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Of Dreams and Cities - Architecture in Film

A season of films at the BFI explores the role of architecture in the movies

To mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the BFI will present Of Dreams and Cities – Architecture and Film at BFI Southbank. There will also be a series of film talks by speakers including Jaime Lerner, Claudio Silvestrin and Eric Parry.

Architecture has featured in a variety of ways in the cinema over the years, and Of Dreams and Cities – Architecture and Film will showcase architecture as a major part of the film industry, from expressionist silent dramas to contemporary documentary and vintage Hollywood to European auteur classics.

Films include Murnau’s Sunrise and Tati’s Playtime to Peter Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect, Terence Davies’ Of Time and the City and Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg.

In addition, a specially created collection of rare British films and TV documentaries from the BFI National Archive is available to view free of charge.

The season will run from 30 October to 29 November 2009.

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