Architecture in Cinema: A Relation of Representation Based on Space

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    Architecture, whether in the foreground or background, is an intrinsic part of any film, and cinema holds a position as a transformative reference in contemporary architecture. This book addresses the role of architecture in cinema, and through a focus on the use of space, it presents a critical overview of the relation between the two. Through framing, flattening and editing, cinematic space, as the representation of architectural space, focuses on its certain qualities, while eliminating others. Thus, cinema emphasizes individual aspects of space that may be overlooked when the whole context is considered. Space 'acts' in the foreground rather than simply filling the background in the films of Peter Greenaway and Wim Wenders, which are used to analyze two significant cinematic approaches to space, space as form and space as symbol. The detailed analysis of Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect and Wenders' Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire) offers an innovative and original perspective on space to those interested in both fields of architecture and film studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherLambert Academic Publishing
    Number of pages123
    ISBN (Print)978-3-8383-0869-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Bibliographical note



    • Architectural space
    • Film space
    • Representation
    • Peter Greenaway
    • Wim Wenders
    • Belly of an Architect
    • Wings of Desire

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