photo by Julius Shulman
FREY 1 -1940 ARCHITECT - ALBERT FREY

A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THE LIFE AND WORK
OF THE ARCHITECT ALBERT FREY PORTRAYING HIS
VISION, GOALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. A MEMBER OF
LE CORBUSIER'S ATELIER, FREY WAS A LEADING FIGURE IN THE
MODERN MOVEMENT IN AMERICA. FREY BROKE NEW TERRITORY AND HIS BODY OF
WORK HAS CREATED A LEGACY AND ALTERNATIVE VIEW INTO THE HISTORY OF OUR CULTURE.
THIS FILM SHALL BE A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THE PHILOSOPHIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF A NEW ARCHITECTURE IN THE UNITED STATES .
THIS PERIOD INCLUDES THE AVANT-GARDE AND IT PRODUCES SOME OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE,RADICAL CHANGE IN WESTERN CULTURE.







VILLA SAVOYE 1928

ARCHITECT - LE CORBUSIER

PROJECT ARCHITECT- ALBERT FREY



Modernism was introduced into the mainstream culture in 1932 at the Museum of Modern Art's International Style Exhibit
curated by Henry Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson. This show changed the view of modernist design forever.
Albert Frey and Lawrence Kocher played an integral part,
exhibiting the "Aluminaire House"
representing the American modern movement.





KOCHER WEEKEND HOUSE

ARCHITECTS - LAWRENCE KOCHER AND ALBERT FREY



photo by Julius Shulman

FREY 2 -1963

"It is by studying the forms of nature, which have always inspired mankind,
and those of traditional architecture, which have induced beyond practical usefulness,
for theories of ideas and structure that we will discover the basic principles which guide
the creation of shape, space, and composition and be able to build a living architecture that
not only provides us with physical comfort but with spiritual joy as well."
" IN SEARCH OF A LIVING ARCHITECTURE" by ALBERT FREY




photo by Julius Shulman

PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL



FILMMAKERS
BETTE JANE COHEN -PRODUCER - DIRECTOR - WRITER
STEVEN ZEITZEW -PRODUCER -CINEMATOGRAPHER -STILL PHOTOGRAPHER
EVELYN WENDEL -CO-PRODUCER -WRITER
MARTIN MERVEL -CO-PRODUCER -WRITER
CHRISTOPHER AYKANIAN - WRITER
STEVEN FINESTONE- DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY


ADVISORY BOARD
JEAN LELAY -ARCHITECT
HASSAN MAJD -ARCHITECT
ELIZABETH SMITH -MOCA
PHILIP JOHNSON -ARCHITECT
JULIUS SHULMAN -PHOTOGRAPHER
JENNIFER GOLUB -AUTHOR FREY 1&2
CHRISTOPHER AYKANIAN -ARCHITECT
ALAN HESS -ARCHITECT -AUTHOR -HISTORIAN
JOSEPH ROSA -AUTHOR -FREY BIOGRAPHER -DIRECTOR UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MUSEUM OF ART
RAY KAPPE -ARCHITECT -FOUNDER SCIARCH
TONY MERCHELL -ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN
KENNETH FRAMPTON -ARCHITECT -CRITIC -HISTORIAN -COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
MICHAEL P. JOHNSON -ARCHITECT MPJ STUDIO
MICHAEL ROTONDI -ARCHITECT -FORMER DEAN SCIARCH
MARLA BERNS -UCSB ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS COLLECTION
KURT HELFRICH -UCSB ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS COLLECTION
DR. JANICE LYLE -FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PALM SPRINGS DESERT MUSEUM -DIRECTOR ANNENBERG FOUNDATION TRUST AT SUNNYLANDS


FISCAL SPONSOR
GNOSIS LTD,- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SUZANNE JOHNSTON

SUPPORT
GRAHAM FOUNDATION CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN THE FINE ARTS

PROJECT HISTORY


SAMPLE WORK

"THE SPIRIT IN ARCHITECTURE : JOHN LAUTNER " A FILM BY BETTE COHEN

The Making of The Spirit in Architecture

"THE PURPOSE OF ARCHITECTURE IS TO IMPROVE HUMAN LIFE...

THE OVERRIDING ESSENCE IS FOUND IN THE INTANGIBLES,
LIFE, HEART, SOUL, SPIRIT, FREEDOM,
ENDURING WITHIN THE STRUCTURE."

THE SPIRIT IN ARCHITECTURE EXAMINES THE WORK OF JOHN LAUTNER , ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY AND PROFOUND ARCHITECTS, WHO BEGAN HIS CAREER IN LOS ANGELES IN THE 1930'S. THIS ILLUMINATING JOURNEY INTO LAUTNER'S WORLD FEATURES NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE FROM HIS APPRENTICESHIP WITH FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AT TALIESIN; EXTENSIVE DOCUMENTATION OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY BUILDINGS; AND INTERVIEWS WITH HISTORIANS, CRITICS, COLLABORATORS, CLIENTS, AND LAUTNER HIMSELF, WHICH PUT HIS ACHIEVEMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE. HIS BUILDING'S USE IN FEATURE FILMS AND HIS "GOOGIE'S" COFFEE SHOP DESIGN DEMONSTRATE HIS CONTRIBUTION TO POPULAR CULTURE.


PRODUCED BY BETTE JANE COHEN AND EVELYN WENDEL
DISTRIBUTED BY : B.E.E. PRODUCTIONS
8113 1/2 MELROSE AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90046-7011
(323) 852-1259
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: BETTE JANE COHEN

RELATED LINKS:
The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner
The Making of The Spirit in Architecture
GNOSIS LTD., Suzanne Johnson 
THE MODERN COMMITTEE
John Lautner Foundation
Glass Designs
 
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