Modern tide: midcentury architecture on Long Island

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Times, places and people that converged to create lively, free, experimental designs for mostly summer houses.

Tempi, luoghi e persone che collaborarono a creare vivaci, liberi, sperimentali progetti per le prime case al mare.

When much of Long Island was still farmland, before it was cool, before the hordes of summer beachgoers clogged the roads, before building lots sold for seven figures, writers, artists, musicians and architects discovered its beauty and solitude and began to build summer cottages and year-round homes. Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island explores the work of the region’s best postwar architects, including Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Horace Gifford, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson and Charles Gwathmey. Both rare archival material and gorgeous current-day cinematography highlight Long Island’s often under-appreciated modernist architectural treasures. The film explores the times, places and people that converged to create lively, free, experimental designs for mostly modest houses that sit lightly on their sites. It’s also a lament against their wanton destruction and a plea to preserve what’s left.

Quando per buona parte Long Island era ancora terreno agricolo, prima che i villeggianti cominciassero a intasare le strade e prima ancora che i lotti fossero venduti a prezzi milionari, scrittori, artisti, musicisti e architetti ne hanno scoperto la bellezza e la riservatezza, e cominicarono a costruire cottage estivi e case per tutto l’anno. Modern Tide: Midcentury Archtecture on Long Island indaga l’opera dei migliori architetti di epoca post bellica che operarono nella zona, fra I quail Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Horace Gifford, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson and Charles Gwathmey. Rari materiali d’archivio e stupende riprese contemporanee esaltano gli spesso sotto stimati capolavori dell’architettura modernista di Long Island. Il film esplora i tempi, i luoghi e le persone che collaborarono a creare vivaci, liberi, sperimentali progetti per case per lo più modeste che confrontavano con levità i loro siti. È anche un’accusa contro la loro distruzione gratuita e un appello per preservare ciò che ancora resta.

Film profile

Director: Jake Gorst
Year: 2012
Language: English
Duration: 88 mins
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Screened at MDFF 2013 (with Italian subtitles)

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