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Built speculatively by Skylab Architecture in association with local developers – a method of showcasing a fledgling practice’s work without the need for a sympathetic Client (which was possible in the boom times of the early 2000’s) – the Hoke Family purchased the house not long after completion and were approached by the film production team after the house featured in an architectural publication. The decision to proceed is possibly something they have come to regret considering the fanatical nature of Twilight fans.
Whether you are a fan of the series or have reservations about telling teenagers that love is like the feeling of wanting to devour someone (surely teenage girls have enough unhealthy food associations?) this building is a standout.
To say this film is about a dispute between neighbours would be to undersell it completely. When one of the houses in question is Le Corbusier's Casa Curutchet and the two parties represent polar ends of the social spectrum – a pretentious, supercilious businessman and his crude, slightly menacing neighbour, this Argentinian film takes the premise to a whole other level.
Having been a tourist in the US capital recently I was interested to see it featured in the new Spielberg release Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis. An excellent film, but with a somewhat confusing depiction of the US Capitol Building whose real-life presence is diminished by an underscaled dome. Intended by the production team or not, it is clear that the architecture in the film missed out on the attention to detail applied to other areas of the production as architectural historian Richard Chenoweth explains:
In making Lincoln, Steven Spielberg took extraordinary efforts to capture the looks and sounds of the Civil War years. He tracked down the pocket watch that President Abraham Lincoln used and got permission to wind it and record its ticks. He recorded other sounds of Lincoln's time, like the ring of his church bell and the closing of Lincoln’s carriage door. Costume designers traveled across the world to get the right materials and found Mary Todd Lincoln's jewelry at the Library of Congress. But Spielberg's missed opportunity was in his depiction of the story's central building, the U.S. Capitol, where Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment outlawing slavery.
Translated as My Brothers Wife, the title of this film seemingly gives away most of the plot. But don't be fooled, this is not some melodramatic soap opera with obligatory love triangle. The film plays on pre-conceived notions and stereotypes to keep the audience guessing throughout - misled by their own misconceptions about family, relationships and human behaviour and it makes for an interesting journey. The use of the beautiful Schmitz house in the film is no exception. Modern buildings in film are routinely cast as homes to cold, controlling individuals and Peruvian Director Ricardo de Montreuil uses this fact to great effect, making us believe that the occupants will fit the mould.
Swiss born Le Corbusier became a French institution following his immigration in 1930, and the Villa Savoye on the outskirts of Paris, stands as a testament to his pioneering architectural thinking. The first modernist building to be given historical listing in France (and interestingly the first while the original architect was still alive), the house is a beautiful example of the International style, of which the French are understandably proud custodians. All the more effective then that when the house appeared in the 1979 release French Postcards, it was filled with American kitch.