 1982, at the height of the postmodernist adventure in architecture we visit 4 practices: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves and Peter Eisenman - all protégés of Philip Johnson. These innovators rejected the European modernism of Mies and Corbusier in search of alternative directions. Since then their work has made architectural history and has influenced many young architects. Philip Johnson comments throughout the film. The architects show us and discuss their buildings of the time on location and in their offices.

Peter Eisenman Frank Gehry
Michael Graves Robert Venturi and
Denise Scott-Brown

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