Lockdown cinema: Films to watch with the family during the quarantine lifestyle
The living room or the master bedroom can become the best cinema. All you need is a big screen and a decent sound system, and you can sit in your armchair or on your sofa to enjoy the cinematic entertainment. To do this, the Lifestyle Magazine team has put together a movie season with some of those must-see films.
Now that all the action is taking place within the home and reality is stranger than fiction, it is a good time to enjoy with the whole family those films that defined the history of cinema and the architecture of today. Below we have listed some of those must-see motion picture masterpieces to watch during the quarantine and transform your home into the best cinema.
‘Metropolis’ by Fritz Lang
Considered a cult film and a benchmark in German Expressionism, this Fritz Lang film premiered in 1927, revolutionising the silent cinema that had been made until then. The film’s futuristic (the action takes place in a city called Metropolis in the year 2026) and transgressive vision was ahead of its time in showing modern architecture based on infinite buildings and concrete structures.
During the film’s 117 minutes, the director shows the living conditions that the cities of the future would create among the different social classes, with assembly line work, the struggle for collective liberties and mechanisation as the main themes.
In each of the scenes, architecture plays a fundamental role because, with it, Lang reflects on the difference that exists between the underworld (inhabited by the workers) and the outer world (where the owners live). It is dominated by large skyscrapers, the art déco style, and there is a nod to the work of Bruno Taut, as the director himself would acknowledge.
Architectural rationalism based on the simplicity of forms and symmetry is also present in many of the scenes and shows the architectural education that Lang received from his father, Anton Lang, the architect of public works in Vienna.
Available on Filmin.
‘The Fountainhead’ by King Vidor
Based on the novel of the same name by Ayn Rand and directed by King Vidor, from the fragility of cinema, this film looks at the ethical dilemmas faced in the life of an architect. Can you be individualistic without your own values? Can you be free if you do not defend your principles? Does everyone have a price? Should ethics be placed before your own gain? What’s better, earning money or earning freedom? These are some of the questions posed by the architect Harold Roark (played by Gary Cooper) in an eternal struggle with himself to define who he is and what architecture should answer to.
Under the supervision of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed each and every model, the film shows the urban transformation that New York City underwent throughout the 20th century and the eternal dilemma between architectural individualism and social architecture.
Available on YouTube.
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ by Wes Anderson
With 9 nominations and 4 Oscars in 2015, this film has it all -suspense, theft, murders, comedy and art déco- punctuated by strong magical realism. The eclecticism and the great detail of each of the sets invite the viewer to spend almost 2 hours in the melancholic interior of the Grand Hotel. Among Prada luggage, Nordic-style furniture and red tinted rooms, Wes Anderson’s story is sure to delight lovers of architecture and design.
Available on YouTube.
‘Bauhaus’ by Gregor Schnitzler
Based on the life and work of Alma Siedhoff-Buscher (played by Alicia von Rittberg), this film revives the projects, ideas and artistic movements carried out by the Bauhaus women and which history has removed from its pages and memorials.
Since its beginnings in 1919, the Bauhaus school founded by Walter Gropius in Germany has marked a turning point in world architecture and design, adapting to the challenges and changes posed by modern society. Through the various testimonials of the women who passed through this institution, the director traces the legacy of Marianne Brandt, Gertrud Arndt, Anni Albers or Buscher herself, whose toys symbolised that equality started with education.
Available on Filmin.