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Breuer's Bohemia (US ONLY)

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The iconic twentieth-century architect Marcel Breuer was a prolific designer of residential architecture, which tends to be obscured by his early renown as a Bauhaus furniture maker and his large-scale projects. Breuer’s Bohemia surveys the houses he designed in the suburbs of New York City, Connecticut and Massachusetts from the 1950s through the ’70s, many of which were commissioned by politically progressive clients—chiefly Rufus and Leslie Stillman and Andrew and Jamie Gagarin—who coalesced around him into a dynamic social circle.

 

Included in this scene were prominent cultural figures such as Alexander Calder, Arthur Miller, Philip Roth, and more, marking a unique intersection of postwar architecture, art, and letters.

 

The voices of principal characters from Breuer’s circle and notable professionals from the field of architecture help tell the story of Breuer’s collaborations with his venturous clients, breathing new life into the history of a rich cultural atmosphere of which they all played a vital part. Breuer’s Bohemia is a unique glimpse of a twentieth-century milieu that produced an aesthetic, intellectual, and sometimes sybaritic community in this bygone period of American culture.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    73 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    James Crump