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Schindler's Houses (Schindlers Haeuser)

Schindler's Houses
Scene from "Schindler's Houses" (photo courtesy of Amour Fou Filmproduktion)

Schindler's Houses shows forty buildings by the Austro-American architect Rudolph Schindler from the years 1931 to 1952. Schindler's pioneering work in Southern California is the cornerstone of a branch of modern architecture. All the material for the film was shot in May 2006. The film is thus also an up-to-date portrait of urban life in Los Angeles that has never been documented in this form before.

Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 near Bremen. He trained as a draftsman and studied Philosophy and Literature in Hamburg. Since 1973, he has worked as an independent filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP. He looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film series PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEYOND. He has held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 1993, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the Art and Media program there. A selection of his highly-acclaimed films includes: SCHENEC-TADY I-III (1973-1975), ARROWPLANE (1974), TIDE (1974), HOTEL (1976), DEMON (1977), NORMALSATZ (1981), THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I-III (1983-2004), DIE WIESE DER SACHEN (1987), DER ZYNISCHE KÖRPER (1990), SULLIVAN’S BANKS (2000), MISCELLANEA I-III (2001-2004), GOFF IN THE DESERT (2003), D'ANNUNZIO’S CAVE (2005), SCHINDLER’S HOUSES (2007), LOOS ORNAMENTAL (2008), SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE (2009), PARABETON-PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE (2012), PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (2012), TWO MUSEUMS (2013), and STREETSCAPES (2017). More at
Genre Architecture
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2007
Director Heinz Emigholz
Screenplay Heinz Emigholz
Cinematography Heinz Emigholz
Heinz Emigholz
Producers Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Production Company AMOUR FOU Vienna, in co-production with WDR, 3sat/Mainz, in cooperation with Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion/Berlin, ORF/Vienna
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2007, Mar del Plata 2007, Buenos Aires 2007, New Horizons Wroclaw 2007, Vancouver 2007, Toronto 2007, Bilbao 2007, Sevilla 2014
With backing from Filmfund Vienna, Innovative Film Austria
German Distributor Filmgalerie 451

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