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Heinz Emigholz: Architecture as Autobiography

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Preeminent documentarian Heinz Emigholz’s films present the 20th century’s most important architects not through explanation or biography, but by using the camera to reveal the structures that define their art. From the churches of Bruce Goff, to the villas of Gabriele D’Annunzio and the bridges of Robert Maillart, each exploratory and contemplative film is devoted to the work of a single architect; as a whole, the series shows us some of the most beautiful buildings of our time. MUBI is proud to present the first part in a retrospective devoted to Emigholz’s series, “Architecture as Autobiography”.

D'Annunzio's Cave

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2005

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The first half of our Heinz Emigholz series concludes with the most unusual and—yes!—horrifying of his revelatory architectural films. It explores with morbid fascination the baroque house of the titular Italian poet, one so grotesque with ornamentation you might find it in Orson Welles’ nightmares.

Goff in the Desert

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2003

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We resume “Architecture as Autobiography” series to go on an American road trip with director Heinz Emigholz to find unexpectedly shaped, beautifully lit buildings—many of which are individual houses—designed by Bruce Goff. A constantly surprising series of discoveries embedded in the landscape.

Maillart's Bridges

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2000

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Next in our “Architecture as Autobiography” series, Heinz Emigholz travels through Switzerland to discover the play of weight, structure, and composition that makes the concrete bridge constructions designed in the first half of the 20th century by Robert Maillart so unique.

Sullivan's Banks

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2000

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Today we begin the first part in a retrospective of preeminent documentarian Heinz Emigholz’s marvelously contemplative “Architecture as Autobiography” series, which explores some of the 20th century’s most important architects by using the camera to reveal the buildings that define their art.

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