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Architecture in Film - THE ARCHITECTURE OF DOOM (1989, Peter Cohen)

February 20, 2012

Architecture in Film - THE ARCHITECTURE OF DOOM (1989, Peter Cohen)
3/5/2012 at 6:30 pm at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture
1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
$5 suggested donation at the door

The film explores the obsession Adolf Hitler had with his own particular vision of what was and was not aesthetically acceptable and how he applied these notions while running the Third Reich. His obsession with art he considered pure, in opposition to the supposedly degenerate avant-garde works by Jewish and Soviet artists, reveals itself to be deeply connected to Hitler's equally subjective and strict ideal of physical beauty and health.

Hitler is shown as an amateur architect who spends a lot of time planning designs of new buildings for the Reich and acquiring paintings and sculptures that reinforce his vision. At one point in the film, Cohen questions Hitler's grasp of reality.

This monthly series, which screens films that explore ideas and themes on architecture and architects, is hosted by John DeFazio, AIA (Architect & Associate Professor @ Drexel University) and Nick Groch, Assoc. AIA. Films begin with a discussion of the relevant themes and elements to notice during the screening and are followed by an informal discussion.

Films are generally shown on the first Monday of each month.
Join us before every film at 6:30pm for a reception.