You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner

Pic pays tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences have been featured in movies.

Cast:
With: Sean Connery, Karol Lautner Peterson, Frank Gehry, Frank Escher, David Wasco, Kelly Lynch.

“Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study of his buildings. Particularly as the character of Lautner is insufficiently sketched, “Infinite Space” mainly will be of interest to architecture buffs, although the beauty of the homes featured here will be undeniable to all but the most stubborn of the man’s detractors.

In part through snippets of an interview with the late architect, director Murray Grigor lays the foundation — Michigan-born Lautner loved nature and Frank Lloyd Wright, but his family life suffered — before surveying some of the buildings. Much time is spent on the breathtaking Chemisphere, a flying saucer of a house that Brian De Palma helped immortalize in “Body Double.” Better at showing than telling, the film has some spectacular shots that make the most of natural light and thus illuminate Lautner’s work in integrating his constructions with the surrounding landscape.

Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner

Production: A Googie Co. production, in association with the John Lautner Foundation and the Hammer Museum. (International sales: Films Transit Intl., Montreal.) Produced by Sara Sackner, Anna Thomas. Directed by Murray Grigor.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Hamid Shams; editor, Sara Sackner; music, Elliott Goldkind. Reviewed on DVD, Vancouver, Oct. 14, 2009. (In Vancouver Film Festival.) Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Sean Connery, Karol Lautner Peterson, Frank Gehry, Frank Escher, David Wasco, Kelly Lynch.

More Film

  • Lorenzo VigasOswaldo Vigas documentary and exhibition,

    Morelia: ‘From Afar’s’ Lorenzo Vigas Discusses Documenting His Family in ‘The Orchid Seller’

    “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study […]

  • Japan Box Office: 'Mixed Doubles' Makes

    Japan Box Office: ‘Mixed Doubles’ Opens at Number One

    “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study […]

  • Antalya Festival: Ender Özkahraman on ‘Ugly

    Antalya Festival: Ender Özkahraman on ‘Ugly Duckling,’ Plastic Surgery in the Kurdish Community

    “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study […]

  • Christopher Walken on ‘King of New

    Antalya Festival: A Modest Christopher Walken Talks ‘King of New York,’ His Own Acting Style, and Michael Cimino

    “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study […]

  • Ikebukuro Move Puts Tokyo Market in

    Ikebukuro Move Puts Tokyo Market in Growth Mode, says Yasushi Shiina

    “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study […]

  • Turkish Cinema: The New Generation -

    Turkish Cinema: The New Generation - Tolga Karacelik, Director 'Butterflies'

    “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study […]

  • Turkish Cinema: The New Generation -

    Turkish Cinema: The New Generation - Ramin Matin, Producer, Director 'Siren's Call'

    “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” pays documentary tribute to a man whose flamboyantly modernist residences, mostly in Southern California, have been memorably featured in movies. Ironically, the film itself is structurally unsound, needing narrative support in its second half as it vaguely concerns the maintenance of Lautner’s legacy and the restoration and study […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content